The Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day observed its tenth anniversary on April 22 with a record number of researchers participating.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies coordinated the event under the direction of Jane Ann Parker. Dr. Carlton Erickson, senior associate dean of research and graduate studies, served as the official host of the event. Presentations by a guest researcher and a faculty member highlighted the day along with poster presentations from 130 professional students, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-graduate scholars.
Dr. Jamie Barner, professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, kicked off the day when the delivered the distinguished faculty lecture. In her presentation, Dr. Barner gave an overview of her research in health outcomes. Her research interests include medication therapy management, health outcomes and medication adherence. She teaches courses in healthcare systems, pharmacy services, pharmacoeconomics, research methods and data analysis. She received the inaugural College of Pharmacy Educator of the Year award in 2013.
The Keynote Scientific Lecture was presented by Dr. Paul Ambrose, president of the Institute for Clinical Pharmacodynamics in Latham, New York. He also is an honorary research fellow in infectious diseases at the University of Oxford, UK and adjunct associate research professor at the University of Buffalo in New York. His research focus includes anti-infective translational science with the goal of improving patient care through the application of pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic principles.
Abstract winners had an opportunity to briefly outline their research studies.
In the undergraduate program, Saazina Afsah, won for her abstract, "Fetal Exposures to Environmental Encodrine Disrupters Affect Sociosexual Behaviors in Adult Rats." She worked on the project under the guidance of Dr. Andrea Gore, faculty member in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Mark Myers won the award for the professional program for his work with Dr. Maria Croyle, professor of pharmaceutics. His study is titled, "Pre-Clinical Evaluation of the Toxicology of a Recombinant Adenovirus-Based Ebola Vaccine in Non-Human Primates."
Faculty adviser Kay Green worked with Emily Gordon in her study, "Weight-Based Dosing of Vasopressin in Patients with Septic Shock." It was selected as winner of the Pharm.D. Postdoctoral/Resident Program.
Tianyi Cheng won the award for entries from the graduate program. Working with faculty advisor Dr. John DiGiovanni, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, she submitted "A Novel Mechanism of Skin Tumor Promotion Involving Interferon-g/Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription-1 Signaling."
The Ph.D. Postdoctoral Program winner is Junhua Zhao under the supervision of Dr. Karen Vasquez, professor of pharmacology and toxicology. The name of this presentation is "Roles of DNA Repair Proteins in Processing Genetically Unstable DNA Structures."
For the first time this year, awards were also presented for posters. Recipients of poster honors included: