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August 2015 

Duquesne University

Awards

Janet K. Astle has been chosen as an APhA Pharmacists Provide Care Champion. 

Purdue University 

Appointments/Elections

Arun K. Ghosh was named as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

James E. Tisdale was appointed as a scientific editor for the journal, Pharmacotherapy. 

Grants

Ryan M. Drenan received $305,256 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Function in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System.

Robert L. Geahlen received $331,447 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Tyrosine Kinases and Lymphocyte Activation. He also received $4,418 from University of Minnesota for Biosensor Assay to Screen for Signaling Pathway Inhibition in Cancer.

Douglas J. LaCount received $683,658 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Emerging Virus-Host Cell Protein Interaction Networks.

Nicole L. Olenik received $1,200 from Fred Run Ltd for Pharmacy Diabetes Education Program.

Lynne S. Taylor received $209,103 from Nestle for Crystallization Inhibition in Food Components. She also received $468,559 from Abbvie Inc. for Understanding and Optimizing Dissolution Performance and Mitigation of Crystallization in High Drug Loading Amorphous Solid Dispersion Formulations.

Elizabeth M. Topp received $299,370 from Medimmune for Pyroglutamate Formation in Lyophilized Powders.

Yoon Yeo received $98,365 from National Science Foundation for Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER): Osmolyte-Guided Nanoparticle Transport for Effective Drug/Gene Delivery Across the Mucosal Barriers. She also received $193,750 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Polysaccharide-Based Endotoxin Antagonist for the Treatment of Sepsis. 

Yoon Yeo and Raymond E. Galinsky received $342,216 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for Environmentally-Adaptive Nanoparticles with Focal Irradiation for Cancer Therapy.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Grants

Ken Witt (principle investigator) and Karin Sandoval (co-principle investigator) have received a two-year R21 grant, “Dietary impact on blood-brain barrier tight junctions” from NIH (National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke) in the amount of $397,375.

Kelly Gable (principle investigator) and Chris Herndon (co-principle investigator) have received a three-year grant, “iCARE: Initiative to Create Awareness, Recognition, and Education,” from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $299,442.

Lakesha M. Butler is co-principle investigator on a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration Grant (principal investigator: Kim White, School of Nursing), “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,” in the amount of $1,085,903. 

A team of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2.65 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Aging, for “Lead optimization of somatostatin-based therapeutic for Alzheimer’s Disease.” (Ken Witt, principle investigator).

Promotions

Jennifer D. Arnoldi, clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor

Erin M. Behnen has been appointed assistant provost for academic effectiveness and innovation. 

Jingyang Fan has been appointed interim assistant dean for academic affairs.

Jennifer Rosselli Lynch, clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor

Carrie Vogler, clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor

The University of Arizona

Awards

Yin Chen, 2014-2015 Young Investigator for the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology

Jessica DiLeo received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award from the Arizona Pharmacy Association.

Jennifer Lechner received the 2015 Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award from the Arizona Pharmacy Association.

Promotions

Yin Chen, associate professor

Jeannie K. Lee, associate professor

University of California, San Francisco

Appointments/Elections

Andrej Sali has been appointed associate dean of research of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2015. The appointment is in addition to Salis’ full professorship in the school’s Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Grants

Michael Federle received $392,500 in continuation funding for NIH/NIAID R01 grant “Mechanistic Dissection of Pheromone-Dependent Regulation of Group A Streptococcal Virulence.”

Hyun-young Jeong received $299,992 in new funding for her NIH/NIGMS R01 grant “Molecular Basis of Interindividual Variability in CYP2D6-Mediated Drug Metabolism.” She is collaborating with UIC co-investigators Julio Duarte and Leah Rubin.

Temitope Lawal (Gail Mahady’s lab) received $46,000 in new funding from Schlumberger Foundation program Faculty for the Future. She will study “Analytical Chemistry and Systems Biology of Ganoderma in Cancer Cells.”

Terry W. Moore and UIC collaborator Sekhar Reddy received $35,000 in new funding from the UIC Chancellors Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Pilot Research for project “Development of Nrf2 Activators for the Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.”

Pavel Petukhov received $197,602 in continuation funding for his NIH/NIAID R21 grant “Discovery of Novel Anti-HBV Compounds Targeting Host Factors.”

