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June 12, 2015: The 42nd Annual Pharmacology Colloquium at the University of Toledo

The 42nd Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium was hosted this year by the University of Toledo Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology.  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 43 years ago by Dr. Theodore M. Brody of Michigan State University and Dr. Benedict Lucchesi of the University of Michigan.  

Welcome addresses were delivered by Dr. Howard Rosenberg, Interim Chair of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology and Dr. William Messer, UT Vice President for Research and former Chairman of the Dept. of Pharmacology in the UT College of Pharmacy.

There were 139 registrants from the 4 schools including over 90 students and 45 faculty.  Students number included not only the graduate students in the programs but also 17 undergraduates including summer students.  The program included 13 oral presentations, including those by UT students Simona Ghanem, Hilda Ghadieh, Harshal Wagulde, and Xi Cheng, and 40 poster presentations with 5 presented by UT students.  The keynote lecture was presented by Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. current Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

I think all participants would agree the quality of the oral and poster presentations was excellent.  The judges had a difficult job to select the winners, who were, for the oral competition, 1st place Colleen Carpenter from the University of Michigan and 2nd place Nikita Joshi from Michigan State University and, in the poster competition, 1st place Kathryn Livingston from the University of Michigan and 2nd place Jonathan Diedrich from Wayne State University. Congratulations to the winners! Also thanks to the judges, Jamie Bernard, Bryan Copple, Jim Galligan, and Benita Sjögren from MSU, Paul Hollenberg, Jorge Iniguez, Paul Jenkins, and Emily Jutkiewicz from UM, Bina Joe, Sivarajan Kumarasamy, Beata Lecka-Czernik and Nitin Puri from UT, Nick Davis, Karin List, Gene Schoener and Stan Terlecky from WSU and finally our special guest, keynote speaker Tim Wiltshire from UNC who volunteered to help with the judging.

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Dr. William Messer, UT Vice President for Research welcomes participants

 ORAL SESSION 1: Moderators were Jake Mahoney (UM) and Sumeet Solanki (UT)

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Simona Ghanem, (UT) presents her talk

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Asmita Pant from Wayne State University presents her talk

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  Session 1 moderator, Sumeet Solanki (UT)

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 Nikita Joshi from Michigan State University was the second place award winner for her oral presentation entitled Fibrin(ogen) engagement of αMβ2-integrin limits chronic liver fibrosis induced by a bile duct intoxicant in mice.  Congratulations Nikita.
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Paul Hollenberg, PhD from the University of Michigan questions Nikita Joshi about her work.
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Session 1 moderator Jake Mahoney (UM) introduces Carrie Johnson 
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Carrie Johnson (UM) presents her talk
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Hilda Ghadieh (UT) presents her talk
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Hilda Ghadieh (UT) giving her presentation on the effects of the drug exenatide on non-alcoholic hepatosteatosis

KEYNOTE LECTURE

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Harshal Wagulde (UT) introduces keynote lecturer Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presented the keynote lecture entitled, Pharmacogenomics, Great Promise but Poor Implementation

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TimWiltshire, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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 Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Dr. Howard Rosenberg, interim chair of the UT Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology thanks Dr. Tim Wiltshire for coming to the colloquium to present his work.

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Dr. Howard Rosenberg, interim chair of the UT Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology thanks Dr. Tim Wiltshire for coming to the colloquium to present his work.

 LUNCH on the MULFORD LIBRARY PATIO

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Harrison Muturi, PhD, Hilda Ghadieh,  James Liu, Katie Smedlund, PhD, Judy Daboul, Alexa Jaume, Simona Ghanem, and Lucia Russo, PhD

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MSU students Alexandra Turley, Nikita Joshi, Isola Brown, Ashley Maiuri

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Jamie Bernard, PhD, Cheryl Rockwell PhD, Tim Wiltshire, PhD, Bina Joe, PhD, Robert Roth, PhD, Bryan Copple, PhD

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Bina Joe, PhD, Robert Roth, Bryan Copple, PhD, Jamie Bernard, PhD, Cheryl Rockwell PhD, Tim Wiltshire, PhD

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Nusrat Matin, James Galligan, ?, ?, ?, Sebastien Hayoz, Courtney Fisher (MSU)

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University of Michigan students: Jake Mahoney, Andrew Nelson, Carrie Johnson, Kathryn Livingston, Nick Radant, Frances Kercher, Nicholas Griggs

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Amanda Bolles, Nicole Michmerhuizen, Colleen Carpenter, Benita Sjogren, PhD, Paul Jenkins, PhD, Rachel Altschuler, Evan Schramm, and Emily Jutkiewicz, PhD

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Margaret Gnegy, PhD, Eddie Sanchez, PhD and Stephen Fisher, PhD

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Margaret Gnegy (UM), PhD and Eddie Sanchez (UT)

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 UT students with Dr. Terry Hinds: Lucien McBeth, Melody Chiu, Assumpta Nwaneri, Jenalee Hinds, Terry Hinds and Shermel Sherman

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U of M attendees Bing Zheng, Morgan Philips, Jorge Iniguez, PhD. and Xingyi Pan

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Lawrence Lash, Stan Terlecky, Nick Davis, Mac McCauley and Paul Jenkins

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Chairperson's lunch: Bonnie Sloane, Paul Hollenberg, Howard Rosenberg, William Messer, Rick Neubig, and Lori Isom

POSTERS: MULFORD LIBRARY ANNEX 


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 Drs. Howard Rosenberg and Eddie Sanchez

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Sebastien Hayoz, PhD (MSU) explains his work to Stuart Collins (UT)

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Sebastien Hayoz, PhD (MSU) explains his work to Stuart Collins (UT)

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Joseph Zagorski with his poster (MSU)

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Alexandra Turley (MSU) with her poster

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Gorica Ristic (WSU) discusses her work with Jim Galligan, PhD (MSU)

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Nicholas Griggs (UM) with his poster

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Jake Mahoney, (UM)

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Kathryn Livingston (UM) who was the first place winner in the poster competition discusses her work with judge Gene Schoener (WSU)

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Joseph Henriquez (MSU) presents his work to Peter Cobbett, PhD (MSU)

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 Madiha Khalid, PhD (MSU) discusses her poster with Nadia Ayala-Lopez (MSU)

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Andrew Mecca (MSU) discusses his poster with Nadia Ayala-Lopez (MSU)

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Lucien McBeth (UT), describes his work to Shermel Sherman (UT))

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Joanna Sutton  (WSU) discusses her poster with Kaliph Page and Andrew Schoenbeck (WSU) 

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Poster Session

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Joseph Henriquez (MSU) presents his work to Robert Roth (MSU)

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Mengjie Wang (UT) discusses her work with judge Gene Schoener (WSU)

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Teri Lansdell (MSU) discusses her work with Margaret Gnegy, PhD (UM)

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 Left: Joshua Heyza (WSU) with Frances Kercher and Nick Radant (UM); right Margaret Gnegy, PhD (UM) and Teri Lansdell (MSU)

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Latrice Faulkner (UT)

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Latrice Faulkner, Katie Smedlund and Jenalee Hinds (UT)

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Terry Hinds, PhD, Lucien McBeth, and Eddie Sanchez, PhD (UT)

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Prabhat Dube, Simona Ghanem and Hilda Ghadieh (UT)

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Emily Jutkiewicz (UM) and Richard Neubig (MSU)

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Neco Wilson, (MSU) explains her poster to Lori Isom (UM)

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Ryan Albee and Ashley Maiuri (MSU)

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Kibrom Gebremedhin at his poster with with Nadia Ayala-Lopez (MSU)

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Prince Ampem (UT)describes his work to judge Jamie Bernard, PhD (MSU)

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Nadine El-Ayache (MSU) discusses her work with Evan Schramm (UM)

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Amanda Bolles (UM)presents her poster to judge Sivarajan Kumarasamy, PhD (UT)

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Alexandra Colon-Rodriguez with her poster (MSU)

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Jonathan Diedrich (WSU) entertains Xingyi Pan and Morgan Phillips (UM) with his second place award winning poster.

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Bina Joe, PhD (UT) with her students Xi Cheng and Harshal Wagulde

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Sarah Mikelman (UM) with Colleen Carpenter (UM) at he her poster

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Lucien McBeth, Melody Chiu, Eddie Sanchez, PhD, Terry Hinds, PhD and Stuart Collins (UT)

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Lucien McBeth and Stuart Collins (UT)

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Judges at work: Gene Schoener (WSU), Paul Hollenberg, (UM) and Sivarajan Kumarasamy (UT)

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Xi Cheng, Harshal Wagulde, Bina Joe and Resmi Pillai (UT)

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Andrew Beavis (UT, colloquium coordinator)

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Sophia Kaska, (MSU) explaining her work to U of M summer student Nick Radant

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Xiaoming Fan (UT) with his poster and fellow student Youjie Zhang

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Anita Rana, PhD (UT) with Dept. Chair Howard Rosenberg, MD, PhD

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Nusrat Matin at her poster with her lab-mate Courtney Fisher and their advisor at MSU Anne Dorrance, PHD

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Daniel Huereca at his poster with Huijie Feng (MSU)

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Irina (Xiao Xue) Zhang (center) with Zoey Tang and Nicole Michmerhuizen (UM)

ORAL SESSION II: Moderators Kibrom Gebremedhin (MSU) and Rebecca Farr (WSU)

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 Arko Sen (WSU) presents his talk

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Isola Brown (MSU) presents her talk that included a memorable and impressive demonstration of GI motility

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Isola Brown, (MSU) presents her talk

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 Colleen Carpenter (UM) presents her talk on the effect of a PKC inhibitor on the the neurochemical and behavioral effects of amphetamines.  Colleen was awarded first place in the Oral Competition based on the scores of the 6 judges from MSU, UT and WSU.  Congratulations Colleen!

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Oral Session II moderator Rebecca Farr (WSU) introduces Harshal Wagulde

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Harshal Wagulde, (UT) presents the last talk of session II

ORAL SESSION #3: Moderators were Sophia Kaska (MSU) and Joanna Sutton (WSU)

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Oral Session III moderator Joanna Sutton (WSU) introduces Andrew Murray (WSU)

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Andrew Murray (WSU) presents his talk

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Oliver (Yangyang) Bao (UM) presents his talk 

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Xi Cheng (UT) presents his talk

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Nadia Ayala-Lopez (MSU) presents the last talk of the day.  

Next year the 43rd Annual Pharmacology Colloquium will be hosted by the University of Michigan

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At the 2013 Colloquium at Wayne State, Dr. Benedict Lucchesi offers some words of wisdom to the students.

  

Last Updated: 6/9/16