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Skrajna Awarded American Cancer Society Postdoc Fellowship

January 24, 2019

Aleksandra Skrajna, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded a three-year post-doctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society. The fellowship, worth over $150,000 over three years, supports the training of promising post-doctoral scientists in preparation for independent careers in cancer research. Skrajna works in the lab of Robert McGinty, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor at the School and an associate Lineberger member. Skrajna’s research is focused on how enzymes bind to our genetic material in cells to ensure that our genes are expressed appropriately. “By understanding how … Continued


Students Make International Impact through GPS Ethiopia Program

November 30, 2018

Until recently, cancer patients at Tikur Anbessa Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia were unable to receive chemotherapy involving high doses of methotrexate — a treatment commonly used for a wide variety of cancers. High-dose methotrexate treatment requires involvement from clinical pharmacists, who guard against severe toxicities. Clinical pharmacists at Tikur Anbessa had neither the protocol nor the training. But when two PY4 students and a PGY2 resident from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy visited the hospital in 2017, they noticed the limitation and worked with Tikur Anbessa to develop a training program so the hospital’s pharmacists could begin administering … Continued


Pharmacy Residents Benefit from Flipped Research Model at UNC Medical Center

November 15, 2018

A new research model for pharmacy residents at the UNC Medical Center is receiving attention and commendation. The UNC Medical Center received the Best Practice Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for its implementation of a flipped residency research model — one of six projects that received the award out of over 70 submissions. The flipped research initiative was led by a team of pharmacists from UNC Hospitals and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. This year’s submission for award consideration was coordinated by Kamakshi Rao, Pharm.D., a clinical manager at the Medical Center and an associate professor … Continued


Pharm.D. Students Receive PharmAlliance Grant for Medication Safety Project

November 13, 2018

A group of Pharm.D. students received a $10,000 PharmAlliance grant — the first of its kind to be awarded to Pharm.D. students — to support a project promoting medication safety. The project is led by PY3 Clara Kim and PY2 Vraj Patel from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It is co-authored by PY3 Ember Lu from the School and students from University College London and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Their initiative aims to promote safe use of the three medications most associated with drug errors — opioids, insulins and anticoagulants — through the creation of a comic series … Continued


MAHEC, UNC-Chapel Hill Celebrate New Interprofessional Academic Health Center

October 30, 2018

The Mountain Area Health Education Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have partnered for the construction of a new academic health center building on MAHEC’s Biltmore campus in Asheville. UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC seeks to address health care worker shortages and improve education across a number of health science fields in western North Carolina. The UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC building supports an innovative educational partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and MAHEC and will house UNC School of Medicine’s Asheville campus; a Master of Public Health program led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; … Continued


In First-of-Its-Kind Partnership, China Scholarship Council Sends Three Pharm.D. Students to UNC

October 1, 2018

Three Pharm.D. students from China began classes at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy this September, thanks to a first-of-its-kind scholarship partnership. The students are supported financially by the China Scholarship Council, which signed a five-year agreement with the School last year. The partnership is the first the CSC has had with any pharmacy school. Feiyun Ma, Xiaorui Fu and Lirong Yang are the first of as many as 35 Pharm.D. students who can earn scholarships from CSC to attend the School over the next five years. The organization will also offer up to 25 Ph.D. scholarships during this timespan. … Continued


UNC’s Phi Delta Chi Raises Over $14,000 for St. Jude, Most in Country

September 26, 2018

The UNC chapter of the co-ed pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi raised more money for philanthropy than any other chapter in the country. The Alpha Gamma chapter from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy raised $14,048.12 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the 2017-18 academic year. The chapter was honored by the national Phi Delta Chi organization at its annual Leader-Development Seminar, held in Virginia Beach from Aug. 1-4. Seven students from the School attended the seminar, including 2017-18 Philanthropy Chairs Lauren Branson and Amanda Mintz. The chapter was able to raise the money through letter-writing, Venmo campaigns and … Continued


Pharm.D. Students Advocate for Pharmacy Profession in Washington

September 25, 2018

Four students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy were among the 240 student pharmacists advocating for pharmacist provider status in Washington, D.C. UNC Pharm.D. students Karin Abernathy, Jennifer Sato, Jennifer Schweiger and Sarah Steinert attended the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Summer Leadership Institute, held from July 13–15 in Washington, D.C. The APhA-ASP leadership institute participants had the opportunity to speak with over 140 members of Congress in support of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which would allow pharmacists to provide services to Medicare patients in underserved areas and be reimbursed under Medicare Part … Continued


UNC AAPS Chapter Receives National Award

September 21, 2018

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists awarded the 2018 AAPS Student Chapter award to students at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, recognizes student AAPS chapters that have provided exceptional service and outreach over the course of the year. The UNC student chapter has nearly 200 members in both the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs, said chapter president Daisy Zhu, Pharm.D. “AAPS hopes to bridge the gap between Pharm.D. and Ph.D. students at the School,” Zhu said. “We encourage contact and communication between students, because talking and learning about others’ research and being … Continued


UNC Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences Fifth in World: Shanghai Rankings

August 16, 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks fifth in the world in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, up one spot from last year, according to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, in conjunction with the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on August 15. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is the top-ranked pharmacy school in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The University ranked 6th in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in 2017. Overall, UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 30th in the world and 22nd in the U.S. among global universities. This … Continued