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Students Select 2019 Best Instructors; Phil Rodgers Wins Top Award

May 2, 2019

Pharm.D. students at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy selected the Instructor of the Year award winners for 2018-19, honoring the winners at the annual awards ceremony on April 13. The Instructor of the Year award recognizes one course instructor from each year of the Pharm.D. curriculum who demonstrates the highest qualities of instructional ability and an interest in both the students and the educational programs of the school. Overall Instructor of the Year Award: Philip Rodgers, Pharm.D. PY3 Instructor of the Year Award: Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S. PY2 Instructor of the Year Award: Suzanne Harris, Pharm.D. PY1 Instructor of … Continued


UNC PY2s Create Guide to Pharmaceutical Industry for Pharm.D. Students

April 1, 2019

When Jeff Pike explains why he chose pharmacy school, he points to the two sides of pharmacy he finds most engaging. First, there’s the science. Pike is fascinated by the high level of science pharmacy demands — particularly the elegance with which drugs target certain receptors in the body. Then, there’s the communication skills Pharm.D. students must learn to use. A successful pharmacist must be able to convey advanced medical information to doctors on the one hand, and simplify the information for patients on the other. “There’s this combination of scientific expertise, coupled with really high level of communication,” said … Continued


Beaudoin, Vogt Earn NIH Predoctoral Research Grants

March 27, 2019

Two Ph.D. candidates at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy recently received National Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health. Jim Beaudoin, from the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, and Caleb Vogt, from the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, received the NRSA grants. Beaudoin is advised by Kim Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Vogt is advised by Jeff Aubé, Ph.D. The NIH grant, known also as an F31, is awarded to promising predoctoral students so that they can obtain individualized, mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. Beaudoin’s research project will investigate organic solute transporter α/β, … Continued


Josh Guffey Named Director of Office of Continuing Education

March 22, 2019

Josh Guffey, Pharm.D., has been named director of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education. Guffey is currently the director of pharmacy education at the Charlotte Area Health Education Center/Carolinas Medical Center, where he has extensive experience in pharmacy education and continuing education. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. Guffey will continue his work at the Charlotte AHEC and will spend part of his time as the director of the Office of Continuing Education at the School. In this new role, Josh will lead the vision, creation, implementation and assessment of … Continued


Gurysh Receives NIH F32 Grant for Brain Cancer Research

March 18, 2019

Elizabeth Gurysh, Ph.D., received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to support her brain cancer research. Gurysh is a postdoctoral researcher working in the lab of Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D., at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Ainslie is an associate professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. Gurysh is researching a combination therapy of stem cells and drug-eluting scaffolds to prevent recurrence of glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. Glioblastoma is usually treated with surgery followed by radiation or chemotherapy. However, due to glioblastoma’s tentacle-like growth, it is extremely … Continued


UNC Chapel Hill Ranked 10th in the World for Pharmacy and Pharmacology

March 1, 2019

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked 10th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology in the recently released 2019 QS World University Rankings. UNC was ranked 21st in the same category in 2018. Among American universities, Carolina’s pharmacy and pharmacology programs rank fourth overall. The QS World University Rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.     Four factors are used to create the rating: A survey of over 83,000 academics worldwide A survey of 42,000 graduate employers A measure of Scopus citations per faculty member … Continued


Mariya Popova Awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

February 21, 2019

Mariya Popova, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Laboratory for Molecular Modeling, is the recipient of the 2019-20 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. Popova is supervised by Alexander Tropsha, Ph.D., and Olexandr Isayev, Ph.D. Her research focuses on applications and development of deep learning methods for computational chemistry and drug design. Popova is developing deep learning algorithms to solve computational chemistry problems, such as the generation of novel molecules with desired properties and prediction of a synthesis path for a given chemical compound. “My research goal is to revolutionize drug design with artificial intelligence,” she said. “Having these problems solved will speed … Continued


Christine Ko to Represent UNC Pharmacy at CLARION Case Competition

February 13, 2019

Third-year Pharm.D. student Christine Ko will represent the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the CLARION interprofessional health care case competition. Ko is a member of UNC’s four-person interdisciplinary team, which also includes Natalie Browne, of the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Uzma Khan, of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at the School of Medicine; and Monica Kim, of the School of Dentistry. The competition is held at the University of Minnesota in April. It is organized by CLARION, a University of Minnesota student organization dedicated to improving health care through interprofessional collaboration. Student teams, consisting … Continued


Grandy Receives Bernstein Fellowship for Hepatitis C Research

February 11, 2019

Rebecca Grandy, Pharm.D., was named a Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellow for her work providing hepatitis C care in rural communities. Grandy is an assistant professor of clinical education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Asheville satellite campus and practices at the Mountain Area Health Education Center’s Family Health Center. The Bernstein Fellows Program identifies and develops future healthcare in rural and underserved communities in North Carolina. The two-year program, awarded by the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation, supports the work of outstanding individuals working in rural communities through funding and mentorship opportunities. As a Bernstein Fellow, … Continued


Pharm.D. Students Find Balance with Ultimate Frisbee

January 25, 2019

Colin Smith sprinted 50 yards down the field as the disc soared above, curling towards the left corner of the end zone. He ran past one defender, in front of a second, and as the disc descended he leaped into the air. A year ago, Smith could only dream of being in this position — a score away from winning the 2018 national championship with UNC Darkside, one of the nation’s elite teams in ultimate. As an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, Smith spent three years playing ultimate, the sport colloquially known as Ultimate Frisbee. But each year, he was … Continued