Monitoring supply chains can improve pharmaceutical quality

Last week, the 11th annual Northwestern Medicine Global Health Day brought together researchers, including students and educators to present projects relevant to global health.

This year’s symposium featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and poster presentations. Opening remarks were given by Robert Murphy, MD, the John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases, and executive director of the Institute for Global Health. Healthcare and public health are vital areas of research in Northwestern’s Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences (IEMS) Department and are imperative in the landscape of post-pandemic world we live in.

IEMS PhD candidate, Eugene Wickett, received the honor for Best Poster (student):  Using Supply-Chain Information to Improve Regulatory Actions in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance. Eugene is co-advised by Prof. Matthew Plumlee and Prof. Karen Smilowitz.

“Substandard and falsified pharmaceuticals, prevalent in low- and middle-income countries, substantially increase levels of morbidity, mortality, and drug resistance. Regulatory agencies combat this quality problem using post-market surveillance by collecting and testing samples where consumers purchase products. Existing tools for the generation and analysis of post-market surveillance data focus on the locations of detected positive samples.”

Best Poster (student):  Using Supply-Chain Information to Improve Regulatory Actions in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance -Eugene Wickett

Winners of this year’s Global Health Day poster presentations. From left to right: Daniel Camp, Robert Murphy, MD (standing in for Matthew Caputo), Alexandre Machado de Sant’Anna Carvalho, Eugene Wickett and Maryam Shaaban. Image by Meg Kennedy.

 Other poster winners included:

  • Daniel Camp — “COVID-19 clinical rebound among adult patients following completion of nirmatrelvir/ritonavir therapy at Northwestern Medicine”
  • Fabiola Moreno Echevarria — “Incidence and Risk Factors of Omicron variant SARS-CoV-2 Breakthrough Infection among Vaccinated and Boosted Individuals”
  • Alexandre Machado de Sant’Anna Carvalho — “Genomic Basis of Antiviral Resistance in SARS-CoV-2”
  • Maryam Shaaban — “Characterization of the HIV Reservoir at the Population, Tissue and Genomic Level”
  • Matthew Caputo — “Longitudinal assessment of early Omicron variant SARS-CoV-2 infection using DASH rapid PCR”

Congratulations, to all the poster winners for Global Health Day! The symposium is held annually within Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and hosted by the Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health.

Global Health Day Official Website

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