May 2, 2017

Symposium honoring L. Jackson Roberts II to be May 4

Reactive compounds and their role in disease will be discussed on May 4 during a day-long symposium honoring L. Jackson Roberts II, M.D., a pioneering clinical pharmacologist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

This month Roberts, who joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1977, was named professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Emeritus. His research achievements include characterizing biologically active products of lipid peroxidation including isoprostanes and isolevuglandins, which contribute to diseases as diverse as hypertension, acute kidney injury, atrial fibrillation and Alzheimer’s disease.

The symposium will be held in room 214 Light Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers include:

  • Victor Darley-Usmar, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Mitochondrial Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham;
  • Garrett FitzGerald, M.D., FRS, chair of the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and former director of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt;
  • Stanley L. Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute;
  • Kevin Moore, MB BS, BSc, Ph.D., FRCP, professor of hepatology at University College, London, and
  • Carlo Patrono, M.D., adjunct professor of Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine.

The afternoon session on isolevuglandins will feature Vanderbilt scientists.

Speakers include Sean Davies, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmacology; Joshua Fessel, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Katherine Murray, M.D., professor of Medicine and Pharmacology; Naji Abumrad, M.D., the John L. Sawyers Professor of Surgical Sciences; and Charles Flynn, Ph.D., assistant professor of Surgery.

Preceding the symposium, John Oates, M.D., the Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, and Lorraine Ware, M.D., professor of Medicine and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, will deliver a Medicine Grand Rounds at 8 a.m. in room 208 Light Hall.

Their topic: “Acetaminophen reduces kidney injury in severe sepsis and in P. falciparum malaria.”

For more information, contact Jozee Schnitker in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at 615-875-3079 or jozee.schnitker@Vanderbilt.Edu.