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The Scientific Director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience is Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Ph.D., FACG, AGAF, Professor of Physiology, Presbyterian Foundation Chair in Neuroscience and Senior VA Career ScientistDr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld received her B.Sc. in Physiology with Special Honors in 1980 and her Ph.D. in Physiology in 1983 from the University of Sheffield in the U.K.

She has been studying the neural innervation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract since 1980, and in 2004 was awarded the prestigious Janssen Award for her basic research in digestives diseases. In 2006 she became a VA Career Scientist due to her pioneering research that has enhanced our understanding of how the central nervous system communicates with the enteric nervous system. In 2016 she was promoted within the VA to a Senior VA Career Scientist due to her leadership positions within the VA, University and her professional societies.  She is currently President Elect of the American Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and will start her 2 year term as President in 2018.  Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has a track record of independent funding in brain-gut research, where she has made significant contributions. Her laboratory was the first to show that the importance of extrinsic nerves in the regulation of both intestinal secretion and contractility and more recently the role of the central amygdala in the relationship between anxiety and visceral pain, which are key complains in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and she currently serves as Chair of the Editorial Boards of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and editor for multiple other journals. Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has been invited to present her research at numerous national and international conferences and invited seminars. She has served on NIH, NSF, DOD and VA study sections, and grant review panels for private foundations such as the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the Welcome Foundation. In addition to her basic research, Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has a large research program that focuses on the development of new therapies to treat GI disorders and is an inventor on eight patents in the GI field. Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld is currently principal investigator (PI) on two VA Merit Grants and is also the PI of multiple pharmaceutical company grants to develop new treatments for GI disorders. Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has a long track record in mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. Her graduate students have received pre-doctoral grant from the department of Veterans Affairs, the NIH and have been awarded the best overall research presentation at many national meetings for junior investigators.

In the capacity as the director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, a position she has held since 2003, Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has been very involved in graduate student education through teaching and organizing programs for Neuroscience graduate students. She is involved in community outreach programs such as NeuroNight and was the Co-Chair of Neuroscience/Vision OUHSC Strategic Planning Team (2005-2010). She initiated the Mini-Medical School (started in 2006) and Mini Graduate School programs (started in 2007), Meet the Professor events and has organized the state-wide Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience Symposium, which include more than 150 attendees and multiple nationally recognized speakers. This activity has greatly enhanced neuroscience research and promoted collaborations among researchers on the OUHSC campus.

Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Ph.D., FACG, AGAF

Director, Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience