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The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology had a dozen members representing it and presenting research at the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting in Chicago.

Researchers Present Findings at Experimental Biology 2017 Meeting

Published June 6, 2017

A dozen faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology participated in the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting.

Bradford Appointed as Academy Fellow

Peter G. Bradford, PhD, associate professor, was appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Pharmacological Educators.

The purpose of the Academy of Pharmacology Educators is to provide a means to recognize senior and mid-career individuals, who have made exemplary contributions to pharmacology education in the following areas:

  • student–teacher interaction
  • innovative contributions
  • scholarly endeavors
  • professional development and service

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, attended the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Mentor and Career Development committee meeting as a member and provided networking opportunities to UB students by facilitating introductions to leaders in pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience.

Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, associate professor, presented a talk titled “Deciphering Imidazoline I2 Receptors: A Behavioral Approach.”

Stewart Clark, PhD, assistant professor, also attended the meeting.

Doctoral Candidate Earns PhRMA Foundation Funding

Seven graduate students, several of whom received travel awards to attend the meeting, presented posters of their research.

Anthony J. Jones, a doctoral candidate in the neuroscience program, presented “Environmental Phthalate Diesters as hMT1 and hMT2 Melatonin Receptor Ligands.”

Jones, who is mentored by Dubocovich and Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD, assistant professor, was awarded a Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology.

The two-year, $40,000 award, supports career development activities of scientists, and its intent is to encourage multidisciplinary training to apply the perspective of molecular, cell and systems biology to pharmacology and toxicology research.

Jones, who received two travel awards, also received a competitive Best Poster Award (third place) from the Division of Toxicology.

Neuroscience, Pharmacology Trainees Present Posters

Grant Glatfelter, a doctoral candidate in pharmacology and toxicology, presented “Environmental Chemicals Compete for 2-[125I]-Iodomelatonin Binding to Melatonin Receptors in Brain Slices from C3H/HeN Mice.” He received a travel award and is mentored by Dubocovich and Rajnarayanan.

Diara Santiago Gonzalez, a doctoral candidate in pharmacology and toxicology, presented “Conditional Deletion of L-type Calcium Channels in Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells Affects Remyelination in Mice.” She is mentored by Pablo M. Paez, PhD, assistant professor.

Lakeisha Lewter, a doctoral candidate in the neuroscience program, presented “Antinociceptive Effects of Novel GABAA Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulators in Mice: Pain-Stimulated and Pain Depressed Behaviors.” She received a travel award and is mentored by Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, associate professor.

Justin Siemian, a doctoral candidate in the neuroscience program mentored by Li, presented “Ca2+ Signaling Inhibitors Attenuate the Antinociceptive but not Discriminative Stimulus Effects of the Imidazoline I2 Receptor Agonist 2-BFI in Rats.”

Juliany Marrero Vega, a master’s degree candidate in pharmacology and toxicology, presented “Cocaine as Opposed to Methamphetamine Did Not Restore Circadian Activity Rhythms in Arrhythmic Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Lesioned C3H/HeN Mice when Paired with Running Wheel.” Marrero Vega, who is mentored by Dubocovich, won three travel awards and a Best Poster Award (third place) from the Division of Neuropharmacology.

Emily Klatt, a master’s degree candidate in pharmacology and toxicology, presented “Effect of Melatonin Receptor Ligands on Acetylcholinesterase Activity in C3H/HeN Mouse Brain.” She won a travel award and is mentored by Rajnarayanan and Dubocovich.

Postdocā€™s Abstract Selected for Additional Presentation

Shannon Clough, a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology and toxicology, presented “Cocaine as Opposed to Methamphetamine Did Not Restore Circadian Activity Rhythms in Arrhythmic Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Lesioned C3H/HeN Mice when Paired with Running Wheel.”

She was also invited to present the same poster in the Neuropharmacology Division Junior Investigator Best Presentation Award category.

Clough won a travel award and is mentored by Dubocovich.

The ASPET annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017 was conducted April 22-26 in Chicago.