Faculty News

2014 Issue 1
Fall Winter 2013
Summer 2013
Maine Message
News Briefs
In Memoriam
Will on the Hill: A Valuable Opportunity
Academy in Action
Around the World
Learning at Every Turn
Seated at the Tables of Influence
Members Working For You: The Commitment of a Lifetime
Faculty News
Spring 2013
Winter 2013
School News Submission Form
Advertising in APN

Faculty News 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Appointments/Elections

Angela C. Dominelli has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Albany College of Pharmacy.

Awards

John J. Denio received the national Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award from the Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society.

Grants

Amy Barton-Pai received a $153,630 grant from Forest Pharmaceuticals to conduct a Phase 1 pharmacokinetic study examining the removal of ceftaroline fosamil in critically ill patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy.

Karen Glass received a $353,400 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to identify new ways to prevent and treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Michael Kane received a $44,875 grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb to study the effectiveness of the drug Bydureon for treating diabetes patients.

Auburn University

Appointments/Elections

Charlotte Cheatham, coordinator of student services

Awards

Brent Fox, 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology.

Richard Hansen was inducted as a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association at its annual meeting.

Grants

Robert Arnold, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/National Institutes of Health, received $1,345,892 and $345,451 for “Secretory Phospholipases sPLA2 and their Receptors for Delivering Nanoparticles.”

Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd received a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation for a community pharmacy residency program.

Allison M. Chung was the recipient of a $6,000 Target community relations grant for a project titled “Stepping Up and Out MTM Services.”

Randall Clark was awarded an $865,784 cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Justice in response to a proposal titled “Forensic Chemistry of Substituted 1-Akyl-3 Acylindoles: Isomeric Synthetic Cannabinoids.”

Brent Fox received a $9,936 award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to develop the “2013 ASHP Survey of Pharmacy Informatics.”

Peter Panizzi received a $237,391 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research subcontract from the Lucigen Corporation for “Random Shear Shuttle BAC Libraries for Antimicrobial Discovery from Soil Metagenomes.”

Jingjing Qian received a $10,000 grant from AACP to study “Psychiatric Health Services Utilization and Spending Among Young Medicare Enrollees.”

Jayachandra Ramapuram received an award for $478,014 from NewGen BioPharma, Inc. The three-year project will conduct an “Evaluation of Topical Nanoformulations.”

William R. Ravis was the recipient a $13,365 grant from the Birmingham Racing Commission for the “Evaluation of the Pharmacokinetics of Cyclophosphamide in Horses.”

Salisa C. Westrick, Auburn University 2013 Competitive Outreach Scholarship Program, $19,990. A team of pharmacy students and a pharmacy resident are assisting Alabama senior citizens with Medicare Part D enrollment.

Promotions

Lea S. Eiland, clinical professor

Wesley T. Lindsey, associate clinical professor

Haley Phillippe, associate clinical professor

Lynn Stevenson, associate clinical professor

Retirements

Jimmy Harris, director of development

California Northstate University

Appointments/Elections

Ana Hincapie, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences

Douglas Ried, professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs

Velliyur Viswesh, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences

Promotions

David Pearson, assistant dean for research affairs

Campbell University

Grants

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has awarded a $399,000 grant for Campbell University to partner with First Choice Community Health Centers for a collaborative project that will implement a diabetes navigator service program to high-risk patients with Type 2 diabetes. Brenda Jamerson, project director.

Promotions

Michael L. Adams was promoted to assistant dean for graduate and interprofessional education.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Appointments/Elections

Uvidelio Castillo, assistant professor of pharmacy science

Grants

Christopher W. Cunningham, AACP New Investigator Award; $10,000; “Synthesis of Novel Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor Modulating Ligands.”

Christopher W. Cunningham, Naulin Foundation; $1,000: “Pilot Study Proposal: Fungal Bio-Remediation of the Great Lakes” and $1,000: “Pilot Study Proposal: Freshwater Sources of Natural Medicines.”

Promotions

Armin H. Gerhardt, associate professor of pharmacy science

Daniel S. Sem, professor of pharmacy science

Laura M. Traynor, associate professor pharmacy practice

Drake University

Appointments/Elections

Wendy C. Duncan, dean of Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Pramod B. Mahajan has been elected as the 2012-2013 chair-elect (2013-2014 chair) of the Pharmaceuticals in Global Health Focus Group of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Timothy E. Welty has been named chair of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Continuing Pharmacy Education Commission, serving a one-year term.

Grants

Abebe E. Mengesha, principal investigator. Title of Description: Thermosensitive monoglycerides blend for local delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. Source: AACP New Investigator Award. Amount of award: $10,000; and principal investigator, title of description: Lipid-based Triggerable Drug Delivery Systems for Smart Medical System. Source: Iowa NASA EPSCoR Research Building Grant. Amount of award: $15,000.

Duquesne University

Appointments/Elections

Karen M. Fancher, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in oncology acute care.

Grants

Carl A. Anderson, principal investigator. James K. Drennen, co-investigator. Project Title: Quality Risk Management Training for FDA Reviewers Training 25 FDA reviewers in QRMS review techniques. Period of Project: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Source: National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. Amount Granted 9/2012: $25,000. Total Grant: $25,000.

James K. Drennen, principal investigator. Project Title: Development of PAT Platform Technologies for Drug Manufacturing. Period of Project: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Source: National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. Amount Granted: 9/2012 $26,700. Total Grant: $26,700.

Aleem Gangjee, principal investigator. Project Title: Pneumocystis jirovecii Targeted Antiopportunistic Agents. Period of Project: February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2017. Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Amount Granted: Yr. 2 $342,672. (2/1/13–1/31/14) Total Grant: $1,903,735.

Aleem Gangjee, principal investigator. Larry H. Matherly, Charles Dann, co-investigators. Project Title: Purine Synthesis Inhibitors with Selective Folate Receptor Tumor Transport. Period of Project: February 5, 2013 to January 31, 2016. Source: National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute. Amount Granted 2/2013: 1,563,106. Total Grant: 1,563,106.

Suzanne Higginbotham, funded principal investigator. Project Title: Community Health Screenings in the Pittsburgh, PA Area. Period of Project: September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012. Source: NACDS Foundation. Amount Granted: $1,000.

Sean T. Lasota, principal investigator. Jamie L. McConaha, Kevin Lynch and Justine Whitehouse, co-investigators. Project Title: Establishing a Community-Based Medication Therapy Management Chronic Pain Consult Service: Determining the Psychosocial and Pharmacotherapeutic Benefits. Period of Project: February 2013-January 2014. Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation grant. Amount Granted: $492.00. Total Grant: $984.00.

Jamie L. McConaha, principal investigator. A. Kearney and Sean T. Lasota, co-investigators. Project Title: Evaluation of Pharmacist Impact on Inhaled Medication Adherence and Disease State Control in Adult Patients with Asthma. Period of Project: February 2013 to January 2014. Source: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation grant. Amount Granted: $500.00. Total Grant: $1,000.00.

Kevin J. Tidgewell and Benedict J. Kolber, principal investigators. Project Title: Cyanobacterial Natural Products to Treat Comorbid Pain and Depression. Period of Project: March 2013 to March 2015. Source: American Pain Society Keller Award. Amount Granted: $35,000. Total Grant: $35,000.

Howard University

Appointments/Elections

Oluwaranti R. Akiyode, director of professionalism and professional development

Daphne B. Bernard, associate dean for academic affairs and assessment

Youness R. Karodeh, assistant dean for student affairs

Mercer University

Appointments/Elections

Ayyappa Chaturvedula was invited to serve as co-chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Grants

Ayyappa Chaturvedula received a $38,029 grant for “Development of pharmacometric models for antiviral therapies” from Johns Hopkins University.

Martin J. D’Souza received a five-year National Institute of Health R01 collaborative grant for $2,640,440 for “VLP Vaccine Technology.”

Maria M. Thurston, Vanthida Huang and Gina J. Ryan received an American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Networks seed grant for $1,547.60 for “Impact of health literacy on aspects of medication nonadherence reported by underserved patients with type 2 diabetes.”

Midwestern University/Downers Grove

Appointments/Elections

Julie A. Fusco, president-elect, Illinois American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Medha Joshi has been appointed to the editorial board of Enzyme Engineering.

Awards

Anil Gulati has been awarded U.S. Patent #8349802 for his work “Methods and composition for contributing to the treatment of cancers.” He also received the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research Plaque of Honor for his work in New Paradigms in Toxicology and the Excellence in Scholarship: Most Outstanding Project by a Resident/Fellow PI award for “Effect of Medical Equipment on Concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds in Neonatal Incubators” at the Advocate Research Forum.

Tudy Hodgman received the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Appointments/Elections

Deepak Bhatia was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmacovigilance.

Matthew J. Hoover joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as assistant professor.

Jenna Schaffner joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as assistant professor.

Awards

Altaf S. Darvesh and Timothy R. Ulbrich received the Most Influential Faculty/Professor award.

Brian McNeeley passed the BCPS examination.

Chrisovalantis Paxos passed the BCPS examination.

Mate Soric and Yanqiao Zhang received the Junior Faculty Excellence Award.

Grants

Magdi Awad, Susan P. Bruce and Timothy R. Ulbrich were awarded $10,000 for their study “Impact of clinical pharmacy service on clinical measures in an underserved population” by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Intra-Partner Research Program.

