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Saturday, April 20

Graduate Student Colloquium: Introducing the Individual Development Plan: A Key to Success
Boston Convention Center, Room 107C
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chair: Lynn Wecker, University of South Florida
Break-out session group leaders: Marcus DeLatte, FDA, Silver Spring; Christine C. Carrico, ASPET; Ann Hanna-Mitchell, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Mary Jeanne Kallman, Covance Labs.; Harriet Kamendi, AstraZeneca; Susan Ingram, Oregon Hlth. & Sci. Univ.

As Yogi Berra once said, "You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.” Although Yogi was likely not thinking about a scientific career when he made that statement, the concept of the Individual Development Plan (IDP) as a tool to help individuals assess their skills, interests and values, has been used in the business and governmental sectors for some time, and has now permeated academia.  Simply put, the IDP is typically used to identify professional goals and objectives, assess one's skill set relative to these goals, and develop a plan (both short-term and long-term) to acquire the skills required to achieve these goals.  Most resources would agree that the IDP is currently recognized as the best practice in promoting professional development , and is recognized as an important, valuable and beneficial tool for professionals at all career stages with all types of goals.  It also serves as a communications tool, enabling graduate students to communicate their long and short term goals with their mentors.  Creating an IDP at the beginning of graduate school can lead to more effective time management and use of resources, and more focused efforts, targeted towards achieving career goals.

This colloquium will begin with a brief overview of ASPET’s new mentoring program and will quickly move into a synopsis of the steps used to create an IDP.  You will learn how to map out your general career trajectory, match your skills and strengths with your career choices, and identify areas for development that build upon your current strengths. Once the process and steps are presented, attendees will begin to create their own IDP and should expect to have a solid first version by the time they complete the workshop,  keeping in mind that the IDP is a 'living document'  that continuously evolves throughout one's career.

     Individual Development Plan: A Key to Success
     Lynn Wecker, Univ. of South Florida

     Introduction to ASPET mentoring program
     Remy Brim, Bioethics Dept./NIH

     Career Path Speakers:
     Gunther Kern, AstraZeneca, Boston

     Federico Bernal, NCI/NIH

     Maja Köhn, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

     Stephani Sutherland, Freelance Science Writer, Scientific American MIND and
     Pain Research Forum

     Myron Toews, Univ. of Nebraska Med. Ctr.

     Mary Jeanne Kallman, Covance Labs.

     Break-out session group leaders:
     Myron Toews, Univ. of Nebraska Med. Ctr.

     Christine K. Carrico, ASPET

     Ann Hanna-Mitchell, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.

     Mary Jeanne Kallman, Covance Labs.

     Harriet Kamendi, AstraZeneca

     Susan Ingram, Oregon Hlth. & Sci. Univ.

ASPET Business Meeting
Boston Convention Center, Room 107AB
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

ASPET Opening and Awards Reception
Sponsored by the National Board of Medical Examiners
Boston Convention Center, SW Lobby
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Sunday, April 21

Diversity Mentoring Breakfast
Westin Boston Waterfront, Revere
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Translating pharmacology into career choices in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry
Boston Convention Center, Room 106
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sponsored by the Divisions for Pharmacology Education; Drug Discovery and Development; and Integrative Systems, Translational and Clinical Pharmacology
Chairs: Janet Clark, Drexel Univ. Col. of Med. and other chair TBD

The integration of pharmacology into the complex fabric of drug discovery and development emphasizes just how critical the discipline is to evaluating a compound, assessing its therapeutic potential, evaluating liabilities and then integrating all of this into making a decision about progression into humans. Leading pharmacologists in the various specialty areas of expertise that contribute to the drug discovery and development process will discuss how their pharmacological specialties contribute to the process and share how they determined their career paths.

Educational initiatives in pharmacology for a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry
James Barrett, Drexel Univ. Col. of Med.

Pharmacology in target identification and validation
Peter Hutson, Shire Pharmaceut.

Pharmacogenetics in drug discovery and development
David Stone, Merck Res. Labs.

Pharmacoepidemiology: Studying drugs in populations
Sean Hennessy, Perelman Sch. of Med. at the Univ. of Pennsylvania

Clinical pharmacology and the development of drugs
Darrell Abernethy, FDA, Annapolis

Student/Postdoc Best Abstract Competition
Westin Boston Waterfront, Grand Ballroom AB
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

ASPET/BPS Student & Postdoc Mixer
Westin Boston Waterfront, Harbor Ballroom I
9:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Monday, April 22

Advancing discoveries from the academic laboratory to the market
Boston Convention Center, Room 106
9:30 AM – Noon
Sponsored by the Divisions for Drug Discovery and Development & Pharmacology Education
Chair: Robert Leadley, Schoolcraft Col.

As pharmaceutical companies continue to merge and downsize their basic research efforts in many therapeutic areas, there is an increasing need and interest for academic investigators to think entrepreneurially about their discoveries. This symposium will help guide investigators through the various steps leading to commercialization of their research by covering topics such as intellectual property protection, private and public funding opportunities, regulatory requirements, and the steps required to move a discovery out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Intellectual property protection: What, when, and how to protect and share your discovery
Weston Gould

Regulatory hurdles from bench to bedside
Ronald L. Dundore, InfaCare Pharmaceut. Corp.

What to know when working with Technology Transfer Offices
Ronald J. Shebuski, Cardiovascular Research Consulting, LLC

Licensing: Do you have what they really want?
Chris Vlahos, Lilly Res. Labs.

Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuropharmacology Divisions Joint Mixer

Westin Boston Waterfront, Grand Ballroom D
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Molecular Pharmacology Division Business Meeting and Mixer
Westin Boston Waterfront, Burroughs
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pharmacology Education, Drug Discovery and Development, & Integrative Systems, Translational and Clinical Pharmacology Divisions Joint Mixer
Westin Boston Waterfront, Carlton
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Y.E.S. Young Experimental Scientist Mixer
Westin Boston Waterfront, Galleria
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
*21 & older must have ID to receive drink tickets

Tuesday, April 23

WiP into Shape Networking Walk

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Meet at the concierge desk.

Cardiovascular Pharmacology Division Mixer
Westin Boston Waterfront, Grand Ballroom D
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Drug Metabolism and Toxicology Divisions Joint Mixer
Westin Boston Waterfront, Commonwealth Ballroom A
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24

ASPET Closing Reception
Boston Convention Center, Ballroom Foyer
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sunday, April 21 – Wednesday, April 24

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