Division for Neuropharmacology Early Career Award Lecture and Postdoctoral Fellow Showcase

Friday April 30, 2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Central Time (CT)

View session on the EB Virtual Platform (EB registration required)


Chair :

Kelly Standifer
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

Shaifali Bhalla
Midwestern Univ Chicago College of Pharmacy

This session features oral presentations from postdocs selected from the submitted abstracts as well as a talk by the winner of the ASPET Division for Neuropharmacology Early Career Award.


Jill Turner - University of Kentucky

Neuroinflammatory Drivers of Nicotine Dependence: Opportunities for Precision Medicine

Over half of all smokers relapse within the first 72h of a quit attempt, with early withdrawal symptoms during this period being the most highly cited cause for relapse. Recent work from our lab shows that nicotine abstinence results in a pro-inflammatory cellular environment in the nucleus accumbens, a key brain region associated with both drug dependency and withdrawal phenotypes. This presentation will highlight microglial mechanisms underlying these inflammatory effects and how multi-cellular communication impacts the transcriptomic, functional, and behavioral phenomena defining early nicotine withdrawal.

Santosh Pothula - Yale University

GluN2B-containing NMDA Receptors on Sst-interneurons act as Initial Cellular Trigger for Antidepressant Actions of Ketamine

Jeffrey Zimering - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Chronic pain-mediated Regulator of G protein signaling 4 (RGS4) gene expression in superficial dorsal horn of spinal cord

Neil Varshneya - Johns Hopkins University

Respiratory Depressant Effects of Fentanyl Analogs

Dino Luethi - Medical University of Vienna

Effect of Psychostimulants on the Subunit Stoichiometry of the Dopamine and Serotonin Transporter

Lillian Brady - Vanderbilt University

Sex Differences in Cholinergic Regulation of Dopamine Release Mechanisms Underlying Reward Learning

Last Updated: February 8, 2021
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April 27 – 30, 2021

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