The Silk Foundation awarded the NEOMED College of Pharmacy $50,000 for the Pharmacy Endowment fund by Silk Foundation.

Nova Southeastern University

Appointments/Elections

Lisa Deziel-Evans has been named dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Ohio Northern University

Awards

Ohio Northern University’s National Community Pharmacists Association Business Plan Team won the Ohio Pharmacists Association third annual Innovative Student Business Plan competition at the 135th OPA Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Presbyterian College

Appointments/Elections

L. Clifton Fuhrman has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Purdue University

Appointments/Elections

Robert L. Geahlen was appointed as a distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry.

Margie E. Snyder was appointed to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network Community Advisory Panel.

Grants

Stephen R. Byrn received $25,000 from Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC., for “Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC.”

Noll L. Campbell received $18,352 from Indiana University School of Medicine for “Optimistic” and $56,487 from Indiana University for “Indiana Prospect.”

Mark S. Cushman received $43,000 from Indiana University for “Design and Synthesis of Norendoxifen Analogues with Duel Aromatase Inhibitory Activity and Estrogen Receptor Blocking Activity.”

Patricia L. Darbishire received $268,524 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a “Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program.”

Vincent J. Davisson received $161,170 from Amgen, Inc., for “Identification and Application of Cell-Based Assays for Lead Optimization Revision.”

Marlene O. Heeg received $124,980 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “Improving the Management of HIV-associated Diarrhea;” $123,980 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “Fecal Incontinence: Beyond Conservative Therapy;” and $178,100 from Pfizer Inc., for “Driving Smoking Cessation Among Customers of a Regional Supermarket Chain.”

Marlene O. Heeg also received $122,630 from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for “Improving Outcomes in Patients with Cushing’s Disease: An Expert Review of Updates and Implication to Clinical Practice;” $25,000 from Multi-Sponsored Industrials from “2012 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Centers for Educational Expertise and National Initiative;” $2,000,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “2012-2013 Hepatology Centers of Expertise HE National Educational Initiative;” and $299,905 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for “Great Debates in Functional GI Disorders: Examining Controversial Aspects in the Management of Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) - American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2012 Satellite Symposium.”

John B. Hertig and Jaclyn A. Jeffries received $2,500 from University of Tennessee Research Corp for “The impact of Consumer Health Literacy on the Potential for Unintentional Overdose with Acetaminophen: Patients Perspectives.”

Michael D. Murray, Noll L. Campbell, Kevin M. Sowinski and Zachary A. Weber received $136,664 from Regenstrief Institute for Health Care for “Merck Regenstrief Collaboration.”

Michael D. Murray received $34,421 from Indiana University for “NCRR Administrative Supplement to Advance Translational (T1 & T2) Research CI Net.”

Brian R. Overholser received $138,213 from PHS-NIH National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for “Probing the Atrial Arrhythmogenic Substrate with Sustained Adrenergic Stimulation.”

Daniel T. Smith received $303,189 from PHS-NIH National Institute Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Role of Acrolein in Spinal Cord Injury.”

Lynne S. Taylor received $85,000 from National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “Nonlinear Optical Imaging for Sensitive Detection of Crystallinity in Amorphous Formulations;” $994,000 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for “Engineering Research Center on Structural Organic Composites;” and $222,029 from Eli Lilly and Company for “High Energy Solids to Enhance and Maximize Biological Exposure of Poorly-Water Soluble Compounds.”

James E. Tisdale, Brian R. Overholser and Kevin M. Sowinski received $160,000 from Indiana Clinical & Translational Science Institute for “Sensitivity to Drug-Induced QT Interval Lengthening in Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction.”

Samford University

Appointments/Elections

Michael Hogue has assumed the interim dean position.

Shenandoah University

Appointments/Elections

Natalie J. Dearing has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

James S. Green has been appointed assistant dean of the Ashburn campus.

Tara L. Jenkins has been appointed as associate professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences.

Jamie R. Klucken has been appointed as assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacogenomics.

Awards

Sarah Parnapy Jawaid has been named to the inaugural class of Virginia Pharmacists Association “Top 10 Under 10.”

Grants

Michelle L. Rager, Emily M. Scopelliti and Dawn E. Havrda received a Pfizer-awarded grant of $411,545 for the study titled “Improving Immunization Rates through Optimizing Pharmacy’s Role in Providing Immunization Services.”

Promotions

Nina Hengen has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences.

South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Appointments/Elections

Robert Davis, Kennedy Professor, professor, clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences

Stephanie Kirk, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes science

Awards

Celeste Caulder, Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Award

Joseph T. DiPiro, Rho Chi Lecture Award

John J. Lemasters, Distinguished Scholar Award

Rick G. Schnellmann, Education Award

Grants

C. James Chou, National Institutes of Health, $1.5 million, “Novel lysine deacetylase 6 Hsp domain inhibitors against AML.”

