Kudos to Antoinette Reid – November 2017 Uteam Member of the Month!

Please join us in congratulating Antoinette Reid, who was selected as the November 2017 Uteam Member of the Month recipient! The Uteam Member of the Month program recognizes outstanding service that exemplifies a team member’s commitment to our ASPIRE values. Antoinette’s nomination highlighted several of her great qualities, among them:

  • Her commitment to helping others, regardless of the cost to herself, and the way she is known by colleagues across the Health System as someone who can be counted on. (Accountability)
  • Antoinette carefully manages the resources falling under her purview, which includes the costs of not only money being spent, but also the time, effort, and people required to accomplish a task. (Stewardship)
  • She treats people courteously and extends great patience, even when they are not treating her that way, and she leaves a lasting, positive impression with her colleagues. (Professionalism)
  • Antoinette handles confidential information with the utmost respect and care and she demonstrates her core values of honesty, transparency, and fairness in her daily activities. (Integrity)
  • She collaborates well in the face of divergent viewpoints and works diligently to contribute to an equitable, inclusive, and respectful environment. (Respect)
  • Antoinette gives the very best she has to offer in all things, starting with a positive attitude and a genuine desire to help others. From there, she is able to anticipate what others need and then she focuses on providing them with the best possible outcome. (Excellence)

Her supervisor described Antoinette as, “…a dedicated, hardworking employee who never shies away from a task; she approaches her duties with care, and she is a pleasure to have in the office.” One of her colleagues noted that, “Antoinette’s helpful, positive attitude makes my day brighter and reminds me to also be courteous and respectful to others.”  Antoinette was also commended for being “a remarkable listener” who “absorbs[s] all of the facts before formulating a response,” as well as for her ability “to see beyond herself, finding ways to serve the greater good by offering quality solutions that benefit the whole.”

Antoinette lives the ASPIRE values day in and day out. She is mindful of what she says, how she responds to situations, and the impact her presence has on others. Her demeanor is kind and respectful. She strives for excellence, promotes fairness, and is an accountable, trusted team member. She is a true joy to have in the workplace and we are excited to celebrate her contributions to the Pharm Team! Join us on Friday, December 2 at 2 PM in the Pharm Library for cake and kudos!

Way to go, Antoinette!!

SOM Symposium on Research Excellence: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

UVA SOM will present a Symposium on Research Excellence on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in the Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm. There will be several presentations on exciting advances from SOM Faculty. There will be two Pharmacology PSTG preceptors presenting their research. Dr. Brant Isakson will be speaking on “An unexpected role for ZIKA in the vasculature” and Dr. Shayn Peirce-Cottler will be speaking on “Integration of multi scale modeling and modeling and imaging approaches to study cellular interactions in angiogenesis and wound healing.”

Pharmers, please show up to support your colleagues and learn about the advances they have come across in their research!

SFN Graduate School Fair 2017: Huge Success thanks to some of our Pharm Trainees!

Nadia Cempre, Neuroscience Graduate Program Coordinator would like to send a sincere thanks to everyone that made the NGP’s attendance of the Graduate School Fair at annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting a tremendous success! She was proud to have so many NGP Students accompany her at the booth to speak to and greet over 102 perspective students over the course of 4 days!

If you see the following Pharm trainees around, please thank them for doing such a great job representing the program:

Peter Klein(Beenhakker Lab), Katie Salvati (Beenhakker Lab),  and Lise Harbom (McConnell/Beenhakker Lab)

Some other contributors to the success of the event were:

Dr. Heather Ferris, Andrew Chen, Katrina McNeely, Emily Andre, Irene Cheng, Kelly Bradford, Becca Beiter, and Dr. Jony Kipnis

Thanks to all for their outstanding efforts!

ICYMI: SOM is having a Thanksgiving Holiday Reception-RSVP Needed!

School of Medicine


Monday, November 20th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

                                             The Colonnade Club, Pavilion VII

                                               Faculty and Staff are invited!

Reminder to please RSVP to Hana Vratna at by Friday, November 10th


Neural Modulation & Circuits- Symposium Today, November 10

The 2017 International Symposium on Neural Modulation & Circuits is TODAY in Pinn Hall G1/G2 from 7:45 AM-4:30 PM

20 Speakers form across the world! Hosted by Dr. Julius Zhu

Free Admission for UVA Faculty, Students, & Staff!


Nominations for the 2018 MLK Health System Award Due by December 15th

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. University of Virginia Health System Award was established in 2013. The 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.

