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Allergy & Immunology Specialist, Internist
14 years of experience

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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
The University of Texas Southwestern (1997)
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

American Board of Allergy and Immunology
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
Long Island Allergy and Asthma Society

Affiliations ?

Dr. Meier is affiliated with 7 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Central Peninsula General Hospital
    250 Hospital Pl, Soldotna, AK 99669
    Top 25%
  • Valley Hospital
    2500 S Woodworth Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
    Top 50%
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    PO Box 196604, Anchorage, AK 99519
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
    2801 Debarr Rd, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Providence Extended Care Center
    4900 Eagle St, Anchorage, AK 99503
  • Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center
  • Providence Seward Wesley Care Center
    PO Box 365, Seward, AK 99664
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Meier has contributed to 9 publications.
    Title Social Closeness Increases Salivary Progesterone in Humans.
    Date August 2009
    Journal Hormones and Behavior

    We examined whether interpersonal closeness increases salivary progesterone. One hundred and sixty female college students (80 dyads) were randomly assigned to participate in either a closeness task with a partner versus a neutral task with a partner. Those exposed to the closeness induction had higher levels of progesterone relative to those exposed to the neutral task. Across conditions, progesterone increase one week later predicted the willingness to sacrifice for the partner. These results are discussed in terms of the links between social contact, stress, and health.

    Title Exploring the Motivational Brain: Effects of Implicit Power Motivation on Brain Activation in Response to Facial Expressions of Emotion.
    Date April 2009
    Journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

    This study tested the hypothesis that implicit power motivation (nPower), in interaction with power incentives, influences activation of brain systems mediating motivation. Twelve individuals low (lowest quartile) and 12 individuals high (highest quartile) in nPower, as assessed per content coding of picture stories, were selected from a larger initial participant pool and participated in a functional magnetic resonance imaging study during which they viewed high-dominance (angry faces), low-dominance (surprised faces) and control stimuli (neutral faces, gray squares) under oddball-task conditions. Consistent with hypotheses, high-power participants showed stronger activation in response to emotional faces in brain structures involved in emotion and motivation (insula, dorsal striatum, orbitofrontal cortex) than low-power participants.

    Title Relationship Between Salivary Cortisol and Progesterone Levels in Humans.
    Date March 2007
    Journal Biological Psychology

    In four studies, each with multiple hormone assessments before and after positive emotion-arousing laboratory manipulations, salivary progesterone positively correlated with salivary cortisol in men and women taking hormonal contraceptives but not in freely cycling women. This is consistent with the idea that progesterone in men is largely adrenal in origin, whereas in women its sources are both ovarian and adrenal. In addition, bi-partial correlations revealed that change in cortisol was positively related to change in progesterone levels; this effect was stronger in men than in women. These findings suggest that progesterone is released from the adrenal along with cortisol in humans, due to general adrenal activation and/or possibly as an additional negative feedback mechanism to down-regulate the stress response.

    Title Effect of Imported Fire Ant Extract on the Degradation of Mountain Cedar Pollen Allergen.
    Date February 2006
    Journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology

    BACKGROUND: Dust mite, cockroach, and mold extracts have been shown to contain proteases capable of degrading the proteins in other extracts. Loss of potency of allergens has been reported in mixtures containing cockroach and fungal extracts. Fire ant venoms consist of 90% to 95% n-alkyl and n-alkenyl piperidine alkaloids, which are not allergenic. No studies are available addressing the mixture of imported fire ant (IFA) whole-body extract with other allergens or the presence of proteolytic activity in the venom extract. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the stability of mountain cedar pollen extract mixed with IFA whole-body extract and to qualitatively analyze the extract mixture for degradation of mountain cedar protein. METHODS: One milliliter each of mountain cedar and IFA whole-body extracts at a concentration of 500 microg/mL were combined and stored at 4 degrees C for 1, 3, 6, 15, 30, 60, 90, and 180 days. Separate mixtures of 1 mL of mountain cedar and IFA with 1 mL of human serum albumin were used as controls. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was performed, and protein bands were qualitatively analyzed for degradation. RESULTS: We detected 3 distinct IFA protein bands and 1 mountain cedar protein band. With respect to these bands, no protein degradation was observed during 6 months of study in the extract mixture compared with the controls. CONCLUSIONS: Imported fire ant whole-body extract does not seem to degrade mountain cedar protein. Mixtures of allergenic extracts may be able to include IFA whole-body extract.

    Title Carbapenem Cross-reactivity with Penicillin.
    Date December 2005
    Journal The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
    Title Assessment of the Effects of Urges and Negative Affect on Smokers' Coping Skills.
    Date April 1994
    Journal Behaviour Research and Therapy

    A taped-situation test designed to elicit descriptions of how subjects would cope with circumstances that placed them at high risk for relapse to smoking was administered to 60 cigarette smokers following their participation in one of three treatment groups. Two of these groups had coping-response training incorporated into the treatment format. The negative affect and urge contents of eight scenarios were manipulated to examine the effect of these variables on coping responses. The predictive validity of this assessment was evaluated by conducting follow-up interviews for up to 1 yr following the assessment. The manipulation of negative affect and urges had an impact on cognitive and behavioral coping. The type of treatment the subjects received had no effect on any of the coping-response measures. Among the 49 subjects abstinent at the time of the coping assessment, measures of coping (especially those obtained when urges and negative affect were increased) and self-efficacy ratings were predictive of days to first relapse. The implications of the results for the assessment of coping-responses and conceptualizations of the role of coping in the relapse process are discussed.

    Title A Technique for Enhancing Cosmetics in Immediate Dentures.
    Date June 1974
    Journal The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
    Title Successful Administration of a 1-day Imported Fire Ant Rush Immunotherapy Protocol.
    Journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology

    BACKGROUND: Young children with a history of systemic reactions to imported fire ant (IFA) stings are at substantial risk of recurrent stings because of their maturational inability to practice appropriate avoidance techniques. OBJECTIVE: To present 3 cases in which patients 36 months or younger completed a 1-day rush immunotherapy (RIT) protocol with IFA whole-body extract (WBE). METHODS: The 1-day RIT protocol used for these patients was modified from the Wilford Hall 2-day rush protocol previously published. A 1:1 vol/vol maintenance vial consisted of 1 mL of IFA WBE and 9 mL of human serum albumin diluent in a 10-mL vial. RESULTS: All 3 patients had positive intradermal skin test results to IFA WBE. No systemic reactions occurred during the 1-day RIT. CONCLUSIONS: This case series provides data with which we can begin to assess the efficacy and safety of a 1-day IFA RIT protocol for the prevention of anaphylaxis in IFA allergic children. Further studies with larger numbers of patients are needed to confirm the findings.

    Title Corrigendum to ''social Closeness Increases Salivary Progesterone in Humans'' [horm. Behav. 56 (2009) 108-111].
    Journal Hormones and Behavior

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