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2018 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Shilpa Buch
"HIV and Drug Abuse go hand in HAND"
Dr. Shilpa Buch is currently a Professor & Executive Vice Chair for Research
and the Director of the Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research
in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
at the University of Nebraska Medical Center at the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Buch received her Ph.D in 1982 in Microbiology from Maharaja Sayajirao Univ in Baroda, India. She moved to Canada for postdoctoral training and subsequently served as an Assistant Professor at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto. Dr. Buch moved to Kansas University and embarked on a research area focused on understanding how addictive drugs co-operate with HIV-1 to exacerbate neurological complications. In 2007, Dr. Buch moved to University of Nebraska in Omaha, as a full Professor. She leads an active research program involving collaborations both nationally and internationally, with over 160 peer-reviewed publications and consistent NIH funding throughout her career.
Dr. Buch is recognized by various national and International societies with the Wybran (2012) and the Distinguished service (2013) awards, UNMC Scientist laureate award (2016), and Kansas City scientist award. Her passion for mentoring has enabled her to take a leading role in the Women’s Mentoring Program at UNMC (2015-2017). To this extent, she also received the Women in Neuroscience award at the International Society of Neurovirology in 2016. Dr. Buch served as a Secretary of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology and has been invited as a speaker & as a Chair at various meetings and also organized several symposia. Dr. Shilpa Buch also graduated from the Executive Leadership for Academic Medicine Program that fosters the growth and career trajectories of women leaders nationally.