Carl L. Faingold, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and neurology, has been named chair of the pharmacology department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. He succeeds Ezio Giacobini, M.D., Ph.D., who is retiring. (Note: He is currently professor of pharmacology and a Southern Illinois University Distinguished Scholar.
Faingold joined SIU's faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor of pharmacology and was promoted to professor in 1987. His previous administrative appointments at SIU include acting associate dean for research (1992) and acting chair of pharmacology (1981-83). He has chaired the School's research policy committee since 1991.
Faingold earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy at the University of Illinois in Chicago (1965) and his doctoral degree in pharmacology at Northwestern University (1970). He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropharmacology at the University of Missouri Institute of Psychiatry (1970-72).
Faingold's research interests include convulsive seizure mechanisms, anticonvulsant pharmacology, hearing mechanisms and alcohol abuse. He currently has two National Institutes of Health grants funding his study of neurotransmitters in epilepsy and alcoholism. His academic accomplishments include over 60 articles in scientific journals, 13 books and over 100 presentations at national and international scientific conferences. He is a member of American Association for Advancement of Science, American Epilepsy Society, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Association for Research in Otolaryagology, International Neural Network Society, New York Academy of Sciences, Research Society on Alcoholism, Rho Pi Phi, Sigma Xi and Society for Neuroscience.
A native of Chicago, is married to Carol Faingold and has three adult children, Scott, Robert and Charles.