WSU Applebaum Research Day 2020 award winners announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted its 17th annual Research Day live on Zoom.James Thomas delivers his talk

James Thomas, PT, PhD, of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Motor Control Lab, delivered the keynote lecture and participated in a Q&A session.

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Awards were announced as follows:

Student poster awards

Health Sciences Graduate Programs

  • First place: Erin Edwards, Physical Therapy (Abstract No. H06)
    Backward Walking & Dual-Task Assessment Improve Identification of Gait Impairment and Fall Risk in MS
    Authors: E Edwards; D Kegelmeyer; A Kloos; M Nitta; D Raza; D Nichols-Larsen; N FritzErin Edwards wins award
  • Second place: Joseph Tocco, Physician Assistant Studies (Abstract No. H12)
    Healthcare experience impact on first-year physician assistant students' communication self-efficacy
    Authors: Joseph Tocco, PA-S2; Sara Maher, PT, DScPT; Sara Lolar, M.S., PA-C

Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Programs

  • First place: Yao Fu (Abstract No. PSC07)
    Arsenic inhibits the tumor suppressor-like activity of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in epithelial cells
    Authors: Yao Fu, Zhuoyue Bi, Qian Zhang, Priya Wadgaonkar, Wenxuan Zhang, Bandar Almutairy, Liping Xu, M’Kya Rice, Yiran Qiu, Akimasa Seno, Chitra Thakur, Fei Chen
  • Second place: Majed Alharbi (Abstract No. PSC02)
    Protein Ubiquinome of Primary Human Skeletal Muscle Cells Derived from Obese Insulin Resistant Participants
    Authors: Majed Alharbi, PharmD, MS; Berhane Seyoum, MD, MPH; Abdullah Mallisho, MD; Zaher Msallaty, MD; Aktham Mestareeh, MS; Xiangmin Zhang, PhD; Zhengping Yi, PhD

PharmD Candidates

  • First place: Amina Ammar (Abstract No. PPR03)
    Pharmacist Impact on Physician Practices in Diabetes Management: An Update
    Authors: Amina Ammar, Pharm.D. Candidate; Lindsay M. Darghali, Pharm.D. Candidate; Miryan Elias, Pharm.D. Candidate; Sam Polina, Pharm.D. Candidate; Wassim Tarraf PhD; Helen Berlie Pharm.D.; Linda Jaber Pharm.D.
  • Second place: Regina Pacitto (Abstract No. PPR17)
    THC Alters Brain Activation and Improves Efficacy of Cognitive Reappraisal in Patients with PTSD: A Neuropsychopharmacological Approach to Therapy
    Authors: Regina Pacitto, PharmD Candidate; Christine Rabinak, PhD; Craig Peters; Allesandra Iadipaolo

Postdoctoral Scholars

  • First place: Yi-Ling Hu, Occupational Therapy (Abstract No. PD03)
    Change in Frailty Status Predicts Fall Risks among Older Mexican Americans
    Authors: Yi-Ling Hu, MSOT, PhD; Heather Fritz, MSOT, PhD, OTR/L
  • Second place: Taylor Morrisette, Pharmacy Practice/PharmD (Abstract No. PD05)
    Preliminary, Real-World, Multi-Center Evaluation of the Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of Omadacycline in Patients Treated for Mycobacterium abscessus
    Authors: Taylor Morrisette, PharmD, MPH Candidate; Sara Alosaimy, PharmD, MPH Candidate; Julie V. Philley, MD; Carly Wadle, BS; Catessa Howard, PharmD; Andrew J. Webb; PharmD; Michael P. Veve, PharmD; Melissa L. Barger, MD; Jeannette Bouchard, PharmD; Tristan W. Wore, PharmD Candidate; Abdulhamid M. Lagnf, MPH; Iman Ansari, MPH Candidate; Carlos Mejia- Chew, MD; Keira A. Cohen, MD; Michael J. Rybak, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Undergraduate Students

  • Ryan Jones, Pre-Occupational Therapy (Abstract No. UG01)
    Reducing Metabolic Syndrome and Unmet Needs among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors during Covid-19: A Feasibility Pilot Study
    Authors: Ryan Jones; Yi-Ling Hu, MSOT, Ph.D.; Heather Fritz, Ph.D., OTR/L

Junior Faculty Research Recognition Award

Jiemei Wang, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Wang joined the WSU Applebaum faculty in May 2016. Currently a P1 on two federal grants, she has published 10 papers and four abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has been a senior author on six research papers with three manuscripts currently under revision.

She is a faculty mentor and steering committee member on the Detroit Cardiovascular Training Program, receives excellent student evaluations for instruction, is actively involved in the training and supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in her laboratory, and has mentored students at every level. She also has served on WSU committees, as an ad hoc reviewer and as a Research Day judge.

She was nominated by Professor Fei Chen, who said, “Dr. Wang’s research achievements are well-recognized by her colleagues and scientists nationwide."


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