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One Year Later

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Pharm Sci Building

Back to School

Study Tips & Advice

Reflecting on Faculty Leadership A Tribute to our Deans

IN THIS ISSUE Discover is the official MAGAZINE of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Released quarterly, it has the latest information about Faculty programs, research, events and Alumni.




One Year Later: Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Pharm Sci Building

Jimi Galvão


Back to School: Study Tips, Pharmacy Student Groups and Resources

Editorial Team


Inside Story on the Story of Medicines: Origins & Evolutions of Pharmacy

12 Reflecting on Faculty Leadership: A Tribute to the Deans of UBC Pharm Sci

Jimi Galvão Julia Kreger Christopher Cook Ivan Yastrebov


Graphic Design

Fall Update: The New Entry-to-Practice Program

Julia Kreger

18 Introducing the OEE: Training Medication Experts Through Structured Practice


19 Renewing the Accreditation Status of the PharmD and BSc Pharm Degree Programs

Michael Coughtrie

Tim Chen Barbara Gobis Angela Kim-Sing


Tara Klassen

20 Research-filled Summer Days: The 2013 Summer Student Research Program

Peter Loewen


PSAS: The Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite

22 Setting up a New Research Lab: An Interview with Tara Klassen and Tim Chen 23

Glenda MacDonald Arti Maharaj Caely-Ann McNabb Paulo Tchen

New This Fall: Research in Focus



Martin Dee


Pharmacists Clinic Preparations on Track

Ema Peter


Dr. Mary De Vera and the Professorship in Medication Adherence

Ivan Yastrebov Cover photo by Ivan Yastrebov.


Faculty & Friends Gather for the 24th Annual Bernie Riedel Golf Tournament

To share ideas and content for future issues, please email:

Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada 70th Annual General Meeting

Vancouver Coastal Health Nurses Collaborate with Students to Present Public Health Workshops

Connect with us:

New Student Awards

27 Reunions Save the Date: Celebrate Learning Week Upcoming Events 28 Recent Awards, Publications and Presentations DISCOVER • SPRING 2013


Fall 2013

Message from the



he 2013-2014 academic year has begun, and students

a clear and definable impact. These are therefore exciting and

will not be the only new faces wandering the halls of the

dynamic times for us and I am delighted to see a number of

Pharmaceutical Sciences Building.

outstanding new recruits joining the Faculty.

It is a great honour to introduce myself as the new Dean of the

Over the coming months I will be working with senior

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. I officially began

colleagues across our Faculty to identify and implement the

my term on August 1, 2013, and within the past several weeks I

key strategic priorities which will guide our thinking for the

have spent time familiarizing myself with the amazing people,

next several years, and I look forward to sharing and discussing

work and facilities that the Faculty, and UBC, has to offer. UBC

these ideas with everyone. I also look forward to meeting and

Pharmaceutical Sciences has a long and distinguished history,

getting to know you all, and I hope you will share your thoughts

and I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of the many

and ideas with me.

talented individuals who served in this role before me.

On a final note, I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr.

This is clearly a time of considerable challenge and change for

Wayne Riggs for the truly outstanding job that has done as

all of us. There are significant pressures on research funding

Dean pro tem. We will continue to benefit from his wisdom,

and fundamental changes in the way that research is funded.

experience and leadership as he moves into the role of Associate

The higher education sector is facing significant obstacles on

Dean, Academic.

the back of the global financial situation, other cost pressures and changing demographics. In addition, Pharmacy and the


role of the pharmacist in healthcare delivery is changing rapidly. We are, however, very well placed to take advantage of all of these. We have dedicated, committed and highly professional faculty and staff members; a range of high quality, innovative

Michael Coughtrie, PhD

and attractive educational programs that attracts students of

Professor and Dean

the highest quality; and a portfolio of excellent research with




One Year Later

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Pharm Sci Building

Project Overview Floors 6 Budget

$133.3 million

Architects Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Montreal) and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (Vancouver) Structural

Glotman Simpson

Mechanical/Lab Stantec Electrical AES Landscape KPA Contractor Ledcor Architectural Concrete UCC Group


IMAGE Surveying the proposed construction site of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

Inspiration & Concept


his September, the Faculty celebrates the first anniversary of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. Since

opening to the public on September 18, 2012, the building has generated a significant amount of interest and has won eight architectural, design and construction awards. This special anniversary feature looks back on how our marvel-

“We should never regard nature as an obstacle. We should see it as an inspiration.� - Giles Saucier, ARCHITECT, in conversation with the Montreal Gazette

ous building came to be and the important milestones, and people, involved along the way.

BELOW (L-R) Original concept sketch; image of two trees entwining that inspired the design; architect's sketch. ABOVE Original architects sketches

FEATURES “When a snowflake forms, it relies on precise structural designs to bring its components together...Using this inspiration, (WE) integrated the building’s structural elements through the use of thin-link slabs.” – Glotman·Simpson

Construction Western Red Cedar Finish



Laboratory volumes

“A showcase of many different products that truly stand out in part due to the outstanding craftsmanship.”


– Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau (NWCB) Foliage

TOP The Pharmaceutical Sciences Building's iconic glass facade under construction ABOVE Architectural renderings of proposed Pharmaceutical Sciences Building OPPOSITE Construction underway on the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, January 2011


The Building in Numbers


1,800 Cubic Metres of ConcretE 350 Men working on the construction site at its peak

110 fumehoods in the labs 20 different floor heights on level one 26 different specialty consultants who Contributed to the design

2.12 football fields worth of western red cedar

TOP Former Dean Robert D. Sindelar on site during construction BELOW UBC President Stephen Toope, Robert Sindelar, Nick Maile (UBC Properties Trust) and Jamal Kurtu (UBC Pharm Sci Operations & Facilities Director) survey the construction site


Opening Ceremony “The new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building is a remarkable achievement, and redefines the future of pharmacy education and practice in the province.� - UBC President DR. Stephen Toope

IMAGES This page: A selection of photos taken during the official opening ceremony on September 18, 2012. Opposite: Interior of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Atrium; Students exploring the Lifetime Donor Sculptures






A+ AWARDS 2013

Awards and Accolades 2012 Canadian Association of Architects Award 2013 Wallpaper* Magazine, Best Lab Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award, Best in Show ACEC Award for Engineering Excellence Winner of the Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau Outstanding Projects of the Year Award, Best Suspended Ceiling Azure Magazine AZ Awards, Best Commercial Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres VRCA Award of Excellence, Silver Award for Sustainable Construction



Back to School: Study Tips and Pharmacy Student Groups by Christopher Cook This FALL, the Faculty is welcoming more than 240 new students into our BSc, PharmD, MSc, and PhD programs. Here are a few favorite study tips and student groups to INSPIRE OUR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS ALIKE.

Study Tips from Pharm Sci Faculty Members Study actively – for example: When reviewing the material, explain in your own words (out loud is the best), or teach/share answers with a classmate · Create a practice quiz and answer the questions · Draw diagrams to visually represent the material · Stay hydrated and snack on high-energy food – e.g. granola bars, fruit, vegetables. · Celebrate when you reach your goal –

buy a treat! - Janice Moshenko, Instructor Don't procrastinate – the term may start off slowly but soon it'll be time for mid-terms and group projects, then lab exams and finals. Try to review some course material every day. · Write To-Do Lists – it keeps you organized and checking off completed items is very satisfying. · Remember to find some time to exercise (go to the gym, take a yoga class, go for a run etc.) - it'll make you more productive and reduce your stress. - Tony Seet, Instructor Get enough sleep the night before an exam – a tired mind is a slow mind! · Minimize laptop and smart phone distractions by logging out of your email, Twitter, and Facebook accounts while you're in class or studying for exams. · Go to class – it's more

time efficient than trying to learn the material you missed in class from someone else's notes. - Kathy Seto, Instructor Studying in a group is a great way to work through problems, generate new ideas and to prepare for written and practical exams. · Building your pharmacy knowledge base takes time and dedication. Be patient, enjoy the process, and have fun.

