Sebastian Jugl, M.S., R.Ph., a graduate student in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, was selected for the Emerging Leader Award from the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, or ISPE. He is the first graduate student to receive the award. Jugl accepted the honor at the International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Aug. 23-27.
The Emerging Leader Award is awarded annually and recognizes an ISPE member who has shown, early in their career, leadership potential and has already made significant contributions to the society. Jugl has been involved with ISPE throughout his graduate studies — serving as the student council co-chair, chair and immediate past chair. In these leadership roles, he developed a five-year agenda for the student council, championed efforts to expand the student council from two to six positions and secured funding for a proposal that he developed with a team of ISPE colleagues to promote educational and scientific content as well as to increase member involvement and attract new members. In addition, he led the development of virtual training for pharmacoepidemiology methods and career development and served on a scientific committee charged with developing a new ISPE conference.
“Receiving the ISPE Emerging Leader Award is a tremendous honor and affirms the impact and significance of my leadership and entrepreneurial efforts within the society,” Jugl said. “It assures me that I am on the right track for a successful and impactful career in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, and it propels me to become even more deeply involved in the society’s initiatives and contribute to its mission. I am grateful for the incredible guidance and support I have received from mentors, advisors, friends, colleagues and family, as this award is not just a reflection of my efforts but also the supportive community around me.”
Jugl’s research focuses on the post-marketing evaluation of drugs in the area of oncology and women’s health, as well as the evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis. His mentor is Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., R.Ph., a distinguished professor in the UF College of Pharmacy and director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Safety.
It’s the third time in five years that a member of the UF College of Pharmacy community won the ISPE Emerging Leader Award. Irene Murimi Worstell, Ph.D., a 2015 graduate of the UF College of Pharmacy, received the award in 2019, and former faculty member and triple Gator graduate Juan Hincapie-Castillo, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.S., received the award in 2020.