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Critical Issue #5 

Research and Scholarship
How do we impact academic pharmacy’s ability to strengthen research and other scholarship in practice, education and the pharmaceutical, administrative, translational and clinical sciences?

2013 AACP Awards

2013 Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award

  • Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE, Professor and Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, was honored for her excellence as a teacher, her outstanding achievements as a researcher and scholar, and her overall impact on pharmacy education and the profession.

2013 Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award

  • Alexander S. Mankin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, was honored for his contributions to contemporary teaching and scholarship in biotechnology.

2013 Volwiler Research Achievement Award

  • Gunda I. Georg, Ph.D., Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, was honored for her outstanding research and contributions to the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry.

Academic Research Fellows Program

The inaugural class of 16 scientists began their experience in the Academic Research Fellows Program in September for the first of 4 session learning opportunities in this yearlong program. The program is designed to expand the leadership capabilities of established faculty research scientists and administrators to cultivate collaborative team research and graduate education across institutions. Participants gained experience in research-focused leadership development; team building; and the development of innovative research strategies to secure funding from federal and other public and private sources. Participants also gained insights into the dynamics, management, institutional structures and policies that affect research teams; and had the opportunity to network with successful research leaders and advocacy groups. Fellows met leaders from US national funding agencies (e.g., NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, NSF) as well as private sector foundations and funding sources. Each fellow conceptualized a project to advance team science at their home institution with input from their fellows group and ARFP facilitators.

New Investigator Awards Program

The New Investigator Awards Program, formerly named New Investigators Program for Pharmacy Faculty and supported in collaboration with the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education since 1986, has been fully funded by AACP since 2010. This program provides start-up grants for new pharmacy faculty-initiated research projects. During the 2013-14 academic year, 113 applications were received for peer review by expert panels assembled from each of AACP’s governance sections. All applications were reviewed, and each award was based on scientific merit. At the conclusion of the review process, each applicant received the reviewers’ comments.

Seventeen awards were conferred, each up to $10,000 plus a $1,000 travel allowance for the new investigators to attend the 2015 AACP Annual Meeting and present their research findings. 

Faculty Research Grant Data Report

Since 1998, AACP has annually collected and reported out information on faculty principal investigator (PI) research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Now the AACP report on faculty research grant data is available as an online directory for members to view, select parameters for data comparison, and generate a customized report. Members are also able to search and view details of individual federally funded grants through the Federal Grants Search site. For fiscal year 2013, the overall extramural research grant support received by colleges and schools of pharmacy is shown in the table below. In this table, in addition to the NIH, other federal, and non-federal research grants, collaborative research grants from these sources are included.

 Funding Source Categories  FY2013
 National Institutes of Health  $310.30 million
 Other-Federal  $60.11 million
 Non-Federal  $59.99 million
 All Extramural Grant Total  $430.41 million
 Number of Funded Schools  96
 Number of Schools Received NIH Support  82

Graduate Degree Programs School Pages Launched

To better serve AACP member institutions broadly market their graduate degree programs and have an expanded pool for recruiting students, AACP has developed 4 new resources for graduate degree programs:

  • The 2014-2015 PharmCAS application has been modified to allow both PharmD and graduate degree programs to participate in the same centralized application service. 
  • Individual graduate degree school pages will allow schools to maintain and update the information on their graduate degree programs in a central location at any time through the current PharmCAS School Directory.
  • A second resource is a newly re-designed PharmCAS website that will include a search tool for graduate program areas of study using the information collected in the PharmCAS School Directory.
  • The information collected on graduate programs will be incorporated in the newly expanded graduate program sections of the 2015-16 Pharmacy School Admission Requirements (PSAR) publication that will provide information for applicants seeking admission to programs in fall 2015.

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Last year, 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts were published in 10 issues of volume 77 of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, including theme issues on Charting Accreditation's Future and Student Leadership. Viewpoints, letters, addresses, reports, book reviews, and other material (Table I) also were published. The Journal received 391 manuscripts in 2013. Of these, 42 percent were accepted for publication. Approximately 450 individuals served as manuscript and book reviewers in 2013.

Two new Editorial Board members were appointed in 2013 for 3-year terms: Margarita DiVall (Northeastern University) and Tyler Rose (Roseman University of Health Sciences). Naser Alsharif (Creighton University), Alicia Bouldin (The University of Mississippi), Brent Fox (Auburn University), and Peter Hurd (St. Louis College of Pharmacy) were reappointed to the Board for a three-year term.

Each year the best paper published in the Journal is recognized with the Rufus A. Lyman Award. The winner is selected based on utility and significance to pharmacy education, originality, research methodology and writing style. The Lyman Award Committee, which is appointed by the AACP President and chaired by the Journal Editor, selects the top paper. Twenty-nine papers from volume 76 were nominated for the Lyman Award and the award winning article was “An Introductory Interprofessional Exercise for Healthcare Students” by Celia P. MacDonnell, Saumitra V. Rege and Kara Misto of The University of Rhode Island, and Richard Dollase and Paul George, of Brown University.

For only the seventh time in the 77 year history of the Journal, the Association embarked upon the search for a new editor this past year. After 12 years, Joe DiPiro “passed the baton” to his colleague, Associate Editor Gayle Brazeau who assumed her new responsibilities in May. The accomplishments that are attributable to Editor DiPiro during his tenure are many, including the evolution to online, open-access publication, the expansion to 10 issues including themed issues and supplements, and the addition of a team of associate editors to round out the expertise guiding editorial policy and practice. The fact that one of these associate editors brings an international perspective reflects on the global applicability and reach of AJPE. Dr. DiPiro will be missed but AACP has every confidence that the progress of the last period will continue under the excellent leadership of Editor Brazeau.

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