Systematic inquiry takes center focus on April 14 as The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy observes its fifth annual Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day.
The event showcases the research contributions of the college's professional degree students, graduate students and post-doctoral/residency students. Three of the students have been cited for special recognitions. Research initiatives by these students are featured at an afternoon poster showcase. Oral summaries by three abstract award winners will be featured. Additionally, the scientific contributions of two distinguished researchers will be showcased in keynote lectures. All lectures will be offered in room PHR 3.106 of the South Pharmacy Building.
The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation by Dr. Barry Carter, professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Carter will discuss "Establishing a NIH-funded research program: Physician/pharmacist collaborative models."
The presenter has gained national attention for his expertise in developing physician-pharmacist collaborative models for improving drug treatment and for synthesizing evidence-based clinical guidelines. In addition to his faculty appointment, he has worked on special projects with government agencies related to health outcomes including assignments with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging and the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration.
The event's distinguished faculty seminar will feature Dr. James W. McGinity, professor of pharmaceutics. McGinity will discuss "How to prepare for the transition from college to industry."
He holds the Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair within the college and served as head of the Division of Pharmaceutics before resigning that post to devote his energies to research and teaching. His research interests include controlled release technologies and polymeric drug delivery systems. His presentation begins 11:45 a.m.
Although the event draws attention to research initiatives of all students, three student abstracts will be cited for special recognition. Abstract award winners in the Pharm.D. program, the graduate student program and the post-doctoral and residency programs will present oral summaries of their work in a 12:45 p.m. session.
Poster presentations of all submitted student abstracts will be on display from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in a showcase tent located between Anna Hiss Gymnasium and the Molecular Biology Building on the UT Austin campus. A total of 70 student abstracts have been submitted for this year's event.
In 2007, the event was officially named the Louis C. Littlefield Annual Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day to honor Littlefield, a former college administrator who established the celebration and served as its director for the first three years. Littlefield retired in August 2007. In a show of continued commitment to student research, a standing college committee has been established to oversee this annual event that now is coordinated through the college's Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
All Celebrating Research Day events are free and open to the public.