2016 Graduate Research Symposium Attracts Students From Throughout The Region
More than 80 graduate, undergraduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows participated in the Seventh Annual Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Symposium (PSRS) on October 7 in the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University. The symposium was a collaboration of American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) student chapters from Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University.
The theme of the event was Pharmaceutical Innovation: Advancing Research in Drug Discovery and Development. PSRS provides an opportunity for students to communicate their research and receive feedback from peers and leading experts in their respective fields. The event also aimed to facilitate interactions between different pharmaceutically related fields, enabling students to obtain a better understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences as a whole.
The PSRS is entirely organized and executed by graduate students. The three-way partnership between these universities began in 2015, and the location of the event rotates yearly. The PSRS featured scientific contributions from each university, with a total of 49 posters and 8 podia presentations. These included topics in the fields of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, and health services and outcomes. Thanks to funding from AAPS, 13 participants received awards for best podia and poster presentations.
The invited keynote speaker, Dr. Kim L. R. Brouwer, from the University of North Carolina, gave an inspiring talk entitled "Preparing to be a Leader in the Pharmaceutical Sciences."
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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