Research Day 2020

16th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day

April 15, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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The 2020 Research Excellence Day Schedule. Learn more about the day’s events and a listing of the abstracts here.


The 16th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence (CPRED) event is sponsored by the College of Pharmacy (COP) during the university’s research week. This event is free and open to the public. It highlights the research accomplishments of all researchers associated with the COP including undergraduate, Pharm.D., and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows, pharmacy residents and faculty.


2020 Speakers


Keynote Scientific Lecture – Thomas Meek, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Dr. Meek received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1976 and a Ph.D. inOrganic Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. In 1984, Dr. Meek joined the Department ofMedicinal Chemistry at SmithKline & French Laboratories, wherein he conducted research in inhibitordesign and mechanistic elucidation of numerous therapeutically relevant enzymes, and mostextensively, the retroviral protease of the human immunodeficiency virus. This work demonstratedthat purposely-designed inhibitors of the HIV protease could lead to therapeutics for the treatment ofAIDS. In 1999, Dr. Meek became Vice-President of Worldwide High-Throughput Screening Operations withinSmithKline Beecham, and subsequently was appointed the world-wide Vice-President of ScreeningSciences from 2001-2003, which had responsibilities for strategic development and implementation of assay development and all high-throughput screening and compound management activities and infrastructure in GSK world-wide.Dr. Meek subsequently held a second world-wide role in GSK as Vice-President of Assay Developmentand Compound Profiling. Dr. Meek is the author of more than 60 publications. He is currently a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Texas A&M University.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture – Karen L Rascati, RPh, PhD
Health Outcomes Division, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin

Karen L Rascati, RPh, PhD, is the Eckerd/Turley Centennial Professor of Pharmacy and Graduate Advisor for The University of Texas College of Pharmacy (UT-COP).  She received her pharmacy degree and PhD from the University of Florida.  Dr. Rascati has supervised over 60 MS and PhD graduate student projects and has authored or co-authored more than 140 publications and over 250 national/international meeting presentations.  The third edition of her book “Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics” is in press.  The first edition of this book won the UT Hamilton Book Award.  It is used in many countries and in the majority of US Colleges of Pharmacy. Her research interests include economic and outcomes evaluations for several disease states as well as for pharmacy services.  She is a Fellow of the American Pharmacist Association (FAPhA), has served as National President of the Rho Chi Honor Society, and on the Board of Directors (Treasurer) of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).  She is currently an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy (JMCP) and faculty advisor for the University of Texas student chapters of both ISPOR and AMCP.  In 2019, she was awarded the Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award from the College.

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Location + Map

All activities and presentations for the Research Day event will be held at the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Suite on the 9th floor of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (entry on the west side).

Directions & Parking (Parking will be validated at the CPRED registration desk for participants traveling from distant campuses and/or work locations.

For additional information, contact Barbara King, PHR 4.220, (512) 471-4486.