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Focus On Pharmacology: ASPET Virtual Series

ASPET is pleased to present Focus on Pharmacology – a virtual series presenting high quality, innovative science in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. Sessions focus on important and timely areas of pharmacology and career development and feature live and interactive webinars on Zoom as well as community discussions on ASPETConnect.

Focus on Pharmacology virtual sessions are free for all ASPET members. Not a member yet? Sign up for membership now.

To register for a session or watch recordings of past webinars, join the ASPET Focus on Pharmacology community in ASPETConnect.

To propose a session, download these guidelines: How to submit a webinar proposal

 


Upcoming Sessions

 

Focus on Pharmacology: Be Prepared: From Girl Scouts to Bench Research-Propelling Black Youth from STEM Streams to Skilled Scientists

Hosted by the ASPET IDEA Committee

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

This panel discussion will examine challenges and barriers to the successful transition of BIPOC youth from STEM streams into the pharmacology workforce. Taking a non-traditional approach, we will explore strategies for engaging youth from leadership development programs such as Girl Scouts and learn to leverage such strategies in the academic environment.

Moderator

Ashim Malhotra, PhD, California Northstate University

Speakers

Tracy Yarbrough, PhD, MD, MAEd, University of California, Davis
Kenya Yarbrough, MPA, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

 

Previous Sessions

Focus on Pharmacology: From Bias to Belonging

Hosted by the ASPET IDEA Committee

Thursday, January 25, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

This panel discussion will help define and identify bias and its forms, provide examples for overcoming bias in the academic workplace, and strategize examples for moving towards positive organizational health and vitality.

Speakers

Ashim Malhotra, PhD, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy 

Lakesha Butler, PhD, University of Florida

 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: Current Advances in Drug Metabolism 9

Hosted by the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition (DMDD)

Friday, January 19, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

The DMDD Quarterly Webinar Series stimulates idea exchange while showcasing the research of junior scientists in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. Dr. Dilip Singh will discuss a novel sequence coverage-informed total protein approach (SC-TPA) for the characterization of drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters (DMETs) in pooled human liver, intestine, and kidney microsomes including inter-individual variability in DMET levels in the intestine. The importance of these data for predicting first-pass metabolism and tissue-specific drug clearance will be highlighted.  Dr. Lindsay Czuba will present her research on the function of the apical sodium-dependent bile acid transporter, ASBT and its interactions with secondary bile acid metabolites.

Speakers

Dilip Singh, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington State University
Sequence Coverage-informed Total Protein Approach (SC-TPA) for Characterization of Differential Tissue Abundance and Inter-individual Variability of Drug Metabolizing Enzymes and Transporters

Lindsay Czuba, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
Small Intestine Secondary Bile Acid Metabolites and their Interactions with the Human Apical Sodium-Dependent Bile Acid Transporter, ASBT

Moderators

Young Jeong, PharmD, PhD, Purdue University
Julie Lade, PhD, Amgen

 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: "Alien" International Pharmacologists in the U.S. Workforce: From Graduate Students to Junior Faculty, Challenges and Opportunities

Hosted by the ASPET IDEA Committee

Friday, December 15, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

This panel discussion will explore 1) the challenges faced by pharmacologists across the spectrum from graduate students to postdoctoral fellows to junior faculty concerning their international status and “alien” status in the US, 2) identify specific challenges and possible strategies for addressing these.

Moderators

Ashim Malhotra, PhD, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy 


Speakers

Ashim Malhotra, PhD, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy 
Indra Reddy, PhD, Texas A&M Health
Xiadong Feng, PhD, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy

 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: Exploring Exciting Paths: Careers Beyond Academia for Pharmacologists and Biomedical Scientists

Hosted by the ASPET Young Scientists Committee

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

This panel discussion hosted by the Young Scientist Committee will be a networking event to discuss careers outside of the traditional academic tenure-track faculty positions. Attendees will get exposure to graduate students and postdocs in different careers beyond academia. In addition, this session will be useful for trainees interested in learning about different careers and networking with panelists to identify potential paths to succeed in their career transitions. The panel will include scientists, medical science liaison, consultants working in pharma/biotech, and science policy experts working in the nonprofit sector.

Following the panel discussion, there will be three break-out rooms (industry, science policy, and consulting/MSL) where attendees will have an opportunity to network with these panelists and ask questions specific to their career interests.

