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Erica Levitt, Ph.D., joins Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Prescription opioid overdose is increasing at a rapid rate. Respiratory depression is the primary cause of death from opioid overdose, yet surprisingly little is known about the mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression. A network of neurons that are primarily situated in the brainstem controls breathing. Dr. Levitt is interested…

Nikhil Urs, Ph.D., joins Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Dopamine (DA) is a catecholamine neurotransmitter found in the mammalian brain and regulates many critical physiological processes such as movement, cognition, motivation, reward/pleasure and hormone regulation. Dysfunction of the dopamine system has been implicated in many brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), schizophrenia, OCD and ADHD. The goal…

Pharmacology student wins research award

Physiology/Pharmacology doctoral candidate Joe Flores-Toro took first place the sixth annual Robert Levitt Institute for learning in retirement (ILR)/UF Aging Research Competition. Flores-Toro, who works in the lab of Pharmacology Associate Professor Jae-Sung Kim, gave his presentation on the role of calpastatin in aged ischemic livers. The competition…

Roger Papke, Ph.D., published in Journal of Biological Chemistry

An article co-authored by UF Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Professor Roger Papke, Ph.D., was published in the newest edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Papke collaborated on the article, “Critical molecular determinants of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor allosteric activation: separation of direct allosteric…

Roger Papke, Ph.D., published in Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy

  An article co-authored by UF Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Professor Roger Papke, Ph.D., was published in the newest edition of the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy. Papke wrote the article, “Betel, the Orphan Addiction,” with Dr. Melissa Little from the University of Tennessee Health…

Review by Brian K. Law, Ph.D., published in Molecular Pharmacology

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Professor Brian K. Law had a review published in the current issue of Molecular Pharmacology. The review highlights the recent successes of Cyclin-Dependent Kinase (CDK) inhibitors in the clinic against breast cancer and suggests new routes to novel, non-ATP competitive CDK inhibitors using structure-based…

Thomas C. Rowe, Ph.D., to direct Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences

Thomas C. Rowe, Ph.D., is the next associate dean for graduate education and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences, UF College of Medicine Dean Dr. Michael Good announced Thursday. “As the administrative head of the interdisciplinary program, Dr. Rowe will chair the program’s advisory board and provide leadership…

Lee Sweeney, Ph.D., gets new Wellstone Center grant

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Professor Lee Sweeney, Ph.D., has been awarded a grant through the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Center. Dr. Sweeney’s project is focused on understanding the pathways and cell types that contribute to inflammation, fibrosis, and fatty deposition, but now will utilize an exciting new mouse model…

Nihal Tümer, Ph.D., wins award for Milan poster presentation

Department Pharmacology and Therapeutics Professor Nihal Tümer, Ph.D., was awarded the Alberto Ferrari Poster Prize for a poster presentation she presented earlier this year. The poster presentation, titled “High fat plus dietary fructose is not more deleterious than a high fat diet on cardiovascular health,” was presented at the 25th…