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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. Full article

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.

Endocrine Program faculty members received T32 postdoctoral training grant

A group of endocrine program faculty under the leadership of Dr. Dipak K. Sarkar applied and recently received a T32 grant award notice from NIH/NIAAA. This grant started on August 1, 2019, and it is currently funding four postdoctoral fellows each year and a total of 10 postdoctoral fellows for a period of 5 years to train in the area of the molecular neuroscience of alcoholism and drug abuse research at Rutgers. The Molecular Neuroscience of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Training (MNADRT) program will employ multidisciplinary approaches, including molecular and cellular techniques, electrophysiology, optogenetics, designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD), stem cell technology, neuroimaging, neuroimmunology, neurobehavioral pharmacology, and genetics to increase the understanding of the genetic and environmental influences on the nervous system controlling stress dysregulation and pathogenesis in alcoholism and drug abuse. This training grant is a unique collaborative program because it has faculty members from various schools and departments of Rutgers. Visit the MNADRT website for more information.

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.