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June 2015 

Campbell University 

Award

James A. Boyd was awarded the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jennifer Dixon Smith was awarded the 2015 D.P. Russ Jr. & Walter S. Jones Sr. Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence.

Retirements

William Stagner, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will retire after 10 years of service to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences on August 10.

Drake University

Awards

Cheryl L. Clarke, named American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management fellow at 2015 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.

Craige C. Wrenn, named a Troyer Research fellow.

Grants

Principal Investigator: Andrea L. Kjos. Co-Principal Investigator: Erik D. Maki. Project Title: Centralized Medication Management Across the Care Continuum. Funding Agency: National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Award Amount: $20,000.

Promotions

Ginelle A. Bryant, assistant professor to associate professor

Cheryl L. Clarke, assistant professor to associate professor

Renae J. Chesnut, appointed interim dean

Retirements

Nivedita Pandit, professor of pharmaceutics

Duquesne University

Promotions

Jane Cavanaugh, granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in pharmaceutical sciences

Jelena Janjic, granted tenure and promoted to associate professor pharmaceutical sciences

Midwestern University/Downers Grove

Appointments/Elections

Robert L. Chapman was installed for a three-year term as member-at-large on the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Executive Council.

Annette Gilchrist served on the Special Emphasis peer review panel for the National Institute of Health- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Jennifer Phillips was elected president-elect of the Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists. She has also been selected as an Illinois delegate for the 2015-2016 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists House of Delegates.

Carrie A. Sincak has been selected as an Illinois delegate for the 2015-2016 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists House of Delegates.

Awards

Sally Arif graduated from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research & Scholarship Academy.

Anil Gulati has been awarded the following patents: U.S. Patent #8,980,874 for his work “Method and composition for treating diabetic ketoacidosis,” issued on March 17, 2015; U.S. Patent #8,980,222 for his work “Diagnostic use of endothelin ETB receptor agonists and ETA receptor antagonists in tumor imaging,” issued on March 17, 2015; U.S. Patent #8,957,014 for his work “Sensitization of tumor cells to radiation therapy through administration of endothelin agonists,” issued on February 17, 2015; and Australian Patent #2010241564 for his work “Novel therapeutic treatments using centhaquin,” issued on November 13, 2014.

Lisa Palmisano is now a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist.

Grants

Jennifer D’Souza has been awarded an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research Boot Camp Grant of $5,000 for her studies on “Evaluating the impact of pharmacist interventions on statin adherence.”

Promotions

Shridhar V. Andurkar has been promoted to professor.

Annette Gilchrist has been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure.

Brooke Griffin has been promoted to professor.

Jennifer L. Mazan has been promoted to associate professor.

Jennifer Phillips has been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure.

Robin M. Zavod has been promoted to professor.

The University of Arizona

Awards

John E. Murphy, AACP Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award

The University of Iowa

Awards

Mike Brownlee, Lisa Mascardo, Kevin Moore and Melissa Murer Corrigan were selected as American Society of Health Professionals 2015 fellows.

Deanna McDanel was selected as a 2015 Master Preceptor by AACP.

Shiny Parsai was awarded the 2015 Juan and Esperanza Luna Scholarship at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.

Benjamin Y. Urick was selected Outstanding Teaching Assistant by The Council on Teaching.

Susan S. Vos was selected as an American Pharmacists Association fellow.

Dale Wurster was selected by Purdue University as a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Grants

Zhengdong Jin was awarded $75,000 from the The University of Iowa Research Foundation Gap Fund to develop an anti-cancer drug he will license through his company InnoBioPharma.

Linnea A. Polgreen’s project, “Bedrest for preeclampsia? A study of activity, copeptin, blood pressure, and preeclampsia,” was selected by the UIHC Center for Hypertension Research for its first round of Translational Research Pilot and Feasibility Grants. Co-investigators on the project include Phillip Polgreen, Donna Santillan and Mark Santillan.

Matt Witry received a $3,000 grant from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy AACP to study medication non-adherence. He will present his findings at the NABP District 5 meeting in 2016.

