2023 Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop, October 3, 2023
The 15th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at the Rutgers Busch Student Center. This year’s theme is “Early-Life Stress and the Endocrine System” and will feature two lectures: “Early-Life Influences on the Neuroendocrine Stress Response: Health, Happiness and HPA Function” by Michael J. Meaney, PhD, James McGill Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University and director of the Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevelopment Project; and “The Brain’s Unique Endocrine System in Early-Life Stress” by Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Neurology at the School of Medicine and director of the Conte Center at the University of California, Irvine. These presentations will be followed by a luncheon and then a poster session in which laboratories from all Rutgers campuses, including its medical school branches and also T32 grant fellows of the Molecular Neuroscience of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Training (MNADRT) program, will showcase their work. For more details and to register for the event or submit an abstract, please click here.
Sarkar Elected 2023 Fellow in International Union of Physiological Sciences Academy
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Dipak Sarkar, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, was recently elected as a 2023 Fellow in the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) Academy. Read full article.
Rutgers Holds 14th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop on Transgender Endocrinology
The workshop was sponsored by the Rutgers Endocrine Program; Rutgers-RWJMS Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition; the Department of Animal Sciences at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; and the NExT Center, NJ Institute of Food Health and Nutrition.
Dipak Sarkar, director of the Rutgers Endocrine Program and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, hosted approximately 70 attendees. Read full article.
2022 Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop, October 11, 2022
The 14th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at the Rutgers Busch Student Center. This year’s theme is “Transgender Endocrinology” and will feature a short video of Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s opening remarks on transgender medicine, followed by two lectures: “The Biological Underpinnings of Gender Identity – Implications for Gender Affirming Medical Treatment Strategy” given by Joshua D. Safer, MD, Executive Director, Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System; and “Transgender Medicine: Lessons from the Past, Present and Future,” given by Vin Tangpricha, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipids, Emory University School of Medicine. After the two guest speakers give their lectures, there will be a luncheon and then a poster session in which laboratories from all Rutgers campuses, including its medical school branches and also T32 grant fellows of the Molecular Neuroscience of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Training (MNADRT) program, will showcase their work. For more details and to register for the event or submit an abstract, please click here.
Rutgers Holds 13th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop
“Insulin – The 100-Year Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin” was the theme of the 13th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop held at Rutgers on October 21, 2021, at the Busch Student Center. The two guest speakers presented their lectures from their own institutions virtually and were projected onto a screen in the Multipurpose Room in front of a live audience. Read full article.
2021 Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop, October 21, 2021
The 13th Annual Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at the Rutgers Busch Student Center. This year’s theme is “Covid-19 and Insulin – The 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin” and will feature lectures from Mark A. Atkinson, PhD, American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research, Jeffrey Keene Family Professor, and the Director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida, and David Ludwig, MD, PhD, Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Co-director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. This is a hybrid event. After the two guest speakers give their lectures via Zoom, there will be a luncheon and in-person research poster presentations in which laboratories from Rutgers University’s various campuses, including its medical school branches, showcase their work. For more details and to register for the event or submit an abstract, please click here.
Dr. Dipak Sarkar joins new Advances in Drug and Alcohol Research journal’s editorial board
Dr. Dipak Sarkar, Distinguished Professor and PI of the MNADRT program, will serve as an associate editor on the editorial board of the new journal Advances in Drug and Alcohol Research. The journal aims to “advance the discussion around the current state of knowledge, challenges, and the future of drug addiction.” Submit your research or find out more information: https://fro.ntiers.in/cdAG
Dr. Julianne Price Chaired Symposium at 9th Annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction 2021 Virtual Conference
On March 19, 2021, MNADRT trainee Dr. Julianne Price served as chair for a symposium called “Mind-Body-Brain: Quantifying Harm to Facilitate Recovery,” which took place during the 9th Annual Collaborative Perspectives (CPA) on Addiction 2021 Virtual Conference, sponsored by the Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50 of the American Psychological Association). The symposium speakers were Dr. Price, Dr. Mateo Leganes-Fonteneau, and Dr. Marsha Bates, all from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies; and Dr. Ben Lewis and Dr. Sara Jo Nixon from the University of Florida. Dr. Price also presented a poster titled “From Neurocardiac Signaling to Cognitive Recovery: A randomized clinical trial in women with alcohol and substance use disorders.” The theme for the CPA 2021 conference was “Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors across the Lifespan” and explored ground-breaking research and clinical practice of addiction treatment from youth through older adulthood.
Dr. Dipak Sarkar is guest speaker at Child Health Institute of New Jersey Science Seminar
Dr. Dipak Sarkar, Distinguished Professor, Director of the Endocrine Program, and PI of the MNADRT program, is the guest speaker at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey Science Seminar, which takes place via Zoom on Monday, February 22, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM. His lecture is titled “Alcohol Epigenetic Marks on Neuroimmune Cells Regulating Stress and Anxiety Behaviors.” Please contact Stacey Pontoriero, MNADRT Program Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Zoom meeting information.
Denise Hien to serve as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP)
The Office of the Chancellor announced that on November 1, 2020, Denise Hien, Ph.D., a mentor of the MNADRT program and director of the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (CAS), will begin to serve as the Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). For over 25 years, Dr. Hien and her research team have conducted programmatic research on women’s mental health and addictions, with continuous funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.
Denise Hien appointed inaugural Helen E. Chaney Chair in Alcohol Studies
The Rutgers University Board of Governors today appointed Denise Hien, a leader in the field of post-traumatic stress and addictions, as the inaugural holder of the Helen E. Chaney Chair in Alcohol Studies. Read full article.
Professor Dipak Sarkar discusses alcohol’s effects on immunity
Dipak Sarkar, an expert on alcohol metabolism and immunity, and professor at Rutgers University, tells Inverse that he advises skipping alcohol altogether during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read full article.
Dr. Sulie L. Chang, Professor of Seton Hall University, is elected to be president of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology for 2020-2021
The Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology (SNIP) is an international society for scientists who are conducting research in neuroimmune pharmacology. This year, SNIP is celebrating its 25th anniversary since its inception in 1993. Dr. Sulie Chang has been elected president of SNIP for 2020 and 2021. She will be presiding over the 26th Scientific Conference of the SNIP in New Delhi, India.