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The News Magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Academic Pharmacy NOW Seated at the

Summer 2013 Volume 6 Issue 3

Tables of Influence

A new fellowship puts pharmacy in the national spotlight. 18

Also in this issue: 14 Inside AACP’s Recordbreaking Annual Meeting

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Discover · Learn · Care : Improve Health

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Departments 5 News Briefs

Features 14 Learning at Every Turn By Gerry Romano and Maureen Thielemans

8 Academy in Action • Research to Support a Significant Population

• Find the Inner Leader

12 Around the World • Opening Doors for

Opportunities Abroad

22 Members Working for You • The Commitment of a Lifetime By Kyle R. Bagin

23 Faculty News

Columns 3 Maine Message By Lucinda L. Maine 7 Will on the Hill

A Valuable Opportunity

By William G. Lang


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For the 2,314 pharmacy educators in attendance, the 2013 AACP Annual Meeting presented a learning and networking opportunity at every turn.

18 Seated at the Tables of Influence By Maureen Thielemans A new Institute of Medicine Fellowship provides pharmacy with the opportunity to make a significant impact at the national level.

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Dear Colleagues: I hope the energy emanating from the 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago propelled you through the first weeks of the fall semester. Whether you were among the 2,300 attendees at the record-breaking meeting or simply felt the contagious enthusiasm of colleagues as they returned to your institution, there is no question that the academic year in pharmacy truly begins at our conference. Plan now to attend the 2014 meeting in Grapevine, Texas, and watch our electronic newsletter for information about abstracts, special sessions, mini-sessions and roundtables. The first deadlines are in early December. AACP President Peggy Piascik, Ph.D., set the stage for a great year in 2013–14 with her committee charges and overall theme of “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence in Pharmacy Education.” Engaging with communities is particularly important to our work this year, and ensuring that faculty who commit their scholarly efforts in partnership with communities receive due recognition for their work is a priority. Committees will examine these issues from the advocacy, research and scholarship lenses. An exciting aspect of the Annual Meeting was the release of the new Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) competencies. Originally framed in 1994 with updates in 1998 and 2004, the competency statements influence curricula, accreditation and assessment activities for our member institutions. The new document, which can be found on our Web site at, affirms the importance of our foundational sciences and the focus on patient care, public health and systems management. But the 2012–13 panel took the competency map to the next level, going past the question, “What do pharmacists need to know?” to include sections that describe how we believe our graduates should act in contributing their talents to individuals and populations. AACP is launching many new activities as part of an expanded mission for the Center in partnership with our members. This issue of Academic Pharmacy Now includes an interview with Sam Johnson, the inaugural Institute of Medicine Anniversary Pharmacy Fellow. Johnson is a clinical pioneer in his pharmacogenomics practice at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. His two-year fellowship experience broadens his horizons for future career opportunities and brings pharmacy to several important initiatives inside the IOM. AACP is pleased to partner with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Research Corporation Technologies to endow the fellowship program. Many thanks to the individuals and institutions who have contributed to this fellowship fund as well. Sincerely,

Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph. CEO and Publisher

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News Briefs Medicare Part D Study Highlights NorthSouth Disparities

USC Receives $1.5 Million for International Research Collaboration

Patients’ access to diabetes and heart-failure drugs through Medicare plans in the first two years of the Part D option did not guarantee proper therapy, researchers at the University of Maryland (UM) found in a nationwide study. Medicare patients in the northern regions of the United States spent more for Part D drugs for the two conditions and tended to adhere better to taking the drugs than did patients in southern regions. All of the 10 lowest-spending areas were in southern states, and all of the 10 highest-spending areas were in northern or central states.

Thanks to a $1.5 million gift from University of Southern California Trustee Daniel M. Tsai, the School of Pharmacy will create a binational research center focused on a promising new lead in the fight against cancer. Researchers, based jointly at USC and in Taiwan, will explore the development of pharmaceuticals to target monoamine oxidase (MAO), a key enzyme that regulates brain function and may be linked to cancer risk. In recognition of the gift, a laboratory on USC’s Health Sciences Campus will be named the Daniel Tsai Laboratory for Translational Research.

“We think it is more patient behavior than physician behavior,” said Dr. Bruce Stuart, lead researcher and the Parke-Davis chair in geriatric pharmacotherapy at the UM School of Pharmacy. “We are trying to find out what [the] factors might be. Why would there be regional differences in terms of patient behavior?”

MAO plays a vital role in the deactivation of neurotransmitters, and too much or too little may be responsible for neurological disorders, which is why MAO inhibitors have long been used as antidepressants. Recent studies, however, show that MAO inhibitors also have the potential to hinder the development of cancer. Fellows at the new center will spend up to two years training in the School of Pharmacy’s laboratories.

Although the researchers couldn’t find much difference in who was taking the drugs, they found that among people who used them, regimen adherence was higher in the north and that made drug spending higher. By analyzing subsequent years of the Part D plan, Stuart hopes to reach conclusions regarding the impact on hospital costs and services utilization for people using and adhering to the heart and diabetes drug regimens.

Howard University Forges Partnership to Develop New Drugs Howard University College of Pharmacy signed a multiyear agreement with TNI BioTech Inc., a firm that develops immunotherapy drugs to treat patients with chronic diseases. The College of Pharmacy will assist in TNI BioTech’s efforts to provide affordable healthcare and help develop pharmaceutical skills among pharmacists in Africa.

New Respiratory Virus Targeted by Purdue Researchers Two Purdue University researchers who created compounds to block the SARS virus are now tackling the new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV. The team’s successful work on SARS paved the way for them to swiftly work on MERS-CoV, reducing key parts of the process from years to months, said Dr. Andrew Mesecar, the Walther Professor of Cancer Structural Biology and a professor of biological sciences and chemistry. Mesecar and Dr. Arun P. Ghosh, the Ian P. Rothwell Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, are testing compounds that could lead to potential treatments for the virus.

Sixty-one people have been infected by the virus, leading to 34 deaths, according to the most recent information from the CenThe college will support the development of new and commerters for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus can spread cial delivery forms of low-dose Naltrexone. Used to help peofrom person to person and causes severe respiratory illness. ple who have stopped drinking alcohol and are using opiates “While MERS-CoV appears to be more virulent than SARS, moto continue abstention, the drug could be effective in treating lecular scaffolds and design concepts that we developed against HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune SARS are very beneficial and timely,” Ghosh said. “Using our diseases. The college will also develop commercial forms of expertise in structure-based design and drug development, our Met-Enkephalin (MENK), a drug that enhances the immune team has already synthesized a number of specific MERS-CoV system. Combining MENK with a low dose of Naltrexone inhibitors.” could help treat other diseases. The agreement allows TNI BioTech to help the college obtain funding for the upgrade and further development of its Center for Drug Research. Once completed and qualified as a Current Good Manufacturing Practice facility, which means it adheres to regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, the center will serve TNI BioTech and other companies looking to manufacture products in the United States for distribution domestically and abroad.

University of the Pacific Scientists Discover Potential Heart-Failure Drug Researchers at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have discovered a drug that could potentially prevent familial amyloid cardiomyopathy and would be the first potential drug therapy for the disease. FAC is an inherited form of heart failure that affects

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news briefs nearly 4 percent of African Americans. Currently the only available cure is a combination of heart and liver transplant. Transthyretin (TTR) is a protein that is synthesized by the liver and secreted into the blood, where it acts as the primary carrier of vitamin A. TTR mutations cause the abnormal deposit of insoluble proteins called amyloid in the heart tissue. FAC occurs when the mutation causes the protein to unravel, allowing it to aggregate. The aggregation of the proteins attacks the normal tissues of the heart, thus causing heart failure. Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry Dr. Mamoun M. Alhamadsheh and his team, which included University of the Pacific graduate students and other researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and the Stanford School of Medicine, discovered AG10. It is a small molecule drug that effectively stabilized mutant TTR when tested in serum samples obtained from patients with FAC. The molecule is nontoxic in animals, making it attractive for pre-clinical evaluation.

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“This discovery will potentially help patients who suffer from other forms of TTR diseases that affect the peripheral nervous system,” said Alhamadsheh. “It has been suggested that TTR plays a protective role against Alzheimer’s disease.”

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A Valuable Opportunity As Congress and the Administration work toward reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, academic pharmacy can be a resource for advancing the quality of higher education. By William G. Lang Determining the value of higher education is not an easy task. Issues such as accelerated degrees, competency-based education, grade-inflation, distance education, technology-assisted education, massive-open-online-courses, performance-based funding, college ratings and STEM must all be considered— what else can you add to the list?

