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Dr. Meyer
After completing his bachelor's degree, Dr. Meyer applied to two schools with tremendous Neuroscience Ph.D. programs, and was accepted to both: The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and Northern Illinois University (NIU). He was recruited, as an undergraduate, by the Department of Neuroscience faculty at both schools as well as several others, with which Dr. Meyer shared specific neuroscience interests with key faculty members. Dr. Meyer chose NIU and, in 1986, was awarded a full scholarship (plus complete stipends) into their doctoral program. Out of more than 400 applicants in 1986, only three were selected into the Neuroscience Ph.D. program. As an undergraduate, Dr. Meyer received the Sigma Xi research award (rarely awarded to undergraduates) and then received another one for his research at NIU. While at NIU, he was accepted into the International Society for Neuroscience Association and began presenting his (and his colleagues) research on specific neurodegenerative diseases at meetings held all over the world. Dr. Meyer completed his Masters degree in 1990, and his Ph.D. in 1993. Dr. Meyer then applied for, and was awarded, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, in the Department of Neurology. During his three years there, he entered into, and helped develop, an experimental neurosurgical program involving first both cats and monkeys. The goal of this research was to elucidate the basal forebrain neuronal mechanisms of learning and memory as they applied to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases. Dr. Meyer was awarded several federal government grants during this period. He was also invited as a Keynote Speaker, annually, in the Department of Neurology and gave numerous other presentations. In 1996, Dr. Meyer applied for, and received, a coveted Intramural Research Fellowship Award at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Meyer was responsible for helping to run a Neurodegenerative Diseases program within the Molecular Physiology and Genetics Section of the Neuroscience Core. During his time at NIH, Dr. Meyer authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. His work focused primarily on the acetylcholinergic/butyrlcholinergic mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease, but it was his work with the glutamatergic hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease that won him the esteemed NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence in 1998. While at NIH, he helped develop three different drugs (currently in clinical trials) for Alzheimer's disease. In 2001, Dr. Meyer, with his expertise in autonomic nervous system dysfunction, temporarily left NIH in order to lead the American Institute for Hyperhidrosis, the latter a medical condition that he was not only very familiar with, but also had suffered from throughout his adult life. After his own successful surgery, he decided to take a leave from NIH in order to help others who suffered from this disabling condition. Now, the Director of the American Institute for Hyperhidrosis, Dr. Meyer oversees the Institute's workings and spends hours both consulting with prospective patients as well as physicians in an effort to educate such individuals on hyperhidrosis and its effective treatments. Dr. Meyer is also researching the etiology of this condition (with fellow colleagues) and is the lead investigator of a study tentatively aimed to be published within two years, with a book to follow. In his work with the American Institute for Hyperhidrosis, Dr. Meyer is responsible for leading the scientific direction of the Institute, as well as advising the Institute's surgeons of new and developing treatment trends as they pertain to hyperhidrosis. The bulk of Dr. Meyer's work involves consulting with prospective patients from all over the world, and advising the Institute's surgeons as to their reasonable candidacy for ETS surgery and the method of treatment. Dr. Meyer spends approximately 90% of his time consulting with patients both before and after surgery, with the remainder being devoted to educating the medical community as to this condition as well as researching the condition from a neurophysiological perspective. Dr. Meyer is one of the most respected authorities in the field of hyperhidrosis and has written invited articles on the topic. He's been featured in the New Yorker magazine as an expert on the topic, and has been interviewed by Hugh Downs of 20/20 as well as Dateline NBC. He has traveled extensively to participate in the training of ETS surgeons, as well as to attend conferences specifically devoted to hyperhidrosis. Since 1998, Dr. Meyer has, without question, established himself as a respected expert in the field of autonomic nervous system dysfunction; particularly hyperhidrosis, and its underlying mechanisms and treatment modalities. Note: This synopsis of Dr. Meyer was co-authored by Dr. Goran Claes of Sweden; himself one of the leading pioneers of the ETS surgical procedure for hyperhidrosis.
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