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Faculty publication in Neurochemistry International A paper authored by Dr. Zahoor Shah, assistant professor of Medicinal
Student Outreach P.3 State of the College Address P.3 Photo by Hisks
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New Experimental Therapeutics PhD Program
Chemistry, along with Aparna Raghavan and Jatin Tulsulkar and Shadia Nada, was recently accepted for publication in Neurochemistry International. The paper is entitled “A derivative of the CRMP2 binding compound lanthionine ketimine provides neuroprotection in a mouse model of cerebral ischemia.” Coauthors Aparna Raghavan and Jatin Tulsulkar are graduate students in Dr. Shah’s lab, and Dr. Shadia Nada, who recently earned a PhD in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, is a research assistant professor for the college.
The Department of Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo, chaired by Dr. William Messer, has received formal approval for implementing a Ph.D. program in Experimental Therapeutics. Experimental Therapeutics is the integration of basic and applied sciences focused on the study and development of new treatments for human disease. Research in experimental therapeutics seeks to understand human diseases from the molecular level to the whole organism in order to develop rational approaches for new pharmacological treatments. In addition, experimental therapeutics includes the development of new therapies through systematic investigation at increasing levels of complexity, ranging from individual molecules and proteins to cellular and tissue-based assays and to the whole organism. The purpose of the program is to train students at the doctoral level who can translate discoveries in the laboratory to therapies in a clinical setting. The program provides a bridge between the Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, and matches the strengths of our educational and research environment. By its very nature, Experimental Therapeutics is a multi-disciplinary field, drawing on a variety of scientific areas, including but not limited to pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, immunology, pharmaceutics, pathology, statistics and engineering. As such, our program is open to faculty from a number of disciplines outside the Department of Pharmacology, thus enhancing the potential research experience of our students. Examples include developing collaborations between Drs. Surya Nauli, Department of Pharmacology, and Bina Joe in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the area of hypertension and between Drs. Youssef Sari, Department of Pharmacology, and Bryan Yamamoto in the Department of Neurosciences in the area of drug and alcohol abuse. The program received formal approval by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in late August, thus culminating Continued on page 2
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a lengthy process of program development that involved multiple levels of review both within the university and by other institutions throughout state. Feedback from colleagues across both UT campuses as well as input from faculty at other universities helped in the development of a doctoral program that builds upon the strengths of research and educational programs on the Health Sciences Campus. The new program will provide unique opportunities for faculty in the Department of Pharmacology to train doctoral students in translational research that is focused on developing new treatments for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and drug abuse, immune disorders such as diabetes and myasthenia gravis, and other human diseases including cancer, polycystic kidney disease and hypertension.
The College’s Alumni Affiliate honors alumni at this year’s Homecoming Gala and Luncheon Saine
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is bestowed by the Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate to an alumnus/a 40 years of age or younger (BSPS, BS, BSP, PharmD, MS, or PhD). Brian Coehrs, PharmD ‘05, is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Dr. Coehrs is a registered pharmacist with The Pharmacy Counter in Toledo, where he is the director of clinical pharmacy programs. Among Dr. Coehrs’s achievements is the development and management of clinical Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs with Lucas County employees, City of Toledo employees, and CareNet patients, programs that have garnered national recognition for their effectiveness in improving patient outcomes. Dr. Coehrs’s efforts with MTM were mentioned during the keynote address of incoming president, Ed Hamilton, at the American Pharmacists Association 2009 National Convention. Dr. Coehrs worked with the Kidney Foundation of
Northwest Ohio to provide medications to their patients at reduced out-of-pocket cost and also devised a CareNet formulary for local physicians to prescribe, utilizing “We Care” pricing for low-income patients. He continues to support pharmacy education by serving as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students. The Distinguished Alumna Award is the highest honor and distinction the affiliate bestows on an alumnus/a for outstanding career achievement in his/her pharmacy or healthcare field — research, teaching, administration, publishing, etc. This year’s recipient, Deborah Saine, MS, RPh, FASHP, ’79, is a registered pharmacist and the Medication Safety Manager at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with magna cum laude honors at The University of Toledo, Ms. Saine earned a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University in Keene, NH.
Ms. Saine has made significant contributions to patient care throughout the years through her many roles in various health care settings. She has practiced as not only a clinical coordinator, drug information pharmacist and clinical pharmacist but also as a pharmacy manager and a medication safety at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Ms. Saine served as the Director of Pharmacy at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, VT prior to taking on her current role. She was an adjunct instructor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and currently precepts Doctor of Pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations. Deborah Saine's accomplishments include numerous publications, presentations, honors and awards for leadership and service.
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2012 State of the College Address
Student pharmacists reach out Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (TALOTTD), an annual campaign launched in 2002 by the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration, aims at improving health awareness among minorities. Student pharmacists participated in the 2012 event at Scott High School
in Toledo, providing hundreds of blood pressure screenings, medication reviews, and free flu shots. In addition to discussing medication therapy and the importance of adherence with patients, student pharmacists also identified many situations of hypertension and potential medication misadventures.
The event is one of several community outreach projects that students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences provide to individuals in need of healthcare access and health information. More about this event
CD3: Racing and researching for the cure research and earned a seed grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation several years ago.
Toledo’s Channel 11 featured the college’s Center for Drug Design and Development (CD3) in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. CD3, led by Dr. Paul Erhardt, is involved in breast cancer
For the second consecutive year, CD3 formed a team to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The CD3 team, with PhD student Rachael Jetson as the captain, was recognized as the largest team from a university, with 69 members participating. The total funds raised will not be determined until the end of October, and the CD3 team is waiting to find out whether their team raised the most money for the race.
At this year’s Donor Recognition and Scholarship Dinner, which recognizes students who have earned CPPS scholarships and honors the donors who established the scholarships, Dean Early presented the 2012 State of the College address, detailing the year’s accomplishments and challenges the college faces. Among the college’s significant achievements was the recent reaccreditation of the PharmD program with six commendations. The college was among the first in the nation to earn an eight-year accreditation cycle instead of six years, which was once the maximum. In addition to this achievement, two new academic programs will be offered by the college, the PhD in Experimental Therapeutics (page 1) and the Cosmetic Science major in the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program.
See the college’s 2012 Annual Executive Report and Summary
Upcoming Events • Faculties of Pharmacy, Al-Zaytoonah and The University of Toledo International Pharmaceutical Conference 2012
Take a Virtual Tour Has it been a while since you’ve visited the Health Science Campus? Take the virtual tour with pharmacy student, Emily, and get a student’s perspective on studying on the Health Science Campus.
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The conference, held in Amman, Jordan on October 19-21, features faculty from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dean Early, who is the keynote speaker. • Detroit Area Alumni Chapter Reactivation Dinner On Monday, October 29, 2012 from 6-8pm at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, 400 Renaissance Center, Suite A-403 in Detroit, MI 48243. Please join Vern Snyder, V.P. of Institutional Advancement and a small group of fellow UT graduates for a University-sponsored dinner if you have any interest in being involved in creating a sustained Alumni Association Chapter in Detroit. Pharmacy Career Day Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 9:00am - 4:00am in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center