Act Accordingly With the value of higher education being a source of discussion across America and certainly within the United States Congress, how the list of issues above will be addressed in any resulting reauthorizing legislation remains uncertain. AACP has developed and shared an issue brief on education quality with congressional staff and joined other health professions education organizations in advocacy efforts around higher education issues. So begin the discussions that will prepare the way for the eventual reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Last authorized in 2008 with the passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (PL 110-315), the HEA was originally introduced and passed in 1965. The current authorization of the HEA expires in 2013. The Act is divided into a number of titles—many of which are important or relevant to graduate and professional education programs within colleges and schools of pharmacy. These include Title IV, which includes the student financial assistance programs and the program integrity provisions.

Strong Foundations It is important to remember that higher education, for all its perceived and real shortcomings, remains important as an opportunity for individual and national advancement. That opportunity established an inevitable tension between legislative and free-market approaches. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the HEA in 1965, he said, “I want to make it clear once and for all, here and now, so that all that can see can witness and all who can hear can hear, that the Federal Government—as long as I am President—intends to be a partner and not a boss in meeting our responsibilities to all the people. The Federal Government has neither the wish nor the power to dictate education.”

The issues influencing the current policy discussions around higher education are more complex than in 1965, but the need to participate and contribute remain the same. Ensuring the appropriate balance of legislation and free-market approaches will certainly take energy and evidence from academic pharmacy. William G. Lang is Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at AACP;

Resources The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Public Law 110-315

The Higher Education Act of 1965, Public Law 89-329 20USC 1001 et seq. section:1001 edition:prelim) OR (granuleid:USC-prelim-title20-section1001)&f=tr eesort&edition=prelim&num=0&jumpTo=true

Hearings of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce

Hearings of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

AACP Education Quality: Academic Pharmacy’s Collective and Individual Approaches to Meeting Public Needs and Expectations IssueBriefs/Pages/EducationQuality.aspx

AACP Higher Education Sign on Letters SignOnLetters/Pages/HigherEducation.aspx

Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks at Southwest Texas State College Upon Signing the Higher Education Act of 1965, November 8, 1965

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2013, ACT

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Research to Support a Significant Population Arab Americans in the Detroit area will benefit from improved care, thanks to a research fellowship. A new fellowship at Wayne State University (WSU) will help develop research expertise in community health outcomes for the high concentration of Arab Americans in southeast Michigan. Additionally, the research will advance the delivery of care from pharmacists to this significant population. The $225,000 gift from the Arab American Pharmacists Association will operate under the direction of Dr. Linda A. Jaber, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. The WSUAAPA fellowship is a two-year program that will begin by assessing the demographic, behavioral and health-related characteristics of Arab Americans in southeast Michigan. The fellow will determine how community pharmacies can help meet the health needs of this group and develop pharmacy-based patient care practices. Through earlier research, Jaber provided the first representative, population-based, cross-sectional estimates of diabetes incidence among Arab Americans, drawing national attention to health disparities affecting this group. “The WSU-AAPA fellowship is an excellent example of how we can interact with our community, the particular talents of our faculty, and the innovative thinking and commitment of our practitioner partners,” said Dr. Brian L. Crabtree, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Strengthening the Local Connection One of the fellow’s first steps will be to assess the healthcare needs of the Arab-American community. Community pharmacists will be surveyed regarding the help they need to deliver better care to this population. “There’s a lot of evidence of barriers to healthcare,” Jaber said. The fellow will also explore the differences between patients’ perceptions of the role of the community pharmacist and how trained pharmacists view their own roles. Bridging that gap is one of the fellowship’s goals, Jaber said, which can be accom-

WSU-AAPA Fellow Elizabeth Conger (left) with advisor and professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice Linda A. Jaber, Pharm.D. The fellowship is a two-year program that will begin by assessing the demographic, behavioral and health-related characteristics of Arab Americans in southeast Michigan.

plished by providing educational programs. “We believe we can improve self-management of diabetes and also start looking at other chronic diseases that affect this community,” she said. Immunization training is another option under consideration. Jaber also said there is a shift in healthcare policy toward community pharmacists. With diabetes, for example, “there are several services that can be conducted at the community level that can improve care,” including educating patients about risky behaviors. “Providing medication therapy management is very feasible at the community level.”

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Find the Inner Leader A University of Texas at Austin faculty member goes beyond the pharmacy curriculum to teach young women about leadership, effective communication and how to achieve their goals. Dr. Janet C. Walkow is determined to improve whatever situation she is in and enhance the lives of people around her. Whether that means engaging and motivating young women on the UT Austin campus or in disadvantaged situations in other countries, Walkow believes that women need encouragement to discover what they want in life and go after it. “Until you can lead yourself, you cannot lead anyone else,” Walkow said. “Everyone should be writing their own script.” Helping young women find their inner leader is her passion, which led to the creation of the Leading Women project.

Easing a Tough Transition Walkow is a clinical associate professor at the College of Pharmacy and the executive director and chief technological officer of the Drug Dynamics Institute. With her former RhonePoulenc Rorer pharmaceuticals colleague Christine Jacobs, Walkow co-founded Leading Women to help others realize and achieve personal goals. Leading Women draws on the cofounders’ personal leadership experiences, as well as stories from other women, to create a collection of resources, advice and anecdotes. Although Leading Women is currently separate from her work at UT Austin, Walkow hopes to eventually collaborate with groups on campus and spread her message of self-awareness. She and Jacobs are writing three books on women in leadership; the first one focuses on younger women. “There is a lot written about being a teenager and about being a 20-something,” Walkow said. She has found little, however, on how a young girl can transition effectively as she becomes a young woman. Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs Susan K. Brown said Walkow is always working on a new project and encouraging collaboration among people with similar interests. “She is a real champion for women and for women’s rights,” Brown said. “Especially with young girls, she aims to show that anything is possible and to promote women in science.”

Dr. Janet C. Walkow, clinical associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, is executive director of the Drug Dynamics Institute and co-founder of the Leading Women project. Leading Women draws on the co-founders’ personal leadership experiences, as well as stories from other women, to create a collection of resources, advice and anecdotes.


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Mentoring Makes a Difference Walkow understands that being a professor goes beyond classroom instruction to include serving in a mentor capacity. She takes time to connect with students to offer guidance and direction regarding their chosen career paths. Walkow has also visited women in various countries, using her organization and charitable services to help people in impoverished situations. Through her travels and mentorship with women, Walkow continually reflects on the crucial service element of her job. To learn more about Leading Women, visit



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Opening Doors for Opportunities Abroad Two pharmacy schools develop partnerships to expand their reach and enhance students’ experiences. Many graduate students who attend The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences come from the Middle East or other parts of the world. As such, expanding the college’s presence and recruitment efforts beyond U.S. borders increases enrollment in graduate programs and allows the college to reconnect with alumni. In late 2012, Dr. Johnnie L. Early II, dean of the college, along with Drs. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Sharrel Pinto and Youssef Sari, traveled to the Middle East to create and support some of the college’s educational and research partnerships. They visited Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan and Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre. The college’s relationship with Al-Zaytoonah University, a private institution in the capital city of Amman, Jordan, extends back 10 years and includes the exchange of ideas and knowledge that have strengthened pharmacy practice in Jordan and enhanced research in the United States. The partnership attracts students who are interested in graduate studies in the basic sciences. Al-Zaytoonah University and the UT college of pharmacy co-sponsored a conference in Jordan at which Early gave the keynote address. Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, presented her research on chemical toxicology and the etiology of cancer, while Pinto, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and research director for the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research Lab, spoke about the impact that practicing pharmacists can have on improving patient care and outcomes. Sari, assistant professor of pharmacology, presented his research on the treatment of alcoholism and neurodegenerative diseases. Additionally, a new Memorandum of Understanding between the college and the King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre in Saudi Arabia allows Doctor of Pharmacy students to complete

rotations at the institution. King Faisal is home to the first and only ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency program outside the United States, creating a unique opportunity for graduates who wish to practice abroad. The state-of-the-art hospital facilities and government support allow the institution to adopt a patient-centered medical home model.

A Hands-On Experience in Brazil The University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy partnered with Brazilian generic pharmaceutical company PratiDonaduzzi to provide student rotations in Brazil. The collaboration involves two American entities—H-E-B supermarkets and UIW— and two Brazilian organizations—Prati-Donaduzzi and the Catholic faith-based university Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana. The partnership with Prati-Donaduzzi will provide eight fourthyear student pharmacists with a fully paid six-week industrial rotation, bridging education and its application to comparative drug development with a global perspective. As part of this rotation, UIW students are enrolled in a concurrent course alongside Pontificia Universidade students and Prati-Donaduzzi regulatory affairs professionals. This course explores the harmonization of international regulatory affairs between the FDA and the Brazilian regulatory agency ANVISA. Students work in teams and those who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. According to Dr. Eli G. Phillips, assistant professor at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy, the program is unique because it involves this type of public/private collaboration to provide real-life practical and educational experiences pertaining to pharmaceutical regulation and the practice of pharmacy. One of the program’s goals is to foster regulatory professionals who are able to transcend international regulation to improve the quality of and access to healthcare. “UIW is embracing globalization by bringing together Brazilian and American students. These students will tackle the real-world needs of private organizations that need employees who can maneuver through complex regulations in both countries and develop solutions to product registration in Brazil and in the U.S.,” said Dr. Marcos A. Oliveira, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy. The eight Brazilian students will receive complementary experiences in the United States. Going forward, it is expected that this rotation will be offered to 12 UIW students per year. UIW Feik School of Pharmacy students and faculty, along with Prati-Donaduzzi representatives, gather to celebrate a unique partnership.


