04 APRIL 2013
E-NEWSLETTER OF THE NATIONALLY RANKED UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
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New CPPS faculty members go to class Dr. Monica HolidayGoodman, professor of Pharmacy Practice and program director of the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program, led new faculty members in a workshop discussing their roles as pharmacy faculty members. In this professional development workshop, new faculty members discussed the book Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member by David P. Zgarrick, PhD, a book in which Dr. HolidayGoodman is featured. Dr. Holiday-Goodman, who has been on the faculty for over 20 years, completed the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2010-2011.
Students create culture of giving P.2 Travel award for grad student P.2 Meet Dr. Youssef Sari P.3 Student poster presentation P.4 Upcoming Events P.4
Dr. Megan Kaun on the grill
Chillin’ and Grillin’ with SNPhA The Student National Pharmacy Association (SNPhA) hosted Chill at the Grill, a fundraising social event held at BD Mongolian in Toledo. The event featured four guest grillers who cooked on the large Mongolian grills.
The event was also attended by Student Affairs associate dean Dr. Christine Hinko; Dr. Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of Medicinal Chemistry; and Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman, professor of Pharmacy Practice.
The four guest grillers, Dr. Suzanne Nonekowski, associate professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Dr. Youssef Sari, assistant professor of Pharmacology; and Drs. Megan Kaun and Martin Ohlinger, assistant professors of Pharmacy Practice, lent their hands to prepare meals for over 50 professional and pre-professional division students who attended the event.
Funds raised at the Chill at the Grill event will support SNPhA’s community outreach, including education and immunization programs. The organization hopes to expand this fundraiser next year.
Hanin Dughayli, who helped to organize the event, said the purpose was to allow pre-professional students, especially those who are in the process of applying to the professional division, the opportunity to mingle with and get to know students and faculty members they may not see every day.
SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the community.
Med Chem graduate student earns TOXI travel award Raziya Shaik, a graduate student working with Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, earned a travel award to the American Chemical Society Division of Toxicology (TOXI) conference. Following the meeting, an article she wrote about her experiences was featured on the TOXI website. â€œI am a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. I pursued a master's degree in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry in India. I came to the University of Toledo in August 2008 and joined the laboratory of Dr. Amanda BryantFriedrich. My thesis research focuses on the synthesis of modified uridines and their use as radical precursors for the study of oxidative damage to RNA.â€œ Read more
Pharmacy students create culture of giving University students just months away from graduating are generally focused on classes, internships, and job searches. However, many fourth-year members of UT's Pharm.D. program now have an additional objective: assisting future students through a pledge of financial support. In the four years since UT's P4 Scholarship program began, the pledge total from graduating Pharm.D. students has nearly tripled, from just over $3,000 to $8,250, and class participation has increased from 19 percent to 37 percent, according to Jeff Barton, director of development for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Mr. Barton believes the increase is due largely to student leadership in the cultivation process. "Peer solicitation encourages students to get involved, and a sense of competition inspires them to want to outdo the preceding class," he said.
An added incentive is the commitment by the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP) to match up to $4,000 of the annual class pledge amount. The fact that the scholarship effort is led by the students themselves is especially rewarding, notes Dr. Curtis Black, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pharmacy, and a TAP board member. "There is no better example of the developing sense of professionalism in our students than when the students themselves commit their future earnings to aid subsequent students." Last year's class solicitation leaders included Andy Hochradel, Shawn Mills, Maria Canestraro, Justin Brown, and Jon McLachlan. Dr. Hochradel said he supported the scholarship fund to show his appreciation for the knowledge and professional skills he gained throughout the pharmacy program. He also believes his gift is an investment in the program's
future. "I have benefited from the great national reputation our pharmacy program has established," he said. "I've encouraged others to contribute because I know our degrees are like stocks; they can gain or lose value throughout our careers, depending on how the pharmacy profession performs in the future." Dr. Mills believes current and recent students have a special insight into the value of scholarships. "Having just completed the program, I know how difficult it is financially to make it through the last few years when undergraduate scholarships expire and graduate tuition rates kick in," he said. " I'm proud to contribute something to the classes behind me to help make their journey a little bit easier." To make a gift to the P4 Scholarship Program, contact Jeff Barton, firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.383.1985.
