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The News Magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Academic Pharmacy NOW

Oct | Nov | Dec 2010

Volume 3 Issue 4

addressing the needs of patients through

Medication Therapy Management

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

table of contents

News in Brief 5


News Briefs

Working Together to Provide MTM

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In Memoriam


South Carolina Alumni Seek to Transform Pharmacy Education


2010 AACP Election Winners


Walmart Scholars Reflect on Annual Meeting Experience

Capitol Hill News


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Faculty News 33 35

Faculty News Members Working for You


NIH Pharmacogenomics Research Network

More Member Institutions Join CTSA Consortium


Photo Credits Cau Mem tion: ber Wor s at k

Front cover:

Page 27: University of Washington

Page 8: University of Kentucky

Page 35: University of Minnesota

Page 9: University of Maryland

Back cover:

Pages 12–13: South Carolina College of Pharmacy Page 16: Steve Schneider Photography Page 20: The University of Arizona Page 21: Western University of Health Sciences Page 22: University of Louisiana at Monroe Page 23: April Frawley Birdwell, University of Florida Page 26: Top: Sarah Kiewel, University of Florida; Bottom: University of California, San Francisco





letter from the editor

Dear Colleagues: Many of us pause as we near the end of the year to reflect on the most significant events of the last 12 months. I’ve pledged not to talk any more about weather (e.g., snow) or how fast time seems to pass these days (e.g., age). I hope you share my perspective that 2010 has been a most amazing year for pharmacy education! As is its purpose, this issue of Academic Pharmacy Now (APN) brings attention to some of the exciting areas of progress at member institutions. 2010 was a year of maturation for much-needed recognition outside of pharmacy that the patient care services offered by our faculty and our graduates are essential to quality healthcare. I cite the publications of colleagues Dr. Marie A. Smith from the University of Connecticut in Health Affairs and Dr. Marie A. Chisholm-Burns from The University of Arizona in Medical Care as examples of significant contributions published in highly-respected health policy journals as just two of many examples of important contributions to the base of evidence that medication therapy management services (MTM) offered by pharmacists positively impact patient outcomes. U.S. News and World Report and Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek extended the reach of the Chisholm-Burns’ systematic review by including citations of her work in their respected business news. These add heft to the work of the 2009–10 standing committees, which critically examined pharmacists’ contributions to primary care. This issue takes a fresh look at the many faces of medication therapy management services offered by faculty at our colleges and schools of pharmacy. Some programs have national reach and significance. Others focus on the most important needs within the local community. Some are grounded in traditional practice environments. Others command technology and potentially reach hundreds of thousands of patients, if not millions. The common thread is that pharmacists are critically examining the medication regimens of real people, identifying opportunities to modify therapy and touching lives to improve patients’ health. We had such an excellent response to our call for examples of MTM practices that they will span multiple issues of APN. Tomorrow’s medication use issues and the role of pharmacogenomics in optimizing care of important populations is also a feature of this issue. Congratulations to investigators from the University of Florida, University of California, San Francisco, The University of Tennessee/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Washington and The Ohio State University on significant grants from the National Institutes of Health to advance your work as part of the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), a nationwide collaborative of scientists focused on understanding how genes affect a person’s response to medicines. Whether the target is chronic illness, children, ethnic populations or drug transport, the insights of this work will change the landscape of healthcare over the next several years and decades. We also pause at this time of the year to reflect on those we’ve lost. Both Don Fedder and Tom Foster were special friends and important colleagues. They and others will be sorely missed. As you submit your final grades, polish and submit that last manuscript for 2010 or wish your last patient good health, please accept my thanks for all you do to make our world a better, safer and healthier place for so many. Best wishes for wonderful holidays and an exciting 2011! Sincerely,

Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph. Executive Vice President and CEO



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news in brief

News Briefs COD-COF Joint Task Force on Faculty Workforce Issues Two New Reports The AACP Councils of Deans and Faculties have issued new reports in response to two charges established by the CODCOF Joint Task Force on Faculty Workforce. Special Report on Pharmacy Faculty Workplace Issues: Findings from the 2009–2010 COD-COF Joint Task Force on Faculty Workforce identifies mechanisms, resources and policies that colleges and schools of pharmacy could develop and implement to enhance the quality of work life of faculty. The Joint Task Force examined a sizeable portion of the existing literature on faculty workforce issues, including the work of previous task forces charged by AACP. The result was a focus on four unique, but interrelated concepts: organizational culture/ climate, role of the department chair, faculty recruitment and faculty retention. The paper, authored by Dr. Shane P. Desselle et al., associate dean for Tulsa programs, professor and chair at The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, reports on the findings of the Task Force and proffers specific recommendations to AACP and to colleges and schools of pharmacy. A Survey of US Pharmacy Deans: Continued Growth in Pharmacy Education and Research Is Projected for 2010–2015 addresses the charge to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Association’s current mechanisms to identify faculty supply and demand, and project the future needs of the Academy. The paper, authored by Dr. Katherine K. Knapp et al., analyzed survey data from U.S. pharmacy deans to explore projected growth in pharmacy education and research from 2010 to 2015 relative to internal and external environmental factors. To read both reports, visit councildeans/Documents/WhitePaperonTaskForceIssues3. pdf and uments/1021010AACPgrowthsurveypaper13.pdf.

Maryland Researcher Receives Award to Develop Medication for Cocaine Addiction The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has received a prestigious $3.7 million grant to develop a drug to treat cocaine addiction based on a molecule originally discovered in the extract of Chinese herbs. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded the five-year research grant to Dr. Jia

Bei Wang, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy. Wang and her collaborators from the university’s schools of pharmacy and medicine will develop a drug from a compound called l-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP), which is the active ingredient in some Chinese medicines. Under the grant, the team also plans to conduct human trials to test the effectiveness of the new drug. If proven effective, it will be the first drug developed and approved in the United States, and possibly anywhere in the world, to treat cocaine addiction. The grant is the largest ever received from NIH by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

LECOM Joins Effort to Make Erie a World Health Organization Safe Community Erie County Health Department officials received a World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Community designation at the end of October following a visit from two WHO representatives last fall. Administrators and faculty members from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and School of Pharmacy joined other community leaders in making a convincing pitch to the WHO visitors as they learned what the Erie community is doing to keep its residents healthy and safe. LECOM officials and faculty members were instrumental in helping the Erie Safe Kids program showcase the college’s efforts to improve health and wellness in the community. Shelli Stephens-Stidham, an injury prevention expert from Dallas, Texas, and Barry King, a retired police chief from Guelph, Ontario, made the trip to Erie on behalf of WHO. Dr. Kimberly A. Burns, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the LECOM School of Pharmacy, told the WHO representatives about LECOM’s efforts to promote poison prevention throughout the community. “At LECOM we really do believe that the community is our campus,” said Burns. “We want to instill in our students the importance of service to our community.”

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Joins with Singapore University The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is looking to the east to give its student pharmacists more opportunities.



news in brief

The university’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy is in the early stages of planning a joint pharmacy degree with the National University of Singapore (NUS). The specifics of the program are unknown, as administrators are still assessing the pros and cons of the partnership. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp and the NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan have endorsed a letter of intent, but the joint degree likely will not be launched until 2013 or 2014, pharmacy school Dean Robert A. Blouin said. Establishing a footprint in Asia will yield dividends for the state economy in many ways, he added. “Many businesses and universities are trying to figure out how to view themselves in the flat world,” Dr. Blouin said. “The UNC brand in Singapore will be powerful and helpful.”

UT Austin Researchers Expand Cancer Research with $3.3 Million in Grants Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) received $3.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to train a new generation of cancer researchers and study processes related to cancer cell growth and death. Dr. John DiGiovanni, professor of pharmacy and nutritional sciences, and Dr. Jonathan Sessler, professor of chemistry, were awarded $2.5 million to establish The University of Texas at Austin Cancer Research Training Program. The program, which will be administered by the Texas Institute for Drug and Diagnostic Development, will focus on training undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral preclinical cancer researchers. The program’s team-oriented approach to cancer education and research will lead to progress that might not be possible through the traditional single researcher model. It will also be enhanced by a close connection to researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and will provide summer support for undergraduates from institutions outside of UT Austin.

University of Minnesota Team Wins ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge The student team from the University of Minnesota is the winner of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) first annual Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. Team members Lacy Ternes, team leader, Camille Beauduy and Ramy Elshaboury each receive a $500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque, and have the honor of bringing the championship trophy home to their college of pharmacy.



Team Minnesota withstood challenges from 93 other student teams representing 74 colleges and schools of pharmacy in this first offering of ACCP’s student competition. The two preliminary rounds of the competition were conducted virtually. Of the 48 teams that progressed to the second online round of the competition, the top four advanced to the semifinals, conducted live at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Developed in concept by the National StuNet Advisory Committee, the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge is a team-based competition. Teams of three students compete against teams from other colleges and schools of pharmacy in a quiz bowl– type format. Each round of the competition consists of questions offered in the following segments: trivia/lightning, clinical case and Jeopardy-style. To accommodate a larger field of participants, ACCP plans to expand next year’s competition to include additional online and live rounds.

Report Asserts That Higher Education Workforce Confident About Retirement The college and university workforce is more confident regarding its prospects for a financially secure retirement than American workers in general, said the TIAA-CREF report, Retirement Confidence on Campus: The 2010 Higher Education Retirement Confidence Survey, issued in June 2010. The college and university workforce (faculty, administrators and other staff) was surveyed by the TIAA-CREF Institute regarding individuals’ financial preparations for retirement and confidence in their retirement income prospects. The report examines the retirement planning, saving and investing behavior of higher education employees, including items such as the use of advice and plans for converting savings to income during retirement. Twenty-six percent of higher education employees are very confident in their retirement income prospects and an additional 54 percent are somewhat confident. The comparable figures for U.S. workers are 16 percent and 38 percent, respectively. College and university workers appear to be doing a better job of planning and saving for retirement—95 percent have saved for their retirement and among these, 94 percent are currently saving. In contrast, 60 percent of U.S. workers are currently saving for retirement. Sixty-one percent of the higher education workforce has tried to determine how much they need to accumulate to fund a comfortable retirement, and these individuals have greater confidence that they are saving the right amount.

news in brief

‘Future Pharmacists Program’ Debuts at Long Island University The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University’s (LIU) Brooklyn Campus, along with the Campus’s Liberty Partnership Program, unveiled a “Future Pharmacists Program” this summer, designed to expose high school students from traditionally underserved groups and neighborhoods to careers in pharmacy. Students enrolled in the Future Pharmacists Program will continue to participate during the current academic school year and a summer program will be available again in July 2011. “The College of Pharmacy has a significant commitment to increase the enrollment of minority and at-risk students,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Stephen M. Gross. “The pharmacy profession provides a unique opportunity to ensure that such students gain access to the health professions so that they can serve their communities.”

Created for junior and senior students from high schools in Brooklyn, the program is funded by the New York State Education Department. Designed by Dean Gross and Assistant Dean Lorraine Cicero, it consists of three segments: The Changing Role of the Pharmacist; Careers in Pharmacy; and Educational Preparation for Pharmacy College and Career Development. Sessions include presentations from distinguished pharmacy practitioners; panel discussions with student pharmacists; career workshops; laboratory experiences in searching drug information databases and preparing ointment prescriptions in the compounding laboratory. The Future Pharmacists Program is presented by the College of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Haley Group and the Long Island University’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs.

NACDS Foundation Unveils $1.5 Million in Grants for Community Pharmacy Residencies The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation has announced that it will contribute $1.5 million in grants to expand the availability of Community Pharmacy Residency Programs (CPRP) for pharmacy graduates—the single largest grant ever dedicated to community pharmacy residencies. “The NACDS Foundation is pleased to help support the growth of community pharmacy residencies. These programs have been integral in enhancing patient care services and integrating these services into the community pharmacy practice setting,” said NACDS Foundation President Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM. Residency programs are designed to hone a resident’s patient care abilities and to strengthen his/her skills as a leader, innovator and agent of change in community pharmacy practice. Pharmacy residencies represent an advanced educational opportunity for a pharmacy graduate to work under the supervision of clinical pharmacists in the community pharmacy setting. Residents provide direct patient care and develop patient care services with pharmacist preceptor oversight.

