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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.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News