First of all, Dr. Xiuling Lu, the professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as the organizer, gave an introduction of the meeting highlighting the podium presentation session, short talks, poster presentation as well as the career development panel discussion. Dr. James Halpert, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Connecticut, gave a very warm opening speech, and highly appraised the joint efforts from SAPA-CT members, UConn School of Pharmacy staffs and the UConn AAPS student’ chapter. Dr. Steven Yu, the 2016-2017 President of SAPA-CT welcomed all the attendees and emphasized the mission of the organization: to provide a platform for promoting pharmaceutical research and science, idea exchange, networking, and career development.
The podium presentation session was co-chaired by Dr. Steven Yu, Director at the Boehringer Inghelheim Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Xiuling Lu and Dr. Xiaobo Zhong, professors at the UConn pharmacy school. The symposium featured five distinguished speakers: Dr. Debra Kendall, Board of Trustees, Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, at UConn; Dr. Xiang Gao, Senior Director & Head of Pharmacometrics and Physiologically Based PKPD M&S, Translational Clinical Sciences, Alexion Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Juntao Luo, Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Institute, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Dr. Yong Yue, Director of Computational Biology, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals; and Dr. Qichao Zhu, Associate Professor of Genetics & Genomic Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.