Robert D. Beckett was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.
Dennis A. Brown was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and granted tenure
W. Thomas Smith was named new dean for pharmacy programs and promoted to professor of pharmaceutical sciences.
Trent A. Towne was granted tenure.
Andrea L. Wilhite was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.
Patricia R. Audet was appointed interim dean for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.
John A. Gans, professor
Henry A. Schwartz, assistant professor
Thomas O'Connor, associate professor
Steve Sheaffer, associate professor
Nicole Cieri was appointed clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice.
Fred Doloresco was elected secretary of the AACP Technology in Pharmacy Education and Learning SIG.
Karl Fiebelkorn was elected to serve on the national Rho Chi Executive Committee as Regional Counselor, Region 1.
Nicholas Fusco was elected secretary of the AACP Pediatric Pharmacy SIG.
William Prescott was elected chair-elect of the AACP Pediatric Pharmacy SIG.
Wayne Anderson received the 2017 University at Buffalo Alumni Association Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award.
Joseph Balthasar was selected to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Gene and Drug Delivery Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review.
Sathy Balu-Iyer received the 2017 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholars Sustained Achievement Award.
William Jusko was awarded the 2017 American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) William B. Abrams Lecture.
Donald Mager received the 2017 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity.
Juliane Nguyen received the 2017 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholars Young Investigator Award.
William Prescott received the 2017 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Jennifer Rosenberg received the 2017 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award Excellence in Professional Service.
Sara Robinson received the 2017 State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) Admissions Professional Award.
Robert Straubinger was selected as a 2017 University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor.
Javier Blanco received $400,000 National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD) grant to study how therapeutic antibodies are handled in the human lung.
Gerhard Levy, who spent nearly his entire career at the University at Buffalo, passed away Aug. 3. Levy joined assistant professor of pharmacy in 1958 and retired as university distinguished professor of pharmaceutics in 2000.
Agnes Ann Feemster has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has been appointed to the editorial board of the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Deanna Tran has been appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
Jasel Martin has received the inaugural Yancey Edgley Postdoctoral Award.
C. Daniel Mullins received the Marilyn Dix Smith Leadership Award from the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.
Katy Pincus was named the School of Pharmacy’s Faculty Preceptor of the Year.
Brent Reed was named Faculty Member of the Year by the School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2017.
Barbarajean “BJ” Robinson-Shaneman received the Women Honoring Women Community Service Award from Changing Lives Ministries.
Mona Tsoukleris was named the School of Pharmacy’s Student Government Association Faculty Advisor of the Year.
Fengtian Xue has been named the School of Pharmacy’s American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Teacher of the Year.
The Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research received a University of Maryland, Baltimore Core Values Award.
Catherine Cooke received a six-month $50,000 contract from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Facilitating Engagement Between Pharmacists and Physician Teams to Improve Outcomes with Patients with Hypertension.”
Susan dosReis received a one-year $89,675 contract from the Maryland Department of Human Resources for “Psychotropic Monitoring in Maryland State Foster Care.”
Joga Gobburu has received a one-year $50,000 contract from Wockhardt for “Task Orders 8 and 9” and has received a one-year $30,000 contract from Braeburn Pharmaceuticals for “Projecting Buprenorphine Drug-Drug Interaction Potential.”
Mathangi Gopalakrishnan received an eight-month $65,000 contract from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories for “Amendment 1 for DRL-Celecoxib- Initial Pediatric Study Plan.”
Lauren Grecheck received a one-year $4,849 grant from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for “Description of SGLT-2 Inhibitor Monitoring, Adverse Event Rates, and Gaps in Care in Patients with Diabetes Treated at an Endocrine Clinic Alone or Co-managed with a Family Medicine Clinic.”
Stephen Hoag received a six-month $99,999 contract from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “Effect of Excipient Variability on the Critical Quality Attributes and Clinical Performance of Opioid Drugs Based on Polyethylene Oxide Matrix Tablets.”
Jing Huang received a seven-month $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.”
Vijay Ivaturi has received a one-year $23,000 contract from Thomas Jefferson University for “A Comparison of Buprenorphine Versus Morphine in the Treatment of the Neonatal Ab.”
Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has received a 20-month $366,270 contract from the University of Maryland Medical Center for “Joint Clinical and Educational Collaboration.”
Sarah Luttrell, assistant professor
Nkem Nonyel, assistant professor
Bi-Dar Wang’s "Alternative splicing promotes tumor aggressiveness and drug resistance in African American prostate cancer" was published in Nature Communication.