· Nourish your brain with new knowledge but also take care of your body by eating right and staying active. · Taking power naps doesn't hurt either. - Paulo Tchen, Lecturer & Course Coordinator Review your notes early. Don’t wait until night before the exams. · Understand what you have been taught by applying the

information. · If you don’t understand certain concepts, discuss them with classmates first. If you still do not understand, ask your instructors. - Dr. Arun Verma, Instructor 10



Inside Story on the Story of Medicines:

Student Groups


he Faculty’s numerous student societies offers opportunities beyond the classroom, providing experiences that will

inform career directions, build lasting friendships, and allow

Origins & Evolutions of Pharmacy


students to give back to the greater community.

nside Story on the Story of Medicines is an ongoing feature dedicated to uncovering the individual narratives that

makeup our interactive Story of Medicines exhibition. In


this edition, as we commence a new academic year, we The Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) is a national association of pharmacy students and interns, and the UBC student chapter creates many opportunities for pharmacy students to connect with each other and the public.

focus on the Origins & Evolutions of Pharmacy exhibit. The Origins & Evolutions of Pharmacy is located on the ground floor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, to the left of the main Agronomy Road entrance. It consists of 24 glass panels which together trace the history of


pharmacy from ancient times to the modern world. The council/about-phus

Columbia and share an overview of the Faculty’s history

latter two panels tell the story of pharmacy in British

The Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (PhUS) produces several social and professional events throughout the year, including Pharmacy Awareness Week (PAW), Big Brother and Big Sister Night, Winter Gala, intramural sport competitions, and more.

since 1946. Guests to the Story of Medicines are often particularly interested in the three glass artifact cabinets, situated in the centre of the exhibit. These contain real historical pieces from the Faculty’s collection, including a 16th Century apothecary jar, original prescription book from


1900 and a colourful collection of antique show globes,

which marked the entryway of pharmacies from as early

Established in 2006, the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Society (PharGS) represents the Faculty’s graduate students, creating professional development and community outreach opportunities and workshops.

as the 17th Century.

Rho Chi


The Faculty would like to thank alumnus and pharmacy historian Steve Dove and alumna Louanne Twaites for their important contributions to the creation of this The Story of Medicines is free to the public and open for

The Delta Gamma Chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honour Society at UBC was established in 2010. The Delta Gamma Chapter hosts community and student workshops throughout the year.

viewing from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - JULIA KREGER

UBC-AAPS Chapters/University_of_British_Columbia The University of British Columbia (UBC) student chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) was established in 2006. Members range from undergraduate students to postdoctoral fellows, and one of the main goals of the chapter is to enrich the educational experiences of members through recreation and volunteering. IMAGE Origins & Evolutions of Pharmacy DISCOVER • FALL 2013



Reflecting on Faculty Leadership: A Tribute to the Deans of UBC Pharm Sci The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC has a distinguished history of accomplished academics and researchers who served as Dean. Each brought their unique talents and abilities to this important leadership role, but they were all similar in their passion for the Pharmaceutical Sciences and vision to affect positive change – both in the Faculty and profession of Pharmacy. As Dean Michael Coughtrie begins his term, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the many talented Deans who helped shape the Faculty into what it is today.

Dean Esli L. Woods









tion in 1928 at the age of 30. During this

ed Head of the newly created

time, he was also affiliated with pharmacy

Department of Pharmacy at UBC in

associations in Saskatchewan and British

1946 and then Dean of the Faculty of

Columbia and served in an advisory ca-

Pharmacy, which, through his efforts,

pacity to develop the pharmacy pro-

was established by the Senate and

gram in B.C. Dr. Woods held the posi-

Board of Governors of The University of

tion of Dean until his death in 1951. He

British Columbia in May 1949. Prior to

was widely acknowledged for having

coming to UBC, Dr. Woods held the


position of Dean, College of Pharmacy,

pharmacy, particularly in the standard-

University of Saskatchewan, and helped to create their three and

ization of pharmaceutical education in

four year pharmacy programs. He also held the distinction of





being the youngest Dean in Canada when he took up the posi-






ith the sudden passing of Dean

as President of the Pharmacy Examining

Esli Woods in December 1951,

Board of Canada and the Association

Dr. Finlay Morrison was appointed

of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. Dr.

Acting Dean for a period of eight

Morrison’s passionate commitment to

months. He then became Assistant to

academic pharmacy is reflected in the

the Dean in 1960 and Associate Dean

statement he prepared for the book

in 1973, a position he held until his

written in celebration of the Faculty’s

retirement in 1982. During his 35-year

50th anniversary: “I have also had

career with the Faculty, Dr. Morrison

the distinct privilege of working with

was identified as the common thread

hundreds of students now practicing the

through both academic and professional pharmacy in B.C. He

profession in B.C. and around the world,

was involved in the drafting and presentation of a new B.C.

and I count that as one of the greatest

Pharmacists’ Act in 1974 and served as President (1973-74)

professional rewards and challenges one

and Registrar (1956-57), College of Pharmacists of BC, as well

could ever have.”


Dean whitney matthews 1952—1967




n 1951, the torch was passed from Acting Dean Morrison to Dr. Whitney

Matthews. During his tenure, the Faculty established the four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program and was approved for the Master of Science degree by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition, Dean Matthews undertook to increase the prestige and profile of the new Faculty. In the

late 1950’s, approval was received to build a four-story building attached to the existing Wesbrook structure. The building was named in honor of George Cunningham for his help in establishing the Faculty, his significant donation to the project, and his service to UBC. Pharmacy at UBC thus began its third decade suitably housed, with a growing undergraduate enrolment, and faculty who were committed to the development of research and graduate programs. Dean Matthews retired in 1967 and left the Faculty in a strong position to move forward with the vision to provide the breadth of education required for the programs he had served to

IMAGE The George Cunningham Building

implement and develop.





r. Bernard was appointed Dean in

number of teaching and research faculty

July 1967 following several years

increased dramatically, and prior to his re-

as an academic and senior adminis-

tirement in 1984, he initiated a program in

trator at the University of Alberta. His

pharmacy administration. Dr. Riedel also

visionary leadership capitalized on the

served as Coordinator of Health Sciences

opportunities available for growth in

from 1977 to 1984 and provided strong

universities and to implement change.

leadership for the continuing expansion

In 1968, the Faculty’s name was changed

of the Health Sciences Centre. In addition

from the “Faculty of Pharmacy” to the

to his academic responsibilities, he played

“Faculty of Pharmaceutical Scienc-

an important role in a number of orga-

es”; the undergraduate degree name was changed from BSP to

nizations nationally and notably was a

BSc(Pharm.), and the PhD was added to the graduate studies

charter member of the Medical Research

program of the Faculty. In 1971 the new research wing of the

Council of Canada. Dr. Riedel contributed

Cunningham building opened and the Cunningham family do-

to making the Faculty of Pharmaceutical

nated new funds to acquire major equipment. During his tenure,

Sciences at UBC a significant professional

the Faculty developed a vigorous continuing education program

faculty on campus and to positioning it as

in conjunction with the College of Pharmacists of BC, and the

one of the strongest pharmacy faculties

Clinical Pharmacy program that encompassed community and

in Canada. In 1997, he received national

hospital pharmacy residency programs and provided training

recognition as one of the recipients of the

opportunities for students to move toward a clinical, patient-ori-

Order of Canada for his immense contri-

ented practice of pharmacy. In addition to these developments,

butions as a scientist, an academic and

the BC Drug & Poison Information Centre was established. The

senior administrator.





