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School of Pharmacy Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

December 14, 2005

Ding Xu, a graduate student in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, has received a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association (MidAtlantic Affiliate). The award is worth $20,000 a year for two years. Ding’s research project, “Understanding substrate recognition mechanism of heparan sulfate 3-O-sulfotransferase,” is overseen by his adviser, Dr. Jian Liu. “Being awarded this fellowship is a great honor,” said Xu. “Understanding how the body creates heparan sulfate will be of great benefit to the medical community and society as a whole.” Xu’s project is designed to understand how heparan sulfate, a molecule on the surface … Continued

CROI Selects Abstracts by School of Pharmacy Fellows

December 14, 2005

Abstracts by academic fellow Julie Dumond and GlaxoSmithKline fellow Manoli Vourvahis have been accepted at the 13th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Dumond and Vourvahis have each received a Young Investigator Award to attend the conference in February. Dumond’s abstract “First Dose and Steady-state Genital Tract Pharmacokinetics of Ten Antiretroviral Drugs in HIV-infected Women: Implications for Pre- and Post- Exposure Prophylaxis” was accepted as an oral presentation. Vourvahis’ abstract “A Pharmacologic Basis for the Use of Tenofovir In Pre- and Post-exposure Prophylaxis: Intra- and Extracellular Genital Tract Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics from First Dose to Steady State in HIV-1 … Continued

Sleath Awarded ECHO Grant

December 14, 2005

The UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes has awarded associate professor Betsy Sleath a grant to study racial and ethnic health disparities in North Carolina. Sleath’s project, “Improving Pharmacy Services for Latinos in North Carolina” will be conducted over the course of 18 months. The purpose of the project is to describe Latino patients’ medication use, understand Latino patients’ perceptions of the role of U.S. pharmacies and how they differ from pharmacies in their home countries, describe how Latino patients believe that U.S. pharmacies can improve services for them, and understand what community pharmacists believe can be done … Continued

Pneumococcal Vaccination Project Selected for Funding by the National Immunization Program

December 14, 2005

Stefanie Ferreri, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Program. Ferreri will receive $149,000 for a one-year project, “Enhancing Pneumococcal Vaccine Rates Through Community Pharmacist Involvement,” which will be carried out in conjunction with Kroger pharmacies. Only one award is made nationally. Pneumococcal infection causes an estimated 40,000 deaths annually in the United States, accounting for more deaths than any other vaccine-preventable bacterial disease. The long-term objective of Ferreri’s study is to increase pneumococcal vaccination rates among high-risk adults by utilizing community … Continued

National Agency Selects UNC to Participate in Health Outcomes Research

December 14, 2005

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has selected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to conduct studies testing what treatments work best for particular health conditions with the goal of promoting better patient outcomes. The agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named 13 centers nationwide as part of its new Effective Health Care Program. Dr. Suzanne L. West, associate director of the UNC-GSK Center of Excellence in Pharmacoepidemiology and Public Health and director of research development for UNC’s Center for Women’s Health Research, will lead UNC’s effort. West is also … Continued

Vaughan Wins Leadership Award

December 14, 2005

K.T. Vaughan has been busy since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a master’s in library science. In addition to being appointed as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the UNC School of Pharmacy, Vaughan recently was awarded the American Society for Information Science and Technology’s James M. Cretsos Leadership Award for her contributions to the organization. The Cretsos Award was established in 1992 to recognize new ASIS&T members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities. It is administered by the Leadership Committee and is presented annually to the recipient … Continued

School of Pharmacy Researchers Awarded Three NIH Roadmap Grants

December 14, 2005

Three researchers in the School of Pharmacy’s Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products have received National Institutes of Health Roadmap Grants. Kenan Professor K.H. Lee, PhD, will receive $1.28 million over three years for his project, “Chemical Diversity Libraries from Medicinal Plants. Professor and interim chair Alex Tropsha, PhD, will receive $762,000 over two years for his project, “Carolina Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research, and assistant professor Michael Jarstfer, PhD, will receive $73,000 over one year for his project, “A High Throughput Screen for Telomerase Assembly.” In addition, assistant professor Rihe Liu, PhD, is a key member of a … Continued

Hadzija Wins Massey Award for Service

December 14, 2005

Six UNC-Chapel Hill employees win prestigious Massey award for service By SUSAN PHILLIPS University Gazette Six employees have been selected by Chancellor James Moeser to be honored with 2005 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Awards, one of the most coveted distinctions bestowed by the University. Recipients are: Paul Spencer Davis of Chapel Hill, maintenance mechanic, Facilities Services; Boka Hadzija of Chapel Hill, professor, School of Pharmacy; Sue Hester of Graham, University administrative manager, UNC Honors Program and James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence; Shirley Ort of Chapel Hill, associate provost and director of scholarships and student aid; Betty Russell of … Continued

Lee Wins Barrett-Connor Research Award

November 16, 2005

Craig Lee, a graduate student in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, has won the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award in Epidemiology for his presentation, “Genetic Variation in Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: An Atherosclerosis in Communities Study.” The Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award recognizes excellence in research by an investigator in training. Finalists are chosen from early career investigators whose abstracts are submitted to the epidemiology and prevention categories and are chosen for presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions.

SOP Faculty Honored for Patents that Help Economy, Improve Lives

June 15, 2005

UNC inventors honored for patents with potential to help economy, improve lives CHAPEL HILL – During the past two decades, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has become one of the top U.S. public universities in research support, with $577.6 million in sponsored research funding during the fiscal year ending in June 2004. That support – from federal government, other government and private sources – has funded research leading to patented discoveries. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 26 patents in 2004 that were assigned to UNC, university officials recently announced. “These patents, in turn, often are developed … Continued