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Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum

As the pace at which we acquire new knowledge in scientific disciplines is ever accelerating, students quickly understand that material covered in coursework in their first two years of training cannot include an introduction to all areas of biomedical research. Thus, our training program gives students the opportunity to pursue areas in which they would like further instruction.  For the Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum, students identify emerging areas of research that they think are important for understanding as trainees in pharmacological sciences, and invite three nationally or internationally recognized scientists to participate in an annual symposium. The graduate students in the Department of Pharmacology named their annual forum the Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum, in recognition of Dr. Hardman’s sustained interest in the training of young scientists.

2019 Student Forum

Previous Topics and Speakers

2018 – America’s Opioid Epidemic
Stephen Loyd, M.D.
Laura Bohn, Ph.D.
Rob Gereau, Ph.D.
Jose Moron-Concepcion, Ph.D.

2017 – Vanderbilt Pharmacology Through the Decades:  Over 80 Years of Impact
Laurent Audoly, Ph.D. (1997)
Theodore Liston, Ph.D. (1985)
Colleen Piersen, Ph.D. (1995)
Raymond Price, Ph.D. (2001), MBA
Amy Wilson-Delfosse, Ph.D. (1991)

2016 – Phorbidden Phruits: The Psychopharmacology of Taboo Drugs

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
David Nichols, Ph.D.
Elaine Sanders-Bush, Ph.D.
Franz Vollenweider, M.D.

2015 – Pharmacology in Space
Adrian LeBlanc, Ph.D.
Francis A. (Drew) Gaffney, M.D.
Virginia (Ginger) Wotring, Ph.D.

2014 – Safety Pharmacology
Russell Bialecki, Ph.D.
Bryan F. Cox, Ph.D.
Martin Sanders, Ph.D.

2013 – Neurobiology of Criminals
Nelly Alia-Klein, Ph.D.
David Goldman, M.D.
Michael Koenigs, Ph.D.

2012 – Genetically Modified Foods
Douglas Gurian-Sherman, Ph.D.
Michelle Chang, Ph.D.
Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D.

2011 – Directed Cell Differentiation and Tissue Engineering
Kevin A. D’Amour, Ph.D.
Kevin Kit Parker, Ph.D.
Laura E. Niklason, M.D., Ph.D.

2010 – Personalized Medicine
Kyle B. Brothers, M.D.
Marc L. Reitman, MD, PhD
Raymond Woosley, MD, PhD

2009 – Novel Drug Delivery Systems
William Mallet, PhD
Kullervo Hynynen, PhD
Michael J. Cima, PhD

2008 – The Biological Basis of Sleep in Health and Disease
Luis de Lecea, PhD
Beth Malow, MD
Gina R. Poe, PhD

2007 – The Hunt for Nature’s Therapeutics: The Discovery and Use of Natural Products
Jinhui Dou, PhD
William Setzer, PhD
Shirley Pomponi, PhD
Norman Farnsworth, PhD

2006 – A Drug Story: HIV-1 protease inhibitors, from bench to bedside
Ms. Marty St. Clair
Dale J. Kempf, PhD
Martin S. Hirsch, MD
Celia Schiffer, PhD

2005 – Systems Biology
Alan Aderem, PhD
Roger Brent, PhD
Melvin I. Simon, PhD

2004 – Molecular Mechanisms of Aging
Richard J. Hodes, MD
Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D.
Gordon J. Lithgow, Ph.D.

2003 – Advances in Nanotechnology: Solving Huge Challenges with Tiny Technology
Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.
Naomi Halas, Ph.D.
James K. Gimzewski, Ph.D.

2002 – Stemming the Possibilities: The Hows, Whys and Oughts of Stem Cell Research
Perry F. Bartlett, BDSc/Ph.D.
Ronald M. Green, Ph.D.
Mark Pittenger, Ph.D.

2001 – Novel Approaches to Drug Delivery
Joseph Kost, D.Sc.
Clifford J. Steer, MD
Evan C. Unger, MD

2000 – From Stem Cells to Tissue Engineering
Ronald D. G. McKay, Ph.D.
Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.
Ercem Atiliasoy, MD/FAAD

1999 – Botanical Approaches to Novel Therapeutics
Paul A. Cox, Ph.D.
Carole L. Cramer, Ph.D.
Julian K-C Ma, Ph.D.