Reports have indicated that the current totals of existing residencies have been unable to keep up with graduate demand by a wide margin. Funding has been identified as a major barrier to the development of new CPRPs. Through its contribution, as well as support from AACP and academic pharmacy, the Foundation seeks to jumpstart 30 new community pharmacy residencies nationwide—a 25 percent increase in total residency positions. The grants will enhance patient access to innovative pharmacist-provided clinical services in community pharma­cies, and produce valuable research on medication adherence, medication therapy management and other services through required CPRP residency research projects. Information on the grant application process will be made available in February 2011. The first residencies created through the NACDS Foundation program are expected to be filled in 2012.



news in brief

AJPE Article Explores Medication Therapy Management Training in the Classroom This issue of Academic Pharmacy Now highlights some of the partnerships between third-party payers and colleges and schools of pharmacy that provide critical medication therapy management (MTM) services to patients in their communities. In the most recent issue of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (volume 74, issue 10), a team of pharmacy educators from North Dakota State University developed and implemented an MTM curriculum and assessed students’ skills and attitudes after the provision of MTM services to faculty and staff members. Medication therapy management activities were integrated into the Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory IV course to teach third-year student pharmacists the skills necessary to provide MTM services during an actual patient encounter. Students received lectures focused on the core elements of MTM,

patient-centered communication and techniques used for point-of-care screenings. A faculty-developed rubric was used to evaluate students’ ability to explain MTM to the participant and address medication-related problems. Students’ responses on pre- and post-encounter survey instruments indicated their confidence to provide MTM services, communicate with participants and other healthcare providers, and point-of-care screening services had increased. To read the article, Provision of Medication Therapy Management to University Faculty and Staff Members by Third-year Pharmacy Students, by Dr. Heidi N. Eukel, Dr. Elizabeth T. Skoy and Dr. Jeanne E. Frenzel, as well as other original peerreviewed articles that advance pharmacy education, visit the AJPE Web site at

In Memoriam Dr. Thomas S. Foster, 63, husband of Marijo Foster, passed away on Oct. 14, 2010 following a brief illness. Born in Gloversville, N.Y. on May 25, 1947, he was the son of Charles and Evelyn Foster.

Thomas S. Foster

Foster was a professor at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy, and he continued to be active in teaching, research and service roles at UK until shortly before his passing. He held joint faculty appointments as professor in the UK College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, and the UK College of Public Health, Department of Health Services Management. Foster served as executive chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board for more than 20 years. Foster enjoyed many roles with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention. This year he received the Beal Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service to the USP, the highest award of that important non-governmental standards agency. He was a pioneer in using his pharmacy knowledge to address drug product selection issues for the benefit of the public in Kentucky, ultimately chairing Kentucky’s Drug Formulary Council and Drug



Management Review Board. He was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, the licensure agency for pharmacists, and chaired the group. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as to the Office of Human Research Protection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Foster was a man of many talents and a man of many friends. His number of friends was almost matched by his number of bowties, his sartorial signature. An avid sailor, he was happiest when with his grandchildren sailing on Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes Region where his family has a summer home. Two Airedales, Commander and Chief, were his constant companions. In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Megan (David) Sullivan, Isle of Guernsey, U.K.; his son, Thomas Scott (Courtney) Foster Jr., Ocean City, N.J.; six grandchildren, the Sullivan boys: Davey, Charlie, and Tommy, and the Fosters: Jack, Van, and Jane Scott; as well as a sister, Bonnie (Bob) Bruss, Braselton, Ga.

news in brief

Dr. Donald O. Fedder, a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy since the early 1970s, passed away on Aug. 28 at the age of 82.

Donald O. Fedder

“Don was a wonderful colleague and friend,” said Dr. Natalie D. Eddington, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “He was thoughtful, insightful and always willing to share his views and advice. He has left an indelible mark on our school and we will sorely miss him.” Fedder came to the School of Pharmacy in 1947— not as a faculty member but as a student. He graduated in 1950 with a B.S. and managed a pharmacy on Wise Avenue in Dundalk, Md. He operated that pharmacy for more than 20 years. It was the first in Maryland to carry orthotics and home health medical equipment. In the early 1970s, Fedder was recruited to the School of Pharmacy by Drs. Ralph Shangraw and Peter Lamy.

Arnold S. Goldstein

Luther King Jr. Diversity Award. While in his 50s and working full-time at the school, Fedder earned a master’s and doctoral degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. “One of the most important gifts Don has given all of us is his example as a life-long learner,” says Dr. Ilene H. Zuckerman, professor and chair of PHSR. “Many people gained inspiration from him, myself included. He was passionate about both community pharmacy and public health. The accomplishments throughout his career and the students he taught are the fruits of that passion.” In November 2009, Fedder retired from the School of Pharmacy as a professor emeritus at a special ceremony that also celebrated his 82nd birthday. Surrounded by his family, friends and colleagues, he was praised for the positive impact he had on countless students, staff, faculty and community health workers.

As a researcher, Fedder focused on the role of modifiable behaviors in reducing disease risk, increasing patient compliance with medication and improving relationships between the patient and healthcare provider. While a member of the School’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR), he founded the ENABLE program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in the mid-1980s. For 20 years, it trained local community health workers to aid high-risk populations with chronic diseases to maintain control of their illnesses. This innovative program earned Fedder campus-wide recognition when he received the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s 2005 Martin

To memorialize his contributions to the School of Pharmacy and beyond, PHSR has established The Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship Fund to support training and development of graduate students, with preference given to those students with a focus on social justice, pharmacy advocacy and public health—areas that Fedder strongly advocated. Gifts can be made by check, credit card, pledge payment or payroll deduction. Please contact Janice Batzold, director of special gifts and programs, at 410-706-1711 or if you would like to make a pledge or if you have any other questions about making a gift.

Dr. Arnold S. Goldstein, professor of pharmacy law at Northeastern University from 1965 to 1992 and a founding member of the university’s Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Program, passed away on Feb. 20, 2010.

tion specialists. During his successful career as an attorney he has protected the wealth of more than 20,000 individuals and businesses from lawsuits and creditors.

Goldstein was extremely passionate about education and held five academic degrees, including a J.D., an MBA and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University where he was professor emeritus. He also served on the faculty at several other universities and was a postdoctoral research scholar in offshore trusts at the London School of Economics. As the founding member of Presser & Goldstein, LLC, Goldstein had more than 40 years of experience as one of the country’s foremost asset protec-

In addition to his specialization in asset protection, Goldstein authored nearly 100 books on law and asset protection and was featured in numerous financial and professional publications, and on many radio and TV shows including CNN, CNBC and NBC’s “Today Show.” Goldstein was an active Northeastern alumnus, dedicating his time and considerable talent to help ensure the success of his students and his alma mater.




news in brief

The  Cedarville  University  School  of  Pharmacy  is  seeking  to  fill  the  following  12-­‐month,  tenure-­‐track,   faculty  positions:           Vice  Chair,  Experiential  Programs:    Serving  as  an  academic  and  administrative  leader  in  the  School  and   the  Department  of  Pharmacy  Practice,  this  individual  is  responsible  for  planning,  managing  and   implementing  initiatives,  processes  and  programs  to  ensure  the  quality  and  capacity  of  the  School  of   Pharmacy's  Doctor  of  Pharmacy  professional  experience  education  program.       Pharmacy  Practice  (1):    The  successful  candidate  will  be  responsible  for  developing  and  maintaining  an   active  clinical  service,  along  with  individual  and  collaborative  scholarship/research  activities  and   didactic/experiential  teaching.  Practice  opportunities  are  available  in  acute  and  ambulatory  care  in  a   myriad  of  specialty  and  sub-­‐specialty  practices.       Pharmaceutical  Sciences  (2):    The  successful  candidates  will  teach  courses  in  the  Pharmaceutical  Science   Department  related  to  any  of  the  following  topics  involving  their  area  of  specialization:    medicinal   chemistry,  pharmaceutics,  pharmacokinetics,  pharmaceutical  technology,  pharmacology  or  toxicology.       Collaborative  research/scholarship  activities  in  related  areas  are  expected.         Pharmacy  Administration/Social  Sciences  (1):    The  successful  candidate  will  teach  in  pharmacy   administration  and/or  social  science  areas  within  the  curriculum.    Collaborative  research/scholarship   activities  in  related  areas  are  expected.       All  faculty  teaching  must  involve  student-­‐focused  methods  of  active  learning  oriented  primarily  toward   Doctor  of  Pharmacy  students.  Each  faculty  member  is  expected  to  work  with  colleagues  across   disciplines  to  develop  integrated  curricular  content  which  utilizes  innovative  strategies  in  problem-­‐based   learning  methods.    The  Cedarville  University  School  of  Pharmacy  is  pursuing  accreditation  by  The   Accreditation  Council  for  Pharmacy  Education,  The  Ohio  Board  of  Regents,  and  The  Higher  Learning   Commission  of  the  North  Central  Association  of  Colleges  and  Schools  while  recruiting  prepharmacy   students.  The  school  is  also  developing  an  innovative  curriculum  for  the  professional  program,  and   preparing  to  move  into  a  new  85,000  square  foot  health  sciences  center.  We  seek  individuals  who   (believe  in  our  vision  and)  are  excited  about  joining  our  team  to  achieve  our  mission.     Applicants  should  complete  the  online  application  at  and  send  a   letter  of  application  and  a  curriculum  vitae  to  Mr.  Tim  Bosworth,  Associate  Vice  President  for  Academic   Resources  at  or  to  his  attention  at  Cedarville  University,  251  N.  Main  St.,   Cedarville,  Ohio,  45314.  The  anticipated  start  date  for  these  positions  is  July  1,  2011.  Applications  will  be   accepted  until  the  positions  are  filled.     CEDARVILLE  UNIVERSITY  is  a  comprehensive,  primarily  undergraduate,  Baptist  university  of  arts,   sciences,  and  professional  programs  with  an  enrollment  of  3,200.  It  combines  a  balanced  liberal  arts   focus  with  an  evangelical,  theological  position.  Faculty  members,  who  must  be  committed,  evangelical   Christians,  must  agree  with  our  doctrinal  statement,  and  Community  Covenant  and  General  Work  Place   Standards.  In  addition  to  teaching  excellence,  faculty  members  must  practice  the  integration  of  faith,   learning,  and  life  in  their  instruction,  and  participate  in  student  advising,  scholarly  pursuits,  service   activities,  and  local  church  ministry.  



