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May 2015 

Chapman University


Marcia Abbott received a $10,000 grant from the American College of Sports Medicine for “AMP-Activated Protein Kinase As A Direct Regulator of The Myokine IL15.”

Marco Bisoffi received a $103,500 grant from the Department of Defense for “Do Prostate Cancer Exosomes Generate A Field Effect Leading to Tumor Multifocality?”

Keykavous Parang and Rakesh K. Tiwari received a $30,500 grant from Brown University for “A Novel BDNF Potentiator For Treating Cognitive Dysfunction.”

Siu-Fun Wong received a $47,340 grant for her participation in the Southwest Oncology Group Network Operations Center.

Miao Zhang received a $50,000 grant from the National Ataxia Foundation for “Structural Insights For Drug Discovery Targeting SK2/3 Channels For SCA.”  He also received $212,754 from the American Heart Association for “Molecular Overlap In the Regulation of SK Channels By Small Molecules and Phosphoinositides.”

Duquesne University


The following faculty members were granted tenure and promotion to associate professor:

  • Jane Cavanaugh, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Jelena Janjic, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Pamela H. Koerner, clinical, social and administrative sciences
  • Holly Lassila, clinical, social and administrative sciences
  • Autumn Stewart, clinical, social and administrative sciences
  • John Tomko, clinical, social and administrative sciences

Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Sarah Yount joined the College of Pharmacy as clinical pharmacist for rural health.


Tom Davis received the Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award for 2015 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


Tech Trek (a program of American Association of University Women) at SWOSU received a $10,500 grant from Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Lisa A. Appeddu is the camp director.

M. Omar F. Khan received a $10,000 grant from UniMed and UniHealth Manufacturers as a grant for funding his student research assistant’s Ph.D. training (Mohammad Faisal Hossain).

The University of Arizona


The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy chapter of the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation won the Outstanding IPSF Activity Award.

The University of Findlay


Debra L. Parker, associate professor, accepted the position as dean of the College of Pharmacy.

The University of Tennessee


Santosh Kumar was awarded the Society of Neuroimmune Pharmacology Outstanding Service and Support Award.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Michael Jay has been named the 2014 University of Kentucky Outstanding Graduate Program Alumnus for the Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Kuo-Hsiung Lee has been named the winner of the 2015 Earnest H. Volwiler Award, the highest research award from AACP.

Macary W. Marciniak was named the 2015 Outstanding Chapter Advisor by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.


Stacy Bailey, Northwestern University, $33,080, Tools for Optimizing Medication Safety

Soumya Benhabbour, Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, $111,024, DNase for Prevention of Reproductive Tract Infections in Pregnancy R33 Phase

Albert Bowers, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, $750,000, Synthetic Biology Approach to Scaffolding Pathways for Small Molecule Biosynthesis

Channing Der, NIH National Cancer Institute, $26,676, Targeting K-Ras Effector Signaling for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Julie Dumond, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $109,239, Optimizing Antiretroviral Use in Aging: Pharmacokinetics, Response, and Toxicity

Joel F. Farley, Community Care of North Carolina, $562,157, Farley Subaward to Community Care of North Carolina

Stephen Frye, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $281,200, Discovery of Chemical Probes for Methyl-Lysine Readers

Daniel Gonzalez, Jacobus Pharmaceutical Company, Inc, $26,638, Jacobus 3, 4-Diaminopyridine Pharmacometric Analyses. He also received $26,463 from the Thrasher Research Fund for “Use of Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Models to Streamline Pediatric Drug Approvals.”

Leaf Huang, Qualiber, Inc., $49,503, SBIR-Development of NanoFludarabine for Pediatric Leukemia using LCP Nanotechnology

Alexander Kabanov, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, $149,384, Nanoformulated Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor for the Treatment of Rett Syndrome. He also received $314,549 from the NIH National Cancer Institute for “PEGylated Liposomal Doxorubicin and Pluronic Combination for Cancer Therapy.”

Angela Kashuba, Eastern Virginia Medical School, $28,000, Differential HIV Infection and Tenofovir Activity in Pre & Postmenopausal Women. She also received $12,000 from Institut d'Investiacio Biomedica de Bellvitge for “Elvitegravir Concentrations in CSF and Seminal Plasma in HIV-1 Infected Patients;” $76,000 from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa for “Inflammation and HIV Risk: Understanding Partial Tenofovir Efficacy in CAPRISA004;” and $97, 426 from Dartmouth College for “Microbicide and Chemical Contraceptive Interactions in the Female Reproductive Tract.”

Additionally, she received $848,011 from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Multispecies Mechanisms of Drug Biodistribution in HIV Tissue Reservoirs” and $47,253 from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for “UNC - CCHMC Service Agreement.”

