Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D.
Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Harvard University in 1977, and taught and did research at Maryland from 1981 to 2013. In the early 1990s, Alger and Thomas Pitler characterized the first signaling process ultimately found to be mediated by endocannabinoids in the brain. Alger has authored over 120 research papers and reviews, focusing in the past two decades on the regulation of synaptic inhibition and endocannabinoids.
Getting High on the Endocannabinoid System
The endogenous cannabinoid system—named for the plant that led to its discovery—is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body and brain and interact with our organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.