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  • thornton feature

    Director Douglas Thornton has conducted extensive research on issues related to quality of life in chronic opioid therapy patients and health care professionals' attitudes toward changes in prescribing regulations and overdose-reversal interventions.

  • wanat feature

    Assistant Director Matthew Wanat is a board certified critical care pharmacist who has conducted research on controlled substance prescribing in the emergency room setting.

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    Member Rajender Aparasu has authored or coauthored more than 100 journal articles in the field of pharmaceutical health outcomes and policy, especially polypharmacy and adverse event risk in the geriatric population, since 2000.

The PREMIER Center is housed within the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, where faculty members consist of researchers and clinicians with a background in health services research and health prevention. This has put the PREMIER Center in a unique position to collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals within the University of Houston and the renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC).

Members of the PREMIER Center have conducted both qualitative and quantitative research projects regarding prescription drug misuse and prevention. These projects have led to the development of educational interventions that have been presented to key stakeholders within the community.

As Houston is one of the known "hotspots" for prescription drug misuse in the state as well as numerous cases of inappropriate prescribing among physicians, the center is strategically located to educate pharmacists and physicians in the areas of prevention and misuse management.

Leadership & Center Contacts

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Director
Douglas Thornton

Assistant Professor
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Assistant Director
Matthew A. Wanat

Clinical Associate Professor
University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Members

Rajender Aparasu Danielle Campbell Hua Chen
Rajender Aparasu
Professor
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
Danielle Campbell
Senior Project Manager
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
Hua Chen
Professor
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
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Sang Kyu Cho
Assistant Professor
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
Austin De La Cruz
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
Marc Fleming
Chair/Associate Professor
University of North Texas
Health Science Center
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Sujit S. Sansgiry
Professor
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
Chan Shen
Division Chief/Associate Professor
Penn State Cancer Institute
Tyler Varisco
Research Assistant Professor
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy