WVU School of Pharmacy graduate student Xiaohui Zhao (far left) was a standout at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) conference in New Orleans this week. Zhao’s research poster and podium presentation were one of 18 selected out of 145 for the ISPOR 2019 Research Presentation Award. Professor and Interim Chairperson of the Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy Department Usha Sambamoorthi (second to left) is Zhao’s advisor. Zhao is a graduate student in the School’s Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) program. ISPOR is recognized globally as the leading educational and scientific organization for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) and its use in healthcare decisions.
(Also pictured: Research Assistant Professor Traci Lemasters (center) and HSOR graduate student Mona Nili (right).
WVU Health Sciences Center Faculty Development Program will host a series of sessions at noon on Sept. 26.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show more than 10,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2019.
America’s opioid epidemic will go down in history alongside the Spanish flu, typhoid, polio and AIDS as one of our worst public health disasters. Between 1999 and 2017, almost 218,000 people in the United States died from overdoses connected to prescription opioids, and almost as many more died from overdoses connected to illicit opioids. Of the 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, two-thirds of them were opioid-connected. Deaths continue at the rate of 130 a day.