Cynthia Gross

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Cynthia Gross, Ph.D.

Academic Title

Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology


Tufts University, 1972
M. Phil., Yale University, 1976
Yale University, 1978

Contact Info




Office Address

7-149 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address

University of Minnesota
College of Pharmacy
Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
7-115 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Research Interests:
Her research focuses on improving the quality of life and health outcomes of solid organ transplant candidates and recipients, and patients with diabetes or other medication-intensive chronic illnesses. Her current study is an NIH-funded clinical trial called "Journeys to Wellness: A Kidney Transplant Patient Study." This study will compare a mind-body approach, called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (tMBSR), to a support group for kidney transplant candidates. t stands for telephone. Both interventions will be conducted mostly by teleconference. To learn more about this study send an e-mail to, view study number NCT01254214 or follow this link to the study brochure.

Research Interests

  • mindfulness meditation
  • organ transplant
  • quality of life
  • symptom management


Gross CR, Kreitzer MJ, Thomas W, Reilly-Spong M, Cramer-Bornemann M, Nyman JA, Frazier P & Ibrahim HN. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for solid organ transplant recipients: A randomized controlled trial. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 16(5):30-38, 2010.

Gross CR, Kreitzer MJ, Reilly-Spong M, Wall M, Winbush NY, Patterson R, Mahowald M, Cramer-Bornemann M. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs. pharmacotherapy for primary chronic insomnia: A pilot randomized controlled clinical trial. Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing, 7(2); 76-87, 2011.

Gross CR, Kreitzer MJ, Reilly-Spong M, Winbush NY, Schomaker EK & Thomas W. Mindfulness meditation training to reduce symptom distress in transplant patients; Rationale, design and experience with a recycled waitlist. Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society of Clinical Trials. 6:76-898, 2009
Ibrahim HN, Foley R, Tan LP, Rogers T, Bailey RF, Guo H, Gross CR, Matas JF. Long-term consequences of kidney donation. New England Journal of Medicine. 360:459-69, 2009.

Graziano JA & Gross CR. The impact of an automated telephone intervention on HbA1c in type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial. Advances in Nursing Science. 32 (3), E42-57, 2009.

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