Moderators

Vrushank Bhatt, PhD, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Dianicha Santana, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago 


Panel

Harshini Neelakantan, PhD, Ridgeline Therapeutics
Yadira Xitlalli Pérez-Páramo, Genentech
Sophia Kaska, PhD, Research!America
Hayley Widden, PhD, Merus N.V.
Elizabeth Gichana, PhD, Boston Consulting Group

 

 

Pharmacological Mechanisms of Family Planning

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

 

This webinar will address pharmacological mechanisms of drugs used in two key decisions for family planning, either promoting pregnancy or stopping it. Although these topics are controversial, they are in the news now and the pharmacological underpinnings of the drugs used need to be clearly understood. Because of the hype surrounding these drugs, it is important for all scientists, no matter one’s specialty, to understand their mechanisms. This session will focus solely on the mechanism of the drugs without any social commentary. Attendees can submit questions to be answered by the speakers.

Speakers

Jennifer Acton Robinson, MD, PhD, MP, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Pharmacology of Mifepristone and Misoprostol

Kayla Popova, PharmD, University of Michigan 
Mechanisms of Drugs used for in vitro Fertilization

Moderator

Margaret Gnegy, PhD, University of Michigan




 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: Current Advances in Drug Metabolism Part 8

Hosted by the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition (DMDD)

Monday, September 25, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The DMDD Quarterly Webinar Series stimulates idea exchange and communication among DMDD members and highlights career development of young scientists in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. Join us for this session where our featured junior scientists will discuss recent advancements in CYP3A7’s role in parturition and drug interactions as well as factors involved in antiviral drug tenofovir metabolism. 

Speakers

Jed Lampe, PhD, University of Colorado 
CYP3A7's Role in Parturition and Adverse Drug-hormone Interactions

Colten Eberhard, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University 
Tenofovir Metabolism is Diminished in the Brain and Liver of Creatine Kinase Brain-type Knockout Mice

Organizers

Young Jeong, PharmD, PhD, Purdue University

Julie Lade, PhD, Amgen



 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: The New Automated Patient-Oriented Problem Solving System in Pharmacology (A-POPS)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

The Automated Patient-Oriented Problem Solving (A-POPS) System in Pharmacology is a new software product and student learning tool developed in partnership between ASPET and DeckChair Learning Systems. The A-POPS consist of clinical simulations that support active learning, including peer-to-peer teaching. The platform is compatible with all major learning management systems. Participants will be able to see a demo of the A-POPS and learn more about how to use them in the classroom.

Moderator

Catherine Fry, PhD, Director of Education, ASPET

Speakers

Mark Simmons, PhD, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Using the A-POPS in Your Flipped Classroom

Jeff Graham, PhD, University of Toronto and Al Sura, CEO, DeckChair Learning Systems, Inc.
Exploring Student Performance Metrics Available in A-POPS

 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: Current Advances in Drug Metabolism Part 7

Hosted by the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition (DMDD) 

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Please join us for this session where our featured junior scientists will discuss recent advancements in:
  1. the expression of plasma membrane monoamine transporter (PMAT) in neuroblastoma and its role in mIBG disposition, and
  2. using the mass spectrometry imaging technology to understand drug metabolism, disposition, and response.
The DMDD Quarterly Webinar Series is intended to stimulate idea exchange and communication among DMDD members and to promote career development of young scientists in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. 


Speakers

Leticia Salvador Vieira, PhD Candidate, University of Washington College of Pharmacy
The Plasma Membrane Monoamine Transporter (PMAT): Expression in Neuroblastoma and Role in mIBG Disposition

Herana Kamal Seneviratne, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Understanding Drug Metabolism, Disposition, and Response Using Mass Spectrometry Imaging

Organizers

Haojie Zhu, PhD, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

 

 

Focus on Pharmacology: Current Advances in Drug Metabolism Part 6, Industry Focus

Co-hosted by the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition (DMDD) and The Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CSPT)

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

The DMDD Quarterly Webinar Series stimulates idea exchange and communication and promotes career development of young scientists in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. The aim of the webinar is twofold – to feature preeminent science from the perspective of drug discovery research and to educate the audience on the key role diversity, equity, and inclusion all play in driving novel science in industry. 

Please join us for this webinar co-hosted by DMDD and the Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CSPT) which will include speakers from Genentech and Novo Nordisk who will respectively present methods to improve predicted human clearance using IVIVE in early drug discovery and discuss an industry-based approach to research innovation through diversification.

Speakers

Robert Jones, PhD, Genentech
Application of Empirical Scalars to Enable Early Prediction of Human Hepatic Clearance using in vitro-in vivo Extrapolation in Drug Discovery

Sebastian D Parlee, PhD, Novo Nordisk
Innovation through Diversification: Novo Nordisk Research & Early Development Essential #6 Strategy

Organizers

Julie Lade, PhD, Amgen
Kerry Goralski, PhD, Dalhousie University


Prior Sessions

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

Career Development

Educator Resources

Policy & Advocacy

Science

Coronavirus Series

Young Scientist Research Series

 

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