Meet UNMC New Investigator Gary Cochran, Pharm.D.

April 20, 2011

UNMC researcher Gary Cochran, Pharm.D., answers questions about his work, life and interests.

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Gary Cochran, Pharm.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 24 researchers who will be honored at a May 2 ceremony for UNMC's 2010 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Gary Cochran, Pharm.D.
  • Title: assistant professor of pharmacy practice
  • Joined UNMC: July, 2000
  • Hometown: Glenwood, Iowa

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

The goal of my research is to improve medication safety, reduce harmful medication errors and improve the quality of health care for those in rural areas.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

We partner with rural providers to help them monitor their medication use systems, identify system vulnerabilities and implement changes that will reduce the likelihood of future errors. My current project will allow for a better understanding of error epidemiology and error cause in a setting where little research has previously been conducted.

Name someone at UNMC who provides vital contributions to your success and briefly describe how they help you.

I am fortunate to have developed a number of professional relationships at both UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center over the years. These individuals have provided valuable insight and advice for specific needs -- ranging from study design and data analysis to navigation of the federal grant application and grant management systems. In the 10 years that I have been at UNMC, every investigator, clinician or administrator that I have approached has graciously provided the assistance that I've needed.

List three things people may not know about you.

  • My primary focus is my family. I love watching my children discover the world around them.
  • Archery is a favorite pastime.
  • I'm a "retired" private pilot hoping to start flying again one day.

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