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February 2016 

Campbell University


J. Andrew Bowman has been appointed to the board of directors of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program.

Keck Graduate Institute


Talia Puzantian, associate professor of clinical sciences

Kim Schwab, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Northeast Ohio Medical University


Christine Crish and Timothy R. Ulbrich were selected among the Ohio Magazines 2015 Excellence in Education Honorees.

Denise Inman was awarded $100,000 from the International Retinal Research Foundation for the project titled Disruption of Mitochondrial-related Vesicular Traffic by E50K Optineurin.

Takhar Kasumov was awarded $3,000 from the American Diabetes Association to support the project “HDL metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes.” In addition, from the American Diabetes Association, Kasumov received $21,876.55 to support the project “Lipoproteome Dynamics as a Novel Approach for the Assessment of HDL Functionality in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in vivo.”

Hui Li was awarded $50,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to support the project “Development of a New Commercial Kit for Screening Cell Specific Gene Therapy Vector.”

Jason Richardson was awarded $250,149 from the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to support the project “Gene-Environment Interactions in Neurodegeneration: Role of Efflux Transporters.” This award was transferred from Rutgers University.

Mate Soric (NEOMED), Jason Glowczewski and Rachael Lerman, all of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, were awarded the Seventeenth Annual ASHP Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy for their program “Implementing a Layered Learning Model in a Small, Community Hospital: Economic and Patient Satisfaction Outcomes.”

The University of Georgia


Aaron Beedle was appointed to the UGA University Research Animal Resources Faculty Advisory Committee.

Trisha Branan was appointed to the ACCP Critical Care Standard Setting Panel.

Lori J. Duke was appointed as the ACPE board liaison to the ACPE Continuing Education Commission.

Azza B. El-Remessy was appointed as associate editor 2016-2019 to the editorial board of World Journal of Diabetes.

Hal Richards was elected as chair of the Critical Care Council for the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties for 2016.

Brian Seagraves received Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s 2016 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award.


Scott Pegan, Awarded $40,296 from National Institutes of Health for the study of origin of the innate immunity suppression caused by nairovirus’ protease activity. He also received $88,105 from USDA ARS through the National Pork Board for study of the role of the viral ovarian domain protease in PRSV pathogenesis.

Jing Zhang, postdoc under the sponsorship of Yugan Zheng, received $105,704 from the American Heart Association for development of chemical probes to investigate the functions of protein arginine methyltransferases in angiogenesis

The University of Tennessee


Marie A. Chisholm-Burns received the Joint Leadership Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists during the ASHPs 50th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans.


Junling Wang and Kenneth C. Hohmeier. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Grant for $60,000.

University of California, San Francisco


Matt Jacobson became chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.


Leslie Benet was named the 2016 recipient of the Remington Honor Medal by the American Pharmacists Association.

Tejal Desai was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine.

Virginia Commonwealth University


Gretchen M. Brophy was inducted into the Rho Chi Society.

Peter Byron was named emeritus professor.

Dave L. Dixon was appointed to the ACC.org editorial board and was named chairman of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Cardiology PRN Communications/Social Media Committee.


Donald F. Brophy, Novo Nordisk, $183,802, “Comparison of Different Triggers of the Thrombin Generation Assay in Plasma From Severe Hemophiliacs.”

Keith Ellis, VCU Quest Innovation Fund, $50,000, “Development of Novel Catalysts for Drug Development.”

Leticia R. Moczygemba, Dave L. Dixon, Sharon S. Gatewood, David A. Holdford and Evan Sisson, Martin Health Foundation, $99,382, “Primary Care Training Collaborative Educational Program: Retooling for the Future.”

Amy Pakyz and Pramit A. Nadpara, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, $96,763, “C. difficile Infection in Cancer Patients: Epidemiology, Risk Factors and Treatment.”

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