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Pharmacy Students Present at National Meetings


Pharmacy Students Present at National Meetings

Before the end of the fall semester, a group of students from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy were invited to present at two different national meetings.

Kevin Smith, Casey Utter, Meredith Bodah, Nicole Vaughn, Lara Kratochwill, and Toni Zahorian presented their research at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Adrian Hui, a member of the School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2012, also presented. Dr. Andrea Traina, Assistant Professor, worked with all of the students on their research.

Smith, Utter, Bodah, and Vaughan presented a poster entitled, “Dose-Related Cell Death and Inflammatory Gene Expression Seen in Microglia Treated with High Concentrations of Fructose.” Kratochwill presented, “Glycemic Control in Gestational Diabetes.” Zahorian and Hui’s research project was entitled, “Once Weekly Exenatide as Adjunct Management of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.”

The meeting is the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world, and attracts over 20,000 attendees each year. Along with presenting, the students also had the chance to interact with pharmacists, other students, and residents from across the country.

Students Erich Weiss and Scott Vietri were both invited to present at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s national meeting, an annual event that draws nearly 6,000 health care professionals from around the world. The meeting took place in Orlando, Florida.

Weiss’ research consisted of a systematic review of randomized controlled trials of the use of interactive voice response (IVR) technologies as key components of interventions to improve patient health outcomes. He presented at the meeting’s interdisciplinary student forum. According to Dr. Jill Lavigne, IVR is often used in pharmacy practice today, and she said Weiss’ work may have clinical applications that are of particular interest to the industry.

Vietri presented his work which applied architectural principles of intentional design to the problem of reducing transmission of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms in hospital settings.

WSoP Students in Las Vegas

Toni Zahorian and Adrian Hui present their poster.

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