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UK College of Pharmacy to host drug discovery symposium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) ‚ÄĒ¬†The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will host its fifth annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development on Thursday, Sept. 25.

UK pharmacy symposiumThis year’s symposium features recent advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and substance abuse in which biologics have been employed as therapeutic agents.

“In addition to outstanding investigators from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical industry, the program includes short talks by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice,‚ÄĚ said Gregory Graf, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and this year’s symposium chair. “We are particularly enthusiastic about advances in the treatment of cocaine overdose that will be highlighted during this year‚Äôs symposium, as this agent was developed at the University of Kentucky in the laboratory of Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan.‚ÄĚ

The 2014 Symposium invited speakers include:

  • Alan T. Remaley, senior investigator, Lipoprotein Metabolism Section, National Institutes of Health ‚Äď ‚ÄúRecombinant LCAT in LCAT deficiency and Acute Coronary Syndromes‚ÄĚ
  • Ronald B. DeMattos, research advisor, Discovery Neuroscience, Eli Lilly and Company ‚Äď ‚ÄúMonoclonal Antibody Therapy in the Treatment of Alzheimer‚Äôs Disease‚ÄĚ
  • Azmi Nasser, associate director of clinical pharmacy, PK/PD, global clinical development director, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceutical, Inc. ‚Äď ‚ÄúRecombinant Choline Esterases in the Treatment of Cocaine Overdose‚ÄĚ

The symposium will also feature the college‚Äôs 2013 Publication of the Year, ‚ÄúAssociation Between Pseudoephedrine Sales and Reported Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Seizures in Kentucky,‚ÄĚ which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and has had a significant impact on discussions among pharmaceutical policy makers around the nation.

New to this year’s symposium is the final round of the College’s Elevator Speech Competition in which graduate students must present their thesis project in fewer than three minutes.

The symposium showcases cutting-edge research to the local scientific community and encourages collaboration in basic and translational science as well as pharmacy practice and policy.

By hosting renowned scientists working on distinct areas of diseases, but each employing biological agents in drug discovery and development, the college hopes the forum will bring together researchers at UK working to improve our understanding of, and advance the development of therapeutic approaches for, the unmet health care needs of the citizens of Kentucky and the nation.

Click here to register for the 2014 Symposium.