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  Dr. Jens Pruessner, Ph.D.
Director, McGill Centre for Studies in Aging

Dr. Jens Pruessner began his graduate studies at Trier University in Germany in psychoendocrinology and psychoneuroendocrinology. Continuing his postgraduate studies at McGill University (Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Montreal Neurological Institute), he specialized in neuroimaging techniques.

Dr. Pruessner is studying stress and aging, using various techniques ranging from the self-developed Montreal Imaging Stress Task (MIST), over the cortisol response to awakening, to protocols allowing the assessment of specific structures in the medial temporal lobes with help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Appointed Assistant Professor at McGill University in 2003, Associate Professor in 2009, and Full Professor in 2015, Dr. Pruessner teaches various courses in the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neurology & Neurosurgery. He has been a member of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology since 2004, the International Society of Behavioral Neuroscience since 2002, and the Society for Neuroscience since 2001.

In 1998, Dr. Pruessner received the Postdoctoral Fellow Award and Stipend, and the University of Trier Alumni Group PhD Award. The Centre for Psychobiological and Psychosomatic Research in Trier, Germany awarded him the Innovation Award in 1997. In addition, his personal support awards consist of the five-year New Investigator Award (2005), and two two-year awards: Chercheur-boursier Junior (2002), and Young Investigator (2000). Finally, Dr. Pruessner is the recipient of the 2008 Curt Richter Young Investigator Award of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology. Dr. Pruessner has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in journals, is the author of one book and ten book chapters. 

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