Capitol Hill News

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Will by Will Lang



Making Change Work for You! With the publication of this edition of Academic Pharmacy Now comes the opportunity for you, members of AACP, to think about your advocacy investment during the 112th Congress. Short of exhorting the importance of an active citizenry in the maintenance of our rights stated generally in the Declaration of Independence and specifically in the United States Constitution, let me just share that the importance of your engagement remains paramount! The 111th Congress will end shortly after I write this column. What level of funding federal agencies and programs of interest to academic pharmacy will receive is yet to be determined. The political winds are fickle. As you have already seen at the state level there is the expectation of reduced federal expenditures for non-defense discretionary programs for the next several years. Whether the 111th Congress ends with a short-term or year-long continuing resolution or the passage of separate, minibus or omnibus appropriations bills, each option will set a different stage for the start of the 112th Congress. None of these options is favored by more than a slim majority in either chamber. Passage of the appropriations bills will allow FY11 funding to be established with increases for some non-defense, discretionary programs. It will also allow for the special funding known as earmarks to remain in the legislation. A year-long continuing resolution will likely keep the federal government operating at FY10 levels throughout FY11 but eliminate any earmarked funding. A short-term continuing resolution, depending on its length, portends the members of the 112th Congress will establish FY11 funding levels when the continuing resolution expires. A significant number of new members will join their colleagues in the 112th Congress as a result of the November 2010 elections. The Democrats remain the majority party in the Senate, by four members. In the House of Representatives the Republicans now are the majority party, by 49 members. With this change comes great opportunity for you and your advocacy interests. While I hope that your interests primarily focus on the needs of academic and professional pharmacy, there is real opportunity for you to quickly establish relationships, regardless of the issue, especially if your Senator or Representative is one of the newly-elected. It is difficult to predict voting blocs and individual behaviors in the United States Congress. It is easy to predict that newly-elected members, many of whom pronounced their desire to change Washington, will face significant challenges in changing anything. They certainly will not be able to change anything of interest to you without establishing yourself as a ready resource to facts and evidence that advance what has the potential to be of shared benefit to you and your elected official. Establishing yourself as a ready resource to facts and evidence strengthens your role as an engaged citizen and the public policy you want to influence. Public policy development is enhanced when anecdotes are supplemented with information illustrating

outcomes and fulfillment of expectations. AACP works to illustrate the outcomes associated with the teaching, research and service of our faculty and institutions. The articles in this and every edition of Academic Pharmacy Now provide real-life evidence of the high quality of pharmacy education and its value to your students. The inclusion of colleges and schools of pharmacy into the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program of the National Institutes of Health and the listing of grants and awards in the school news section confirms your research as providing real dividends in terms of new knowledge, advancement of science, potential cures of disease and improved health outcomes. Likewise, there is the increasing recognition that improved medication therapy management improves health outcomes, reduces potentially avoidable hospital readmissions, reduces emergency room use due to adverse drug events, reduces individual healthcare costs and establishes significant value to health insurance plans. The successful approaches to medication therapy management highlighted in this edition are the direct result of pharmacy faculty engagement with communitypartners focused on the needs of patients. Staff working for new members of Congress are more likely to have less experience than those who work for an incumbent. While the member of Congress is important, cultivating a relationship with the staff member is equally important. This is the individual to whom you will be directed to share your knowledge, stories and facts. Establishing this relationship now will ensure that you continue to be an important member of their research and evaluation team. Directing them to the AACP Web site and sharing with them articles from Academic Pharmacy Now, along with information of how your institution benefits from federal funding, will create a more successful member of Congress, establish you as a recognized resource for health and education issues, and with your persistence, build a champion for your personal and professional interests. Help the newly-elected change Washington in a way that helps everyone! Past and current issues of Academic Pharmacy Now are available on the AACP Web site. Sending a staff person the link to an issue is an excellent way to easily share information regarding pharmacy education. To view past issues, visit To find information regarding your newly-elected or your incumbent members of Congress, go to the Elected Officials portion of the AACP Legislative Action Center: dbq/officials/. Enter your zip code and you will access information about your members. To read about scheduling a visit with your members of Congress, visit the Advocacy portion of AACP’s Web site and read “Advocacy 101”: ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Oct/Nov/Dec 2010


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$30 Million for USC Pharmacy Innovation Center to Energize Research, Education and Business Two University of South Carolina (USC) alumni with a desire to transform pharmacy education and practice are making a $30 million gift to the university’s South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP), the second-largest in the university’s history.

“However, some gifts have the potential to fundamentally alter research and the way we prepare students. This is one of those gifts. The Kennedys’ enormous generosity will establish the South Carolina College of Pharmacy as a leader in pharmacy science and practice.”

Announced in September 2010 by university President Dr. Harris Pastides, the gift is from USC alumni William and Lou Kennedy of Orlando, Fla. and will establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center.

Lou Kennedy, a Lexington native, earned her bachelor’s degree from USC’s College of Journalism in 1984. William “Bill” Kennedy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the USC College of Pharmacy in 1966. He has achieved a reputation as an innovator in healthcare and pharmaceutical delivery.

The center will serve as a home for collaborative research and education that will bring together the nation’s top minds in entrepreneurship, health sciences, communications and other disciplines with leading pharmacy practice faculty. Pastides said the Kennedys’ gift will assure that their alma mater will set the new benchmarks for pharmacy science and practice in the 21st century. “Philanthropy is essential to the success of our university, and we are deeply appreciative of every gift to Carolina,” he said.

Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro, executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, thanks Bill and Lou Kennedy for their gift of $30 million, which will establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center.



As longtime supporters of USC and the College of Pharmacy, the Kennedys said the extraordinary donation—the largest ever to the SCCP and the second largest to a pharmacy school in the country, was a natural decision for them. “I’ve been in the industry long enough to see a great many significant advances,” Bill Kennedy said. “I like to think I’ve even contributed to some of them. In any case, I’ve been fortunate enough to stay on top of both the science and the

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Bill Kennedy answers questions from several South Carolina College of Pharmacy student pharmacists.

business and I’m determined to help the next generation of pharmacists develop the skills they’ll need to excel in both areas, as well.”

means preparing students to have the ability to adapt, anticipate and succeed in an ever-changing environment.”

The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center will emphasize entrepreneurship through a direct link to the top-ranked Darla Moore School of Business that will enable student pharmacists to develop entrepreneurial and business skills essential for the changing healthcare environment.

Specific details of the center will be worked out by an oversight committee, but plans call for an endowed chair, fellowships for faculty, a lecture series, student scholarships, specialized training and additional entrepreneurial courses and certification for students.

The center will be housed in the Coker Life Sciences and The Kennedy Center will combine principles of pharmacy, Discovery I buildings on the USC campus. The location at business and management to provide resources for students, Discovery I, in USC’s Innovista research campus, is a natural faculty and researchers throughout the univerfit for the Kennedy Center, Pastides said. sity. It will emphasize innovation in pharmacy The goal is to “The Kennedy Center reflects what Innovista is practice and education, creating an interdisall about,” President Pastides said. “It will be a ciplinary environment that prepares student guide future place for creativity and research and discovery, pharmacists to become leaders in the profession. pharmacists and tap into the entrepreneurial and intellectual “The goal is to guide future pharmacists toward resources of the Moore School and the scientists toward new new approaches and new ways of thinking,” associated with the Centers of Economic Excelsaid Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro, executive dean of the lence.” approaches South Carolina College of Pharmacy. “We’re and new ways The center’s programs will be open to all SCCP preparing them to not only meet the challenges students, including those based at the Medical of a dramatically changing healthcare landof thinking. University of South Carolina and at Greenville scape, but to conquer those challenges through Hospital System University Medical Center via innovation and creating new levels of success in —Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro the college’s distance education program. science and in business.”

“Today’s pharmacist must be an astute business entrepreneur as well as a trusted healthcare provider,” DiPiro said. “Rapid and fundamental changes to the healthcare system will emphasize this need. Teaching innovation in pharmacy practice

A third of the gift will come to the university in cash over 10 years to fund the operation of the center. The remaining twothirds will come as a bequest to endow the center.



2010 AACP Election Winners AACP President-Elect

J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D. The University of Arizona

Council of Deans Chair-Elect

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D. South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Council of Deans Secretary

Susan M. Meyer, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Council of Deans Representative to Administrative Board

Natalie D. Eddington, Ph.D. University of Maryland

Council of Faculties Chair-Elect

David P. Zgarrick, Ph.D. Northeastern University

Council of Sections Chair-Elect

Denise A. Soltis, B.S. Drake University

Council of Sections Secretary

Steven C. Stoner, Pharm.D. University of Missouri–Kansas City

Academic Sections Biological Sciences

Chair-elect: Eric Hanson, Ph.D. (University of Southern Nevada) Secretary: Teresa W. Wilborn, Ph.D. (Samford University) Chemistry

Chair-elect: Shridhar V. Andurkar, Ph.D. (Midwestern University/ Downers Grove) Secretary: Patrice L. Jackson, Ph.D. (University of Maryland Eastern Shore) Continuing Professional Education

Chair-elect: Edward M. DeSimone II, Ph.D. (Creighton University) Experiential Education

Chair-elect: Lori J. Duke, Pharm.D. (The University of Georgia) Secretary: Nancy A. Mason, Pharm.D. (University of Michigan) Libraries/Educational Resources

Chair-elect: Yunting Fu, M.L.S. (University of Maryland) Secretary: Emily K. Chan, M.L.I.S. (University of the Pacific) Pharmaceutics

Chair-elect: Melanie A. Jordan, Ph.D. (Midwestern University/ Glendale) Secretary: Anthony Palmieri III, Ph.D. (University of Florida) Pharmacy Practice

Chair-elect: Leigh Ann Ross, Pharm.D. (The University of Mississippi) Social and Administrative Sciences

Chair-elect: Betty A. Chewning, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin– Madison)

AACP New Pharmacy Faculty Research Awards Program 2010–2011 Winners Wathah (Adam) G. Alani

Steven Fletcher

Julie H. Oestreich

Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, Metronomic Delivery of Paclitaxel by pH Modulated Release from Polymeric Micelles for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Towards Anti-Cancer Therapeutics: Antagonism of the Bak–Bcl-xL Complex by Synthetic Alpha-Helix Mimetics of Varying Backbone Curvatures

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy, Impact of Ethnicity on Platelet Function and Response to Aspirin and Clopidogrel

Cassandra S. Arendt

Samuel Lai

Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy, Localizing Ligand Specificity Determinants in Purine Nucleoside Transporters

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Engineering Lymphocyte- and Macrophages- inert Nanoparticles for Lymphatic Drug Delivery

Ajay K. Bommareddy Wilkes University Nesbitt College of Pharmacy & School of Nursing, Chemopreventive Effects of Alpha-santalol, a Derivative of Sandalwood Oil on Prostate Cancer Development

David A. Colby Purdue University College of Pharmacy, A Strategy to Incorporate Flourine onto Biologically Active Molecules

Joseph A. Delaney University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Secondary Analysis of Prospective Cohort Data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

Carrie McAdam-Marx The University of Utah College of Pharmacy, Clinical and Economic Outcomes Associated with a Pharmacist Coordinated Diabetes Chronic Care Management Program: Pilot Data to Support Program Expansion

Jennifer R. Martin The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Determining the Information Literacy of First Year Pharmacy Students

Kathryn M. Momary Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Contribution of CYP2C19 Genotype and Smoking Status on Clopidogrel Responsiveness

Joseph M. Schober Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, EB1 Protein: Regulator of Cell Motility and Cancer Metastasis

Bijal M. Shah Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Adding Pharmacists to Primary Care Teams: Evidence of Clinical and Economic Outcomes in Diabetes Management

CoraLynn B. Trewet The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Coaching to Better Adherence: The Pharmacist as a Health Coach

Deepti Vyas California Northstate College of Pharmacy, Comparing a Simulation Based Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) to Traditional Direct Patient Care IPPEs

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AACP Walmart Scholars Return from Annual Meeting Inspired to Teach Sixty-five pairs of students and faculty mentors were chosen to be the 2010 AACP Walmart Scholars. The scholars and mentors attended the AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars in Seattle, Wash, July 10–14. The intent of the AACP Walmart Scholars Program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through their participation in the annual meeting. The $1,000 scholarship pays for the students’ expenses and defrays about half the faculty mentor’s expenses.

meeting that encourages the sharing of research, classroom, and curriculum ideas, and successes among colleagues.”

As part of the requirement for scholarship winners, the student and faculty mentors attended the Teachers Seminar, Leading and Creating Interprofessional Education for the 21st Century, led by Dr. John H.V. Gilbert, project lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. The seminar focused on developing, implementing and sustaining interprofessional education and explored institutional issues facing leaders and teaching issues facing faculty to prepare students for success in interprofessional environments.

