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March 2016 

Duquesne University

Grants

Aleem Gangjee received a $380,747 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy of Infectious Diseases. The grant funds the fifth year of research of “Pneumocystis Jirovecii Targeted Antiopportunistic Agents” and brings the total award to $1.88 million. 

Drake University

Promotions

Renae Chesnut was promoted to dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Purdue University

Appointments/Elections

Kimberly S. Plake was elected as an American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science fellow.

Steven A. Scott was elected as president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Lynne S. Taylor was appointed as the Retter Professor of Pharmacy.

Kellie Jones Weddle was elected as a fellow of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association.

Grants

Eric L. Barker received $1,788,386 from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for Analytic-Directed Multi-Scale Synthesis System.

Stephen R. Byrn received $99,230 from University of Chicago for Pre-clinical Development of Myosolvins, a New Class of Medicine. He also received $131,307 from Astrazeneca Product Development for Active Coating Studies.

Keith Chadwick and Lynne S. Taylor received $266,000 from Rutgers State University for U.S.-Ireland Partnership in Continuous Manufacturing.

Marlene O. Heeg received $150,000 from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical for Peerview Maintenance of Certification Educational Platform, Improving Remission Rates in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder in an Era of Updated Diagnostic Criteria and Expanding Treatment Options. She also received $100,000 from American Regent for 2015 GIHF National Inflammatory Bowel Disease Educational Initiative and $150,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for 2015 GIHF National Inflammatory Bowel Disease Educational Initiative.

For the 2015-2016 Gala HCV Resistance Educational Series, Heeg received $150,000 from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., $300,000 from Abbvie Inc. and $50,000 from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Wanqing Liu received $161,975 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering for Big Data Training for Translational Omics Research.

Matthew M. Murawski received $17,500 from Indiana Clinical & Translational Science Institute for Optimizing Chronic Illness Care with an Adverse Drug Reaction Event Side Effect Screener (the ADDRESS Pilot Study).

Michael D. Murray received $41,998 from Regenstrief Institute Inc. for Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Improvement and Research (RCHIR) Project.

Sonak D. Pastakia and Rakhi Karwa received $27,334 from Indiana University for Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Plus.

Lynne S. Taylor received $2,000 for the Study of the Anti-Nucleation Properties and Physicochemical Interactions of Bile Surfactants with Supersaturated Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and $73,000 for Utilizing Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Monitor Amorphous-Amorphous Phase Separation of Amorphous Solid Dispersions (ASD) from Merck & Company Inc.

Lynne S. Taylor and James D. Litster received $446,206 from Rutgers State University for Engineering Research Center on Structural Organic Composits.

Richard M. Van Rijn received $69,957 from Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for Development of Novel Designer G-Protein Coupled Receptors to Study the Role of Beta-Arrestine2 Biased Signal Transduction in Anxiety Disorders.

Michael K. Wendt received $214,721 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for Targeting FGFR to Prevent the Outgrowth of Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Yoon Yeo received $160,813 from University of Chicago for Image-Guided Radiation-Induced Permeability (IGRIP) for IGDD.

Alan J. Zillich, Mary A. Kozaks, Heather A. Jaynes and Margie E. Snyder received $56,465 from PhRMA Foundation for Reduced Hospital Readmissions through Improved Medication Adherence During Transitions of Care.

The University of Tennessee

Appointments/Elections

Roland N. Dickerson recently was appointed associate editor of the journal Nutrition.

Awards

Candace Brown was invited to attend the Scientific Vision Meeting of the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch because of her many contributions to the field of gynecologic health research.

Roland N. Dickerson is the 2016 recipient of ASPENs Excellence in Nutrition Support Education Award.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Grants

Todd Lee received $60,000 from The Reagan-Udall Foundation for project "UIC CPR Center for Annotating Research Methods and Analyses (CARMA): Focused on New Approaches in Utilizing 'Real World' Data."

Michael Rush (van Breemen lab) received $43,120 in new funding for his NIH/NCCIH F31 predoctoral fellowship project "Discovery of Natural Product Inhibitors of Fuctose-1, 6-Bisphophatase for the Obesity Management."