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Meet Dr. Youssef Sari Dr. Youssef Sari, assistant professor of Pharmacology, has had an excellent year in terms of publications and presentations. In addition to publications in Neuroscience, the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, and the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Dr. Sari is co-chairing a session at the International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy (ICDDT). The ICDDT was organized by Nobellaureate Dr. Ferid Murad and Dr. Atta-ur-Rahma, editor of Current Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Sari will give two lectures at the conference involving compounds for the treatment of alcohol dependence. Dr. Sari’s lectures will focus in the identification of three compounds for the treatment of alcohol
Each year, the college participates in a faculty auction hosted by Alpha Zeta Omega, the co-ed pharmacy fraternity, to raise funds for students completing medical missions around the world. Faculty members donate numerous items and experiences, and the students bid on these items, often in groups, to raise funds. The result is a great opportunity for students and faculty to engage outside of the classroom, in addition to supporting global outreach. The funds raised in the auction are used to purchase medical supplies for the mission trip. Pictured far left with students in his lab
dependence. Dr. Sari identified an FDAapproved drug, ceftriaxone, which is a β-lactam antibiotic that has the potential to reduce alcohol intake and attenuates relapse-like behavior in his established animal model. Dr. Sari has recently identified and patented another drug, termed GPI1046, that has the potential to increase the level of glutamate transporter 1 in the brain and consequently reduce alcohol consumption in rat models. Dr. Sari was featured on the PharmaJo website and on Jordanian television as a consequence of his presentation of novel compounds for the treatment of alcohol addiction at the International Conference in
Jordan, which was cosponsored by the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Sari’s Neuroprotection and Drug Abuse Research Lab is also studying neurotrophic peptides and other neuroprotective compounds in the treatment of diseases involving oxidative stress. His goal is to identify compounds or drugs that may have the potential to slow or attenuate the progression of Huntington’s disease. Dr. Sari has published discussions about these compounds in Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery. As recognition for the outstanding contributions to The University of Toledo, Dr. Sari was the recipient of the Research/Scholarship Award for 2012.
This year’s medical mission to Honduras was supported by students and faculty, who donated generously. Items donated by faculty members for the auction included tickets to a suite in the Press Tower for a 2013 season Football Game, including dinner, snacks and beverages; a Whirlyball outing (combination of basketball and jai alai) and dinner in Ann Arbor, MI; gift baskets; dinner at Granite City Brewery; a pool party, including dinner on the grill and beverages, hosted by Dr. Steve Martin; a meal at Mancy’s Italian Restaurant; and Dr. O’s Grill Extravaganza, an elaborate backyard barbeque for six students hosted by Dr. Martin Ohlinger. A total of $7,800 was raised at this year’s auction.
Student poster presentation provides valuable experience P3 PharmD student Gretchen D'Arcangelo presented her research on dexmedetomidine use in cardiovascular intensive care units at the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting. The poster was based on a DUE project she completed through her summer internship at the Cleveland Clinic. According to Gretchen, “It was a wonderful experience and gave me the opportunity to showcase my work and network with fellow students, residents and pharmacists.” She values the experience and believes it helped better prepare her for applying to residencies in the near future.
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“The residency showcase itself was overwhelming to me as P3, but after I got used to the layout and my anxiety eased, I felt very confident to talk with prospective residencies that I am interested in,” Gretchen said. “Overall, Midyear was an amazing experience and I am very glad that I got to attend the meeting.”
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Upcoming Events COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES SPRING 2013 COMMENCMENT Sunday, May 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the John F. Savage Arena on Main Campus AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART WALK Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Fifth Third Field in Toledo NAPLEX EXAM REVIEW Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the 4-H Center on the OSU campus. This event is sponsored by the Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy. TOLEDO ACADEMY OF PHARMACY GOLF OUTING Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Bedford Hills Golf Club The event raises scholarship funds for UT pharmacy students. $75 per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, and dinner; Hole sponsorship starting at $300. Register online at utoledo.edu/pharmacy/golf AG2013 PHARMNEWSS NEW