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y r e v e t a g n i n lear The 2013 AACP Annual Meeting presented learning and networking opportunities at every turn for more than 2,000 pharmacy educators. By Gerry Romano and Maureen Thielemans

A record-shattering 2,314 attendees stretched their minds, strengthened their skills, forged new friendships and celebrated pharmacy education during the learning-and-networking-packed 2013 AACP Annual Meeting. Innovative sessions delivered timely information on academic issues. Expert speakers offered observations, and colleagues connected to share ideas. Here are highlights of the conference, held July 13–17, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Dr. Salisa C. Westrick, associate professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, explains her poster to interested attendees. Posters included research and education abstracts from each of AACP’s eight sections as well as New Investigator, Innovations in Teaching and Excellence in Assessment award recipients.

turn shed Mission Accompli Opening the Annual Meeting, AACP President J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., highlighted the Association’s work in meeting the challenge he set forth a year ago: “to get to the right tables of influence in this era of remarkable change in healthcare, education and research.” Bootman, who serves as dean, College of Pharmacy, and professor of pharmacy, medicine and public health at The University of Arizona, noted that, “in each sector, there is a need for pharmacy educators to make contributions as part of collaborative teams to improve the value equation in discovery, learning and patient care. As I knew you would, the Academy responded in innumerable ways with advocacy and action at the local, state, national and international levels.


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“Our members,” he continued, “are providing great leadership in establishing new models of practice and creating the evidence that, when pharmacists have opportunities to add value in medication management and participate on interprofessional teams, the triple aim of better care, better health and lower costs can be achieved.” After noting the key achievements of each AACP standing committee [for details, see the standing committee reports by visiting the Governance section of], Bootman applauded the work of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) Outcomes Panel. This group addressed “two critical questions: What must the graduates of the future know as society’s medication-use specialists? And how best do they apply what they know to impact the outcomes of patients?” [To read the CAPE 2013 outcomes for pharmacy education, go to education/cape.]

ce Pursuing Excellen After the Opening General Session keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Kraft, a physician-scientist, inventor and innovator, addressed the crowd with an energetic and rousing analysis of how fastmoving technologies will impact the future of health and medicine, AACP President-elect Peggy Piascik, Ph.D., spoke to attendees at the first session of the House of Delegates. She noted that “academic pharmacy is at the crossroads of many avenues of change.” She listed several: “the continuing evolution of pharmacy as a profession, massive changes under way in how and to whom healthcare is delivered in America, and rapid change in higher education. This includes both the demand for greater accountability in higher education and innovation in delivery models to individualize and improve student

AACP Annual Meeting attendees were surrounded by learning at every opportunity. From innovative educational workshops to short, on-the-go video presentations, Pharmacy Education 2013 gave attendees valuable resources to support their work.

learning as well as to increase access to learning. We live in a time where change is the new constant, and we must continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.” Piascik, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, outlined priorities in support of her AACP presidential theme, “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence in Pharmacy Education,” noting that her priorities will build on those of prior presidents. “Our first priority area of excellence is technology-based education delivery,” she said. Her other priorities for her tenure as Association president include excellence in scholarship and technician training. In closing, Piascik commented, “The pursuit of excellence in pharmacy education requires that we continually spend time and energy to develop leaders for the Academy. …I ask each of you to consider how you can do more as a leader and mentor to promote excellence in pharmacy education. Without the mentoring and encouragement of a number of pharmacy faculty, I would not be here today as your President-elect.”

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Turn Science Takes Its The 2013 Science Plenary brought together some of the top minds in pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. Addressing a packed ballroom, keynote speaker Dr. Julie A. Johnson, dean and UF Research Foundation Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, spoke about the horizon of pharmacogenomics discovery and the clinical implementation of personalized medicine programs. But looking to the future also meant acknowledging the progress made over the last several years. When the Human Genome Project was completed in 2001, the report projected that by 2011, targeted drug discovery would be based on genetic findings. By 2020, it stated that pharmacogenomics, which is the use of a patient’s genetic information to treat disease states, will be the standard practice. Johnson pointed out that since the early 2000s, the cost and time needed to sequence the human genome have gone down significantly. In 2001, after 13 years and $2.7 billion, the Human Genome Project delivered one complete human genome. Currently, the same process costs less than $1,000 and can be completed in less than one day. Johnson stressed the importance of utilizing a patient’s human genome sequencing for all future healthcare decision-making. “If you have that genetic information, what should you do with that information?” As the Institute of Medicine anniversary pharmacy fellow and clinical pharmacy specialist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO), Dr. Samuel G. Johnson detailed his work to implement pharmacogenomics within KPCO and discussed opportunities for collaboration between health systems and academia. Dr. Larisa H. Cavallari, co-director of the Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Service, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, detailed the process used at UI Health to improve the safety and efficacy of warfarin use and described how the service provides the opportunity for student and trainee experience in pharmacogenetics.

Roles Examining Future Top: Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO, addresses the crowd at the final session of the House of Delegates at the 2013 Annual Meeting. In her remarks, she addressed “where we are as the members, leaders and staff of this fantastic organization.” Bottom: Outgoing AACP President J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., passes the gavel to current AACP President Peggy Piascik, Ph.D., at the final House of Delegates session. In an earlier speech, Piascik vowed to strengthen technology-based education delivery and build upon the successes of her predecessors.


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In a report to the House of Delegates during its final session, AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., posed questions to the delegates, including: “Is there an oversupply of pharmacists in the United States today? Yes or no?” After Maine considered the mixed responses, she said, “I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked that question on a weekly basis.” Acknowledging that the answer is complicated, Maine cited key intersecting components: “the retirement plans and timeframe of the graduates from the 60s and early 70s—the capitation era cohort of clinicians; the practice patterns of both men and women as professionals strive for that elusive work/life balance; and the alignment of payment and practice models that fully liberate the talents of our graduates to contribute to preventive, acute and chronic care to the full extent of their education and license.

“But my dear friend and former boss John Gans really nailed the answer,” Maine continued, “when he began reacting to the question of having too many pharmacists by asking, ‘Too many pharmacists to do what?’ That is really the key. “AACP’s advocacy work is aimed at the public and private sector changes that are needed to stimulate the phase change,” Maine continued. “Our work in interprofessional education and collaborative practice insists that pharmacists are an ever-present part of patient care teams because of the centrality of medication use. Our commitment to the work of the multi-organizational effort to advance provider status for pharmacists in federal, state and private health programs is steadfast. [AACP Vice President of Policy and Advocacy] Will Lang recently told our partners why this is such a clear priority for AACP: ‘Our members are already the pharmacists providing this exceptional level of patient care across all settings of practice. They need us to clear the regulatory path to ensure that nothing stands in the way of them being able to fully exercise their talents and to make sure that our graduates can, too.’ ” At the conclusion of four days of learning, networking, sharing and socializing, attendees returned to their home institutions armed with the latest tools and resources to be stronger leaders and better educators. As we look to Pharmacy Education 2014, the stage is set again for faculty and administrators to take advantage of countless professional development opportunities at every turn.

Keep Learning Annual Meeting session recordings are available in the AACP Online Learning Center at Also posted, at AM/2013/Pages/PresentationsHandouts.aspx, are presentations and handouts.

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Top: Dr. Sachin S. Devi, assistant professor and director of curriculum at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, talks with a colleague. The AACP Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for attendees to network and meet other pharmacy educators from around the country. Bottom: The Annual Meeting featured more than 35 exhibitors who were eager to share their latest pharmacy education tools with attendees.

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Save the Date Mark your calendar for the next AACP Annual Meeting, July 26-30, in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas area). Plans are already under way to make Pharmacy Education 2014 an outstanding event.

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Tables of Influence A new Institute of Medicine Fellowship provides pharmacy with the opportunity to make a significant impact at the national level. By Maureen Thielemans

Dr. Samuel G. Johnson wears multiple hats: clinical pharmacy specialist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, clinical assistant professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, avid social media user and pharmacogenomics expert. Last year he added another important designation to his credentials: Institute of Medicine (IOM) Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy. With a background in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, and specifically pharmacogenomics, Johnson’s research has focused on the best way to implement personalized medicine programs within the nation’s health systems. This means utilizing information about a patient, including factors such as family history, diseases and genetic data, to personalize care. “It’s not just about the basic science piece or the translational piece,” he said. “It’s about how we do this in the real world, with real patients, efficiently and cost effectively.” Academic Pharmacy Now takes a look at how Johnson is using this opportunity to move the needle when it comes to implementing pharmacogenomics programs in U.S. health systems and why it’s important to bring attention to the work of our members at the national level.

