March 10-14, 2013
Members of the School of Health Sciences attended the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology in San Antonio, Texas March 10-14, 2013. Purdue faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and an undergraduate student from the laboratories of Drs. Jason Cannon, Ulrike Dydak, Jennifer Freeman, Linda Nie, and Wei Zheng presented their research findings related to environmental and occupational toxicology. Drs. Freeman and Zheng co-chaired a symposium titled "Application of Systems Biology to Identify Molecular Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Lead (Pb) Neurotoxicity: Implications in a Developmental Origin of Alzheimer's Disease". The symposium invited accountable researchers who have been doing the pioneering discovery on environmental causes of Alzheimer's disease and was well received by the meeting attendees. Dr. Zheng also taught a SOT-sponsored Continuing Educational course on metal toxicology. Dr. Freeman was elected as the Councilor to SOT Metals Specialty Section leadership team.
Students and postdocs shared their ongoing work in poster presentations and interacted with their peers as well as seasoned experts in their respective fields. All enjoyed networking with national and international colleagues. Many Purdue Alumni including past graduates in toxicology or pharmacy programs or living in San Antonio area attended the School of Health Sciences Alumni Reception on Monday evening.
Students received various travel awards to attend the meeting and for their presentations during the SOT meeting:
- Mr. Chris Bates (Mentor: Dr. Zheng) has recently received a Travel Award by Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe) for his presentation titled "Expression and Aggregation of a-Synuclein in the Blood-CSF Barrier: New Evidence for the Effects of Toxic Intracellular Manganese and Copper Levels".
- Ms. Sherleen (Xue) Fu (Mentor: Dr. Zheng) won the Third Place Graduate Student Research Award by the SOT Metals Specialty Section for her presentation titled "Reduced copper (Cu) efflux across the blood-CSF barrier (BCB) following manganese exposure: effect on Cu transporters ATP7A and ATP7B".
- Mrs. Stephanie O'Neal (Mentor: Dr. Zheng) was awarded by PULSe and Purdue's Women in Science Programs for her presentation titled "Accumulation of manganese (Mn) in rat brain ventricular region following in vivo subchronic Mn exposure: effect on copper (Cu) status".
- Mr. Geoffrey Ryan (Mentor: Dr. Freeman) an undergraduate researcher was awarded a Sally Mason Travel Scholarship for his presentation titled "Characterization of glo1 gene expression during development and alterations induced by atrazine exposure in zebrafish".
- Mr. Gregory Weber (Mentor: Dr. Freeman) won the First Place Graduate Student Award by the SOT In vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty Section for his presentation titled "Transcriptomic profiling of embryos and adult female brain tissue links a developmental origin of atrazine-induced reproductive alterations in zebrafish". Greg also received a PULSe and a Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Awards to attend the meeting.
- Ms. Sara Wirbisky (Mentor: Dr. Freeman) was awarded a Purdue Student Government Travel Award for her presentation "The effects of low dose lead exposure on the GABAergic system in developing zebrafish".