Margaret M. McCarthy
  • Professor and Chair, Dept of Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
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PhD, Rutgers University

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Top Five McCarthy papers and their impact
H-index = 60 (Scopus)
Total citations =11,006

• VanRyzin, J. W., Marquardt, A. E., Argue, K. J., Vecchiarelli, H. A., Ashton, S. E., Arambula, S. E., Hill, M. N. and McCarthy, M. M. (2019). Microglial Phagocytosis of Newborn Cells Is Induced by Endocannabinoids and Sculpts Sex Differences in Juvenile Rat Social Play. Neuron 102(2): 435-449 e436.
• Lenz, K. M., Pickett, L. A., Wright, C. L., Davis, K. T., Joshi, A. and McCarthy, M. M. (2018). Mast Cells in the Developing Brain Determine Adult Sexual Behavior. J Neurosci 38(37): 8044-8059.
• Nugent, B. M., Wright, C. L., Shetty, A. C., Hodes, G. E., Lenz, K. M., Mahurkar, A., Russo, S. J., Devine, S. E. and McCarthy, M. M. (2015). Brain feminization requires active repression of masculinization via DNA methylation. Nat Neurosci 18(5): 690-697.
• Schwarz, J. M., Liang, S. L., Thompson, S. M. and McCarthy, M. M. (2008). Estradiol induces hypothalamic dendritic spines by enhancing glutamate release: a mechanism for organizational sex differences. Neuron 58(4): 584-598.
• Amateau, S. K. and McCarthy, M. M. (2004). Induction of PGE2 by estradiol mediates developmental masculinization of sex behavior. Nat Neurosci 7(6): 643-650.
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