April 10, 1998

Student-invited Pharmacology forum set to honor Joel Hardman

Student-invited Pharmacology forum set to honor Joel Hardman

The fist annual Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum will be held Wed., April 15, in 214 Light Hall.

Last year the forum was named in honor of Hardman, recently retired associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, for his years of work in research and development in medicine.

"Throughout his career, Dr. Hardman showed interest in fostering the careers of independent scientists and they in turn valued his input," said Dr. Lee Limbird, associate vice chancellor for Research.

The forum, entitled "The Biological Basis of Emotion and Mood," will feature three leading scientists in the field of neurobiology.

James L. McGaugh, Ph.D., director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at University of California at Irvine, will give the first presentation, at 1 p.m., called "Stress Hormones and Brian Systems Regulating Long-Term Memory Storage."

McGaugh's research has been focused on how memory storage can be effected by stimulant drugs and also by hormones released by the body.

At 2 p.m., Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., professor and head of the Harold and Margaret Miliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, will give his presentation, titled "Sex, Stress, and the Hippocampus."

Research in McEwen's laboratory has examined the actions of circulating hormones in the brain in order to understand the linkage between behavior and gene expression.

Rene Han, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmacology at the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University, will present his lecture, "The Role of Serotonin Receptors in Modulating Aggressive Behavior," at 3:20 p.m.

Using gene knockout technology, Han is currently exploring the role of 5-HT1a and 5-HT1b receptors in the physiology of neurons.