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UVA Pharmacology Department Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural Annual Newsletter for the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia. If this is not our first ever departmental newsletter, it is at least the first in a very long time — and we are pleased to begin using this forum to share with you some of the exciting developments and inevitable changes within the department. In this issue, we highlight new research and publications from the department. We include a “Featured Faculty” piece from Dr. Beenhakker that describes his new experimental model for understanding the mechanistic basis for a key diagnostic test for absence epilepsy in children – and perhaps also for the seizures themselves. We also point out the many notable successes of our students – papers, graduation, awards, fellowships, etc. – achieved at different stages of their training. Finally, we recognize the faculty comings-and-goings, with various job changes, retirements and new recruitments all influencing the current make-up of the department. We hope that the pictures and stories reprised here will provide a sense of our recent achievements, as we have cautiously ventured out from the pandemic to celebrate at least some of these events together throughout the year. I hope this newsletter will leave you feeling, as I do, that the “State of the Department” remains strong – and that this reflects the commitment and efforts of outstanding faculty, trainees and staff dedicated to excellence in research, education, and service to our communities. –Douglas A. Bayliss

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