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Pharmacy Plays a Role

The IOM pharmacy fellowship is part of a broader fellowship program created to honor the IOM’s 35th anniversary by enabling talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in IOM initiatives and further their careers as future leaders in the field.

Through hour-long phone interviews with health system leaders and a few in-person site visits, Johnson identified some exemplary models of successful pharmacogenomics programs. The first is St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, which executed a vision that is pharmacist-led. Their program places a large emphasis on practice-based research and they’ve implemented a protocol to do pre-emptive genotyping with their predominantly pediatric patients. The genetic testing information for specific drug-gene pairs is combined with clinical decision support tools within the electronic medical record to optimize the use of this information. Additionally, St. Jude’s has an oversight committee that evaluates all the drug-gene pairs to determine which are clinically relevant, which means that having a specific genotype can change or alter care. They also collect information on other gene variants that they store in a research database.

In 2012, AACP president-elect J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., addressed the Academy at the Annual Meeting and led the charge to strengthen the IOM’s focus on critical pharmacy issues. “There has never been a more important time for academic pharmacy, and AACP specifically, to ‘get to all the right tables of influence at the right time.’ The good news is that we don’t come empty-handed. Our Association dedicates substantial time and effort to environmental scanning and the critical analysis of opportunities to advance pharmacy education, research and practice.” AACP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy endowed the fellowship with contributions of $150,000 each, and donations from Research Corporation Technologies and Academy members added additional support. “There are very few pharmacists elected to the Institute, which creates a tremendous opportunity for influence,” Johnson noted. “I hope to translate this experience to my colleagues and the trainees that I work with to illustrate the opportunity and hopefully inspire people to take advantage of it.”

Jumping In With Both Feet From the beginning of his tenure as the inaugural fellow, Johnson knew he wanted to be very active in the work of the IOM, and its roundtables provided him the first opportunity to do so. “I didn’t want to just shadow and attend meetings,” he said. The roundtable groups, which primarily facilitate discussion and commentary, schedule workshops around particular themes that are developed within smaller sub-groups of the roundtable membership. Johnson’s first project is as a member of the Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. One of the roundtable’s goals is to identify the best practices across the country for implementing pharmacogenomics or genomic medicine programs within health systems. “Through a landscape survey, I’m trying to recognize institutions that are innovative leaders in the field of genomic medicine,” he said. “Key questions we asked included: What elements are critical to a successful program implementation? What metrics did they use to define success? What was their timeframe?”


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Vanderbilt University Hospital has a similar approach but a different leadership strategy. Its PREDICT program is led by a group of physicians, and while pharmacists are involved, program leaders admit it was late in the game. They use a pharmacogenetics panel that provides information on up to 200 genes, and based on oversight and guidelines, they implement the drug pairs that are clinically actionable. Others are stored in a research database. Program leaders estimated that that they could save up to $5 million over a five-year period by implementing this pre-emptive genotype program and avoiding unnecessary adverse drug reactions. “This is not science fiction,” Johnson said. “This is happening now. The profession of pharmacy has a huge opportunity to latch on to pharmacogenomics and personalized healthcare, and that can be targeted at multiple levels—education, practice and advocacy.”

Applying Lessons Learned Throughout the fellowship, Johnson is bringing the knowledge and skills he’s learned back to his home institution. The University of Colorado school of pharmacy is revising and implementing a new curriculum, of which a pharmacogenomics course is required. “As part of this fellowship I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to the didactic portion and participate in the experiential education training of IPPE and APPE students specific to clinical pharmacogenomics. When you’re trying to implement something clinically, it’s invaluable to provide that experience to students and postgraduate trainees. This is where the rubber meets the road in clinical practice and patient care.” During the second year of Johnson’s fellowship, he’ll also participate in a consensus study within the IOM Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare, which is evaluating core metrics for quality healthcare across the United States. The study will provide evidence-based recommendations for which metrics should be used by our healthcare system to promote better health and assist the shift away from fee-forservice models and toward pay-for-quality models.

Culture Shock Johnson’s tenure as the IOM Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy will conclude next year, but he knows his work isn’t over. He’ll continue to learn from experts in the field, network with thought leaders and promote the importance of taking advantage of these opportunities to colleagues and students. “Culture trumps strategy every time,” he said. “The culture of our healthcare system, with respect to seats of power, heavily favors nursing and medical physicians, and so it is critical to develop positions and advance pharmacy to be at an equivalent role in the national healthcare culture. This is just one of the ways to do that.” Maureen Thielemans is Communications Manager at AACP and editor of Academic Pharmacy Now;

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The Commitment of a Lifetime By Kyle R. Bagin

After a career of service, a professor and department head is influencing big decisions in the name of pharmacy. Dr. Brian L. Erstad, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, has paid a lifetime of dues. As an active member of numerous professional organizations, he has been a member of the board of directors for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, held committee chair positions with the Society of Critical Care Medicine and served as a volunteer on many AACP sections and committees. So it’s no surprise that he’s answered the call to pharmacy service once more by accepting a role on the Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management (DSaRM) Advisory Committee. As one of just a few members with a Pharm.D., Erstad’s latest volunteer venture has positioned him as one of the main representatives of the field.

A Critical Mission The DSaRM Committee advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on best practices to ensure safe use and regulation of the drugs and other products for which the FDA has responsibility. Issues before the committee range from assessing the benefits and risks of marketing calcitonin salmon for post-menopausal women to evaluating the safety and labeling of testosterone undecanoate following severe reactions in clinical studies. Committee members are selected from nominations by professional societies, members of industry, advocacy groups or the individuals themselves. As one of 13 voting members, Erstad plays a key role in helping recognize and manage risks presented by the issues brought before the panel. And his background in pharmacy represents a powerful voice for the field. “When you’re the only pharmacist, or just one of a couple, you really do feel that you’re representing the profession. That’s why I need to make sure I pay my dues and do the homework ahead of time to try to make good decisions.” Despite the challenge, however, Erstad finds the committee appointment a rewarding answer to the call for service. “These are important decisions with all sorts of impact. You like to think that in some way, you’re contributing to the better use of medications.”


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The Consummate Interprofessional The interprofessional make-up of the committee is crucial, Erstad believes, as it represents a clinical setting. “There is a group dynamic where multiple heads are better than one in terms of thinking through some of these issues and making sure the right questions are being asked.” As medication use experts, pharmacists’ expertise touches upon countless larger issues facing the healthcare community and Erstad’s interest in medication errors and adverse drug events has helped his work on the committee. “Even though I happened to do studies in an intensive care unit or an emergency department, the fact is, they have applicability across the board.” Furthermore, his new position as department head has reaffirmed the importance of his committee work. “In my new role as administrator, I’m looking at things at a broader level. Medication errors and adverse drug events apply across all pharmacy.”

It’s a Long Way to the Top Erstad has certainly put in the work to be recognized with such an important position. He’s still unaware of who exactly nominated him for the committee, but surmises it stemmed from his broad obligation to professional service. “For younger people, it’s one to realize you don’t necessarily start at the top. There is something to be said for paying your dues and performing service at a variety of levels.” And while finding the position an honor and fulfilling his desire to serve the profession, the appointment isn’t without professional compensation. “For a moment in time, you feel like you’re almost the expert in some of these areas. Because you’ve prepared for it, you’ve listened to all these experts, you’ve been able to ask questions. It’s something I use for people in training, as an example of how service is not only a professional obligation, but a rewarding experience.” Kyle R. Bagin is Communications Assistant at AACP;

Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Appointments/Elections

• Angela C. Dominelli has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Albany College of Pharmacy.


• John J. Denio received the national Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award from the Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society.


• Amy Barton-Pai received a $153,630 grant from Forest Pharmaceuticals to conduct a Phase 1 pharmacokinetic study examining the removal of ceftaroline fosamil in critically ill patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy. • Karen Glass received a $353,400 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to identify new ways to prevent and treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia. • Michael Kane received a $44,875 grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb to study the effectiveness of the drug Bydureon for treating diabetes patients.

Auburn University Appointments/Elections

• Randall Clark was awarded an $865,784 cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Justice in response to a proposal titled “Forensic Chemistry of Substituted 1-Akyl-3 Acylindoles: Isomeric Synthetic Cannabinoids.” • Brent Fox received a $9,936 award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to develop the “2013 ASHP Survey of Pharmacy Informatics.” • Peter Panizzi received a $237,391 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research subcontract from the Lucigen Corporation for “Random Shear Shuttle BAC Libraries for Antimicrobial Discovery from Soil Metagenomes.” • Jingjing Qian received a $10,000 grant from AACP to study “Psychiatric Health Services Utilization and Spending Among Young Medicare Enrollees.” • Jayachandra Ramapuram received an award for $478,014 from NewGen BioPharma, Inc. The three-year project will conduct an “Evaluation of Topical Nanoformulations.” • William R. Ravis was the recipient a $13,365 grant from the Birmingham Racing Commission for the “Evaluation of the Pharmacokinetics of Cyclophosphamide in Horses.” • Salisa C. Westrick, Auburn University 2013 Competitive Outreach Scholarship Program, $19,990. A team of pharmacy students and a pharmacy resident are assisting Alabama senior citizens with Medicare Part D enrollment.


