Abstract submission now open for Oct. 16 Research Day with keynote by Timothy Billiar, MD

Research team with poster
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Joseph Roche (left) and a student research team with their poster at the 2018 EACPHS Research Day.

Timothy R. Billiar, MD, will keynote the 16th annual Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Research Day on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at 11 a.m. Posters will be on display in the Commons from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and faculty research recognition and student poster awards will begin at noon. 

Important deadlines

Registration is free.  

Abstract submission guidelines

All posters should be made to fit a board measuring 4 feet wide by 3 feet high. Students/Post-docs competing for the poster awards should plan to attend their posters from 9-10:30 a.m. 

Each department (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Practice and Health Care Sciences) will conduct an initial review of abstracts submitted by their students. The department will determine the top four abstracts to be in competition for the Best Poster Award in four categories: Basic Science, Clinical Sciences, Health Care Sciences and Post-doc. 

Abstracts should be submitted online by Sept. 20.

Timothy BilliarAbout Timothy Billiar

Timothy R. Billiar, MD, has served as the George Vance Foster Professor and Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine since 1999. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Billiar's research has been recognized with membership in the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Billiar has had a long-standing interest in the mechanisms involved in acute cellular and organ injury in inflammatory states such as shock, trauma, and sepsis. His laboratory focuses research in two main areas. The first area investigates innate immune mechanisms leading to activation of inflammation following acute cellular and organ damage. There is a special emphasis on damage associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMPs) and pattern recognition receptors (PRR) in this response. Model systems include organ ischemia and reperfusion, as well as systemic insults such as shock and tissue trauma. Analysis includes markers of inflammation, the immunological consequences of injury and inflammation, mechanisms of organ injury and genome wide studies.

The second area of investigation includes examining pathways leading to cell death in hepatocytes. This work stems from Dr. Billiar's long-standing interest in the actions of nitric oxide in the liver, and has led to an interest in understanding how cells such as hepatocytes regulate responses to both protective and damaging stimuli. The work involves both in vitro and in vivo systems. Dr. Billiar is also credited with initially cloning the human nitric oxide synthase gene. 

Dr. Billiar's laboratory is currently funded by the NIH to investigate both research areas, including a Trauma Center Grant and a T32 training grant. He also holds seven U.S. patents associated with his research. The goal of all his research is to define mechanisms and identify therapeutic targets.

Dr. Billiar's publications can be reviewed through PubMed.

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