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June 28, 2005

UI Pharmacy Student Presents Research At National Conference

Joshua Miller of Meservey, Iowa, a fourth-year student in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, presented a poster at the Eighth Annual Pharmacy Student Research Conference June 3-4, hosted by the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.

Miller's poster presentation was one of 36 posters at the conference, representing 16 U.S. and two Canadian pharmacy schools. Miller's research focused on the relationship of a gene involved in schizophrenia, called GRIN 2B, to see if mutations in the gene affected schizophrenia patients' responses to medications. Vicki Ellingrod, Pharm.D., UI associate professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy, and Jeff Bishop, Pharm.D., a postdoctoral research fellow, served as Miller's advisors on his research project.

The conference offers a unique venue for pharmacy students to present their research and interact with student and faculty colleagues from other pharmacy schools. A call for abstracts was sent to 37 schools of pharmacy in the western United States and Canada inviting undergraduate pharmacy students to attend the conference along with a faculty advisor.

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