May 25, 2011

USD Med School to present June research symposium on PQCD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota is hosting a symposium on Ubiquitin, Protein Quality Control and Molecular Pathogenesis at the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building, June 22-24.

Due to the rapidly growing faculty research in the area of Protein Quality Control and Degradation (PQCD) at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, this three-day conference will focus on the role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) and autophagy in cardiovascular disease, neural degeneration and cancer biology.  In addition, a series of general discussions and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to network with researchers and experts working in the field. 

State-of-the-art lectures from world-renowned scientists and presentations by the Protein Quality Control Degradation faculty of the Sanford School of Medicine will be targeted to research scientists, senior medical students, and physicians. Invited speakers include Ivor J. Benjamin, M.D. of the University of Utah (Chaperone and PQCD); Mark Hochstasser, Ph.D., of Yale University (Ubiquitin and DUBS): Xiao-Jiang Li, M.D., Ph.D., of Emory University (UPS in Neurodegeneration); R. John Mayer, Ph.D. M.D., University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (UPS and PQCD); Peipei Ping, Ph.D., UCLA (Proteomics of Proteasomes); and Jeffrey Robbins, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (Cardiac Proteinopathy).

For more information, please contact Basic Biomedical Sciences at (605) 677-5254 or e-mail: or visit for a complete schedule of events and a registration form.

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctor’s for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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