Carissa Garza, a student from the University of the Incarnate Word, echoed other students’ sentiments. “Attending the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars solidified my aspiration to pursue a career in academic pharmacy. Conversing with numerous respected members of the academic community and witnessing their efforts to advance and positively reform the current infrastructure of pharmacy education deeply inspired me to continue to pursue my dream. In the future, I plan to promote greatness in the field of pharmacy education as these mentors have done for my generation.”

As in previous years, passion and inspiration were recurring themes expressed by students as they shared their impressions of the meeting and their reasons for pursuing a career in academic pharmacy.

All of us at AACP wish the AACP Walmart Scholars Program winners continued success and thank Walmart for its continuing support of careers in academic pharmacy!

“As a recent graduate and resident at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., this experience allowed me to grow as an individual. I found it inspiring to meet students in all different stages of their careers,” said scholar Brian Bachyrycz of the University of Connecticut. According to Ashley Branham of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “An environment filled with educators who aspire to positively change education can be a very inspirational venue for a “beginner” educator. This is an energetic



Other students found the experience served to focus their career goals. “The Walmart Scholars Program has reinforced my interest in a career in academia. It has required me to think about the future in a much more specific way,” said Sheryl Thedford from the University of Maryland. “I have started to try to fit academia into my lifetime plan.”

Application materials for the 2011 program are available on the AACP Web site under Career Development, then Research Grants, Fellowships and Scholarship Programs, and are due at AACP by 5:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 14, 2011. Questions? Contact Dr. Jennifer L. Athay at —Diane Drakeley Sixty-five pairs of students and faculty mentors had the opportunity to network with potential future colleagues in the Academy at the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars in Seattle, Wash.

The AACP WalMart

Scholars Program




More than two-thirds of the nation’s faculty, staff, administrators and deans attend the AACP Annual Meeting. They are involved with teaching, research, public service and patient care. Others serve as consultants for local, state, national and international organizations. Disciplines within academic pharmacy include biological sciences, clinical science, experiential education, drug discovery, medicinal/ natural products and pharmacology.

More than 60 sessions ranging from assessment to motivational interviewing were presented at recent Annual Meetings. Past keynote speakers include rep resentatives from the Institute of Medicine, famous authors, national health experts and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Each year, the AACP Annual Meeting pre-session focuses on developing the leadership qualities of today’s pharmacy faculty.

The AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars offer Walmart recipients a venue to explore career options with the ultimate goal of enhancing their commitment to a career in academic pharmacy. The pro gram will provide $1,000 scholarships to student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the 2011 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, July 9-13. Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 14, 2011. For more information, visit the AACP Web site,

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 1727 KING Street Alexandria, VA 22314


It’s your profession. Make a difference. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Oct/Nov/Dec 2010

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Pharmacy Educators Utilize Key Partnerships to Provide Patient Care Academic pharmacy plays a pivotal role in medication therapy management (MTM), as evidenced by recent articles in Academic Pharmacy Now. Every day, faculty and students are responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes. Exciting new developments are occurring in the MTM arena and colleges and schools of pharmacy are leading the way. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires that all Part D MTM programs must include an annual comprehensive medication review, including a review of medication use, interactive person-to-person consultation (face-to-face or by phone) and a written summary. In the first of a two-part series, Academic Pharmacy Now takes a look at how some colleges and schools of pharmacy have established a partnership with third-party payers, such as health plans, employers or government agencies, to provide critical medication therapy management services in their community, state and nationwide. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Oct/Nov/Dec 2010


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The University of Arizona When it comes to schools of pharmacy establishing partnerships with third-party payers to provide MTM services, The University of Arizona (UA) College of Pharmacy wrote the book. Dr. Kevin P. Boesen, experiential education director at the college, established the school’s Medication Management Center in 2006. A pharmacist-run call center, it was the first program of its kind. “We saw the need for phone consultations with pharmacists early on,” Boesen said. “And it wasn’t just in Arizona. Citizens all over the country needed assistance. So our pharmacists are licensed to provide services throughout the U.S.” The center contracts with pharmacy benefit managers, employer groups and health plans. Some of their current clients include WellPoint, CareFirst, Navitus Health Solutions LLC and MedImpact. Payment for services is based on the contract; it can vary between per consultation, per hour and sometimes per member, per month. Through these and other partners, the center currently provides medication therapy management and other pharmacist services to more than 200,000 people nationwide. Moreover, Boesen is negotiating new contracts with other companies that would increase the center’s total patient base to approximately two million. Pharmacists at the center recommended a 72-year-old man who was suffering from diabetes and heart failure change his medication. After he talked to his doctor and switched to another medication, the patient was able to walk without becoming short of breath. In addition, he decreased his medication costs and avoided a possible heart failure relapse.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is partnering with Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP) on a new initiative to provide members with MTM services. Beginning in 2010, CDPHP, an Albany-based, not-forprofit health plan serving more than 350,000 members in commercial and government health insurance programs, has engaged local community pharmacists to provide MTM services to eligible Medicare beneficiaries. An elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation in managed care pharmacy served to open the lines of communication between the two partners about potential roles for community pharmacists in an MTM initiative. CDPHP was interested in a pilot project with community pharmacists to serve as a gateway to expanded MTM services. ACPHS reached out to its network of alumni and APPE preceptors to identify pharmacists that would be interested in providing MTM services. The health plan and the college succeeded in establishing a network of 20 pharmacists. During 2009, this network conducted a small pilot program where pharmacists provided medication management for members with asthma. When the January 2010 directive from CMS required plans to offer MTM services such as comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs)—either live or telephonic—to eligible Medicare Part D members, the network of pharmacists and pharmacies became the foundation of the CDPHP Medicare MTM program. Through both telephonic outreach and face-to-face consultations, these pharmacists perform CMRs to assess medication use and identify medication-related problems. Each patient also receives a summary of the consultation and an individualized written “take away.” Pharmacists also conduct quarterly reviews of each patient with whom they meet and for those patients who decline participation, but do not opt out of the program. The pharmacists are paid using an online documentation and billing platform. They are recognized as providers and compensated using the MTM billing codes for comprehensive medication reviews, targeted quarterly medication reviews and any follow-up calls needed to reconcile identified medication-related problems.


Ann Kerschen, a pharmacist at The University of Arizona Medication Management Center (MMC), counsels a patient. Most MMC consultations are over-the-phone. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Oct/Nov/Dec 2010

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University of Colorado Denver

Western University of Health Sciences

Like many senior citizens, Denver, Colo. resident Jeanne Winder stocks her pill box once a week. Every Saturday night Winder lines up her medications alphabetically and pops her pills into their respective compartments.

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy (WesternU) has partnered with the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) to develop an MTM pilot program.

With the help of the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy faculty who provide clinical pharmacy services at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Seniors Clinic, Winder and many seniors like her have developed a common sense and useful way to manage their growing supply of pills and ensure compliance with medication regimens. The program, which provides MTM services to geriatric patients seen at the Seniors Clinic, is a collaborative effort between the School of Pharmacy, UCH and Colorado Access, a third-party payer. The services—provided by clinical pharmacists Drs. Sunny Linnebur and Joseph Vande Griend—are covered under the patient’s Medicare Advantage plan at no co-pay and are helping to establish use of Medicare fees for pharmacists in the clinic setting. The MTM providers are paid a flat fee. The goals of the pilot project are to improve medication use, reduce the risk of adverse events and drug interactions, lower the patient’s drug costs and improve their overall health. Since its inception in January 2010, Drs. Linnebur and Vande Griend have seen more than 40 patients with multiple chronic conditions who are taking many prescription and over-the-counter medications. The services include a 1-hour initial intake assessment, thorough review of the medication regimen, medication reconciliation in the medical record, drug regimen assessment, patient education, plan with recommendations provided to the healthcare provider, and follow-up visits (up to five) in-person or over-the-phone.

The program involves WesternU pharmacy faculty members providing MTM services to IEHP beneficiaries out of local community pharmacies, with the agreement that IEHP will provide information on these beneficiaries in order to study the success of the program. IEHP is a not-for-profit managed care plan for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and provides healthcare coverage for about 450,000 members. Together, WesternU and IEHP offer MTM services including comprehensive medication reviews to identify any drug-related issues and disease state management such as anticoagulation therapy, diabetes therapy and anti-hypertension therapy; track outcomes of the patients who have received services; and provide dietary counseling when appropriate to the patient’s diagnosis and therapy. Generally, MTM reimbursement is a set fee for the service provided. WesternU is working with a community pharmacy in Yucaipa, Calif. where IEHP sends its clients to the pharmacists. Pharmacists meet with patients, review their files, take their blood pressure, document their findings and communicate with their primary care physician. The pilot study started in July 2010 and will continue for one year. “We want to create a model other payers and pharmacists can use,” said Dr. Micah Hata, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration. “We want to help the payers meet their clinical goals and reduce costs.”

Dr. Micah Hata, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Western University of Health Sciences, provides MTM services including comprehensive medication reviews to identify any drug-related issues, and disease state management such as anticoagulation therapy, diabetes therapy and anti-hypertension therapy.



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University of Charleston

University of Louisiana at Monroe

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s PharmUC Patient Care Clinic, a pharmacy within the School of Pharmacy building, is embarking on a project to improve medication use and patient health in the Charleston, W.V. community.

In 2001, the Louisiana legislature passed a bill allowing the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to develop a preferred drug list with a prior authorization process. The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy Office of Outcomes Research and Evaluation (OORE) houses the prior authorization call center, operated in conjunction with the preferred drug list. As a value added to the state, OORE developed and implemented Asthma HELP and later, Diabetes HELP. OORE also serves as an experiential site for fourth-year student pharmacists who have an opportunity to work with prior authorization pharmacists, outcomes research analysts and the two disease management programs. MTM providers are paid through a contract that includes these services and others specified in the contract’s scope of work.

The PharmUC Patient Care Clinic, overseen by pharmacy faculty members and clinical specialists Drs. Krista Capehart and Michael O’Neil, will provide medication therapy management and chronic disease management and education to the employees and retirees of the City of Charleston. Drs. Capehart and O’Neil will work with physician assistant David Miller from the city to see the patients after his referral and provide comprehensive MTM and chronic disease education specifically in the areas of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, hypercholesterolemia and smoking cessation. Additionally, Dr. O’Neil will supervise the prevention clinic, a program for patients with problems of substance abuse, chemical dependency, medication compliance or drug diversion in the home. The pharmacists are reimbursed on a fee-for-service basis. A flat fee per patient is assessed for the initial visit then incrementally per 15 minutes up to an hour for follow-up visits. This opportunity for the PharmUC Patient Care Clinic at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and the City of Charleston is an exciting one for the community. It enables the school to provide pharmacy services and increase appropriate medication use to local city employees. Through partnership, service and advocacy, the health of the patients and the community can be improved, creating an exciting learning environment for students. This site serves as a practice site for clinical faculty, experiential site for fourthyear APPEs and provides the services above, in addition to immunizations and a variety of point-of-care testing.

Beverly Walker (left), prior authorization pharmacist, and Melissa Dear (right), director of the Prior Authorization Program, work in the University of Louisiana at Monroe call center, which also serves as an experiential site for P4 student pharmacists who have an opportunity to work with prior authorization pharmacists, outcomes research analysts, and the two disease management programs, Asthma HELP and Diabetes HELP.



Asthma HELP is a telephone-based program designed to promote positive health outcomes for Louisiana Medicaid recipients diagnosed with asthma. Recipients who have had two or more asthma-related emergency department visits within a six-month period are targeted for enrollment. However, any Louisiana Medicaid recipient diagnosed with asthma is eligible for participation. Each recipient who chooses to enroll is assigned to a specific ULM College of Pharmacy OORE pharmacist certified in asthma education by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. Diabetes HELP, a group-based diabetes educational program with an emphasis on self-management, was developed to improve the health and quality of life of Louisiana Medicaid recipients diagnosed with diabetes through education and support. The eight-week pilot program consisted of weekly two-hour group sessions. Some of the educational topics covered include nutrition, exercise, medication, long-term complications, and additional training on stress management and coping skills, which are needed for those with a chronic condition such as diabetes. Recipients who complete the eight-week program are provided with monthly telephone support, educational mailings and continued participation in weekly support group sessions.

