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December 2016 

The University of Toledo

Appointments/Elections

Frederick Williams, chair, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Appointments/Elections

Donald Mager was elected treasurer of American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Awards

Alice Ceacareanu received the 2016 Visiting Professor Award from the University Bucharest, Romania.

Christopher Daly awarded the Pharmacists Association of Western New York Pharmacist of the Year.

James O'Donnell was selected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Donald Mager received the 2017 Malle Jurima-Romate Mid-Career Leadership Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Marilyn Morris selected as member of the Xenobiotic and Nutrient Disposition and Action Study Section at the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review.

Dhaval Shah received the 2016 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator Award.

Grants

Sathy Balu-Iyer received a $145,000 grant from Eli Lilly and Company to study Investigation of formulation variables on sc bioavailability of monoclonal antibody therapeutics

James O’Donnell received a $177,791 grant from Intracellular Cellular Therapies Incorporated to study SBIR: Development of PDE2 Inhibitors for Treatment of Anxiety/Depression in Autism/Schizophrenia

Gene Morse received a $1.3M National Institutes of Health John E. Fogarty International Center to support training of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows completing clinical pharmacology research at the University of Zimbabwe Center of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Qing Ma received a $119,936 National Institute of Mental Health grant to study Antiretroviral pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics and toxicity in neuroAIDS.

Marilyn Morris received a $373,771 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate: Toxicokinetics, Toxicodynamics and Treatment Strategies

Murali Ramanathan received the 2016 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award. He also received a $438,625 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study Cholesterol Biomarkers and Oxysterols in Multiple Sclerosis Progression

Promotions

Nicholas Fusco, coordinator of interprofessional education

Kristin Gniazdowski, associate dean of resource management

Donald Mager, professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Marilyn Morris, SUNY Distinguished Professor, pharmaceutical sciences

Retirements

Candise Morris retired as associate dean of resource management.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Grants

Michael Federle and co-investigator Jennifer Chang received $1,998,750 for a five-year R01 grant from the NIH/NIAID for their project "Mechanisms of Pheromone-Controlled Lysozyme Resistance and Surface Display of Streptococcus Pyogenes."

Scott Franzblau, along with co-investigators Celerino Abad-Zapatero, Farahnaz Movahed Zadeh, and Nina Wolf, received $20,000 from an HTS award from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium for their project "High-Throughput Screening and Validation of Inhibitors Against M. Tuberculosis Class II FBPase."

Franzblau also received $109,324 with co-investigator Hyunyoung Jeong as a subcontract on an R01 grant from the NIH/NIAID for their project "Design, Syntheses and Studies of Novel Antituberculosis Agents."

Richard Gemeinhart and co-investigators Seungpyo Hong and Timothy Koh recevied $439,725 in funding from the NIH/NIBIB for their project "Activation of Monocytes and Macrophages by Polymeric Micelles.”

Mary Moody received $40,000 in funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services for her project "FY17 BPCSS - Updating Drug Interaction System.”

Terry Moore, along with principal investigator Sekhar Reddy and his colleagues at the College of Medicine, have received $90,000 in continuation funding from the NIH/NIEHS for their project "Fra-1/Nrf2 Balance Signaling and Resolution of Inflammatory Lung Injury.”

Lisa Sharp, along with principal investigator Sharmilee Nyenhuis and co-investigator David Marquez, received $740,620 in funding from the NIH/NHLBI for their project "ACTION Intervention: Physical Activity in Minority Women with Asthma.”

Greg Thatcher and principal investigator Mary Ladu received $377,690 from the NIH/NINDS for their project "Aged EFAD Mice as a Model for the Effects of APOE and Sex on AD Pathology.”

Surrey Walton, along with principal investigator Naoko Muramatsu and co-investigators David Marquez and Michael Berbaum, received an R01 for $3 million from the NIH/NIA for their project "Promoting Seniors' Health with Home Care Aides: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Appointments/Elections

Margaret Hayes was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to a five-year term on the Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners. She was also appointed to a second term on the Board of Directors of St. Agnes Healthcare.