Tournament, which was named in honour

ed Dean on January 1, 1985, fol-

of his predecessor, colleague and friend.

lowing 14 years’ service to the Faculty

Nationally, Dean McNeill enthusiastically

and five years’ teaching experience

responded to the call to serve on numer-

at Michigan State University. Prior

ous committees of pharmacy organiza-

to becoming Dean, he achieved a full

tions and granting agencies, which came

professorship in the Faculty and served

to rely heavily on his energetic dedication

as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

and wide breadth of expertise to move

& Research, for six years. During his

their agendas forward. He maintained

tenure, Dr. McNeill provided strong, in-

an active research program through-

novative leadership and moved the Faculty forward to establish

out his tenure and for his outstanding

an effective strategic planning process; update the curriculum

contributions to his research discipline,

to meet the needs of current pharmacy practice (approved by

Dr. McNeill was named a Fellow of the

Senate in 1991); implement the first post baccalaureate Doctor

Royal Society of Canada, our country’s

of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in Canada which provides ad-

top academic honor in 2000. During his

vanced training in clinical pharmacy to practitioners (approved

11.5-year tenure, Dr. McNeill can point

by Senate in 1991); and maintain its reputation of having the

with pride to the leadership qualities he

best graduate program and research environment in Canada.

brought to the position of Dean and that

Through UBC’s “World of Opportunity” campaign mounted

served the Faculty to maintain a standing

in 1993, the Faculty was successful in establishing the Dr. Tong

of “second to none” in Canada.


r. John H. McNeill was appoint-

Louie Chair in Pharmacy Administration; the Shoppers Drug Mart Professorship; and the David H. MacDonald Professorship. In addition, Dr. McNeill was instrumental in establishing a very successful annual fundraising event, the Bernie Riedel Golf






r. Frank Abbott was appointed


Dean on July 1, 1996, following 31

Dean Abbott facilitated a contemporary

years’ service to the Faculty and five

outcomesbased pharmacy curriculum; a

years’ graduate research experience

new undergraduate admissions program;

at the University of Saskatchewan


and Purdue University. He became


a full Professor in 1987, was an

and classrooms including the tissue

Associate to the Department of

culture facility, neuroscience laboratory,













and served as Chair, Division of

centre, and small group teaching space.

Pharmacetical Chemistry from 1982-1996. His passion as a

In spite of budget reallocations and a

teacher resulted in seven teaching awards and he maintained

six-year tuition freeze, he retained and

his research program on metabolism and toxicology of

attracted quality faculty and staff and

anticonvulsant and related drugs throughout his entire career.

left the Faculty with an opportunity to

In 1993 he received the prestigious AFPC McNeil Award for

recruit four Canada Research Chairs.

his contributions to pharmaceutical research and served as

Following TREK 2000, UBC’s vision for

an active member of ADPC, AFPC, CSPS, BCCP, AACP, ACS,

the 21st Century, he worked with alumni,


FEATURES (Dr. Frank Abbott, continued) retail pharmacy, and pharmaceutical industry to fund the Angiotech Professorship, the Bong Pang Yee Scholarship & Endowment Fund, scholarships, bursaries and a new Pharmacy Practice Centre. Dean Abbott’s vision and leadership provided opportunities for new learning strategies, contemporary pharmacy practice, the implementation of the Structured Pharmacy Experiential Program, and innovative research resulting in the formation of the Collaboration for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE UBC) and a growing Summer Student Research Program. The need for more qualified pharmacists in B.C. inspired Dean Abbott to engage government, university and community pharmacy to consider establishing an accelerated pharmacy degree program and, if approved, the first of its kind in North America.









into its 4th edition. Since coming to

University of British Columbia

UBC, he has been inducted as a Fellow,

as Professor and Dean, Faculty

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences,



and has been active in promoting the

September 1, 2002. This followed 19

profession of pharmacy and the BC

years at the University of Mississippi

biotechnology community. During his

where he held the positions of

tenure as Dean, he has dedicated his

Professor and Chair of Medicinal

efforts to help enhance the B.C. health

Chemistry and served as Interim

care system by supporting changes in

Dean, School of Pharmacy, for a

the pharmacist scope of practice and

1.5-year period from 2000 to 2001. Prior to establishing his

adding the practice innovation portfolio

academic career at the University of Mississippi, he completed

to the Faculty. Dean Sindelar has helped

postdoctoral studies at UBC and the State University of New

build a unified vision with the pharmacy

York at Buffalo. Dr. Sindelar’s expertise lies in medicinal

profession, BC government, B.C. life

chemistry, computer-aided drug discovery and design,

sciences community and UBC for the

pharmaceutical biotechnology, and creating opportunities to

future of pharmacy and pharmaceutical

integrate innovation into the health care system. While at the

sciences education in B.C. and beyond.

University of Mississippi, he maintained an active research


program that focused on the human immune system and

by Dean Sindelar have led to securing

drug design for related diseases and was the recipient of


several School and University-wide teaching honors. This

Faculty, to position it as an effective

work resulted in significant extramuralfunding as Principle

change-leader and to build a new,

(PI) and Co-PI Investigator, 60+ refereed journal articles, six

state-of-the-art $155 million facility

U.S. patents, several foreign patents and over 100 scientific

to house all the educational and world

and professional presentations. He holds membership on

class research activities of the Faculty of

editorial boards of various scientific journals and has co-

Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Centre

edited a popular textbook on pharmaceutical biotechnology

for Drug Research and Development.




major to



undertaken expand


that has been translated into several languages and is now



FEATURES Acting DEAN Helen M. Burt




r. Burt was born in Manchester,

the recipient of several teaching prizes

England and obtained her BPharm

and research awards, including the UBC

(Hons) from the University of Bath

Killam Teaching Prize and Killam Faculty

and her PhD in Pharmaceutics from

Research Prize, NSERC Synergy Award

UBC. She is the Angiotech Professor

for Innovation, CSPS Award of Leadership

of Drug Delivery in the UBC Faculty

in Canadian Pharmaceutical Sciences



and YWCA Woman of Distinction Award

began her term as Associate Vice

for Science, Research and Technology.



She is a founding scientist in the Centre

Burt's major research efforts are

for Drug Research and Development

supported by grants from CIHR and NSERC and involve the

(CDRD), a member of the Canadian

development of polymer-based drug delivery systems for

Academy of Health Sciences and has

controlled and localized drug delivery. She has published over

served on the Board of Directors of the

140 peer-reviewed papers and eight patents. She has been

Provincial Health Services Authority.