Simon Pickard received $164,469 in new funding from Takeda Pharmaceuticals for fellowship “Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and UIC 2-Year Fellowship in Health Economics and Outcomes Research.”

Richard van Breemen received $265,020 in continuation funding from the NIH/NCCIH for R01 grant Rapid Identification of Active Agents and Metabolomics of Botanical Supplements.

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Colleen Day has been named vice president of the University of Maryland Baltimore’s staff senate.

Steven Fletcher has been named president-elect of the School of Pharmacy’s Faculty Assembly.

Amy Ives been elected secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Laboratory Special Interest Group and has been named chair-elect of the Eastern States Residency Conference.

Sarah Michel has been named president of UMB’s Faculty Senate.

Frank B. Palumbo has been named director of PHSR’s graduate program.

Kathleen J. Pincus has been elected to UMB’s Faculty Senate.

Brent N. Reed has been appointed to the Advocacy Coordinating Council of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and has been named the School of Pharmacy’s alternate delegate to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Sarah Tom has been elected the School of Pharmacy’s representative to the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Graduate Council.

Awards

Chanel Agness Whittaker and Hongbing Wang have been named the School of Pharmacy’s American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teachers of the Year.

Daniel Deredge won a Best Poster Award at the 8th Annual Frontiers at the Chemical-Biology Interface Symposium in May at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Cherokee Layson-Wolf received the Mentor of the Year Award from the Maryland Pharmacists Association.

Mary Lynn McPherson was named Teacher of the Year by the School of Pharmacy’s graduating Class of 2015.

Charmaine Rochester received the Maryland Reserve Corps Best Practice Award from the Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.

Julia F. Slejko received a Best New Investigator Poster Award at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s 20th Annual Meeting.

Nathaniel Thomas was named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s May Employee of the Month.

Deanna Tran was named the School of Pharmacy’s Student Government Association Faculty Advisor of the Year.

Grants

Joga Gobburu received a three-month $20,000 contract from Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. for consultancy.

Young Ah Goo received a 13-month $150,000 contract from MedImmune for Top-Down Mass Spectrometry Approaches for Novel Molecule Post-translational Modification Analysis.

Mathangi Gopalakrishnan received a 15-month $120,000 contract from Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. for RBP6000 Modeling & Report Project.

Bruce Stuart received a one-year $140,000 contract from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for How Medication Therapy Management Programs & Formulary Designs Differ Across Part D Plans and received a six-month $35,774 contract from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for Common Mistakes in Adherence Research and How to Avoid Them.

Angela Wilks received a one-year $45,000 contract from the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology for MEACO XIII International Congress and a three-year $14,750 contract from The Research Network for Bacterial Heme Oxygenase Protein and Biological Assay Development.

Patrick Wintrode received a one-year $100,000 contract from the Alpha-1 Foundation for Modeling Misfolded Z Alpha 1-antitrypsin for in silico Drug Design.

Promotions

Bruce Anderson, from associate professor in pharmacy practice and science to professor

Joga Gobburu, from professor in pharmacy practice and science to professor with tenure

Wendy Klein-Schwartz, from associate professor with tenure to pharmacy practice and science to professor with tenure

Eberechukwu Onukwugha, from assistant professor in pharmaceutical health services research to associate professor with tenure

Maureen Kane, from assistant professor in pharmaceutical sciences to associate professor with tenure

Hongbing Wang, from associate professor with tenure in pharmaceutical sciences to professor with tenure

Chanel Agness Whittaker, from assistant professor in pharmacy practice and science to associate professor

Bruce Yu, from associate professor with tenure in pharmaceutical sciences to professor with tenure

University of Minnesota

Appointments/Elections

Sunil David joined the Department of Medicinal Chemistry.

Amanda Klein joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences as an assistant professor.

Yao Yao joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences as an assistant professor.

Grants

Jacob Brown received a $94,066 grant from Essentia Health for his project, “The impact of the CES1 gene on methylphenidate clinical response.”

Caitlin Frail received a $59,033 grant from the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research for her project, “Enhancing Classification of Adherence Behaviors Through Trajectory Models.”