Sullivan University

Appointments/Elections

Abeer M. Al-Ghananeem, professor and associate dean of research and graduate program

Walter D. Soja, interim dean and professor

Promotions

Maria Lourdes Ceballos-Coronel, associate professor, assistant dean and chair, pharmaceutical sciences

Kimberly K. Daugherty, professor and assistant dean of academic affairs and assessment

Misty M. Stutz, associate professor and assistant dean of experiential education

Wasana K. Sumanasekera, associate professor

The University of Arizona

Awards

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Center received the 2013 American Pharmacists Association Foundation Pinnacle Award for a Government Agency-Nonprofit Organization-Association.

The University of Georgia

Appointments/Elections

Susan C. Fagan has been named founding director of the Center for Pharmacy and Experimental Therapeutics at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU. She was also named the Medical College of Georgia’s assistant dean for pharmacy and experimental therapeutics.

Jake Galdo has been chosen for a position on the advisory panel on improving healthcare systems for the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Awards

Susan C. Fagan received the title of distinguished research professor.

Cory Momany was named Teacher of the Year 2013.

Alvin Terry was named a Regents’ Professor by the University System of Georgia.

Grants

Michael Bartlett received $37,435 from the Georgia Health Sciences University for the study of cholinesterase inhibitors, axonal transport and memory.

James V. Bruckner received $54,030 from the Consumer Specialty Product Association for characterization of potential age-related differences in the pharmacokinetics of pyrethroids in vivo, in situ and in vitro studies in rats and human systems.

Brian Cummings received $134,026 from Auburn University for the study of secretory phospholipases SPLA2 and their receptors for delivering nanoparticles.

Azza El-Remessy received $283,500 from the National Institutes of Health for the study of molecular mechanisms of diabetic retinopathy.

Susan C. Fagan received $247,331 from the National Institutes of Health for the study of mechanisms of vascular protection after ischemic stroke.

Cory Momany received $27,621 from the National Science Foundation for the study of structure and function of BENM and CATM, bacterial LYSR-type transcriptional regulators.

Barbara Mysona, post-doc with Azza El-Remessy, received a fellowship for $46,624 from the American Heart Association for the study of the role of PRONGF/P75NATR in diabetes-induced barrier dysfunction.

The University of Iowa

Appointments/Elections

Susan S. Vos was elected coordinator-elect for the Preceptor Special Interest Group with the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Awards

Paul W. Abramowitz will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from The University of Toledo.

Dennis K. Helling received the 2013 Remington Honor Medal by the American Pharmacists Association.

Ryan Jacobsen was selected to receive the Ben Pardini Interdisciplinary Teaching Award from The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Grants

Maureen D. Donovan was awarded a University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination seed grant for her project “Enhanced CNS exposure to glyphosate following inhalation resulting from olfactory uptake.” She also received an award from the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education as part of an FDA U01 project. Her proposal “Pediatric Nasal Dosage Forms: In Vitro Characterization of Intranasal Deposition Patterns in Children for Optimal Delivery and Performance” was chosen by the FDA in the Open Proposals review area.

Jennifer Fiegel received a new two-year R21 award from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $405,652 for “Synergistic Drug Strategies Against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Biofilms.”

Lawrence Fleckenstein was awarded a subcontract with Case Western Reserve University for his project “Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics Studies for Triple Drug Therapy to Treat Human Lymphatic Filariasis (LF): Diethylcarbamize (DEC), Albendazole (ALB) and Ivermectin (IVM) to Measure and Analyze Drug Levels.”

Peter Veng-Pedersen received a new subcontract from the Children’s Hospital Corporation in Boston for one year for $16,090 for “Prolonged and Severe Thrombocytopenia in Neonates.”

Promotions

Jay D. Currie, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

Maureen D. Donovan, associate dean for undergraduate education

Larry Fleckenstein, interim chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics

Gary Milavetz, division head of applied clinical sciences

Aliasger Salem, head of the Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics

Amber M. Seaton, chief of staff

Bernard A. Sorofman, executive associate dean

The University of Mississippi

Appointments/Elections

Mohammad Khalid Ashfaq, principal scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research

Shabana Khan, principal scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research

Christopher R. McCurdy, professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and co-director of COBRE Core-NPN/Administrative Core

Daniel M. Riche, associate professor of pharmacy practice.

Donna West-Strum, chair and professor of pharmacy administration and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kristine L. Willett, professor of pharmacology and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jianping Zhao, research scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research

Grants

Benjamin F. Banahan, principal investigator and Patrick Pace, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi Division of Medicaid/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Amount: $92,163. Title: Retrospective Drug Utilization Review, Support of the Drug Utilization Board and 2nd Level Appeal for Prior Authorization Process for the MS Division of Medicaid.

