Ben Barres

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Benjamin Anthony "Ben" Barres (1954 – December 27, 2017) was an American neurobiologist. He was born in West Orange, New Jersey. He worked at Stanford University.[1] His research focused on the interaction between neurons and glial cells in the nervous system.

From 2008 until his death in 2017, he has been Chair of the Neurobiology Department at Stanford University School of Medicine. He transitioned to male in 1997, and became the first openly transgender scientist in the US National Academy of Sciences in 2013.[2]

Barres died of pancreatic cancer in Stanford, California on December 27, 2017 at the age of 63.[3]

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  1. "Ben Barres Professor of Neurobiology, of Developmental Biology and of Neurology". Stanford School o0f Medicine. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. Trans News Editors (11 May 2013). "Neurobiologist Becomes First Transgender Scientist Selected For U.S. National Academy of Science Membership". Transnews. Trans Media Network. Retrieved 11 October 2014.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. Neuroscientist Ben Barres, who identified crucial roles of glial cells, dies at 63