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RxeFILL this issue Honorary Degree Recipients P.2

Fulbright scholar shares experience Steven Lombardo, BSPS ‘11, completed a one-year Fulbright Fellowship studying neuroscience in Australia. His research involved GABA receptors, key to some pharmacological solutions for mental health disorders. Currently a neuroscience doctoral student at Wake Forest University, he returned to UT to discuss his research and his Fulbright experience. He expressed that the experience he gained in the BSPS program prepared him for his Fulbright research project because of the breadth of knowledge the program provides, not only in biology and chemistry, but also in pharmacology. His visit was co-sponsored by the Jesup Scott Honors College and CPPS.

Meet Dr. Bryant-Friedrich P.3 Off to Harvard P.3 Scouts earn First Aid badges P.4 Upcoming Events P.4

Acts of Service By Tyler Tomasek, 2014 Doctor of Pharmacy candidate

Students from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences along with the American Pharmacists AssociationAcademy of Student Pharmacists (APhAASP) provided a health and wellness event at the Helping Hands of St. Louis ministry in East Toledo. Helping Hands of St. Louis is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving hot, nutritious meals for all in need who arrive at their doors. Pharmacy faculty members Dr. Steven Martin and Dr. Michelle Serres as well as PGY1 pharmacy resident Dr. Ayesha Khan also participated and assisted at the event. Patients trickled in throughout the morning to eat a warm meal and receive health services. Students vaccinated 25 patients for the flu, which was widespread and at an increased activity level. Students also checked 30 patients' blood glucose and blood pressure levels, screening for diabetes and hypertension.

Among the notable successes of the event was that students were able to refer some of the patients to their physicians or to free or discounted health services in the area based on their blood pressure or blood glucose levels. The students, along with the supervising pharmacists, provided education to patients about their values and answered general health questions. Students also talked to patients about their medications. Students even overcame a language barrier with a non-English speaking patient and contacted a member of UT's faculty who spoke the language. This faculty member helped to translate between the patient and volunteers, successfully establishing communication and facilitating the care of this patient.

With Highest Honors Drs. Suzanne Epstein and Paul Abramowitz receive honorary degrees at Commencement

Suzanne Epstein, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Dr. Epstein is the Associate Director for Research for the Office of Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration. She is also the Principal Investigator and regulatory reviewer for the Gene Transfer and Immunogenicity Branch of the Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies. Dr. Epstein is recognized for her major contributions to the fields of immunology and basic pharmaceutical science. In particular, she studies vaccines against influenza virus, one of the deadliest viruses to afflict humanity. Dr. Epstein is a leader among researchers seeking to develop a universal influenza vaccine that reduces the population‟s vulnerability to an influenza pandemic and protect public health. Dr. Epstein is also an expert on other antiviral vaccines.

Since 1985, she has worked with the Food and Drug Administration to develop policy and guide regulatory issues on gene therapy. Among Dr. Epstein‟s career achievements are numerous publications and presentations as well as service on various boards and in organizations that advance science and education. She is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Women in Science. She has also been recognized repeatedly within her field for leadership, innovation, and policy development. Paul Abramowitz, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Science degree. Dr. Abramowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of

Health-System Pharmacists, an organization dedicated to supporting the professional practice of pharmacists in hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care clinics, and other settings spanning the full spectrum of medication use. He is also president of the organization‟s Research and Education Foundation and Chair of the Board. Prior to serving as the CEO of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, he was the president of the organization. Dr. Abramowitz‟s professional roles include service as the Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and as the Assistant Dean of The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. In addition to his numerous highly regarded publications, Dr. Abramowitz currently holds

executive leadership roles in the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology Collaborative. Dr. Abramowitz, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from The University of Toledo in 1977, has shown progressive and visionary leadership in pharmacy. His patientcentered approach to pharmacy practice and his commitment to pharmacy practice and the education of students and residents are the cornerstones of his leadership as a pharmacist. Furthermore, Dr. Abramowitz has spent his career focusing on the effect that quality pharmaceutical care can have on improving outcomes of care and reducing costs. Drs. Epstein and Abramowitz offered public seminars in their areas of expertise on May 3, 2013.

