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Chapter Information

The AAPS University of Southern California (USC) student chapter was established in 1996 by graduate students Neil Mathias, Wilson Meng, and Silvia da Costa at the USC School of Pharmacy. While its chapter members have continued to uphold the chapter's reputation for active involvement in speaker programs, social events, and networking, the AAPS-USC student chapter's main pride lies in the success of its annual Moving Targets multidisciplinary symposium.

Moving Targets was one of the first student-sponsored symposia supported by AAPS in 2002. Students Hovhannes Gukasyan, Mohammed Qaddoumi, Jennifer Links, Jennica Zaro, Maureen Barnes, and Melina Bayramyan formed the first symposium committee. The support given by AAPS helps students in the pharmaceutical sciences face perhaps one of the biggest challenges for a new scientist: finding the time and energy to develop the other important skills that are earned along with the degree. The goals of the chapter are to inform on the latest advances and discoveries in the pharmaceutical sciences, to provide opportunities for professional advancement and leadership development, and to foster student participation in outreach activities that further the goals and objectives of AAPS at the local, regional, and national levels.

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Chapter Activities

2015-2016
  • December 2015: Moving Targets Seminar Series - Big Data/Big Advances in Therapeutic Innovation featuring Lara Mangravite, Ph.D., from Sage Bionetworks
  • April 2016: Moving Targets Seminar Series - Big Data/Big Advances in Therapeutic Innovation featuring Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D., from UCSF
  • August 2016: Moving Targets 2016 - Disease-Driven Aging 

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