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February 26th & 27th

Physiology & Pharmacology
Spring Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar:

Thursday, March 5th
Noon - 3084 HSN
Jeff Frisbee Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Respiratory Sciences
Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology
Host: Internal Department Seminar


National Institute for Ocupational Safety and Health



Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences



Center for Neuroscience



Folks Go Red for Women's Heart Health

Jeff Frisbee, Ph.D., Laboratory
American Journal of Physiology
Publication and Podcast

Brainstormer' Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Ph.D. featured in Washington Post.
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David Siderovski, Ph.D. and Vincent Setola, Ph.D. along with an international consortium of geneticists and clinicians help identify schizophrenia genes.
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Department of Physiology &  Pharmacology

BRAIN research at WVU awarded $1.5 million
WVU-led team one of first to receive NIH support, White House recognition

“Imagine being able to look at the brain of a stroke patient engaging in rehab exercises or to determine how and why an autistic person’s brain reacts differently during active social situations,”

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

October 21st
The Dean's Award for Excellence in Research went to James W. Simpkins, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and director of the Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research

August 11th
David Siderovski, Ph.D. chosen to oversee M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program. E.J. Van Liere professor and chair of the WVU Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, David Siderovski is now directing the School of Medicine’s M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program. Prior to joining WVU in 2012, Dr. Siderovski was the co-director of University of North Carolina’s M.D./Ph.D. Program for six years.

May 14th
Betschart Symposium:
First Place Award
Steven Brooks "Metabolic syndrome increases behavioral impairments and vascular dysfunction in a model of chronic stress/depression"
Laboratory of Jeff Frisbee

April 28th
Mary Davis, Ph.D., professor in the WVU School of Medicine Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has been asked by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies to participate on its Committee on the Review of Clinical Guidance for the Care of Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation. The IOM is the premier national organization of medical science.

April 22nd
WVU Neuroscience Club inspires children third through seventh grades to brainstorm.
Liz Engler-Chiurazzi is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of James Simpkins and part of the basic and translational stroke research core. She has worked for WVU for the past six months and is the head adviser for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Club.
“When I see kids again after months and months and they can still tell me where the frontal lobe is and what it does, and remember some of the things I taught them, that’s very gratifying.”

April 14th
The WVU Teaching and Learning Commons held a seminar to increase faculty awareness and concerns for student life outside the classroom. The seminar, “How Life Interferes with Student Success,” was about University retention and things that affect students’ views of their social lives. The seminar is part of a series of workshops to help faculty members work more efficiently…“A lot of times as instructors, we tend to focus on what students are doing in our classrooms,” said Mark Paternostro, an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. “We fail to recognize this other stuff which goes on in life.”

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