Host: Dr. Xiang-Qun Xie, Core A

Place: Salk Hall, Room 457

Time: Friday, September 11, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm


3:00 – 3:10 pm            General Business for CDAR (Dr. Xie, Dr. Bahar, and Dr. Xing)

3:10 – 3:30 pm            Core A Monthly Report Update

*Dr. Zhiwei Feng will present a talk entitled,

“Diarylurea Small Molecule Inhibitors of TRPV1 as Potential Therapeutics for Neuroinflammation.” (Collaboration with P Blumberg, NIH)                              (10 min)

*Ziheng Hu will present a talk entitled,

“Unraveling the intricate role of anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic medications in Alzheimer’s disease.” (Collaboration with Dr Oscar Lopez, ADCR cener)        (10 min)

3:30 – 4:45 pm            Focus Presentations on CaMKII

*Dr. LiRong Wang – Introduction to Mary Torregrossa’s Pilot Project                       (5 – 10 min)

*Dr. Mary Torregrossa, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Translational

Neuroscience Program, University of Pittsburgh


“Identification of a Novel Regulatory Site on CaMKIIa Involved in
Maintaining Cocaine Associated Memories.
                                                               (45 min)

* Dr. Mustafa Tekpinar, Visiting Scholar (Research Fellow in Dr. Bahar’s Group)

“Investigating dynamics of CamKII by elastic network models”                     (10 min)

                  * Dr. Filippo Pullara, Research Associate (Fellow in Dr. Bahar’s Group)

“CaMKII/Calmodulin binding under oxidative stress conditions: Synergy of Experiments and Computer Simulations approaches”                                                               (10 min)

4:45 – 5:00 pm            CDAR Scientific Committee Meeting (Xie, Bahar, Xing, Wu, Wang, McGuire)

  1. EAB report
  2. Funded Research Projects (FRP)
  3. Feasibility Projects
  4. Next monthly meeting (Invite Dr Michael Vanyukov)
  5. Other issues