Research Day 2018

Dr. Kenneth S. Ramos gives his presentation on shifting paradigms in healthcare.

The 14th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day kicked off the morning of April 17, 2018 during The University of Texas at Austin’s Research Week. Undergraduates, Pharm.D. students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents presented their research in abstracts and poster presentations to see who would take the top prizes. The event was hosted by the College of Pharmacy’s Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.

The festivities began with the Keynote Scientific Lecture from Kenneth S. Ramos, M.D., Ph.R., Pharm.B., who serves as Vice President for Precision Health Sciences and a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. His talk focused on shifting paradigms in healthcare and the bench to bedside translation in genomic medicine, particular in how new advancements in genomic screening and care can become more accessible to patients from a wider range of income levels.

Dr. Ramos’s presentation preceded the Distinguished Faculty Lecture from John G. Kuhn, RPh, Pharm.D., FCCP, FHOPA, professor emeritus of pharmacology from UT’s College of Pharmacy. Kuhn talked of Repurposing FDA approved drugs for cancer therapy.

Professor Emeritus John G. Kuhn presents on repurposing FDA approved drugs for cancer therapy.

During the lunch break, select students, postdocs, and residents presented their winning research abstracts and were presented with their awards by Dean M. Lynn Crismon and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Research Day Chair John H. Richburg, Ph.D.

The floor then opened up for attendees and colleagues to walk the floor to investigate poster presentations and talk to researchers about their work. The day concluded with announcements for the poster presentation winners in all categories.

Resident Lindsey M. Garner, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS gives her poster presentation regarding Veterans Affairs patients prescribed second generation antipsychotics.

A special thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and participants who all made Research Day possible, including its namesake Louis Littlefield, who continues to attend and walk to the floor discussing research with the participants.

Abstract Winners

Undergraduate Program

Rodan Devega

“Alpha-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Dioxygenase (ALKB) Homolog 6 Protects Pancreatic Cancer Cells from Alkylating DNA Damage Cytotoxicity”

Mentor: Dawit Kidane

 


 

Professional Program

Kailee Gaines

“Hmgb3 As A Novel Molecular Target to Induce Cisplatin Sensitivity In Chemoresistant Ovarian Cancer Cells”

Mentor: Karen Vasquez

 


 

Graduate Program

Hannah O’Mary

“An Approach to Targeting Anti-Inflammatory Agents to Chronic Inflammation Sites”

Mentor: Zhengrong Cui

 


 

Postdoctoral Program

Nicolas Blazanin

“Solar Ultraviolet (SUV) Irradiation-Dependent Activation of IFNγ/Stat1 Pathway in the Epidermis is Required for Keratinocyte Proliferation and Inflammation”

Mentor: John DiGiovanni

 


 

Resident Program

Daria Zaygorodnyaya

“A Comparison of Injectable Diazepam and Lorazepam in the Goal-Directed Management of Severe Alcohol Withdrawal”

Affiliation: Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas

 


 

Poster Presentation Winners

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation

Erin Vasquez

“TRANS-GENERATIONAL PRENATAL ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICAL EXPOSURE ON BEHAVIOR AND TIMING OF ADOLESCENCE”

Mentor: Andrea Gore


Best Pharm.D. Poster Presentation

Samantha Le

“METFORMIN TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINES IN OLDER ADULTS”

Mentor: Grace Lee


Best Graduate Student Presentation

Fernando Eguiarte-Solomon

“DELETION OF TWIST1 INHIBITS UV-B INDUCED HYPERPROLIFERATION IN MOUSE EPIDERMIS”

Mentor: John DiGiovanni


Best Postdoctoral Fellow Presentation

Clara Luisa Dominguez Delgado

“NANOTECHNOLOGICAL APPROACHES INTENDED TO TREAT SKIN CANCER”

Mentor: Hugh Smyth


Best Resident Presentation

Amy Carr

“IMPACT OF MATRIX-ASSISTED LASER DESORPTION/IONIZATION TIME-OF-FLIGHT MASS SPECTROMETRY (MALDI-TOF MS) ON MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH GRAM POSITIVE BLOOD CULTURES IN A MULTICENTER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM”

Supervisor: Dusten Rose