H. Anne Pereira, PhD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

H. Anne Pereira, PhD, serves as the Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. She has been a member of the OUHSC since 1992 when she joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology. She rose through the ranks to full professor with tenure in Pathology, and in 2009 was appointed Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Research, College of Pharmacy. In 2018, she was named the Herbert and Dorothy Langsam Chair in Geriatric Pharmacy and the David L. Boren Professor, University of Oklahoma’s highest honor recognizing faculty who have made truly exceptional contributions to the mission of a public research university. Dr. Pereira received her PhD in Pathology from the University of Melbourne in Australia and then served as a postdoctoral fellow/senior research associate at Emory University in Atlanta, before accepting her position at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Pereira’s scientific investigations have focused on the multifunctional aspects and identification of bioactive peptides based on an immune system molecule, CAP37. She has the distinction of being named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her contributions to understanding innate immunity and inflammation. She is a renowned scientist in the areas of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory therapeutics, and has had a longstanding record of federal funding. Dr. Pereira is the holder of several US and foreign patents and was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2015 for her highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Background: Although the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center had a robust interdisciplinary/interprofessional (ID/IPE) education program with strong buy-in from the six professional-based colleges, the inclusion of graduate college research students in the basic bench science biomedical programs lagged behind. Inclusion of non-health professional biomed sciences students in defining the healthcare team, provides opportunity for additional important voices regarding translational science, to be intentionally invited to ID/IPE programming. The goal of our study was to implement…