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Keynote Speaker

2019 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shipla Buch

 Dr. Shilpa Buch

Professor & Vice Chair for Research
Director, NE Center for Substance Abuse Research
Community Pride of Nebraska Professorship of Neuroscience
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Dr. Shilpa Buch is currently a Professor & Vice Chair for Research and the Director of the Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse research at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Buch received her Ph.D in 1982 in Microbiology from Maharaja Sayajirao Univ in Baroda, India. She subsequently moved to Canada for postdoctoral training and rose through the ranks at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Buch then 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. She has a passion for science and mentoring and to sum up her career in her own words- “ I am being paid to have fun”








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