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Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Appointments/Elections

Megan Brady, director of health sciences experiential and assistant professor of health sciences

Jon Hurdelbrink, assistant professor of health sciences

Promotions

Michael Andreski, associate professor, social and administrative pharmacy

Renae Chesnut, tenure at rank of professor, pharmacy practice

Brian Gentry, associate professor, pharmacology

Andrea Kjos, associate professor, social and administrative pharmacy

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Grants

Denise Inman was awarded $1,882,000 from the National Eye Institute to support the project titled, Metabolic Vulnerability as a Disease Target for Glaucoma.            

Takhar Kasumov was awarded $3,000 from the American Diabetes Association to support the project titled HDL metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes; he also received $21,877 from the American Diabetes Association to support the project titled, Lipoproteome Dynamics as a Novel Approach for the Assessment of HDL Functionality in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in vivo.            

Takhar Kasumov was awarded $64,625 from Case Western Reserve University to support the project titled, Aged rat heart mitochondrial dysfunction: lipidome and proteome dynamics. Original source of the grant is from the National Institute of Aging (NIH).

Hui Li was awarded $50,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to support the project titled 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.

Jason Richardson was awarded $20,948 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support the project titled "Targeting the Voltage-Gated Proton Channel Hv1 for Neuroprotection. This award was transferred from Rutgers University."

Timothy Ulbrich, L. Bradley-Baker, Daniel Krinsky, Leveraging Practice-Based College Faculty to Catalyze Innovation in Community Pharmacies. $19,813 received from the NACDS Foundation Merit Scholarship (2016).

The College of Pharmacy received a NABP/AACP grant for $3,035 for the proposal titled, March for Wellness, to build a sustainable health care program for the medically underserved populations.

Promotions

Samuel Crish was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

Altaf Darvesh was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

Retirements

Janis MacKichan, professor of pharmacy practice

Purdue University

Grants

Marlene O. Heeg received $150,000 from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. for 2016 Multisupport Diabetic Eye Pub Series.            

Marlene O. Heeg received $750,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. for 2015-16 CLDF EXPAND National Educational Initiative.          

Douglas J. Lacount received $734,925 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Emerging Virus-Host Cell Protein Interaction Networks.            

Sonak D. Pastakia received $26,545 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine for Bridging Income Generation with Group Integrated Care.            

Lynne S. Taylor received $70,000 from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp for Study of the Anti-Nucleation Properties and Physicochemical Interactions of Bile Surfactants with Supersaturated Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.            

Yoon Yeo and Raymond E. Galinskey received $349,200 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for Environmentally-Adaptive Nanoparticles with Focal Irradiation for Cancer Therapy.            

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Appointments/Elections

Nicholas Norgard, 2016 president elect, New York State American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Awards

Murali Ramanthan, 2016 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award

Dhaval Shah, 2016 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator Award

Robert Wahler, 2016 AACP Teacher of the Year

Grants

William Jusko, recipient of $204,312 grant from Bristol Myers Squibb to study, UB-BMS Training Program Scott Monte recipient of $30,00 grant from Univera Healthcare to study, A Collaboration to Improve Medication Adherence and Health Outcomes Among High-Priority Patients in Western New York.

Marilyn Morris, recipient of the following grants: $125,000 grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, to study Monocarboxylate Transporters in GHB Disposition. $40,000 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America in support of fellowship training to study, Understanding the Functional Characteristics, Substrate Specificity, and Potential Applications. $40.000 grant from PhRMA to study, Understanding the Functional Characteristics, Substrate Specificity, and Potential Applications for Drug Interactions with Monocarboxylate Transporter 6 (SLC16A5).

Gene Morse, recipient of $1.3M NIH John F. Fogarty International Center grant to support the training of future HIV researchers from the University of Zimbabwe.

Promotions

Nicholas Fusco, coordinator interprofessional education

Kristin Gniazdowski, associate dean, resource management

Marilyn E. Morris, SUNY distinguished professor

Retirements

Candise Morris, associate dean, resource management

Jerome Schentag, professor, pharmaceutical sciences

University of Illinois at Chicago

Grants

Jason Bugno (Hong lab) received $10,000 as a graduate fellowship from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists to support his research on "The Use of Hybrid Dendritic-Linear Polymeric Nanoparticles for Tumor-Specific Accumulation with Tailored Tissue Permeation.”