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University of Florida The University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy is lending its knowledge—and ears—to Medicare and Medicaid patients. In a partnership with national health plan company WellCare Health Plans Inc., the College of Pharmacy has received $2.5 million to establish a medication therapy management call center. The call center satisfies a government requirement for health plan providers of the Medicare prescription drug benefit to provide once-a-year comprehensive medication review with quarterly follow-ups. The importance of the MTM center is to see if patients are following their medication plans and to identify any nonprescribed drugs the patient could be taking that may react dangerously with other medications or cause them to be ineffective, said David M. Angaran, a clinical professor at the college and director of the center. The UF call center has begun contacting patients among WellCare’s 800,000 members who have three or more chronic diseases and take eight or more medications that exceed $3,000 in total costs annually. WellCare provides the center a record of all the prescribed medications each patient takes, how they should be using them and their disease states, Angaran said. Student pharmacists, on educational rotations in the center, call patients to confirm participation and schedule a time when the patient can have their medications in front of them and speak over the phone for up to one hour. Before placing a second call, the team reviews patients’ pharmacy records to see what prescriptions they are taking, potential drug interactions, compliance and cost issues, and to form questions to assist in the medication review. After spending 30 to 60 minutes with each patient, the student pharmacists work with clinical pharmacy faculty to develop a medication action plan. The call center team sends a copy of the plan to the patients and a list of potential drug-related issues, with possible solutions and references to their physicians.

University of Florida MTM Call Center Director David Angaran (front), trainer Michele Lawson (left) and clinical assistant professors Dr. Teresa Roane (center) and Dr. Heather C. Hardin (right) supervise student pharmacists and gather research data in the call center.




The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to spend $161.3 million over the next five years to expand the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), a nationwide collaborative of scientists focused on understanding how genes affect a person’s response to medicines. Spearheaded by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and launched in 2000, the PGRN has already identified gene variants linked to responses to medicines for different cancers, heart disease, asthma, nicotine addiction and other conditions. The new awards include 14 scientific research projects of which five are led by pharmacy educators. 25

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Dr. Julie A. Johnson, the V. Ravi Chandran professor and chair of pharmacotherapy and translational research at the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy, received a five-year, $10.6 million award as part of the national network.

Top: Dr. Julie A. Johnson, University of Florida College of Pharmacy professor and chair of pharmacotherapy and translational research, and a professor of medicine in cardiology. Bottom: Dr. Kathleen M. Giacomini, professor and chair, bioengineering and therapeutic sciences at the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy.

Johnson, who also directs the UF Center for Pharmacogenomics, said the large award makes it possible to continue her ongoing work to discover the genes that result in different responses to blood pressure medications. Her lab is looking at places in the genetic code that differ between individuals and how they might affect response to blood pressure medication. Often called a silent killer, people don’t feel the effects of increased blood pressure and many lose patience with having to change prescriptions until they find the best one, Johnson said. She believes that matching the right drug early in the diagnosis, based on a person’s genetic information, will increase the number of people who adhere to their medication regimen. “Our goal is to find the best medicine for a person from the beginning,” said Johnson, who is a member of the UF Genetics Institute. “Evidence shows that the sooner blood pressure is controlled, the less risk there is for other diseases such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.” Johnson is looking at long-term implications of blood pressure drugs by using the genetic markers coupled with a specific drug that leads to lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Her lab is also taking a look at adverse affects of some medications. For example, in a small portion of the population, certain blood pressure drugs can increase the risk of developing diabetes. By finding the genetic markers, doctors will be able to avoid those drugs and prescribe other drugs instead. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), scientists received two grants totaling

$15.1 million over the next five years, making it the largest recipient in the $161.3 million effort initiated by the NIH.

“The grants dramatically extend our ability nationwide and globally to make the promise of individualized pharmaceutical care for patients a reality,” said Dr. Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, who is dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy in which the two UCSF projects are housed. Both projects will be led by Dr. Kathleen M. Giacomini, a pioneer in the study of pharmacogenomics and co-chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. The UCSF grants include $11.9 million for research into the genetics behind membrane transporters, which control the absorption, distribution and elimination of many of the most commonly used drugs. This multi-disciplinary, multi-center grant will be co-led by UCSF professor Dr. Deanna L. Kroetz and funds pharmaceutical scientists, geneticists, clinicians and computational biologists at UCSF



and other institutions to carry out research in personalized medicine. The expanded research ranges from studies in cells to studies in patients. The lead clinical study, which will be carried out in collaboration with scientists in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Kaiser Southeast, will focus on the genetic factors that determine response to the anti-diabetic drug metformin in African American patients with type 2 diabetes. The NIH also awarded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a prestigious grant to focus on anticancer agent research in children. The five-year, $8.6 million award, “PAAR4Kids—

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Pharmacogenomics of Anticancer Agents Research in Children,” will be led by principal investigator Dr. Mary V. Relling, professor at

The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences chair at St. Jude.

“We’ve been part of the PGRN for 10 years. But now, we will be the only PGRN group to focus on children and we are partnering with NCI’s Children’s Oncology Group,” said Relling. “We will be able to comprehensively study children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and we are moving some pharmacogenetic testing into real patient care.” A scientist at St. Jude since 1988, Relling’s research focuses on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in children and how genome variability influences response to cancer chemotherapy. Dr. Kenneth E. Thummel, chair and professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Washington (UW) School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Wylie Burke, chair and professor of bioethics and humanities at UW, and colleagues, received a five-year, $10 million grant from the PGRN to create a Northwest-Alaska center to study pharmacogenomics in rural and underserved populations. Thummel and Burke’s PGRN program is the first to address the needs of underserved populations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It is a partnership with researchers at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks, The University of Montana, Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Group Health Research Institute, Puget Sound Blood Center and with communities and rural healthcare providers in Anchorage and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska, Northwestern Montana, and parts of rural Washington and Idaho. “We hope this grant will reduce barriers that limit the inclusion of American Indian and Alaska Native people in pharmacogenomic research,” said Thummel. “We’d like these traditionally underserved communities, and their healthcare providers, to have increased opportunities to evaluate the merits of this testing and introduce advances into clinical practice when warranted.”

The center’s research will focus initially on genetic variables influencing drug therapy with the blood thinner warfarin, the anti-estrogen tamoxifen and the immunosuppressive drug tacrolimus. “These drugs are promising examples of pharmacogenomic test cases that could lead to improved safety and efficacy in dosing levels,” said Dr. Erica L. Woodahl, lead investigator at The University of Montana and UW affiliate assistant professor of pharmaceutics. The researchers hope to determine if the gene variation that has affected drug metabolism and responses among other study populations is also prevalent among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The Ohio State University (OSU) received a

$9.1 million, five-year grant for a study titled “Expression Genetics in Drug Therapy,” led by Dr. Wolfgang Sadee, chair of the Department of Pharmacology in the OSU College of Medicine and who also has an appointment as a professor in the College of Pharmacy. Sadee chairs Ohio State’s Program in Pharmacogenomics.

“It’s estimated that 30 percent to 70 percent of people who take medication do not respond favorably and even have serious adverse reactions to it,” said Sadee. The study targets genes that are important for major diseases such as central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer and their therapies. It further includes new projects driven by a clinical need, such as nephritic syndrome in children to understand why some kids do not respond to standard therapy. The project involves collaborations with researchers at The Ohio State University Dorothy Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and at medical centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

American Indians receive research information at a powwow on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, summer 2009.



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CTSA Academic Pharmacy Continues to Expand National Consortium

Nine health research centers were awarded the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) by the National Institutes of Health in July 2010, joining an elite cadré of 55 institutions dedicated to developing ways to reduce the time it takes for clinical research to become treatments for patients. Five AACP member institutions will play significant collaborative roles with the new consortium members, who will receive $255 million over five years to help researchers improve bench to bedside delivery of healthcare.



feature story Colleges and schools of pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego, University of Southern California, Howard University, The University of New Mexico and Virginia Commonwealth University are involved in the consortium in a variety of capacities:

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University of Southern California

Currently, 15 basic science and clinical faculty members in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are members of the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) funded by the CTSA to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Health Sciences.

The University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy is an academic partner with the Keck School of Medicine of USC in its $56.8 million CTSA award. The CTSA will have an important focus on health issues of people living in densely populated urban environments.

One of the five major areas of the CTRI is the Translational Research Alliance, under the direction of Dr. Deborah H. Spector, a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. This Alliance serves as a coordinating center to develop new pathways for clinical investigators to collaborate with basic science researchers outside UCSD and to provide new tools for basic scientists across the San Diego region to translate discoveries into new treatments.

The award, which will be distributed over the next five years, was given to the USC-based Los Angeles Basin Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CTSI was established in 2006 to connect basic scientists to clinical and community researchers and practitioners with a goal of accelerating the translation of laboratory discoveries into practice.

Other major areas of the CTRI include the Community Alliance and Research Tools program. Within the Community Alliance, Dr. Grace M. Kuo, associate dean for academic clinical affairs, is director of the San Diego Pharmacist Resource and Research Network. Other Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty members, including Dr. Vivian Hook, Dr. Pieter C. Dorrestein, Dr. James R. Halpert and Dr. Palmer W. Taylor, dean, are working to develop a proteomics facility within Research Tools. Several clinical faculty members have utilized various CTRI services. For example, Dr. Linda Awdishu has received research funding for a pharmacokinetic study of prednisolone in long-term kidney transplant patients. Dr. Jan D. Hirsch has used CTRI services for an NIHfunded demonstration project on medication therapy management services and Dr. Kelly Lee has utilized CTRI services in preparation of a K23 training grant. As CTSA funding has only been in place for six months, involvement of Skaggs faculty is expected to expand greatly in the coming years.

Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, the R. Pete Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development and professor in the Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, is director of the CTSI Center for Scientific Translation. Dr. Frances Richmond, professor in the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy and director of the regulatory science program at the School of Pharmacy, is director of the CTSI Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program. The Los Angeles Basin CTSI has four main goals for the CTSA. The first is to create an integrated academic environment that promotes and supports clinical and translational research. The second is to develop new interdisciplinary teams and projects to address top research priorities and health issues of people living in urban environments. The third is to train a new generation of investigators for clinical and translational science. The fourth goal is to share research findings locally, through the CTSI partnership, and nationally, through a consortium of institutions with CTSAs, to foster better health.

Howard University The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) is a collaborative research center that includes two major universities and three affiliated hospital and research systems. The specific aims of GHUCCTS are to accelerate improvements in human health by stimulating innovative, multidisciplinary and crossinstitutional research among the GHUCCTS investigators; to support the careers of clinical and translational investigators through a variety of educational programs paired with focused mentorship; and to enhance local and national clinical and translational research in underserved populations, including minorities, the elderly and those with disabilities. Faculty from the School of Pharmacy participated in the planning and the administration of GHUCCTS, and are eligible for clinical scholars fellowships and pilot grants. To accomplish these aims, the GHUCCTS team will integrate existing research and training programs with an innovative infrastructure to enhance practice-, laboratory- and community-based clinical and translational research. GHUCCTS will include a coordinated multi-institutional biomedical informatics infrastructure, an expanded clinical research operation with new community-based clinical research units, a new community engagement resource to support and enhance community-based research, and expanded resources in regulatory knowledge and ethics.



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The University of New Mexico

Virginia Commonwealth University

The vision of the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) at The University of the New Mexico Health Sciences Center is to continue expanding and refining a transformative, novel academic home for essential clinical and translational health sciences discovery in New Mexico and the Mountain West region.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), which was founded in 2007, is Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) academic home for clinical and translational research. The mission of VCU’s CCTR is to support university researchers from the life, physical, computer and social sciences, as well as engineering and economics—especially those who are conducting multidisciplinary research.