Ashley W. Ellis, principal investigator. Source of Award: National Association of Chain Drugstores Foundation. Amount: $2,500. Title: NACDS Foundation of Faculty Scholars Program.

Daneel Ferreira, principal investigator. Source of Award: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Amount: $120,000. Title: Human Urinary Metabolites Produced as a Result of Cranberry Juice Consumption.

Mark T. Hamann, principal investigator. Source of Award: Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Amount: $49,545. Title: Nicotianamine (NA) - A Natural Replacement for EDTA.

Melissa Jacob, principal investigator. Source of Award: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University/NIH. Amount: $13,660. Title: Development of New Agents Against Cryptococcal Infections.

Ikhlas A. Khan, principal investigator and Larry A. Walker, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Department of Agriculture/ARS. Amount: $91,199. Title: Discovery and Development of Natural Product-Based Insect Management Compounds for Medical, Veterinary and Urban Concern.

Ikhlas A. Khan and Troy Smillie, principal investigators. Source of Award: University of Illinois/National Institutes of Health. Amount: $170,353. Title: Botanical Estrogens: Mechanisms, Dose and Target Tissues.

Xing-Cong Li, principal investigator and Melissa Jacob, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Lucigen Corporation/National Institutes of Health. Amount: $200,000. Title: Random Shear Shuttle BAC Libraries for Antimicrobial Discovery from Soil Metagenomes.

Soumyajit Majumdar, principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Small Business Administration. Amount: $21,450. Title: Controlled Release Opthalmic Formulations.

David J. McCaffrey, principal investigator and Yi Yang, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Community Pharmacists Association. Amount: $5,000. Title: Adherence Environmental Scan and Literature Review.

S. Narasimha Murthy, principal investigator. Source of Award: National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Amount: $198,439. Title: A Novel Method to Treat Chronic Pain. Principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Small Business Administration. Amount: $10,868. Title: A Novel Approach to Treat Hypertrophic Scar.

Michael A. Repka, principal investigator. Source of Award: Evonik Cyro LLC. Amount: $38,400. Title: Investigation of Eudragit® Polymers for Sustained Release and Taste-Masked Melt Extruded Matrices.

Michael A. Repka, principal investigator and Soumyajit Majumdar, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: BASF SE. Amount: $38,679. Title: Properties of HME Extruded Films Containing Kollidon VA-64 and New Polymer, Soluplus.

Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi Public Health Institute/Duke University/U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Amount: $39,083. Title: Southern United States Diabetes Coalition.

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren S. Bloodworth, principal investigators. Source of Award: Delta Health Alliance/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Amount: $352,686. Title: Better Living Utilizing Electronic Systems (BLUES) in the Mississippi Delta.

Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Amount: $1,000. Title: NACDS Foundation Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs.

Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: ASHLIN Management Group, Inc./U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amount: $7,508. Title: HIV Testing and Linkage to Care in Community Pharmacies and Retail Clinics Project.

Ziaeddin Shariat-Madar and John N. Daigle, principal investigators. Source of Award: NASA Space Grant. Amount: $36,366. Title: Lysosomal Dysfunction May Cause or Exacerbate Atrophy on a Cellular Level under Weightlessness Conditions.

Kayla R. Stover, principal investigator. Source of Award: Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs, Inc. Amount: $109,567. Title: Cardiac Toxicity of Echinocandin Antifungals Measured In Vivo and Ex Vivo.

Larry A. Walker, principal investigator. Source of Award: USDA, Agricultural Research Service. Amount: $474,946. Title: Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pharmaceutical and Agrichemical Applications.

Donna S. West-Strum, principal investigator. Source of Award: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Amount: $32,202. Title: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - Graduate Assistantship in Medication Safety and Outcomes.

Jordan K. Zjawiony, principal investigator. Source of Award: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/NIDA. Amount: $57,298. Title: Diterpenes as Selective Kappa Opioid Receptor Agents.

Retirements

Marvin C. Wilson, associate dean of academic and student affairs

The University of Montana

Grants

Philippe Diaz, The University of Montana-Missoula, has been awarded $4,800 from Stella Therapeutics for Synthesis of NMP192 Analogues.

The University of Tennessee

Appointments/Elections

Rex O. Brown was appointed director of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy’s International Experiential Education Program.

Awards

Heather Draper and Christa M. George were named the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Student Government Association Executive Committee Excellence in Teaching Award winners.

James C. Eoff III was named a University of Tennessee Health Science Center distinguished professor.

