Annual Research Events

19th annual College Research Day 

Andrew King, MDWednesday, Oct. 12, 2022

  • In person at the WSU Applebaum building, 259 Mack Ave.
  • WSU Applebaum scholars of all levels and disciplines are invited to share their research. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • 1 contact hour of live continuing education (CE) credit for pharmacists – free! (Limited to 50 in-person attendees and 100 live virtual attendees.)
  • $2,500 in student awards.
  • Keynote speaker: Andrew King, MD, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine, Wayne State University; attending physician, Sinai Grace Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital and Children's Hospital; toxicologist and medical toxicology fellowship director, WSU School of Medicine Michigan Poison & Drug Information Center. Dr. King will be discussing opioid use disorder, including approaches to treatment and his experience in Detroit. 
Submit your research Register to attend Poster printing guide


  • 8-9 a.m. Poster setup
  • 9-10:55 a.m. Poster presentations
  • 11 a.m.-noon Keynote presentation in auditorium
  • 12-3 p.m. Continued poster viewing

Contributing sponsor

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Here's everything you need to know to get ready!

The research submission form is now open, with a deadline of Monday, Sept. 26. This year we are returning to the presentation of research in person, with posters and live presentations. Please review the information and timeline below now so you may properly prepare to participate.  

Awards will be given in the following categories:  

  • Health Sciences Master's and Doctoral Students 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Master's and Doctoral Students 
  • PharmD Students 
  • Postdoctoral Scholars 
  • Undergraduate Students 

How to submit your research  

STEP 1: Compose your abstract

Before you begin, you may wish to review the rubric that will be used to judge student research. Your abstract should be a maximum of 300 words total and include the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Objective
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Please compose and save your abstract in a separate document before you begin the research submission form. 

STEP 2: Submit your abstract by Sept. 28

While all authors are encouraged to participate in creating the abstract and presenting the poster, only the primary author should submit the abstract via the online form. Faculty may not submit projects for their students. 

STEP 3: Create and print a poster

Your poster must fit on a board measuring 4 feet wide by 3 feet high. There are many options available for designing a poster. Here is a handy guide from the Wayne State Library!

STEP 4: Set up poster and present on Oct. 12

All attendees should register to attend. For those choosing Zoom attendance for the keynote presentation and/or continuing education credit, details will be sent closer to the event to everyone who registers.


When all submissions are in, the programs will conduct preliminary evaluations to identify the top 10 abstracts in each category. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, these projects will be considered for awards; judges will conduct in-person evaluations during the poster presentation time (9-10:55 a.m.). Representatives from departments and programs will be consulted as needed. Awards in the following categories will be determined:  

  • Health Sciences Master's and Doctoral Students 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Master's and Doctoral Students 
  • PharmD Students 
  • Postdoctoral Scholars 
  • Undergraduate Students 

Student research award winners will be announced during College Research Day immediately following the keynote presentation in the auditorium.


Email and a member of the WSU Applebaum Research Committee will get back to you.

Continuing education credit details

When you register for College Research Day, check the box noting you'd like pharmacy CE credit, and we will send you more information.

Date:  October 12, 2022
Time: 11 a.m.-noon (in-person or remote)
Registration cutoff: September 28, 2022

Andrew King, MD Associate Professor (Clinical Educator)
Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director
Attending Physician, Detroit Receiving, Children's Hospital, Sinai Grace Hospital

Program Target Audience: Pharmacists

Title: Pain and Opioid Use Disorder; Evidence-based Approaches

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, the pharmacist participant will be able to::

  1. Describe the current opioid crisis in Michigan and the United States
  2. Define opioid use disorder
  3. Describe evidence-based approaches for opioid use disorder
  4. Discuss the role of the pharmacist in pain management approaches including appropriate opioid prescribing and deprescribing

Amount of CE credit: 1 hour 

ACPE Universal Activity Number:  0510-0000-22-011-L08-P

ACPE logoThe Detroit Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Participants who attend the lecture in full, complete and submit the post-session quiz and course evaluations within 60 days from the lecture date will be awarded 1 hour (0.1 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit upon providing their NABP e-Profile number and four-digit birthdate.

Program fees: None (Registration limited to 50 in-person and 100 remote.)

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Martin Barr–Stephen Wilson Lecture

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted Dr. Dayna Bowen Matthew, dean of the George Washington University Law School, for a presentation titled "A Lawyer's Prescription for Achieving Health Equity." This event marked a revival of the college's annual Martin Barr–Stephen Wilson Lecture Series, which was created in honor of two former WSU Applebaum deans to highlight the development of health care policy, laws and ethics.

"Dr. Matthew is an expert in health equity and public health policy with a passion for public service," said Associate Dean for Pharmacy Richard Lucarotti. "Her depth of experience at the intersection of health policy and health care will be of great interest to our college and university community, which puts high value on addressing health disparities."

A nationally recognized leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on racial disparities in health care, Matthew is the first woman to lead GW Law. She is the author of the book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care.

She previously served as the University of Virginia Law School's William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and the F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights. She was also a professor of public health sciences at the UVA School of Medicine and served as co-founder and inaugural director of the Equity Center, which works to build relationships between the university and the surrounding Charlottesville community to address racial and socioeconomic inequality.

Matthew also has taken on many public policy roles. In 2013, she co-founded the Colorado Health Equity Project, a medical-legal partnership incubator aimed at removing barriers to good health for low-income clients by providing legal representation, research, and policy advocacy. She served as the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and as senior advisor in the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also is a non-resident fellow in the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution.

She earned a BA in economics from Harvard-Radcliffe College, a JD from the UVA School of Law, and a PhD in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado Denver.

The Martin Barr–Stephen Wilson Lecture Series is supported by an endowment that was established to reflect the dedication and commitment to educational excellence of former WSU Applebaum deans Martin Barr and Stephen Wilson.

"The lecture series has a long and rich history in our college dating back to its inception in 1954, over the decades attaining national prominence," said Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Sciences Hanley Abramson. "Its objective is to make health care professionals – and indeed the wider general public – aware of emerging health care issues that portend the future direction of public policy in this vital arena that accounts for nearly one-fifth of the nation's economy." 

Wilson was the college's second dean, serving from 1953 until his death in 1963, when Barr, then professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, stepped up. Barr was a dynamic force in the community and the pharmacy profession; the PharmD program is the direct result of his vision and leadership, and he shaped the undergraduate curriculum in pharmacy as well as the college's strong research programs.

"Deans Wilson and Barr would be proud that Dr. Matthew is delivering such an urgent and important message as part of their legacy," Lucarotti said. "My hope is that this event inspires members of our community to consider, understand and dismantle social and racial disparities in health care throughout their careers."