UVA Green Labs “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” Event Series

Researchers in UVA Labs are invited to participate in a Green Labs Event Series that starts March 1 and ends March 29th. Please click here for more info.

GBS Symposium: Call for Posters

The GBS Symposium will take place this year on Tuesday, April 10th. Each year, GBS will showcase the research of graduate students in BIMS, Biology, and Chemistry in a lunchtime poster session. GBS is currently accepting poster submissions for this poster session! The poster session will run from 12-1:30, with lunch provided. Faculty judges will adjudicate the posters, and awards will be given to the top three presentations. Posters may be full sized (no wider than 48 inches) or printed panels.

We highly encourage everyone to consider signing up. Please email the GBS Academic Chairs, Philip Seegren or Clint Upchurch if you would like to participate and they will add you to the list.

Spring 2018 Journal Club Scheduled Announced!

Its about that time again! We are excited to announce the Spring Journal Club Schedule! Presentations begin on February 13 with Jennifer Pearson in the Loughran Lab presenting. We hope to see you there!

Presentation of the 2018 MLK UVA Health System Award: Friday, Feb. 2

Please join the Office of Diversity Programs for a reception to present the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. University of Virginia Health System Award to this year’s winner!


Leonard Sandridge Auditorium, McKim Hall

                                            Friday, February 2nd



Established in 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.


Please RSVP by January 26th if you wish to attend the ceremony by emailing Judy Pointer at jjp5s@virginia.edu


Past Award Recipients

2013 – Pamela Ross, MD

2014 – Michael Moxley, MD

2015 – Dorrie Fontaine, PH.D, RN

2016 – Joel G. Anderson, PhD, HTP; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

2017- Fern Hauck, MD, MS and Charles Lewis



2018 Freezer Challenge: Help Make UVA Research Labs Greener

Greetings, Pharmers!

UVA Green Labs(Office of Sustainability) challenges you to make UVA research labs as green as possible. See the link below to learn more about how to work towards this mission!  You will also find posters around the 5th floor boards – check them out!! Click here  if you would like access to copy to share!

Let’s all do our part to make the world and UVA Greener!

SIGN UP to compete (and WIN!) in 2018’s International Laboratory Freezer Challenge by January 19, 2018!

Competition runs from January to April 2018.

READ MORE about 2017’s competition

Students, you can also reach out to Brittany Martinez(Bland Lab) for more information!

Start the New Year by Practicing Compassion: Attend the seminar Jan. 18, 2018

Please register, BRING YOUR LUNCH, and participate in

Transitions and Changes: Conversations with our Community


The Science and Practice of Compassion

               Thursday, January 18, 2018

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. 

Meeting Room B

Education Resource Center


Facilitated by

Anna DeLong, LCSW, CEAP

Faculty and Employee Assistance Program Consultant


Description: Recent research provides good evidence to suggest practicing compassion, (including self- compassion) has an overall positive impact on health and wellbeing, and can serve to diminish negative consequences of stressful situations.  Join us for this seminar to learn how empathy and compassion differ; how to self-monitor for and address compassion fatigue; as well as ways to cultivate the practice of compassion in your own experiences. This hour will feature information sharing as well as several brief opportunities to practice exercises shown to cultivate compassion. (1 CME credit) Register here.


Please note: lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring food with you to eat during the learning activity.


Registration/Information: This program is free of charge but ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that we have sufficient materials for all participants.  Please register at: https://faculty.med.virginia.edu/facultyaffairs/cmecourse/transitions-changes-the-science-and-practice-of-compassion/.


Questions? Please contact Ashley Ayers, Manager for Faculty Development Programs (phone: 924-8497; email: ala5t@virginia.edu).


Accreditation: The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards one hour of participation credit per hour of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation. CME transcripts may be obtained at www.cmevillage.com (click on Transcripts and follow the instructions).


Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest: The workshop facilitator, Ms. Anna DeLong, has identified no financial or professional relationships. The members of the faculty development programs planning committee (Ms. Ashley Ayers, Ms. Kimberley Barker, Dr. Troy Buer, Dr. Maryellen Gusic, Dr. Susan Pollart, and Ms. Mary Sherman) have identified no financial or professional relationships. The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as an ACCME accredited provider, endorses and strives to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support, Commonwealth of Virginia statutes, University of Virginia policies and procedures, and associated federal and private regulations and guidelines on the need for disclosure and monitoring of proprietary and financial interests that may affect the scientific integrity and balance of content delivered in continuing medical education activities under our auspices. The University of Virginia School of Medicine requires that all CME activities accredited through this institution be developed independently and be scientifically rigorous, balanced and objective in the  presentation/discussion of its content, theories, and practices. All presenters participating in an accredited CME activity are expected to disclose to the participants relevant financial relationships with commercial entities occurring within the past 12 months (such as grants or research support, employee, consultant, stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.). The University of Virginia School of Medicine will employ appropriate mechanisms to resolve potential conflicts of interest to maintain the standards of fair and balanced education to the participant. Questions about specific strategies can be directed to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Pharm Admin Office Holiday Closing

The Pharmacology Front Office will be closed:

Monday, December 25, 2017 thru Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of the Christmas and New Year Holidays (office staff will be returning on Tuesday, January 2).

2018 Pinn Scholars: Congrats Dr. Alison Criss and Dr. Jeffrey Saucerman!

The Pharmacology Department would like congratulate two of our training faculty,  Alison K. Criss, PhD and Jeffery Saucerman, PhD for being named one of the 2018 Pinn Scholars! Pinn Scholars are selected on the basis of their scientific expertise and contributions to the School of Medicine. Please visit the Dean’s Office Blog for more information. Way to go Drs. Criss and Saucerman!

Congratulations to Vlad Serbulea!

The Pharmacology Department would like to send out a huge congrats to Vlad Serbulea(Norbert Leitinger’s Lab) for being the recipient of the Larry Oberley Young Investigator Award  at the recent Society for Rebox Biology and Medicine Meeting.

The Young Investigator Awards are made available to students and postdoctoral fellows based on a submitted abstract and the presentation of the work at the annual. Fifteen awards at $500 each were presented at the SfRBM 2017 Awards Banquet in Baltimore.

Vlad’s achievement in winning the Larry Oberly YIA Award means that his work was one of the top two scored astracts/presentations at SfRBM 2017. Way to go Vlad!


2017 Larner Lecture- Dr. Daniel P. Kelly-Thursday, December 7, 2017 @9:30AM

The 2017 Joseph Larner Memorial Lecture in Pharmacology will be presented by Daniel P. Kelly, MD (University of Penn) this Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM in the Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium. He will be speaking on “Fuel Metabolic Checkpoints as Targets for Cardiometabolic Disease.”

The lecture is free and open to all – please also plan to join us for a Welcome Reception with Dr. Kelly at 8:45 AM in the PHCC Auditorium Lobby.

Dr. Kelly is the Willard and Rhoda Ware Professor of Medicine and Director of Penn Cardiovascular Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about cardiovascular research at Penn by visiting Penn Cardiovascular Institute.