Virtual Research Day 2021

By Nick Nobel
April 23, 2021
A man introducing a virtual research competition/

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies John H. Richburg, Ph.D. introduces Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D. at the start of Pharmacy Research Day.

Researchers participated in a virtual version of the 17th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day on April 14, 2021. The event was held during The University of Texas at Austin’s Research Week. Undergraduates, Pharm.D. students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and residents remotely 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 event included a keynote scientific lecture from Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D. Hurd is a professor in neuroscience, pharmacological sciences and psychiatry and is the Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and the director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai. Her lecture was titled "Neurobiological Pathways to Addiction Drive Novel Treatment Interventions."

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Dr. Yasmin Hurd gives her keynote scientific lecture.

The event also included a distinguished faculty lecture from M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., the Behrens Centennial Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and professor of psychiatry in the Dell Medical School. From 2007 until 2020 he served as dean of the college and James T. Doluisio Regents Chair. His presentation was titled "A Journey Through Psychiatric Pharmacy – From Clinician to Researcher to Dean."

A man giving a presentation.
Dr. M. Lynn Crismon presents his distinguished faculty lecture.

In addition to abstract and poster presentations, this year's event also featured a Three Minute Poster Presentation competition. In the spirit of the Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis (3MT), participants created a three minute video of their poster that focused on communicating to the audience as succinctly as possible the importance of one's research and recent results.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone who participated. Pharmacy Research Day has looked a bit different in the last few years, but its goal to highlight important pharmacy research and recognize those amazing accomplishments remains intact and thriving.

Abstract Award Recipients

  • Undergraduate
    • Alexa L. Frei
      Mentor: Kelly R. Reveles
      “Clostridioides Difficile Infections Declined Initially After the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Levels Thereafter Due to a Rise in Community-Onset Cases”
  • Pharm.D.
    • Alyssa Castillo
      Mentor: Christopher R. Frei
      “Uptake of Novel Agents for Black and White Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in the Veterans Health Administration by Retrospective Cohort Study”
  • Graduate
    • Dann Diego Rivera
      Mentor: Walter Fast       
      “New Delhi Metallo-Beta-Lactamase: Covalent Inactivation and Visualization in Cells”      
  • Postdoctoral
    • Lindsey J. Loera, Pharm.D., RPh
      Mentor: Lucas G. Hill
      “Analysis of Student Pharmacists’ Self-Reported Intention to Provide Harm Reduction Resources After Brief Education and a Simulated Patient Encounter”
  • Resident
    • Jason A. Arevalo, Pharm.D.
      Mentors: Mary Vu, Arnaldo Figueroa and Denver Buchanan
      “Weighing the Risks: Evaluation of DOACs in Extreme Body Weights”

Three Minute Video Award Recipients

  • Undergraduate
    • Reha Kakkar
      Mentor: Laura Fonken
      “Hippocampal Microglia are Vulnerable to Aging-Induced Pro-inflammatory Morphological Changes that are Partially Alleviated by M. Vaccae Immunization” 
  • Professional
    • Cara Rutledge
      Mentor: Diane Ginsburg
      “A Qualitative Study Investigating Barriers to Attendance and Prospective Effects on Student Academic Success”
  • Graduate
    • Kevin Sanchez
      Mentor: Laura Fonken
      “Estrogen Deficiency Exacerbates Neuroinflammation, Raising Vulnerability to Affective Disorders”    
  • Postdoctoral
    • Jeff Darling, Ph.D.
      Mentor: Laura Fonken
      “Age-related Sex Differences in Memory Response Following a Lipopolysaccharide induced Immune Challenge
  • Resident
    • Kelly Gamble, Pharm.D.
      Mentors: Dusten Rose and Julia Sapozhnikov
      “Intravenous to Oral Antibiotics Versus Intravenous Antibiotics: A Step-Up or a Step-down for Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Producing Urinary Tract Infections?”  
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