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DEPARTMENT OF Pharmacology ~ 2013 Annual Report

Mark T. Nelson, Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Pharmacology with its international reputation in neurovascular research continues to play important roles in the research and educational missions of the College of Medicine and the University. Faculty members have been honored as keynote and invited speakers at prestigious international meetings and universities around the world. Department researchers published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in 2013, and Departmental research was cited in other publications nearly 3000 times in 2013.

Work has begun on the research grant funded by Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program. UVM investigators and colleagues from France, Germany, Massachusetts, and Iowa, co-led by Mark Nelson, Ph.D., are focusing their research on uncovering the details regarding the mechanisms that cause cerebral small vessel disease of the brain, for this five-year grant. Extramural support remains strong, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, foundations, and industries. The Department continues to receive generous support from the Totman Medical Research Trust for an interdepartmental research effort to understand cerebrovascular function and disease.

Pharmacology faculty are committed to maintaining high quality teaching and mentoring efforts to medical, graduate, advanced undergraduate students, and our many postdoctoral fellows. Faculty teach in virtually all courses in the Foundations level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, and the Medical Summer Pharmacology course. Other teaching efforts include one-on-one mentoring in research laboratories, didactic lectures in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Toxicology, Principles of Drug Discovery, Cancer Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Introduction to Pharmacology.

The Minor in Pharmacology for undergraduates graduated seven students in May 2013, and currently has 21 students enrolled. The Department fosters communication and collaboration, with faculty and postdocs presenting current research in weekly journal clubs, and faculty presenting monthly interactive research forums on ongoing or proposed research projects.

Pharmacology faculty serve on many grant-review committees for the NIH and the American Heart Association, peer-review committees for the American Cancer Society and the America Heart Association, and on numerous editorial boards including the Physiological Reviews, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, American Journal of Physiology and Molecular Pharmacology. Our faculty serve important roles on UVM committees, including Frances Carr, Ph.D.’s service as chair of the Faculty Standards Committee, co-chair of the LCME VIC Pharmacology Review committee, and on the College’s LCME Faculty Standards Review; Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D.’s service as chair of the CMB Graduate Recruitment Committee; and Alan Howe, Ph.D.’s work on the Protocol Review Committee for the Vermont Cancer Center (VCC) and as co-leader of the VCC Program on Host Factors and Tumor Progression.

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