A. Courtney DeVries, PhD – John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology; Assistant Vice President for Faculty Mentoring, WVU Cancer Center, WVU RNI
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Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology; WVU Cancer Center; WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
PhD, University of Maryland
Post-doctoral Fellow, NIH, Bethesda
Social Influences on Health Outcomes; Breast Cancer; Stroke; Cardiac Arrest; Pain; Neuroinflammation
John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology; Assistant Vice President for Faculty Mentoring, WVU Cancer Center, WVU RNI
About A. Courtney DeVries, PhD
Dr. DeVries serves as a professor in the Section of Hematology/ Oncology in the
WVU School of Medicine Department of Medicine with a joint appointment as a member of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. In addition, she holds the John T. and June R. Chambers Chair of Oncology Research in the
WVU Cancer Institute. Dr. DeVries also serves as assistant vice president for faculty mentoring as part of the Office of Research and Graduate Education team.
Dr. DeVries received her BS degree in Biology at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her PhD from the University of Maryland, then conducted postdoctoral studies at the NIH. She was an assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, before being recruited to the faculty at Ohio State University. She was on the faculty at The Ohio State University from 2000 – 2018, during which time she served as Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, and was a member of the Neuroscience Research Institute. She also had joint appointments in the Colleges of Nursing and Veterinarian Medicine.
Her lab has been at the forefront of characterizing the effects of social isolation on health outcomes ranging from stroke to cancer. This work has identified physiological mechanisms underpinning the role of social isolation in animal models that may be targeted to improve outcomes in people recovering from health challenges. Currently, Dr. DeVries is directing three NIH and several foundation-funded projects. Much of her recent work focuses on so-called “chemo-brain”, the role of chemotherapy drugs on post-treatment memory, mood, and sleep.
Past 10 years
Selected Recent Publications
- Borniger JC, Walker WH, Gaudier-Diaz MM, Stegman CJ, Zhang N, Hollyfield JL, Nelson
DeVries AC (2017).
Time-of-day dictates transcriptional inflammatory responses to cytotoxic chemotherapy.
Scientific Reports, 7, 41220. doi:10.1038/srep41220
- Walker WH, Borniger JC, Surbhi, Zalenski AA, Muscarella SL, Fitzgerald JA, Zhang
N, Gaudier-Diaz MM,
DeVries AC (2017).
Mammary tumors induce central pro-inflammatory cytokine expression, but not behavioral
deficits in Balb/C mice.
Scientific Reports, 7:8152. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-07596-9
- Hinzey A, Gaudier-Diaz MM, Lustberg MB,
DeVries AC (2016).
Breast cancer and social environment: getting by with a little help from our
Breast Cancer Research, 18:54. doi.org/10.1186/s13058-016-0700-x
- Orchard TS., Gaudier-Diaz MM, Weinhold KR,
DeVries AC (2017).
Clearing the fog: A review of the effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acids and
added sugars on chemotherapy-induced cognitive deficits.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 161:391-398. doi.org/10.1007/s10549-016-4073-8
- Borniger JC, Gaudier-Diaz MM, Zhang N, Nelson RJ,
DeVries AC (2015).
Cytotoxic chemotherapy increases sleep and sleep fragmentation in non-tumor-bearing
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 47:218-227. doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2014.11.001
- Mechanisms influencing post-chemotherapy quality of life
- Neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social behavior and stress
- Behavioral pharmacology
- Mechanisms of neuroplasticity following neuronal injury and cerebral ischemia