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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

Students create device to prevent drug diversion, take top honors at E(I) Lab Awards

April 25, 2019

A team of five students claimed first place at the E(I) Lab Awards ceremony in April, following their project creation called NarcAlert – a device designed to prevent drug diversion in healthcare facilities. The E(I) Lab is a six-month-long experiential program that brings together graduate students, professional students and postdocs from diverse disciplines across UNC to conceive, develop and test innovative solutions to unmet needs in healthcare. This year’s winning team (called BCSD) included UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students Christopher Wang, Brandon Luong, Stephanie Kim, Xiaorui Fu and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School student Chi Tsu. “We started our idea … Continued

UNC Catalyst Hosts Rare Diseases Day Awareness Event

March 6, 2019

The UNC Catalyst for Rare Diseases hosted a meet-and-greet in the Genetic Medicine Building on Feb. 27 for Rare Diseases Day. Catalyst scientists provided guests an overview of the research group’s mission and rare disease projects. UNC Catalyst is a research group focused on understanding and counteracting rare diseases. It creates high quality research tools to explore disease pathobiology, in order to accelerate the pace of drug discovery and help define options for therapeutic intervention. “There are very few centers like Catalyst that are solely dedicated to rare diseases, nationally or internationally,” said Catalyst director Anthony Hickey, Ph.D. “We benefit … Continued

Alumni in China Find UNC Community through Carolina China Club

February 19, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has a global alumni network — and UNC’s alumni presence is particularly strong in China. The Carolina China Club, UNC’s alumni association in China, has over 500 members across UNC’s various schools, about one-fifth of whom are health sciences alumni. The club hosts events ranging from lectures to UNC basketball watch parties. Members of the club’s health sciences group met with Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., and Ashley Qi, M.B.A., during their visit to Beijing last November. Eckel is the School’s associate dean for global engagement and Qi is its associate director of China initiatives. … Continued

Pharm.D. Students Compete in AMCP P&T Local Competition

February 6, 2019

After months of preparation, three teams of Pharm.D. students faced off for the chance to compete for a third straight national championship. Three student teams, hoping to represent the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition, presented at the School’s P&T Local Competition on Jan 26. To determine which team will participate in the national AMCP competition, the teams presented clinical and economic recommendations for Radius Health’s TYMLOS® (abaloparatide), a promising but expensive new parathyroid hormone analogue for the treatment of severe osteoporosis in postemenopausal women. The winning team of … Continued

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 … Continued

iNClusive STEM Pitch Summit Highlights Female, Minority Entrepreneurs

October 29, 2018

Minority and female entrepreneurs gathered at the Rizzo Center on October 11 to participate in the iNClusive STEM Innovation Pitch Summit. The event, co-hosted by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the UNC School of Law, allowed entrepreneurs from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to showcase and pitch their innovations and businesses for the opportunity to receive funding. The event was open to women, African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians in STEM fields. Event organizer and assistant professor Anita Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., said the event supported the School and University mission to support underrepresented groups. “UNC’s first iNClusive STEM Innovation Pitch … Continued

Pharmacy Students Host Medication Take Back Day

October 8, 2018

Students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy partnered with Generation Rx to host Medication Take Back Day on October 2. The event, co-hosted by the UNC School of Dentistry and the UNC Hospital Police, collected expired or unused prescription drugs from the Chapel Hill community in order to combat drug abuse. Maurice Horton, Pharm.D., a third-year Ph.D. student at the School, said the accumulation of unused prescriptions can lead to drug abuse and threaten the safety of children and pets. “This event is just an opportunity for patients and citizens of Chapel Hill to bring their medication back, clean … Continued

Microbiome Experts Gather for PharmSci 2018 Conference

June 5, 2018

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy hosted the 12th annual Chapel Hill Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference on June 4, focused on the interface between drug delivery and the microbiome. Over 100 attendees gathered at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill for the conference. Speakers included faculty from the School and from UNC’s chemistry, microbiology and biomedical engineering programs, as well as faculty from other universities, including Duke University, N.C. State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Colorado Boulder. Experts from the private sector also lectured at the conference, and students and postdoctoral researchers … Continued

Over 120 Pharmacy Residents Present Research at REPS Symposium

May 23, 2018

Pharmacy residents and professionals from across the Southeast gathered at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for the fifth annual Research in Education and Practice Symposium on May 21 and 22. REPS 2018 included podium presentations from over 120 residents, fellows and postgraduate trainees, as well as three professional development lectures and numerous networking opportunities. Residents were each allotted 12 minutes for their podium presentations and three minutes for questions, and they received feedback from evaluators after presenting their research. Presenters included residents from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Health Care, as well as presenters from medical … Continued