Research Day 2011 expands to include student/faculty researchers in health sciences

By Janel Shoun on 10/10/2011

  
  
Dr. Heidi Hamm

Dr. Heidi E. Hamm, the chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, will be the keynote speaker at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy’s annual Research Day on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

 
Hamm will speak at 1 p.m. in the Burton Health Sciences Center on G protein signaling mechanisms, followed by a poster presentation and reception at 2 p.m. in the third-floor corridor of the Burton building.
 
Research Day is free and open to the public. It is held once a year to highlight the scientific research carried out by the Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer Research Program student participants and their faculty mentors at Lipscomb and Vanderbilt. This year’s event has been expanded to feature not only pharmacy students’ research, but also poster presentations by faculty in various health sciences departments at Lipscomb.
 
The presentations will explore topics in a variety of areas such as clinical care, ambulatory care, community practice, educational scholarship, curriculum innovations, missions, community outreach programs and the pharmaceutical, biomedical and analytical sciences.
 
Hamm is the Earl W. Sutherland Jr. Professor of Pharmacy at the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Hamm is a world leader in the area of G proteins, which serve as molecular switches in transferring signals across cell membranes. The importance of her research in understanding the structure and function of G proteins is reinforced by the fact that more than half of the drugs on the market are directed at receptors that control G proteins.
 
Lipscomb student participants in the poster presentation this year include:
  • Ashley A. Bragg, Pharmacy
  • Rachel Crouch, Pharmacy
  • Brittany B. Duerk, Chemistry
  • David A. Jacob, Pharmacy
  • Manjula D. Jayabalan, Pharmacy
  • Alison H. McDougal, Pharmacy
  • Jason McNeal, Pharmacy
  • J. Taylor Price, Pharmacy
  • Delanie A. Sullivan, Pharmacy
  • Kathleen O. Voltz, Pharmacy
  • William E. Waters, Pharmacy
  • Brandon Weldy, Pharmacy
  • Je’Purde White, Pharmacy
  • Charles M. Yates, Pharmacy
  • Lisa M. Yinger, Pharmacy
 
Lipscomb faculty and staff participants include:
  • Paige S. Akers, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • W. Scott Akers, Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Zachary Cox, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Joseph E. Deweese, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Holli Dilks, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Peter Ellison, Department of Kinesiology
  • Michael W. Fowler, Vice Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Kent D. Johnson, Professor and Chair of Kinesiology
  • Jeff McCormack, Director of Development and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Susan L. Mercer, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Steve Phipps, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Rachel Saylor, Undergraduate Research Assistant in the College of Pharmacy
  • J. Dominic Smith, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Catherine Terry, College of Pharmacy Director of Educational Effectiveness
 
Participants from other universities and local health care researchers include:
  • Randy D. Blakely, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University
  • Amy Cadwallder, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • J. Scott Daniels, Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt University
  • Thomas DiSalvo, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Stephanie Fletcher, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Aliya L. Frederick, Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt University
  • Eva Harth, Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University
  • Lauren Hayes, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Kaustubh Kulkarni, Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt University
  • Marc A. Mergy, Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt University
  • Cecilia Ortiz, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Nicole Piersiak, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Denny Porr, Cardiac Health and Rehabilitation at Saint Thomas Hospital
  • Mary Beth Riley, Cardiac Health and Rehabilitation at Saint Thomas Hospital
  • Benjamin Spears, Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University
  • Gregg D. Stanwood, Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University
  • Jane Wright, Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University