DEAN PRO TEM K. Wayne Riggs


r. Wayne Riggs is a Professor in

Associate Dean Academic, member

the Faculty of Pharmaceutical

of the Canadian Institutes of Health



(CIHR) Pharmaceutical Sciences grant

degree in Pharmacy in 1971 (UBC)

review committee, council member for

and worked in community pharmacy

the International Society for the Study

practice until 1979 when he returned

of Xenobiotics (ISSX) and member

to UBC to complete a MSc in

of the Health Canada TPP Expert

Pharmacokinetics (1982). Dr. Riggs

Advisory Committee on Bioavailability

subsequently worked for two years

and Bioequivalence. In addition, he has

in hospital pharmacy before coming

served as a consultant and/or a member

back to UBC to complete his PhD in 1989 in Pharmacokinetics/

of the board of directors for a number

Drug Metabolism. Following this, he joined the Faculty as

of pharmaceutical and biotechnology

an assistant professor to begin his academic research and

companies. Dr. Riggs has received a

teaching career. Dr. Riggs teaches pharmacokinetics at both

number of teaching awards including

the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also served

the UBC Killam Teaching Prize; Bristol-

in a number of administrative roles in the Faculty including

Myers Squibb Teaching Award and

Chair of the Division of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics,

second year class teaching award.




Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Acting




MARCH—july 2013

Years Active



1946—1951 1951—1952

Esli L. Woods Finlay A. Morrison

Dean Acting Dean


Whitney Matthews


1967—1984 1985—1996

Bernard Riedel John H. McNeill

Dean Dean

1996—2002 2002—2013 August—December 2010

Frank S. Abbott Robert D. Sindelar Helen M. Burt

Dean Dean Acting Dean

March—July 2013

K. Wayne Riggs

Dean pro tem


Fall Update:

The New Entry-to-Practice Program by Peter Loewen and Glenda MacDonald


he UBC Entry-to-Practice (E2P) PharmD Task Force

pharmacotherapeutics, communication skills, and many

and Working Groups have been labouring hard through

others, delivered in modules organized by body system.

the Spring and Summer to create our next E2P program for


Opportunities for students to immediately apply their learning to solve real-world problems.

Over 75 faculty, staff, and practicing pharmacists continue to contribute to the program development effort. Our

Opportunities to choose specialized learning through "Pathways" in the latter half of the program.

conversations with pharmacists around B.C. to share our

All of this work will culminate in a formal Program Proposal

work and receive feedback will continue through the Fall.

submitted in Fall 2013 for approval by the Faculty, UBC Senate,

Most recently, we presented our progress and plans at the BC

and the Government of British Columbia. We continue to

Pharmacy Association Annual Conference in Kelowna on June

strive toward enrolling our first students in the new program

1. On September 12, we will host a Town Hall for our faculty

in September 2015. As always, your comments and questions

members and key stakeholders to work through additional

about the program are welcome.


Drs. Peter Loewen and Glenda MacDonald are members of the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Loewen

Some highlights of the new program include: •

Four years of pharmacy training following at least two years of pre-pharmacy coursework.

An approximate doubling of the amount of experiential

is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Dr. MacDonald is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development Program.

learning, scheduled throughout all year levels. •

Enhanced interprofessional learning opportunities.

A curriculum which develops patient care skills by


integrating knowledge across the spectrum of disciplines including patient assessment, medicinal chemistry,






Introducing the OEE: Training Medication Experts through Structured Practice by Angela Kim-Sing and Paulo Tchen

Image: (Clockwise from left) Jessika Baroi, Tricia Murray, Jas Jawanda, Angela Kim-Sing, Paulo Tchen and Nindy Badesha


he Office of Experiential Education (OEE) is responsible

Preceptors are a vital link in the student’s transition from

for coordinating the structured practical experiential

theory to practice. Preceptors provide learners with many

program students are required to complete in the BSc

opportunities to practice and apply didactic knowledge in a

Pharmacy Degree Program. This includes coordinating

clinical setting that cannot be fully realized in the classroom.

student placements, facilitating student learning and

The also provide learners with individualized attention and

supporting our network of pharmacy preceptors.

feedback. Many learners would be overwhelmed at the clinical

We work with our valued partner sites and preceptors to provide students with a positive learning environment in which they can apply the knowledge and skills they have

site without preceptor support and guidance. Students need pharmacists to coach, mentor and guide their interactions and decision-making.

learnt through their pharmacy education. The end goal is to

OEE currently partners with 500 preceptors in over 300

graduate medication experts who are ready to enter practice

sites in both community and institutional settings. This

and make a positive impact on patient care.

number continues to grow as we strive to establish links with

Members of the OEE team include:

educators and innovative sites for learning.

Dr. Angela Kim-Sing, Director

We are indebted to our preceptors for their time and effort

Paulo Tchen, Coordinator

to facilitate student personal and professional growth. To

Jas Jawanda, Coordinator

learn more about how you can become a preceptor, please

Nindy Badesha, Coordinator

click here.

Tricia Murray, Program Administrative Manager Jessika Baroi, Senior Program Assistant



EDUCATION Click here to play OEE Introductory Video

Medication Management Practice Issues

Drug Information

Interprofessional Collaboration


Health Promotion


OTCs & Natural Health Products Drug Category Presentations

Thanking our Preceptors In May, OEE recognized four preceptors from across B.C. for their outstanding dedication and commitment. To read the full media release, click here.

IMAGE Course clerkship activities organized by OEE are essential to the learning experience of our students. The above diagram illustrates activities for Pharmacy 479 and their relationship to the patient.



Renewing the Accreditation Status of the PharmD and BSc Pharm Degree to the Canadian Council for Accredita-

practice as clinical pharmacists having

tion of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

a strong patient focus,” says Dr. Abbott.

This included information on budgets,

“Both the PharmD and the Entry-to-

curricula-overview, enrollment, gradu-

Practice undergraduate programs re-

ates, personnel and strategic planning.

ceived recognition for their quality and

Along with the initial application, a self-as-

the appointment of an Associate Dean for

sessment report was also submitted. The

Practice Innovation was identified as

report examined how the Faculty was

the Faculty’s commitment to practice

doing in relation to the 23 standards and


In September of 2011, under the direction

guidelines approved by CCAPP. For the

of Dr. David Fielding, the Faculty started

report to encompass all viewpoints, many

the process of renewing the accreditation

faculty members and staff worked on

status for the PharmD and BSc Pharm

preparing it. Once submitted, a CCAPP

programs. Professor and Dean Emeritus,

review team conducted a three-day site

Frank Abbott, was appointed Chair of

visit, from November 5-7, 2012. The team

the accreditation self-study committee

assessed the feasibility of the Faculty

and Sharon Brown, Curriculum Projects

strategic plan and validated the self-

Coordinator of the Office of Educational

assessment report.

Support and Development, served as the

In June of this year, the CCAPP Board met to review all submitted accreditation materials. The Faculty was complimented for progress made since the last accreditation review: new governance, improved



enrollment, an increased faculty and staff complement, increased finances, and of course the new building was recognised

“The accreditation process provides

for technology, teaching resources, and

the University with a quality measure of

research facilities.. Full accreditation

The first step of the process involved

just how well our professional programs

was granted for a six-year period for

the completion of a formal application

are preparing pharmacy graduates to

both PharmD and BSc Pharm programs.

primary resource assistant.




