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October 2016 

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Promotions

Amy Henneman, associate professor, pharmacy practice

Krisy Thornby, associate professor, pharmacy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Grants

Alexander Mankin and Nora Vazquez-Laslop, co-principal investigators, received $1,000,000 in total direct costs for a four-year grant from the NIH to fund their project “Context-Specific Action of Antibiotics Targeting the Catalytic Center of the Bacterial Ribosome.” They also received $900,000 for a three-year grant from the NSF for their project “Specific Interactions with the Nascent Peptide.”

Lisa Sharp, co-principal investigator Ben Gerber from the UIC College of Medicine, and co-investigator Jessica Tilton have been awarded $3.4 million for a five year R01 grant from the NIH/NIDDK for their project “mHealth for Diabetes Adherence Support.”

Michael Federle received $600,000 in total direct costs for a 4 year R01 grant from the NIH, in collaboration with Matthew Neiditch from Rutgers University, for their project “Molecular Mechanisms of Rgg Receptor Regulation by Pheromones and Inhibitors.”

Todd Lee and Lisa Sharp, as co-investigators with Min Joo of the College of Medicine, received an R01 for $1.5 million from AHRQ for their project “Reducing Diagnostic Error to Improve Patient Safety in COPD and Asthma (REDEFINE Study).”

Greg Thatcher, as a co-I with Lijun Rong of the College of Medicine, received an STTR grant for $139.993 for their project “4-Aminopiperidines as Novel Anti-Influenza Agents.”

Joanna Burdette received $359,492 from the NIH/NCI for her project “Pax2 Loss in Fallopian Tube Lesions and Strategies for Restoration in Serous Cancer.”

Gabriella Szewczyk (Federle lab) received $172,816 from the NIH/NIDCR to fund her project “Virulence Outcomes Pertaining to Streptococcus Mutants’ Social Interactions.”

Promotions

Melissa Badowski, promoted to clinical associate professor from clinical assistant professor

Maria Barbolina, promoted to associate professor from assistant professor

Shaonong Chen, promoted to research associate professor from research assistant professor

Stephanie Crawford, promoted to professor from associate professor

Birgit Dietz, promoted to research associate professor from research assistant professor

Jeremy Johnson, promoted to associate professor from assistant professor

Todd Lee, promoted to professor from associate professor

Dejan Nikolic, promoted to research associate professor from research assistant professor

Edith Nutescu, promoted to associate professor with tenure from associate professor

Pavel Petukhov, promoted to professor from associate professor

Brian Murphy, promoted to associate professor from assistant professor

University of California, San Francisco

Awards

Sharya Bourdet was named a new member of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators (AME). Bourdet also received the Master Preceptor Recognition for 2016 from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Robin Corelli and Karen Hudmon received the Public Health Excellence Award from the U.S. Public Health Service.

Grants

Adam Abate was awarded $713,363 from the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute to support the project titled, “Accurate and unbiased single cell sequencing with digital droplet MDA.”

Fran Aweeka was awarded $597,359 from the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), for the project titled, “Optimizing ACT use for African children in the setting of HIV and malnutrition.”

Steven Altschuler was awarded $149,734 from the National Science Foundation to support the project titled, “Collaborative Research: The Genetic, Epigenetic, and Immunological Foundation of Cancer Evolution.”

Patricia Babbitt was awarded $368,849 from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support the project titled, “BMI Bioinformatics Training Grant.”

Michael Fischbach was awarded $1.1 million from NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to support the project titled, “A complete map of the top 100 molecules from the gut microbiome.”

Tanja Kortemme was awarded $486,891 from the National Science Foundation to support the project titled, “Quantifying molecular and cellular constraints on protein function through in vivo fitness assays and computational protein design.”

Andrej Sali was awarded $443,460 from the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, to support the project titled, “High Performance Computer for Computational Biosciences.”

Promotions

Nadav Ahituv, professor, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

James Fraser, associate professor, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

John Gross, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Janel Long-Boyle, associate professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Maryland

Appointments/Elections

Nicole Brandt has been named executive director of the School of Pharmacy’s Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging.

