Virtual Research Day 2020

A screenshot from Dr. Thomas Meek’s keynote scientific lecture.

Despite social distancing, researchers were still able to participate in the 16th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day. The event was held virtually 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 remotely 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 event included a keynote scientific lecture from Thomas Meek, Ph.D. Meek is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. His presentation involved the rational design of inhibitors and inactivators to block essential enzyme targets for developing treatments for infectious diseases.

The virtual event also included a distinguished faculty lecture from Karen Rascati, R.Ph., Ph.D., the Eckerd/Turley Centennial Professor of Pharmacy and Graduate Advisor for The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Rascati’s presentation was entitled “The Fourth Hurdle: Cost-Effective Analysis.”

A screenshot from Dr. Karen Rascati’s distinguished faculty lecture.

Participants submitted abstracts and posters to be viewed remotely. Congratulations to all the participants and the trainee abstract winners! Though COVID-19 provided a tough challenge for organizers and participants, the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies provided a fulfilling and informative event for everyone.

Special thanks to all the judges: Drs. Mike Johnsrud, Sarah Kubes, Claire Latiolais, Mo Maniruzzaman, Sharon DeMorrow, and Kun Yang. This event is sponsored, in part, from a generous gift by Dr. Linda M. Vidosh Zempel.

Abstract Winners

  • Undergraduate Students
    • 1st Place: #8, Eleanor Shaul, Identification and Evaluation of Synergistic Combinations of Natural Compounds for Prevention of Prostate Cancer
    • 2nd Place: #7, Jacey Pridgen, Down-Regulation of the MKK4/JNK2 Axis in NSCLC Suppresses Tumor Growth and Metastasis
    • 3rd Place:#6, Tatum MooreInteractions of Prenatal Exposure to a Mixture of EDCs and Adolescent Stress in Adult Behaviors
  • Pharm.D. Students
    • 1st Place: #88, Jillian Contreras, Qualitative Assessment of Counseling Provided by Pharmacists when Dispensing Naloxone via Standing Order: A Secret Shopper Study
    • 2nd Place: #68, Sarah M. Bandy, The Impact of the Verigene® Gram-Positive Blood Culture Panel on the Management of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci Bloodstream Infections in a Multi-site Cohort Study
    • 3rd Place: #94, Hee Seung Lim, Impact of a Workshop on Student Pharmacist Confidence and Comfort in Counseling Patients at Risk for Maternal Mortality
  • Graduate Students
    • 1st Place: #23, Fernando Eguiarte-Solomon, Deletion of TWIST1 in Keritinocytes Promotes Differentiation and Inhibits UBV-Induced Carcinogenesis
    • 2nd Place: #45, Chinelo C. OrjiComparative Effectiveness of Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor Utilization Versus Chemotherapy Dose Reduction on Overall Survival: A Propensity Score Matched Analysis
    • 3rd Place: #37, Matthew LeUse of Karl Fisher Titration to Evaluate the Impact of Processing and Storage Environment on Residual Moisture in a Film Based Dosage Form for Biologics
  • Pharmacy Residents
    • 1st Place: #124, Ashley E. Lock, Efficacy and Safety of Tranexamic Acid for Massive Transfusion in Pediatric Trauma Patients
    • 2nd Place: #133, Aileen C. ScheibnerThe Effects of Rivaroxaban on Tacrolimus Troughs
    • 3rd Place: #118, Devon JacobsSpironolactone and Eplerenone Use at Discharge in Heart Failure Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction at Three Large Hospital Systems
  • Postdoctoral Fellows
    • 1st Place: #137, Yeong-Chan AhnDeveloping a Novel Inhibition Strategy for a Potential Anti-angiogenesis Target: DDAH-1
    • 2nd Place: #144, Jiaxiang ZhangDevelopment of Modulate Oral Dosages for Patient-Focused Treatment 3D Printing Technologies
    • 3rd Place: #141, Natalie N. NawarawongSex Differences in Reactive Neural Stem Cell Proliferation Following Alcohol Dependence