The ASPET Annual Meeting is the place to discover and to present the highest quality, innovative science in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. The 2024 Annual Meeting will build on the success of the re-designed ASPET 2023 meeting that warmly welcomed more than 1,000 participants to the home for pharmacology.

The schedule of events with session descriptions and speakers can be found under the Program Details link.

Schedule at a Glance

Advocacy. Diversity. Discovery.

Leading Voice Promoting the Pharmacology Field

Join us in Washington, DC as an active advocate for supporting science funding and federal investment in the biomedical research enterprise.


  • ASPET’s inaugural Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, May 15th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (space is limited)
  • Advocacy for Science Workshop on Thursday, May 16th from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm ($25)
  • Networking with the 2024 class of early-career scientists in the Washington Fellows program as they put their science policy training into practice
  • Visit with poster presenters to hear more about their policy and advocacy projects
  • Submit your own abstract focused on Science Policy or Advocacy (submission deadlines: Dec 7 or Feb 22)
Your Professional Home for Pharmacology

ASPET is creating a global scientific community where everyone in pharmacology disciplines feels welcomed, valued, seen and heard. ASPET welcomes your participation in our diverse and inclusive community whose common vision is a world where there is a safe and effective therapeutic for every disease.


  • With more than 40 sessions, hear from a diversity of voices representing scientific excellence across our interdisciplinary pharmacological community.
  • Develop your professional skills to advance your career whether you are just starting out, are further along the journey, or are looking to explore the various research areas and employment types available to those interested in pharmacological science.
  • ASPET is committed to creating an environment where everyone has a voice through opportunities to share scientific research across the spectrum of pharmacology. Poster presentations are scheduled during networking receptions to encourage discussions.
  • ASPET wants to help dismantle barriers to your full participation whether that includes a need for closed captioning, clear aisles to navigate a wheelchair, a large print program book, Kosher meals, private space to nurse, or other needs, please contact meetings@aspet.org in advance so accommodations can be arranged.
Your Scientific Resource

The ASPET Annual Meeting is the place to discover the highest quality, innovative science and techniques.


  • Listen to inspirational insights from world-renowned experts and join thought-provoking discussions.
  • Interact with keynotes and award winners.
  • Explore the breadth of pharmacology in shorter, faster-paced concurrent sessions that take either a broad approach or dive deep into a divisional area.
  • Interactive sessions to expand your skill set as an educator
  • Explore more than 600 posters highlighting the latest research. Discover young talent doing fascinating work.
  • Deepen valuable connections with old friends and colleagues as well as build new relationships with prospective scientific collaborators, mentors, trainees, and employers in a wide range of pharmacologic research areas.
  • Discover new products and services provided by ASPET sponsors and exhibitors.

Program Highlights

Discover high quality, innovative science and techniques.


Explore the Breadth of Pharmacology

Session titles are tentative.

  • Artificial Intelligence in Toxicity Prediction
  • Axelrod Symposium: Novel Insights into GRKs Modifying Cardiac Function and Metabolism
  • Braving Unique Frontiers: Challenges Faced by Pharmacologists in Developing Regions
  • Celebrating NIDA's 50th Year
  • Escape the Boredom: How to Use Gamification in Pharmacology to Engage Students
  • Facilitating Drug Discovery and Development Using AI/Machine Learning
  • Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Dynamic Pharmacology Education
  • Guppy Tank: A Translational Science Pitch Competition
  • Integrating IDEATE into Pharmacology Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
  • Journals Workshop: Opening the Blinds on the Editorial and Review Process
  • Moving Your Discovery from Bench to Bedside: IP Considerations for Scientists
  • Navigating Science Policy: Priorities, Advocacy and Engagement
  • New Frontiers in Receptor/Kinase Signaling
  • Organelles as Key Regulatory Sites of Health and Disease
  • Perinatal Pharmacology: Transporters in Nutrient and Xenobiotic Disposition
  • Pharmacological Evaluation of Emerging Drugs of Abuse
  • Purinergic Signaling in the Nervous System
  • Recent Advances in NLRP3 Inflammasome Signaling in Cardiovascular Diseases
  • S-acylation as a Regulator of Protein Function in Health and Disease
  • Signaling at the Right Place and the Right Time: Spatial Determinants of Function
  • Targeting the Splice of Life: RNA Splicing as at Therapeutic Target
  • Therapeutic Potential of Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists for Compulsive Behaviors and Substance Use Disorders
  • Tool Kit on Leadership Skills
  • Transforming Pharmacology Education: IDEA, Theory, Engagement, and Compliance
  • Translating Academic Drug Discovery Through Partnerships
  • Use of Population Descriptors in ADME-Tox Research and Precision Medicine
  • Divisional Lightning Talks selected from abstracts (title to be determined)
  • Advocacy for Science Workshop (Limited capacity. Ticket: $25)