David Lawrence, National Cancer Institute, $28,814, Synthetic Regulators of Tyrosine Protein Kinase

Andrew Lee, National Institute of General Medicine Science, $301,009, Intra- and Intermolecular Dynamics of Dihydrofolate Reductase

Jian Liu, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, $26,880, In Vitro Synthesis of Recombinant Heparan Sulfate

Rihe Liu, National Cancer Institute, $275,143 and $30,572, Novel Single Domain Antibodies with Multivalency and Multispecificity

Jacqui McLaughlin, AACP, $9,637, Early Clinical Immersion as Inpatient Psychiatry Medication Education Group Leaders

Philip Smith, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., $34,461, Targeted Quantitative Proteomics Analysis of OATP and CYPs in Cells Lines and Liver Cells

Alexander Tropsha, Office of Naval Research, $25,000, Materials Informatics: Expansion of the Aflowlib Database of Electronic Properties of Materials and the Development of Novel Materials Fingerprints for Efficient Database Mining and QSPR Modeling

Thomas J. Urban, Duke University, $48,789, Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network U01DK065201-12

William Zamboni, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., $10,649, Pharmacodynamic and Efficacy Studies of PEGylated Liposomal Carfilzomib and Non-liposomal Carfilzomib in Female nu/nu Mice Bearing A549 NSCLC Orthotopic Tumor Models (SOW 1). He also received $38, 149 from the Translational Genomics Research Institute for “Task 1 - Plasma and Brain PK of Gd containing Nanoemulsions.”

University of Pittsburgh


Samuel M. Poloyac was promoted to full professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

University of Saskatchewan


Adil Nazarali has been selected to receive the 2015 Provost's College Teaching Award for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

Bruce Robert Schnell will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the June convocation ceremony.

Susan Whiting has been named as a distinguished professor.


David Blackburn and Sharyle Fowler were awarded a $120,000 Interdisciplinary Health Research Team grant from the Rx&D Health Research Foundation for a three-year project, “Development and evaluation of an experiential training program for pharmacy students and community-based preceptors to improve the quality of health care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease in Saskatchewan.”

Carol Henry will receive $1.76 million from the International Development Research Centre towards a $3.85 million project with colleagues in Ethiopia to bring higher-yielding, more nutritious chickpea and bean varieties to more than 70,000 farming households. Gordon Zello and Susan Whiting are also part of the project.

Carol Henry and colleagues were successful in securing a two-year, $100,000 grant from Saskatchewan Pulse Growers for “Starting young: Incorporating local pulses in the menus of Saskatchewan childcare centres.”

Adil Nazarali and his colleagues will receive $443,268 over four years (2015-2018) from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program for “Community Partnership for Food Security and Health.”

Hassan Vatanparast will receive a grant from the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan for $72,386 over two years. The project “The impact of vitamin D on disease activity in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis” is in collaboration with Pediatric Department at the College of Medicine.

Two College-led research teams were awarded one-year, $40,000 SHRF Collaborative Innovation Development grants:

  • Adil Nazarali (pharmacy) and Bogdan Popescu (medicine), with co-investigator Phyllis Paterson (nutrition), for “Role of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in myelination: multidisciplinary approach that combines histological, molecular and synchrotron techniques.”
  • Ildiko Badea (pharmacy) with co-investigators Humphrey Fonge (medicine), Kishor Wasan (pharmacy) and Kamaljit Kaur (pharmacy, University of Alberta), for “Development of theranostic agents for melanoma.”


David Blackburn will be promoted to full professor as of July 1.

Roy Dobson’s appointment as acting assistant dean was formally extended by the provost until June 30.

Kerry Mansell has been appointed as assistant dean, division of pharmacy for a three-year term effective July 1.

Fred Remillard was reappointed as associate dean of research and graduate affairs for one additional year to June 30, 2016.


David Hill, professor and former dean will receive the honorary title professor emeritus upon his retirement from the University of Saskatchewan effective August 1.

University of Texas at Austin


Marv Shepherd, Clifford L. Klinck, Jr. Centennial Professorship. Effective May 31, after 33 years.

Virginia Commonwealth University


Kai “Annie” Cheang will serve as faculty panel chairwoman for the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program and as editor for PSAP 2016 Book 3, Women’s and Men’s Health.

Rebeccah Collins has been selected VCU School of Pharmacy’s 2015 Preceptor of the Year.

Dave L. Dixon has been elected to a three-year term on the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology Board of Governors, and is chairman-elect of the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Team Section Membership Committee.

An endowment fund has been established in the name of emeritus professor H. Thomas Karnes to benefit VCU School of Pharmacy graduate students via scholarships.

Glen Kellogg was inducted into the Rho Chi Society.

Emily P. Peron was inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma.

Brigitte L. Sicat has been named a distinguished practitioner and fellow by the National Academies of Practice.

The University of Virginia Health System PGY1 Residency Program is one of 10 nationwide to receive a Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation. VCU School of Pharmacy’s U.Va. Division assistant dean, Rafael Saenz, is pharmacy director for UVHS, and Michelle McCarthy directs the residency program.

Xavier University of Louisiana


Margarita Echeverri received the Norman C. Francis Award for excellence in service, service to the community, the university and the profession.

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