• Lea S. Eiland, clinical professor

• Charlotte Cheatham, coordinator of student services

• Wesley T. Lindsey, associate clinical professor


• Haley Phillippe, associate clinical professor

• Brent Fox, 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. • Richard Hansen was inducted as a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association at its annual meeting.


• Robert Arnold, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/National Institutes of Health, received $1,345,892 and $345,451 for “Secretory Phospholipases sPLA2 and their Receptors for Delivering Nanoparticles.”

• Lynn Stevenson, associate clinical professor


• Jimmy Harris, director of development

California Northstate University Appointments/Elections

• Ana Hincapie, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences • Douglas Ried, professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs

• Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd received a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation for a community pharmacy residency program.

• Velliyur Viswesh, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences

• Allison M. Chung was the recipient of a $6,000 Target community relations grant for a project titled “Stepping Up and Out MTM Services.”

• David Pearson, assistant dean for research affairs


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Campbell University

Duquesne University



• The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has awarded a $399,000 grant for Campbell University to partner with First Choice Community Health Centers for a collaborative project that will implement a diabetes navigator service program to high-risk patients with Type 2 diabetes. Brenda Jamerson, project director.


• Michael L. Adams was promoted to assistant dean for graduate and interprofessional education.

Concordia University Wisconsin Appointments/Elections

• Uvidelio Castillo, assistant professor of pharmacy science


• Christopher W. Cunningham, AACP New Investigator Award; $10,000; “Synthesis of Novel Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor Modulating Ligands.” • Christopher W. Cunningham, Naulin Foundation; $1,000: “Pilot Study Proposal: Fungal Bio-Remediation of the Great Lakes” and $1,000: “Pilot Study Proposal: Freshwater Sources of Natural Medicines.”


• Armin H. Gerhardt, associate professor of pharmacy science • Daniel S. Sem, professor of pharmacy science • Laura M. Traynor, associate professor pharmacy practice

Drake University Appointments/Elections

• Wendy C. Duncan, dean of Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. • Pramod B. Mahajan has been elected as the 2012-2013 chair-elect (2013-2014 chair) of the Pharmaceuticals in Global Health Focus Group of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Timothy E. Welty has been named chair of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Continuing Pharmacy Education Commission, serving a one-year term.


• Abebe E. Mengesha, principal investigator. Title of Description: Thermosensitive monoglycerides blend for local delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. Source: AACP New Investigator Award. Amount of award: $10,000; and principal investigator, title of description: Lipid-based Triggerable Drug Delivery Systems for Smart Medical System. Source: Iowa NASA EPSCoR Research Building Grant. Amount of award: $15,000.


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• Karen M. Fancher, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in oncology acute care.


• Carl A. Anderson, principal investigator. James K. Drennen, co-investigator. Project Title: Quality Risk Management Training for FDA Reviewers Training 25 FDA reviewers in QRMS review techniques. Period of Project: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Source: National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. Amount Granted 9/2012: $25,000. Total Grant: $25,000. • James K. Drennen, principal investigator. Project Title: Development of PAT Platform Technologies for Drug Manufacturing. Period of Project: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Source: National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. Amount Granted: 9/2012 $26,700. Total Grant: $26,700. • Aleem Gangjee, principal investigator. Project Title: Pneumocystis jirovecii Targeted Antiopportunistic Agents. Period of Project: February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2017. Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Amount Granted: Yr. 2 $342,672. (2/1/13–1/31/14) Total Grant: $1,903,735. • Aleem Gangjee, principal investigator. Larry H. Matherly, Charles Dann, co-investigators. Project Title: Purine Synthesis Inhibitors with Selective Folate Receptor Tumor Transport. Period of Project: February 5, 2013 to January 31, 2016. Source: National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute. Amount Granted 2/2013: 1,563,106. Total Grant: 1,563,106. • Suzanne Higginbotham, funded principal investigator. Project Title: Community Health Screenings in the Pittsburgh, PA Area. Period of Project: September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012. Source: NACDS Foundation. Amount Granted: $1,000. • Sean T. Lasota, principal investigator. Jamie L. McConaha, Kevin Lynch and Justine Whitehouse, co-investigators. Project Title: Establishing a Community-Based Medication Therapy Management Chronic Pain Consult Service: Determining the Psychosocial and Pharmacotherapeutic Benefits. Period of Project: February 2013-January 2014. Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation grant. Amount Granted: $492.00. Total Grant: $984.00. • Jamie L. McConaha, principal investigator. A. Kearney and Sean T. Lasota, co-investigators. Project Title: Evaluation of Pharmacist Impact on Inhaled Medication Adherence and Disease State Control in Adult Patients with Asthma. Period of Project: February 2013 to January 2014. Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation grant. Amount Granted: $500.00. Total Grant: $1,000.00.

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• Kevin J. Tidgewell and Benedict J. Kolber, principal investigators. Project Title: Cyanobacterial Natural Products to Treat Comorbid Pain and Depression. Period of Project: March 2013 to March 2015. Source: American Pain Society Keller Award. Amount Granted: $35,000. Total Grant: $35,000.

Howard University Appointments/Elections

• Oluwaranti R. Akiyode, director of professionalism and professional development • Daphne B. Bernard, associate dean for academic affairs and assessment • Youness R. Karodeh, assistant dean for student affairs

Mercer University Appointments/Elections

• Ayyappa Chaturvedula was invited to serve as co-chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.


• Ayyappa Chaturvedula received a $38,029 grant for “Development of pharmacometric models for antiviral therapies” from Johns Hopkins University. • Martin J. D’Souza received a five-year National Institute of Health R01 collaborative grant for $2,640,440 for “VLP Vaccine Technology.” • Maria M. Thurston, Vanthida Huang and Gina J. Ryan received an American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Networks seed grant for $1,547.60 for “Impact of health literacy on aspects of medication nonadherence reported by underserved patients with type 2 diabetes.”

Midwestern University/ Downers Grove Appointments/Elections

• Julie A. Fusco, president-elect, Illinois American Society of Consultant Pharmacists • Medha Joshi has been appointed to the editorial board of Enzyme Engineering.


• Anil Gulati has been awarded U.S. Patent #8349802 for his work “Methods and composition for contributing to the treatment of cancers.” He also received the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research Plaque of Honor for his work in New Paradigms in Toxicology and the Excellence in Scholarship: Most Outstanding Project by a Resident/Fellow PI award for “Effect of Medical Equipment on Concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds in Neonatal Incubators” at the Advocate Research Forum.

• Tudy Hodgman received the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Northeast Ohio Medical University Appointments/Elections

• Deepak Bhatia was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmacovigilance. • Matthew J. Hoover joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as assistant professor. • Jenna Schaffner joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as assistant professor.


• Altaf S. Darvesh and Timothy R. Ulbrich received the Most Influential Faculty/Professor award. • Brian McNeeley passed the BCPS examination. • Chrisovalantis Paxos passed the BCPS examination. • Mate Soric and Yanqiao Zhang received the Junior Faculty Excellence Award.


• Magdi Awad, Susan P. Bruce and Timothy R. Ulbrich were awarded $10,000 for their study “Impact of clinical pharmacy service on clinical measures in an underserved population” by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Intra-Partner Research Program. • The Silk Foundation awarded the NEOMED College of Pharmacy $50,000 for the Pharmacy Endowment fund by Silk Foundation.

Nova Southeastern University Appointments/Elections

• Lisa Deziel-Evans has been named dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Ohio Northern University Awards

• Ohio Northern University’s National Community Pharmacists Association Business Plan Team won the Ohio Pharmacists Association third annual Innovative Student Business Plan competition at the 135th OPA Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Presbyterian College Appointments/Elections

• L. Clifton Fuhrman has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Purdue University Appointments/Elections

• Robert L. Geahlen was appointed as a distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry.

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• Margie E. Snyder was appointed to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network Community Advisory Panel.


