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Background and Mission Statement 

MAPS is a constituent chapter of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) that was formed in 1987 by a group of local pharmacologists (Warren Chernick, Jay Roberts, Paul Bianchi, and J. Bryan Smith). Their objective was to provide scientists in our geographical area (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) with a forum for meeting on a regular basis to discuss recent advances in pharmacology, related medical disciplines and therapeutics. MAPS has always tried to be a "student-friendly" organization. With this in mind, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows were encouraged to join at reduced membership rates. The interaction of students and postdoctoral fellows with local industrial and academic scientists was strongly encouraged and, in order to help achieve this, the annual poster competition was instituted. From 1987 to 1997, the society hosted two meetings a year and beginning in 1998 it was decided that the society would host one annual meeting, held in the Fall. 

In 2004, MAPS instituted the practice of inviting undergraduate students to attend the meeting and encouraged them to present posters in the poster competition. Meeting fees for all trainees presenting are substantially reduced from full member fees. The poster competition is a judged event and consists of the following categories: Undergraduate, Graduate Student/Research Associate (for industrial researchers who do not have a doctoral degree) and a Postdoctoral division. The top two winners in each of these categories receive cash prizes and a plaque. Other posters are also permitted to be presented, however may not be eligible for the competition. Abstracts of all posters are published in the ASPET journal The Pharmacologist. Poster presentations do not need to be related to the theme of the meeting and can be on any research topic related to biomedical, biological, or pharmaceutical research. 

Another function of the organization has been to honor the contributions of the renowned local pharmacologist, the late George B. Koelle. Dr. Koelle was first honored in 1991 with an entire meeting devoted to the discussion of topics related to his research. During the years that Dr. Koelle was involved with MAPS, the society selected one speaker to deliver the George B. Koelle Lecture in his honor at the Fall meeting. Dr. Koelle usually presented the speaker with the award plaque and very much enjoyed having this role. With the passing of Dr. Koelle in 1995, the society replaced the lecture with the George B. Koelle award. At each meeting this award is presented to a local scientist who most closely emulates the outstanding qualities exemplified by Dr. Koelle: A profound commitment to teaching, a fondness for encouraging students, excellence in research and a strong devotion to the science of pharmacology. A few of the recent recipients of this award over the last several years include James Barrett, Robert Willette, Scott Waldman, Ellen Walker, Paul McGonigle and, most recently, Julie Blendy.

Officers and Councilors (2020–2021)

  • President - Thomas M. Keck, PhD | Depts of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, Rowan University, SCI 301B, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028 | (t) (856) 256‐5422 | email Dr. Keck
  • Vice-President - R. Kyle Palmer, PhD | Opertech Bio, Inc., Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146 | (t) 267-753-4407 | email Dr. Palmer
  • Past President - Bradford D. Fischer, PhD | Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, 401 South Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103 | (t) 856-361-2869 | (f) 856-361-2870 | email Dr. Fischer
  • Treasurer - Linda Console-Bram, PhD | Center for Substance Abuse Research, Temple Univ. School of Medicine, 3420 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19540 | (t) 215-707-9023 | email Dr. Console-Bram
  • Secretary - Catherine C. Moore, PhD | West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (t) 215-605-3320 | email Dr. Moore
  • Councilor - Carol L. Beck, PhD | Dept. of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Thomas Jefferson Univ., 1020 Locust St., Room M-46 JAH, Philadelphia, PA  19107 | (t) 215-503-6539 | (f) 215-503-3433 | email Dr. Beck 
  • Councilor - Julie A. Blendy, PhD | Department of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, 2211 Translational Research Laboratories, 125 South 31st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104| (t) (215) 898-0730| email Dr. Blendy
  • Councilor – Amanda Fakira, PhD | Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, 401 South Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103 | (t) 856-361-2872 | email Dr. Fakira
  • Councilor - Marlene Jacobson, PhD | Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research, Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140 | (t) 215-707-1951 | (f) 215-707-5620 | email Dr. Jacobson
  • Councilor - Seena Ajit, PhD | Drexel Univ College of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology & Physiology, 245 N. 15th Street, MS 488, Philadelphia, PA 19102| (t) 215-762-2218 | (f) 215-762-2299 | email Dr. Ajit
  • Councilor - Ellen M. Unterwald, PhD | Center for Substance Abuse Research, Temple Univ. School of Medicine, 3500 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19540 | (t) 215-707-1681 |(f) 215-707-6661 | email Dr. Unterwald 

Chapter Annual Meeting

Each meeting consists of talks organized around a topic of current interest in pharmacology. A renowned scientist (several of these have been Nobel laureates) is invited to present the Keynote lecture on the major theme of the meeting. After the Keynote presentation, the remainder of the meeting consists of presentations from 3 to 5 scientists who are invited to give 30 minute presentations on their area of expertise as it relates to the theme of the meeting. Time for the audience to ask questions is always provided. The importance of informal discussions and interactions is recognized to be an important part of these meetings. The meeting schedule includes time for poster viewing and networking over lunch and at the awards reception. In some years, we have also included workshops about careers in pharmacology for students and postdoctoral researchers. These are typically a panel of selected individuals representing a wide variety of careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The workshops are open to all meeting attendees. In 2011, we initiated a practice of having two trainees invited to present their research in 10-minute talks as part of the symposium.

The society seeks to maintain a dynamic existence and draws upon its Board of Councilors, as well as members, to suggest new and timely topics for each meeting.

The 2021 Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting will be held October 29, 2021, as a virtual meeting.

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Last Updated: August 2, 2021

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