Dima Qato named 2017 UIC Rising Star
Dima Mazen Qato, PharmD, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy and an affiliate in the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research was named 2017's UIC Rising Star in the area of Social Sciences. Dr. Qato has been recognized for her work with ‘pharmacy deserts’ and also identified evidence that older adults are using increasing numbers of prescription drugs, often in potentially deadly medication combinations. ‘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. 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.
To honor Dr. Qato 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 http://research.uic.edu/roy/rsvp.