The CTSC will integrate the efforts of community leaders and clinicians; basic, clinical and translational investigators; healthcare and research collaborators; and industry partners to advance meaningful human health discovery and accelerate its applications in New Mexico communities. College of Pharmacy faculty are involved in the CTSC in a number of ways. Dr. Johnnye L. Lewis is the director of the Novel Translational Methodologies program and Dr. Jim K.J. Liu is the director of the Small Animal Imaging Facility. Dr. Mark T. Holdsworth is an instructor of record for BIOM 567 Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Compliance in Clinical and Translational Research and Dr. James J. Nawarskas serves on the CTSC faculty recruitment committee. Dr. Dennis Raisch is an instructor of record for BIOM 561 Patient Outcomes in Clinical and Translational Research and serves on the Master of Clinical Research steering committee. With its numerous, diverse partners in New Mexico and the Mountain West region, the CTSC has the expertise, infrastructure and resources to synergize multidisciplinary clinical and translational research to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques on the patient-care front lines; recruit, train and advance talented, highly-skilled investigators and research teams strong in cultural sensitivity, health disparity and biotechnology; create an incubator for innovative research, information technologies and research informatics; and expand existing partnerships between UNM Health Sciences Center researchers, practicing clinicians and communities to speed the development of medical research.

The VCU CCTR recently announced four awardees of the inaugural K12 mentored research grants program, which is designed to increase the independence of junior clinical and translational faculty by successfully transforming them into networked, funded investigators and future leaders in clinical and translational research. Two of the four initial grantees are faculty from the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcome Sciences: Drs. Leticia R. Moczygemba and Benjamin W. Van Tassell. Dr. Gary R. Matzke, the School of Pharmacy’s associate dean for clinical research and public policy, points out that the didactic element of these training grants includes the opportunity for each scholar to enroll in the M.S. or Ph.D. program in clinical and translational sciences and take additional courses, thus building a unique foundation to advance their research credentials and capabilities. Matzke said Moczygemba and Van Tassell share a common career goal: to become independent, R01-funded researchers. Moczygemba’s research has focused on addressing medication-related health disparities in marginalized populations, specifically homeless persons. Van Tassell’s research is focused on elucidating the mechanisms by which Interleukin-1ß contributes to the development of cardiac dysfunction/cardiomyopathy and to determine if targeted Interleukin-1ß blockade will improve cardiac function and alleviate symptoms in patients with heart failure.


cademic pharmacy has become a prominent player in clinical and translational research since the NIH launched the CTSA network in 2006. That year, the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Pittsburgh were awarded CTSA grants. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty partnered with academic health centers (AHC) and biomedical research institutions across upstate New York to form a CTSA Institute. The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the University of Southern California were among 52 AHCs awarded a planning grant from NIH that same year. The University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin-Madison were awarded the CTSA grant in 2007. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and St. Louis College of Pharmacy collaborated with recipients Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Washington University, respectively. In 2008, five more universities joined the consortium, with colleges or schools of pharmacy serving as supporting partners in the grants. These include the University of Colorado Denver, The Ohio State University, Northeastern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Texas at Austin. The most recent group of recipients include the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Cincinnati, which were all awarded the CTSA in 2009.



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Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Appointments/Elections • Amy Barton Pai received an adjunct associate professor appointment at Albany Medical College in the Department of Medicine. • Salvatore M. Bottiglieri, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Albany Campus • Kristen DeBellis, instructor, pharmacy practice, Vermont Campus • Robert DiCenzo, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus • Tamer E. Fandy, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, Vermont Campus • Karen Glass, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, Vermont Campus • Arnold Johnson has been named co-chair of the Molecular Signaling 4 Study Group for the American Heart Association for the 2011 peer review year. • Meenakshi Malik, assistant professor of microbiology, Albany Campus • Carmen Mojica, assistant director of experiential education, Albany Campus

Grants • Arnold Johnson received a four-year grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in the amount of $1.4 million for his research proposal titled “A Mechanism for Suppression of TNF-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction.” • Thomas P. Lodise received a $99,412.50 grant from Cubist Pharmaceuticals for the project, “Evaluating the Epidemiology and Outcomes of Patients with MRSA Bloodstream Infections that Express Heteroresistance to Vancomycin.” He also received a $40,000 extension on a separate grant from Cubist titled, “Comparing Outcomes for Daptomycin, Vancomycin, and Linezolid in the Outpatient Setting.” • Darius L. Mason received a $150,000 grant from Satellite Healthcare for the project, “Sustainability of Serum [250HD] Levels, Inflammatory Reduction, and Endothelial Dysfunction after Repletion with Ergocalciferol in CKD Stage 5D.” • Shaker A. Mousa received a $123,591 sub-award from the University of Wisconsin for the project “Sustained Release Oral Nanoformulated Green Tea for Prostate Cancer Prevention.” The grant is being funded by the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. • Amit Pai received a $30,000 grant from the National Kidney Foundation for his research proposal titled “Reducing the Risk of Drug-Related Nephrotoxicity in Obese Patients.”

• Renee A. Mosier, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Vermont Campus


• Wendy M. Parker, assistant professor of sociology and cultural competency, Albany Campus

• Leon E. Cosler has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to serve on the technical expert panel that will review proposed quality measures in chemotherapy infusion.

• Nimish Patel, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Albany Campus • Rick Weingarten, instructor, pharmacy practice, Vermont Campus

Awards • Amy Barton Pai was elected as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

• Brian J. Cowles was promoted to associate professor, non-tenure track, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Vermont Campus. • Margaret Lasch Carroll was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Arts and Sciences, Albany Campus.



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• Richard E. Dearborn Jr. was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany Campus. • Christopher D. Miller was promoted to associate professor, non-tenure track, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus. • John M. Polimeni was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus. • Sarah L. Scarpace was promoted to associate professor, non-tenure track, in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Albany Campus.

Auburn University Appointments/Elections • Peter Panizzi, assistant professor of pharmacal sciences • Penny Shelton was voted to serve as president-elect of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in October. • Joseph Ybarra has been elected as chair-elect for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy GI/Liver/ Nutrition PRN for the 2010–2011 term.

Awards • Richard A. Hansen has been named the Sandra Kent Gilliland and David Louie Gilliland professor. • Karen F. Marlowe has been named the James T. and Anne Klein Davis professor. • David J. Riese has been named the George Fulton Gilliland and Olga Hosse Gilliland Frankline professor.

can College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Terri S. Hamrick completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. • Penny Shelton was selected to participate in the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Grants • Ronald W. Maddox was awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist in addressing the dire shortage of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Promotions • Ronald W. Maddox was appointed to vice president for health programs and will remain dean of Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Creighton University Appointments/Elections • Ryan Dull, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Megan Herink, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Craig Kessler, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and director at the CUMC Clinic Pharmacy • Zara Risoldi Cochrane, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Jessica Skradski, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Laura Viereck, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

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• Paige D. Brown, assistant director of experiential education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice

• Renae J. Chesnut was inaugurated as president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA).

Awards • Richard H. Drew was named a fellow of the Ameri-



• Brian G. Gentry, assistant professor of pharmacology • Xiaoyi Shan, assistant professor of health sciences

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AACP Member Appointed to the National Health Care Workforce Commission

Dr. Brian J. Isetts, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, was appointed one of 15 members to the new National Health Care Workforce Commission. Created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the purpose of the Commission is to do a complete reanalysis of not only how we deliver healthcare but how we prepare the healthcare workforce based on new developments in team-based care and reimbursement reform, Isetts said. “It is quite exciting to essentially discard everything we know about how we deliver healthcare and reassess from the ground up,” he said. “This type of critical reanalysis is long overdue.” Among the group’s many charges is to develop and commission evaluations of education and training activities; to identify barriers to improve coordination at the federal, state and local levels and recommend ways to address them; and to encourage innovations that address population needs, changing technology and other environmental factors. Commission members are required to be appointed for three-year terms, but staggered terms are mandated for the first 15 members appointed in September 2010. Isetts’ involvement on the Commission came about when he least expected it. After responding to an announcement in the

• Geoffrey C. Wall was elected as speaker of the house of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

Awards • Chasity D. Mease recently won the Community Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year Award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. • Kristin S. Meyer, IPA Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award • Lori L. Schirmer, IPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award

Duquesne University Awards • Marc W. Harrold, TOPS Award by the Class of 2010 in recognition of outstanding teaching and significant contributions to the Mylan School of Pharmacy.

federal register asking for interested parties to submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest, he departed for an international pharmacy meeting in Lisbon, Portugal—without his laptop. He arrived abroad to a message from the Government Accountability Office indicating that they were interested in Isetts’ work with the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. The individual in charge of Commission appointments expressed a desire to include a pharmacist in the group. Isetts’ research on the critical role pharmacists play in team-based healthcare resonated with her and soon after the appointment process began. Isetts will bring a unique perspective to the Commission as a clinical scholar in pharmacy whose teaching, research, practice and service are all closely aligned. He is also taking a sixth-month sabbatical as a fellow with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The appointment and fellowship are coincidental, he said, but follow parallel tracks. The Commission has been authorized by Congress but is awaiting appropriations.

• Peter L. Wildfong, Duquesne University Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), for leadership and excellence in the classroom.

Idaho State University Appointments/Elections • Paul S. Cady has been named the eleventh dean to serve at the helm of the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.

Loma Linda University Grants • Richard Maskiewicz received $2.4 million from NIH for “Universal Sustained Release System for HIV Microbicides.”



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Midwestern University/Glendale Appointments/Elections • Lindsay E. Davis, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Awards • Robert C. Johnson was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia by the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance (AzPA) at the 2010 Annual Meeting. • Mindy Throm Burnworth was recognized as Pharmacist of the Year by the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance (AzPA) at the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Northeastern University Appointments/Elections • Heather A. Clark, associate professor of pharmaceutics • Kari Furtek, assistant clinical professor • Nga Pham, assistant clinical professor • Ganesh A. Thakur, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry • Mark D. Watanabe, assistant clinical professor

Awards • Vladimir P. Torchilin received the 2010 Controlled Release Society Founders Award for outstanding scientific/technological contributions in the field of delivery of bioactives. • Jenny A. Van Amburgh was a co-recipient of the AACP Council of Faculties 2010 Innovations in Teaching Award.

Grants • Mansoor M. Amiji, co-principal investigator, National Science Foundation “IGERT Nanomedicine Science and Technology,” awarded $3.2 million over 5 years; and National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnership (CNPP), awarded $2.32 million over five years. • Richard C. Deth, Autism Research Institute, awarded $46,000 for work titled “Modulation of neuronal



cysteine uptake and redox status by morphine, gluten/casein-derived opiates and naltrexone,” and $56,000 from Autism Speaks for a predoctoral fellowship. • John W. Devlin, National Institute of Aging, awarded $359,341. This project focuses on preventing subsyndromal delirium conversion to delirium with haloperidol in the ICU; Canadian Institute for Health Research, awarded $51,000 for his work titled “Randomized trial of daily sedative interruption in critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients being managed with a sedation protocol”; and Hospira Pharmaceuticals, awarded $39,000 for his work titled “Impact of nocturnal dexmedetomidine on sleep quality and delirium incidence in mechanically ventilated ICU patients; A randomized doubleblind study.” • Roger A. Edwards, Bouvé College of Health Sciences Development and Bridging Grant, awarded $5,000 for his work titled “Using computer agents to provide information and support to breastfeeding mothers.” • S. John Gatley, Department of Energy, awarded $2.32 million over three years for his work titled “Development and evaluation of radiotracers for lipid signaling pathways in biologic systems.” • Debra J. Reid and Maureen McQueeney received a Collaborative for Community Engagement and Research grant in the amount of $25,000 from Harvard Catalyst. • Nathaniel M. Rickles, PhARMA Foundation Grant, awarded $60,000 for work titled “Impact of Pharmacist Call Center on Asthma Medication Adherence.” • Vladimir P. Torchilin, National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE), awarded $13.5 million over five years. This grant supports the establishment of a translatable cancer nanotechnology program in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, University of Alabama at Auburn, and Nemucore Medical Innovations, Inc.; and National Institutes of Health, awarded $1.3 million over five years for work titled “Layer-by-layer technology for poorly soluble drugs.” This grant is in collaboration with Louisiana Tech University. • Jenny A. Van Amburgh, Boston Public Health Com-

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mission, awarded $50,000 for work titled “Communities putting prevention to work: tobacco cessation.”

