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The Centre for Urban Mental Health is organising a series of online lectures to highlight expertise and current thinking on complexity science and urban mental health.

Event details of What is Health? Allostasis and the Evolution of Human Design
Date 27 October 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00

For the coming lecture, we are delighted to welcome Professor Peter Sterling to talk about his recent book in which he introduces allostasis, providing a new way to define being healthy or suffering from a disease.


  • Presentation: 30 minutes
  • Q & A: 15 - 20 minutes
  • The Q & A session will be based on questions from the audience.

About Peter Sterling

Peter Sterling is a well-known neuroscientist and social activist. Attending New York University Medical School for two years, he earned a PhD on the neuroanatomy of the spinal cord from Western Reserve University, followed by postdoctoral study of visual physiology at Harvard Medical School. Peter then established a laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania where in 1980 he was appointed Professor in the Department of Neuroscience. Peter's broad goal has been to learn how the brain is designed – its functional architecture. His laboratory research, primarily on the retina, spanned the full range of scales, from nanoscopic (synaptic vesicles), to microscopic (neural circuits), to macroscopic (regional neuroanatomy and behavior). Peter's social activism guided studies that led to the concept of allostasis, a new way of defining health as the capacity for adaptive variation and disease as shrinkage of that capacity.