Susan dosReis has been elected co-chair of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology’s Pediatric Special Interest Group. She has also been named vice chair of research for PHSR.

James Polli has been elected a member-at-large to the Board of Directors of the Association of Graduate Regulatory Educators.

Brent Reed has been appointed to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Leadership Committee of the Council on Quality Care and Outcomes Research and has been named chair of the Maryland Advocacy Coordinating Committee of AHA’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate.

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has been named the inaugural fellow for the University of Maryland Medical System’s Fellowship in Population Health.

Fadia Shaya has been elected to the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Linda Simoni-Wastila has been named the School of Pharmacy’s Parke-Davis Endowed Chair and has been appointed director of research for the School’s Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging.

Chanel Whittaker has been named director of education and training for the School of Pharmacy’s Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging.

Awards

Emily Heil received the 2016 Infectious Disease Practice and Research Network Clinical Practice Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Grants

Andrew Coop has received a nine-month $32,000 grant from the University of Michigan for “Preclinical Identification of Better Antimuscarinic Antidepressants.”

Joga Gobburu received a two-year $111,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “6mo-DMPA Modeling & Simulation Project.”

Stephen Hoag received a one-year $32,000 contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “Professional Service for Manufacturing and In Vitro Component of an Assessment of a Proposed In Vitro Bioequivalence Approach for Evaluating Generic and New Animal Formulations.”

Vijay Ivaturi received a one-year $23,109 grant from Thomas Jefferson University for “A Comparison of Buprenorphine Versus Morphine in the Treatment of the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.”

Jacqueline Milani received a one-year $59,612 contract from Ocular Therapeutix for “Device Exposure Registry: A Post-Approval Observational Registry of ReSure Selanet to Track the Incidence of Endophthalmitis after Sealing Corneal Incisions in Patients Undergoing Clear Corneal Cataract Surgery.”

Paul Shapiro received a one-year $440,160 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Evaluation of Novel Substrate Specific Inhibitors of ERK1/2 in the Treatment of Asthma.”

Fadia Shaya received a one-year $190,000 contract from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) for “Technical Assistance & Evaluation of the Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnership for Success Initiative” and a one-year $380,000 grant from DHMH for “Evaluation and Technical Assistance Services for the Maryland Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Prevention Program FY17.”

Jana Shen received a nine-month $62,934 contract from Arizona State University for “Molecular Mechanisms of Secondary Active Transporters.”

Peter Swaan received a five-year $1,749,829 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Structural Biology of the Apical Bile Acid Transporter.”

Sarah Tom received a one-year $223,216 grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals for “Value and Access to New Drug Products in the Part D Market.”

Hongbing Wang received a one-year $99,998 contract from Maryland Industrial Partnerships for “HepaChipTM Liver-on-a-Chip for Drug Hepatotoxicity.”

Bruce Yu received a United States Patent for “Noninvasive Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Materials and Tissues Using Magnetic Resonance Techniques.”

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Appointments/Elections

Sahil Sheth, assistant professor

Promotions

Timothy Gladwell, associate dean for academic affairs and assessment

The University of Mississippi

Appointments/Elections

Nicole Ashpole, assistant professor of pharmacology

Jordan Ballou, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice

John Bentley, chair of the SAS Section, AACP

Lauren S. Bloodworth, member-at-large (2015-2016), vice president (2016-present), Mississippi Pharmacists Association

Meagan A. Brown, secretary, Magnolia State Pharmaceutical Society

Amanda Capino, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Mahavir B. Chougule, associate professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, research associate professor in the Research of Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Courtney Davis, president, Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Seena Haines, professor and chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Stuart T. Haines, professor and director, Division of Pharmacy Professional Development; and chair-elect, council of faculties, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Travis King, president, Mississippi College of Clinical Pharmacy

Hoang Le, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry

Scott Malinowski, president, Mississippi Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Chris McCurdy, 2017 president-elect, AAPS

Marc Slattery, director of the National Institute for Undersea Science & Technology

Cole Stevens, assistant professor of pharmacognosy

Kayla R. Stover, chair-elect, ACCP Infectious Diseases Practice Research Network

Chalet Tan, associate professor, department of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, research associate professor, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jamie Wagner, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Awards

Katie E. Barber received the 2016 School of Pharmacy New Investigator Research Award.