Deanna Tran has been appointed chair of the Research Committee for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Laboratory Instructors Special Interest Group and has been re-appointed chair of the Maryland Pharmacists Association’s Communications Committee.

Awards

Andrew Coop has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Andrew Coop and Alex MacKerell received a United States Patent for “Novel Mixed Mu Agonist/Delta Antagonist Opioid Analgesic with Reduced Tolerance Liabilities and Uses Thereof.”

Jeffrey Gonzales received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Critical Care Practice and Research Network Clinical Practitioner Award.

Alex MacKerell received a United States Patent for “Defensin-like Molecules as Novel Antimicrobial Agents.”

Frank Palumbo and co-authors received the 2016 Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award from the American Society for Pharmacy Law for the article “Navigating Through a Complex and Inconsistent Regulatory Framework: Section 503B of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Outsourcing Facilities Engaged in Clinical Investigation.”

Brent Reed received the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the journal Pharmacotherapy.

Bruce Yu received a United States Patent for “Electrostatically Controlled Hydrogels.”

Grants

Andrew Coop received a nine-month $88,943 grant from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Austin for “Preclinical Identification of Better Anti-muscarinic Antidepressants.”

Jeffrey Gonzales received a one-year $4,725 grant from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for “Vancomycin Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics in Obese Patients with Sepsis.”

Anna Hung received a one-year $58,517 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research for “Budget Impact of Antidiabetic Formulary Changes.”

Vijay Ivaturi received a one-year $21,300 grant from Thomas Jefferson University for “A Comparison of Buprenorphine Versus Morphine in the Treatment of the Neonatal Ab.”

Lisa Jones received a $9,741 grant from Indiana University for “Mechanism of Transcription Regulations by the Mediator.”

Joseph Levy received a two-year $105,619 fellowship from Merck.

Anne Masich received a one-year $4,725 grant from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for “Vancomycin Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics in Obese Patients with Sepsis.”

C. Daniel Mullins received a two-year $210,691 fellowship from Merck.

Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse received a five-year $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Role of PrrF and PrrH Regulation in Pseudomonas aerujginosa Pathogenesis.”

Eleanor Perfetto received a seven-month $235,000 grant from Optum Labs for collaborative research.

Sarah Tom received a two-year $598,438 grant from the National Institute on Aging for “Early Life Environment and Late Life Dementia, Cognition, Neuropathology and Reserve.”

Patrick Wintrode received four-year $215,600 grant from Vanderbilt University for “Mechanisms of Glycosaminoglycan Catalyzed Protease Inactivation by Serpins.”

University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Appointments/Elections

Ekaterina (Kate) Dadachova joined the University of Saskatchewan as a professor of pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and as the Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation Chair in Radiopharmacy.

Kishor Wasan was named secretary to the board of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for a two-year term.

Awards

Jane Alcorn received the Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award at the Fall Convocation Ceremony.

Yvonne Shevchuk and her colleagues were awarded the 2016 Provost’s Prize for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning.

Susan Whiting has been named a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship for her contributions to the promotion of health science.

Grants

Charity Evans, Society of Canada, $40,000, “The effect of Pilates in MS.”

Hassan Vatanparast and his colleagues were recently awarded a one-year $25,000 SSHRC Joint Initiatives grant to study the impact of socio-economic and cultural factors on household food security of Syrian refugees in Canada. He was also awarded a One Health Initiative team grant of $15,000 for improving food security and nutritional status in the context of gender and ethnic inequities in Guatemala.

Gordon Zello and his colleagues were awarded a $20,000 One Health Initiative team grant for the project “Community-based education intervention to improve knowledge of One Health drivers of malnutrition in Amazonian communities in Peru.” He is also a co-investigator on a recently-awarded Dairy Farmers of Canada grant “The Effect of Milk as a Recovery Beverage after Exercise on Next-Day Postprandial Triglycerides.”

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation has provided $5 million to build capacity for nuclear medicine and imaging research in Saskatchewan.

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