Dr. Hincapie-Castillo elected co-chair of the Student Council for ISPE

IMG_0855 copy-cropJuan Hincapie-Castillo, Pharm.D., a graduate student in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy was elected co-chair of the Student Council for the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, or ISPE, during the 31st International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management in Boston. He is the second University of Florida student to hold this position and follows Caitlin Knox, Ph.D, a graduate from the same program.

A 2013 Pharm.D. graduate of the UF College of Pharmacy, Hincapie-Castillo is working toward a doctorate degree under mentorship from Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., a professor and interim chair of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. His concentration is pharmacoepidemiology, with research interests in pain management, substance abuse and drug policy focused on regulation of controlled substances.

Hincapie-Castillo has held multiple student leadership roles in the college and in professional associations, including student chapters for the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Florida Student Chapter of ISPE. He currently serves as the president of the UF College of Pharmacy graduate students and is a member of the Alumni Association committee. In this new role, he will serve one year as co-chair and one year as chair representing all international student chapters and reporting to the society’s Board of the Directors.

The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology is a non-profit international professional membership organization dedicated to advancing public health by providing a forum for the open exchange of scientific information and for the development of policy, education and advocacy for the field of pharmacoepidemiology. ISPE members represent the various scientific disciplines involved in studying drugs. Members are employed by the pharmaceutical industry, academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit and for-profit private organizations.