Opening General Session
Roberta L. Bondar, Ph.D., M.D.
AACP’s opening keynote speaker is Dr. Roberta Bondar, a physician, scientist, photographer, educator, astronaut and public servant. Bondar is an electrifying speaker with groundbreaking insights on innovation, discovery, leadership and high-performance thinking. The world's first neurologist in space, she is globally recognized for her contributions to space medicine. On the space shuttle Discovery mission STS 42 in 1992, Bondar conducted scientific experiments in the First International Microgravity Laboratory. The excitement of learning and the sharing of knowledge has been a hallmark of her career. While a new generation carries on her medical and scientific space research at American and Canadian universities and research institutions, even younger generations model themselves on her passionate quest, especially in five elementary schools bearing her name. This Renaissance woman is a prestigious educator and her message will transform and enhance the philosophies of today’s pharmacy educators.
Gregory S. Holzman, M.D., M.P.H.
The 2011 Science Plenary will feature Dr. Gregory S. Holzman, associate deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. Annual healthcare expenditures exceeding $2 trillion emphasize the need for health promotion and disease prevention to be the foundation of the U.S. healthcare system. This emphasis is not only a significant component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but also an increasing component of employer-based health plans. The need to improve the evidence-base of prevention and wellness programs, just like the evidence-base of acute medical care, provides a substantial opportunity for pharmacy faculty to partner with community-based organizations and the CDC. Dr. Holzman will discuss the opportunities for strengthened partnerships between the CDC and pharmacy educators to assist community-based organizations develop, implement and evaluate high-quality clinical and community preventive services and programs.