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Wendy Gilmore, Ph.D.

Wendy Gilmore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology and Cell and Neurobiology
Division Chief, MS Comprehensive Care Center & Research Group
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Gilmore completed her Ph.D. training in Veterinary Anatomy at Texas A&M University in 1982, specializing in unique interactions between the brain and the immune system that affect reproductive function. She was recruited to USC as a postdoctoral fellow in 1982 to study the effect of hormones and neuropeptides in models of multiple sclerosis, with a focus on measurements of clinical and pathological disease activities. She was appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurology in 1989 and subsequently promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology and Cell and Neurobiology.

In her early years as a faculty member, Dr. Gilmore expanded her research projects to include the study of the influence of hormones and pregnancy on immune function in patients with MS. Currently active research projects in her laboratory are focused on developing a better understanding of the balance between healthy and pathological immune mechanisms in MS, and how new and approved disease modifying drugs for MS alter this balance. In addition, new projects involve early stage testing of a new drug that has potential to promote neuroprotection and repair of neurological damage in MS.

Dr. Gilmore has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Nancy Davis Foundation, the USC Zumberge Foundation and the USC Medical Faculty Women’s Association Research Fund. She is a member of several professional organizations, has served on review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and is the Research Advocate on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the NMSS.

Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area.