10/06/2005

WVU School of Medicine Alumnus To Present Seminar

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University School of Medicine graduate Thomas C. Westfall, Ph.D., will visit campus on Oct.12 to present “Neuropeptide Y: A Unique Cotransmitter at the Sympathetic Neuroeffector Junction” at 3 p.m. in Room 4080 of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Dr. Westfall earned various degrees while at WVU including undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry, as well as a masters and Ph.D. in pharmacology.  Upon graduation, Westfall served as an instructor and assistant professor of pharmacology at the WVU School of Medicine. He currently serves as the William Beaumont Professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science at Saint Louis University Medical School.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Westfall back on campus to provide this seminar,” said Patrick Callery, assistant dean for research and graduate studies, WVU School of Pharmacy.  “He is an exceptionally successful WVU graduate, who has gone on to do great things in his field.”

Westfall’s achievements include being named Scholar of the Year at St. Louis University by the Burlington Northern Foundation, as well as nine awards for superior teaching during his tenure at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He maintains regular membership on the Division of Research Grants at the National Institutes of Health review panels and is a sought-after speaker on pharmacology topics by universities and research centers worldwide.

For more information about the seminar, phone 293-1482.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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