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Background and Mission | Chapter Bylaws | Officers and Councilors for 2019-2020 | Chapter Annual Meeting | Past Meetings 

Background and Mission 

The formation of the local Midwest affiliate of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) was spearheaded on June 10, 1987 by Dr. William K. Riker, past president of ASPET, Dr. Seymour Ehrenpreis of the Chicago Medical School, Dr. Toshio Narahashi of Northwestern Medical School, and Dr. Israel Hanin of Loyola University Chicago. Key individuals in the Chicago area were then contacted to establish a voluntary executive working group that ultimately organized the first Scientific Day at the University of Chicago on Thursday, May 12, 1988.

Since the first scientific program, annual meetings have been held each spring to foster the goals of ASPET to promote scientific communication among research workers interested in pharmacology. The chapter has consistently met the ASPET requirements of a chapter affiliate throughout its existence by holding a least one annual meeting, maintaining a membership roster of at least 20 ASPET members in good standing.

Officers and Councilors (2022–2023)

  • President – Takeshi Shimamura, PhD – Associate Professor
    Department of Surgery, UI Cancer Center, College of Medicine, University Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • Vice President  James O’Donnell, PhD  Associate Professor
    Department of Foundational Sciences and Humanities, Discipline of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Chicago Medical School; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy; Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL

  • Treasurer – Adriana Caballero, PhD  Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Secretary – William Conrad, PhD – Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

  • Past President – Phillip Kopf, PhD - Professor and Chair
    Department of Pharmacology, CCOM, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

  • Past President – Murali Prakriya, PhD – Professor
    Department of Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

  • Past President – Eric AG Blomme, DVM, PhD  VP and Senior Research Fellow
    Development Biological Sciences, AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, IL

  • Councilor – Yevgeniya E. Koshman, PhD, DSP – Principal Research Scientist I
    AbbeVie Inc., North Chicago, IL

  • Councilor – Joanna Dabrowska, PhD, PharmD – Associate Professor
    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL

  • Councilor – Marsha Pierce, PhD  Assistant Professor
    Department of Pharmacology, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

  • Councilor – Rachel Miller, PhD  Associate Professor
    Division of Rheumatology and Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 

Chapter Annual Meeting

The Great Lakes chapter's annual meetings have consistently drawn a wide representation of the mid-western pharmacology community. The chapter's 2023 annual meeting on "Frontiers in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics" will be held on June 1, 2023. For more information, please visit 2023 GLC ASPET Annual Meeting page.

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