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For Release: August 8, 2008
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New DMS Academic Affairs Dean Appointed

Dr. Leslie Henderson
Dr. Leslie Henderson

Hanover, N.H.—Dartmouth neuroscientist Dr. Leslie Henderson has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs. Her appointment, effective September 1, was announced by Dartmouth Medical School Dean Dr. William R. Green.

Henderson succeeds Dr. William Hickey, professor of pathology, who is stepping down after serving in the post for the past eight years to devote his time to other professional responsibilities both at the medical school and national level.

"I am looking forward to this new responsibility and hope that I can act as a fair and useful resource for the dean and for all of us at DMS," said Henderson, professor of physiology and of biochemistry.

A member of the faculty since in 1989, Henderson is recognized for her work on the influence of steroids on brain function and behavior. Her laboratory research focuses on determining how anabolic androgenic steroids regulate the expression and function of neurotransmitter receptors that are critical for the expression of behaviors altered in steroid abuse.

I am looking forward to this new responsibility and hope that I can act as a fair and useful resource for the dean and for all of us at DMS.

—Dr. Leslie Henderson

She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received a BA in human biology in 1978 and a PhD in neuroscience in 1982. She subsequently completed two postdoctoral positions; one at the University of California, San Diego and a second at Tufts University Medical School.

Her new administrative responsibilities encompass a broad array of activities related to recruitment, development and promotion of clinical and basic science faculty members at DMS and their interests throughout the medical school, medical center and college. She will work closely with the other deans and department chairs to support and promote academic excellence and the autonomy, morale and professional development of faculty across the institution.

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