Biopharmaceutical Research & Development Symposium

6th Annual Biopharmaceutical Research & Development Symposium

Dates:  September 4-5, 2019

Registration Deadline and abstract submission:  August 23, 2019


Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education
Truhlsen Events Center, 1st floor
619 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE


The College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is hosting a special Symposium in celebration of its former Dean, Courtney Fletcher, PharMD for his over a decade of service and honoring his pioneering work in the field of infectious diseases.  During his term as Dean, the College of Pharmacy made significant strides in many areas such as a 99.5% increase in NIH funding, ranking #4 out of all colleges and schools of pharmacy in research funding per FTE faculty and having a >98.6% pass rate for pharmacy students passing the licensure exam.  In addition, Dr. Fletcher oversaw the planning and opening of the new UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education in 2016, a $35 million building entirely constructed through private funds.

In addition to his serving as Dean of the College, Dr. Fletcher has remained an active researcher with NIH funding for his passion for eradication of HIV.  His group is currently working on projects looking at the lymphoid tissue pharmacology of antiretroviral drugs.  The symposium will highlight Dr. Fletcher’s major contributions to the field by showcasing former/present students and collaborators as well as other speakers in the field of infectious diseases.

With the aim of nurturing collaboration and student learning objectives, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is organizing the 6th Annual Biopharmaceutical Research & Development Symposium on September 4th-5th, 2019. This day and a half symposium will include speakers from both academia and industry speaking about various topics in infectious disease research. Through talks and poster session, this meeting will help identify the scientific, clinical and regulatory hurdles that remain in infectious disease drug discovery. Speakers from academia, and industry will provide a multidisciplinary forum for scientists to educate, interact and discuss recent advances and challenges. In addition, students (post-doc and/or graduate students) will be selected to give an oral presentation. Pre/Post-doctoral graduates will be encouraged to make poster presentation. This symposium will provide a unique opportunity to the faculty, post-docs, graduate students, women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities of local and national universities to have discussions with scientists from industries on the topics of mutual interest.

Goals and Objectives

This symposium will be held in honor of the former Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Courtney Fletcher, PharMD and will highlight his achievements, but also significant progress in the area of infectious diseases.

In addition, external speakers will be presenting their cutting-edge work on HIV and other infectious diseases.  Attendees will learn about these projects and techniques in the field of drug discovery and infectious diseases.

Who should attend?

Scientists in both academia and industry who desire to learn the current issues and perspectives in the research of infectious diseases.  Also, students in the PharMD program that are interested in research careers should also attend.

Abstract criteria

Reports of original data should include an abstract of no more than 500 words including background, methods, results and conclusions. Figures and illustrations are not allowed. As font, please use Arial, size 11. Abstracts chosen for poster presentation at the symposium must be prepared in advance on a poster board, 8 feet wide by 4 feet high (2.44 x 1.22 meters) (Landscape Orientation).

Confirmed Speakers:

Organizing Committee:

Program Chair:

Corey R. Hopkins, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy at UNMC


Anthony Podany, PharMD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy at UNMC

Martin Conda-Sheridan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy at UNMC