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It is my pleasure to invite you to the AMSPC Annual Meeting, a conference dedicated to the challenges facing academic leaders in Pharmacology.  The meeting will take place on January 22-26, 2022, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort.  We welcome conference participation by the leadership of Pharmacology units within schools of medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and public health.

Like in previous AMSPC meetings, the conversations with colleagues at the beach are sometimes just as important as the programming in the conference room, and you will have plenty of time in both settings.  This year’s meeting is very special as it is the first in-person meeting since disruptions of our lives due to the pandemic. Moreover, we have a number of new initiatives including new awards and new faculty mentoring sessions. This is in addition to the other pre-existing activities ranging from Washington and ASPET updates.  We have also planned exciting social activities too!

If you have attended an AMSPC meeting previously, you already know the value of talking with your academic cohorts and sharing their strategies for leadership.  If you have never attended, you are overdue for this important networking and career development opportunity, and we are ready to help.  I hope you will be able to join us in January for a stimulating meeting in this spectacular setting.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions about AMSPC or its annual meeting.

Bina Joe, PhD
AMSPC President


Deadline: Nov 30  


4 nights   5 nights
 Chair - AMSPC Member                                $ 1930  $ 2210
 Chair - Non-Member*  $ 2130  $ 2410
 Social Guest  $   615  $   615

 *Non-member fee also includes annual membership dues for AMSPC

Included in Registration Fee: Chair   Social Guest
 Hotel Accommodations - incl. bellman  & housekeeping gratuities  4 or 5 nights  shared
 Registration Materials ✔️
 Access to educational sessions ✔️
 Welcome Reception   ✔️ ✔️
 Daily Breakfast buffet in hotel  ✔️ ✔️ 
 Daily AM coffee breaks during meeting ✔️
 Social Guest Program: Pottery Painting  ✔️
 Group Lunch & Historic Art Walk Tour   ✔️  ✔️
 Sunset Cruise, Dinner & "Rhythms of the  Night" Mayan themed show (Fri) ✔️ ✔️
 New Chairs Breakfast  ✔️ 

Optional Tours are available for attendees and social guests to book separately. 


The meeting is being held in historic Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, located on the Banderas Bay. Fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR). 

Marriott Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Visitor Info

Your reservations will be made at Marriott PVR Resort based on the dates you provide on your registration form. All rooms are either ocean front or ocean view. If you want to come early or stay later, the group rate is available 3 days before/after the meeting. Additional nights will be payable when you check out of the resort.  Please email Karen Gottlieb to request additional nights.

Please let us know right away of any changes you make to your travel dates.  


The closest airport to the Marriott PVR is Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

Airport transfers are not included in the registration fee.  The hotel is only a 5-10 minute drive from the airport (2.2 km), and taxis are readily available.  Transportation to and from the airport is mostly done by taxi (Aeromovil) or combi bus (colectivo minivan). Taxi and combi bus charge rates are based on zones of travel. and are paid for before entering the vehicle at a small kiosk located just before leaving the terminal building exit. Once you have obtained your ticket, you’ll be escorted to your vehicle. The ticket is then handed to the parking attendant at the parking lot exit and you are on your way.   Average cost $15-20 USD.  Other options include booking an Uber or a private transfer through AeroMovil or Viator.  


Sat, Jan 21 3:00 PM 6:00 PM Arrivals - AMSPC Registration Desk open Lobby
Sun, Jan 22 9:00 AM 5:00 PM AMSPC Registration Desk open Lobby
9:00 AM 6:00 PM Networking Lobby
6:30 PM 8:30 PM AMSPC Welcome Fiesta Reception Marriott
Mon, Jan 23 7:00 AM 10:00 AM Buffet Breakfast (included) La Estancia Restaurant
7:30 AM 12:30 PM AMSPC Registration Desk Lobby
8:00 AM 12:15 PM AMSPC Annual Meeting I
8:00 AM 8:15 AM

Welcome & Introductions
Bina Joe, PhD, President (2022-2024)
Physiology and Pharmacology

University of Toledo, College of Medicine

8:15 AM 9:00 AM Reflections of the Past President
Kent E. Vrana, PhD, Past President (2019-2022)
Pharmacology, Penn State University
9:00 AM 9:30 AM ASPET Strategic Plan Update
 9:00 AM11:00 AM
Guest Program: Pottery Painting  
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Coffee Break & Networking Foyer
10:00 AM 10:45 AM Washington Update: 2022 Advocacy & Policy Outlook from FASEB
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
10:45 AM 11:15 AM Presentation of Presidents Award for Leadership
Mary-Ann Bjornsti, PhD, President-Elect, FASEB
Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Newman H. Waters Chair of Clinical Pharmacology
University of Alabama, Birmingham
11:15 AM 11:45 AM New Chairs Presentations
12:15 PM 4:30 PM Group Lunch & City Art Walk Tour Meet in lobby
Evening on your own
Tue, Jan 24 7:00 AM 10:00 AM Buffet Breakfast (included) La Estancia Restaurant
7:30 AM 12:30 PM AMSPC Registration Desk Lobby
7:00 AM 8:00 AM New Chairs Breakfast with AMSPC Officers La Estancia Boardroom
8:00 AM 12:15 PM AMSPC Annual Meeting II
8:00 AM 8:15 AM Welcome & Comments
Bina Joe, PhD
8:15 AM 10:15 AM New Chairs Speed Mentoring Session
Interim Chairs and Chairs with less than 3 years of experience will
participate in rapid-fire mentoring with senior chairs
10:15 AM 10:30 AM Coffee Break & Networking Foyer
10:30 AM 12:15 PM Guest Presentation and Q & A
Jon Lorsch, PhD
Director, National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS), NIH
12:30 PM 5:30 PM Optional afternoon tours Meet in lobby

Evening on your own
Wed, Jan 25
7:00 AM 10:00 AM Buffet Breakfast (included) La Estancia Restaurant
7:30 AM 12:30 PM AMSPC Registration Desk Lobby
8:00 AM 12:15 PM AMSPC Annual Meeting II
8:00 AM 8:10 AM Welcome & Comments
Bina Joe, PhD
8:10 AM 9:15 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Mentoring New Faculty
Kent Vrana and TBD Panel
9:15 AM 9:45 AM New Chairs Presentations
9:45 AM 10:00 AM Coffee Break & Networking Foyer
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Presentation of AMSPC Award in Pharmacology Research and Administration
10:30 AM 11:15 AM An Update of the Knowledge Objectives
Sandeep Bansal and Kent Vrana
11:15 AM 11:30 AM Treasurer’s Report
Ray Mattingly, Treasurer
11:30 AM 11:45 AM Election of Nominating Committee
Kent Vrana, Past President
11:45 AM 12:00 PM Review of the 2023 Meeting
Preview of 2024 AMSPC Meeting

Bina Joe, President & Karen Gottlieb, Executive Manager
12:00 PM 5:30 PM Afternoon on your own
5:30 PM 10:30 PM AMSPC Closing Reception & Dinner
Sunset Cruise & “Rhythms of the Night” Dinner Show
Meet in lobby
Thu, Jan 26 7:00 AM 10:00 AM Buffet Breakfast (included) La Estancia Restaurant
7:30 AM 12:00 PM Networking Opportunities Lobby
    11:00 AM Hotel Check out / Departures  


Refunds, less $100 cancellation fee, will be processed up to Nov 15, 2022. After that date no refunds are allowed.  Substitutions will be accepted.  For support or to cancel your registration and request refund, please contact Karen Gottlieb.

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