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Research Day is for the entire VCU Pharmacy community and includes a trainee poster session (Pharm.D. and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows), a showcase of SOP research and a keynote speaker.


Friday, October 27, 2023
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Larrick Student Center
900 Turpin St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219


TimeAgenda Item
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Registration and continental breakfast/coffee
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Opening Remarks (Dean Ogbonna)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Keynote Speaker: Denise Walters, Ph.D.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Student and Postdoc Poster Competition
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunch and Faculty Research Showcase
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Student award winners announced and closing remarks (Dr. Slattum)

Keynote Speaker: Denise Walters, Ph.D.

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Denise Walters, Ph.D.

Denise Walters, Ph.D., is the Global Stability Lead, Global Women@Haleon Co-Lead, and Indigenous Peoples Association Co-Lead at Haleon in Richmond, VA. She received both her BS in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Walters has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical development impacting products ranging from cosmetics and dietary supplements to OTC drugs and prescription medications. She has worked for both small and large pharmaceutical companies as well as for a not-for-profit R&D contract laboratory.

Throughout her career, she has contributed to the development and commercialization of numerous pharmaceutical drug, cosmetic and supplement products through pharmacokinetic modeling, organic synthesis, analytical method development and analysis, product manufacturing, and product stability evaluation. She has published in both the fields of pharmacokinetics and bioanalysis and is a co-author on three patents related to dietary supplement formulations.

Walters is also active in the broader scientific community. She serves as an expert on the Self Care Federation Advisory Committee on Stability and on the Consumer Health Products Association Stability Subcommittee. One of Walters’ passions is community wide science education. She is a past Chair of the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and Chair of the Science Museum of Virginia Board of Trustees. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society. She has worked with students from K-12 to college, assisting with hands-on science demonstrations at community and Science Museum of Virginia events, participated in career events at local colleges and provided input on the Virginia Science Standards of Learning. In her workplace she has sponsored college interns, and helped deliver programs exposing students to careers in drug development and practicing job interview and resume skills. In her spare time, Walters serves as Tribal Council Chair for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia.

Walters is also a musician, poet, and story quilt artist. She uses her multimedia approaches to share stories about her Indigenous history and culture and love of science.

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