• Stephen R. Byrn received $25,000 from Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC., for “Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC.” • Noll L. Campbell received $18,352 from Indiana University School of Medicine for “Optimistic” and $56,487 from Indiana University for “Indiana Prospect.” • Mark S. Cushman received $43,000 from Indiana University for “Design and Synthesis of Norendoxifen Analogues with Duel Aromatase Inhibitory Activity and Estrogen Receptor Blocking Activity.” • Patricia L. Darbishire received $268,524 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a “Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program.” • Vincent J. Davisson received $161,170 from Amgen, Inc., for “Identification and Application of Cell-Based Assays for Lead Optimization Revision.” • Marlene O. Heeg received $124,980 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “Improving the Management of HIV-associated Diarrhea;” $123,980 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “Fecal Incontinence: Beyond Conservative Therapy;” and $178,100 from Pfizer Inc., for “Driving Smoking Cessation Among Customers of a Regional Supermarket Chain.” • Marlene O. Heeg also received $122,630 from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for “Improving Outcomes in Patients with Cushing’s Disease: An Expert Review of Updates and Implication to Clinical Practice;” $25,000 from Multi-Sponsored Industrials from “2012 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Centers for Educational Expertise and National Initiative;” $2,000,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “2012-2013 Hepatology Centers of Expertise HE National Educational Initiative;” and $299,905 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “Great Debates in Functional GI Disorders: Examining Controversial Aspects in the Management of Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) - American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2012 Satellite Symposium.” • John B. Hertig and Jaclyn A. Jeffries received $2,500 from University of Tennessee Research Corp for “The impact of Consumer Health Literacy on the Potential for Unintentional Overdose with Acetaminophen: Patients Perspectives.”

• Michael D. Murray, Noll L. Campbell, Kevin M. Sowinski and Zachary A. Weber received $136,664 from Regenstrief Institute for Health Care for “Merck Regenstrief Collaboration.” • Michael D. Murray received $34,421 from Indiana University for “NCRR Administrative Supplement to Advance Translational (T1 & T2) Research CI Net.” • Brian R. Overholser received $138,213 from PHS-NIH National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for “Probing the Atrial Arrhythmogenic Substrate with Sustained Adrenergic Stimulation.” • Daniel T. Smith received $303,189 from PHS-NIH National Institute Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Role of Acrolein in Spinal Cord Injury.” • Lynne S. Taylor received $85,000 from National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “Nonlinear Optical Imaging for Sensitive Detection of Crystallinity in Amorphous Formulations;” $994,000 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for “Engineering Research Center on Structural Organic Composites;” and $222,029 from Eli Lilly and Company for “High Energy Solids to Enhance and Maximize Biological Exposure of Poorly-Water Soluble Compounds.” • James E. Tisdale, Brian R. Overholser and Kevin M. Sowinski received $160,000 from Indiana Clinical & Translational Science Institute for “Sensitivity to Drug-Induced QT Interval Lengthening in Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction.”

Samford University Appointments/Elections

• Michael Hogue has assumed the interim dean position.

Shenandoah University Appointments/Elections

• Natalie J. Dearing has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • James S. Green has been appointed assistant dean of the Ashburn campus. • Tara L. Jenkins has been appointed as associate professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences. • Jamie R. Klucken has been appointed as assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacogenomics.

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• Sarah Parnapy Jawaid has been named to the inaugural class of Virginia Pharmacists Association “Top 10 Under 10.”


• Michelle L. Rager, Emily M. Scopelliti and Dawn E. Havrda received a Pfizer-awarded grant of $411,545 for the study titled “Improving Immunization Rates through Optimizing Pharmacy’s Role in Providing Immunization Services.”


• Nina Hengen has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences.

South Carolina College of Pharmacy Appointments/Elections

• Robert Davis, Kennedy Professor, professor, clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences • Stephanie Kirk, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes science


• Celeste Caulder, Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Award • Joseph T. DiPiro, Rho Chi Lecture Award • John J. Lemasters, Distinguished Scholar Award • Rick G. Schnellmann, Education Award


• C. James Chou, National Institutes of Health, $1.5 million, “Novel lysine deacetylase 6 Hsp domain inhibitors against AML.”

Sullivan University

Pharmacists Association Foundation Pinnacle Award for a Government Agency-Nonprofit Organization-Association.

The University of Georgia Appointments/Elections

• Susan C. Fagan has been named founding director of the Center for Pharmacy and Experimental Therapeutics at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU. She was also named the Medical College of Georgia’s assistant dean for pharmacy and experimental therapeutics. • Jake Galdo has been chosen for a position on the advisory panel on improving healthcare systems for the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.


• Susan C. Fagan received the title of distinguished research professor. • Cory Momany was named Teacher of the Year 2013. • Alvin Terry was named a Regents’ Professor by the University System of Georgia.


• Michael Bartlett received $37,435 from the Georgia Health Sciences University for the study of cholinesterase inhibitors, axonal transport and memory. • James V. Bruckner received $54,030 from the Consumer Specialty Product Association for characterization of potential age-related differences in the pharmacokinetics of pyrethroids in vivo, in situ and in vitro studies in rats and human systems. • Brian Cummings received $134,026 from Auburn University for the study of secretory phospholipases SPLA2 and their receptors for delivering nanoparticles.


• Azza El-Remessy received $283,500 from the National Institutes of Health for the study of molecular mechanisms of diabetic retinopathy.

• Walter D. Soja, interim dean and professor

• Susan C. Fagan received $247,331 from the National Institutes of Health for the study of mechanisms of vascular protection after ischemic stroke.

• Abeer M. Al-Ghananeem, professor and associate dean of research and graduate program


• Maria Lourdes Ceballos-Coronel, associate professor, assistant dean and chair, pharmaceutical sciences • Kimberly K. Daugherty, professor and assistant dean of academic affairs and assessment

• Cory Momany received $27,621 from the National Science Foundation for the study of structure and function of BENM and CATM, bacterial LYSR-type transcriptional regulators.

• Wasana K. Sumanasekera, associate professor

• Barbara Mysona, post-doc with Azza El-Remessy, received a fellowship for $46,624 from the American Heart Association for the study of the role of PRONGF/P75NATR in diabetes-induced barrier dysfunction.

The University of Arizona

The University of Iowa



• Misty M. Stutz, associate professor and assistant dean of experiential education

• The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Center received the 2013 American

• Susan S. Vos was elected coordinator-elect for the Preceptor Special Interest Group with the American

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Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.


• Paul W. Abramowitz will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from The University of Toledo. • Dennis K. Helling received the 2013 Remington Honor Medal by the American Pharmacists Association. • Ryan Jacobsen was selected to receive the Ben Pardini Interdisciplinary Teaching Award from The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.


• Maureen D. Donovan was awarded a University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination seed grant for her project “Enhanced CNS exposure to glyphosate following inhalation resulting from olfactory uptake.” She also received an award from the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education as part of an FDA U01 project. Her proposal “Pediatric Nasal Dosage Forms: In Vitro Characterization of Intranasal Deposition Patterns in Children for Optimal Delivery and Performance” was chosen by the FDA in the Open Proposals review area. • Jennifer Fiegel received a new two-year R21 award from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $405,652 for “Synergistic Drug Strategies Against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilms.” • Lawrence Fleckenstein was awarded a subcontract with Case Western Reserve University for his project “Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics Studies for Triple Drug Therapy to Treat Human Lymphatic Filariasis (LF): Diethylcarbamize (DEC), Albendazole (ALB) and Ivermectin (IVM) to Measure and Analyze Drug Levels.” • Peter Veng-Pedersen received a new subcontract from the Children’s Hospital Corporation in Boston for one year for $16,090 for “Prolonged and Severe Thrombocytopenia in Neonates.”


• Jay D. Currie, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science • Maureen D. Donovan, associate dean for undergraduate education • Larry Fleckenstein, interim chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics • Gary Milavetz, division head of applied clinical sciences • Aliasger Salem, head of the Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics • Amber M. Seaton, chief of staff • Bernard A. Sorofman, executive associate dean

The University of Mississippi Appointments/Elections

• Mohammad Khalid Ashfaq, principal scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research • Shabana Khan, principal scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research • Christopher R. McCurdy, professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and co-director of COBRE Core-NPN/Administrative Core • Daniel M. Riche, associate professor of pharmacy practice. • Donna West-Strum, chair and professor of pharmacy administration and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Kristine L. Willett, professor of pharmacology and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Jianping Zhao, research scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research


• Benjamin F. Banahan, principal investigator and Patrick Pace, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi Division of Medicaid/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Amount: $92,163. Title: Retrospective Drug Utilization Review, Support of the Drug Utilization Board and 2nd Level Appeal for Prior Authorization Process for the MS Division of Medicaid. • Ashley W. Ellis, principal investigator. Source of Award: National Association of Chain Drugstores Foundation. Amount: $2,500. Title: NACDS Foundation of Faculty Scholars Program. • Daneel Ferreira, principal investigator. Source of Award: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Amount: $120,000. Title: Human Urinary Metabolites Produced as a Result of Cranberry Juice Consumption. • Mark T. Hamann, principal investigator. Source of Award: Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Amount: $49,545. Title: Nicotianamine (NA) - A Natural Replacement for EDTA. • Melissa Jacob, principal investigator. Source of Award: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University/NIH. Amount: $13,660. Title: Development of New Agents Against Cryptococcal Infections. • Ikhlas A. Khan, principal investigator and Larry A. Walker, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Department of Agriculture/ARS. Amount: $91,199. Title: Discovery and Development of Natural Product-Based Insect Management Compounds for Medical, Veterinary and Urban Concern. • Ikhlas A. Khan and Troy Smillie, principal investigators. Source of Award: University of Illinois/National Institutes