John Bentley received the 2015 School of Pharmacy Service Award.

John Bentley received the 2016 University of Mississippi Academic Achievement Award.

Tracy Brooks received the Teacher of the Year award for the PY2 class.

Meagan Brown received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Magnolia State Pharmaceutical Society.

Meagan Brown was a 2015 Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence Inductee.

Robert Doerksen received the 2015 Faculty Service Award.

Laurie Fleming was named 2016 PY3 Friend of the Student.

Laurie Fleming was named 2016 APPE Preceptor of the Year.

Stuart T. Haines received the Robert Elenbaas Service Award from the ACCP.

Anastasia Jenkins received the 2016 Mississippi Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Service Award.

Chris McCurdy received the AAPS Drug Discovery & Development Interface Section Service Award.

John Rimoldi received the Teacher of the Year award for the PY1 class.

Donna West-Strum received the 2016 School of Pharmacy Faculty Innovation Award.

Kristie Willett received the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Professor of the Year Award.

Jordan Zjawiony received the 2016 Faculty International Professional Development Award.

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s partnership with Community-Based Research Program Team won the 2016 Mississippi Society of Health-system Pharmacists Innovative Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice Award.

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Administration received the 2016 University of Mississippi’s Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award.

Grants

John Bentley. “Health Utility and its Determinants among Children with Hemophilia” Bayer Healthcare, $25,000.

Katie E. Barber. $89,518, Allergan Investigator Initiated Research.

Lauren Bloodworth. $2,500, Generation Rx Cardinal Health Foundation Grant. She also received $25,875 for SockKids - Cardinal Health Foundation Grant.

Stephen Cutler and Chris McCurdy. Isolation and Biological Evaluation of Opioid Receptor Modulators from Asteraceae Plants Growing in Egypt, U.S. Civilian Research/Dev., USDA/ARS.

Robert Doerksen. Combined Computational Chemistry and Computational Biology Modeling for Understanding Protein-Protein and Protein-Ligand Interactions, MSU/NSF.

Robert Doerksen. Computer-aided Design and In vitro Testing of Novel Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators, NIH.

Joshua W. Fleming and Leigh Ann Ross. $25,000, ASHP Foundation Residency Expansion Grant.

Chris McCurdy. Optimization of non-peptide probes for Neuropeptide FF receptors, NIH/NIDA.

Chris McCurdy. COBRE CORE-NPN, NIH/NIGMS.

Michael Repka. Industry Grant: Ashland – “Mechanisms of Solubilization and Bioavailability Studies of dosage forms via Hot Melt Extrusion” $120,000. He also received $38,940 for Industry Grant: BASF – “Utilization of BASF Polymers for UM Tablet Course and PDD,” and $94,000 for Industry Grant: Catalent – “Dry Granulation Processes by Twin Screw Extrusion.”

John Rimoldi. Modifications of Resazurin to Increase In Vivo Efficacy as an Antibiotic Therapy, West Liberty/NIH.

John Rimoldi. Synthesis of Linvanil and Livanil, Marshall University/NIH.

Meagen Rosenthal (PI), Erin Holmes, Donna West-Strum. “PaRTICIpate in Diabetes Self-Management: A Conference Series” funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, $214,084.

Meagen Rosenthal. “The professional culture of pharmacy and the provision of MTM services” funded by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, $6,930.

Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth, Stephen Lirette and Scott Malinowski. $600,000, NACDS Foundation “Pharmacist Linkage in Care Transitions: From Academic Medical Center to Community.”

Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth and Rebecca Crane. $10,754 and $42,915, MSPHI Together on Diabetes.

