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USD Med School to present June research symposium on PQCD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is hosting a symposium on Ubiquitin, Protein Quality Control and Molecular Pathogenesis at Deadwood Gulch Resort in Deadwood, S.D., June 13-15.

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 participants an opportunity to network with researchers and field experts.

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 cover diverse topics related to protein quality control and their relevance to disease pathogenesis. Invited speakers include Ivor J. Benjamin, M.D., of the University of Utah (Reductive Stress and Proteostasis); George DeMartino, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern (Regulation of Proteasome Assembly, Activation and Function); Mark Hochstasser, Ph.D., of Yale University (Biogenesis of Proteasomes): Peipei Ping, Ph.D., UCLA (Proteasome Regulation by PTMs); and X. William Yang, M.D., Ph.D., of University of California, Los Angeles (Designer Mouse Models to Dissect Huntington’s Disease).

For more information, please contact Andrea Jahn at (605) 677-8859 or e-mail: 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