OCT. 25, 2001 | The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees recently recognized Shirley Ann Gilmore, Ph.D., for her scientific career and 39 years of distinguished service as professor and former chair of the Department of Anatomy in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The board conferred emeritus rank on Dr. Gilmore, making her professor emeritus of anatomy at UAMS, in a resolution on Oct. 2.
”Dr. Gilmore has brought reflected honor to the University and State in her numerous national and international achievements, academic awards, and honors,” the trustees resolved.
The College of Medicine honored Dr. Gilmore at a reception Sept. 21. Dr. Gilmore’s teaching responsibilities have been primarily in medical neuroscience, anatomy for seniors and residents in orthopaedic surgery and in obstetrics and gynecology, and regional gross anatomy electives for seniors. She has been director of the Arkansas Center for Neuroscience and has served as a consultant to or member of review or advisory committees for the National Research Council and the National Institute of Mental Health, and as chair of the Neurology A Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gilmore’s research focus has been maturation of the spinal cord, response of the spinal cord to injury, and its ability to recover from injury.
Gwen V. Childs, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Anatomy (left) and Shirley Gilmore, Ph.D., admire materials at a retirement reception for Dr. Gilmore. (Kevin Christensen, UAMS Media Services)
Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., congratulates Dr. Gilmore. (Kevin Christensen, UAMS Media Services)
Gwen V. Childs, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy, earlier noted, “Dr. Gilmore has had an outstanding and distinguished career in neuroscience.” She has had more than 70 papers published in respected scholarly journals in the neurosciences. She had continuous external funding for research for 42 years, placing her in the top one percent of all scientists.
Dr. Gilmore developed a model for the study of glial-neuronal interactions that has been used by noted neuroscientists around the world. Investigators continue to cite her work, which she reviewed at the Second International Conference on Glial Interfaces in the Nervous System in Uppsala, Sweden, in May.
She has been active in leading scientific societies including the Society for Neuroscience, the Extramural Science Advisory Board of the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Association of Anatomists, and the International Anatomical Nomenclature Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
As an educator, Dr. Gilmore has received honors from her undergraduate alma mater, Thiel College, the National Library of Medicine, the AAAS, the Alpha Omega Alha Honor Medical Society, and the Arkansas Caduceus Club. The UAMS College of Medicine named her Master Teacher in 2000. Dr. Gilmore has been a mentor to high school and undergraduate students as well as medical students.
In service to UAMS, Dr. Gilmore helped develop the Women’s Faculty Development Caucus, which began in 1989. The caucus received the 1997 Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
”Over the years, a number of women faculty have benefited directly and indirectly as Dr. Gilmore served as a role model scientist, educator, and administrator. Her service was during a time when it was not easy for women to … advance,” Dr. Childs has said. In addition, “Dr. Gilmore developed a very well run department [of anatomy], with major strength in neuroscience and the teaching of anatomical sciences.”