Research-filled Summer Days: The 2013 Summer Student Research Program by Christopher Cook

UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. “It’s important for pharmacy students to be aware of the research behind the therapies they will provide,” says Dr. Barb Conway, special projects & research grants facilitator, Office of the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “The program aims to inspire future pharmacy researchers to continue developing tools to help people improve and maintain their health.” Andrea Wan, a Third Year BSc student with the Faculty and 2012 SSRP Poster Award Winner, was inspired to participate in the program two years in a row. “It was natural for me to continue with my SSRP project throughout the school year and for a second summer,” says Andrea. Andrea, under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Rodrigues, is investigating the use of energy resources in diabetic hearts, and how these processes


or more than 25 years, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical

can be manipulated to minimize cardiovascular complications.

Sciences Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) has

Andrea presented her initial research at the CSPS Annual

provided undergraduate pharmacy students opportunities to participate in ground-breaking Faculty research. This year, 21 undergraduates took part in the program, investigating everything from the learning styles of pharmacy practice residents to cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and experiencing first-hand the excitement and gratification of research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. “The SSRP program was integral in my growth as a health professional and researcher,” says Ian T.Y. Wong, a Fourth Year BSc student with the Faculty and past SSRP participant. Ian spent the Summer of 2011 in the lab of Dr. Kishor Wasan,

Meeting in 2013. “The most rewarding aspect of the CSPS Meeting was the awareness I gained when speaking to other scientists,” says Andrea. “It was encouraging to participate in the scientific dialogue in a conference, and solidified my goals to pursue research in the future.” “SSRP isn’t only about performing experiments for three months and presenting the research,” says Ian. “It’s an opportunity to find out what research interests you and a chance to meet a lifelong mentor and role model.”

where he investigated the effectiveness of a cholesterol-lowering

Andrea agrees, saying, “SSRP is an exceptional opportunity for

medication in treating an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

undergraduate students to get involved. It encourages students

“SSRP taught me what it takes to become an independent scientist, from designing my own experiments to presenting my research to audiences of all backgrounds.” Ian’s work won the Faculty’s 2011 SSRP Poster Award, a 2012 GlaxoSmithKline National Summer Student Research Program Award to present his research at the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) Annual Meeting, and recognition at the 2012



unfamiliar with research to develop an understanding of the process, and prompts both personal and academic growth.” FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:


IMAGE Pharmacy students celebrating the end of another successful Summer Student Research Program at a Faculty BBQ. Photo by Dr. Barb Conway.


PSAS: The Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite by Julia Kreger


his Fall the Faculty will launch the Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite (PSAS), a new initiative that

will make the use of Faculty equipment available to researchers from both academic and corporate environments. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite, located on the


fifth floor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, consists of a Bruker 400MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), a Vevo 2100 Ultrasound Imaging System and a high-resolution Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer. The suite also incorporates the Pharmaceutical Sciences Sequencing Centre, including a HiSeq 2500 Next Generation Gene Sequencer capable of generating two terabytes of genetic information and a MiSeq Next Generation Gene Sequencer capable of sequencing one exome daily. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite will address a need among the public and private sector, start-ups, contract

dean, Research & Graduate Studies. “While our primary mandate is to support the research of inhouse Faculty members, our new building and expanded lab space has made it possible to offer these analytical services to researchers from outside the Faculty. We look forward to sharing more information about our equipment and services in October.” Analytical service prices and specifications will be released in October 2013.

research organizations and pharmaceutical companies


for access to highly specialized research equipment at a

competitive price.


“The launch of our expanded suite of analytical services has already generated significant interest across the campus community,” says Dr. Kishor Wasan, professor and associate

IMAGE Equipment in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Analytical Suite




Setting up a New Research Lab:

An Interview with Tara Klassen & Tim Chen by Christopher Cook

“SETTING UP A LAB IS A HUGE TIME COMMITMENT, BUT TARA AND I HAVE A TAGTEAM APPROACH TO OUR SCIENCE...THE MONTY PYTHON FANS IN US OFTEN THINK OUR LAB MOTTO SHOULD BE 'AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFFERENT!' - DR. TIM CHEN From Houston, Texas to Vancouver, BC – how would you describe your journey to the Faculty? TARA: In a word, EPIC. Tim and I nicknamed our journey “the last great American roadtrip” because we drove all the way up from Texas. We did 4,000 km in four days with two corgis and the Mazda packed to overflowing! We enjoyed the drive because it let us see things we would never have experienced otherwise, like the tabletop mesas in New Mexico and skirting the length of the Rockies, but it was a long stretch in the car. Our journey was uneventful, but we were incredibly lucky with our timing. The two-mile F5 tornado hit Oklahoma the day after we went through the area and we drove across the Skagit River Bridge two days before it collapsed. Ironically, we had noted the size of the river and joked that it looked sketchy and that we’d hate to fall in as we


crossed! After such a long drive we’d never been happier to e asked Drs. Tara L. Klassen and Tim Chen, two

enter the traffic circle on 16th Ave at Wesbrook Mall and the

of our newest faculty members, to talk about their

signage welcoming us to UBC was a beautiful thing.

experiences so far – and what it’s like to set up a new lab in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. Can you tell us about your area of research?

What is the best part about moving into a new lab? TARA: I think it’s the same whether it’s your first apartment or your first lab, the idea that it is YOUR space. You get to

TARA: Epilepsy is the fourth most prevalent neurological

decide where the equipment goes, what areas are used for

disorder impacting 1% of the Canadian population and 18%

which experiments, and the freedom to decide how things

of these individuals will die from sudden unexplained death

are done. In a new lab we are blessed with the ability to do

in epilepsy (SUDEP). Most people have multiple personal

our research in the best way possible.

genetic mutations in heart and brain ion channel genes that can simultaneously cause epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. Our goal is to develop accurate diagnostic

How are you creating a collaborative lab space that facilitates your individual research activities?

tools to identify genetic risk predictors of epilepsy and/or

TIM: Tara and I have a lot of experience working together

SUDEP and translate these into clinical practice.

in the same lab space in Houston. We know how each other



RESEARCH works and have a shared vision of how things should be set up

and I are also gastro-tourists and have been exploring all

so that the lab fits both of us. Because our research interests

the great food in the city. We’ve surveyed the multiple patios

overlap we share techniques and equipment. The hard part is

and brunch spots between UBC and downtown, many of

remembering to use the sign-up sheets!

which have already become favorites. We’ve very much been

How do you balance setting up a new lab with your ongoing research commitments?

enjoying trips to the Granville Island Public Market and the UBC Farmers Market on the weekends. We’re really looking forward to getting to know the city further and are always up

TIM: Setting up a lab is a huge time commitment, but Tara

for recommendations of places to try.

and I have a tag-team approach to our science. She’ll be working on a paper or grant while I’m unpacking things


in the lab, and when she finishes a section, she emails me



and tags me in for the set-up phase while I go off to do my part. We feel that this makes us very efficient because when we get frustrated, tired, or just can’t stare at the computer any longer we can tag out and feel confident that our projects

IMAGES Opposite: Drs. Tara Klassen and Tim Chen in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. Left: Tara with Einie and Beta.

will progress without stalling. The Monty Python fans in us often think our lab motto should be, “And now for something completely different!” When you are not in the lab, how will you spend your time

New this Fall:

Research in Focus

in Vancouver?

