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2011 News

August 23, 2011: Welcome new BMS Graduate Students

The Inaugural Lab Coat Ceremony was held at 4:00PM to welcome the new graduate students into the BMS program. Each graduate student was presented a lab coat embroidered with their name and a coffee mug imprinted with the program logo.

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August 15, 2011: Sima Rahman successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Sima Rahman who successfully defended her dissertation August 15. The title of her dissertation was Role of PPARγ2 in Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell Lineage Allocation and Regulation of Bone Mass and her major advisor was Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik. PPARγ is an important transcription factor, which helps control whether marrow mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into adipocytes or osteoblasts and accounts for the loss of bone mineral density in patients treated with the members of the thiazolidinediones class of drugs such as rosiglitazone. Other members of her advisory committee were Drs. Nader Abraham, Khew-Voon Chin, Ivana Dela Serna, Eddie Sanchez, and Cynthia Smas.


 

June 22, 2011: Sima Rahman receives ASBMR Annual Meeting Travel Grant

Congratulations Sima! Sima has been selected to receive a 2011 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Travel Grant for her abstract which has been selected for oral presentation entitled “Adipocyte-specific Expression of FoxC2 Increases Bone Mass through Upregulation of Wnt10b Expression and Increase in Energy Production in Marrow Adipocytes”. The Young Investigator Travel Grant is given to the top Young Investigators who will be presenting an oral or plenary poster presentation at the ASBMR 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego. She will receive $500 to support her travel to the Meeting. To be eligible to receive this travel grant, individuals must be the first and presenting author of the highest ranking abstracts within each category and within five years of completion of a Ph.D. This of course does not preclude students, such as Sima, who have not yet graduated from being eligible. Sima is a student in Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik’s lab.


 

 

June 21, 2011: Vipula Petluru successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Vipula Petluru who successfully defended her dissertation June 21. The title of her dissertation was Selective modulation of PPARγ activities in marrow mesenchymal stem cells and their effects on bone and her major advisor was Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik. PPARγ is an important transcription factor, which helps control whether marrow mesenchymal stem cellsdifferentiate into adipocytes or osteoblasts and accounts for the loss of bone mineral density in patients treated with the members of the thiazolidinediones class of drugs such as rosiglitazone. In her project, Vipula has been studying how certain members of another commonly prescribed class of drugs, angiotensin receptor antagonists, may interfere with this process. Other members of her advisory committee were Drs. Sonia Najjar, Eddie Sanchez, Edith Mensah-Osman and Ambalangodage Jayasuriya.


 

 

June 17, 2011 Combined Annual Pharmacology Colloquium and CVMD Research Forum

The 38th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium was hosted this year by the UT College of Medicine Dept. of Physiology and was combined with the department's 2nd Annual Student Research Forum.  This Pharmacology Colloquium brings together graduate students and faculty from the “pharmacology” departments of the Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Toledo, College of Medicine for a day long scientific program.  Each of the schools takes turns in hosting this annual event. The colloquium primarily provides a forum for doctoral students to present their research in both oral and poster presentations and an opportunity for all participants to exchange ideas.  These colloquia were initiated 38 years ago by Dr. Theodore M. Brody of Michigan State University and Dr. Benedict Lucchesi of the University of Michigan.   

The program included 13 oral presentations, including those by UT students Kristine Angevine, Jean-Yves Tano, Lance Stechschulte and Leah Wuescher, 50 poster presentations including 12 presented by UT students.  The keynote lecture was presented by John Hall, Ph.D. Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chairman Dept. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, an Honorary Guest Lecture -the Vladimir Nigrovic Lectureship in Pharmacology and Anesthesiology was presented by Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  

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The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Nader Abraham, Chair of the UT Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology

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 KEYNOTE LECTURE 

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John Hall, Ph.D. Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chairman Dept. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Mississippi Medical Center

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 ORAL SESSIONS

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Jean-Yves Tano (UT)

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Lance Stechschulte (UT)

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Jean-Yves Tano, Guillermo Vazquez, Bina Joe, Kristine Angevine, Robert Gallo and Edith Mensah-Osman 

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 Robert Gallo and Jean-Yves Tano

 POSTER SESSION

Mathew Benskey from Michigan State University and Yeshavanth Banasavadi-Siddegowda tied for first place. Second place went Lauren Purington from the University of Michigan and third place went to Seema Shah from Wayne State University.

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 Edith Mensah-Osman and Joe Marino

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Moumita Banerjee, quizzed by Nick Davis and Patricia Komuniecki

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Katye Smedlund, (UT) 

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 Leah Wuescher, (UT)

Vladimir Nigrovic Lectureship in Pharmacology and Anesthesiology

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 Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine presenting the
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AWARDS BANQUET

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 Drs. Nader Abraham, Joe Shapiro and Alan Marco with Lisa Akeman, Hesham Youssef, Anita Easterly, Martha Heck and Deb LeBarr

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 Luca Vanella and Jean-Yves Tano present Dr. Abraham with an award from the students

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  Drs. Robert Gallo, Benedict Lucchesi and Nader Abraham

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 Jean-Yves Tano and Luca Vanella.  Thanks for editing the program book!


 

March 23, 2011 Annual Biomedical Graduate Research Forum

The Annual Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum was held on March 23 and 24, 2011.  This event is organized by the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students of the UT Health Science Campus and provides an opportunity for health science students to present their work to fellow students and faculty.  Ten students in the CVMD track presented posters. Two CVMD students Jean-Yves Tano and Namrata Madan were among the top 6 finalists.  Winners were first place Minal Mulye (IIT track), second place Paul Schroder and third place Mithun Khattar (both in IIT track). The judge of the final six was Thomas M. McIntyre, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH. Dr. McIntyre also presented the keynote address entitled “Oxidized phospholipids are required for TNFα-induced cell death”.

The event was held in the atrium of the Center for Creative Education.

 

Yan Yanling Yan (CVMD) discusses her poster with Dr. Claudio Cortis.
Jean-Yves Tano (CVMD track) one of the 6 finalists presents his poster to Dr. Claudio Cortis (IIT) Tano
Namrata Madan (CVMD track) one of the 6 finalists and Minal Mulye (IIT track) are members of the BMS student council.

 Madan and Mulye

Last Updated: 1/5/17