Keith Rodvold received $601,065 as a subcontract PI on NIH/NIAID cooperative agreement "Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG)." He is working with the Duke University.

Joanna Burdette received $20,000 from Tell Every Amazing Lady (T.E.A.L) About Ovarian Cancer

Louisa M. McGregor, Ovarian Cancer Foundation for project "Prevention of Ovarian Cancer by Pax2."

Joanna Burdette received $148,262 as a subcontract PI on NIH/NIBIB-funded project "Steriod-Based Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Endocrine Disease."

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Rebecca J. Ceraul has been elected secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Administrative Services Section.

Andrew Coop has been named chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Chemistry Section.

William J. Cooper has been named chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Administration and Finance Special Interest Group.

Bethany DiPaula has been named a specialist member on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Council on Psychiatric Pharmacy.

Jeffrey Gonzales has been appointed to the board of directors of the Society of Critical Care Medicines Baltimore chapter.

Stuart Haines has been named chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Council of Faculties.

Kashelle Lockman was appointed to the Palliative Care Research Cooperative as a junior investigator.

C. Daniel Mullins has been named a member of the BD4P Steering Committee of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration.

Neha Pandit has been elected to the University of Maryland, Baltimore Faculty Senate representing the School of Pharmacy.

Chanel Whittaker has been appointed the 2015-2016 chair of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Pharmacy Educators.

Awards

Steven Fletcher received a United States Patent for Potent Analogues of the C-MYC Inhibitor 10074-G5 with Improved Cell Permeability.

Priyanka Gaitonde and Joseph Vandigo received the department’s Arthur Schwartz Memorial Scholarship.

Randy Goldberg received a 20-Year Service Award at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology meeting in San Francisco in October.

Jeffrey Gonzales received a presidential citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for his contributions to the organization in 2015.

Maya Hanna and Patience Moyo received the departments Donald O. Fedder Memorial Scholarship.

Cherokee Layson-Wolf has been named the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Advisor of the Year.

Brent Reed received the Preceptor of the Year Award from the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Melissa Ross won the Lee B. Lusted Student Prize for her presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making.

Kristin Watson received the inaugural Excellence Award from the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Bruce Yu is a co-recipient of a United States Patent for Dendrimers and Methods of Preparing Same Through Proportionate Branching.

Grants

Nicole Brandt received a one-year $55,000 grant from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

Steven Fletcher received an eleven-month $52,240 contract from Washington University for Pre-clinical and Clinical Imaging and Treatment of Multiple Myeloma with cMyc-Max Nanoparticles.

David Goodlett received a one-year $44,280 contract from Deurion for A Digital Microfluidic Surface Acoustic Wave Nebulization Device for Mass Spectrometry.

Mathangi Gopalakrishnan received a 17-month $85,000 contract from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories for DRL-Celecoxib Project.

Stephen Hoag received a one-year $15,616 contract from Metrohm USA.

Alexander MacKerell received a nine-month $195,840 grant from the University of Chicago for Polarizable Force Field for Proteins and Lipids and a four-month $55,677 contract from Pfizer for Validation of the SSFEP and SILCS Computational Methodologies. He also received a three-year, $727,678 contract from the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University for Design and Synthesis of Inhibitors of the BTB Domain of BCL6.

Retirements

Francoise Pradel, professor of pharmaceutical health services research, retired in December 2015 after a 16 year career at the School of Pharmacy.

David Roffman, professor of pharmacy practice and science, retired in December 2015 after a 45 year career at the School of Pharmacy.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections

K.C. Ogbonna is program director for the school’s new PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency.

Grants

Benjamin Van Tassell and Dave Dixon, IIS-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, $785,000, “Canagliflozin in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus and Heart Failure (CANA-HF): A Randomized Active-Controlled Double-Blinded Study”

Retirements

Thomas P. Reinders will retire this summer after more than 41 years with the School of Pharmacy. For 12 years of that time, he also served as director of pharmacy for the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals.

Wilkes University

Promotions

Kimberly Ference was promoted to associate professor.

Dana Manning was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

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