Research Symposium

Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Symposium
March 29, 2013, University Center

"Comparative Effectiveness Research: Step Forward to Improve Healthcare Delivery"

The symposium is designed to provide a platform for students and faculty to showcase their research, to learn about evolving research methods, and to exchange ideas with others in the area of pharmaceutical health services research.

Faculty, post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students conducting health services research in programs like Social Work, Healthcare Administration, Psychology, Computer science, Optometry, and others are encouraged to attend and/or submit abstracts.

The Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Symposium will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 29 in the Houston Room (# 251) at UH's University Center.  

Mark your calendar for important dates!

Abstract submission deadline EXTENDED: March 11, 2013 (click here to submit abstract)

Abstract acceptance notification: March 15, 2013

Registration deadline: March 15, 2013 (click here for attendance registration)

Admission is free, but advance registration by March 15 is required. Click here to register now.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Faculty researchers, fellows, residents and students are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for a poster session. The abstract should be no longer than 300 words, excluding title, author's names and affiliations. The content should be organized as follows: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Topics for abstract submission:

  • Pharmaceutical Services and Health Outcomes Research
  • Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Quality of Life/Utility/Preference Studies
  • Pharmaceutical Care Policy

Abstracts must be submitted online by March 1, 2013, here.

Accepted abstracts will be printed in the symposium proceedings.


8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Complimentary Breakfast

Poster Review/Judging Session

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session

Rathindra Bose, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Research and Technology Transfer, University of Houston System
Vice President of Research, University of Houston

10:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Lecture Series

"Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas: Texas Researchers Look for Best Cancer- Related Care Options"

Catherine D. Cooksley, Dr.P.H.
Senior Biostatistician Faculty, Sealy Center on Aging, and Adjunct Assistant Professor Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston


"A Patient-Centered Approach to Comparative Effectiveness Research"

Aanand D. Naik, M.D.
Clinical Investigator and Training Core Director, Houston Health Services and Research Center of Excellence, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine


"Aligning Clinical Practice with Best Evidence of Comparative Effectiveness"

Carol M. Ashton, M.D., MPH
John F. Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Professor of Surgical Quality & Outcomes Science, Department of Surgery, and Co-Director, Center for Outcomes Research, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, The Methodist Hospital

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Poster Awards and Thank You Note
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Workshop on Grant Writing

Hua Chen, Ph.D., M.D.; Michael L. Johnson, Ph.D.; and Rajender R. Aparasu, Ph.D.; University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Organizers and Sponsors

The symposium is being organized by the University of Houston Student Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR-UH) and the Graduates and Alumni in Pharmacy Administration (GPA). Partial financial support for the symposium is being provided by the UH Activities Funding Board and UH College of Pharmacy's Department of Clinical Sciences & Administration/Division of Public Health and Outcomes Research.


Hemalkumar Mehta
ISPOR-UH Chapter President

Ayush Patel
GPA President

Persons with disabilities who desire accommodations should contact Christen Gould at 832-842-8327 by March 22.