Category: Recent News

Boston University ranks in top ten for most employable graduates

November 27th, 2017 in Recent News

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Yoonjoo Lee and two additional students, Alissa Frame and Cassie Moore, receive NRSAs – Individual Predoctoral Fellowships

September 22nd, 2017 in Recent News

Yoonjoo Lee Awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship from NEI (F30)

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Yoonjoo Lee, an M.D./Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Eye Institute. Her pre-doctoral research is on “The Role of Sustained Oscillations of the Wound Healing Response”.

Yoonjoo is carrying out her research in the Biochemistry Department under Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall’s mentorship, Professor of Biochemistry and Opthalmology.

Congratulations, Yoonjoo!

Alissa Frame Awarded the NRSA Pre-doctoral Fellowship from NIDDKD (F31)

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Alissa Frame, an M.D./Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Her pre-doctoral research is on “Renal and Neural Mechanisms of Age-Related Hypertension.”

Alissa is carrying out her research in the Laboratory for Cardiovascular-Renal Research under the mentorship of Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine and member of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.

Congratulations, Alissa!

Cassie Moore Awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship from NIDA (F31)

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Cassie Moore, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology/ Program in Neuroscience, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her pre-doctoral research is on “CRF Modulation of Reward Function in Compulsive Eating.”

Cassie is carrying out her research in the Laboratory of Addictive Disorders under the mentorship of Pietro Cottone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Section of Addictive Disorders.

Congratulations, Cassie!

1 May 2017 BU Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics – Pfizer Symposium: Emerging Technologies In Therapeutics

April 7th, 2017 in Recent News

The BU Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics – Pfizer Symposium: Emerging Technologies in Therapeutics was held on Monday, 1 May 2017 in the Boston University Trustees Ballroom, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, on the Boston University Charles River Campus. This event, which is the result of a long-term training partnership between the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Pfizer.

Dr. Annina Deleo Receives Alzheimers Association Research Grant

December 13th, 2016 in Recent News

Annina Leo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular NeuroTherapeutics under the mentorship of Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D., Ph.D., was selected as one of two Boston University School of Medicine recipients  of the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association Grant Award.  Dr. Deleo’s research application on “Characterization of Human AD Brain-Derived Exosomes on Tau Propagation” focus on the question, “How do cellular transport pathways contribute to the movement of abnormal tau protein throughout the brain in Alzheimer’s disease.” Dr. Deleo will receive $175, 000 over 3 years to support her postdoctoral research.

Congratulations, Annina!

 

 

Dr. David Farb Speaks at Science on Film Presentation of “Embrace of the Serpent”

November 8th, 2016 in Recent News

Dr. David Farb was the featured speaker at a sold-out Science on Screen presentation of “Embrace of the Serpent” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. This stunning film is based on the real-life journals of Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes and their quest through the Columbian Amazon for the sacred and rare Yakruna plant. The film focuses on their encounter with Karamakate, a shaman and the last survivor of his people, with whom they forge a profound friendship over 40 years and learn ancient lessons in the sacred and medicinal powers of plants.
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As a neuropharmacologist, Dr. Farb’s presentation focused on the use of plants, particularly hallucinogens, by shaman throughout history and how these “entheogens” were subsequently studied and at times even exploited following their discovery by western scientists in the 20th century.

Please click here to see a video of Dr. Farb’s talk.

Science on Screen is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with additional support from Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Rubin Anders Scientific, and Ken Loveday and Ellen Hoffman, Brookline, and co-presented by the Museum of Science.

 

Dr. Tsuneya Ikezu Honored for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Research

October 11th, 2016 in Recent News

Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology, received the Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer’s Research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto, Ontario, July 24-28, 2016 and is one of two Boston University faculty members to receive a grant from the BrightFocus Foundation. Dr. Ikezu, whose research focuses on molecular therapeutic intervention of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, gave a plenary lecture at the conference.

The Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer’s Research recognizes the senior author of the most impactful study on the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions published during the two calendar years preceding AAIC. The selected paper is “Depletion of microglia and inhibition of exosome synthesis halt tau propagation,” (Nature Neuroscience 2015 Nov;18(11):1584-93).

Dr. Inge Grundke-Iqbal, an internationally renowned neuroscientist, made a milestone discovery in the 1980’s: that abnormal hyperphosphorylation microtubule-associated protein tau is the building block in paired helical filaments (PHFs)/neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in the Alzheimer’s brain. This seminal discovery has contributed greatly to our overall understanding of neurodegeneration and led to major advances in Alzheimer’s research.

The BrightFocus Foundation has awarded Dr. Ikezu $300,000 for his research on the TREM2 molecule to develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The BrightFocus grant award and Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award both attest to the fact that Dr. Ikezu’s stellar work is pushing the boundaries of Alzheimer’s research.

We congratulate Dr. Ikezu on being selected for the prestigious Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award for Alzheimer’s Research and the BrightFocus grant award.

The Laboratory of Addictive Disorders Identifies New Approach to Block Binge Eating

October 7th, 2016 in Recent News

A new article published in Neuropsychopharmacology announces the discovery of a new therapeutic target to block binge eating by researchers in the Laboratory of Addictive Disorders (LAD). The research of Drs. Pietro Cottone and Valentina Sabino, directors and co-principal investigators of the LAD, is focused on unraveling the neurobiological mechanisms of motivated behaviors, such as drug addiction, stress-related disorders, and depression. The study provides new hope to approximately 15 million people who suffer from binge eating, obesity, and other eating disorders.

Incoming Dana-Farber President Laurie Glimcher discusses the State of Cancer Research on WBUR

October 6th, 2016 in Recent News

Dr. Laurie Glimcher, incoming President and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, spoke to WBUR’s CommonHealth regarding the Future of Cancer Research.

2016 BUSM Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology Ph.D. and M.D., Ph.D. Graduating Class

May 11th, 2016 in Recent News

Congratulations to our 2016 Program in Bimolecular Pharmacology Ph.D. and M.D., Ph.D. graduating class. Well done!

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Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D., Advisor

 

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Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D., Advisor

 

 

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Meaghan Cogswell, Ph.D.

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Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D., Advisor

 

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Rachel L. Flynn, Ph.D. Advisor

 

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Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D., Advisor

 

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Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D.

 

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Kristin Elizabeth Hokenson, Ph.D.

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Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D., Advisor

 

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Neil J. Ganem, Ph.D., Advisor

 

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Kavitha Sugunan, Ph.D.

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David H. Farb, Ph.D., Advisor

 

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Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D., Advisor

Neema Yazdani Receives NIDA NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship Award

March 18th, 2016 in Recent News

Neema Yazdani, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Bimolecular Pharmacology at Boston University, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. The title of his proposal is “Functional mechanisms of Hnrnph1 in methamphetamine addictive behaviors.” His training under this award includes characterizing differences in methamphetamine (MA) reward and volitional administration in Hnrnph1+/- mice through behavioral assessments including conditioned place preference (CPP) and operant oral self-administration. He will also investigate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying reduced MA sensitivity and reward in my Hnrnph1+/- mice using brain tissue immunohistochemistry, RNA-seq, and in vivo micro dialysis.

Neema is co-sponsored for the award by Camron D. Bryant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Director of the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics and Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology and Director of the Laboratory of Neurodegeneration. Neema will spend the upcoming summer training in operant oral self-administration and in vivo microdialysis in the laboratory of Karen K. Szumlinski, Ph.D., at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kudos to Neema on receiving this prestigious and highly competitive predoctoral fellowship award!