Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day
Day Celebrates Research
Systematic inquiry took center focus as The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy observed its eighth annual Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day on April 17.
Dr. Marv Shepherd, professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice and director of the college's Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies, discussed "Bitter Pills: Growing Threat of Counterfeit Drugs” as the distinguished faculty lecturer. Dr. David Rogers, First Tennessee Endowed Chair of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, presented the external keynote scientific lecture, "Overcoming Limitations of Antifungal Drug Therapy - From Clinical Pharmacy to Molecular Mycology.”
Students cited for winning abstracts included:
Amelia Sofjan and David Sergeant (Faculty Advisor Veronica Young)
"Interprofessional Study on Self-Advocacy, Autonomy, and Health Literacy in Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome: Implications for Pharmacists”
Leticia Rodriguez (Faculty Advisor Zhengrong Cui)
"EGF Receptor Targeting, Replicase-based Plasmid DNA Eliminates Breast Tumors in Mice”
Aasya Nasar (Faculty Advisor Nathan Wiederhold)
"Influence of Serum and Albumin on Echinocandin Pharmacodynamics”
The event showcases the research contributions of the college's professional degree students, graduate students and post-doctoral residents and fellows. Students from each of the three research categories, were cited for excellence and will be invited to make brief oral summaries of his/her work in PHR 3.106 following Dr. Rogers' address.
Research initiatives by all participating students were featured at an afternoon poster showcase. The event is named in honor of Dr. Louis C. Littlefield, a longtime associate dean and faculty member within the College of Pharmacy and an instrumental faculty member in the establishment of the college's program at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
This year, for the first time, the speaker presentations for the day was opened up to a global audience via the college website. The global audience was invited to participate with the live audience by submitting questions for the speakers through a live-chat function.