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Ph.D. Students Earla, Paranjpe Earn Support to Attend, Present Projects at Research Conferences

August 20 — Two UH College of Pharmacy Ph.D. students – Jagadesh Rao Earla, Pharm.D., MBA, and Rutugandha Paranjpe, M.S. – in the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy (PHOP) program recently earned scholarship/travel awards to attend and present their research projects at national scientific conferences.

earla-web300x350.jpgEarla received a scholarship from the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology to attend the 35th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management Aug. 24-28 in Philadelphia, Pa. During the meeting, Earla will present his project, "Racioethnic and Provider Specialty Differences in Adherence Trajectories Among Medicaid Insured Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)," which was coauthored by UHCOP faculty members Susan Abughosh, Ph.D., and Hua Chen, Ph.D., M.D.

Paranjpe received an Early Career Cancer Health Disparities Research Travel Scholarship to present her project, "Evaluating medication adherence of oral endocrine therapy among breast cancer survivors in a large academic medical center," at the 12th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved 2019 Sept. 20-23 in San Francisco, Calif.


The travel scholarship was awarded by the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP), an initiative of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designed to bring together researchers, trainees and students, new and early-stage investigators, and community members so they can collectively identify and prioritize cancer disparities research, training, education and outreach, and faculty development issues.

The project was coauthored by UHCOP alumna Grace Hwang, Pharm.D., now a PGY2 Medication Use Safety and Policy resident at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Kelvin Lu and Carine Opsomer, current UHCOP Pharm.D. students; Uzo Abajue, Texas Southern University Pharm.D. student; Hanna Zaghloul, Pharm.D., BCOP, residency program director and Hematology/Oncology clinical specialist at Houston Methodist Hospital; and Abughosh and Meghna Trivedi, Ph.D., Pharm.D., UHCOP faculty members.