In 1891, forty-one years after the University of Michigan Medical School began, the University established the first Department of Pharmacology in the United States. Its founder and first chair was John Jacob Abel, regarded as the Father of American Pharmacology.

Over the more than one hundred years since its start, our department has awarded more Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology than any other American university. Our graduates have made a major impact on the field of pharmacology. Among our alums are many pharmaceutical company executives, research directors and senior scientists; directors of government research labs; and recognized chairs and faculty in academia with reputations for both excellent research and teaching.

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Research News

12:00 - 1:00pm 2813/2817 MS II

unless otherwise noted.


April, 2014


Wednesday, April 16

David P. Olson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School

Title: Assessment of Hypothalamic Neural Circuits Using Genetic Approaches


Thursday, April 17

SASS Seminar (faculty only)

Yoichi Osawa, PhD

Title: YO’s Journey to NO


Friday, April 18

Nayiri Kaissarian, Shayman Lab

Title: Vascular dysfunction in Fabry disease: How a lysosomal disorder affects nitric oxide production


Wednesday, April 23

Marina E. Wolf, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience, The Chicago Medical School at Rosaline Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Title: Targeting mGluR1 to reverse cocaine-induced plasticity and suppress craving


Friday, April 25 (Last 646 seminar until September)

Gin Chen Qiao, Lucchesi Lab

Title: TBA


May 2014


Friday, May 2

Wei Chen, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Title: Target Wnt and Hedgehog Signaling for Cancer Treatment


Wednesday, May 5

Thesis Defense: Nhu Truong, Woods Lab

Title: TBA


Wednesday, May 7

Faculty Meeting


Student Meeting

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 2340 MSRB III


Thursday, May 8

Eugenia V. Gurevich, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University

Title: TBA


Friday, May 9

Vsevolod V. Gurevich, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University

Title: TBA


Tueaday, May 13

Thesis Defense: Kadee Luderman, Gnegy Lab

Title: TBA


Wednesday, May 14

Habibeh Khoshbouei, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida

Title: TBA


Thursday, May 15

SASS Seminar (faculty only)

Matt Young, PhD

Title: TBA


Friday, May 16

Scott Baraban, PhD, Professor in Residence, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Title: TBA

Time: 11:00am

Location: 2813/2817 MS II

Coffee with Students: 3:00pm

Location: 2340 MSRB III


Special Visit: Henry Bourne, MD, Professor of Emeritus, Department of Pharmacology, UCSF

Lunch with Pharmacology Students: 12:00pm

Location: 2340 MSRB III

Seminar Title: TBA

Time: TBA (in the evening)

Location: TBA


Thesis Defense: Ryan Frieler, Mortensen Lab

Title: TBA

Time: 2:00pm


Wednesday, May 28

David Sibley, PhD, Senior Investigator, Molecular Neuropharmacology Section, NIDS, HIH

Title: TBA


Friday, May 30

J. David Jentsch, PhD, Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry & Bio-behavioral Sciences, UCLA

Title: TBA


June 2014


Monday, June 2

Edwin Levitan, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Title: TBA


Wednesday, June 4

Faculty Meeting


Friday, June 6

41st Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium

Location: Michigan State University


Wednesday, June 11

Richard Auchus, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

Title: TBA


Thursday, June 19

SASS Seminar (faculty only): Carrie Ferrario, PhD

Title: TBA


Wednesday, June 25

Christopher J. Watson, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan

Title: TBA



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12:00 - 1:00 PM, room 2736 MS II

Dr. Vincent Groppi, Ph.D., Vice President and CSO Essen Bioscience

Title: Temporal Pharmacological Analysis of Angiogenesis and Metastasis

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12:00 - 1:00 PM, room 2736 MS II

Dr. Vincent Groppi, Ph.D., Vice President and CSO Essen Bioscience

Title: Temporal Pharmacological Analysis of Angiogenesis and Metastasis

Congratulations to D. Adam Lauver, Ph.D. who has been awarded the 2014 Frankel Cardiovascular Center Inaugural Grant Award.


Congratulations to Dr. Shaomeng Wang
who has been selected to receive the Distinguished University Innovator Award for 2014. More information.....



John Traynor, PhD, received the 2013 Endowment for the Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year Award for Pharmacoloy (1/2/0/2014).


Congratulations to Dr. Jim Woods who has been awarded the P.B. Dews Lifetime Achievement Award in Pharmacology by ASPET for his seminal contributions to the fields of behavioral pharmacology and drug abuse.


Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Gnegy who has been elected as a Councilor for the American S
ociety for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. More Information.....



Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hollenberg
who has been awarded the Founders Award by the Division of Chemical Toxicology of the American Chemical Society for his seminal mechanistic studies of the cytochrome P450 monooxygenases that play a critical role in drug and xenobiotic metabolism. More information...


Congratulations to Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D. (Hollenberg Lab, 2003), who is the recipient of the 2014 Tanabe Young Investigator Award.


The Department of Pharmacology is now accepting applications for the Summer Research Programs. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014. All summer fellowship applications need to be submitted either as a paper copy through the mail or as a pdf file via email.Thank you.


Congratulations to Dr. John Tesmer
who has been elected as 2013 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). More information....



Les Satin, Ph.D. and his lab is in the news. More information....


Jim Olson, our Outstanding Alumnus for 2013
, was featured on NPR. Olson NPR.mp3.

More on Dr. Jim Olson



Lori Isom, PhD and her lab is in the news. More information...


Tooba Cheema, Pharmacology alumna (2007, Mentor: Steve Fisher): A paper from her postdoc at MGH was recently accepted to PNAS and highlighted in the PNAS early addition on June 10th, 2013.


Congratulations to John McNeill,
a 1967 graduate of the Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan, Dr. John McNeill, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia has been awarded the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. This award has only been presented three times and recognizes Dr. McNeill’s significant contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences research. More information...


Congratulations to Drs. Stephen Fisher, Ben Lucchesi, and Donna Shewach who have been inducted into the League of Educational Excellence. More information...


Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Gnegy the Outstanding Teaching Award in Pharmacology from the Endowment for the Basic Sciences.


Congratulations to Helen A. Baghdoyan, Ph.D. for receiving a 2013 MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. Read More....


Congratulations to Dr. Lori Isom for receiving the Rackham Distinguished

Mentor Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hollenberg
, who has been elected as 2012 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read More....


Congratulations to Roger Sunahara, Ph.D., who is the recipient of the 2012 Basic Science Research Award.












 

Congratulations:


Phillip Saccone has been awarded a Rackham Travel Grant on April 17, 2014.


Cameron Capper has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on March 21, 2014.


Katherine Ryland has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on March 20, 2014.


Andrew Haak has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on March 4, 2014.


Andrew Haak and Kathryn Livingston are the recipients of the February 2014 Travel Award competition (Thomas Baum Travel Award).


Phil Saccone has been awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant.


Andrew Storaska and Katherine Ryland were recipients of the first- and second- place poster awards, respectively, at the 40th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium at Wayne State University on Friday, June 7, 2013.


Larisa Kruger was awarded a 2013 PhRMA graduate fellowship.


Larisa Kruger was awarded a graduate research fellowship from the Epilepsy Foundation.