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Dr. Alvin V. Terry Jr.

Tenured Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Director of the Small Animal Behavior Core Facility

Georgia Health Sciences University

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Georgia Health Sciences University

1120 15th Street

Augusta, Georgia 30912

United States

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Regents Professor and Chair

Georgia Regents University

President and Chief Executive Officer

Prime Behavior Testing Laboratories Inc

Associate Vice President for Basic Science Research

Augusta University

Regents Professor and Chair

Augusta University


University of Georgia

Position, Numerous Study Sections

National Institutes of Health


Environmental Protection Agency Federal Insecticide




University of Georgia

doctorate in pharmacology

University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy

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Alvin V. Terry, Jr., Ph.D.

President and CEO
Dr. Terry is a tenured Regents Professor and the Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Georgia Regents University (GRU) in Augusta, Georgia. He also holds joint appointments as Professor of Neurology and Graduate Studies at GRU and is a licensed pharmacist in Georgia and South Carolina. He has more than 25 years of research experience in neuropharmacology and drug development and has conducted numerous collaborative projects and contracts with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Next on the schedule are presentations related to brain and nervous system abnormalities by Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, presenting, "Magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging Patterns in Gulf War Illness," and Dr. Alvin Terry of the Georgia Health Sciences University, presenting "Functional consequences of repeated organophosphate exposure: potential non-cholinergic mechanisms.

Dr. Terry was awarded CDMRP funding in FY11 for an organophosphate-related study and its effects on the myelin sheathing of nerves and transport of nerve signals between the axonal endings of nerve cells.

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Dr. Terry's study, "Organophosphate-Related Alterations in Myelin and Axonal Transport in the Living Mammalian Brain," was funded with FY11 GWI CDMRP funds. At the end of an arduous sifting and winnowing process, the well qualified proposals that made it to the final stage of evaluation totalled nearly $31 million. With just a Congressional appropriation of just $8 million, only six were able to be funded, including Dr. Terry's important study that, if successful, will help identify specific targets for treatment.

Dr. Alvin Terry, a professor at GHSU, and his colleague, Dr. Nathan Yanasak, are conducting a three-year study on the neurological symptoms of Gulf War illness. JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Dr. Alvin Terry, a professor at GHSU, and his colleague, Dr. Nathan Yanasak, are conducting a three-year study on the neurological symptoms of Gulf War illness.
Troops were also routinely exposed to the chemical in insecticides, said Dr. Alvin Terry, the director of the Animal Behavior Center at GHSU and professor of pharmacology and toxicology. Terry and a colleague, Dr. Nathan Yanasak, have an $860,000, three-year grant from the DOD to study whether the chemicals can cause nerve damage in the brains of animals - in this case, mice - that could lead to memory and attention problems.
"For it to maintain its health, it has to be able to transport things" along the axon of the nerve, Terry said. The researchers are using newer technology, such as manganese-enhanced MRI, to study that because manganese is known to be taken up and transported by nerves in the brain, he said. Researchers will also check whether the protective sheath of the nerve cells, known as myelin, is depleted by the low-level exposure, which can affect nerve firing. "It's probably subtle if it is there," Terry said. In previous work, including a study published this year, Terry and colleagues showed that "subthreshold" doses of the chemical caused memory and attention problems in rats even months later. "Long after they have been exposed, you can still pick up on these memory deficits," he said. What makes that intriguing is that it is similar to problems that plague veterans with Gulf War illness, Terry said. The study in animals is is being done to find out whether that is the cause of the symptoms, which could stem from a number of other causes, such as the oil well fires that raged during the conflict and had wide exposure, Terry said. "There's a whole multitude of things that you could say might be a possibility," he said. The DOD has funded research over the years into what might cause Gulf War illness, "but no one has really solved it. There have been a lot of controversies." His work has drawn some fire from chemical companies, but Terry said he strives for balance in his view of the chemicals. "They have without a doubt dramatically improved farming productivity, and they have helped to get rid of vector-bone illnesses," he said.

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Dr. Alvin V. Terry Jr., MCG pharmacologist, is co-investigator on the studies.  

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