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of Health. Amount: $170,353. Title: Botanical Estrogens: Mechanisms, Dose and Target Tissues. • Xing-Cong Li, principal investigator and Melissa Jacob, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Lucigen Corporation/National Institutes of Health. Amount: $200,000. Title: Random Shear Shuttle BAC Libraries for Antimicrobial Discovery from Soil Metagenomes. • Soumyajit Majumdar, principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Small Business Administration. Amount: $21,450. Title: Controlled Release Opthalmic Formulations. • David J. McCaffrey, principal investigator and Yi Yang, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Community Pharmacists Association. Amount: $5,000. Title: Adherence Environmental Scan and Literature Review. • S. Narasimha Murthy, principal investigator. Source of Award: National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Amount: $198,439. Title: A Novel Method to Treat Chronic Pain. Principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Small Business Administration. Amount: $10,868. Title: A Novel Approach to Treat Hypertrophic Scar. • Michael A. Repka, principal investigator. Source of Award: Evonik Cyro LLC. Amount: $38,400. Title: Investigation of Eudragit® Polymers for Sustained Release and TasteMasked Melt Extruded Matrices. • Michael A. Repka, principal investigator and Soumyajit Majumdar, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: BASF SE. Amount: $38,679. Title: Properties of HME Extruded Films Containing Kollidon VA-64 and New Polymer, Soluplus. • Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi Public Health Institute/Duke University/U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Amount: $39,083. Title: Southern United States Diabetes Coalition. • Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren S. Bloodworth, principal investigators. Source of Award: Delta Health Alliance/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Amount: $352,686. Title: Better Living Utilizing Electronic Systems (BLUES) in the Mississippi Delta. • Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Amount: $1,000. Title: NACDS Foundation Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs. • Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: ASHLIN Management Group, Inc./U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amount: $7,508. Title: HIV Testing and Linkage to Care in Community Pharmacies and Retail Clinics Project.

• Ziaeddin Shariat-Madar and John N. Daigle, principal investigators. Source of Award: NASA Space Grant. Amount: $36,366. Title: Lysosomal Dysfunction May Cause or Exacerbate Atrophy on a Cellular Level under Weightlessness Conditions. • Kayla R. Stover, principal investigator. Source of Award: Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs, Inc. Amount: $109,567. Title: Cardiac Toxicity of Echinocandin Antifungals Measured In Vivo and Ex Vivo. • Larry A. Walker, principal investigator. Source of Award: USDA, Agricultural Research Service. Amount: $474,946. Title: Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pharmaceutical and Agrichemical Applications. • Donna S. West-Strum, principal investigator. Source of Award: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Amount: $32,202. Title: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate Assistantship in Medication Safety and Outcomes. • Jordan K. Zjawiony, principal investigator. Source of Award: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/NIDA. Amount: $57,298. Title: Diterpenes as Selective Kappa Opioid Receptor Agents.


• Marvin C. Wilson, associate dean of academic and student affairs

The University of Montana Grants

• Philippe Diaz, The University of Montana-Missoula, has been awarded $4,800 from Stella Therapeutics for Synthesis of NMP192 Analogues.

The University of Tennessee Appointments/Elections

• Rex O. Brown was appointed director of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy’s International Experiential Education Program.


• Heather Draper and Christa M. George were named the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Student Government Association Executive Committee Excellence in Teaching Award winners. • James C. Eoff III was named a University of Tennessee Health Science Center distinguished professor.


• Wei Li and Duane Miller; NIH National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; $350,625; research to discover unique tissue-selective, nonhypercalcemic vitamin D receptor modulators for rheumatoid arthritis treatment. • Junling Wang; Pfizer for $144,840; Historical Cohort Study on Discontinuation/Interruption of Warfarin Therapy and Outcomes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. academic Pharmacy now  Summer 2013


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The University of Texas at Austin Appointments/Elections

• Patrick J. Davis was named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The University of Toledo Grants

• Salah-uddin Ahmed, principal investigator. Title: Regulation of IL-6 mediated tissue inflammation and tissue destruction by EGCG. Amount: $1,603,436.00 (Total costs over five years). Source: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Dates: April 1, 2013–March 31, 2018. • Ming Cheh Liu, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, $74,900.00, Ontogeny of the Phase II cytosolic sulfotransferases and adverse drug reactions.

Thomas Jefferson University Awards

• Ginah Nightingale has been selected to participate in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation’s Research Boot Camp.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Appointments/Elections

• James M. O’Donnell has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.



• Wojciech Krzyzanski, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • William A. Prescott Jr., vice chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice


• Wayne K. Anderson will retire at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year after serving 18 years as dean.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Appointments/Elections

• Christel D. Cater joined the college as student recruiter.


• Schwanda K. Flowers and Anne C. Pace received the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant, providing $50,000 to expand opportunities for residency partnerships in the state. • Howard Hendrickson was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant of almost $200,000 from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in collaboration with Randy Beavers. The grant is accompanied by another grant from the UAMS Translational Research Institute of $30,000. Other collaborators on this grant include Bill Gurley and Guangrong Zheng.


• Larry D. Milne completed 36 years of service to the university in June.

• Peter M. Brody Jr. and student Margaret Miklich, received the 2013 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Million Hearts Award.

University of California, San Francisco

• Jack Brown received the 2012 New York State American College of Clinical Pharmacy Researcher of the Year Award.


• Erin Slazak received the 2012 Lambda Kappa Sigma Female Pharmacist of the Year Award.


• Joseph P. Balthasar received a $314,262 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “PTD-mediated protein or drug delivery for cancer therapy,” July 1, 2012–June 30, 2016. • Qing Ma received a $599,040 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Antiretroviral pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics and toxicity in neuroAIDS,” July 1, 2012–June 30, 2017. • Scott Monte received a $177,175 grant from the National Community of Chain Drug Stores “Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project,” June 2012–June 2015.


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• B. Joseph Guglielmo, dean, School of Pharmacy


• Adam R. Abate received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. • Kathryn Phillips will lead a four-year, $2.4 million project “Benefit-Risk Tradeoffs for Whole Genome Sequencing,” funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

University of Connecticut Appointments/Elections

• John B. Morris was named interim dean of the UConn School of Pharmacy.

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University of Houston Appointments/Elections

• Julianna Fernandez, clinical assistant professor • Marc L. Fleming, assistant professor

• Dejan Nikolic is a recipient of the Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North American.


• Bradley McConnell, Journal of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacology editorial board

• Maria Barbolina received a grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund through its Liz Tilberis Scholars Program. She will receive $150,000 annually for three years for her project “Chemokine-Dependent Control of Survival in Ovarian Carcinoma.”

• Samina Salim, Journal of Biochemical and Pharmacological Research and the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology editorial boards

• Michael Federle received a five-year, $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant for his project “Signal Jamming of Bacterial Pathogens as an Antivirulence Strategy.”

• Vincent H. Tam, associate editor of the Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance

• Hyun-Young Jeong is a subcontract co-investigator on an NIH-funded project “Design and Synthesis of Nonpeptide Protease Inhibitors.”

• Tahir Hussain, professor

• Matthew Wanat, clinical assistant professor


• Rajender R. Aparasu; Agency for Health Research and Quality; $872,000; “Anticholinergics and Cognitive Decline in the Elderly with Depression.”

• Alan Kozikowski received a five-year, $398,226 R01 grant from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Optimization of HDAC6 Inhibitors in the Treatment of CMT.”

• Marc L. Fleming; 2013 Postgraduate Best Podium Presentation; Academy of Research & Science’s Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences section; American Pharmacists Association

• Alexander S. Mankin and co-principal investigator Nora Vazquez-Laslop received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Specific Interactions of the Ribosome with the Nascent Peptide.”

• Svetlana B. Tikunova; National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute; $451,000; “Molecular Mechanism of Dilated Cardiomyopathy”

• Edith Nutescu received funding in the amount of $526,567 from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for her four-year project “Patient-Centered Anticoagulation Self-Monitoring in Minority Patients.”

• Anne M. Tucker; team member/co-recipient (Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center); 2013 Clinical Nutrition Support Team of Distinction Award; American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition


• Kimberly K. Birtcher, clinical professor • Elizabeth A. Coyle, clinical professor • Nancy D. Ordonez, clinical associate professor • Andrea L. Smesny, clinical associate professor

University of Illinois at Chicago Appointments/Elections

• Janet P. Engle was appointed vice chair/chair-elect of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education International Commission.


• Seungpyo Hong won the Rising Star 2012 Researcher of the Year award from UIC’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. • Alexander S. Mankin has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the AACP Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award. • Charles E. McPherson III was honored as a Black History Maker by UIC’s Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks.

