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Researcher Daniel Cline Receives NIH Kirschstein Award

June 7, 2006

Daniel Cline, a postdoctoral research scientist in the Singleton Lab at the UNC School of Pharmacy, has received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. The Kirschstein NRSAs are individual postdoctoral fellowships given to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in fields related to the mission of the NIH constituent institutes and centers. “This post-doctoral appointment provides the opportunity to broaden my experience in molecular biology, with particular emphasis on drug design and delivery,” Cline says. “My overall goal is to become a well-rounded medicinal chemist and to develop useful therapies for treatment of infectious … Continued

Maciejewski Appointed Associate Professor

June 2, 2006

Matthew Maciejewski, PhD, has been appointed associate professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Maciejewski comes to the School of Pharmacy from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was an associate professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Maciejewski received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1991 and a PhD in health services and research policy from the University of Minnesota in 1998. From 1991-1993 he worked as a research assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C. From 1993-1998 Maciejewski was a research … Continued

Roth Receives NIH Career Development Award

May 25, 2006

Mary Roth, PharmD, MHS, assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, was awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging. Roth will receive $699,170 over five years to support her project “Improving the Quality of Medication Use in Older Adults.” The goal of the project is to design, implement, and evaluate a medication management program to improve the quality of medication use for older adults. The purpose of the NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors … Continued

Sleath Awarded Travel Grant to Help Glaucoma Patients in India

May 25, 2006

Betsy Sleath, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, has been awarded a travel grant from the UNC Partnership in Global Health to support her proposal “Improving Treatment Adherence of Glaucoma Patients in Southern India.” In 2004 Sleath and Alan Robin, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, developed a a survey to examine problems that patients were having using glaucoma medications. Sleath and Robin recently modified the survey for use at the Aravind Eye Care System in southern rural India. The Aravind Eye Care System offers essentially free eye care to individuals at five eye clinics and hospitals in southern India. Despite the free … Continued

Researchers Link Gene Variation to Coronary Heart Disease

May 24, 2006

Research led by Craig Lee, PharmD, a graduate student in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, shows that a common genetic variation makes some people more susceptible to coronary heart disease. About 15 percent of all Caucasians have the genetic variation, which is also known as a polymorphism. Those who carry the polymorphism are approximately 1.5 times more likely to have a CHD event, such as a heart attack, than those who do not. “We found that Caucasians who carry this polymorphism, named K55R, were at significantly higher risk of coronary heart disease, independent of other risk factors, like cigarette smoking, diabetes, and hypertension,” said … Continued

DPET News Briefs

April 28, 2006

Angela Kashuba, associate professor, has been awarded $1.8 million to evaluate the drug interaction potential of a new HIV protease inhibitor. Bruce Canaday, clinical professor, was installed on March 20 as the 2006-2007 APhA president. Jo Ellen Rodgers, clinical assistant professor, is president-elect, Cardiology PRN. Tim Ives, associate professor, was elected secretary of the AACP Pharmacy Practice Section. Ralph Raasch, associate professor, and Christine Walko, academic fellow, received the PY3 Instructor of the Year Award. Dee Melnyk, clinical assistant professor, was named AHEC Instructor of the Year. Angela Kashuba, associate professor, and Julie Dumond, academic fellow, have received the ACCP Infectious Disease Fellowship Award.

Graduate Student Wins Impact Recognition Award

April 25, 2006

Tim Wigle, a graduate student in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, has won a 2006 Impact Recognition Award. The awards, sponsored by the UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students whose research provides special benefits to the citizens of North Carolina. In 2004, tens of thousands of North Carolinians acquired antibiotic resistant infections that led to more than 1,000 unnecessary deaths and cost the state’s health care system nearly $1 billion. Wigle’s research, in the laboratory of Professor Scott Singleton, focuses on a bacterial protein called RecA, which may facilitate the development and spread of antibiotic … Continued

Roth Receives Defriese Award

April 17, 2006

Mary Roth, PharmD, MHS, has received the 2006 Gordon H. Defriese Career Development in Aging Research Award. The award, given by the UNC Institute on Aging, is presented each year to one UNC faculty or staff member and one doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding promise in aging research. Roth is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the School of Pharmacy and a research assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the School of Medicine. She has served as co-investigator on numerous aging research projects that focus particular attention to optimizing medication use in older adults with chronic diseases. Roth … Continued

Tropsha Named Chair of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products

March 29, 2006

Alexander Tropsha, PhD, has been named chair of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products. He has served as interim chair of the division since last July. “I am delighted to announce Dr. Tropsha’s new position,” said Robert Blouin, dean of the School. “Dr. Tropsha has been a faculty member at the School for more than ten years, and he has done an excellent job of providing leadership for the division since last summer.” Tropsha is a professor of medicinal chemistry and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Modeling at the School of Pharmacy. He directs the UNC Graduate Program … Continued

White-Harris Receives Inaugural Mentoring Award

March 13, 2006

Carla White-Harris, a clinical assistant professor at the UNC School of Pharmacy, received one of the University’s first Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Awards, which was presented at the council’s recent annual meeting. The award recognizes outstanding faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor, and lead students and junior faculty members as they make important career decisions, embark on innovative research challenges and enrich their lives through public service, teaching, and meaningful educational opportunities. Each recipient receives a $5,000 stipend. White-Harris, who is also director of the School’s Pharmaceutical Care Labs, received the award for the faculty-to-student category. One of … Continued