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November 2015 

Duquesne University

Awards

Jane Cavanaugh and Aleem Gangjee were honored as inductees to the University Research Hall of Fame. Cavanaugh was honored as a first-time inductee; Gangjee, a second-time.

John DeJames received the Preceptor of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association during its 2015 Annual Conference in Grantville, Pa.

Thomas J. Mattei posthumously received the Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Jamie L. McConaha was recognized by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association as the winner of the NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., during PPA's 2015 Annual Conference.

Duquesne University is one of three awardees selected by the American Pharmacists Association for its 2015 Pinnacle Awards.

Grants

James Drennen received a $237,000 grant from the Food and Drug Administration on a subcontract with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “QDB Approach to Process Development: Defining Critical Quality Attributes, Evaluating Critically Across Scales, and Relating Variations in CPPS/CQAS to Product Performance.”

Jennifer Elliott received a two-year, $177,000 award from the Jefferson Regional Foundation, to support a project that will provide surveillance and treatment of asthma in Clairton schoolchildren. The award will extend through June 2017.

Rehana Leak received a $382,931, three-year R-15 award from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, for Impact of N-acetyl Cysteine Ethyl Ester on A-synuclein Pathology in the Olfactory System. The grant extends through June 30, 2018.

Jamie L. McConaha received a $10,000 grant from Pfizer Inc. for the smoking cessation program Courage to Quit. This brings the total award amount to date to $30,000.

Wilson Meng has received funding on a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in the amount of $139,464 for year two of a two-year award. The funds are to be used for a project, “A Biomaterial Approach to Attenuate Rejection of Skin Allografts.” Year two of the award will run from August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016. These are federal funds to be used for research.

Keck Graduate Institute

Appointments/Elections

Andrea L. Cooper, assistant dean for pharmacy and industry relations and professor of practice

Farzad Daneshvar, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Michelle Hughes, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Jeany K. Jun, assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences

Grants

Connie Kang, Gail G. Orum-Alexander, Armen Simonian, and Robert L. Stein, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, $250,000, Patient-Focused Clinical Skills Laboratory and Medication Management Technology Center.

Purdue University

Appointments/Elections

Eric L. Barker was appointed as the editor for Pharmacological Reviews, published by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Mark S. Cushman was awarded a new U.S. patent for his discovery titled “Substituted dibenzoonaphthyridines, pharmaceutical uses thereof and processes therefore.”

Grants

Mark S. Cushman received $59,174 from Linus Oncology Inc. for Oral Bioavailability Study of Lmp 744 in Dogs with Lymphoma.

Marlene O. Heeg received $680,000 from Janssen Therapeutics for HIV Core case-Based Learning to Optimize Real-World Excellence. She also received $10,000 from Crescendo Bioscience for 2015 National Educational Initiative on Therapeutics & Rheumatology for Rheumatology State Societies and $150,000 from Takeda Pharmaceutical International Inc. U.S. Region for 2015 GiHF National Inflammatory Bowel Disease Educational.

John B. Hertig and Daniel D. Degnan received $219,186 from Becton Dickinson for Research Proposal on Safety Benefits Associated with Pre-Filled Syringes.

Michael D. Murray received $98,477 from Regenstrief Institute for Health Care for Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership 2011 Research Collaborations.

Lynne S. Taylor received $10,000 from America Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for A Molecular Perspective for the Understanding of the Effectiveness of Cellulose Polymers at Inhibiting Drug Crystallization.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Appointments/Elections

Les Ramos was named chair of pharmaceutical sciences.

Jeremy L. Johnson started as medicine/ambulatory care position on June 30.

Promotions

Hardeep S. Saluja was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences with tenure.

Retirements

Richard Stowe retired Aug. 1.

Touro College of Pharmacy—New York

Appointments/Elections

Henry Cohen has been named dean of the Touro College of Pharmacy. Cohen will assume his new role Jan. 1, 2016 and will serve Touro in a consultant capacity until then.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Awards

William J. Jusko received the insignia of Doctor Honoris Causa, the highest distinction which can be awarded by a French university, from Fredric Dardel, president of the University Paris Descartes.

Grants

Robert Bies received a Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Foundation grant for $134,552 to study Film Antiretroviral Microbicide Evaluation. He also received an Indiana University grant for $34,618 to study The Efficacy and Safety of a Selective Estrogen Receptor Beta agonist.

Javier Blanco received a National Institutes of Health grant for $1,238,910 to study Contribution of CBRs and AKRs to the Pharmacodynamics of Anthracycline Drugs.

David Jacobs received an Astellas Pharma Global Development Inc. grant for $62,614 to study A Multicenter Characterization of the Treatment of Candiduria.

William J. Jusko received a National Institutes of Health grant for $2,781,803 to study Corticosteroid Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.

Scott Monte received a Health Foundation for Western and Central New York for $44,451 to study Improving Safe Medication Use in Elders Living in Rural Settings.

Marilyn E. Morris received a National Institutes of Health grant for $82,940 to study Diversity Supplement: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate: Toxicokinetics, Toxicodynamics and Treatment Strategies.

Gene Morse received a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant for $12,079,663 to study Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance. He also received a Fogarty International Center grant for $51,896 to study Administrative Supplement: Antiretroviral Pharmacology Training in Resource Poor Countries.

Juliane Nguyen received a National Institute of Health grant for $431,968 to study Maximizing small RNA delivery with signaling peptides. She also received a second National Institute of Health grant for $432,013 to study Self-replicating RNA-nanoplexes for programming monocytes to regenerate the heart.