Hyunyoung Jeong and Eugene Chang received $199,998 for the Chicago Biomedical Consortium Catalyst Award "Role of Gut Microbiota in Determining Drug Efficacy and Toxicity.”

Michael Johnson received $159,867 from NIH/NIAID as a subcontract principal investigator on R33 grant "Antibiotic Potentiation by Targeting of a Signal Transduction System.” He is collaborating with a University of Chicago group lead by Robert Daum and Susan Boyle-Vavra.

Pavel Petukhov and co-principal investigator Jonna Frasor received $233,570 in continuation funding for NIH/NCI R21 project "Photoreactive Histone Deacetylase Probes for Chromatin Immunoprecipitation in Cancer.”

Debra Tonetti and Gregory Thatcher, co-principal investigators, received $25,000 from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium for their project "Therapeutic Efficacy of Novel SEM and SERD Drugs in Breast Cancer PDXs.”

Retirements

David W. Bartels, clinical professor and inaugural vice dean of the Rockford Regional Program, retired in May.

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Catherine Cooke has been elected vice president of the School of Pharmacy’s Faculty Assembly.

Andrew Coop has been named the School of Pharmacy’s associate dean for academic affairs.

Cherokee Layson-Wolf has been named vice president/president-elect of the Maryland Pharmacists Association.

Mary Lynn McPherson has been appointed to a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research.

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

Frank Palumbo has been named to the Board of Directors of the Food and Drug Law Institute.

Toyin Tofade has been named chair-elect of AACP’s Global Pharmacy Education Special Interest Group.

Deanna Tran has been appointed chair of the Recognition Committee of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management’s (APhA-APPM) Immunizing Pharmacists Special Interest Group, and has been appointed to APhA-APPM’s Education Standing Committee.

Awards

Mark Brueckl was named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s April Employee of the Month.

Lindsay Currier was named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s March Employee of the Month.

Tanvi Deshpande won first place in the ExcipientFest Americas Poster Contest at its annual meeting in Baltimore in April.

Sandeep Devabhakthuni has been named by his faculty peers as the School’s AACP Teacher of the Year.

Susan dosReis was selected as the School of Pharmacy’s 2016 Student Government Association and Kappa Psi Faculty Advisor of the Year.             

William Hedrich received the Outstanding Presentation Award at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s  Graduate Research Conference.             

Anna Hung and Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner have been accepted into AACP’s Walmart Scholars Program.             

Bowen Jiang won second place in the ExcipientFest America’s Poster Contest at its annual meeting in Baltimore in April.            

Tabassum Majid received second place in the postdoctoral category in the Johns Hopkins University Research on Aging Showcase.            

Joey Mattingly received the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award from the School’s graduating Class of 2016.             

Peter Mbi has been named a 2016 AACP Master Preceptor.             

Katy Pincus received a Faculty Teacher of the Year Award from the Division of Medical Student Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.           

Chanel Whittaker received the Faculty Preceptor of the Year Award from the School’s graduating Class of 2016.            

Grants

Bethany DiPaula received a seven-month $68,860 contract from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Opioid Prescription Review for Pain Management.                        

Ebere Onukwugha has received a two-year $451,179 contract from Bayer Pharmaceuticals for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma SEER Medicare Proposal: Health Economics and Outcomes Research.      

James Polli has received a one-year $173,467 grant from the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for Exploring Performance Variability in Dissolution Testing Using Biorelevant Media and the Impact of Potential Key Factors on Biorelevant Dissolution Testing Results.   

Paul Shapiro has received a one-year $45,645 contract from Biomed Valley Discoveries for BVD-523 Interactions and Regulation of ERK2 Containing E322 Mutations.                       

Yan Shu received a one-year $12,219 grant from Optivia Biotechnology for Effect of OCT inhibition on Platinum Nephrotoxicity.                        

Linda Simoni-Wastila received a two-year $219,437 contract from Novartis Pharmaceuticals for a fellowship.             

Julia Slejko received a one-year $50,000 grant from the PhRMA Foundation for Predictors of Medication Adherence and the Value of Adherence Prediction.                        

Audra Stinchcomb received a one-year $528,811 grant from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for Effects of Chemical Penetration Enhancers in Drug-in Adhesive Transdermal Drug Delivery Systems on In-Vitro Skin Permeation Studies.           