Off to Harvard They Go

Meet Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich Dr. Amanda BryantFriedrich, associate professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, loves working with students. Since joining the CPPS in 2007 she has mentored seven graduate students from six different countries as well as almost twenty undergraduates. These students have made enormous contributions to the work in the BryantFriedrich lab, focused on understanding the role of oxidative damage in cancer development at a molecular level. Their efforts have

been rewarded through numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. In addition to her dedication to the training of students, her leadership role as president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is an example of her strong advocacy for diversity in the sciences. “The active recruitment and retention of members of all groups represented in our world in STEM fields is key

to maintaining the competitive advantage our country has enjoyed for so long. This includes young students of color from the city of Toledo as well as women who have limited opportunities in the far corners of the globe,� says Dr. Bryant-Friedrich. Dr. Bryant-Friedrich plans to continue to actively recruit from these diverse populations as she continues her work in cancer etiology and embarks on new projects to design and develop new anti-viral agents.

Student pharmacists advocate for patients The Ohio Pharmacists Association Student Legislative Day was a great opportunity for three student pharmacists to participate in the legislative process. The annual event takes place at the State House and allows students to speak with senators and representatives of Lucas County districts about current pro-pharmacy and propatient issues. Students were photographed with Senator Edna Brown from Lucas County District 11.

Pictured far right with students in her lab.

Harvard Drug, that is. Three students in the BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program will complete their summer internships at The Harvard Drug Group, a national distributor of generic and branded pharmaceuticals, overthe-counter medications and supplements, respiratory medications, and compounding supplies. The Harvard Drug Group awarded nationally competitive internship positions to Hemali Joshi, who will work in the Letco Division in Decatur, Alabama, as well as Trevor Eaton and Antonia Chavez, who will work in Livonia, Michigan in the Major Pharmaceuticals and Harvard Distribution divisions, respectively. Remarkably, they will earn $800 per week for their work as interns. The students will complete 10-week internships in their respective areas, gaining valuable knowledge and skills that will facilitate their placement in the workforce after graduation. The goal of the BSPS internship program is to prepare students to enter the workforce following graduation, and employers in the pharmaceutical sciences are recruiting heavily for the types of positions BSPS students can enter upon graduation.

Faculty Preceptor of the Year Dr. Megan Kaun, PharmD „05, director of Experiential Education, with Dr. Vince Mauro, professor of Clinical Pharmacy.

The Doctor of Pharmacy Experiential Education program recently recognized Dr. Vince Mauro for his excellence in precepting pharmacy students. Based on student evaluations of Dr. Mauro as a preceptor, he is consistently helpful, informative and warm. The cardiology rotation students complete with Dr. Mauro in The University of Toledo Medical Center allows them to interact with attending physicians and play a vital role on the medical team.

Girl Scouts earn badges with pharmacy students Members of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS), the pharmacy sorority, hosted Junior and Cadet level Girl Scouts seeking to earn their First Aid badges. The fourth through seventh grade girls rotated through six stations that were run by 23 LKS members, two medical school students, a nurse, and a firefighter. At the pharmacy stations, Scouts learned about prescription medication safety. They participated in an activity that demonstrated how a pill dissolves in the stomach, and they learned about the use of Epi-pens, insulin pens and inhalers. The girls also learned to make a first aid kit and learned to wrap common injuries in addition to the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, elevation. At the medicine station, the Girl Scouts learned about spreading germs and watched a video about how germs can be spread by sneezing. They were taught how to identify the signs of shock at the nursing station. The firefighter taught the stop, drop, and roll method of extinguishing a fire and discussed the responsibilities of firefighters. Sarah Breen, an LKS member in the collegeâ€&#x;s Cosmetic Science program, organized this event, which was held in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center.


Upcoming Events 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.


Read the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Report The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has published an annual report for alumni and friends of the college. The report highlights the college's goals and accomplishments, including reaccreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, faculty publications and financial data. The report can be read online.

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