Moving Targets History
"Moving Targets" was one of the first student-sponsored symposia supported by AAPS in 2002. Students Hovhannes Gukasyan, Mohamed 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 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.
In its continuing efforts, AAPS-USC has successfully hosted and organized Moving Targets Symposium in the past on several themes:
2013 - Neurodegenerative Disease: Therapeutic Challenges & Opportunities
2012 - Metabolic Syndrome: Past, Present and Future
2011 - Aging and Oxidative Stress
2010 - Frontiers in Immunotherapy
2009 - Drug Delivery and Therapeutics to the Tumor Microenvironment
2008 - Diabetes: Mechanisms and Treatments
2007 - Stem Cell Technology
The AAPS University of Southern California (USC) Student Chapter was established in 1996 by graduate students Neil Mathias, Wilson Meng, and Silvia da Costa in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which was recently renamed the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.
The USC Student Chapter was one of the only four student organizations within AAPS in 1996. While its chapter members have continued to uphold the chapter's reputation for active involvement in speaker programs, social events, and networking, AAPS USC Student Chapter's main pride lies in the success of its annual "Moving Targets" multidisciplinary symposium.