Promotions

Steven Fletcher, associate professor with tenure

Lauren Hynicka, associate professor             

Sarah Michel, professor with tenure

Retirements

Wendy Klein-Schwartz, professor of pharmacy practice and science and coordinator of research and education at the Maryland Poison Center, has retired after 39 years on faculty.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Appointments/Elections

Bi-Dar Peter Wang, assistant professor

Promotions

Jayesh Parmar, associate professor

Fred Tejada, associate professor

Retirements

James Junker, associate dean for academic affairs and assessment, and professor

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments

Ron Ballentine will serve as interim associate dean for admissions and student services.

Awards

Eric Parod and Dave Dixon, Evan Sisson, Pramit Nadpara and Ben Van Tassell, received the Best Poster award from the Ambulatory Care PRN at ACCP’s 2016 Virtual Poster Symposium. The poster was titled “Pharmacist-Physician Collaborative Care Model vs. Standard Care: Assessing Time to Blood Pressure Goal.”

Grants

Keith Ellis, Center for Innovative Technology 2016 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (Matching Funds Program), $100,000, “Chelation-Directed C-H Activation Reactions Catalyzed by Palladium(II) Supported on Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes [Pd(II)MWCNT].”

Sandro da Rocha and Phillip Gerk, VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund, $25,000, “Placental Targeting for Noninvasive Fetal Therapy.”

Shijun Zhang, VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund, $50,000, “Novel NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitors and Multiple Sclerosis.”

Wilkes University

Appointments/Elections

Steven Kheloussi, assistant professor

Promotions

Kimberly Ference, associate professor

Judy Kristeller, professor

Dana Manning, associate professor

 

August 2016 

Manchester University

Appointments/Elections

Mohamed E.K. Amin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Brian W. Skinner, assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Purdue University

Grants

Marlene O. Heeg received $150,000 from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. for 2016 Multisupport Diabetic Eye Pub Series; and $750,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. for 2015-16 CLDF EXPAND National Educational Initiative.

Douglas J. Lacount received $734,925 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Emerging Virus-Host Cell Protein Interaction Networks.

Sonak D. Pastakia received $26,545 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine for Bridging Income Generation with Group Integrated Care.

Lynne S. Taylor received $70,000 from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp for Study of the Anti-Nucleation Properties and Physicochemical Interactions of Bile Surfactants with Supersaturated Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.

Yoon Yeo and Raymond E. Galinskey received $349,200 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for Environmentally-Adaptive Nanoparticles with Focal Irradiation for Cancer Therapy.

The University of Arizona

Appointments/Elections

Rick G. Schnellmann, appointed Dean effective Aug. 1, 2016. 

University at Buffalo, State University of New York 

Appointments/Elections

Edward Bednarczyk, president-elect, American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science for the 2017-18 term.

Grants

Robert Bies, recipient of two grants from the Trustees of Indiana University, each for $16,218 to study, Pharmacometric and potential biomarker investigation in central nervous system disease such as Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia as well as Pharmacometric and potential biomarker investigation for cadio-metabolic disease.

Scott Monte, recipient of $30,00 grant from Univera Healthcare to study, A Collaboration to Improve Medication Adherence and Health Outcomes Among High-Priority Patients in Western New York.

University of Saskatchewan

Appointments/Elections

Jane Alcorn, associate dean, research and graduate affairs.

Danielle Larocque, inaugural associate director of the Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP) program.

Awards

Azita Haddadi has been named one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.
Grants

Charity Evans (PI), as well as co-investigator David Blackburn and their colleagues, were awarded $282,865 over three years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Sciences for their project titled “Medication adherence in multiple sclerosis: a model for other chronic diseases”

Charity Evans was awarded $78,700 over two years from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation for her project titled "Establishing the incidence and prevalence of multiple sclerosis in Saskatchewan."

Meena Sakharkar was awarded $145,000 over five years from Natural Sciences And Engineering Research Council of Canada for her project entitled "Understanding the transcriptional role of PPAR gamma in metabolic rewiring."

Kishor M. Wasan was awarded $119,856 over three years from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation for his project titled "Chronic in vivo study of lanthanide compounds in an osteoporosis model (OVX rat) for the treatment of bone density disorders."

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections

Joseph DiPiro has been inducted as 2016-17 president of AACP.

Awards

David Holdford has received an inaugural AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award.

Wilkes University

Appointments/Elections

Zbigniew Witczak was named president-elect of the International Carbohydrate Organization for the 2016 – 2018 term.

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