Miriam Purnell, associate professor with tenure
Adel Karara, professor with tenure
Madan Kharel, associate professor with tenure
G. Lawrence Hogue, assistant dean for professional affairs and assistant professor
Jason Pirone, research assistant professor
Amanda Savage, clinical assistant professor
Kristy Ainslie, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $1,279,158, Host Targeted Therapy for Drug Resistant Salmonella and Francisella infection. Ainslie also received $224,481 from the NIH NIAID for “Microparticle resiquimod for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.”
Jeff Aube, Fox Chase Cancer Center, $15,200, Identifying stabilizers of p53 using pocket complementarity. Aube was also awarded $203, 593 from Scripps Research Institute for “Novel Probes of the Kappa Opioid Receptor: Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Biology.”
Soumya Benhabbour, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $605,416, Development and pre-clinical evaluation of a novel Polymer-Based In-Situ Forming Implant (ISFI) for Long-Acting HIV PrEP.
Antonio Bush, AACP, $9,940, Exploring the Experiences and Agential Behaviors of URM Pharmacy Students.
Delesha Carpenter, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, $25,000, Optimizing patient comprehension of information visualizations for medication adherence and blood pressure.
Rachel Church, Sprouse Scientific Systems Inc, $5,460, GuLF Study: Kidney and Liver Injury Biomarker Assays.
Mackenzie Cottrell, University of Pittsburgh, $75,546, Animal Model for Testing SIV Latency Reversal Strategies Mackenzie Cottrell, Chimerix, Inc., $18,951, Chimerix CMX048 Feasibility. Cottrell also received $189,375 from the University of California, San Francisco, for “Pathways from Food Insecurity to Health and Treatment Outcomes in Women with HIV.”
David Drewry, Luceome Biotechnologies, L.L.C., $320,170, SBIR: Tools for Accelerating R&D for Historically Understudied Protein Kinases.
Joel Farley, NCPA Innovation Center, $50,664, Measuring Patient Voice on the Quality of Community Pharmacy Services.
Daniel Gonzalez, NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), $130,425, Use of Physiologically-Based PK/PD Models to Streamline Drug Approvals.
Leaf Huang, ZY Therapeutics, Inc., $60,000, The Development of Novel Taxane Drug Formulation.
Alexander Kabanov, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, $10,000, Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop. Kabanov also received $310,094 from NIH National Cancer Institute for “PEGylated Liposomal Doxorubicin and Pluronic Combination for and Cancer Therapy.”
Angela Kashuba, University of Melbourne, $70,173, Long term persistence of HIV in the liver and the clinical impact on HIV-HBV co-infection. Kashuba also received $1,746,675 from NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases for “Multi-Species Mechanisms of Drug Bio-distribution in HIV Tissue Reservoirs.”
Jennifer Lafata, NIH National Cancer Institute, $168,015, e-Assist: A Post-Visit Patient Portal Tool to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening.
David Lawrence, NIH National Cancer Institute, $419,595, Single Cell Sampling of Signaling Activity in Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Jian Liu, Michigan State University, $79,596, Homogeneous Heparan Sulfate Glycopeptides: Synthetic and Functional Studies. Liu also received $95,000 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for “Liver mediated clearance of low molecular weight heparins,” and $25,000 from the United States Pharmacopeia Convention for “Synthetic Oligosaccharides and Computational Modeling for Enoxaparin Sodium Molecular Weight Determination.”
Mary McClurg, Community Care of North Carolina, $143,354, Year 2 PTN Support: Statement of Work - Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative: Pharmacy Contributions
Sachiko Ozawa, Kid Risk, Inc., $62,500, Characterization of the Costs of Expanded Measles and Rubella Immunization Efforts to Achieve Eradication. Ozawa also received $21,045 from the World Health Organization for “Estimation of financial resource requirements for achieving and sustaining maternal and neo-natal tetanus elimination.”
Herb Patterson, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, $36,359, Observational Registry of Treatment Patterns in U.S. Heart Failure Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction
Dhiren Thakker, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, $40,000, Use of Human Intestinal Tissue and Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling to Predict the Pharmacokinetics of Orally Administered Amoxicillin in Adults and Infants.
Alexander Tropsha, DOD DN Office of Naval Research, $100,000, Materials Informatics Platform for Property Prediction
Paul Watkins, Duke University Clinical Research Institute, $25,000, Duke DCRI DILIN Clinical Research Agreement
Tim Wiltshire, H Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute, -$16,692, Genetic Etiology of Cancer Drug Response William Zamboni, ChemoGLO, LLC, $237,120, ChemoGLO - Service Agreement
William Zamboni, Glolytics, LLC, $152,242, Glolytics Exploratory Analysis to Address Whether the Mononuclear Phagocyte System (MPS). Zamboni also received $42,310 from ZY Therapeutics, Inc. for “Separation and Quantitation Of Zy-010 Drug Forms In Rat Plasma (Associated, Released-Protein-Bound And Released-Unbound Paclitaxel) Dual Filter Method.”
