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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 Chicago area. 

The 9th Annual Research day was a great success, with ~ 85 posters presented, a fantastic keynote seminar by Dr. Steven Pearson, and great participation from our alumni and external colleagues from industry. We would like to thank our corporate sponsors (Takeda, AbbVie, and Horizon), along with our University supporters (UI Health Cancer Center, OTM Innovate@UIC, CCTS, AAPS, CRS, ISPOR, and ISPE) that provided funds for the event and the 18 poster awards.

Download the Abstract Book here.

To view the pictures from Research Day, click on the picture below:

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Keynote Address: "Is there a "fair" price for a new drug?  The new landscape for pharmaceutical value assessment in the United States" 

Dr. Steven D. Pearson, MD, MSc, 

President, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

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Hans W. Valteich Research Award: "Dissecting host-microbe chemical communication in pathogenic relationships"

Laura M. Sanchez
Assistant Professor

Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

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Alumnus of the Year Award

Michael T. Flavin, PhD '84

Managing Director, Flavin Ventures, LLC
Chief Executive Officer, Shamrock Structures, LLC
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Life Sciences, Inc.

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2017 Graduate Student Awards and External Trainee Awards

This year, we have given out over $25,000 in graduate student awards and scholarships.  To see who received which award and for the list of other significant external awards received by our graduate students and postdocs, download the file here.

2018 Poster Award Winners

Biology: Molecular & Cell Biology; Mechanism of Action

  • First prize: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Award for Excellence in Research

Shijie Huang, Dorota Klepacki, Luc Jaeger, Alexander S. Mankin, "Bacterial Cells can Live Without Free 5S rRNA"

  • Second prize: AbbVie Award for Excellence in Research

Rachel Knopp, Manel Ben Aissa, Ammar Jastaniah, Sue H. Leem Ragda Izar, Gregory R. J. Thatcher, "Selective Calpain-1 versus Calpain/Cathepsin-B Dual Inhibtion as a Therapeutic Approach to AD"

  • Second prize: Horizon Award for Excellence in Research

Kyle Mathes, Jimmy Orjala, Alessandra S. Eustaquio, "Genome Mining of Freshwater Cyanobacteria for Rare Metabolites"

Chemistry: Discovery, Modeling, Design & Evaluation of Novel Drugs; Detection & Delivery Systems

  • First prize: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Award for Excellence in Research

Daniel S. May, Camila M. Crnkovic, Aleksej Krunic, Jimmy Orjala, "A Bioinformatic and Metabolomic Strategy to Discover New Natural Products from Cultured Cyanobacteria"

  • Second prize: AbbVie Award for Excellence in Research

Camila M. Crnkovic, Aleksej Krunic, Daniel S. May, Diana Kao, Tyler A. Wilson, James R. Fuchs, Joanna E. Burdette,Nicholas H. Oberlies, Jimmy Orjala, "Metabolomics Guided the Discovery of New Natural Products from Cyanobacteria"

  • Second prize: Horizon Award for Excellence in Research (tie)

Alanna CondrenKahl, Lars Dietrich, Laura Sanchez, "Bile Acid Exposure Alters Specialized Metabolism Leading to Biofilm Inhibition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"

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Benjamin G. RichardsonAtul D. Jain, Phillip R. Lazzara, Brian P. David, Haranatha Potteti, Chandra Tamatam, EwelinaChoma, Kornelia Skowron, Katherine Dye, Yue-Ting Wang, Aleksej Krunic, Sekhar P. Reddy, Terry W. Moore, "Replacement of a Naphthalene Scaffold in Keap1/Nrf2 Inhibitors"

Clinical, Social, and Applied Sciences

  • First prize: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Award for Excellence in Research

Rachel Harrington, Sruthi Adimadhyam, Todd A. Lee, Glen T. Schumock, James W. Antoon, "A Case-Crossover Study Examining the Association between Oseltamivir and Suicide among Pediatric Patients, 2009-2014"

  • Second prize: AbbVie Award for Excellence in Research

Jeremy Capulong, Beenish S. Manzoor, Edith A. Nutescu, "The Impact of Health Literacy and Numeracy on Quality of Anticoagulation Control in Minority Patients"

  • Second prize: Horizon Award for Excellence in Research

Katherine Harrigan, Surrey Walton, Shirley Huang, Varun Kumar, Rick Chapman, Steven Atlas, Foluso Agboola, Dan Ollendorf, Daniel Touchette, "Long-term Cost-effectiveness of Valbenazine and Deutetrabenazine for Tardive Dyskinesia"

Innovate@UIC Innovation Award 

  • First prize

Cutler Lewandowski, Manel BenAissa, Sue Lee, Bhargava Karumudi, Gregory Thatcher, "Development of Tissue-Selective ABCA1 Agonists as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease"

  • Second prize

Sue Hyun Lee, Manel Ben Aissa, Yue-ting Wang, Emily Nepomuceno, David Gonzalez, Gregory R.J. Thatcher, "Novel Model of Accelerated Cognitive Deficits Induced by Oxidative Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury with Exacerbated Neuropathology"

UI Cancer Center Cancer Science Prize 

  • First prize

Taha Y. Taha, Shaimaa M. Aboukhatwa, Rachel C. Knopp, Naohiko Ikegaki, Hazem Abdelkarim, Jayaprakash Neerasa,Yunlong Lu, Raghupathi Neelarapu, Thomas W. Hanigan, Gregory R. J. Thatcher, Pavel A. Petukhov, "Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Tetrahydroisoquinoline-Based Histone Deacetylase 8 Selective Inhibitors"

  • Second prize

Jose Colina, Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, Peter Varughese, Joanna E. Burdette, "Loss of PAX2 Recapitulates Secretory Cell Outgrowths (SCOUTs), precursors to High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer and Potentiates Aberrant AKT and Steroid Signaling"

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Multidisciplinary Team Science Award 

Yukuang Guo, Camila Crnkovic, Hyunwoo Lee, Jimmy Orjala, John Lee, Hyunyoung Jeong, "The Role of Gut Microbiota in Tacrolimus Metabolism"

American Association of Pharmacetical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter Choice Award 

Thomas Speltz, Zamia Siddiqui, Jeanne Danes, Sean Fanning, Colin Fowler, Chris Mayne, Emad Tajkhorshid, Geoffrey L.Greene, Jonna Frasor, Terry W. Moore, "Functionalized Hydrocarbon Stapled Peptides for the Estrogen Receptor/Coactivator Interaction"

Controlled Release Society (CRS) Student Chapter Choice Award

Katherine E Zink, Matt Dean, Joanna E Burdette, Laura M Sanchez, "Developing a Novel Imaging Mass Spectrometry Method to Detect Chemical Communication Driving Metastasis in Ovarian Cancer"

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Student Chapter Choice Award

Ashley S. Cha, Ernest H. Law, A. Simon Pickard, "American Perceptions of Health Then and Now: Comparing the United States General Adult Population in 2002 and 2017"

International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) Student Chapter Choice Award 

Alemseged Ayele Asfaw, Connie H Yan, Victor Ramirez, Karen Sweiss, Scott Wirth, Pritesh Patel, Lisa Sharp, "Patient-reported Barriers to Medication Adherence and Perspectives on Sensored-medication Devices in Patients from Lower Socioeconomic Background with Multiple Myeloma"

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