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The Meetings Committee assists the staff and Board in planning and coordinating the NPA Annual Meetings.

This committee interacts with all NPA committees, officers, and staff to develop programmatic content for the NPA Annual Meeting, and works with the Outreach and Resource Development Committees to help advertise the meetings. This committee offers an opportunity to network with postdocs and administrators from institutions across the country. It also provides a great way to develop management and organizational skills. There are many small tasks on this committee if your availability is limited. The Annual Meeting is the showcase event of the NPA. Join us to help keep the meetings vibrant!


  • Identify and announce venues for the NPA Annual Meetings.
  • Develop agendas and programmatic content for meetings.
  • Convene a fundraising team to secure sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers for meetings.
  • Convene teams to solicit and recommend travel and service awards.
  • Consult with staff and the Finance Committee to establish budgets for meetings.
  • Consult with Outreach Committee to market/advertise meetings.
  • Complete post-meeting functions, including evaluation and debriefing activities.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Meet Our Meetings Committee Leaders


Teiwei Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.

Meetings Committee Co-Chair

Tiewei (Leo) Cheng, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he studies epigenetics in the context of cancer drug resistance. He obtained his medial degree from Wenzhou Medical College, China at 2005, and received his residency training at Shanghai Cancer Hospital from 2005 to 2008. In 2014, he obtained his doctorate degree from Graduate School of Biomedical Science, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where his study concentrated on experimental therapeutics. Upon graduating from his doctoral program, Cheng transitioned into his current position at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where his research focuses on elucidating the role of histone deacetylases in the development of resistance to proteasome inhibitors in multiple myeloma, a malignancy of plasma cells. Outside of academia, he has been actively involved in serving student community. He was the president of Student InterCouncil (student government of UTHealth). He also represented UTHealth at UT System Student Advisory Council.  In his free time, he enjoys swimming, playing soccer, building PCs, and watching the NFL.

Jennifer Lamberts, Ph.D.
Meetings Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer Lamberts, currently an assistant professor of pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University, as well as a visiting scientist at Van Andel Institute. She greatly enjoys teaching pharmacy students and is presently directing a course on disease pathophysiology. In the lab, her research is focused on elucidating the role of the small neuronal protein alpha-synuclein in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. She received her doctorate in 2012 from the University of Michigan, where she studied opioid pharmacology. She credits her doctoral mentor, John Traynor, with instilling in her the importance of attending scientific meetings as a way to share ideas with other researchers. To this day, she enjoys participating in national meetings, and she previously sat on the local organizing committee of the annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease meeting, in addition to helping plan several other local and regional conferences.

Kerry Kauffman, B.A.
Meetings Committee Co-Chair Elect

Kerry A. Kauffman, B.A., is currently the senior program coordinator of the Associate Member Council (AMC) for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). In this role, she helps to develop professional advancement programs and initiatives for early-career cancer researchers, plans meetings and events, and initiates collaborations with colleagues. Additionally, she is a co-organizer for the NPA myPDO Monthly webinar series. After obtaining a degree in sociology, she obtained experience in a variety of sectors, participating in meetings, both big and small, around the country. Over the last decade, she has been involved in meetings as an organizer, volunteer, exhibitor, general contractor, and attendee. She credits this unique collection of perspectives as the keystone in shaping why she feels it is important for people to experience, and not just attend, a meeting.

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