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College of Pharmacy Research Day

Research Day is an annual College-wide event that brings together our trainees, alumni, faculty members and staff as well as industry and academic colleagues from the Chicago area. 

Organized in February, the event showcases the research of our students and postdoctoral trainees, with nearly 100 posters presented.  We invite exciting keynote speakers whose cutting edge research appeals to campus-wide audiences.  The day concludes with award ceremonies and reception.  We recognize our outstanding students, faculty members, and alumni as well as top poster presenters. 


Save the date: Friday, February 8, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Julie Johnson: "Improving clinical outcomes through pharmacogenomics

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This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Julie A. Johnson, PharmD, Dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (since 2013) and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine.  She is also Director of the UF Health Personalized Medicine Program.  She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Ohio State University and her Pharm.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology/ pharmacokinetics at Ohio State.  

Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on cardiovascular pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine implementation.  She is an internationally-recognized leader in pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine, with over 280 peer reviewed publications and over $40M in research funding as principal investigator.  In 2015, 2016 and 2017 she was named a Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate Analytics) Highly Cited Scientist in Pharmacology and Toxicology, indicating she is in the top 1% of the most highly cited scientists in the field globally.  

Dr. Johnson has served on the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA, the XNDA Study Section at NIH, and in numerous scientific capacities with NIH’s NHLBI.  She has had leadership roles in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT), for which she completed her Presidential term in 2017.  She is an elected fellow of the ACCP, the AHA and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Dr. Johnson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) in 2014 and has received numerous other awards including teaching awards from both the University of Tennessee (1996) and the University of Florida (2001);  the Ohio State University Alumni Association William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement (1997), Leon I Goldberg Young Investigator Award from the ASCPT (2004), Paul Dawson Biotechnology Research Award, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) (2007), Therapeutic Frontiers Award (2009) and Russell R Miller Award for Contributions to the Literature (2010), both from ACCP, the Southeastern Universities Research Association Distinguished Scientist Award (2015);  AACP Volwiler Research Achievement Award (2016),  numerous endowed lectureships, among others.  


9:00 – 10:30 am: Registration 
10:30 – 11:30 am: Poster Session 1
11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Poster Session 2 
12:45 – 1:45 pm: Lunch 
2:00 – 3:30 pm: Vahlteich Awards + Keynote lecture
3:45 – 4:15 pm: Graduate Student Awards Ceremony
4:15 – 5:15 pm: Reception 

Visit Past Research Days pages for more information and pictures and our YouTube site to learn more about this event.

Abstract Submission & Poster Awards:

Abstract Submission is open December 3, 2018 - January 15, 2019, 11:59 pm.  

Abstracts should contain: (a) an introductory sentence indicating the purposes of the study; (b) a brief description of experimental procedures; (c) a summary of the data; and (d) a statement of the conclusions. Abstract body is limited to 2000 characters (approximately 300 words). Abstracts must be approved by your advisor prior to submission.

All abstracts that follow the instructions and that are received on time are automatically accepted and will be entered into the main College of Pharmacy poster competition.  

There are three main categories for the College of Pharmacy competition*:

  • Biology: Molecular & Cell Biology; Mechanism of Action
  • Chemisty: Discovery, Modeling, Design & Evaluation of Novel Drugs; Detection & Delivery Systems
  • Clinical, Social, and Applied Sciences

*# of awards & prize value dependent on number of entries; check back for updates prior to Research Day

In addition to the main poster competition, the following award categories are also available:

  • Innovate@UIC Innovation Award (presented by the UIC Office of Technology Management; no separate entry required)
    • First prize: $750
    • Second prize: $250
  • CCTS Multidisciplinary Team Science Award (presented by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science; extra entry step involved, see details below)
    • First prize: $300
    • The UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is pleased to sponsor an award for a Multidisciplinary Team Science Prize as part of the College of Pharmacy Research Day on Friday, February 8. The competition is open to trainees working in a multidisciplinary or bi-disciplinary team whose project is relevant to clinical-translational research at any point along the broad translational continuum. Abstracts should include a brief statement on how the work constitutes multidisciplinary translational science. To learn more about the translational science spectrum, visit
    • For consideration, please submit your abstract through the College of Pharmacy Research Day online form and indicate your interest in the CCTS prize.  
  • AAPS Student Chapter Choice Award (presented by the AAPS student chapter; no separate entry required)
    • First prize: $250
  • CRS Student Chapter Choice Award (presented by the CRS student chapter; no separate entry required)
    • First prize: $250
  • ISPOR Student Chapter Choice Award (presented by the ISPOR student chapter; no separate entry required)
    • First prize: $250
  • ISPE Student Chapter Choice Award (presented by the ISPE student chapter; no separate entry required)
    • First prize: $250

Submit your abstract here.

Instructions for Poster Presentations

Poster size

Posters should be in landscape orientation; there is no mandated size, but please limit the width to 4 feet or less if you are printing a new poster.

Poster mounting and removal

Please mount posters in the area labeled with your abstract number on Thursday, February 7, 2019 after 12 pm or Friday, February 8 before 10 am. Depending on your location, blue tape (for mounting on the wall) or push pins (for poster boards) will be provided. Posters should be removed during the weekend following Research Day, or early on Monday morning.

Poster sessions and judging

Posters will be judged during two Friday sessions ("even" and "odd" numbered posters, respectively), on Friday, February 8.  Please check the Research Day program for specific times.   Poster presenters should be prepared to give 3-5 minute overview of their work to the judges and other viewers, and answer questions from both experts in their field and general scientific audience. Presenters are expected to remain at their posters for the entire session.  

Each poster will have at least two judges for the main categories in which prizes are awarded. There will be additional independent judges selecting the Student Chapter Choice Awards and the Office of Technology Management Innovation Award

Getting feedback on your research and poster presentation

The poster evaluation forms will not be shared with poster presenters.  If you have specific questions, or if you would like to know how well you are doing in presenting your research ideas, ask your judges directly (the judges will be easily identifiable by the ribbons on their badges).  Most of them will be happy to give you an honest assessment and suggestions for improvement.

We look forward to seeing you on February 8, 2019!

Thank you for your Support!