Gauri Rao received a Monash University grant for $159,176 to study “New Tricks for 'Old' Drugs: PK/PD of Polymyxin Nonantibiotic Combinations.”

Robert Straubinger received a National Institutes of Health grant for $2,169,703 to study “Tumor priming sequence combined with novel nanoparticle drug carriers for enhanced therapeutic efficacy in pancreatic cancers: a tripartite US/NI/RoI consortium.”

University of California, San Francisco

Appointments/Elections

Natalie R. Buening joined the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Valerie B. Clinard joined the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Andrej Sali was appointed associate dean of research.

Ian Bass Seiple joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Jennifer Toy joined the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Awards

Adam Abate was named by the World Economic Forum as one of 50 exceptional Young Scientists.

Esteban Burchard was appointed to the National Institutes of Health panel of experts to advise on President Barack Obama’s $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative.

Conan MacDougall was elected a member of the UCSF School of Medicines Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

James Wells was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Glenn Yokoyama was named for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Individual Contribution Award.

Grants

John Gross received a two-year, $396,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to develop high-throughput screening of small molecules to discover leads for next-generation antiretroviral drugs.

Michael J. Keiser and two colleagues at the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Martin Kampmann and David Kokel, received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to identify genetic variation in

Deanna L. Kroetz received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to identify genetic predictors of increased risk of toxicity associated with the taxane class of cancer treatment drugs.

Shuvo Roy received a three-year, $1 million grant from JDRF, the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research, to create tiny, surgically implantable capsules of donor pancreas cells.

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Susan dosReis has been appointed to the 2015-2016 Advisory Committee of the Child Health Services Research Interest Group.

Maureen Kane has been named executive director of the Schools Mass Spectrometry Center.

Raymond C. Love has been appointed chair of the United States Pharmacopeias Expert Panel on Allergies and Intolerances. He has also been named vice-chair of collaborative initiatives in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Joey Mattingly has been appointed Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity’s assistant province supervisor for the Atlantic Province.

Leah C. Sera has been named chair-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network.

Peter Swaan has been named vice chair of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Educations Board of Grants.

Toyin S. Tofade has been elected secretary of the International Pharmaceutical Federations Academic Section.

Deanna Tran has been appointed co-chair of the Maryland Pharmacists Associations Communications Committee.

Bruce Yu has been named director of the Schools Center for Nanobiotechnology.

Awards

Bruce Anderson has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.

Lee Chen received a 2015 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Graduate Student Research Award.

Steven Fletcher, Alex MacKerell and Paul Shapiro received a United States Patent for Non-ATP Dependent Inhibitors of Extracellular Signal-regulated Kinase ERK.

Brandy Garzel received a National Research Services Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Ting-Ying Huang received a Poster Award at the 31st International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management.

Wendy Klein-Schwartz has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.

Ramon Martinez received a Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Angela Nguyen received a UMBC/UMB NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Graduate Student Training Grant Award.

James A. Trovato received the W. Arthur Purdum Award from the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Soundarya Vaithianathan received a 2015 Graduate Student Scholarship Award from the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council of the Americas.

Grants

Susan dosReis received a 16-month $89,675 contract from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Maryland State Foster Care Psychotropic Monitoring.

Stuart T. Haines received a 14-month $19,966 contract from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for Best Practices in Insulin Pen Use in Hospitals.

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.

Maryanna Lanning received a one-year $10,000 grant from the American Chemical Society for Towards Targeted Antineoplastics: The Disruption of Aberrant Protein-Protein Interactions with Small Molecule Inhibitors and Synthetic alpha-helix Mime.

C. Daniel Mullins received a one-year $178,251 contract from the National Pharmaceutical Council for Publication of Studies on Real-World Evidence: Journal Editor Perceptions and Approaches and received a three-year $1,214,861 contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for Mapping and Resourcing Patient and Stakeholder Engagement along a 10-step PCOR Continuum Framework.

Elisabeth Oehrlein received a two-year $50,000 fellowship from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for Gender Disparities in Atrial Fibrillation Treatment.

Paul Shapiro received a one-year $52,336 contract from Biomed Valley Discoveries for Effects of Inhibitors on ERK2 Interactions with Substrates or Regulatory Proteins.

Linda Simoni-Wastila received a two-year $213,719 contract from Novartis for Novartis Postdoctoral Health Outcomes Research Fellowship: Launching the Next Generation of Leaders.

Julia F. Slejko received a two-year $437,631 contract from Takeda Global Research and Development Center for SEER-Medicare Study of Health Outcomes and Economics: Multiple Myeloma.

Angela Wilks received a nine-month $100,000 contract from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation for New Targets and Approaches to Antibiotic Development.

Fengtian Xue received a two-year $105,344 contract from Rakta Therapeutics for Selective Inhibitors of Heme Transporters as Anti-parasitic Agents and received a two-year $138,000 grant from the American Association for Cancer Research for BCL6-BTB Domain Inhibitors for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Bruce Yu received a two-year $664,884 contract from MedImmune for Using NMR to Characterize Protein Formulations.

University of New England

Promotions

George P. Allen, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Awards

Gretchen M. Brophy received the Presidential Service Award during the Neurocritical Care Society’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode has been recognized as a 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni Star.

Leigh Anne Gravatt received the 2015 Clinical Pharmacy Practice Achievement Award during the Virginia Society for Health-Systems Pharmacists Fall Seminar.

K.C. Ogbonna received a President’s Award in Education at the 2015 ASCP Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Victor A. Yanchick was presented the 2015 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement by The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. 

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