Caitlin Frail and Kylee Funk received an $83,500 grant from the Center for Healthy African American Men for their project, “Improving Diabetes Medication Management through Face to Face and Social Media Support among African American Men.”

Vadim J. Gurvich received $68,400 as part of an R01 for the project, “Toward a Mechanism-Based Approach to Treating Atrial Fibrillation.”

Dan Harki received $1.7M NIH R01 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his project, “Chemical Interrogation of Human DNA Cytosine Deaminases;” $111,842, from the Department of Defense, Prostate Cancer Research Program grant for “Molecular Profiling of EPI-001: An Inhibitor of Androgen Receptor Signaling with a Disputed Mechanism of Action;” and is principal investigator on a $355,000 NIH R21 grant from the National Cancer Institute for “Chemoproteomics Profiling of Parthenolide in Human Glioblastoma.”

Kristin K. Janke, Oscar W. Garza and Claire Kolar received a $4,000 grant from the C. Charles Jackson Foundation for the project, “Building Leadership Self-Awareness and Personal Engagement in Leader Development.”

Michelle Johnson-Jennings is a co-principal investigator on a NIH/NIDA PAR-11-346 Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations R01 for the project, “Yappalli: The Choctaw Road to Health.” The award is for $3,341,815 over five years.

Karunya Kandimalla received a $183,318 grant for his project, Transdermal Drug Delivery Systems Fentanyl that is being performed in collaboration with the Universities of Maryland and Iowa. Funding is from the U01 grant Critical Path Manufacturing Sector Research Initiative (U01) awarded to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education by the FDA.

Swayam Prabha received $99,477 from the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance for her project, “Glycoengineered Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Theranostic Agents.”

Michael Walters received an $800,000 grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics for the project, “Development of Safer Soluble Guanylate Cyclase (sGC) Activators to Treat Aortic Valve Calcification.”

Chris Xing received a $1,738,500 R01 for his study, “Dihydromethysticin (DHM) for Lung Cancer Chemoprevention.”

Promotions

Jeannine M. Conway was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Carolyn Fairbanks was promoted to professor with tenure.

Susan Marino was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Jayanth Panyam was promoted to professor with tenure.

Ann M. Philbrick was promoted to associate professor.

Anne Schullo-Feulner was promoted to associate professor.

University of Southern California

Appointments/Elections

Krist Azizian, associate dean for academic medical center programs

Kathleen H.  Besinque, assistant dean for curriculum and assessment and director of experiential programs

Steven S. Chen, chair of Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Julie A. Dopheide, director of continuing professional development

Melissa Durham, director of introductory pharmacy practice experience programs

Dana Goldman, director of Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics

William C. Gong, director of residency and fellowship programs

J. Alvin Granderson, director of admission & student affairs

Geoffrey Joyce, chair of Department of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics

Cynthia Lieu, director of student outreach for community health

Curtis Okamoto, chair of Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Frances Richmond, director of International Center for Regulatory Science

Azar Shahabi, associate dean for administrative affairs

Wei-Chiang Shen, associate dean for research

Glen L. Stimmel, interim dean

Fred G. Weissman, associate dean for student/faculty affairs and admission

Michael Z. Wincor, associate dean for global initiatives and technology

Annie Wong-Beringer, associate dean for graduate affairs and interdisciplinary graduate programs

Grants

J. Andrew MacKay has been awarded a $1, 587,885 RO1 grant from the NIH supporting his project, “Intracellular switching using genetically engineered protein microdomains.”

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections

Rafael Saenz has been appointed to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Victoria Savoy has been named assistant dean for finance and administration.

Grants

Donald F. Brophy (principal investigator), NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $443,025, “Vitamin C, Sepsis and Coagulopathy: An Ancillary Study of the CITRIS-ALI Trial.”

Umesh R. Desai (principal investigator), Donald F. Brophy (co-investigator) and Adam Hawkridge (co-investigator); NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; $613,200; “Advanced Skills Development in Glyco-Hematology and Glyco-Oncology.”

Patricia W. Slattum (co-investigator); Health Resources and Services Administration; $2.5 million; “Virginia Geriatric Education Center Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.”

Western University of Health Sciences 

Promotions

Mark Nguyen, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

James D. Scott, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration 

 

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