Scientist-in-Training Research Award

Joshua Niznik, PharmD

The Scientist-in-Training Research Award is presented annually to a pre-doctoral candidate with a promising career as a geriatrics scientist. The 2018 Scientist-in-Training Research Award is presented to Joshua Niznik, PharmD, a licensed pharmacist pursuing doctoral studies in pharmaceutical sciences with a focus on pharmaceutical outcomes and policy research at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Dr. Niznik has developed a unique combination of skills through clinical pharmacy practice and the analysis of large administrative databases using statistical methods and epidemiologic study designs. His research is focused on improving the efficiency, quality, and safety of medication use in health systems, particularly in nursing homes. Dr. Niznik’s study, “Validating the MDS Mortality Risk Index in Older Adult Veterans Using MDS v3.0,” was part of an even larger project examining variation in de-prescribing for common chronic conditions and the association of de-prescribing with clinical outcomes among Veterans Affairs nursing home residents with limited life expectancy.

Past Recipients of the Scientist-in-Training Research Award

2017   Andrea E. Daddato, MS
2016   Andrew Zullo, PharmD, ScM
2015   Camilla B. Pimentel, MPH
2014   Rebecca H. Affoo, MCLScSLP
2013   Lolita Nidadavolu, BA
2012   Jillian Wong
2011   Jason L. Sanders, BA, MD/PhD Cand.
2010   David Wert
2009   Elisa Rodriguez, BS
2008   Danielle R. Bouchard, MS