2011 UGA Conference on Drug Discovery
November 3, 2011

The 2011 UGA Conference on Drug Discovery was held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and included three keynote speakers and a poster competition for postdoctoral associates and graduate students. Over 140 participants attended the daylong event.

UGA Provost Jere Morehead officially opened the conference, noting that the CDD exemplifies the mission of the university in teaching, research and service by promoting excellence and the extension of knowledge.

UGA Vice President for Research David Lee gave highlights of major research programs and accomplishments at the University of Georgia during his luncheon talk.

Pictured left to right: UGA College of Pharmacy Dean Svein Oie, UGA Provost Jere Morehead and CDD Director Vasu Nair with speakers Dr Kenneth Jacobson, Chief of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry and Molecular Recognition Section, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Dr. David Weiner, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, and Chair, Gene Therapy and Vaccines Graduate Program, University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. John Rossi, Lidow Family Research Chair and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Dean, Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope.

UGA/GHSU Medical Partnership Dean Barbara Schuster awarded prizes to the poster winners. Pictured left to right, bottom row are: Dean Schuster, Best Postdoctoral Poster winner Adam Barb, Third Place Graduate Poster winner Sahar Soliman, Second Place Graduate Poster winner Anna Williams, Best Graduate Poster winner Molly Altman, and CDD Director Vasu Nair. Poster committee members pictured on the top row are Dr. Ralph Tripp, Committee Chair Dr. Robert Phillips, and Dr. Somanoth Shenoy.

Over 140 faculty, staff and students from across the state attended the 2011 UGA Conference on Drug Discovery. There were 58 submissions in the poster competition with cash prizes awarded to the top winners in the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral categories.

2009 UGA Conference on Drug Discovery
November 5, 2009

The 2009 UGA Conference on Drug Discovery was held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and included three keynote speakers and a poster competition for postdoctoral associates and graduate students. Almost 150 participants attended the daylong event.

Pictured left to right are keynote speakers Dr. Raymond Schinazi, Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics and Chemistry, Senior Research Career Scientist and Core Director of Emory University's Virology/Drug Discovery CFAR Center for AIDS Research; Dr. Jeffrey Glenn, Director of the Center for Hepatitis and Liver Tissue Engineering at Stanford School of Medicine; Dr. Jilly Evans, founding member and lead biologist of Amira Pharmaceuticals; and Dr. Vasu Nair, CDD Director

The conference was opened by UGA Vice President for Research David Lee

52 posters were presented at the conference, representing universities throughout the state of Georgia.

Prizes were awarded for the best postdoctoral and graduate student posters.

Meagan McManus, from UGA's Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, won the Best Graduate Student Poster award. She is pictured with Dean Svein Oie of the UGA College of Pharmacy and Dr. Shelley Hooks, Poster Committee Chair.

Dr. Anna Goc, from UGA's Department of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy in Augusta, Georgia, was presented with the Best Postdoctoral Poster
Award by Dean Oie.

Winners are pictured with the Poster Committee. (l to r) Graduate Student Poster runner-up Sethu Nair, Best Graduate Student Poster winner Meagan McManus, committee chair Dr. Shelley Hooks, committee members Dr. Robert Phillips and Dr. Mark Tompkins, Graduate Student Poster runner-up Sailaja Arungundram, and Best Postdoctoral Poster winner Dr. Anna Goc

Inaugural UGA Conference on Drug Discovery
April 4, 2007

The Inaugural UGA Conference on Drug Discovery, held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, represented a history making day for the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) and the University of Georgia. Over 110 faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and staff participated in the daylong event, which featured three keynote speakers in the antiviral, anticancer and antimicrobial areas.

Dr. Vasu Nair, Director of the UGA Center for Drug Discovery (l) gave brief remarks on the creation of the Center and its approval by the Board of Regents in March 2005. He also outlined the mission of the CDD. Dr. David Lee, Vice President for Research (r), officially opened the conference.

Presentations were made in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Dr. Nair is pictured with (left to right) keynote speakers Dr. Alice M. Clark (second from left), Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi, who spoke on "The Evolution of Antimicrobial Drug Discovery and Development;" Dr. Stephen Fesik (third from left), Divisional Vice President of Cancer Research, Abbott Laboratories, who talked about "Discovery of Bcl-2 Family Inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer;" and Dr. Clifton E. Barry, III (right), Head of the Tuberculosis Research Station, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who spoke on "Challenges and Opportunities in Tuberculosis Drug Discovery."

The luncheon was attended by 100 faculty, staff and students. Pictured above are (standing) Dr. Deborah Strong, Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Nair. Seated are (l to r) staff members Heather Berryman and Karen Scoville from the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences and Robyn Ansley, UGA Center for Drug Discovery.

At the luncheon, Dr. Nair recognized Dr. Gordhan Patel, former Vice President for Research, and Dr. Svein Øie (center), Dean of the College of Pharmacy, for their vision in planning for the establishment for the CDD. Dean Øie spoke about how this was a momentous event for the CDD and the University of Georgia and added general remarks about drug discovery. Pictured with the Dean are (l) Dr. Fred Quinn, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases who introduced keynote speaker Dr. Barry (r).

The poster session in the afternoon was attended by most of the participants with 42 posters (limit imposed by availability of poster boards) presented on a broad range of topics in the chemistry and biology of drug discovery by faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and technical staff.

Poster award winners pictured with the Poster Committee members are (l to r) Santiago Lima from the Department of Chemistry who was awarded Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation; Dr. Brian Cummings; Dr. Roberto Docampo; Brianna Peterson, Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, who won Honorable Mention Graduate Student Poster Presentation; Dr. Warren Beach; Dr. Megan Macnaughtan, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, who was awarded Honorable Mention Postdoctoral Poster Presentation; and Dr. Xiahui Ma, Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, who won Best Postdoctoral Poster Presentation.

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