Harbans Lal, Ph.D.
Dr. Lal began his long and profitable career in India
at Punjab University where he received his Bachelor
of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He later migrated
to the United States where he completed first a Masters
degree from the University of Kansas and then his
Doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.
Over the years, Dr. Lal held various teaching and
research positions at the University of Kansas, University
of Chicago and University of Rhode Island. In 1980
he accepted his last position of Professor and Chairman,
Department of Pharmacology and Neurosciences at the
medical college of the University of North Texas Health
Dr. Lal is known for his research in the areas of
behavioral medicine, prevention and healing of nerve
cell injury, and prolongation of health span.
Dr. Lal wrote the fist book on neuro-protection,
a term he popularized to refer to modes and mechanisms
employed for the prevention of acute or chronic nerve
cell injury, in addition to neuro- regeneration as
a strategy for promotion of healing and sprouting
of the surviving brain cells upon the death of their
neighboring neurons. Neurons are selectively vulnerable
to injury and death due to high demand for energy
and specific chemical composition that makes them
preferentially susceptible to free radicals, primarily
oxyradical, damage. These radicals originate in the
cellular environments as a result of food digestions
and many continuous biochemical processes. Damage
to nerve cells is the basis of several disabling diseases
such as, stroke related disabilities, Alzheimer's
dementia, senile dementias, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's
disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and many chronic
mental disorders, particularly schizophrenia. Further,
it is the basis of many disabilities simply related
to the processes of aging of all body organs.
He serves on many national and international advisory
boards including serving for 14 years as the Editor
of a monthly journal, Drug Development Research. During
his career, he has published over 400 research papers,
26 books, several research reviews and 56 chapters
in technical books.
Dr. Lal remains active in many civic activities related
to health, culture and community services. He is an
avid public speaker to community groups.
- Dr. Lal serves as the Founder President of the
Academy of Guru Granth Studies established for the
promotion of scholarly works on the Sri Guru Granth
- On April 14, 1999, the Anandpur Sahib Foundation
awarded him the Order of Nishan-e-Khalsa for his
superb accomplishments in promoting the glory and
pride of the Khalsa Panth.
- In 1995, he was awarded a Doctor of Literature,
Honoris Causa, from the Guru Nanak Dev University,
Amritsar, India. ..Source- Megabiotics, Inc
- In 1988, he was elected as the national president
of Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America.
- Member of the Interfaith Council of the Center for
World Thanksgiving, The Interfaith Center at Fort
Worth, and advisor to the American Project on Religion
and the News Media,
- Advisors-at-large to THE SIKH TIMES, and to the
- He is a founding trustee of Bhai Nanad Lal Foundation
and Founder Vice-President of the Sri Nanakana Sahib
- Dr. Lal serves as the Founder President of the Academy
of Guru Granth Studies established for the promotion
of scholarly works on the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Presently, Dr. Lals interests lie in promoting
Sikh Studies in North America. His writings on Sikh
subjects have appeared in many books and journals
such as Sikh Sansar, Sikh Review, Sikh Courier International,
Spokesman, Sikh Marg, Studies in Sikhism and Comparative
Religion, From Both Sides of the Ocean, Miri Piri,
Sach Khand Patraka, Sikh Virsa, Atam Science, Understanding
Sikhism: the Research Journal, International Journal
of Sikh Spiritualism, Amrit Kirtan, Sachkhand Patrika,
the Tribune, Times of India, Dallas Morning News,
and Gurbani Is Jag Meh Chanan. He contributes frequent
columns in the religious section of the Dallas Morning
News and serves on the editorial boards of the Sikh
Review, International Journal of Sikh Spiritualism,
and Understanding Sikhism: the Research Journal.
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- Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology and
Neurosciences at the medical college of the University of
North Texas Health Science Center.
- Phd from University of Chicago
- Masters degree from the University of Kansas
- Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Punjab
- Published over 400 research papers, 26 books, several
research reviews and 56 chapters in technical books.
- Fist book on neuro-protection,
- National president of Association of Scientists of Indian
Origin in America