Gabrielle de Courten-Myers

University of Cincinnati, USA

Gabrielle de Courten-Myers, M.D., Professor Emeritus of neuropathology, completed her training in Neuropathology at Cincinnati University College, Department of Pathology, where she subsequently spent her entire academic career. A dual citizen of Switzerland and the USA, she received her M.D. degree in 1974 from the University of Zürich followed by training in neuropathology and allied fields at the University of Lausanne and a research fellowship in Dr. R.E. Myers' Laboratory of Perinatal Physiology at the NIH in Bethesda, Md. She then transferred with Dr. Myers' laboratory to Cincinnati in 1980, where she first completed her training in neuropathology and then served as a Faculty Member. She received Cincinnati University College tenure in 1989, where she was appointed as a Director of the Division of Neuropathology since 1992, and she was promoted to Full Professor in 1999. In addition to her diagnostic, administrative, and teaching responsibilities, she continued an active investigative program. In a collaborative effort with Drs. RE Myers and KR Wagner, both VAMC and Neurology, they elucidated pathophysiologic mechanisms of glucose as a modulator of brain anoxia, hypoxia, and focal ischemia, of hypoglycemia, and of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). These studies have identified novel therapeutic approaches that extend brain tolerance to ischemia, reduce infarct size in strokes, and promise effective treatments for ICH. ICH studies of ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis are continued with Dr. Christy Holland, Bioengineering. She also assumed data analysis and publication of brain morphometry data by her late mentor, Dr. Rabinowicz, demonstrating structural gender differences in the cerebral cortex with male brains having more numerous and female brains larger neuronal units, developmental change in the fetus revealed overproduction and reduction of nerve cells and the adolescent brain cortex type-specific change. She retired as a faculty member on 09/01/2007 and continues to serve as an Emeritus Professor.

Biography Updated on 25 November 2010

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