19th Annual UTHSCSA Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium - October 5, 2012
Each fall, the graduate students in the Department of Pharmacology organize their annual graduate student symposium, which includes two poster sessions, several slide presentations, a luncheon and the keynote speaker's address. This year's symposium was held at the Marriott Northwest (I-10 and 410) in San Antonio, Texas. The event was organized by the Graduate Student Symposium Committee, whose members this year consisted of: Jennifer Donegan, Michael Eskander, Julianne Jett and Jennifer Parrott.
Graduate Student Sypmosium Committee member and Pharmacology Graduate Student Jennifer Parrott (pictured L-R: Graduate Student Committee Members M. Eskander, J. Jett, Pharmacology Program Coordinator Bethany Reid, J. Parrott and J. Donegan) opened the Symposium and introduced this years Graduate Student Alumnus, Larry Carter, Ph.D.. Dr. Carter, who is now with Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and gave his presentation titled: 'Jobs: Thoughts, experiences and lessons learned'. Dr. Carter was followed by a second presentation from Elaine Por titled:'Phosphorylation regulates TRPV1 association with β-arrestin-2', who is a current Pharmacology graduate student, on the Neuroscience track, conducting research in the lab of Nathan Jeske, Ph.D., at the University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Between the poster break-out sessions, there was a Postdoctoral Fellow presentation given by Flavia Carreno, Ph.D.. Dr. Carreno is currently working in the lab of Alan Frazer, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, in the Department of Pharmacology, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The title of Dr. Carreno's presentation was 'Vagal nerve stimulation activates TrkB and distinct downstream signaling pathways in the rat brain'. All three are pictured below presenting.
Graduate Student Alumnus Larry Carter, Ph.D. Presenting
Pharmacology Graduate Student Elaine Por Presenting
Pharmacology Postdoctoral Fellow Flavia Carreno, Ph.D. Presenting
The two poster sessions followed the graduate student presentations and were seperated by the Postdoctoral Fellow presentation. Poster presentations were judged by two groups of 'roving' judges. The judges in Group 1 (student presentation judges) this year were: Larry Carter, Ph.D., Kenneth M. Hargreaves, Ph.D., Julie Hensler, Ph.D. and Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.. The judges in Group 2 (postdoc presentation judges) included: Lynette Daws, Ph.D., Martin Javors, Ph.D., Feng Liu, Ph.D. and Thomas Slaga, Ph.D.. Each poster presenter is given approximately five minutes to present their research data to the judges. The judges then follow-up with a brief question and answer period before moving on to the next presenter for judging. There are two categories of competition: the 'Postdoctoral' category and the 'Student' category. Winners receive a certificate and cash award. This year's Postdoctoral Category winner was Katherine Serafine, Ph.D. and the Student Category winners were Hongzhi Chen, Andrew Robles and Stephanie Perez (winners pictured below) - Congratulations Winners! The certifcates and awards were presented by the Department of Pharmacology Chairman, Alan, Frazer, Ph.D.. The symposium's two poster sessions had over forty graduate students, postdocs, and faculty presenting abstracts that highlighted their current research.
Poster Presentation Winners - Andrew, Hongzhi, Stephanie and Dr. Serafine
The symposium closes with remarks from both the Graduate Student Symposium Committee members and Pharmacology Chaiman, Dr. Frazer, before concluding with the Keynote's Student Symposium Address. This year's keynote speaker was Michel Bouvier, Ph.D., FCAHS, from the Department of Biochemistry & IRICoR, at the University of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and his keynote was titled: 'Accelerating the Commercialization of Research Results without Compromising Basic Research: Establishing a Drug Discovery Unit in Academia'.
Dr. Michel Bouvier Presenting 'Accelerating the Commercialization of Research Results without Compromising Basic Research: Establishing a Drug Discovery Unit in Academia'
Planning has already begun for the next symposium, the 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium - check the Upcoming Events, News and Events section for an entry with details about this commemorative event...
Below is a slideshow of some pictures from this last event -