Faculty and staff at the Center for Drug Safety at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have been recognized for their work through a number of different honors and grant awards.
Jinani Jayasekera, a PhD student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, received the Aging Award for Research from the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program for her poster presentation at the Graduate Research Conference on April 5, 2012. She presented her research methods project entitled, "Antidepressant Use and Falls Among Community-dwelling Elderly."
Susan dosReis, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical health services research, was selected as one of five finalists for the Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) Article-of-the-Year Award. This award, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and selected by Academy Health’s PHSR Interest Group, recognizes articles that present, analyze, and comment on new data or synthesize and analyze data that have already been collected in the field of public health systems research. Dr. dosReis received this award for her publication "Antipsychotic Treatment Among Youth in Foster Care", published December 2011 (Vol 128, No. 6, Pediatrics).
Sarah Dutcher, a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, recently received two honors. She was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Dr. Arthur Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Award, established in 2000 to be bestowed upon a graduate student in pharmacy administration. In addition, she was awarded an AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences for her dissertation, "Pharmacotherapeutic Management and Care Transitions among Nursing Home Residents with Atrial Fibrillation." The AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship is a great honor that recognizes achievement in national competition with one's peers. This award has been conveyed upon a very exclusive group of men and women since 1942.
Julie Zito, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical health services research, will be inducted into the Class of 2012 Fellows of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology during the 28th ICPE meeting in Barcelona. Dr. Zito was also a keynote speaker at the annual Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, a statewide policy group for quality improvement among maltreated children. This conference was held April 20, 2012 in Reno, NV.
Grants and Contracts:
The Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) was awarded a new grant entitled, "Long-Term Anticoagulation Therapy after Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults", under Principal Investigator Ilene Zuckerman.
Susan dosReis, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical health services research, was awarded a two-year grant for $673,672 from the National Institute of Mental Health for her study "Measuring Parent Preferences for ADHD Treatment to Predict Adherence."
Ilene Zuckerman, PhD, former professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, was awarded a three-year contract in the amount of $385,991 from the Maryland Health Care Commission for her study "Maryland PCMH Measures." Linda Simoni-Wastila, BSPharm, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical health services research, is a co-investigator on this study. The contract also utilizes the expertise of staff from Pharmaceutical Research Computing (PRC) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.