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth. $50,000, NACDS Foundation “Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project” (Community PREP). They also received $30,083 and $25,533 from MSDH/CDC for “Measure Up Pressure Down Hypertension Summit and MTM Certificate Training;”

In addition, they received $11,500, Community Pharmacy Residency Program 2016-2017 - Mosby’s Drug Store, and $116,570, Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project - Tyson Drug Co.

Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth, Meagan Brown, Rebecca Crane, Courtney Davis, Stephen Lirette and Scott Malinowski. $459,078, MSDH/CDC “Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Year 6.”

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth. $3,970, Regents of the University of Minnesota/University of Alabama at Birmingham/NIH “Improving Diabetes Medication Management Through Face to Face and Social Media Support Among African American Men.”

Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth, Laurie Fleming and Stephen Lirette. $129,235, UMMC “Mississippi Diabetes Healthcare Network Initiative Year 3.”

Joshua Sharp. Resource for Integrated Glycotechnology, University of GA/NIH

Joshua Sharp. Improved Hydroxl Radical Footprinting for Modelign Protein Structure (supplement), NIH.

Donna West-Strum. St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital Grant Assistantship in Medication Safety and Outcomes, funded by St. Jude’s, $26,920.

Kristie Willett. Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement with ERDC, US Army Engineer ERDC.

Kristie Willett Identifying Novel Cannabinoid Analogues for the Treatment of Dravet Syndrome, NIH/NIGMS.

Jordan Zjawiony/ IRES: Study of Species Interactions in a Unique Ecosystem, Bialowieza Forest in Poland, NSF.

Promotions

Kim Adcock, professor of pharmacy practice, director, faculty and academic affairs

Stephen Cutler promoted to dean’s of the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy

Laurie Fleming, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

Soumyajit Majumdar, associate dean for research and graduate programs

Soumyajit Majumdar, professor, department of pharmaceutics and drug delivery

Chris McCurdy, interim chair, department of biomolecular sciences

S. Narasimha Murthy, professor, department of pharmaceutics and drug delivery

Jay Pitcock, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice

Kayla R. Stover, associate professor of pharmacy practice

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Appointments/Elections

Antonio Bush, assistant professor

Rachel Church, research assistant professor

Amber Frick, clinical assistant professor

Robert Hubal, research associate professor

Jennifer Elston Lafata, professor with tenure, associate director of the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement

Melanie Livet, research assistant professor

Rob McGinty, assistant professor

Merrie Mosedale, research assistant professor

Sachi Ozawa, assistant professor

Stan Parker, senior director of marketing and communications

Gauri Rao, assistant professor

Kimberly Sanders, clinical assistant professor

Benjamin Urick, research assistant professor

Roy Zwahlen, assistant dean for innovation and strategy

Grants

Kristy Ainslie, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $351,320, Celecoxib Derivative: Host Cell-Directed Inhibitors of Intracellular Pathogens. Additionally from NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, she received $1,406,823 for “Host Targeted Therapy for Drug Resistant Salmonella and Francisella infection” and $199,258 for “Microparticle Resiquimod for the Treatment of Visceral Leishmaniasis.”

Jeff Aube, University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., $142,216, HTS to Identify Small Molecules to Disrupt Abnormal Huntingtin Interactions in HD. Aube also received $128,665 for “Legacy Continuation of the KU CMLD Mission” from University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. and $226,216 from the Scripps Research Institute for “Novel Probes of the Kappa Opioid Receptor: Chemistry, Pharmacology and Biology.”

Stacy Bailey, Merck Sharp and Dohme, $32,764, Developing and Testing an Electronic Health Record-Based Strategy for the Routine Assessment of Medication Self-Management Skills among Primary Care Patients with Complex Drug Regimens. Bailey also received $11,440 for “Subcontract to Northwestern University” and $22,745 for “Tools for Optimizing Medication Safety TOP-MEDS” from Northwestern University.

