Paul Drew, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been appointed assistant dean for research in the college. Drew will partner Nancy Rusch, Ph.D., vice dean for research, to lead special initiatives in the College of Medicine Research Office.
“Dr. Drew is an internationally recognized neuroscientist, and he has the innovative skills and leadership experience necessary to establish and direct research initiatives across the College of Medicine,” said Rusch. “He will be an outstanding mentor for new investigators and a strong asset to our scientists at all career levels.”
Drew also serves as director of research in the Department of Neurology, where he holds a secondary appointment, and as co-director of the mock study section program in the UAMS Translational Research Institute. He has held a variety of leadership roles since joining the faculty in 1996, including a term as chair of the college’s Promotion and Tenure Committee and service on the promotion and tenure committees of multiple departments. He has contributed extensively to faculty mentoring.
Drew received his doctorate in zoology (cell and molecular biology) from the University of Maryland. He received postdoctoral training in the Neuroimmunology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
His research interests include neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on multiple sclerosis and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. His research has been steadily funded by the NIH, the National Science Foundation, and private funding agencies including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Rampy Foundation for MS Research. He reviews grants regularly for the NIH, the Department of Defense and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.