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Background and Mission | Chapter Bylaws | Officers and Councilors for 2016-2017 | Chapter Annual Meeting | Past Meetings  

Background and Mission 

The formation of the local Midwest affiliate of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) was spearheaded on June 10, 1987 by Dr. William K. Riker, past president of ASPET, Dr. Seymour Ehrenpreis of the Chicago Medical School, Dr. Toshio Narahashi of Northwestern Medical School, and Dr. Israel Hanin of Loyola University Chicago. Key individuals in the Chicago area were then contacted to establish a voluntary executive working group that ultimately organized the first Scientific Day at the University of Chicago on Thursday, May 12, 1988.

Since the first scientific program, annual meetings have been held each spring to foster the goals of ASPET to promote scientific communication among research workers interested in pharmacology. The chapter has consistently met the ASPET requirements of a chapter affiliate throughout its existence by holding a least one annual meeting, maintaining a membership roster of at least 20 ASPET members in good standing.

Officers and Councilors (2016–2017)

President - Eric A.G. Blomme, Ph.D., D.V.M., Dipl. ACVP, Vice President, Global Preclinical Safety, AbbVie Inc., 1, North Waukegan Road, North Chicago, IL 60064. (t) 847-937-2269; email: eric.blomme@abbvie.com 

Vice-President Phillip Kopf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, CCOM, Midwestern University, 555 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515. (t) 630-515-6427;| email: pkopf@midwestern.edu 

Treasurer - Kuei Tseng, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, 3333 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago, IL 60064. (t) 847-578-8655; email:  kuei.tseng@rosalindfranklin.edu 

Secretary – Ricardo Monzon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, St. Xavier University, 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL 60655. (t) 773-298-5241; email: monzon@sxu.edu  

Councilor - Dan Pedrescu, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Rush University, College of Medicine, Chicago, IL email: dan_predescu@rush.edu 

Councilor ‐ Marieke R. Gilmartin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University, 561 North 15th Street, Schroeder Complex 446, Milwaukee, Marquette, WI 53233. (t) 414-288-6667; email: marieke.gilmartin@marquette.edu 

Councilor - Yuru Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, 835 S. Wolcott Ave. Rm E403, Chicago, IL 60612. (t) 312-996-1202; email: yuruliu@uic.edu  

Councilor - Murali Prakriya, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611. (t)  ; email: m-prakriya@northwestern.edu  

Councilor - Takeshi Shimamura, Ph.D. , Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center Room 205, 2160 S. 1st Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153. Email: tashimamura@luc.edu 

Councilor - Megumi Yamashita, D.D.S, Ph. D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611. (t) ; email: m-yamashita@northwestern.edu 

Past President - Sanda Predescu, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Rush University, 1750 W. Harrison St., Jelke Bldg., Ste. 1535, Chicago, IL 60612. (t)312-563-2437; email:  Sanda_Predescu@rush.edu 



Chapter Annual Meeting

The Great Lakes chapter's annual meetings have consistently drawn a wide representation of the mid-western pharmacology community. The chapter's 2016 annual meeting on "Basic and Translational Advances in Neurological Disease: From signaling to therapeutics" is scheduled to be held in Chicago, Illinois on July 7, 2016. For more information, please visit the 2016 GLC Annual Meeting webpage.


Last updated: November 10, 2016 

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