Kim Brouwer, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $446,978, UNC-Duke-Hamner Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology Postdoctoral Training Program

Yanguang Cao, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $370,178, Optimizing Antibody-Based Therapy through a System Platform of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Immunodynamics

Mackenzie Cottrell, University of Pittsburgh, $156,976, Animal Model for Testing SIV Latency Reversal Strategies. Cottrell also received $66,599 from Eastern Virginia Medical School for “Differential HIV Infection & Tenofovir Activity In Pre & Postmenopausal Women,” and $34,423 from TaiMed Biologics, Inc., for “Intramuscularly Administered TMB-607 in HIV-Negative Volunteers.”

Joseph DeSimone, Carbon3D, Inc., $377,625, Research Agreement with Carbon3D, Inc.

Stephen Eckel, Equashield, LLC, $16,999, Assessment Of Closed System Transfer Devices Across Vapor Release And Liquid Leakage. Eckel also received $3,000 from International Pharmaceutical Federation for “Evaluating Harmonization of Hospital Pharmacy Practice to FIP’s Basel Statements.”

Gang Fang, NIH National Institute on Aging, $396,519, National Health Literacy Mapping to Inform Health-Care Policy

Alan Forrest, Monash University, $178,391, New Tricks for ‘Old’ Drugs: PK/PD of Polymyxin Nonantibiotic Combinations. Forrest also received $34,810 from SUNY at Buffalo for “Novel PK/PD Strategies for Polymyxin Combinations against Gram-negative Superbugs” and $85,043 from Wayne State University for “Optimizing Clinical Use of Polymyxin B: Teaching and Old Drug to Treat Superbugs.”

Stephen Frye, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $429,687, Discovery of Chemical Probes for Chromatin Readers

Daniel Gonzalez, Jacobus Pharmaceutical Company, Inc, $9,793, Jacobus Compound Muscle Action Potential. Gonzalez also received $9,087 from Duke University Clinical Research Institute, for “Pediatric Trials Network: Task Order 29: Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and Clindamycin” and $45,729 from Duke University, for “Soli Peds Phase 1b Enroll Phase II/III Start-up.”

Shawn Hingtgen, NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, $321,130, Nanofiber matrices to improve neural stem cell-mediated cancer therapy

Leaf Huang, NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, $330,600, Hepatic Non-viral Gene Therapy

Federico Innocenti, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation, $141,637, Genentech Analysis of Biospecimens from the CALGB/SWOG C80405 Study

Michael Jay received $239,829 for “SBIR: DTPA Diethyl Ester An orally administered Radionuclide Decorporatio Agent” and $85,258 for “STTR: Orally Bioavailable Gadolinium Chelators for Preventing and Ameliorating Toxicity Due to MRI Contrast Agents” from Capture Pharmaceuticals.

Alexander Kabanov, NIH National Cancer Institute, $395,375, Carolina Cancer Nanotechnology Training Program. Kabanov also received $562,542 from the NIH National Cancer Institute for “Targeted Core Shell Nanogels for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”

Angela Kashuba, Merck and Company, Inc., $63,276, A Phase IV, Open-Label Study to Compare Virologic and Immunologic Responses to Raltegravir and Dolutegravir in the Gastrointestinal Tract of HIV-Positive Men and Women

Angela Kashuba, Gilead Sciences, Inc., $492,497, Dose Proportionality of TFV-DP in Mucosal Tissue, and Endogenous Nucleotide Quantification, After a Single Dose of GS-7430 in Women. Kashuba also received $2,890 from Johns Hopkins University for “Johns Hopkins Purchase Agreement with Angela Kashuba (CFAR Core E) for the IMPAACT Study;” $97,426 from Dartmouth College for “Microbicide and Chemical Contraceptive Interactions in the Female Reproductive Tract;” and $1,175,010 from NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Species Mechanisms of Drug Bio-distribution in HIV Tissue Reservoirs.”

Additionally, Kashuba received $76,000 from University of California at San Francisco for “The Connie Wofsy Women’s HIV Study.”

David Lawrence, NIH National Cancer Institute, $31,321, FELLOW:CANN, M The Use of Novel Peptide Probes to Study Proteasome Regulation by Src Family Kinases in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma. Lawrence also received $190,000 from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Optogenetic Mitochondria-Directed Proteins.”

