Gloria Meredith, PhD

Dean, College of Pharmacy

Gloria Evelyn Meredith, BS, MS, PhD was appointed Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the College of Pharmacy on July 1, 2009.  She received her BS and MS degrees in Biology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  She was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for her Master’s degree work.  She went on to teach Biology and become a consultant in scientific writing, starting her own business in 1977.   She was President and CEO of Professional Services in College Park, Maryland for 3 years.   In 1980, she returned to graduate school and completed her PhD in Neuroscience in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology (formerly the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology) at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  She was awarded an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) twice, the first for her PhD work and the second to conduct her postdoctoral studies at the Neuroscience Institute in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  Her career in academia began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience in the Vrije University in Amsterdam in 1986.  She moved to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1994, where she became an Associate Professor.  She was given the College of Surgeons top teaching award in 1996.  She returned to the USA in 1999 to take an Associate Professor position at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and had a joint appointment in the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Dr. Meredith became Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology in the Chicago Medical School in 2002 and chaired that department from 2004-2009. She then became the founding Dean of the new College of Pharmacy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009.

Dr. Meredith is trained as a classical neuropharmacologist and has a research interest in how the brain adapts to perturbations in the brain chemical, dopamine. Her research has been continuously funded since 1994.  She has a great interest in training students and has supervised several PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and Medical students in her laboratory. She received two major grants from the Irish government to conduct research into Parkinson’s disease and Epilepsy.  Since returning to the USA, her research has focused on basic investigations into drug craving in an animal model of amphetamine abuse and on studies of dopamine loss and levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease. She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2001. At present her funded research focuses on mechanisms underlying craving in psycho stimulant addiction. She is PI on a major grant (R01 DA016662), which is funded by the National Institutes for Drug Abuse (NIDA).  She also works with animal models of Parkinson’s disease and is a co-investigator on a Udall Center grant (P50NS058830) and on the grant held by Dr. Steece-Collier at the Michigan State University (R01NS045132).  Both grants are funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke(NINDS).  She has been very productive throughout her career with more than 160 publications.  She has published in Nature magazine and several top journals in Neuroscience, including the Journal of Neuroscience. She has given interviews to the Irish National Broadcasting System (Ireland) and National Public Radio (USA) on her research, and has written an article on Women and how they fare in their careers in Medical Research for the Irish Times newspaper.  She has served on various Review sections for NIH, chairing one session for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, and another for Program Project grants at NIDA.  She was a regular member of a NIDA study section for the 5 years. She is also affiliated with many professional societies, including all major Pharmacy organizations, and serves as an officer in the local chapter of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). She served on a Task Force for the Council of Deans in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Dr. Meredith has had extensive teaching experience including experience in course design and development,Problem-Based Learning, small group (clinical case) learning, and refresher courses for residents and surgeons.  She has lectured in pharmacology, histology, anatomy and neuroscience at professional and graduate levels.  She has also designed and taught laboratories for the basic sciences.

Dr. Meredith is married to Barry Roberts, PhD, a retired neuroscientist, and has two sons:  Bryn Meredith is a partner in a law firm in Fort Worth, Texas, and Christopher Meredith, MD is a practicing Neurosurgeon in Kansas City.

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