Wayne State University School of Medicine hosted the 48th Annual Michigan Pharmacology Colloquium on June 24.
The day-long scientific meeting includes Department of Pharmacology faculty, post-doctoral students and graduate students from WSU, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the University of Toledo. The colloquium between the four participating universities rotates annually.
The dialogue puts a spotlight on graduate students, who present their research in poster format or in 15-minute oral presentations. The venue is often the first true scientific presentation by students.
“This year’s colloquium claimed the largest number of participants from MSU, UMich, Toledo and our school,” said Sokol Tody, PhD, professor of pharmacology and neurology, and interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology. “It was an unqualified success that showcased the top-tier science around us by our own family members and our colleagues. The presentations and posters were engaging and innovative, and the students were filled with enthusiasm. Many applause and light-hearted exchanges took place. Provided underscored how much we have missed getting together to discuss science and chat about other things.”
Keynote speaker Amanda Bryant-Frederick, PhD, dean of the graduate school and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Wayne State University, presented “Life Doesn’t Freighten Me: A Journey Through the Academy” on equality, equity, and justice.
Poster presentations took place in the Scott Hall Cafeteria, and an awards presentation capped the day’s events.
1st place: Rachel Golonka (University of Toledo), “Inducing Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis Exercises Liver Cancer in FXR-deficient Mice.”
2nd place: Francisco Sanchez-Conde (University of Michigan), “Probing Mechanisms of Long QT Syndrome-Associated Epilepsy with Gene-Edited Stem Cell-Derived Neurons.”
Third place: Ian Cronis (University of Michigan), “Identifying novel regulators of β2 adrenergic receptor sorting and signaling in endosomes.”
1st place: Laura Chambers (Michigan State University), “Female Mice Are Resistant to Impaired Parenchymal Arteriole TRPV4 Activation and Inward Remodeling During Hypertension.”
Second place (tie): Shreya Bakshi (University of Michigan), “Investigation of a pathogenic splice site variant SCN1B linked to Dravet syndrome.”
2nd place (tie): Kelsey Kochan (University of Michigan), “Positive allosteric modulation of the mu opioid receptor: an in vivo study.”