Grants

Wei Li and Duane Miller; NIH National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; $350,625; research to discover unique tissue-selective, non-hypercalcemic vitamin D receptor modulators for rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

Junling Wang; Pfizer for $144,840; Historical Cohort Study on Discontinuation/Interruption of Warfarin Therapy and Outcomes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

The University of Texas at Austin

Appointments/Elections

Patrick J. Davis was named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The University of Toledo

Grants

Salah-uddin Ahmed, principal investigator. Title: Regulation of IL-6 mediated tissue inflammation and tissue destruction by EGCG. Amount: $1,603,436.00 (Total costs over five years). Source: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Dates: April 1, 2013–March 31, 2018.

Ming Cheh Liu, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, $74,900.00, Ontogeny of the Phase II cytosolic sulfotransferases and adverse drug reactions.

Thomas Jefferson University

Awards

Ginah Nightingale has been selected to participate in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation’s Research Boot Camp.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Appointments/Elections

James M. O’Donnell has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Awards

Peter M. Brody Jr. and student Margaret Miklich, received the 2013 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Million Hearts Award.

Jack Brown received the 2012 New York State American College of Clinical Pharmacy Researcher of the Year Award.

Erin Slazak received the 2012 Lambda Kappa Sigma Female Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Grants

Joseph P. Balthasar received a $314,262 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “PTD-mediated protein or drug delivery for cancer therapy,” July 1, 2012–June 30, 2016.

Qing Ma received a $599,040 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Antiretroviral pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics and toxicity in neuroAIDS,” July 1, 2012–June 30, 2017.

Scott Monte received a $177,175 grant from the National Community of Chain Drug Stores “Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project,” June 2012–June 2015.

Promotions

Wojciech Krzyzanski, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

William A. Prescott Jr., vice chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Retirements

Wayne K. Anderson will retire at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year after serving 18 years as dean.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Appointments/Elections

Christel D. Cater joined the college as student recruiter.

Grants

Schwanda K. Flowers and Anne C. Pace received the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant, providing $50,000 to expand opportunities for residency partnerships in the state.

Howard Hendrickson was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant of almost $200,000 from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in collaboration with Randy Beavers. The grant is accompanied by another grant from the UAMS Translational Research Institute of $30,000. Other collaborators on this grant include Bill Gurley and Guangrong Zheng.

Retirements

Larry D. Milne completed 36 years of service to the university in June.

University of California, San Francisco

Appointments/Elections

B. Joseph Guglielmo, dean, School of Pharmacy

Awards

Adam R. Abate received a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Kathryn Phillips will lead a four-year, $2.4 million project “Benefit-Risk Tradeoffs for Whole Genome Sequencing,” funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

University of Connecticut

Appointments/Elections

John B. Morris was named interim dean of the UConn School of Pharmacy.

University of Houston

Appointments/Elections

Julianna Fernandez, clinical assistant professor

Marc L. Fleming, assistant professor

Tahir Hussain, professor

Bradley McConnell, Journal of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacology editorial board

Samina Salim, Journal of Biochemical and Pharmacological Research and the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology editorial boards

Vincent H. Tam, associate editor of the Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance

Matthew Wanat, clinical assistant professor

Grants

Rajender R. Aparasu; Agency for Health Research and Quality; $872,000; “Anticholinergics and Cognitive Decline in the Elderly with Depression.”

Marc L. Fleming; 2013 Postgraduate Best Podium Presentation; Academy of Research & Science’s Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences section; American Pharmacists Association

Svetlana B. Tikunova; National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute; $451,000; “Molecular Mechanism of Dilated Cardiomyopathy”

Anne M. Tucker; team member/co-recipient (Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center); 2013 Clinical Nutrition Support Team of Distinction Award; American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Promotions

Kimberly K. Birtcher, clinical professor

Elizabeth A. Coyle, clinical professor

Nancy D. Ordonez, clinical associate professor

Andrea L. Smesny, clinical associate professor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Appointments/Elections

Janet P. Engle was appointed vice chair/chair-elect of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education International Commission.

Awards

Seungpyo Hong won the Rising Star 2012 Researcher of the Year award from UIC’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Alexander S. Mankin has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the AACP Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award.

Charles E. McPherson III was honored as a Black History Maker by UIC’s Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks.

Dejan Nikolic is a recipient of the Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North American.

Grants

Maria Barbolina received a grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund through its Liz Tilberis Scholars Program. She will receive $150,000 annually for three years for her project “Chemokine-Dependent Control of Survival in Ovarian Carcinoma.”

Michael Federle received a five-year, $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant for his project “Signal Jamming of Bacterial Pathogens as an Antivirulence Strategy.”

Hyun-Young Jeong is a subcontract co-investigator on an NIH-funded project “Design and Synthesis of Nonpeptide Protease Inhibitors.”

Alan Kozikowski received a five-year, $398,226 R01 grant from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Optimization of HDAC6 Inhibitors in the Treatment of CMT.”