Charles S. Craik has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will be inducted on Oct. 7, at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Edward Leong Way, UCSF School of Pharmacy alumnus, UCSF faculty emeritus passed away June 12, at age 100.
Stephen DiMagno received $47,805 as an R21 sub-award from the NIH/NCI for his project "Radiolabeled FASN inhibitors for PET Imaging".
Joanna Burdette received $399,750 from the Department of Defense for her project "Pax8: A unifying target for serous tumors".
Scott Franzblau received a $100,000 Catalyst grant from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) for his project "A Novel Antibiotic Strategy Exploiting Metabolite Self-Toxicity".
Artemis Gogos (Federle lab) received a Foundation Seed Grant for $1973 from the American Medical Association (AMA) for her project "Exploring the Role of a S. Pyogenes Quorum Sensing System on Adherence and Invasion of Tonsillar Epithelial Cells".
Ye Hing (Wang lab) received $273,964 from the NIH/NHLBI for her project "microRNA as a Target for Fetal Hemoglobin Inducing Agents in Sickle Cell Disease".
Jeremy Johnson and co-Is Maarten Bosland (Pathology), Chun-Tao Che, Ravinder Gill (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), and Sekhar Reddy (Pediatrics) received $470,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natl Inst of Food & Agriculture) for their project "Rosemary as a Food Preservative: Implications for Gastrointestinal Health".
Brian Murphy received $19,650 from the National Geographic Society for his project "Exploration and Mapping of Sponge Populations in the Great Lakes".
Brian Murphy received $1,083,818 as a D43 grant from the NIH/NIAID for his project "Enhancing basic and translational TB research in northern Vietnam".
Guido Pauli and co-investigators from the CENAPT Group (Jonathan Bisson, Charlotte Simmler, Shaonong Chen, John Friesen, James Graham, Birgit Jaki, David Lankin, Neal Mankad (Chemistry), James McAlpine, Dejan Nikolic, Jimmy Orjala, Bernie Santarsiero, and Richard van Breemen) received $1,456,875 as a supplement/amendment to their U41 grant from the NIH/NCCIH "Center for Natural Product Technologies at UIC".
Simon Pickard received $294,645 from the EuroQol group for his project "US Valuation Study of the EQ-5D-5L".
Terry Moore and co-Is Luisa DiPietro (Periodontics), Seungpyo Hong (U Wisconsin), and Sekhar Reddy (Pediatrics) received $1,042,272 from the NIH/NIAMS for his project "Non-Covalent Nrf2 Activators for the Treatment of Chronic Wounds".
Farahnaz Movahed Zadeh and Shahila Mehboob received $600 from the SENCER Center for Innovation Midwest via the NSF for their project "Introduction to Biological Research: A one-day workshop for students interested in pursuing advanced scientific degrees?.
Michael Johnson received $159,867 as a R33 sub-award from the NIH for his project "Antibiotic Potentiation by Targeting of a Signal Transduction System".
Daniel Touchette, along with PI Joanna Abraham (Biomedical and Health Information Sciences) and co-Is William Galanter (Internal Medicine), Thomas Kannampallil (Family Medicine), and Yinglin Xia (Internal Medicine), received $299,999 as an R21 grant from the AHRQ for their project "An Etiology for Medication Ordering Errors in CPOE Systems".
Daniel Touchette and co-Is Todd Lee, Simon Pickard, Glen Schumock, and Surrey Walton received funding from the Institute for Clinical Research for the project "Institute for Clinical and Economic Review Consulting Agreement".
Laura Sanchez received $5,000 from the American Society of Pharmacognosy for her project "Specialized Metabolite Modulation in Biofilm Productive- An Early Warning System?" Sanchez also received $139,652 from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) for her project "Capturing Host-Microbiome Chemical Communication".
Gabriella Szewczyk (Federle lab) received $2,100 from the American Dental Association for her project "An Rgg Quorum Sensing System Regulates a Novel Biosynthetic Gene Cluster in S. Mutans".
Alexandria Young (Burdette lab) received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship for MD/PhD students from the NIH for $217.880 for her project "FemKube, the Human Female Reproductive Tract-on-a-chip, as a Platform for Studying High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer and Developing Novel Cancer Chemotherapeutics"
Yeuting Wang (UICentre), PI Leon Tai (Anatomy and Cell Biology), and co-Is Irina Gaisina (UICentre) and Kejia Cai (Radiology) received $439.725 from the NIH/NIA for their project "Targeting APOE Modulated Neurovascular Dysfunction".
