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46 Years of GPCR Pharmacology and Mentoring in the Field of Pain Research; A Tribute to G. W. Pasternak

Monday April 06, 2020

8:00 am - 10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)

Room 16 B


Chair :

Janet Clark
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH

Kelly Standifer
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

Gavril Pasternak’s 45+ years in science produced 400 papers, 14 patents and numerous well mentored students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and visiting professors. ASPET recognized Dr. Pasternak with the Julius Axelrod award in 2012 for his contributions to the discipline of pharmacology and his mentorship of pharmacologists. To honor Gavril Pasternak, this symposium highlights advances in opioid and non-opioid receptor-mediated signaling, development of novel pain and cancer therapies, and the significance of Gavril’s body of work. The symposium concludes with a panel discussion by former students, postdocs and fellows on careers in Pharma & Biotech, marketing, academia, FDA, and NIH.


James Barrett - Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Four Decades of Opioid Pharmacology: A Truncated and Spliced Tribute to Gav Pasternak

Felix Kim - Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Significance, Innovation, and Approach of Gavril Pasternak, Physician-scientist and Mentor

Kelly Standifer - University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

Molecular and Behavioral Actions of the Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ/NOP Receptor Signaling Pathway

Susruta Majumdar - St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine

Design Strategies Probing the Structural Basis of Opioid Receptor Function and Signaling

Panel Discussion with Drs. Grace Rossi, Wendy Su, Dennis Paul, Ying-Xian Pan, Geoffrey Ling, and Markham Luke

Last Updated: December 10, 2020
Key Dates
March 6

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March 13

Advance Registration Ends

April 3-4

GPCR Colloquium (separate ticket required)

April 4

ASPET Business Meeting and Awards Presentation

April 4-7

ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2020

Thank you to our Annual Meeting partners:

University of Kentucky
Icahn School
University of Georgia
University of Minnesota
WSU Pharm-Pharm Sciences Unit
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