Andrew Lee, The University of Iowa, $36,027, Tunneling and Dynamics in Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions

Kuo-Hsiung Lee, NIH National Cancer Institute, $376,379, Novel Antitumor Agents Kuo-Hsiung Lee, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $483,933, Plant Anti-HIV Agents

Juan Li, Bamboo Therapeutics Inc., $537,600, Assays and methodology validation for AAV9-hCK-opti-delta-3978 gene therapy vector detection and gene expression

Jian Liu, California Institute of Technology, $87,675, Expedited Synthesis of Glycosaminoglycans Containing Defined Sulfation Domains. Liu also received $88,421 from Michigan State University for “Homogeneous Heparan Sulfate Glycopeptides: Synthetic and Functional Studies;” $456,016 from NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for “In Vitro Synthesis of Recombinant Heparan Sulfate;” and $95,000 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for “Liver-Mediated Clearance of Low Molecular Weight Heparins.”

Additionally, Liu received $284,749 from NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Uncovering the Controlling Mechanisms in Heparan Sulfate Biosynthesis.”

Rihe Liu, NIH National Cancer Institute, $30,568, Novel Single Domain Antibodies with Multivalency and Multispecificity

Mary McClurg, Community Care of North Carolina, $102,475, Statement of Work 2 CMMI Year 1 PTN Support

Merrie Mosedale, Janssen Research Development, LLC, $233,545, Exploratory biomarkers of liver toxicity

Kenneth Pearce, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, $200,000, High Content Cell Imager for Enabling Cellular and Phenotypic Assay Drug Discovery Screens. Pearce also received $342,000 from NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases for “High Throughput Screening Assay for IP7K Inositol Pyrophosphate Kinases.”

Nicole Pinelli, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, $74,787, Intravenous Exenatide Infusion in Critically Ill Neurologic Injured Patients: A Proof of Concept Study

Denise Rhoney, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., $17,455, Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Response of Tolvaptan in Neurocritical Care Patients

Betsy Sleath, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, $50,000, Meducation: A Video Intervention to Improve Technique and Adherence to Glaucoma Eye Drops

Philip Smith, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., $50,000, Quantitative Targeted Proteomic Analysis of DMPK Proteins in Mitochondria and Membrane/Microsome Fractions Isolated from Livers of Humans and Key Preclinical Species (Mouse, Rat, Dog, Minipig).

Marina Sokolsky, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc., $47,600, Identification of pharmaceutical composition suitable for oral administration and intestinal activity of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL)

Paul Watkins, Organovo Holdings, Inc., $247,774, Development of an In Vitro Model for Compound-Induced Hepatic Fibrosis: Task 1. Watkins also received $307,359 from NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases for “University of North Carolina Clinical Center for DILIN RPPR-14.”

Tim Wiltshire, H Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute, $72,846, Genetic Etiology of Cancer Drug Response. Wiltshire also received $25,000 from the University of Pennsylvania for “Personalization of Therapeutic Efficacy and Risk.”

Xiao Xiao received $335,662 for “Gene Delivery for Fukutin-Related Protein Deficiencies” and $332,500 for “Gene delivery to muscle and nerve for laminin-alpha2-deficient MD (MDC1A)” from NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Appointments/Elections

Michael Clarke has been named recipient of the 2016 NOVA ScriptsCentral Board of Directors Service Award.

Dave Dixon has been elected a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists.

Krista Donohoe is chairwoman of AACP’s Laboratory Instructors Special Interest Group.

Leigh Anne Gravatt is chairwoman-elect of ACCP’s Adult Medicine PRN.

Awards

Cindy Kirkwood, Veronica Shuford and faculty received a 2016 inaugural VCU Outstanding Practices in Assessing Student Learning Award.

Grants

Rong Huang, NIH National Institute of General Medical Science, $1,525,000, five-year project “Protein N-Terminal Methylation Mechanisms and Inhibition.”

Shijun Zhang, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Board of Directors, $130,000, second-year support for “Target Identification and Mode of Action Studies for Novel NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitors.”

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