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June 19, 2009: Thirty-Sixth Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium

Twenty-seven students and post-doctoral fellows and 6 faculty members of the Physiology and Pharmacology Department and CVMD graduate track attended the 36th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium held this year in Scott Hall at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  This 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 36 years ago by Dr. Theodore M. Brody of Michigan State University and Dr. Benedict Lucchesi of the University of Michigan.   


The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Daniel A. Walz, Associate Dean of Research at the Wayne State University, School of Medicine in the Jaffar Auditorium of Scott Hall.

The program included 13 oral presentations, including those by UT students Gargi Roy, Terry Hinds and Damien Earl, and 48 poster presentations.  


The first oral session was moderated by Bavneet Benipal and Damien Earl.

Erika Boerman, (MSU) (right) presented a talk entitled:  IP3 Receptors, but not ryanodine receptors mediate subsarcolemmal Ca2+ oscillations in arteriolar smooth muscle cells

Sarah Schumacher (UM) (no picture, but see below) presented a talk entitled: Antiarrhythmic drug-induced internalization of the atrial specific K+ channel, Kv1.5. 


Irene Papanayatou, (WSU) presented a talk entitled:  Palmitoylation failure results in segregation to high-molecular-weight complex/aggregate

Gargi Roy, (UT) presented a talk entitled:  Global conformation reversion underlies the rescue of ΔF508 CFTR misprocessing. 

Madhan Subramanian, (MSU) presented a talk entitled:  Resveratrol reverses estrogen-induced hypertension in female rats

Komal Sane, (WSU) introduced the keynote speaker, Heidi Hamm, Ph.D.

Heidi Hamm, Ph.D.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Heidi Hamm, Earl W. Sutherland, Jr. Professor and Chair of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.  Her presentation was entitled: Structural Basis of G protein Signaling. 

Dr. Bonnie Sloane, Chair of Pharmacology at the Wayne State University, School of Medicine introduced James Bernstein, Director, Government and Public Affairs, ASPET, who talked about "Developing effective science advocates: Making the case for increased funding for biomedical research".

Following lunch, forty-eight posters were on display in the Scott Hall cafeteria.  Posters were judged by faculty members and Margaret Prior (WSU) and Laurie Svoboda (UM) were awarded 1st and 2nd place respectively.

UT students: Terry Hinds, Lance Stechschulte, Don Whisler, and Katye Smedlund with Dr. Eddie Sanchez

WSU students: ?, Jennifer Rothberg, Irene Papanayatou, Mary Irwin, Komal Sane, Kadija Abounit, ? 

UT students: Yiliang Chen, Shuai Dong and QiQi Ye

UT students: Leah Palladino, Ed Toland, Kristine Angevine and Katye Smedlund

Vipula Petluru discussing her poster with Dr. Norbert Kaminski

Kristine Angevine discussing her poster with Dr. Eddie Sanchez

EdToland discussing his poster with Dr. Eric Morgan

Laurie Svoboda (left)


Drs. Guofu Shen, Heidi Hamm and Nick Davis

Drs. Liz Tietz and Bina Joe

Leah Palladino discusses her poster with Dr. Robert Wang

Moumita Banerjee and QiQi Ye

The second oral session was moderated by Kevin Hicks and Anita Saxena.

Terry Hinds, (UT) presented a talk entitled:  The discovery of glucocorticoid receptor beta in mice.

Daniel Foster, (UM) presented a talk entitled:  Muscarinic receptor regulation of osmosensitive taurine transport in human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells

Bernadette Victor, (WSU) presented a talk entitled:  Investigating the role of proteases in aggressiveness of inflammatory breast cancer

Erica Sparkenbaugh, (MSU) presented a talk entitled:  Hypoxia and neutrophil elastase interact to cause hepatocellular injury and increse oxidative stress and phosphorylation of P38 MAPK

UT students and faculty: From the top - Lance Stechschulte, Don Whisler, Terry Hinds, Dr. Edith Mensah-Osman, Leah Palladino and Kristine Angevine

The third oral session was moderated by Dan Foster and Priya Raman

Christine Dugan, (MSU) presented a talk entitled:  Gender-dimorphic inflammatory response in halothane-induced liver injury in mice

Erica Levitt, (UM) presented a talk entitled:  Membrane cholesterol removal promotes a low agonist affinity state of mu opioid receptors

Damien Earl, (UT) presented a talk entitled:  Direct, concentration-dependent inhibition of recombinant neural L-type voltage-gated calcium channel currents by GABA-A receptor modulators

Claudio Villalobos, (WSU) presented a talk entitled:  Involvement of neuronal calcium sensor proteins in the gating of the slow after-hyperpolarization in pyramidal neurons of the prefrontal cortex

Dinner was held at the Majestic Cafe.

During dinner winners of the oral and poster presentations were announced and presented by Dr. Nick Davis the faculty organizer of this year's colloquium.   The prize for best oral presentation went to Sarah Schumacher (UM) from Jeffrey Martens’ laboratory.  She will receive a check and a plaque.  Her talk was entitled: Antiarrhythmic drug-induced internalization of the atrial specific K+ channel, Kv1.5. 

Sarah Schumacher (UM) presented award by Dr. Nick Davis

Second place went to Daniel Foster, (UM) from Steven Fisher's laboratory.  His talk was entitled: Muscarinic receptor regulation of osmosensitive taurine transport in human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells.

Daniel Foster and Dr. Nick Davis

The prize for best poster went to Margaret Prior (WSU) Nick Davis' laboratory.  She will receive a check and a plaque.  Her poster was entitled: Search for the functions that mediate protein de-palmitoylation.  Second place went to Laurie Svoboda (UM) from Jeffrey Martens' laboratory.  Her poster was entitled: Sulfenic acid modification: a novel link between the cardiovascular K+ channel, Kv1.5, and oxidative stress .  

Laurie Svoboda and Dr. Nick Davis

U of M students


Gargi Roy and Anita Saxena at the Majestic Cafe

Next year, the 37th Annual Colloquium will be hosted by Michigan State University.
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