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Terry Moore and Dima Qato named 2017 UIC Rising Stars!

Terry Moore (left) and Dima Qato (right), recipients of the 2017 UIC Rising Star Awards

Terry Moore (left) and Dima Qato (right), recipients of the 2017 UIC Rising Star Awards

Today the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Technology Management announced the recipients of the 2017 UIC Researcher and Scholar of the Year awards, which recognize and celebrate the efforts and commitment of individuals who advance knowledge as well as inspire and promote continued excellence in research and scholarship at UIC. College of Pharmacy Assistant Professors won two of the three Rising Star awards, which go to early career scholars who have demonstrated outstanding promise to become future leaders in their field.

Basic Life Sciences: Terry Moore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and Department of Chemistry, College of Pharmacy.

At this still early stage of his career, Dr. Moore has earned an outstanding reputation as a highly respected, productive and skillful researcher focused on developing chemical probes that target an important, yet understudied, group of drug targets – transcription factors, which are proteins regulating gene expression. This work on developing inhibitors of protein-protein interactions, with a focus on nuclear receptor/steroid receptor coactivator interactions, has great promise as a class of drug targets for cancer therapy. In addition to his awards for teaching, Dr. Moore has received significant external funding, with one of his NIH proposals scoring in the 3rd percentile, an almost unheard of achievement. Dr. Moore’s career trajectory has been exemplary, and he is well worthy of the honor of being named the 2017 UIC Rising Star Researcher of the Year Award in the field of Basic and Life Sciences.

Social Sciences: Dima Mazen Qato, PharmD, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy

The term ‘pharmacy deserts’ has been coined to identify the lack of accessibility to medication in poor and minority communities, which is particularly relevant to the current national conversation on systematic racial and ethnic health disparities. It was the work of Dr. Qato that not only opened the discussion in both the academic and popular press on the impact of pharmacy closures in urban areas, but also identified evidence that older adults are using increasing numbers of prescription drugs, often in potentially deadly medication combinations. Dr. Qato’s profound commitment to improving public health, medication safety and health disparities through her extraordinary scholarship make her particularly well positioned to be named the 2017 UIC Rising Star Researcher of the Year in the field of Social Sciences.

In honor of the recipients an awards ceremony and reception will be held on February 7, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Michele M. Thompson Rooms of the UIC Student Center West at 828 South Wolcott Avenue. To RSVP for the award ceremony, or for more information, please go to