• Zain Paroo received a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society for his project on a genetic screen for human micronases. • Simon Pickard and Robert DiDomenico are coinvestigators on a grant “Patient navigators to reduce readmissions,” funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The principal investigator is Jerry Krishnan and the total award is in excess of $2 million for the three-year project. • Richard van Breemen received a five-year, $2.1-million T32 grant from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. • Nora Vazquez-Laslop and Alexander S. Mankin received a four-year, $303,050 R01 grant from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences for their project “Molecular Mechanisms of Action of Macrolide Antibiotics.” • Surrey Walton is a subcontract principal investigator on a NIH-funded project “Methodological Development for Cost Effectiveness Assessment of CPHHD Projects.” • Faculty from the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research were recently awarded a subcontract to perform work on the FDA-funded MiniSentinel Program, led by Glen T. Schumock. • Two UIC COP research teams received UIC Office of

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Technology Management’s fall 2012 Proof of Concept Gap Funding Awards. Seungpyo Hong was recognized for his project “Development of a Biomimetic Device Prototype for Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells” and Gregory Thatcher and Debra Tonetti for their project “Therapies Associated With Modulation and Mimicry of Hormone Actions.”

University of Maryland Appointments/Elections

• Hazem E. Hassan has been named a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Vijay Ivaturi has been named a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. • Francis B. Palumbo was named to the editorial board of the journal Food and Drug Law. • Fadia Shaya has been elected to the board of directors of the Quality Health Foundation. • Deanna Tran has been named chair of the Education and Professional Development Standing Committee of the American Pharmacists Association’s New Practitioner Advisory Committee.


• Susan C. dosReis and Raymond C. Love were co-recipients of the 2013 Alma Troccoli Service Award from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. • Amy Ives has been accepted to the MedStar Health Teaching Scholars Medical Education Research Certificate program. • Amy Ives, Deborah A. Sturpe, Livia R. Macedo and thirdyear student pharmacist Jessica I. Pyhtila were selected for the 2013 AACP/Walmart Scholars Program. • Pedro Lopes, Alexander MacKerell and Angela Wilks received a Canadian patent for “Heme Oxygenase Inhibitors, Screening Methods for Heme Oxygenase Inhibitors and Methods of Use of Heme Oxygenase Inhibitors for Antimicrobial Therapy.” • Alexander MacKerell received a United States Patent for “Small Molecule Inhibitors of BCL6.” • Mary Lynn McPherson received the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from AACP. • Jill A. Morgan received the Maryland Pharmacists Association’s Mentor Award. • Francis B. Palumbo has been named Honorary President of the Maryland Pharmacists Association. • Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner received the American Pharmacists Association’s 2013 Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award. She also received the Maryland Pharmacists Association’s Seidman Award. • Deanna Tran has been named a “10 Under 10” by the


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Virginia Pharmacists Association Academy of New Practitioners. • Julie Zito and Dinci Pennap received an Innovation Award from the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation for “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Pediatric Antipsychotic Use by FDAlabeled Status.”


• Bruce Anderson received $1,587,594 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Toxic Exposures that Occur in Children.” • Susan C. dosReis received $94,092 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Community Alternatives to Psychiatric and Residential Treatment Facilities Demonstration Waiver Program Management.” • Steven Fletcher received $37,140 from Convergene LLC for “Optimization of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the BRD4 Protein.” • Jogarao Gobburu received $60,884 from Eli Lilly Research Labs for “Development of a Model-based Insulin Dosing Calculator, Framework, and Algorithms to Support Development of Integrated Glucose Control Devices” and $40,562 from Medicines360 for “Levonorgestrel Releasing Intrauterine Device.” • Stephen Hoag received $15,040 from the University of Antwerp for “Nasal Spray Device Manufacture” and $42,501 from U.S. Pharmacopeia for “Development of a Spectral Database for Excipients, Drug Substances, and Drug Products.” • Thiyagu Rajakannan received $50,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Feasibility of Patient-Centered Tools for Improving Medication Adherence in Pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” • Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner received $100,000 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “P3 Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management Services for Cardiovascular Disease Management Program” and $157,843 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Clinical Pharmacy Services.” She also received $48,195 from MedStar Health Incorporated for “Georgetown University Hospital” and $272,808 from Giant Maryland. • Jana Shen received $324,858 from the National Science Foundation for “Electrostatic Mechanisms in Protein Stability.” • Bruce Stuart received $25,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Assessing Out-Of-Plan Drug Use by Medicare Part D Enrollees” and $45,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Medication Adherence and Medicare

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Expenditures among Beneficiaries with Diabetes.” • Deanna Tran received $1,000 from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for “Million Hearts 2013 Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs.” • Mona L. Tsoukleris received $59,823 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “RX for Asthma - Comprehensive Asthma Medication Therapy Management.” • Kathryn Walker received $280,738 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Controlled Dangerous Substance Emergency Preparedness Plan.” • Bruce Yu received $357,746 from the National Science Foundation for “Engineering Fluorinated Paramagnetic Complexes for Multichromic 19F MRI” and $38,285 from the University of Maryland, College Park for “Engineering Fluorinated Paramagnetic Complexes for Multichromic 19F MRI.” • Ilene H. Zuckerman received $200,000 from Philips Healthcare for “eICU Research Studies” and $301,811 from the Maryland Health Care Commission for “Memorandum of Understanding - Maryland Patient-Centered Medical Home Shared Savings.”

Virginia Commonwealth University Appointments/Elections

• Rollin L. Ballentine, co-chairman of the Richmond Metro Division of the American Cancer Society. • Donald F. Brophy, first Nancy and Ronald McFarlane Professor of Pharmacy recipient and inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow.


• Krista L. Donohoe, certified geriatric pharmacist • Sharon S. Gatewood, American Pharmacists Association’s Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award. • Lemont Kier, American Association of Nurse Anesthesia’s Didactic Instructor of the Year Award. • Diana R. Mack, 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.


• Phillip M. Gerk, associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmaceutics.

University of Southern California

• Matthew S. Halquist, research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics.


• Mary Jayne Kennedy, associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Sciences.

• Steven W. Chen received the Individual Award for Career Achievement at the 2013 APhA Foundation Pinnacle Awards.

University of Washington Appointments/Elections

• Nikki Klatt has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pharmaceutics.


• Carlos Catalano received a Volunteer Recognition Award at the UW Health Sciences 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute. • Nina Isoherranen will receive the Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. • A posthumous Dean’s Recognition Award was given to Sid Nelson by the American College of Apothecaries. • Sean Sullivan was named to the Rho Chi Society Alumni Honor Roll at the American Pharmacists Association meeting.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Appointments/Elections

• Jeanette C. Roberts has agreed to stay on another year as dean of the School of Pharmacy.

• Jurgen Venitz, professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Washington State University Appointments/Elections

• Danial E. Baker re-appointed as a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists through 2017. • Logan Battrell, research technician, pharmaceutical sciences • Jonah Hocum, research technician, pharmaceutical sciences • Joshua J. Neumiller appointed to the 2013 advisory board for American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Geriatric Pharmacy Review curriculum and contributing editor for U.S. Pharmacist. • Mary F. Paine, associate professor, clinical pharmacology • Tracy L. Skaer appointed as a member of the editorial board for Pain Studies and Treatment.


• K. Michael Gibson, $743,974 grant from National Institutes of Health to test an experimental drug’s effectiveness on succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency, an inherited disorder with characteristics of autism and epilepsy. • Grant D. Trobridge, $1.6 million grant from National In-

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stitutes of Health to continue investigating of gene therapy for HIV and AIDS. • Lisa J. Woodard, $33,847 grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation for a project “Diabetes Prevention in Pharmacies.”

West Virginia University Appointments/Elections

• Charles K. Babcock was certified in Advanced Geriatric Skills by the WV Geriatric Education Center. • Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy. • Allie Karshenas, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, and director, Clinical Operations, Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center Certifications. • Kimberly M. Kelly was invited to serve on grant review panels by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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• Charles D. Ponte was selected as a member of the Practice Task Force of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.


• Gina M. Baugh received the 2013 West Virginia Campus Compact Engaged Educator Award from the WVU Center for Civic Engagement.


• S. Suresh Madhavan received $447,273 from Molina Medicaid Solutions, Inc., for “Molina Pharmacy Provider Call Center.” • Rae R. Matsumoto was awarded $36,345 from Avanir for her research “Evaluation of Pharmacological Actions of Putative Sigma-1 Receptor Ligands.” • Usha Sambamoorthi was awarded $149,999 from SanofiAventis for her research “Patterns and Outcomes of Diabetes Treatments in Elderly Diabetes- Human Database Analysis.”


• Gina M. Baugh, clinical associate professor


• Paula Jo Meyer-Stout, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences • W. Clarke Ridgway retired after 31 years of service to WVU and the School of Pharmacy and has been named an emeritus professor.


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