Victor V Uteshev Gaard, PhD

Victor Uteshev Gaard, PhD

Associate Professor - Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Research interests:Drug therapy for age-, disease- and trauma-related impairments

Dr. Victor Uteshev has made the long-term goal of his laboratory to help develop clinically useful drug therapies that will ameliorate or even restore cognitive and autonomic functions in patients with age-, disease- and trauma-related impairments. His research concentrates on the positive effects chemicals such as nicotine may have on the brain – as in enhancing cognitive performance and resistance to brain injury, particularly in aging patients and people who have high risk for stroke and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Uteshev is focusing on compounds that are similar to nicotine but can bring mostly positive effects. In many diseases and pathological conditions, the brain doesn't create enough nicotine receptors and natural compounds that activate these receptors. In diseases and conditions such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and traumatic brain injury, the level of activation of nicotine receptors is deficient and cannot support normal brain function. His team’s goal is to develop clinically tested drug therapies that can compensate for these deficits and improve or restore cognitive and autonomic functions in patients with age-, disease- and trauma-related impairments. Dr. Uteshev also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine at Springfield, Ill., where he previously served as an assistant professor.
Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Physiology, University Of Toronto Master of Science, Biophysics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Bachelor of Science, General Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Honors:1997-99 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Mol. Physiology, University of Vermont 1997-99 – Postdoctoral Research Award, Human Frontier Science Program, France 1994-97 – Studentship, Neuroscience Center of Excellence 1994-97 – Connaught Scholarship, University of Toronto 1994-95 – Studentship, Medical Research Council, Canada, declined by VU 1992-93 – Research Associate, Institute of Physiology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany