September 22, 2011

Symposium to Honor Corbin and Francis to be 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23

A symposium honoring the distinguished careers of Jackie Corbin, Ph.D., and Sharron Francis, Ph.D., will be held at 1 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 23, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Corbin and Francis, who with former postdoctoral fellow Thomas Lincoln, Ph.D., contributed to the discovery of the blood pressure drug that became Viagra, are closing their labs in November.

The symposium is being held to honor their contributions in defining the mechanisms of action of cyclic AMP and cyclic GMP, which are involved in blood pressure control, among many other physiological functions.

It will feature presentations by Lincoln, now at the University of South Alabama, Joseph Beavo, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, and Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., of Duke University.

The symposium will be followed at 6 p.m. by a reception and dinner.
For more information, contact Colette Bosley in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at 936-7087 or