If you have recognized an individual who embodies these qualities in our institution, they are worthy of recognition! Please nominate your colleges!

Nominations are due by 4:00 pm, Friday, December 15th

Please submit a nomination form and letter of support to:

Judy Pointer
Office for Diversity
PO Box 800230

Flu Shot Clinic for BIMS Students on Thursday!

Since the flu shot is mandatory for School of Medicine BIMS students, there will be a special drop-in Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday for all BIMS students!

FLU SHOT CLINIC for BIMS Graduate Students

This Thursday, Oct. 26

Pinn Hall, 5th floor, Conference Room # 5023

No appointment necessary! Stop by between 1-5 pm and bring your ID badge and Aetna student health insurance card* Sponsored by University of Virginia Department of Student Health


* Students must bring their Aetna Student Health insurance card so their flu shot charge can be billed directly to Aetna Student Health (click here if you need to print your insurance ID card)

On another insurance plan? Pay the $30 fee and request a receipt to submit to your own health insurance company



2017 Pharmacology Research Retreat

The Annual Pharmacology Research Retreat was held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Morven Farms. It was a wonderful day of fellowship and sharing of the various research efforts of our students and faculty. One of the most exciting parts of the day were the presentation of various awards. This year’s winners include:

  • Peter C. Isakson Mentoring Award – Michelle Bland
  • Ted W. Rall Award (outstanding paper) – Janelle Weaver (Bayliss lab)
  • Best Predoctoral Presentation – Caroline Franks (Hsu Lab) and A Rosen (Gaultier Lab)
  • Best Postdoctoral Presentation – Yu-Hsin “Eva” Chiu (Bayliss lab) and Joshua Drake (Yan Lab)
  • Best Poster Presentation – Michael Schappe (Desai lab) and Vlad Serbulea (Leitinger lab)

The Pharmacology Department is very proud of all of its’ hardworking, dedicated and scientifically passionate students and faculty! It was evident that a lot of work went into each presentation and they were all well-received by all. Everyone did such an amazing job which made it very difficult to decide the winners of these various awards. Please be sure to congratulate all of our winners when you see them around!

Postdoctoral Opportunity!


Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts is offering an exciting postdoctoral training program.  This program, called TEACRS (Training in Education and Critical Research Skills), is funded by the Institution Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA) mechanism of NIH-GMS.


TEACRS is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Trainees spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is supplemented by workshops on teaching methods, career opportunities in academia, and essential skills such as grant writing, mentoring, and scientific presentations.  The training components are sequenced to allow trainees to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. TEACRS fellows receive up to four years of salary support and a yearly travel and supply allowance.


The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2018 is March 1. Later applications will be considered if positions are available.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. Commitment to the goals of the program, strong academic and research credentials and a demonstrated interest in teaching and mentoring will be important criteria used in the selection process.


For additional information on the TEACRS program and application procedures, please visit the website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions.


Reminder: UVA Open Enrollment Starts Today!

As a reminder to Pharm Faculty, University/Classified Staff, and Professional Research Staff:

Please note that Open Enrollment starts today,  October 9 and ends on Oct. 27, 2017.

During this time, you need to review and select your benefits for next year (effective January 1, 2018). Please note that there are significant changes this year – notably:

  • All three plans have the same Maximum Out of Pocket costs (in-network: $5,500 for individual; $11,000 for family).
  • The Choice plan will no longer offer fixed copays for doctors, specialists, and other services such as physical therapy; it is changing to deductible + 10% coinsurance.
  • The Value Plan will still offer fixed copays and the deductible is increasing from $500 to $1000 (per individual) and from $1,000 to $2,000 (for +1 or family).
  • Premiums will increase across the board for Choice and Value plans (no increase in Basic Plan premiums).

You can see more info on the Open Enrollment Website:

Please plan to attend one of the Open Enrollment Presentations ( There will be OE presentations in McKim (Sandridge Auditorium) on Tuesday, October 10 @ 8:30 AM, Friday, October 20 @ 2;00 PM, and Tuesday, October 24 @ 8:30 AM.

There will also be a UVA Health and Benefits Expo on Oct. 11 (8:30 am – 2 pm) on the 3rd floor of Newcomb Hall and on October 12 (7 am – 3 pm) in the Medical Center Dining Conference Rooms.

Also, if you have specific questions about your personal health and finance situation, you may wish to speak to the UHR Help Desk (; 924-0123) or University’s Ombudsman, Mandy Eppard (ALB8TB, 924-1031).