Annual Research Retreat

Each fall, the Department of Pharmacology gathers to celebrate research from its laboratories. This Retreat fosters interaction among various labs, encouraging professional cooperation and explaining the scope and breadth of their research. Individual and poster presentations, along with lively discussion, are enjoyed throughout the two-day Retreat. The Retreat is typically held at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, (click here for directions) and partially supported by contributions from MED Associates, St. Albans, VT.

The 2015 Annual Pharmacology Research Retreat was held on November 5th and 6th at the Trapp Family Lodge. Our guest speaker was David Kleinfeld, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Experimental Biophysics Endowed Chair, Department of Physics, at University of California at San Diego. "Cortical Blood Flow: From Vascular Topology to Vasomotor Dynamics".

Graduate Students and Postdocs giving presentations and displaying posters were judged for the Durwood J. Smith awards. Congratulations to our 2015 D.J. Smith Award winners:

  • Best Poster by an Undergraduate Student: Elizabeth Hughes and Qian Fang
  • Best Presentation by a Graduate Student: Majid Ahmed, MBChB, MRes., and Hannah Naughton
  • Best Presentation by a Postdoc: Abbie Chapman Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Best Poster by a Graduate Student: Kutibh Chihabi
  • Best Poster by a Posdoc: Osama Harraz, Ph.D.
  • Best Section Chair: Bolu Zhou
Past Retreats
Date HeldGuest Speaker(s)
November 5-6, 2015

David Kleinfeld, Ph.D.  David Kleinfeld, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Experimental Biophysics Endowed Chair, 

  Department of Physics, from University of California at San Diego

November 13-14, 2014

J. Kevin Fosket, Ph.D.  J. Kevin Foskett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, from University of


November 7-8, 2013

Kurt G. Beam, Ph.D.  Kurt Beam, Ph.D. from University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Luis Fernando Santana  Luis Fernando Santana, Ph.D. from University of Washington

November 6-7, 2012

Costantino Iadecola, M.D.  Costantino Iadecola, M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College

Edith Hamel, Ph.D.  Edith Hamel, Ph.D. from McGill University

October 27-28, 2011

Anne Joutel, Ph.D.  Anne Joutel, M.D., Ph.D from University Paris

Dale A. Pelligrino, Ph.D.  Dale Pelligrino, Ph.D. from University of Illinois

October 28-29, 2010

Phillip G. Haydon, Ph.D.  Philip Haydon, Ph.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine

Andrew R. Marks, M.D.  Andrew Marks, M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Soren-Peter Olesen PhD  Soren-Peter Olesen, M.D., Ph.D from Univeristy of Copenhagen

October 29-30, 2009

Avril V. Somlyo, Ph.D.  Avril Somlyo, Ph.D. from University of Virginia School of Medicine


John Garthwaite, Ph.D.  John Garthwaite, Ph.D. from University College London

November 6-7, 2008

  Richard S.Richard S. Lewis, Ph.D. Lewis, Ph.D. from Stanford School of Medicine


Richard W. Aldrich, Ph.D.  Richard W. Aldrich, Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin

November 1-2, 2007

Nicholas Standen, Ph.D.  Nicholas Standen, Ph.D. from University of Leicester


Robert S. Kass, Ph.D.  Robert S. Kass, Ph.D. from Columbia University

November 2-3, 2006Michael Mendelson, Ph.D.  Michael Mendelsohn, M.D. from Tufts University
November 3-4, 2005David Clapham, M.D., Ph.D.  David Clapham, M.D., Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School