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TARA: We’ve been spoiled by the lovely summer we’ve had this year, which is a huge contrast to the hot muggy heat of Houston from April to November. This has allowed us to get



out and explore Vancouver with our two cardigan corgis, Einie and Beta. They just love going for long walks on all

Diabetes and Diabetes anrdDiseas e Cardiovascula lar Disease Cardiovascu searchch ReResear

the beaches, forest paths and parks throughout the city, and

Rodrigues and Dr. Brian n Rodrigues and Dr. Bria Dr. Kath MacLeod d Dr. Kath MacLeo

we can’t get over just how dog friendly Vancouver is. Tim

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he Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is more than just a school. It’s also an internationally recognized

health sciences research centre. In our ongoing efforts to share information about that research, we are pleased to introduce Research in Focus. A new bimonthly digital publication taking over for Researcher of the Month, Research in Focus profiles the different areas of research in the Faculty and the talented scientists, postdocs, and students involved in their investigation. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up by clicking the link above. For more information contact us at - JIMI GALVÃO




Pharmacists Clinic Preparations on Track by Barbara Gobis


he Pharmacists Clinic is one of the Faculty’s initiatives under the Office of Associate Dean, Practice Innovation, and is

physically located on the second floor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building on the UBC Vancouver campus.

Establish opportunities for pharmacists in current practice to also have earning opportunities at the Clinic.

With a focus on patient care services, education and research, the physical lay-out of the Clinic is more like a physician’s

Opening later this Fall, the Clinic will provide undergraduate

office than a community pharmacy. It includes five private

students and graduates with a unique experiential education

consultation rooms, a formal meeting space, a teaching space

opportunity where they can develop their practice skills with

and a reception area. This is in addition to storage and utility

real patients in a supported learning environment.

areas that meet the regulatory requirements for a pharmacy.

As a licensed pharmacy, the technical and regulatory

As a best practices site, the Clinic is being equipped with state-

preparations for the Pharmacists Clinic are similar to those

of-the-art technology including Kroll pharmacy software, the

required for a new pharmacy opening. As an educational, best

Medinet Health Information Network, an electronic medical

practices patient care site, a host of additional preparations are

record (Oscar EMR), point-of care health measurement devices,

also required.

and educational support technology.

Careful planning is underway to:

The Clinic will benefit the profession of Pharmacy as a whole by

Define the patient care service models.

demonstrating to patients and other health care providers the

Establish quality assurance processes.

value of pharmacist participation in patient care and practical

Integrate the Clinic with undergraduate and graduate

approaches to inter-professional patient care.

academic programs. •

Build inter-professional relationships and collaboration opportunities with existing patient care sites.

Develop a communications and marketing plan.

Develop an evaluation and research plan.



Barbara Gobis is Director of the Pharmacists Clinic.




Dr. Mary De Vera and the

Professorship in Medication Adherence “Medication non-adherence is truly an epidemic (AND) I look forward to dedicating my research program to addressing it.” - DR. MARY De VERA providing a living laboratory whereby skills in working with patient adherence issues can be developed. Dr. De Vera will be involved in the education of students and

Image: Barbara Gobis

health care practitioners. In particular, she will be emphasizing clinical skills that support medication adherence, how to create interprofessional teams, and identifying approaches to adherence that are practical and result in optimal patient care. "I look forward to the many collaborations that will be formed as we move towards multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding and solving this health problem," she says. “We’re very appreciative of AbbVie for their support and vision,” says Dean Michael Coughtrie. “This is a very significant initiative in our Faculty that will benefit patients for many years to come.”


n June 20, 2013, the Faculty and AbbVie hosted an event to introduce Dr. Mary De Vera, recipient of the

Professorship in Medication Adherence.

The event was on June 20 was well attended and consisted of a brief speaking program, cocktail mixer, and lecture presented by Dr. De Vera.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nonadherence to long-term medication therapy creates serious

Click here to read the full media release.

problems for health care. In a report entitled “Adherence

If you would like to learn more about medication adherence, be

to long-term therapies: evidence for action 2003,” WHO

sure to visit Dr. De Vera’s blog post in the BC Medical Journal

found that non-adherence is “a leading cause of preventable

here or contact Dr. De Vera directly.

morbidity, mortality and cost.” Moreover, non-adherence amounts to an inefficient use of resources and is connected


with poor outcomes for patients.

"Medication non-adherence is truly an epidemic and as a pharmacoepidemiologist, I look forward to dedicating my


IMAGE Dr. Mary De Vera

research program to addressing it," explains Dr. De Vera. The purpose of the Professorship is to conduct research on medication adherence and share that knowledge as best practices. It will also benefit practicing pharmacists by



UPDATES Faculty & Friends gather for the 24th Annual Bernie Riedel Golf Tournament On June 17, 2013 Faculty friends, alumni and partners assembled at the Northview Golf & Country Club, for the 24th Annual Bernie Riedel Golf Tournament. After enjoying coffee and

members attended the Fourth Annual

about different health issues. Topics

Canadian Pharmacy Education and

will range from congestive heart failure

Research Conference (CPERC) and the

to diabetes, with talks taking place in

70th Annual Association of Faculties of

different libraries around the Lower

Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) General


Meeting. The theme of this year’s conference was “Leading Change Through Innovation and Technology.”

New Student Awards Awards provide financial assistance

muffins, the golfers took to the green for

A reception kicked off the conference,

as well as acknowledgment of

Texas Scramble and tee off at 10 a.m.

with educational programming

educational achievements. We thank the

Lunch was served on the green before

beginning the next day. This included

following donors for their generosity in

the golfers retired to the Clubhouse

a plenary talk, a session on informatics

establishing awards that recognize our

to conclude the day with a speaking

education and presentations on

students’ potential.

program over cocktails and dinner.

innovative initiatives in pharmacy

Dr. Bernie Riedel served with great distinction as the Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1967 to his retirement in 1984, and also as Coordinator, Health Sciences, from 1977 to 1984. Since 1989, the Bernie Riedel Golf Tournament has supported the Pharmacy Practice Centre, furthering the Faculty’s mandate of excellence in education, research and practice related to expanding the role of pharmacists in medication care management. “The Pharmacy Practice Centre provides our students with a supportive learning environment where they can gain the hands-on experience that will be essential to their future careers,” says Dean Michael Coughtrie. The Faculty extends sincere thanks to those companies and individuals who

education and research. The conference concluded with poster presentations, sessions on the new CCAPP accreditation standards, experiential learning, and round table discussions on selected education/research topics. - BY IVAN YASTREBOV

Huston Family Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences Mrs. Pat Huston and her children Roy, Maureen, Ryan and Ron have established the Huston Family Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences in honour of three generations of pharmacists: Frank Huston and his son, Roy Huston

Vancouver Coastal Health Nurses Collaborate with Students to Present Public Health Workshops

(BSc(Pharm)73), Frank's father, W.M.

On June 20, 2013, Stephanie Hsieh, a

athletic abilities. First preference is

Fourth Year UBC Pharmacy student,

given to students who graduated from

presented a public workshop on chronic

a high school in the Fraser Valley, and

disease management at the Richmond

then to students who graduated from a

Public Library. The workshop was held

high school in any other region of British

in collaboration with two Vancouver


Coastal Health (VCH) Nurses, Denise Perron and Tammy Cho.

Huston, and Frank’s brother, Mervyn J. Huston. The award recognizes an undergraduate student in good academic standing having outstanding

Lotus Light Charity Society Mu-Shu Lee Memorial

“Stephanie was great! Very enthusiastic

Scholarship in Pharmaceutical

and knowledgeable,” says Denise. “One


of the best parts of her presentation

The Lotus Light Charity Society has

We look forward to seeing you at

was the way she encouraged audience

established the Lotus Light Charity

the 25th Annual Bernie Riedel Golf

participation, something we always try

Society Mu-Shu Lee Memorial

Tournament in 2014!

to do as the meeting is about them, not

Scholarship in Pharmaceutical


Sciences. The award is offered by

sponsored a hole, donated door prizes and assisted with this year’s tournament.


Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada of 70th Annual General Meeting On June 11-13, 2013, multiple faculty


The workshop was the beginning of a new initiative between VCH and the Faculty, in which nurses and students will collaborate to give public talks


the Family of Mu-Shu Lee to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate pharmaceutical sciences student who demonstrates academic excellence. Candidates must be Canadian Citizens,

UPDATES Vancouver for an important and

In Memoriam

enlightening dialogue about bullying.

Marjorie Constance Whiteside (nee

Click here for details.

Daniel), BSc(Pharm)50 1928-2013

Alumni and Friends Luncheon – AAPS

Save the Date: Celebrate Learning Week

Annual Meeting: November 12, 2013, San Antonio, Texas

IMAGE Master Lian Tzi (far left) of the Lotus Light Charity Society (LLCS) was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Cecily Lawrenson (middle), Associate Director, Awards for the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement and Emily Williams (right), Associate Director, Development for the Faculty of Arts. LLCS recently established several awards to benefit students in Arts, Social Work, Asian Studies, Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Photo credit: Lotus Light Charity Society.

Permanent Residents or convention refugees with proof of status. If you would like to know more about establishing an award, please contact June Chow, Associate Director in the Office of Development & Alumni Engagement at 604-822-1772 or or click here. - BY ARTI MAHARAJ. ARTI IS COORDINATOR IN THE OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT.

Alumni News Reunions Class of 1953: September 11, 2013 Vancouver, B.C. Class of 1973: September 21, 2013 Vancouver, B.C. Class of 1988: October 4-5, 2013 Vancouver, B.C. Events UBC Dialogues: Can we stop bullies? September 17, 2013, Vancouver, B.C. Is eliminating bullying a realistic goal or is it more important to equip our children with the tools to avoid becoming victims? Join us in Downtown

Meet our new Dean of Pharmaceutical

October is the month in which the UBC

Sciences, Dr. Michael Coughtrie, and

community comes together to celebrate

connect with fellow alumni and friends

all things learning. Celebrate Learning

over lunch as Professor and Associate

Week will take place October 20-26,

Dean of Research and Graduate Studies,

with the Faculty hosting its own event

Dr. Kishor Wasan, hosts this gathering

as part of that week on October 23 from

and gives an update on exciting changes

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. More information will

and initiatives within the Faculty.

be shared soon. Until then, you can visit to learn more.

Upcoming Events this Fall SEPTEMBER 2013 Wed, Sept 11 12 - 1 p.m. Room 1201

Pharmaceutical Sciences Fall Seminar Series: Drinking 8 Cups of Water a Day is an Urban Myth, Dr. Susan Barr.

Mon, 16 Sept 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Room 3340

Waters Seminars: Fundamentals of Solid Phase Extraction Using Supercritical Fluids for Chromatographic Separations Biopharmaceuticals. Contact for more information.

Thur, 19 Sept 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mezzanine

Story of Medicines Cafe Series: Creating Engaging Experiences via Learning Technology. RSVP to

Wed, 25 Sept 12 - 1 p.m. Room 1201

Pharmaceutical Sciences Fall Seminar Series: Worm Drug Discovery. Dr. Peter Roy.

Thur, 26 Sept 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

UBC Pharm Sci and CDRD Scientific Cafe. More details to come.

OCTOBER 2013 Wed, Oct 2 12 - 1 p.m. Room 1201

Pharmaceutical Sciences Fall Seminar Series: Use of Portfolios in the Assessment of Students Competence, Dr. Peter Harris.

Wed, Oct 16 12 - 1 p.m. Room 1201

Pharmaceutical Sciences Fall Seminar Series: Alternative Splicing and Cancer. Dr. Benoit Shabot.

Wed, Oct 23 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Celebrate Learning Week Event. More details to come.

Wed, Oct 30 12 - 1 p.m. Room 1201

Pharmaceutical Sciences Fall Seminar Series: The Tumour Microenvironment and its Impact on the Distribution of AntiCancer Drugs. Dr. Jennifer Baker.



UPDATES Recent Awards, Publications & Presentations Awards Dr. Mary Ensom - elected to a 3-year term as Research Institute Trustee of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), a professional and scientific society of more than 12,000 members. Jo-Ann Osei-Twum, Claudio Erratico - recipients of the Waters Limited Graduate Student Travel Award. Dr. Kishor Wasan - Award for outstanding performance as AAPS Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, 2012-2013. Devinder Sharma (PhD) - recepient of the Cedarlane Award of Excellence for best poster presentation by a graduate student at the 2013 Annual Symposium of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences. Natalie McCormick (PhD) - recepient of the 2013 Andrew Nord Fellowship in Rheumatology. Dahai Zhang (PhD) - recepient of a 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Doctoral Student Research Award. Dr. Larry Lynd & Dr. Richard Slavik - each won a 2012-13 UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program Instructor Award. Dr. Peter J. Zed - recieved the Top Pediatric Abstract Award at the 2013 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting for "Medication-Related Emergency Department Visits in Pediatrics: A Prospective Observational Study" Zed PJ (PI), Black KJL, Fitzpatrick EA, Ackroyd-Stolarz S, Murphy NG, Curran JA, MacKinnon NJ, Sinclair D. 2013 Dean's Reception Award Winners - To view a complete list of student and faculty award recipients click here. 2013 Faculty and Graduate Awards Reception Winners - To view a complete list of student, faculty and staff award recipients click here.