Drill Down Into ASPET Divisional Topic Areas
  • Behavioral Pharmacology – P.B. Dews Award lecture with complementary talks in their research area
  • Cancer Pharmacology -- Susan B. Horwitz Award lecture and early career showcase talks
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology – Award lectures by the Mid-Career and Early Career awardees as well as graduate student/postdoc showcase talks
  • Drug Discovery and Development -- Award lecture and notable abstracts platform talks
  • Drug Metabolism and Disposition – B.B. Brodie Award lecture, Gillette Award lectures, and graduate student/postdoc platform talks
  • Molecular Pharmacology - Early Career Award lecture and abstract-based postdoc competition
  • Neuropharmacology – Early Career Award lecture and postdoctoral fellow showcase talks from abstracts
  • Toxicology – Guest lecturer from the British Toxicology Society and complementary talks in their research area
  • Translational and Clinical Pharmacology - Early Career Award lectures and graduate student/postdoc platform talks


Learning Experiences for Educators

Session titles are tentative.

  • Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Dynamic Pharmacology Education
  • Integrating IDEATE into Pharmacology Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
  • Escape the Boredom: How to Use Gamification in Pharmacology to Engage Students
  • Transforming Pharmacology Education: IDEA, Theory, Engagement, and Compliance


Online Programming

The ASPET Virtual Award Lecture Series will be held online in April 2024 in advance of the meeting in Arlington. Recordings will be made available to registrants in case they miss the live webinars. At the Annual Meeting, registrants can meet the award lecturers and join the celebration of their accomplishments. The Lecture Series will include the winners of the Abel Award, Goodman & Gilman Award, and Otto Krayer Award.

ASPET Divisions will host interactive Town Halls and scientific sessions online from April 2 to April 19 in advance of the meeting in Arlington. Get to know division colleagues and receive a sneak peek at some of the latest science that will be presented at the Annual Meeting.

Networking and Engaging with the Pharmacology Community

ASPET provides unparalleled opportunities to engage with others in the pharmacology community.

Evening Poster Receptions

Enjoy a drink and snacks while exploring the latest science or presenting it yourself! Poster presentations are held every evening. Posters are grouped by divisional topic area and every night includes student and postdoc finalists competing for poster awards. Hear their presentations and discuss the latest research advances.

Opening Event at the International Spy Museum

On Thursday, May 16, ASPET welcomes everyone to D.C. where you can connect with each other at the conference’s opening network event to be held at the International Spy Museum. Enjoy a night at this fun and inspiring location outside the hotel. The registration fee includes a free ticket. At the museum, test your spy skills and explore the tradecraft through the stories of individuals and their missions, tools and techniques. The exhibits will be open exclusively for ASPET attendees as well as the top floor ballroom for post-exhibit mingling and snacks. Immerse yourself in the interactive exhibits, reconnect with old allies and forge new connections, as we kick off our long weekend dedicated to pharmacology.

Shared Meals

The program is designed to allow plenty of opportunities to share a meal with other scientists focused on pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. A restaurant guide will be available closer to the event.

