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Epigenetics and Human Disease: From Etiology to New Therapeutics

The goal of the symposium is to highlight the major advances in Epigenetics and provide an opportunity for students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists working in related areas to learn about the field. The annual symposium of the ASPET Great Lakes chapter also provides a forum for learning and exchanging ideas in all fields of pharmacological sciences and is a major networking event for biomedical scientists in the area. It comprises of:

  • Young Investigators Symposium 
  • Lunch and Learn Workshop - Meet with representatives from industry, consulting, and academia
  • Poster Presentations 
  • Vendor Exhibits 

Date and Meeting Location

  • June 26, 2015     
  • Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Hughes Auditorium, Lurie bldg, 303 E Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611
  •  Save the Date Flyer (PDF)   


8:30-10:30 am—Registration | Continental Breakfast | Poster Session

8:30 am-12:00 pm—Vendor Exhibit

10:45-11:45 am—Young Investigators Symposium

  • 10:45-11:00 pmDavid L. Ebenezer—PhD student, UIC
    Epigenetic Role of Sphingolipids in Lung Inflammation and Injury 

  • 11:00-11:15 pmKitman Tsang—PhD, Post-doctoral fellow, UIC
    The Role of Hypoxia in Vasculogenesis 

  • 11:15-11:30 pmAnkit Gupta—PhD, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Chicago
    Targeting Epigenetic Regulatory Proteins Using Genetically Encoded Inhibitors 

  • 11:30-11:45 pmIshwariya Venkatesh—PhD, Post-doctoral fellow, Marquette University
    Epigenetic Regulation of CST Axon Regeneration 

12:00-1:30 pm—Lunch | Lunch and Learn Career Workshop  

1:30-5:00 pm—Symposium: Epigenetics 

  • 1:30-1:45 pm—Welcome and Opening Remarks: Alfred L. George, Jr., MD
    Magerstadt Professor and Chair
    Department of Pharmacology
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • 1:45-2:30 pm—Keynote Address: John W. Christman, MD
    Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesia
    Director of the Critical Care Signature Program
    Chief of the Section of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

  • 2:35-3:05 pm—Ali Shilatifard, PhD
    Robert Francis Furchgott Professor
    Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
    Robert H. Lurie NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • 3:05-3:20 pm—Coffee Break 

  • 3:20-3:50 pm—Tao Pan, PhD
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    The University of Chicago

  • 3:55-4:25 pm—William N. Pappano, PhD
    Senior Scientist III, AbbVie/Oncology Early Discovery
    Greater Chicago Area

  • 4:25-4:55 pm—Jindan Yu, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor of Medicine-Hematology/Oncology
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

5:00-5:30 pm—Business Meeting & Awards Presentation | Election Results | Awards Results  

Registration Information

  • Faculty/Industry—$80.00   
  • Post-doctoral—$50.00   
  • Graduate/Undergraduate—$25.00 
  • Vendors and Invited Speakers—$0.00   
  • Registration includes access to all activities, continental breakfast, and lunch.  

You must be logged in as an ASPET member to use the multiple registration option. Registration to the meeting is now closed. 

Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract receipt has been extended to Thursday, October 8, 2015 by 5:00 PM CST. Send completed abstract form to and

Maps and Parking Directions

A limited number of discounted parking tickets ($12.00) will be available at the GLC ASPET registration desk on “first-come, first-served” basis. These discounted parking tickets are valid for Huron-St. Clair Self Park (Lot-C at 222 E Huron St.) and Erie-Ontario Self Park (Lot-D at 321 E Erie St.).

Link to the Chicago Northwestern campus
Link to a PDF copy of the parking directions 

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