Promotions • Mansoor M. Amiji, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Mark Douglass, associate clinical professor

Retirements • Gerald E. Schumacher, professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Ohio Northern University Awards • David H. Kinder was named the National Advisor of the Year by Phi Delta Chi, the professional pharmacy fraternity. • Deirdre Myers will be honored as Advisor of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

Grants • Boyd R. Rorabaugh is a co-investigator on a $2,484,937 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant with researchers at the University of Michigan. Rorabaugh will receive $347,235 over four years, making it the largest NIH-sponsored research grant in the university’s history.

Purdue University Appointments/Elections • Michael D. Murray, distinguished professor of pharmacy practice

Awards • Gary E. Isom has been selected to receive a Professional Achievement Award from Idaho State University. • Elizabeth Topp has been elected as a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and will be inducted at their annual meeting in November.

Grants • Steven R. Abel and Kellie L. Jones received $137,079 from Clarian Health Partners, Inc. for “Co-Funded Position with Clarian Health Partners.” • Eric L. Barker received $190,625 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse for “Anxiety in a Genetic Animal Model of Alcoholism: Role of Endocannabinoids.” • Eric L. Barker and David E. Nichols received $205,666 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Psychostimulant Recognition by Serotonin Transporters.” • Eric L. Barker and Vincent J. Davisson received $190,625 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Lipodomic Profile of Endocannabinoids from Neuronal Cells.” • Mark S. Cushman received $208,937 from the University of Illinois at Chicago for “Novel Antiobiotic Development for Biodefense.” • Vincent J. Davisson received $537,956 from the U.S. Department of Defense for “Targeting PCNA Phosphorylation in Breast Cancer.” • Robert L. Geahlen received $51,782 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Tyrosine Protein Kinases and Lymphocyte Activation.” • Marietta L. Harrison received $1,000,000 from Walther Cancer Foundation for “Walther Oncology Physical Sciences & Engineering Research Embedding Program.” • Stanley L. Hem received $44,366 from Merck Research Laboratories for “Effect of Sterilization by Gamma Ir-radiation on the Chemical and Immunulogical Properties of Aluminum Adjuvants.” • Karen S. Hudmon received $264,927 from PHSNIH National Cancer Institute for “Ask, Advise, Refer: Promoting Pharmacy-Based Referrals to Tobacco Quit-lines.” • Gregory T. Knipp received $8,545 from Bioanalytical Systems, Inc., for “Testing and Development of Pharmaceuticals on the Pigturn.” • David E. Nichols and Val J. Watts received $374,361 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Mental Health



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for “Development of Potentially Selective Dopamine Agonists.” • Rodolfo Pinal received $35,000 from Catalent Pharma Solutions for “CPPR”; and $35,000 from Shionogi and Company Ltd for “CPPR Consortium.” • Amy H. Sheehan received $110,770 from Eli Lilly and Company for “Lilly Portion of Fellowship Program for Pharmacy Practice Post-Graduate Fellowship Program.” • Joseph Thomas III received $336,836 from PHSNIH National Institute on Aging for “Prognostic Significance of Insufficient ADL Help on Health Outcomes/Utilization.”

pointed to the NAPLEX Review Committee for 2010–2011. • Kimberly W. Benner was appointed to the Educational Steering Committee of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Executive Committee. • Paula A. Thompson was elected vice chair for the Alabama Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board.

Awards • Michael D. Hogue was awarded Faculty Member of the Year and Alabama Pharmacy Association President’s Award by the Alabama Pharmacy Association.

• Elizabeth M. Topp received $276,543 from PHSNIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Protein Aggregation in Amorphous Solids.”

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• Val J. Watts and David E. Nichols received $186,786 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Mental Health for “Development of Allosteric Modulators of D1 Dopamine Receptors.”

• Anthony T. Corigliano, assistant professor/laboratory experience coordinator

• Kara D. Weatherman received $25,000 from Cardinal Health for “Cardinal Health Fellowship in Clinical Nuclear Pharmacy and Radiopharmaceutical Safety.”

• Brooke Lowry, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

• Yoon Yeo received $3,000 from Yang Chung Park for “Yang Chun Park Voluntary Support.” • Yoon Yeo and Gregory T. Knipp received $197,922 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Peritumorally Transformable Nanoparticles for Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy of Ovarian Cancer.” • Alan J. Zillich received $15,947 from VA Medical Center/Carmel for “Heather Jaynes IPA.”

Promotions • Judy T. Chen, associate professor • Brian R. Overholser, associate professor • Val J. Watts, professor

Samford University Appointments/Elections • Jennifer W. Beall and Robert Henderson were ap-




• Keith DelMonte, director of experiential education

• Melinda E. Lull, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences • Ramil E. Sapinoro, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences • Andrea Traina, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice • Ashley Woodruff, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Promotions • Asim M. Abu-Baker, associate professor, pharmacy practice, and assistant director of experiential education

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Appointments/Elections • Virgil R. Van Dusen recently began his appointment

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as regional dean for the Abilene regional campus of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.

Awards • Amie Blaszczyk has received the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Leadership in Education Award. • Sara D. Brouse, Steven Pass and Sachin Shah have been selected to receive fellow status from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

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The University of Oklahoma Appointments/Elections • Rebecca Dunn, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative SciencesOklahoma City • Alamdar Hussain, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Katherine O’Neal, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences-Tulsa • Sukyung Woo, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

• James D. Hoehns recently became a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

• Youngjae You, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

• The United States Pharmacopeia has recently announced that James A. Ponto and Dale Eric Wurster have been elected to the U.S. Pharmacopeia General Chapters–Physical Analysis Expert Committee.


The University of Montana Grants • Andrij Holian has been awarded $31,765 from NIH for an ARRA supplement for Defining the Roles of Macrophages Subsets and NK Lymphocytes in Silicosis; and $30,384 from NIH for an ARRA supplement for Bioactivity of Engineered Fiber Shaped Nanomaterials. Holian has also been awarded an additional $54,450 from NIH for an ARRA supplement for Bioactivity of Engineered Fiber Shaped Nanomaterials. • Gayle A. Hudgins has been awarded $2,136,009 from HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, for a Geriatric Education Centers grant. • Lori J. Morin has received $454,008 from HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, for scholarships for disadvantaged students in pharmacy. • Kevan Roberts has received $306,000 from NIH for an instrument grant for a CompCyte iCys system.

• Susan E. Conway, appointed as fellow, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Grants • Shane P. Desselle, Merck, $47,961. “Evaluation of Merck’s headache school: A quasi-experimental phase 4 examination of effectiveness.” • Randle M. Gallucci, OCAST (Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology), $135,000. “The role of IL-6 in diabetic wound healing.” • W. Michael McShan, NIH R15, $370,000. “Bacteriophage control of DNA repair in streptococcus pyogenes.” • Nathan Shankar, NIH NIDCR R21, $402,875. “Host immune response to E. faecalis biofilm.”

Promotions • Becky L. Armor, clinical associate professor • Mark L. Britton, professor • R. Chris Rathbun, professor

Retirements • J. Thomas Pento, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences



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The University of Tennessee

liver disease: early markers and therapy with enteral omega-3 supplementation.



• Jeffrey A. Lewis, assistant professor, clinical pharmacy

• Benjamin T. Duhart Jr., associate professor, clinical pharmacy


• Christa M. George, associate professor, clinical pharmacy

• Heather M. Eppert, Innovations in Pharmacy Practice Award, Tennessee Pharmacists Association

• Gale L. Hamann, professor, clinical pharmacy

• Stephan L. Foster, 2010 Pharmacist of the Year, Tennessee Pharmacists Association

• James M. Hoffman, associate professor, clinical pharmacy

• Sherry Hill, 2010 Bowl of Hygeia Award, Tennessee Pharmacists Association

• Marilyn D. Lee, professor, clinical pharmacy

• Max D. Ray, Honorary Membership, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists • Sean Rowe, Pharmacist of the Year, Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists • Charles (Al) Wood, Distinguished Service Award, Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Grants • Candace S. Brown, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, $88,934, Trial of Filbanserin daily in premenopausal and naturally menopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder in North America. • James C. Eoff III, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, $3.36 million over three years, Minority Center of Excellence Award. • Michael C. Storm, UT Research Foundation, $15,000, Development of a prototype flavored, pharmaceutically elegant liquid emulsion or suspension of deodorized omega-3 fatty acids for pediatric patients. • Katie J. Suda, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $30,000, A national analysis of outpatient anti-infective prescribing patterns. • Emma Tillman, University of Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute, $77,000, Identification of cellular pathways affected by omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in a cholestatic liver disease model; and Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, $2,000, Parenteral nutrition associated

• M. Shawn McFarland, associate professor, clinical pharmacy • Bob M. Moore Jr., professor, pharmaceutical sciences • Aubrey Waddell, professor, clinical pharmacy • Junling Wang, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences • C. Ryan Yates, professor, pharmaceutical sciences

The University of Texas at Austin Awards • Patrick J. Davis and Arlyn Kloesel have been recognized by the UT System to receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2010.

The University of Toledo Appointments/Elections • Diane M. Cappelletty has been invited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Division of Anti-Infective and Ophthalmology Products. • Mary F. Powers was elected president of the Faculty Senate at The University of Toledo for the academic year 2010-2011.

Awards • Ezdihar A. Hassoun was selected for The University



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of Toledo’s Outstanding Researcher Award. • Monica G. Holiday-Goodman was recently selected for the 2010–2011 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. • Marcia F. McInerney was selected as one of The University of Toledo’s distinguished university professors.

Promotions • Monica G. Holiday-Goodman was promoted to full professor.

Retirements • Curtis D. Black, Merck professor of clinical pharmacy

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Appointments/Elections • Howell R. Foster was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

the National Institutes of Health for a grant titled “Radiation Induced Heart Disease: Mechanisms and Interventions”; and received funding for four years from the American Cancer Society for a grant titled “Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors and Tocols in Radiation-Induced Heart Disease.” • Martin Hauer-Jensen will receive funding from the National Institutes of Health for a project titled “Somatostatin Analogs as Countermeasures against Intestinal Radiation Injury” as part of a multiinstitutional Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation organized by Duke University.

University of Cincinnati Promotions • Bethanne Brown, promoted to associate professor of clinical pharmacy • Bradley E. Hein, promoted to associate professor of clinical pharmacy

University of Connecticut Appointments/Elections

• Bill J. Gurley Jr. was elected to a five-year term on the U.S. Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements Expert Committee.

• Marie A. Smith is the Palmer endowed professor in community pharmacy practice/assistant dean for practice & public policy partnerships.

• Elvin T. Price was appointed vice chair of the Organ Specific Diseases Section of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics for 2010–2011.

University of Florida

• Lindsey E. Turnbow was appointed assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

• Hartmut C. Derendorf received the American College of Clinical Pharmacology Distinguished Investigator Award in September.

Awards • Eddie B. Dunn was awarded the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Chapter Advisor of the Year Award.


• Charles A. Peloquin has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.



• Reginald F. Frye has received a two-year, $574,000 award from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine for his clinical study, “Herb-Drug Glucuronidation Interactions.”