Generous Breaks Between Sessions

The schedule includes 30-minute breaks between sessions. You don’t have to rush to find the next session room. Take the time to linger to meet the speakers or chat with other attendees in the session or compare notes with a colleague who attended a different session.

Pre-/Post- Conference Activities

Community Service Project - Join ASPET from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 16 to serve the DC area community. Since 2009, ASPET members attending the annual meeting have given their time to volunteer in the local communities. Activities have ranged from home construction, to painting, cleaning, stocking shelves, building maintenance, food preparation and service. ASPET’s Division for Behavioral Pharmacology will again sponsor a volunteer opportunity at ASPET 2024 at the DC Central Kitchen whose mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Further details will be provided to those who volunteer. Sign up when you register for the meeting.

Tours and Tickets Available for Purchase Through ASPET - A limited number of tickets are available to ASPET attendees to experience key tourist activities and events in the city. All tickets through ASPET are non-refundable. More information is coming soon.

Engage with our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Career Center Table Representatives

Attendees are invited to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, and career center table representatives during breaks to learn about the latest products, services, and programs in the field. Direct contact information can also be found at this link (link to the Sponsor Acknowledgement Webpage) and on the event’s mobile application.

Join us for two new networking opportunities taking place on Friday, May 17: Career Connect Networking Coffee on Friday from 3:00pm to 3:30pm and the Product Solutions Blitz from 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Both events will take place in Independence Center. Stay after the events to network with fellow attendees and for raffles!

Exhibitor and Career Center Table Hours

  • Thursday, May 16 – 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, May 17– 10:00 am - 10:30 am, 12:00 pm - 1:30pm, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm -7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 18 – 10:30 am - 11:00 am, 12:30 pm -1:30 pm, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm -7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 19 – No hours.

Career Resources

Take advantage of several opportunities to move your career to the next level.

  • ASPET Online Job Board plus physical job boards at the meeting
  • Peer mentoring program for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs
  • Careers in Drug Metabolism and Disposition Networking Lunch for Trainees (ticket required / limited seating)
  • Interactive career and professional development sessions (final list to be posted in January)
  • Career center tables to visit with universities who want to connect with potential students, labs looking for scientists, or employers scouting for new team members.
  • Career center short talks on focused topics during refreshment breaks

Committee and Board Meetings

Many ASPET committees take advantage of the annual meeting to hold face-to-face committee meetings. See the listing of committee and board meetings.

Ancillary Events

The Behavioral Pharmacology Society is expected to host its annual meeting during the ASPET Annual Meeting. Please contact BPS for more information about how to register for this meeting.

The Catecholamine Society is expected to host its annual dinner during the ASPET Annual Meeting. Please contact the Catecholamine Society for more information and how to register for this event.

Does your company want to host an event during the ASPET Annual Meeting? Please contact meetings@aspet.org.

Meeting Volunteers

ASPET extends its sincere appreciation to the volunteers on the Program Committee and the Organizing Committee for their exceptional efforts in coordinating the Annual Meeting.

ASPET Program Committee
Responsible for concurrent sessions and posters.

  • Carol Paronis, Chair
  • Lawrence Boise
  • Greg Collins
  • Khalil Eldeeb
  • Khalid Garman
  • Pam Hornby
  • Qing Ma
  • Bradley McConnell
  • Hashini Neelakantan
  • Becky Roof
  • Vladlen Slepak
  • Kelly Standifer
  • Joanne Wang

ASPET 2024 Organizing Committee
Responsible for keynotes, networking, and sponsorships

  • Namandje Bumpus, Chair
  • Arthur Christopoulos
  • Kathryn Cunningham
  • D. Fernando Estrada
  • Robert Foti
  • Khalid Garman
  • Grace Guo
  • Ken Jacobson
  • Terry Kenakin
  • Julie Lade
  • Jayne Reuben
  • Dianicha Santana
  • David Thal
Important Dates



ASPET Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA



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