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Focus On Pharmacology: ASPET Virtual Series

ASPET is pleased to present Focus on Pharmacology – a new virtual series presenting high quality, innovative science in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. Sessions focus on important and timely areas of pharmacology and feature pre-meeting community discussions on ASPETConnect, live and interactive webinars on Zoom, and post-meeting Q&A with the presenters.

This new virtual series is free for all ASPET members. Not a member yet? Sign up now for your trial membership using appeal code FOCUS20 to get the reduced trial membership rate. Your trial membership will run through December 31, 2020.

To register for a session, join the ASPET Focus on Pharmacology community in ASPETConnect.

Upcoming Sessions

Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society Annual Biotech Roundtable

Friday, October 30, 2020

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm ET

The Mid-Atlantic region is a major biotechnology hub with Philadelphia at its center. In 2014 MAPS introduced into its meeting agenda a biotech roundtable as a stage for presenting and promoting local biotech, with the goal of raising awareness among academicians, students, and other public and private scientific interests of the potential opportunities in cutting-edge innovation that exist in our region. By popular demand, the Biotech Roundtable has become a mainstay of the annual meeting ever since. This year’s MAPS meeting will be held virtually and will focus exclusively on the biotech roundtable. Panelists will discuss novel approaches to combating COVID-19 and educational efforts to foster interest in biotechnology.

MAPS, a regional chapter of ASPET, welcomes any ASPET member who has an interest in participating in this event. For non-members, please visit the MAPS chapter page.


R. Kyle Palmer, PhD - Chief Science Officer, Opertech Bio, Inc.


Joseph Rucker, PhD - Integral Molecular
“Supporting the Development of COVID-19 Therapeutics and Vaccines”

Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD - Penn Vet Working Dog Center
“The Scent of COVID-19, How Dogs May Help in Rapid Screening”

Frank Leu, PhD - Thomas Jefferson University
“Educational Outreach: Opportunities in Biotech”

Trainee Career Development Series – Part 2:
Designing Science Presentations: Simple Principles that Can Allow for Great Impact on Audiences

Hosted by the ASPET Mentoring Network

Friday, November 13, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

This workshop will explore how scientists can use simple principles of design to greatly improve their presentations and increase the impact they have on audiences. By utilizing some simple design skills to better communicate their ideas, results, and conclusions, any scientist can greatly increase the quality of their figures, slides, posters, and more. This session will contain several “before and after” examples of good design and allow audience members to decide which versions of the same presentations they like the best. The ultimate goal is for all participants to gain some new skills in designing science presentations to better communicate their work.


Matt Carter, PhD  – Williams College

Check back often. Sessions will be added throughout the year.


Previous Session

Young Scientist Research Series – Part 4: Neuropharmacology Showcase

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (Webinar)
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET (Q&A with Speakers on ASPETConnect)

The ASPET Division for Neuropharmacology’s young scientist showcase features Dr. Erin Calipari, the 2020 Neuropharmacology Early Career Award Winner, and five postdoctoral finalists selected from EB 2020 abstracts. Dr. Calipari sets the tone for the session describing innovative approaches to understand differences in behavioral responses to psychostimulant drugs between male and female mice that underlie learning, memory, reward processing and motivation. Each 6-minute flash talk by the five postdoctoral fellow finalists touches upon one or more of those important functions. Using a combination of behavioral, cellular and/or molecular approaches, they examine the contributions of GPCR and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor signaling to pathological/dysregulated outcomes. 

This webinar will run for 1 hour and all speakers will be available for a half hour afterwards to answer your questions on ASPETConnect. Be sure to join the “ASPET Focus on Pharmacology” community in ASPETConnect and set your notifications to “real-time” to participate.


Kelly M. Standifer, PhD - Univ of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, OU Health Sciences Center


Erin Calipari, PhD – Vanderbilt University
“Divergent Molecular Adaptations in the Striatum Control the Transition to Addiction in Males and Females”

Moriah Jacobson, PhD – Uniformed Services University
“Protracted Effect of Ketamine Require Immediate Kappa Opioid Receptor Activation and Long-lasting Desensitization”

Sean Collins, PhD – University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
“Blast-induced traumatic brain injury elicits sociability deficits and aggressive behaviors coinciding with transient variations in CNS 5-HT levels and 5-HT2-hypersensitivity”

Farhana Sakloth, PhD – Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai
“RGSz1 Actions in the Periaqueductal Gray Modulate Opioid Reward and Analgesic Tolerance”

Sarra Djemil, PhD – Georgetown University
“Activation of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Induces Potentiation and Synchronization Within in vitro Hippocampal Networks”

Alicia J. Avelar, PhD –The Scripps Research Institute and University of California San Diego (previously Marshall University)
“Effects of Nicotine+morphine on Reward-related Behavior and Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Regulation in Mouse Midbrain”

Prior Sessions

For prior session details and to view session recordings, visit the pages below,

Coronavirus Series

Professional Development Series

Trainee Career Development Series (Hosted by ASPET Mentoring Network)

Young Scientist Series

Sponsored by

The ASPET 2020 Focus on Pharmacology Series is brought to you with the generous support of Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Learn more about their Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Last Updated: October 22, 2020

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