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CMO Summit Takes On Medication Mismanagement

January 22, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the School’s Center for Medication Optimization brought together leaders from across the health care industry to highlight the multi-billion dollar problem of medication mismanagement and develop collaborative medication optimization strategies that aim to transform health care. More than half of the U.S. population takes multiple medications daily to help treat one or more chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. Other serious conditions, like cancer and HIV, have extremely complex regimens that must be coordinated. And when these medication regimens are mismanaged by health care providers and patients, it can lead to unnecessary medical … Read more

Former Dean Robert Blouin’s Official Portrait Unveiled

December 3, 2018

Robert Blouin, Pharm.D., who for 14 years served as dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, was honored Nov. 30 with the unveiling of his official portrait. Blouin served as dean from 2003 to 2017. During his tenure, the School increased external research funding by over 800 percent, doubled the number of full-time faculty, founded the Eshelman Institute of Innovation and various new research centers, opened its Asheville satellite campus, and forged numerous research partnerships — all of which contributed to the School’s ascension to the top-ranked pharmacy school in the country. “Throughout his 14-year tenure as Dean of … Read more

Huang, Kabanov and Roth Recognized for Research Influence

November 28, 2018

Three faculty members from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy were recognized on the Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2018. Leaf Huang, Ph.D., Alexander Kabanov, Ph.D., Dr.Sci., and Bryan Roth, Ph.D., M.D., were among 6,000 scientists worldwide and across all fields who were recognized for their influence, through the publication of multiple highly cited papers, over the last decade. Huang, Kabanov and Roth were three of the 34 UNC-Chapel Hill scientists recognized. Huang is a Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, who joined the School’s faculty in 2005. He has published over 380 peer-reviewed articles, over 160 invited reviews … Read more

Kabanov Named President of Russian-American Scientists Association

November 7, 2018

Alexander Kabanov, Ph.D., Dr.Sci., assumed office as president of the Russian-American Scientists Association (RASA-America) on Nov. 5. Kabanov is the Mescal S. Ferguson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and co-director of the Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. The RASA-America transfer of authority ceremony took place at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. “We believe that our American organization will go on and grow stronger. We will carry out international activities, assisting people all over the world who find themselves in a situation similar to ours,” Kabanov said. Kabanov … Read more

UNC to Apply Machine Learning, AI to Improve Battlefield Medicine

September 10, 2018

The University of North Carolina will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to help ensure that military health care providers are better prepared to handle the evolving conditions and traumatic injuries seen on the battlefield. The Department of Defense has awarded a grant of $1.6 million to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to fund the two-year project. The military has asked the research team for an analytical tool that can evaluate real-world patient data to predict the skills, training and patient care guidelines that military health care workers will need in different scenarios. The project is being led by … Read more

McLaughlin Receives AHEC Innovation Grant for Rural Education Research

August 22, 2018

The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers awarded an Innovation Grant to Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., for a project investigating challenges associated with student rotations in rural clinical sites. “The primary goal of the project is to define the educational challenges encountered at clinical sites in rural regions and generate potential solutions to address these problems in an effort to increase the number of students rotating to those areas,” said McLaughlin, an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the director of the School’s Center for Innovation in Pharmacy Education and Research. Over the last 40 years in … Read more

CMOPP Changes Name to Center for Medication Optimization

August 15, 2018

The Center for Medication Optimization through Practice and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is now the Center for Medication Optimization. “This sharper name better reflects our focus on collaborative research that both informs systems change and prepares our students to be leaders in pharmacy practice,” said Jon Easter, director of the center. The Center for Medication Optimization’s mission is to bring together health care stakeholders to create impactful real-world research, generate evidence, disseminate best practices and advance education that integrates medication optimization into value-based care delivery and payment models. We do this by serving as a neutral, … Read more

CNDD’s Bahnson Receives SFRRI Young Investigator Award for Redox Biology Talk

August 6, 2018

Edward Bahnson, Ph.D., a member of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery and an assistant professor of surgery at UNC School of Medicine, received a Young Investigator Award at the 19th biennial meeting of the Society for Free Radical Research International Bahnson received the award for his talk, “Improving Arterial Surgery Outcomes: Combating Restenosis with Nanotechnology and Redox Modulation.” The SFRRI meeting was held in Lisbon, Portugal, June 4–7, 2018, SFRRI Lisboa 2018 was a prominent forum for the latest advances in the fundamentals of reduction–oxidation reaction biology, also known as redox biology, and free radical research and its … Read more

McLaughlin Named Director of CIPhER

August 6, 2018

Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, has been named director of the School’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research. McLaughlin was appointed to the position after Thomas Angelo, Ed.D., the founding director of CIPhER, retired. Before her promotion, McLaughlin was the director of education research at CIPhER. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education, and from 2014 to 2017, she served as the director of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment. CIPhER offers services aimed at enhancing the effectiveness, … Read more

Sokolsky Awarded St. Baldrick’s Hero Grant to Target Brain Tumors

July 30, 2018

Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of a Hero Fund grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support her research into more effective methods of treating medullosblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor seen in children. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, awarded 76 new grants totaling $19.1 million in its summer grant cycle to support research in pediatric cancer. Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor of children. New approaches to treatment are needed, because current treatment can cause brain injury … Read more