Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Yavin Shaham, Ph.D.
Intramural Research Program
Branch Chief, Behavioral Neuroscience
Section Chief, Neurobiology of Relapse, NIDA
Baltimore, MD 21224
Host: Dr. Matthew Banks
VCU researchers combat opiate addiction
Opioids: An American health crisis
Overdose deaths in the United States involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . . . .read the full story
New milestones for Pharmacology and Toxicology Department
Long-running training grant that propelled department to 310 graduates is renewed. . . read
Congratulations to Lesley Schurman and Ryan Mischel
Congratulations to Lesley Schurman for being selected as a Pre-Doctoral Presentation Awardees at the recent ICRS conference in Montreal. Lesley was previously selected as the Billy R. Martin awardee from the ICRS.
Ryan Mischel, an MD/Ph.D. graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Akbarali, was recently awarded the F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), entitled "Role of gastrointestinal microbiome in opioid tolerance".
Congratulations to our Annual Award Winners
The annual award celebration was held at Willow Oaks Country Club on Friday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm. The Anthony Ambrose Award for the best third-year student was presented to Tareq Saleh; the Lauren A. Woods award for research excellence among doctoral students was awarded to Asti Jackson and Jacy Jacob, co-winners; the Postdoctoral Scholar award was presented to Dr. Jenny Wilkerson; the Extraordinary Staff Award was presented to Hannah Lohner and the Professor of the Year was presented to Dr. Joseph Ritter from the PharmTox Student Organization.
Scholarly Achievement Awards recognizing the ability of scholars to present their research ideas so well that they earned federal support in this highly competitive research environment were presented Drs. Jill Bettinger and Laura Mathies, MPIs of a new RO1 Grant; Dr. Kurt Hauser the PI of a successful competitive renewal of an RO1 Grant; and Dr. Patrick Beardsley, the PI of a successful competitive renewal of a major federal research contract.