1998 – The Biological Basis of Emotion and Mood
James McGaugh, Ph.D.
Rene Hen, Ph.D.
Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.

1997 – The Molecular Basis of Drug Addiction
Jeanne M. Wehner, Ph.D.
Eric J. Nestler, MD/Ph.D.
John A. Dani, Ph.D.

1996 – Frontiers in Drug Design
Jack D. Keene, Ph.D.
Jonathan A. Ellman, Ph.D.
Ira H. Pastan, MD

1995 – Programmed Cell Death in Development and Disease
Stanley J. Korsmeyer, MD
Eileen White, Ph.D.
H. Robert Horvitz, Ph.D.

1994 – Sensory Systems: Insights into Cell-Specific Gene Expression and Signal Transduction
A. J. Hudspeth, MD/Ph.D.
Randall R. Reed, Ph.D.
Charles S. Zuker, Ph.D.

1993 – Molecular Basis for Memory:  Lessons from the Nervous and Immune Systems
Eric R. Kandel, MD
Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Norman R. Klinman, MD/Ph.D.

1992 – Gene Therapy and Gene Therapeutics
Fred Gage, Ph.D.
Inder Verma, Ph.D.
Ronald G. Crystal, MD

Pharmacology in Teaching Award

Students also use the occasion of the Forum to present the Pharmacology Teaching Award to a faculty mentor of their choosing who, in their estimation, has contributed significantly to their education. The plaque, given each year to a selected faculty member, reads “With special recognition for excellence in lecturing and willing assistance in the design and execution of experiments”. The students nominate facul­ty, select the annual recipient­, and the results of their vote are revealed in an insti­tu­tion-wide presentation as a pre­lude to the Forum Symposium. The past recip­ients for this award have been:

2018 TBA
2017 Dr. Ronald Emeson
2016 Dr. Sean Davies
2015 Dr. Joshua Fessel
2014 Dr. J. Scott Daniels
2013 Dr. Claus Schneider
2012 Dr. Sean Davies
2011 Dr. Vsevolod Gurevich
2010 Dr. Alfred L. George, Jr.
2009 Dr. Kevin P.M. Currie
2008 Dr. Joey Barnett
2007 Dr. Alan Brash
2006 Dr. Joey Barnett
2005 Dr. Vsevolod Gurevich
2004 Dr. Vsevolod Gurevich
2003 Dr. Ronald Emeson
2002 Dr. Alfred L. George, Jr.
2001 Dr. Brian Wadzinski
2000 Dr. Joey Barnett
1999 Dr. Elaine Sanders-Bush
1998 Dr. Lee E. Limbird
1997 Dr. Louis J. DeFelice
1996 Dr. Joey Barnett
1995 Dr. Ronald Emeson

About Joel G. Hardman

Joel G. Hardman served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology from 1975-1990, establishing the department as a premier place for research and training in pharmacology. A major reason for the success of the Training Program in Pharmacological Sciences was Dr. Hardman’s personal involvement in the mentoring of each graduate student. He expected each student to perform at their best and created an intellectual environment that fostered the scientific growth and critical thought of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty colleagues.

Joel G. Hardman received his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology from Emory University in 1964. He came to Vanderbilt to be a postdoctoral fellow with Earl Sutherland. After his early work on cyclic AMP as a second messenger, carried out in Sutherland’s laboratory, Dr. Hardman went on to discover guanylate cyclase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing cyclic GMP from GTP. This discovery led to the appreciation that cGMP, like cAMP, can serve as an intracellular second messenger. He rose through the ranks to become Professor of Physiology in 1972. His creative and incisive mind, which contributed to his discoveries, also served him well in his role as teacher and mentor. In 1975, he was appointed as Chair of Pharmacology, and in 1991 was named Associate Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Dr. Hardman is internationally recognized as an outstanding scientist, educator and administrator. In 1992, Dr. Hardman became Co-Editor-In-Chief of the major text in Pharmacology, Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, which is published in many languages worldwide. He served as President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 1993/1994.