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Featured Fund: Donate to the John J. Abel Award Endowment Fund
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Help ASPET build a strong foundation for the John J. Abel Award which was established to stimulate fundamental research in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics by young investigators. Your tax-deductible donation will help us reach our goal of raising $200K. Please take the time now to support this important award.
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The ASPET Election Poll is closing today! Be sure to cast your vote by 5PM EST
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Candidates for President-Elect are Kenneth Thummel, PhD and Scott Waldman, MD, PhD. Candidates for Secretary/Treasurer Elect are Haian Fu, PhD and Dennis Marshall, PhD. Candidates for Councilor are Margaret Gnegy, PhD and Alan Smrcka, PhD. To vote, log in at www.aspet.org, click on "Member Homepage" in the log in box, and click on "Vote in the ASPET Election". Please note that only Regular, Postdoc, and Retired members are eligible to vote.
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Pharmtalk Blog: A long hard look in the mirror
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Recently, an article was published in The Economist claiming to expose inconsistencies and flaws within the scientific research community. It spurred a worthwhile discussion among the postdoctoral community at my institution.
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Members in the news: Linda Birnbaum, PhD
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During the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 2013 annual meeting, held November 2 – 6 in Boston, MA, Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D. was honored as the 44th recipient of the Homer N. Calver Award.
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SCIENCE POLICY NEWS


ASPET Supports Increased Funding for FDA
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ASPET recently co-signed a letter with the Alliance for a Stronger FDA seeking increased funding for the FDA in FY 2014.
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ASPET's Advocacy Outreach Program Can Meet With Department Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Trainees
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ASPET's grassroots congressional education effort informs ASPET members how to become effective public advocates for biomedical research. As a scientist, you are the most effective advocate for the biomedical science research enterprise - and the most credible too. ASPET has developed the Advocacy Outreach Program to help develop informed and effective public advocates for biomedical research.
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ASPET MEMBERSHIP NEWS


2014 Membership dues are now due!
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If you haven't already paid your 2014 Membership Dues, please do so now so that you don't miss out on any of your member benefits including your free access to all ASPET journals. If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact the membership department at membership@aspet.org.
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ASPET's Member-Get-A-Member Program has been extended until February 14, 2014
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There is still time to recruit a member and get a FREE ASPET plush donkey and be entered into a raffle to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Know anyone who is not already an ASPET member? Perhaps a colleague, student or friend who has been meaning to join? Be sure to tell them about ASPET membership and have them apply today and get credit for your recruitment efforts!
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ASPET JOURNALS NEWS


The Drug Metabolism and Disposition Editorial Advisory Board has four new members:
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Namandje Bumpus, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. Aiming Yu, PhD, is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and Director of the PK/PD Bioanalytical Laboratory. Swati Nagar, PhD, is Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Temple University. Upendra Argikar, PhD, is Investigator III in the Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics Department at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc. In addition, Nina Isoherranen, PhD, is now the DMD Associate Editor in charge of reviews and commentaries. Dr. Isoherranen is Associate Professor in the Department of Therapeutics at the University of Washington.
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Dr. Joe Blumer, PhD, at the Medical University of South Carolina has been named an associate editor
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Dr. Blumer will be responsible for mini-reviews. Dr. Blumer is an Associate Professor at both the Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and the Department of Neurosciences at MUSC.
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ASPET ANNUAL MEETING AT EB 2014 NEWS


Have you booked your flights for EB yet?
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If you haven't already done so, now's the time to reserve your flights to attend ASPET's Annual Meeting at EB 2014 in sunny San Diego, taking place April 26-30. Check out our exciting program, events, and sessions online.
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It's not too late to submit an abstract for EB 2014!
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Submit a late-breaking abstract for EB 2014 by February 21, 2014. All late-breaking abstracts will be programmed for poster presentation on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
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OTHER NEWS


Apply for a Graduate Student Travel Award to the World Congress of Pharmacology 2014
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ASPET will be funding travel awards for Graduate students to attend the 17th World Congress of Pharmacology taking place in Capetown, South Africa, July 13 - 18, 2014. To apply, you must be an ASPET Member in Good Standing. Applications are due January 31.
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Apply for the James A. Bain Young Scientist Travel Award to the World Congress of Pharmacology 2014
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ASPET members who have received their Doctoral degree within the past five (5) years may apply for a travel award to attend the 17th World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology in Capetown, South Africa, July 13 – 18, 2014. Applications are due January 31.
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD


Scientists develop promising drug candidates for pain, addiction
Neuroscience News
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have described a pair of drug candidates that advance the search for new treatments for pain, addiction and other disorders. The two new drug scaffolds, described in a recent edition of The Journal of Biological Chemistry, offer researchers novel tools that act on a demonstrated therapeutic target, the kappa opioid receptor, which is located on nerve cells and plays a role in the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
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Scientists solve 40-year-old mystery of how sodium controls opioid brain signaling
Science Daily
Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson's disease and depression. The finding, published online Jan. 12 in the journal Nature, has cleared the way for more precisely targeted therapies for a host of diseases with the potential of fewer side effects.
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Researchers develop test to predict early onset of heart attacks
The Scripps Research Institute
A new "fluid biopsy" technique that could identify patients at high risk of a heart attack by identifying specific cells as markers in the bloodstream has been developed by a group of researchers at The Scripps Research Institute. The technique, which is described in the latest edition of IOP Publishing's journal Physical Biology, works by identifying circulating endothelial cells and has been successful in distinguishing patients undergoing treatment for a recent heart attack with a healthy control group.
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