Alexander S. Mankin and co-principal investigator Nora Vazquez-Laslop received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Specific Interactions of the Ribosome with the Nascent Peptide.”

Edith Nutescu received funding in the amount of $526,567 from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for her four-year project “Patient-Centered Anticoagulation Self-Monitoring in Minority Patients.”

Zain Paroo received a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society for his project on a genetic screen for human micronases.

Simon Pickard and Robert DiDomenico are co-investigators on a grant “Patient navigators to reduce readmissions,” funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The principal investigator is Jerry Krishnan and the total award is in excess of $2 million for the three-year project.

Richard van Breemen received a five-year, $2.1-million T32 grant from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Nora Vazquez-Laslop and Alexander S. Mankin received a four-year, $303,050 R01 grant from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences for their project “Molecular Mechanisms of Action of Macrolide Antibiotics.”

Surrey Walton is a subcontract principal investigator on a NIH-funded project “Methodological Development for Cost Effectiveness Assessment of CPHHD Projects.”

Faculty from the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research were recently awarded a subcontract to perform work on the FDA-funded Mini-Sentinel Program, led by Glen T. Schumock.

Two UIC COP research teams received UIC Office of Technology Management’s fall 2012 Proof of Concept Gap Funding Awards. Seungpyo Hong was recognized for his project “Development of a Biomimetic Device Prototype for Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells” and Gregory Thatcher and Debra Tonetti for their project “Therapies Associated With Modulation and Mimicry of Hormone Actions.”

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Hazem E. Hassan has been named a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Vijay Ivaturi has been named a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Francis B. Palumbo was named to the editorial board of the journal Food and Drug Law.

Fadia Shaya has been elected to the board of directors of the Quality Health Foundation.

Deanna Tran has been named chair of the Education and Professional Development Standing Committee of the American Pharmacists Association’s New Practitioner Advisory Committee.

Awards

Susan C. dosReis and Raymond C. Love were co-recipients of the 2013 Alma Troccoli Service Award from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

AmyIves has been accepted to the MedStarHealth Teaching Scholars Medical Education Research Certificate program.

Amy Ives, Deborah A. Sturpe, Livia R. Macedo and third-year student pharmacist Jessica I. Pyhtila were selected for the 2013 AACP/Walmart Scholars Program.

Pedro Lopes, Alexander MacKerell and Angela Wilks received a Canadian patent for “Heme Oxygenase Inhibitors, Screening Methods for Heme Oxygenase Inhibitors and Methods of Use of Heme Oxygenase Inhibitors for Antimicrobial Therapy.”

Alexander MacKerell received a United States Patent for “Small Molecule Inhibitors of BCL6.”

Mary Lynn McPherson received the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from AACP.

Jill A. Morgan received the Maryland Pharmacists Association’s Mentor Award.

Francis B. Palumbo has been named Honorary President of the Maryland Pharmacists Association.

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner received the American Pharmacists Association’s 2013 Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award. She also received the Maryland Pharmacists Association’s Seidman Award.

Deanna Tran has been named a “10 Under 10” by the Virginia Pharmacists Association Academy of New Practitioners.

Julie Zito and Dinci Pennap received an Innovation Award from the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation for “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Pediatric Antipsychotic Use by FDA-labeled Status.”

Grants

Bruce Anderson received $1,587,594 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Toxic Exposures that Occur in Children.”

Susan C. dosReis received $94,092 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Community Alternatives to Psychiatric and Residential Treatment Facilities Demonstration Waiver Program Management.”

Steven Fletcher received $37,140 from Convergene LLC for “Optimization of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the BRD4 Protein.”

Jogarao Gobburu received $60,884 from Eli Lilly Research Labs for “Development of a Model-based Insulin Dosing Calculator, Framework, and Algorithms to Support Development of Integrated Glucose Control Devices” and $40,562 from Medicines360 for “Levonorgestrel Releasing Intrauterine Device.”

Stephen Hoag received $15,040 from the University of Antwerp for “Nasal Spray Device Manufacture” and $42,501 from U.S. Pharmacopeia for “Development of a Spectral Database for Excipients, Drug Substances, and Drug Products.”

Thiyagu Rajakannan received $50,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Feasibility of Patient-Centered Tools for Improving Medication Adherence in Pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner received $100,000 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “P3 Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management Services for Cardiovascular Disease Management Program” and $157,843 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Clinical Pharmacy Services.” She also received $48,195 from MedStar Health Incorporated for “Georgetown University Hospital” and $272,808 from Giant Maryland.

Jana Shen received $324,858 from the National Science Foundation for “Electrostatic Mechanisms in Protein Stability.”

Bruce Stuart received $25,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Assessing Out-Of-Plan Drug Use by Medicare Part D Enrollees” and $45,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Medication Adherence and Medicare Expenditures among Beneficiaries with Diabetes.”

