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Great Lakes Chapter


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 (2017–2018)

President ‐ Phillip Kopf, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, 555 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515. (t) 630-515-6427; email: pkopf@midwestern.edu 

Vice-President - Murali Prakriya, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611. (t) 312-503-7030; email: m-prakriya@northwestern.edu 

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

Secretary - James O’Donnell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, Innovation, and Humanities, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064. (t) 847-578-8673; email:  james.odonnell@rosalindfranklin.edu 

Councilor - Keith Glaser, PhD, Associate Director, Strategic Portfolio Management and Associate Research Fellow, AbbVie Inc., 1 North Waukegan Road, North Chicago, IL 60064. (t) 847-937-1558; email: keith.glaser@abbvie.com 

Councilor - Kostandin Pajcini, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, 909 S. Wolcott Avenue, 4135 COMRB, Chicago, IL 60612. (t) 312-355-4439; email: kvp@uic.edu  

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

Councilor - Fabian Preuss, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Natural & Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin Parkside, Kenosha, WI  63141.  (t) 773-329-7573; email: preussf@uwp.edu  

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

Past President - Eric A.G. Blomme, PhD, DVM, 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 



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 2017 annual meeting on "Advances in Pharmacoimmunology" is scheduled to be held in Chicago, Illinois on June 23, 2017. For more information, please visit the 2017 GLC Annual Meeting webpage.


Last updated: August 9, 2017 

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