Phoenix Arizona Drug Discovery Summit, Oct. 2, Includes Several from UA Department of Medicine

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Several faculty members from the University of Arizona Department of Medicine will be among presenters and panelists at the “Discovering New Medicines in Arizona Summit,” sponsored in Phoenix by the UA College of Pharmacy's Center for Drug Discovery and UA Cancer Center as part of Arizona Bioscience Week activities.

The summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (475 N. 5th St.) at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. (Google Directions! | Parking Map: COM – Phoenix)


Lunch, networking, and additional workshop sessions are currently being further refined. You'll find updated information and a full agenda at this link. You'll also find an agenda (current as of Sept. 16) below. 

Immediately after the summit is the 2019 AZBio Awards ceremony, which will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center (100 N. Third St.) West Ballroom, 3-8:30 p.m., and includes two primary winners from the UA Health Sciences among those who will be recognized. (Google Directions!)

Drug Discovery Summit Teaser image of UA Department of Medicine faculty participating in Discovering New Medicines in Arizona Summit (clockwise from top left): Drs. Julie Bauman, Jennifer Carew, Louise Hecker, Larry Mandarino, Julie Ledford and Monica Kraft

Invited speakers and moderators at this event, and their topics, will be (those in red with DOM affiliations):

  • ROBERTA BRINTON, PHD, Director, UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science, presenting on “Diseases of Aging in Neurosciences”
  • JULIE BAUMAN, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Hematology & Oncology; Deputy Director, University of Arizona Cancer Center; Co-Leader, Therapeutic Development Program, presenting on “Drug Development in Cancer Prevention & Treatment”
  • TODD VANDERAH, PHD, Chair, Department of Pharmacology, presenting on “Pain: Chronic Treatments to Replace Opioids”
  • MONICA KRAFT, MD, Chair, UA Department of Medicine, and Deputy Director, UA Health Sciences Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center, presenting on “Lung Diseases”
  • LAWRENCE MANDARINO, PHD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, and Director, UAHS Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism, presenting on “Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome”

Drs. Roberta Diaz Brinton and Todd Vanderah

Other Speakers

Among other confirmed speakers are (those in red with DOM affiliations):

  • Andrew Capaldi, PhD, Assistant Professor (Molecular & Cellular Biology), College of Science
  • Jennifer Carew, PhD, Co-Director, Hematologic Malignancy Disease Team, UA Cancer Center, and Associate Professor (Translational & Regenerative Medicine), Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Rui Chang, PhD, Associate Professor (Neurology), College of Medicine - Tucson
  • Louise Hecker, PhD, Associate Professor (Pulmonary), Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine - Tucson
  • Matthew Kaplan, PhD, Facility Manager, UA Functional Genomics Core and Microscopy Alliance
  • May Khanna, PhD, Assistant Professor (Pharmacology), College of Medicine - Tucson
  • Julie Ledford, PhD, Associate Professor (Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Clinical & Translational Sciences, Immunobiology), UA College of Medicine - Tucson
  • Timothy Marlowe, PhD, Director, Molecular Analysis Core, and Assistant Professor (Clinical & Translational Sciences, Interdisciplinary Oncology, and Pharmacology & Toxicology), UA Cancer Center – Phoenix and UA College of Pharmacy
  • Kathleen Rodgers, PhD, Associate Director, Translational Neuroscience, UA Center for Innovations in Brain Science, and Professor (Pharmacology), UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • John Streicher, PhD, Assistant Professor (Pharmacology and Neuroscience GIDP), UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Drs. Andrew Capaldi, Rui Chang, Matt Kaplan, May Khanna, Tim Marlowe, Kathy Rodgers and John Streicher


Confirmed panel members include:

Mara Aspinall and Mike Sembers


7:30 – 8:00 a.m | Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 11:20 a.m. | Morning Session

○ 8:00– 8:15 a.m: Welcome & Introduction
○ 8:15 – 11:00 a.m:  Plenary Session
○ 11:00 – 11:20 a.m: Overview of Capabilities

11:20-12:00 p.m. | Lunch

12:00-1:00 p.m. | Afternoon Breakout Sessions (choose one session)

○ Session 1:  Diseases of Aging in Neurosciences
○ Session 2:  Cancer Research
○ Session 3:  Airway Diseases
○ Session 4:  Pain

1:10 - 3:00 p.m. | External Panel, Closing Remarks and Networking:

○ 1:10 – 2:00 p.m: External Panel Session
○ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m: Closing remarks and networking

The Discovering New Medicines in Arizona Summit will highlight key areas of research in discovering effective drug candidates in prevalent diseases in Arizona while establishing collaborations that enable success in these key areas.

Release Date: 
09/16/2019 - 11:30am
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