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University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints New Chair for the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

Thursday, December 01, 2011

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 Dr. McCarthy has been serving as Interim Chair of the department.

Associate Dean and Noted Neuroscientist Dr. Margaret McCarthy Promoted to Chair

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has appointed Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. McCarthy has served in a number of leadership roles since joining the medical school in 1993, most notably associate dean for graduate and postdoctoral studies and interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  She will maintain secondary appointments as a professor in the departments of physiology and psychiatry.

"Dr. McCarthy is an exceptional scientist who has been widely recognized as a leader in the field of neuroscience," says Dean Reece, who is also vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "She has demonstrated excellence in biomedical research, administrative and leadership duties, as well as in teaching and mentoring medical and graduate students. Dr. McCarthy is a wonderful asset to the School of Medicine."

Dr. McCarthy replaces Edson Albuquerque, MD, PhD, who led the department for the past 36 years. "I am confident Dr. McCarthy will continue the exceptional leadership displayed by Dr. Albuquerque, and will direct the department into a newly intensified focus on research and scholarship," says Dean Reece.

“I am looking forward to working with our many excellent faculty members to make our enterprise even stronger,” says Dr. McCarthy. “My hope is to revitalize the department and its exceptional work by recruiting energizing new talent to the School of Medicine.”

Dr. McCarthy is a highly regarded scientist for her groundbreaking work on the cellular mechanisms mediating hormonal modulation of the developing brain. Currently, Dr. McCarthy is principal investigator on five NIH grants: 3 R01 grants, a project on a PO1, and a T32 training grant, totaling close to $4.5 million in federal funds. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since joining the faculty and has previously received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. There are currently two F30 and one F31 NRSA grants held by members of her laboratory, and she has been the faculty PI on two K01, three F-series, and two Maryland Stem Cell Commission grants. Dr. McCarthy has mentored ten graduate students, including three MD/PhD students; 15 postdoctoral trainees; and an additional 30 undergraduate and high school students. In addition, she has served on 22 graduate thesis committees.

She has also served on many committees, peer-review panels and workgroups for the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several prominent national academic and research organizations. Dr. McCarthy has exhibited tremendous productivity as a scholar, publishing more than 100 refereed journal publications, and 60 book chapters and invited review articles. She is an Editor at Endocrinology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience and has guest edited two books and multiple journal special issues. She is a highly sought-after lecturer nationally and internationally, having given plenary and keynote lectures throughout the U.S. and in New Zealand, Japan, Iran, Slovenia, Mexico, and much of Europe.

Dr. McCarthy received both her BA and MA degrees in Biology from the University of Missouri in 1981 and 1984 respectively. She then went on to earn her PhD from the Institute of Animal Behaviors at Rutgers University in 1989, followed by fellowships at Rockefeller University (1989-1992) and the National Research Council of the National Institutes of Health (1992-1993).

“Dr. McCarthy is an outstanding scientist, educator and leader who has built a long record of exceptional accomplishments in her career already,” says Dean Reece. “I am certain she will excel and flourish in her new role.”

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