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Reception and Lecture Combine for One Special School of Pharmacy Event

This year, the School of Pharmacy is combining two of our signature events — the Dean’s Recognition Reception and the Don B. Katterman Memorial Lecture — into one special event. This new program is intended to encourage our alumni and other members of our community to engage with the School and with fellow practitioners in an even more impactful way. The event will take place on May 8th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Museum of Flight.


The 34th Annual Katterman Lecture, presented by the School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Alumni Association, will start the evening. Headlining is Sean Sullivan, UW Stergachis Endowed director and professor of the UW Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program. His talk is entitled “Better-Informed Patients, Better-Informed Pharmacists: Navigating the Changing Medication Information Landscape.”

Sullivan’s lecture will focus on the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex information needs of pharmacists. Rather than relying solely on industry and regulatory bodies for current information about medications and therapeutic technologies, pharmacists must now look to more diverse sources of information — including the information patients are finding through increasingly sophisticated research. What’s more, we are in the midst of a personalized medicine revolution in which an individual’s genetic make-up can be used to inform treatment options.

The Katterman Lecture will talk about what these changes mean for healthcare providers, patients and the healthcare delivery system. Sullivan will provide insight to help pharmacists be successful in their efforts to forge partnerships with patients and health care providers on the appropriate use of drugs and other therapeutic technologies.

Sullivan is a professor of pharmacy and associate dean for research at the UW School of Pharmacy. He has devoted much of his research to medical decision-making and economic evaluation of medical technology. The Washington State Pharmacy Association will provide one continuing-education credit for the hour-long Katterman lecture.

Immediately following the Katterman Lecture is the annual School of Pharmacy Dean’s Recognition Reception. Dean Thomas Baillie and his wife, Kathleen Baillie, will host this event in which the School recognizes our donors, alumni and preceptors. The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient will be announced at the event. In addition, the reception will be an opportunity to honor and celebrate the many accomplishments of the UW School of Pharmacy, our students and faculty. This year, this entire event will be free to all guests. Participants may attend both the lecture and the reception; or they are welcome to attend just one of the events.

Find out more about this event and register here.

~March 12, 2013