About Dr. Dolores C. Shockley
Born in 1930 in Clarksdale, Mississippi to a successful family of professionals, Dr. Shockley earned a bachelor's in pharmacy in 1951 from Xavier University in New Orleans and continued her studies at Purdue University. After earning her PhD in pharmacology in 1955, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to the Pharmacology Institute in Copenhagen which allowed her to hone her research skills.
Shockley returned to the U.S. after that two-year fellowship and began her career in research and teaching as an assistant professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and as a visiting professor at Einstein College of Medicine in New York from 1959 to 1962. In 1988, she was appointed chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Meharry, making her the first black woman to chair a pharmacology department in the U.S.
Dr. Shockley’s research has focused on chemical compounds which could be used to treat stimulant dependency and overdose. In 2009, Dr. Shockley received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Purdue University. She has been a long-standing member of ASPET and has served on numerous national committees.
Dolores C. Shockley Award Winners
- 1st Place – Alexa Hendricks, Wake Forest University, Fetal Betamethasone Exposure Markedly Attenuates the Protein Expression of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 but not Dipeptidyl Peptidase 3 within the Brain Dorsomedial Medulla of Adult Female Sheep
- 2nd Place – Colleen Carpenter, University of Michigan, CNS-Permeant Tamoxifen Analog Modulates The Dopamine Transporter And Reduces Amphetamine Reinforcing Effects
- 3rd Place – Elizabeth Vargas, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Cardiac HMGB1/TLR4 Activation in Pre-Type 2 Diabetes: A Potential Mechanism Triggering Diabetic Cardiovascular Complications
- 3rd Place – Aurellia Whitmore, Florida A&M University, Targeting Human DNAJAs for Sensitization to Chemotherapeutic Agents
- 1st Place – Adeleke Badejo, Pacific University, Re-Purposing FDA-approved Raloxifene to Target Apoptotic Proteins in KRAS-mutant Pancreatic Cancer
- 2nd Place – Natalie Scholpa, University of Arizona, Enhanced Mitochondrial Biogenesis for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury
- 3rd Place – Patrick Garcia, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Development and Characterization of SULT4A1 Mutant Mouse Models
All awardees were presented with their awards at the EB 2017 meeting in Chicago, IL.
- 1st Place – Jenaye Robinson, Texas Southern University, Changes in Hydrogen Sulfide Concentrations in Porcine Ocular Anterior Segment Explants Under Elevated Perfusion Pressures: Role Of Prostaglandins
- 2nd Place – Dominique Jones, University of Louisville, miR-186 Suppresses Cell Proliferation and Anchorage-Independence in a Metastatic Prostate Cancer Cell Line
- 3rd Place – Antoinette Nelson, Rutgers University, Engineering Nano-Based Delivery Systems for a Rectal Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Treatment for HIV Prevention
- 1st Place – Rheaclare Fraser-Spears, University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio, Rapid Antidepressant-like Effects of the "Uptake-2" Blocker, Decynium 22 in the Flinders Sensitive Line Rat Model of Depression
- 2nd Place – Iñigo Valiente-Alandi, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Inhibiting Fibronectin Improves Cardiac Function in a Mouse Model of Heart Failure
All awardees were presented with their awards at the EB 2016 meeting in San Diego, CA.
Fernando Moura of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was the winner of the 2014 Dolores C. Shockley Best Abstract Award at the EB 2014 meeting in San Diego, CA for his abstract entitled, "'Differential Generalization Among Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists in Nicotine, Varenicline, and Epibatidine Discriminations in Mice."
Antentor O. Hinton, Jr. of the Baylor College of Medicine was the winner of the 2013 Dolores C. Shockley Best Abstract Award at the EB 2013 meeting in Boston, MA for his abstract entitled, "Estrogen-responsive neurons in the medial amygdala prevent stress-induced hypertension."
Joanne L. Peterson of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center was the winner of the 2012 Dolores C. Shockley Best Abstract Award at the EB 2012 meeting in San Diego, CA for her abstract entitled, “The molecular mechanism of betacellulin induced corneal epithelial wound healing.”
Carlos Monroy of the University of Iowa was the winner of the 2011 Dolores C.
Shockley Best Abstract Award at the EB 2011 meeting in Washington, DC for
his abstract entitled, "Endogenous modification of RGS4 during
Ya Fatou Njie-Mbye of Texas Southern University was the winner of the Dolores C. Shockley Best Abstract award at the EB2010 meeting in Anaheim, CA for her abstract entitled “Hydrogen Sulfide Stimulates Cyclic AMP Formation in Mammalian Retina Through the Adenylyl Cyclase Pathway.”