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12th Annual Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

Presented by The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Center for Metals in Biological Systems


Friday, September 16, 2016
Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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1:00-1:10 p.m.

Dr. Philip Reeder
Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University
Welcome Address

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Aaron Barchowsky
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh
"Arsenic and Regeneration: Stem Cell Nature or Niche"

2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

Vadim N. Gladyshev
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital
"Selenium, Redox Biology and Aging"

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.

Patrick J. Farmer
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Baylor University
"Cu ionophores that induce rapid apoptosis in melanoma cell culture"

3:55 - 4:15 p.m.

Jackie Shane
Department of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University
"Trying to get blood out of a stone: The search for blood-induced promoters using iron"

4:20 - 4:40 p.m.

Amin Cheikhi
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh
"Simple arsenic exposure with very complicated dynamics"

4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Poster Session


More Information

For more information, call 412.396.4367.


About the Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

The environmental effects of metal ions are of concern, especially in western Pennsylvania, and many researchers are actively addressing this aspect here in Pittsburgh.

The Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems provides a forum for researchers and educators with expertise that spans from synthetic chemists to environmental toxicologists to biomedical scientists, who are at the interface of chemistry and biology to meet and discuss topics of common interests.

This venue fosters new collaborations and friendships between scientists with complementary skills and goals. It engages the next generations of scientists in current and emerging problems. One of our goals is to provide a platform for a diverse audience to share exciting new findings. In addition to the plenary lecture sessions, an extensive poster session for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students facilitates discussions in an open atmosphere. Exemplary posters presented by undergraduate students are recognized through awards.

About the Center for Metals in Biological Systems

Metal ions play important roles in the functioning of all forms of life, from unicellular organisms to multicellular animals. Metal compounds are often used as therapeutics in treating diseases, diagnostic purposes to detect abnormalities in tissues, or to provide structural supports, e.g., stents. The roles of metal ions in life processes are uniquely balanced; they are often located at the heart of a variety of molecular machines, to conserve energy, to cope with toxic materials, or to provide signaling to initiate or terminate important reactions.

Prior Symposia

View information from previous symposia:

2015 Mini-Symposium

2014 Mini-Symposium

2013 Mini-Symposium

2012 Mini-Symposium

2011 Mini-Symposium