Stuart Hameroff is an anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his promotion of the scientific study of consciousness, and his theories of the mechanisms of consciousness.
Hameroff received his BS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his MD degree from Hahnemann University Hospital (now part of Drexel University College of Medicine). He took an internship at the Tucson Medical Center in 1973. From 1975 onwards, he has spent the whole of his career at the University of Arizona, becoming professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology and associate director for the Center for Consciousness Studies, both in 1999, and finally Emeritus professor for Anesthesiology and Psychology in 2003.
Over the years since 1994, Hameroff has been active in promoting the Orch-OR model of consciousness through his website, conferences and lectures. He was the lead organizer of the first Tucson consciousness meeting in 1994 that brought together approximately 300 people interested in consciousness studies. This conference is widely regarded as a landmark event within the field of consciousness studies, and by bringing researchers from various disciplines together led to various useful synergies, resulting indirectly, for instance, in the formation of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and more directly in the creation of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, of which Hameroff is now the director. The Center for Consciousness Studies hosts meetings on the study of consciousness every two years, as well as sponsoring seminars on consciousness theory.
In this teleseminar we explore the question of consciousness with Dr Stuart Hameroff of the University of Arizona, whose approach to consciousness research looks at bringing modern physics into the workings of the brain. His work with anesthetics led him to discover that cellular structures called microtubules, present in neurons as well as most cells, show some interesting patterns of behavior.