News and Events

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!


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.

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!!

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!

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!

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


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!


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

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



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!