PUBLICATIONS Patricia Gerber and Roxane Carr (2013). A Pharmacokinetics Module Taught Within a Pediatrics Pharmacotherapy Course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 77, Issue 6, Article 126. doi: 10.5688/ajpe776126 Wall BF, Magee K, Campbell SG, Zed PJ. Capnography versus standard monitoring for emergency department procedural sedation and analgesia (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD010698. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010698 Ibrahim F, Gershkovich P, Sivak O, Wasan EK, Wasan KM. Pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of amphotericin B following oral administration of three lipid-based formulations to rats. Drug Dev Ind Pharm. 2013 Sep;39(9):1277-83. doi: 10.3109/03639045.2012.719908 Dressler J, Maughn N, Soon JA, Norman WV. The Perspective of Rural Physicians providing Abortion in Canada: Qualitative Findings of the BC Abortion Providers Survey (BCAPS). PLoS ONE 2013; 8(6): e67070. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067070. June 28, 2013. Norman WV, Soon JA, Maughn N, Dressler J. Barriers to Rural Induced Abortion Services in Canada: Findings of the British Columbia Abortion Providers Survey (BCAPS). PLoS ONE 2013; 8(6): e67023. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067023. June 28, 2013. Kistner C, Ensom MHH, Decarie D, Lauder G, Carr RR. Compatibility of Various Naloxone Hydrochloride Concentrations with Morphine Sulphate in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection. Can J Hosp Pharm. 2013;66:163-70. Tremblay S, Lau TTY, Ensom MHH. Vancomycin with Rifampin for MRSA Infections: What is the Evidence? Ann Pharmacother. Ahead of Print. 28 May 2013 doi:10.1345/aph.1R726. Ron Ammar, Dax Torti, Kyle Tsui, Marinella Gebbia, Tanja Durbic, Gary D Bader, Guri Giaever, and Corey Nislow. Chromatin is an ancient innovation conserved between Archaea and Eukarya. eLife Sciences 2012. doi:10.7554/eLife.00078 Kittanakom S, Arnoldo A, Brown KR, Wallace I, Kunavisarut T, Torti D, Heisler LE, Surendra A, Moffat J, Giaever G, Nislow C. Miniature shRNA Screens to Characterize Antiproliferative Drugs. G3 (Bethesda). 2013 Jun 24. doi:pii:g3.113.006437v1. 10.1534/g3.113.006437. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23797109. Cheung-Ong K, Giaever G, Nislow C. DNA-Damaging Agents in Cancer Chemotherapy: Serendipity and Chemical Biology. Chem Biol. 2013 May 23;20(5):648-59. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2013.04.007. PubMed PMID: 23706631. van Bakel H, Tsui K, Gebbia M, Mnaimneh S, Hughes TR, Nislow C. A compendium of nucleosome and transcript profiles reveals determinants of chromatin architecture and transcription. PLoS Genet. 2013 May;9(5):e1003479. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003479. Epub 2013 May 2. PubMed PMID: 23658529; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3642058. Hill JA, Ammar R, Torti D, Nislow C, Cowen LE. Genetic and genomic architecture of the evolution of resistance to antifungal drug combinations. PLoS Genet. 2013 Apr;9(4):e1003390. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003390. Epub 2013 Apr 4. PubMed PMID: 23593013; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3617151. Torres NP, Lee AY, Giaever G, Nislow C, Brown GW. A high-throughput yeast assay identifies synergistic drug combinations. Assay Drug Dev Technol. 2013 Jun;11(5):299-307. doi: 10.1089/adt.2012.503. PubMed PMID: 23772551. Kagan L, Gershkovich P, Wasan KM, Mager DE.Dual Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Model of Liposomal and Nonliposomal Amphotericin B Disposition. Pharmaceutical Research. 2013 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print]




Lee SD, Thornton SJ, Sachs-Barrable K, Kim JH, Wasan KM. Evaluation of the contribution of the ATP binding cassette transporter, P-glycoprotein, to in vivo cholesterol homeostasis. Molecular Pharmaceutics. 2013 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print] Zed PJ, Black KJL, Fitzpatrick EA, Ackroyd-Stolarz S, Murphy NG, Curran JA, MacKinnon NJ, Sinclair D. Medication-related emergency department visits in pediatrics: a prospective, observational study. Can J Emerg Med 2013;15(suppl 1):S3. [Abstract] Zed PJ, Black KJL, Fitzpatrick EA, Ackroyd-Stolarz S, Murphy NG, Curran JA, MacKinnon NJ, Sinclair D. Outcomes of pediatric patients presenting to the emergency department with a medication-related visit. Can J Emerg Med 2013;15 (suppl 1):S41. [Abstract] Campbell SG, Froese P, Butler MB, Etsell G, LaPierre A, MacKinley R, Watson M, Magee KD, Zed PJ, Kovacs GJ. Propofol is officially the ‘sedative of choice’ in Halifax! An update from the Halifax ED Procedural Sedation Registry. 2013;15(suppl 1):S46 [Abstract] Butler MB, Campbell SG, Zed PJ, Froese P, Kovacs GJ, MacKinley R, Magee KD, Watson M. Procedural sedation for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in the emergency department: is it different to sedation for more painful procedures? 2013;15(suppl 1):S64 [Abstract] Campbell SG, Butler MB, MacPhee S, Zed PJ, Froese P, MacKinley R, Watson M. Is Propofol for emergency department procedural sedation any less safe in older teenagers than in older patients? Can J Emerg Med 2013;15(suppl 1):S46. [Abstract] Patel A, Lester R, Ritvo P, Marra C, Lynd L, Karanja S, Van Der Kop M. Discriminative ability of the sf-12 in kiswahili by hiv stage in patients in kenya. Value Health. 2013 May;16(3):A95. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2013.03.443. Epub 2013 May 3. No abstract available. PMID:23694650[PubMed - in process] Zafari Z, Thorlund K, Fitzgerald M, Lynd L, Marra C, Sadatsafavi M. Impact of multiple treatment comparison meta-analysis on value of information evaluations: a case study of pharmacotherapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Value Health. 2013 May;16(3):A26-7. doi: 10.1016/j. jval.2013.03.156. Epub 2013 May 3. No abstract available. PMID:23694064[PubMed - in process] Zafari Z, Sadatsafavi M, Fitzgerald M, Lynd L, Marra C. The humanistic and economic impact of following evidence-based asthma controller therapy: a simulation study. Value Health. 2013 May;16(3):A235. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2013.03.1195. Epub 2013 May 3. No abstract available. PMID:23693930[PubMed - in process] Colmers, IN, Majumdar SR, Yasui Y, Bowker SL, Marra CA, Johnson JA. Detection Bias and Overestimation of Bladder Cancer Risk in Type 2 Diabetes: A Matched Cohort Study. Diabetes Care 2013 (forthcoming). Accepted: Cloutier A-M, Greenfield B, Lavoie A, Lynd LD, Tournier M, Brabant M-J, Moride Y. Effectiveness of risk communication interventions on the medical follow-up of youth treated with antidepressants. Psychiatry Research (2013), SoTL Inquiry in Broader Curricular and Institutional Contexts: Theoretical Underpinnings and Emerging Trends. Harry Hubball, Marion L. Pearson and Anthony Clarke. Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal , Vol. 1, No. 1 (2013), pp. 41-57. Article DOI: 10.2979/teachlearninqu.1.1.41. Black E, Campbell SG, Magee K, Zed PJ. Propofol for procedural sedation in the emergency department: a qualitative systematic review. Ann Pharmacother 2013;47:856-68.

PRESENTATIONS Dr. Corey Nislow - International Conference on Functional and Comparative Genomics & Pharmacogenomics, November 12-14, 2013, ChicagoNorth Shore, USA. Dr. Kishor Wasan - 20th Canadian Conference on International Health, October 27-29, 2013, Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Kishor Wasan - “Lipid Formulations for Poorly Permeable Drug Compounds,” Controlled Release Society Conference, July 20-21, 2013, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Dr. Carlo Marra - “Pharmacy-Based Immunization in Rural Communities Strategy (PhICS): A Community Cluster Randomized Trial,” coauthored by Dr. Fawziah Marra, CPha National Conference, June 1-4, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI. Dr. John McNeill - “CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture: Fructose Ingestion, Hypertension and the Metabolic Syndrome,” Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Symposium, June 12, 2013, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Corey Nislow - “Simultaneous Translation: Opportunities and Challenges for Next Generation Pharmacogenomics,” Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Symposium, June 14, 2013, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Carlo Marra - “The Potential for Value for Money with Pharmacogenomics,” Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Symposium, June 14, 2013, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Adam Frankel - “Nn-substituted arginyl peptide substrates as molecular probes of protein arginine N-methyltransferase activity,” Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology Seminar, June 19, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Kishor Wasan - “The Use of Lipids to Develop a Novel Oral Formulation of Amphotericin B,” Drug Research Academy (DRA) Symposium, June 20, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark.



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Discover - Issue Three, Fall 2013  

Discover is the official magazine of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Released quarterly, it has the l...

Discover - Issue Three, Fall 2013  

Discover is the official magazine of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Released quarterly, it has the l...