• Marjan Boerma received funding for five years from

• Julie A. Johnson received a $10.6 million award to

• Daohong Zhou was named by Gov. Mike Beebe as one of the first two Arkansas Research Alliance Scholars.



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further a national effort to use genetic data to more effectively pinpoint which medications and treatments are best for individual patients. • Hendrik Luesch received a 5-year $1.15 million award titled “Chemistry and Biology of Apratoxins.”

• Peter Swaan was selected to serve on the state of Maryland’s new Nanobiotechnology Task Force. He was also named associate editor of the journal Drug Metabolism and Disposition.


University of Kentucky

• Thomas C. Dowling was named a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


• Natalie D. Eddington was named a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

• Thomas S. Foster, faculty senator • Trish Freeman, AACP representative

• Jeffrey P. Gonzales was named a fellow of the Society of Critical Care.

• Greg Graf, College Honor Code Committee faculty representative

• Stuart T. Haines received the Education Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

• William C. Lubawy, faculty secretary; AACP representative alternate

• Raymond C. Love has been named chair-elect of the AACP Pharmacy Ethics special interest group.

• Brenda R. Motheral, associate professor

• Gerald M. Rosen was named Maryland Chemist of the Year by the American Chemical Society.

• Eric J. Munson, Patrick DeLuca endowed professor in pharmaceutical technology • Todd D. Porter, faculty secretary alternate • Anne Policastri, HCCC faculty representative alternate • Kenneth E. Record, HCCC faculty representative • Timothy S. Tracy, Dean

University of Maryland Appointments/Elections • Cynthia J. Boyle was elected speaker of the AACP House of Delegates.

Grants • Lauren B. Angelo received $25,000 from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education for “Facilitating the Implementation of MTM Services in Community Pharmacy.” • Wanli W. Smith received $1.6 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Synphilin-1 and obesity.” • Pamela Voulalas-Depireux received $63,000 from the Epilepsy Foundation of America for “Gestation alters efflux transporter activity and drug delivery to the brain.” • Ilene H. Zuckerman received $188,500 from Novartis Pharmaceutical for a postdoctoral fellowship.

• Daniel C. Mullins was named co-editor-in-chief of the journal Value in Health, the official journal of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

University of Minnesota

• James E. Polli was named a member-at-large of the Executive Council of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

• Sarah K. Schweiss joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences as assistant professor.

• Dawn Shojai has been named assistant director for clinical services for the Maryland P3 Program.


Grants • Terrence J. Adam, $5.145 million training grant from the HHS Office of the National Coordinator



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for Health Information Technology, for the U of M project, “Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Curriculum Development Centers.” • Vadim J. Gurvich received a $78,000 grant from AMI Purdue for the project, “Development and Manufacturing of Peptidoglycan For Clinical Use.” • Rick Wagner received a $235,000 grant for “Magnetic/Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy.”

$800,000, “Target Validation, Assay Development and Hit Discovery for IDH1-Based Approaches Targeting Glioblastoma.”

Promotions • Wendy C. Cox, assistant dean of professional education • Russell J. Mumper, executive associate dean



• Anthony J. Hickey, professor

• Grant W. Anderson was promoted with tenure to associate professor.

University of Pittsburgh

• William S. Oetting was promoted to professor with tenure.


• Serguei V. Pakhomov was promoted with tenure to associate professor. • Jayanth Panyam was promoted with tenure to associate professor.

• Raman Venkataramanan was elected as a memberat-large (executive committee member) of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Venkataramanan was also recently appointed as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Analytical Chemistry.

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• Philip E. Empey was selected as a University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute clinical research scholar.

• Kenneth “Mac” McCall was elected president of the Maine Pharmacy Association at their annual meeting.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Appointments/Elections • Paul Dayton, associate professor • Samuel Lai, assistant professor

Grants • Susan J. Blalock, American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation, $400,000, “Communicating Risks Associated with Prescription Medications.” • Stephen V. Frye, National Cancer Institute, $1.6 million, “Developing Small Molecule Mer Inhibitor Candidates for Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”; and National Cancer Institute,

• Deanne L. Hall was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for being named one of the top ten 2010 Kappa Psi Fraternity Grand Council Deputies.

Grants • Alexander Doemling received a three-year, $1,082,950 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Protein Protein Interaction Directed Libraries.” • Donna M. Huryn received a $155,675 grant from the National Cancer Institute, Science Applications International Corporation-Frederick, for “Discovery and Optimization of Inhibitors of STAT3 Activation for the Treatment of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck.” • Song Li received a one-year, $113,625 grant from the Department of Defense for “Targeted Co-Delivery of Synthetic microRNA and microRNA Expression Vector for Rapid and Sustained Inhibition of



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Breast Cancer.” Li also received a $15,000 grant from the University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Fund for “Farnesoid X Receptor and Hepatic Stellate Cells.” • Dexi Liu received $91,611 in funding from Pain Therapeutics, Inc., for “Expression of Human Factor IX in Large Animals Using the OC31 Gene Expression” to study the expression pattern of PhiC31 gene expression system in large animals.

University of Rhode Island Grants • Fatemeh Akhlagi was awarded $111,769 from the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council for “Novel oral fluid based methods for non-invasive determination of total exposure to immunosuppressive drugs”; $227,042 from Novartis for “Smart pill technology for exact evaluation of gastrointestinal residence time in diabetic kidney transplants”; and $55,858 from Novartis for “Pharmacodynamics of mycophenolic acid in diabetic patients.” • Bongsup Cho was awarded $309,834 from NIH for “Sequence effects of arylamine-DNA adducts.” • Lisa Cohen received two awards for $6,805 from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for “Multidisciplinary education and diabetes intervention” and “Multidisciplinary education and diabetes intervention for cardiac risk (MEDIC).” • Ruiteng Deng was awarded $298,000 from the NIH for “Crosstalk between estrogen and bile acid synthesis pathway.” • Andrea G. Dooley was awarded $44,352 from Veterans Affairs for “Patient safety center of inquiry in the management of heart failure patients.” • Elaina Goldstein and E. Paul Larrat were awarded $750,000 for a Medicaid Infrastructure project.

of novel neuroprotective drugs” and $340,567 from NIH-CONRAD for “Novel bifunctional anti-HIV 1 agents as microbicides.” • Brian J. Quilliam was awarded $36,059 from HHS for “Optimizing medication history values in clinical encounters with elderly patients.” • Brian J. Quilliam and Stephen Kogut were awarded $127,417 from Takeda Pharmaceuticals for “Evaluating the incidence, risks and costs of hypoglycemia in patients with Type 2 diabetes: a nested case-control study.” • David C. Rowley, Kerry LaPlante and Navindra P. Seeram were awarded $109,760 from Ocean Spray for “Qualitative and quantitative analysis of biofilm production in E. Coli and Staph in the presence of cranberry phytochemicals.” • Navindra P. Seeram was awarded $40,757 from the Federation of Maple Syrup Producers for two projects: “Investigating similarities and differences between maple syrup and lyophilized maple syrup” and “Comprehensive phytochemical analyses of concentrated maple syrup.” He was also awarded $190,040 for “Identification of complex sugars from maple syrup products” and $249,000 for “Routine analyses of samples to identify factors which contribute to variability of maple syrup,” both from the Federation of Maple Syrup Producers. • Navindra P. Seeram and Clinton O. Chichester III were awarded $54,800 from the Washington Red Raspberry Board for “Antiiflammatory effects of red raspberries in rats.” • Zahir A. Shaikh was awarded $3,470,166 from NIH for “RI Network for Excellence in biomedical and behavioral research.” • Angela L. Slitt and Navindra P. Seeram were awarded $100,000 from Robertet Flavors for “Targeting inflammin through inhibition of nuclear factor kappa B and related targets by flavor and fragrance compounds.”

• Rita Marcoux and William A. Beaulieu were awarded $40,000 from the State of Rhode Island for “Older Americans Act-Disease prevention and health promotion services medication management.”

• Tracey H. Taveira was awarded $19,120 from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for “Group intervention for DM guideline implementation: MEDIC.”

• Keykavous Parang was awarded $10,050 from Brown University for “Synthesis and development

• Nasser H. Zawia was awarded $319,714 from NIH for “Occupational exposure and the developmental basis of AD.”



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November 2009.

• Elaina Goldstein, associate research professor


• Kerry L. LaPlante, associate professor with tenure

• Beth Devine and Peggy S. Odegard are co-investigators on a $2.9 million grant on patient safety from the Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality.

• Tracey H. Taveira, associate professor granted tenure • Kristina E. Ward, associate clinical professor

University of Southern Nevada Appointments/Elections • Kayta Kobayashi, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Gary M. Levin, associate dean for clinical programs • Krystal Riccio, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Promotions • Rajan Radhakrishnan, professor of pharmaceutical sciences

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Appointments/Elections • Bruce R. Canaday, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice Pharmacy Administration

Promotions • Bin Chen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Clyde M. Ofner, professor of pharmaceutics

University of Washington Awards • Josh J. Carlson received a K12 program award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the UW Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness Alliance. • Jashvant D. Unadkat was appointed a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics in

• Rodney J. Ho received a Life Sciences Discovery Fund commercialization grant for $150,000 for a project that will test the safety and pharmacology of a novel MRI contrast agent. • Kelly K. Lee received a Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research grant for the project “Resolving the core protein skeleton of the HIV Env glycoprotein spike.” This grant is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for AIDS Research. He will work with Shiu-Lok Hu on this project. • Yvonne S. Lin received an NIH R01 grant for the project “Exogenous and Endogenous Biomarkers of CYP2D6 Variability in Pediatrics.” Lin also got an Institute of Translational Health Sciences pilot grant for “Investigation of the In Vivo Inhibition of Cytochrome P450 3A4 by the Natural Product Resveratrol and the Potential for an Herb-Drug Interaction.”

Retirements • Jacqueline S. Gardner, professor of pharmacy, retired after 18 years with the UW School of Pharmacy.

Virginia Commonwealth University Appointments/Elections • Donald J. Abraham was inducted into the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame in August. • Donald F. Brophy was named chairman of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science. • Sharon S. Gatewood was elected an executive committee member-at-large with the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. She also received the Virginia Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacists Mutual DisACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Oct/Nov/Dec 2010


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tinguished Young Pharmacist Award. • Phillip M. Gerk is a member of the 2011 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists’ Drug Transport Workshop Planning Committee. • Thomas T. Karnes is chairman-elect of the Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Mary Jayne Kennedy was named August member of the month by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. • Craig Kirkwood was elected secretary of the Virginia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. • Evan Sisson was appointed to the Professional Practice Committee Workgroup Tracking Practice Trends for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. • Douglas H. Sweet is co-chairman for the 2011 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists’ Drug Transport Workshop Planning Committee.

Awards • Susanna Wu-Pong was named a 2010–11 Academic Leadership Fellow by AACP.

Wilkes University Awards • Adam Welch received the Grand Council Deputy Outstanding Achievement Award from Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc.

Wingate University Appointments/Elections • Kira R. Brice has been appointed secretary-elect for NCAP’s New Practitioner Network Executive Committee. • Kammy D. Cunningham has been appointed assistant professor of pharmacy. • Kimberly L. Nealy has been appointed assistant professor of pharmacy. • April M. Robinson has been appointed assistant professor of pharmacy. • Phillip L. Thornton has been elected chair of the Chronic Care Executive Committee for the North Carolina Pharmacist’s Association (NCAP). This elected office includes an appointment to the NCAP Board of Directors for 2010–2011.

Grants • Lisa S. Smith received a $3,600 research grant from Salix Pharmaceuticals for her study “Combined Metozolv ODT and colonic bowel regimen versus colonic bowel regimen: a prospective randomized double blind placebo controlled trial of colonic preparation prior to colonoscopy.”

Promotions • Donnie S. Nuzum has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy. • Lisa S. Smith has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy.

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