Vincent J. Davisson received $37,500 from Purdue University for “Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Bridge Funding.”
Marlene O. Heeg received $25,000 from Celgene Corporation for “2017 National Educational Initiative: the Annual Review of Therapeutics & Rheumatology for Rheumatology State Societies.” Heeg also received $115,000 from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. for “Dialogue with the Experts: Strategies for Improving Interstitial Lung Disease Diagnosis and Treatment;” and $200,000 from Takeda Pharmaceutical International Inc., U.S. Region, for Mechanistic Approaches to Ibd: Current & Future Management Strategies a 2016 - 2017 Gihf National Alliance Education Initiative.
Additionally, Heeg received $60,000 from Amgen, Inc. for “Evidence in Practice: The Evolving Migraine Paradigm” and $434,550 from Gilead Sciences, Inc. for “Bridge HCV: Building Bridges to Reach People Who Inject Drugs with the Goal to Eradicate HCV.”
Douglas J. Lacount received $734,925 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Emerging Virus-Host Cell Protein Interaction Networks.”
Michael K. Wendt received $349,399 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Overcoming Metastatic Resistance to Erbb-Targeted Therapies.”
Yoon Yeo and Raymond E. Gailinsky received $349,200 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering for “Environmentally-Adaptive Nanoparticles with Focal Irradiation for Cancer Therapy.”
Ericka Crouse has been named an associate professor, psychiatry, for the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.
Sandro da Rocha has been promoted to professor.
Dave Dixon has been named director of the school’s Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation.Lauren Grecheck has been named an assistant professor, ambulatory care, for the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.
Nicole Omecene has been named an assistant professor, pediatrics, for the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.
Martin Safo has been promoted to professor.
Dayanjan Wijesinghe was named the inaugural VCU da Vinci Center Faculty Fellow.Nancy Yunker has been promoted to associate professor.
Krista Donohoe received the 2017 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.Rachel Flurie received a 2017 Outstanding Preceptor Award.Phil Gerk received U.S. patent No. 9,616,033 for “Selective Metabolic Approach to Increasing Oral Bioavailability of Phenylephrine and Other Phenolic Bioactivities.”
Pramit Nadpara received the 2017 Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award during VCU’s 35th Annual Faculty Convocation.
Rafael Saenz received a 2017 Outstanding Preceptor Award.Ben Van Tassell was named on Medscape.com as one of 13 “Up-and-Coming Medical Researchers,” the only Pharm.D. on this list.
Don Brophy, Novo Nordisk A/S, $93,720, “Comparison of New Drug Candidate Intended for Treatment for Hemophilia with a Currently Available rFVlla Treatment.”Phil Gerk, Elysium Health, $299,014, “Maximizing the Oral Bioavailability of Ursolic Acid.”
Quamrun Masuda, VCU Quest for Innovation Commercialization Fund, $30,000, “A New Method to Treat and Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis.”MaryPeace McRae, PI, VCU Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Development Award, $10,000, “Developing Skills for Cross-Cultural Patient Care in Pharmacy Practice.” The team includes Emily Peron, Katherine Henderson and Ben Van Tassell.Amy Pakyz and John Bucheit, VCU School of Pharmacy Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation Feasability Grant, $15,000, “Implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in CrossOver Healthcare Ministry Clinic.”Ben Van Tassell and Lauren Caldas, VCU School of Pharmacy Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation Feasability Grant, $15,000, “Incentivizing Pharmacist-Monitored Patient Blood Pressure Readings as a Novel Approach to Improve Adherence.”
Dayanjan Wijesinghe, VCU Quest for Innovation Commercialization Fund, $40,000, “A New Method for Medication Reconciliation in Trauma and Emergency Medicine Settings.”Shijun Zhang, Virginia Center on Aging Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, $45,000, “Development of NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitors for “Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Yan Zhang, co-PI, National Institute on Drug Abuse, $2.72 million, “Bivalent Ligands as Chemical Probes to Study Opioid Abuse-Enhanced HIV Infection.”
Ron Ballentine, assistant director for admissions and student services and associate professor of pharmacy, has been with the school for 30 years. His retirement is effective Sept. 1.
K. Michael Gibson was awarded $1,581,766 over four years from the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, for the project, “Rapalog therapy in heritable and vigabatrin-induced GABA metabolic disorders.”
John Clarke was awarded $714,616 over three years by the National Institutes of Health for the project, “Microcystin-LR toxicity in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.”
Director Sergei Tolmachev received $5,500,000 over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to manage and operate United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2022.
Melanie Shelden received $2,500 over two years from the Washington State University I-Corps program, an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation, for the project titled, “Expanding the Innovation Ecosystem at WSU.”