Deanna Tran received $1,000 from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for “Million Hearts 2013 Heart to Heart Community Health Fairs.”

Mona L. Tsoukleris received $59,823 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “RX for Asthma - Comprehensive Asthma Medication Therapy Management.”

Kathryn Walker received $280,738 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Controlled Dangerous Substance Emergency Preparedness Plan.”

Bruce Yu received $357,746 from the National Science Foundation for “Engineering Fluorinated Paramagnetic Complexes for Multichromic 19F MRI” and $38,285 from the University of Maryland, College Park for “Engineering Fluorinated Paramagnetic Complexes for Multichromic 19F MRI.”

Ilene H. Zuckerman received $200,000 from Philips Healthcare for “eICU Research Studies” and $301,811 from the Maryland Health Care Commission for “Memorandum of Understanding - Maryland Patient-Centered Medical Home Shared Savings.”

University of Southern California

Awards

Steven W. Chen received the Individual Award for Career Achievement at the 2013 APhA Foundation PinnacleAwards.

University of Washington

Appointments/Elections

Nikki Klatt has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pharmaceutics.

Awards

Carlos Catalano received a Volunteer Recognition Award at the UW Health Sciences 2013 Martin Luther King Jr.Tribute.

Nina Isoherranen will receive the Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

A posthumous Dean’s Recognition Award was given to Sid Nelson by the American College of Apothecaries.

Sean Sullivan was named to the Rho Chi Society Alumni Honor Roll at the American Pharmacists Associationmeeting.

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Appointments/Elections

Jeanette C. Roberts has agreed to stay on another year as dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections

Rollin L. Ballentine, co-chairman of the Richmond Metro Division of the American Cancer Society.

Donald F. Brophy, first Nancy and Ronald McFarlane Professor of Pharmacy recipient and inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow.

Awards

Krista L. Donohoe, certified geriatric pharmacist

Sharon S. Gatewood, American Pharmacists Association’s Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award.

Lemont Kier, American Association of Nurse Anesthesia’s Didactic Instructor of the Year Award.

Diana R. Mack, 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Promotions

Phillip M. Gerk, associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Matthew S. Halquist, research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Mary Jayne Kennedy, associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Sciences.

Jurgen Venitz, professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Washington State University

Appointments/Elections

Danial E. Baker re-appointed as a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists through 2017.

Logan Battrell, research technician, pharmaceutical sciences

Jonah Hocum, research technician, pharmaceutical sciences

Joshua J. Neumiller appointed to the 2013 advisory board for American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Geriatric Pharmacy Review curriculum and contributing editor for U.S. Pharmacist.

Mary F. Paine, associate professor, clinical pharmacology

Tracy L. Skaer appointed as a member of the editorial board for Pain Studies and Treatment.

Grants

K. Michael Gibson, $743,974 grant from National Institutes of Health to test an experimental drug’s effectiveness on succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency, an inherited disorder with characteristics of autism and epilepsy.

Grant D. Trobridge, $1.6 million grant from National Institutes of Health to continue investigating of gene therapy for HIV and AIDS.

Lisa J. Woodard, $33,847 grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation for a project “Diabetes Prevention in Pharmacies.”

West Virginia University

Appointments/Elections

Charles K. Babcock was certified in Advanced Geriatric Skills by the WV Geriatric Education Center.

Nilanjana Dwibedi, assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy.

Allie Karshenas, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, and director, Clinical Operations, Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center Certifications.

Kimberly M. Kelly was invited to serve on grant review panels by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Charles D. Ponte was selected as a member of the Practice Task Force of the National Certification Board for DiabetesEducators.

Awards

Gina M. Baugh received the 2013 West Virginia Campus Compact Engaged Educator Award from the WVU Center for Civic Engagement.

Grants

S. Suresh Madhavan received $447,273 from Molina Medicaid Solutions, Inc., for “Molina Pharmacy Provider Call Center.”

Rae R. Matsumoto was awarded $36,345 from Avanir for her research “Evaluation of Pharmacological Actions of Putative Sigma-1 Receptor Ligands.”

Usha Sambamoorthi was awarded $149,999 from Sanofi-Aventis for her research “Patterns and Outcomes of Diabetes Treatments in Elderly Diabetes- Human Database Analysis.”

Promotions

Gina M. Baugh, clinical associate professor

Retirements

Paula Jo Meyer-Stout, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

W. Clarke Ridgway retired after 31 years of service to WVU and the School of Pharmacy and has been named an emeritus professor.

 

© 2014 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
1727 King Street | Alexandria, VA  22314 | (703) 739-2330 | Fax: (703) 836-8982 | mail@aacp.org