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G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling Systems in Health and Disease

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
University of Rochester Medical Center

Introduction | Speakers | 2015 Annual Meeting Program | Registration | Abstract Submission | Map Links | Back to NYPS main page 


G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling Systems in Health and Disease is the title and theme of the fourth annual meeting of the Upstate New York Pharmacology Society to be held Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


Dr. J. Silvio Gutkind is the keynote speaker of the meeting and he will speak on "G-Protein Coupled Receptors and Cancer". Dr. Gutkind is currently chief of the Oral Pharyngeal Cancer Branch of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

His current research has focused on how cancer cells gain the ability to co-opt the potent pro-migratory activity of chemokines and their G-protein coupled receptors to metastasize to distant sites. These advances have enabled identification of novel mechanism-based anti-cancer treatments.

Special thematic speakers are Dr. Xianhua Piao of the Harvard Medical Center / Boston Children’s Hospital and Dr. Peter A. Friedman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Xianhua Piao, MD, PhD, conducts research focusing on the molecular mechanisms controlling brain development; specifically, how loss-of-function mutations of the orphan G-protein coupled receptor GPR56 affect cortical development and patterning.


Peter A. Friedman, PhD, studies how parathyroid hormone controls bone turnover and the role that distinct PTH receptor conformations may play in initiating distinct G-protein coupled signaling events, including biased signaling control of ligand-selective responses.

2015 Annual Meeting Program

The annual meeting program includes:

  • Oral presentations by graduate students and early-career scientists
  • Poster sessions for graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdocs
  • Keynote address
  • Thematic presentations by distinguished scientists in pharmacological research
  • Award presentations for graduate student symposium presenters and for outstanding graduate and undergraduate student poster presentations
  • Continental breakfast, refreshment break and lunch

For detailed information, visit the annual meeting program page. Students and faculty from upstate New York area colleges and universities may submit abstracts for papers or posters for presentation at the meeting. Visit NYPS homepage for information on past and future meetings.


Registration fees for the 2015 Annual Meeting which includes NYPS annual dues are:

Regular Registration - Academic and Industry



Postdoctoral Fellows



Graduate Students, Laboratory Specialists



Undergraduate Students



Registration closed.

You must be logged in as an ASPET member to use the multiple registration option. We encourage everyone to join NYPS and ASPET, but you do not need to be a member to present at the annual meeting. If you have questions about the registration, please email Peter Bradford at or call 716-829-2110.

Abstract Submission

Deadline for submission of abstracts for talks and posters is May 2, 2015.

Abstract Format


  • Abstracts should be formatted in accordance with Experimental Biology specifications.
  • The body of the abstract must have a minimum of 100 characters and maximum of 1220 characters. The abstract title, authors, affiliations, and body of the abstract should not exceed 1620 characters, excluding spaces.
  • Abstracts must have full first and last names of all authors.


Abstract Submission


  • To submit your abstract, fill out the form on the University at Buffalo's abstract submission site and upload your abstract as a Word file.
  • The login password for the abstract submission site is: abstract
  • Once logged into the abstract site, the abstract guidelines are available via a link at the top of the abstract submission form.
  • The abstract submission site allows for revisions. In case of a necessary revision, you may upload a new file. The version that is currently uploaded to our database as of the May 2, 2015, deadline will be considered final.


Poster Competition

To participate in the poster competition, a PDF or Powerpoint version of the poster must be uploaded on the abstract submission form along with the abstract submission.

For further information, please contact Peter Bradford at

Map Links

Click here to locate the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Entrance. 

GPS Coordinates: 415 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14642

Proceed to the guard shack to park in the gated (MRB) lot. Inform the guard that you are attending the NYPS meeting. Parking has been reserved for meeting participants. Walk to the School of Medicine and Dentistry entrance.

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