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Synapse-saving class of proteins discovered, opening intriguing possibilities in Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia

July 17, 2020

  Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) have discovered a new class of proteins that protect synapses from being destroyed. Synapses are the structures where electrical impulses pass from one neuron to another. The discovery, published July 13 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, has implications […]




Meet the Researcher – Samatha Yee

June 4, 2020

  My name is Samantha Yee, but I prefer Sam as my nickname. I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Dr. April L. Risinger’s lab in the Physiology & Pharmacology discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program in the UT Health San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Please tell me about yourself, […]




Faculty Spotlight: Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.

May 4, 2020

I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia where I completed my B.Sc. and Ph.D. at Monash University. I moved to the U.S. in 2004 to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the Department of Pharmacology at UT Health in 2009. Away from work, I am lucky to be the husband […]




Petra Jans Pederson Wins Best Poster At LSOM Research Day

May 4, 2020

Petra Jans Pederson Wins Best Poster At LSOM Research Day Petra Jans Pederson won Top Graduate Student Poster at this year’s Virtual Research Day 2020 hosted by the Long School of Medicine. Pederson is a 5th  year dual degree student (M.D./Ph.D.) in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program, and a GS3 in the IBMS program […]




Congratulations to Dr. Hiroi for being elected on the CINP Executive Committee & Council.

March 13, 2020

    We would like to congratulate the following CINP Fellows to being elected on the CINP Executive Committee & Council. Dr. Noboru Hiroi is a primary faculty with the Department of Pharmacology.  His primary aim of this laboratory is to more fully understand the genetic, cellular and molecular mechanisms of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. Copy […]




Samantha Yee Publishes First Author Paper in Nature Communications

February 25, 2020

Samantha Yee, a third year Ph.D. student in the Pharmacology and Physiology discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program, has published a co-first author paper in Nature Communications. Yee is a student in Dr. April Risinger’s lab and is her first graduate student. The title of Yee’s paper is “Elucidating target specificity of the taccalonolide […]




Samantha Yee Becomes SGA President

February 25, 2020

Samantha Yee, a third year Ph.D. student in Dr. April Risinger’s lab in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program in the Physiology & Pharmacology discipline, will be the 2020-2021 Student Government Association (SGA) President. The Student Government Association is the recognized forum of student opinion of the Health Science Center. It is comprised of representatives from […]




Former Pharmacology student, Anibal Diogenes, selected as American Association of Endodontists award winner.

January 28, 2020

Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is the recipient of the prestigious Edward M. Osetek Educator Award from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).  As an associate professor and the director of the endodontics residency program at UT Health San Antonio… Dr. Diogenes was a student in the Department of Pharmacology in 2002 and received his […]




Dr. David Morilak, interviews for The Source program on Texas Public Radio about Depression.

December 19, 2019

Millions Of Americans Battle Major Depression But Don’t Get The Help They Need By Kim Johnson & Dallas Williams • Dec 17, 2019 It’s normal for people to occasionally feel sad in response to life events or experiences, but being sad is not the same as having depression — a serious but treatable mental illness […]




Reaching Too High: David Morilak

December 18, 2019

David Morilak is a neuroscientist with a wild idea: Reaching too high and straining to accomplish goals is a scientifically-proven way to overcome stress.  David Morilak, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pharmacology, Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and Director of the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience at UT Health, San Antonio. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, […]