The University of Iowa received a grant of $300,947 from the National Science Foundation in support of “Bioprinting of Bone Tissue into Defect Sites on Animal Models in Surgery Settings,” under the direction of Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, Liu Hong, and Aliasger K. Salem. The award period is from April 15, 2015 to April 2018.

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy was among the recipients of $210,000 in scholarships and grants awarded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. The project, spearheaded by William Doucette, will launch an initiative to develop collaborative practice agreements for community pharmacies, conduct research on access disparities in urban areas and more.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Grants

Michael Gabay received $96,108 in continuation funding from Takeda Pharmaceuticals for the training program “Takeda Pharmaceuticals Residency.”

Jordan Gunn (Chun-Tao Che’s lab) received continuation funding of $42,676 for his NIH NCCIH funded F31 grant “The Biology and Chemistry of Traditionally Used Anti-Diabetic Botanical Drugs.”

Hyun-Young Jeong received $346,361 in continuation funding from the NIH/NICHD for R01 grant “Altered Drug Metabolism in Pregnancy.”

Alan Kozikowski received $670,441 in continuation funding from NIH NIMH for R01 project “Optimizing Lead 5-HT2c Ligands For Use In the Treatment of Schizophrenia.” He also received $377,734 in continuation funding from the NIH/NINDS for R01 grant “An HDAC-Based Approach to Rett Syndrome.”

Gail Mahady received $243,105 in new funding from the NIH/NCCIH for R21 grant “Osteogenic Effects of Dietary Anthocyanins in Transgenic Medaka.”

Brian Murphy and collaborator Rachel Portsky from Northwestern University received $128,800 in new funding from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium for Catalyst Award titled “Co-Occurrence and Implications of Antibiotic Production and Resistance Genes in the Environment.”

Alexander Mankin received $303,050 in continuation funding from the NIH/NIGMS for R01 grant “Molecular Mechanisms of Action of Macrolide Antibiotics.”

Edith Nutescu received $132,095 in continuation funding from the NIH/NHLBI for K23 grant “Anticoagulation Self-Monitoring in Minority Patients.”

Dima Qato received $248,719 in new funding from the NIH/NIA for R21 grant “Pharmacy Accessibility and Disparities in Adherence to Cardiovascular Medications in the Elderly.”

Pavel Petukhov received $233,570 for the second year of his NIH NCI R21 grant “Photoreactive Histone Deacetylase Probes for Chromatin Immunoprecipitation in Cancer.”

Simon Pickard received $137,013 from Pew Charitable Trust for project “National Assessment of State Oversight of Drug Compounding.”

Jinhong Ren received funding from Novalex, $90,118 each, for two projects: “Development of Broad Spectrum Hepatitis C Virus NS3/4A Protease Inhibitors” and “Development of Novel S. Aureus Antibiotics with Reduced Resistance Susceptibility.”

Keith Rodvold, collaborating with Vance Fowler from Duke University, received $40,384 in continuation subcontract funding from the NIH/NIAID for the UM1 grant “ARLG: Leadership Group for a Clinical Research Network on Antibacterial Resistance.”

Gregory Thatcher received $189,324 in continuation funding from the NIH/NIA for R21 grant “Potential ApoE Isoform-Specific Detrimental Effects of RXR Agonists in Alzheimer's Therapy Studied in a Mouse Model.”

Daniel Touchette received $164,834 in continuation funding from Takeda Pharmaceuticals for the training program “Takeda Fellowships.”

Gregory Thatcher and co-investigators Debra Tonetti and Terry Moore obtained $485,489 in NIH NCI funding for the first year of R01 project “Partial Agonists at Estrogen Receptor a for Breast Cancer Therapy.”

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Kenneth Boyden has been named the School of Pharmacy’s associate dean for development and alumni affairs.

Jeffrey Gonzales has been appointed chair of the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Education Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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

Jace Jones has been named a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Jill A. Morgan has been named chair of the school’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Paul Shapiro has been named chair of the school’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Linda Simoni-Wastila has been named to the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Council for the Arts and Culture.

Hongbing Wang has been named program chair of experimental and translational therapeutics in the Schools Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Angela Wilks has been named program chair of chemical and biological discoveries in the school’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Awards

Robert S. Beardsley, Stuart T. Haines, Mary Lynn McPherson and James A. Trovato were named to the 25 Top Pharmacy Professors list by the Medical Technology Schools blog.

Steven Fletcher received a United States Patent for “Amphipathic and other Double-sided Alpha-Helix Mimetics Based on a 1,2-Diphenylacetylene Scaffold.”

Grants

Agnes A. Feemster received a six-month, $20,004 contract from Johns Hopkins Hospital for “Memorandum of Understanding.”

Jing Huang received a one-year, $30,000 contract from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for “Development and Testing of Novel Empirical Force Field for Molecular Dynamics Simulations that Includes Multipoles and Polarizability.”

Alexander MacKerell received a one-year, $54,701 contract from SilcsBio for “Pre-computed Free Energy Maps for Rapid Structure-based Ligand Design.”

Mary Lynn McPherson received a one-year, $101,729 contract from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Improvements in Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Regarding Medication Management in Patients with Advanced Illnesses: An Educational Intervention for Surveyors in the state of Maryland.”

Eleanor M. Perfetto received a 20-month, $28,937 grant from the “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for PCOR Training for Non-usual Suspects: A Program for Rare Disease Patient Advocates.”

Leah C. Sera received a one-year, $9,805 contract from the The University of Tennessee for “Management of Opioid-induced Constipation in Advanced Illness: A Survey of Hospice Organizations.”

Audra Stinchcomb received a one-year, $385,663 grant from National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “Absolute Bioavailability/Pharmacokinetic and Residual Drug Analysis of Oxybutynin, Scopolamine, and Fentanyl Transdermal Systems in Healthy Adults.”

Bruce Stuart received a 22-month, $31,861 contract from Merck for “Proximal Predictors and Cost Consequences of Discontinuance with Oral Hypoglycemic Agents in the Elderly.”

Joseph Vandigo received a 17-month, $38,117 grant from the “Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for Impact of Medicare Contracting Reform on Colon Cancer Treatment, Survival, and Cost.”

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections

Cindy K. Kirkwood was invited to participate in the 2015-16 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program.

Aron Lichtman has been named associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Joseph McClay has been named assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.

Sallie Mayer was selected a VCU ASPiRE (Academic Scholars Program in Real Environments) Faculty fellow.

Leticia R. Moczygemba was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Douglas Sweet was promoted to professor.

Benjamin Van Tassell was promoted to associate professor with tenure. He also received the school’s 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Shanaka Wijesinghe has been named assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.

Washington State University

Appointments/Elections

Christina Buchman, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy–Yakima

Rajendra Gajula, research associate, experimental and systems pharmacology

Carl Mikota, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy–Yakima

Jean-Baptiste Roullet, clinical professor, experimental and systems pharmacology

Grants

Julie Akers received $535,000 over the next three years from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation for the research project, “Increase access to quality patient care in community pharmacies for minor illnesses in Washington state.”

Shobhan Gaddameedhi received $747,000 over three years from the National Institutes of Health for the research project “Role of the circadian clock in melanocyte biology and UV-induced melanomagnesis.”

Carol Wysham received $67,558 over 1.5 years from Boehringer-Ingelheim for the research project “Efficacy and safety trial of linagliptin, as add on to basal insulin in elderly Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients (SILVERLINA).”

Jiyue Zhu received $526,707 over 1.5 years from the National Institutes of Health for the research project “Repression of the hTERT gene during cell differentiation.”

The United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries received a $25,000 contract from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to study plutonium binding in the upper airways of the human respiratory tract.

Western University of Health Sciences

Appointments/Elections

Linda S. Garavalia, associate dean for assessment

Grants

Lyna Luo received funding from Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment for her project “Computational study of bone morphogenetic protein receptors.” The award amount is 100,000 SU (1 SU = 1 hours of computing on 1 CPU). Time on big clusters or supercomputer has an in-kind award value of approximately $9,000.

Doreen Pon and Mark Nguyen received a Healthy Living grant from the American Medical Association for $10,000.

Jeffrey Wang received a $5,000 intramural grant for his project “Exploration of Using Silkworm Lava as an Animal Model for Drug Absorption and Drug Discovery.”

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