March 8, 2011 George Chrousos Named to Kluge Chair in Technology and Society

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Dr. George P. Chrousos, an expert on the medical effects of stress, to the Chair in Technology and Society in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

At the Kluge Center, from March 2011 through August 2011, Chrousos will be writing a comprehensive study for the public on “The Profound Impact of Stress on Contemporary Humanity.”

Chrousos is a professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Athens University Medical School in Greece. Previously, at the National Institutes of Health, he was chief of the Pediatric and Reproductive Endocrinology Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Section and Training Program. Chrousos has been professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C.

One of the world’s most prominent clinical investigators, Chrousos has focused his research on neuroendocrinology. The interrelationships between the nervous system and the endocrine systems have a significant impact on mood disorders, sleep, pain perception and immune function.

Chrousos is the author of more than 1,100 scientific publications and has edited 25 books. His work has been cited more than 50,000 times. In addition, he is deeply versed in Greek classical literature, philosophy and history – traditions that he brings to bear in his research.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For further information on the Kluge Center, visit


PR 11-050
ISSN 0731-3527