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Richard A. Glennon, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard A. Glennon obtained his B.S. degree in Pharmacy and M.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. After a year in the pharmaceutical industry (Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis) in New Jersey, he went on to obtain his doctoral degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, followed by an ADAMHA (Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Mental Health) postdoctoral fellowship in psychopharmacology with Dr. Peter Gessner at the School of Medicine, SUNY. He was recruited to a faculty position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (which he later changed to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), as an assistant professor in 1974.  

Dr. Glennon is currently professor, department Chair, and the Alfred and Frances Burger Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has trained >50 graduate students and >50 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists (some of the most talented people imaginable), has published >400 articles and book chapters, and holds a number of patents. Although he has long worked in the area of serotonin and on the development of serotonin sub-population selective agonists and antagonists, this work has been intertwined with the role of serotonin (especially 5-HT2A) receptors in the actions of classical hallucinogens and related psychoactive agents. Additional interests include other central receptors (e.g. benzodiazepine, nACh, sigma, imidazoline, dopamine), as well as membrane transporters (e.g. SERT, DAT, NET, OCT) in the actions of abused agents, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. His research has been continuously funded for >40 years by NIH and other governmental agencies.

He is currently a Senior/Associate Editor for the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Editor Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry Research – two journals founded by Dr. Alfred Burger – and is also a member of the editorial board of Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry. Prior awards include the VCU Award of Excellence (in teaching, research, and service), the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Research Achievement Award, the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry’s Order of the Oak and Tulip Medal, and the joint Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Division’s Portoghese Lectureship.

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