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Betsy Sleath awarded funding for research to improve quality of life for youth with ADHD

January 25, 2023

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded Betsy Sleath, Ph.D. regional associate dean of eastern North Carolina and her team, funding for research that hopes to help improve the symptoms and social and school functioning of young people diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   The NIMH is providing nearly $450,000 for Sleath’s project “Improving the outcomes of adolescents with ADHD via a pre-visit question prompt list/video intervention: a randomized controlled feasibility trial.”    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders found in childhood. The CDC estimates that from … Continued


Ronny Bell brings lifelong commitment to health equity in UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy role

January 18, 2023

New leader has a distinguished career in population science, community-based participatory research and a resolve to identify solutions for health equity issues in North Carolina’s underserved populations   Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S., brings a unique background to a role that encompasses three areas of responsibility: chair and distinguished faculty in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Senior Advisor to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and collaborator with the UNC American Indian Center. Bell brings an affinity for hard work, a servant leader mindset, a deep experience in higher education and … Continued


Jo Ellen Rodgers wins University Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

January 10, 2023

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Jo Ellen Rodgers, Pharm.D., has been named one of 25 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members to receive a 2023 University Teaching Award.  The annual awards, administered by the Center for Faculty Excellence, acknowledge the commitment to outstanding teaching and mentoring of undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students. This year, the CFE’s University Teaching Awards Committee received 876 nominations.  Rodgers is one of four faculty members from across the University to be named as a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. This award was first given by the University in 1995 to recognize the … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy Professor Denise Rhoney named Master of Critical Care Medicine

December 19, 2022

Denise H. Rhoney, Pharm.D., FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, a Ron and Nancy McFarlane Distinguished Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will be named a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) by the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) in January 2023.   According to the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the designation of MCCM is based upon Rhoney’s status as a long-standing Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. The SCCM says the distinction reflects her achievements as a prominent and distinguished leader of national and international stature, personal character, leadership, eminence in … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy professor receives funding to upgrade school’s NMR probe

December 7, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted Professor Andrew Lee, Ph.D., in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, funding to upgrade the school’s workhorse NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) instrument. The NIH is providing approximately $600,000 towards upgrading this piece of equipment with a cryoprobe.  A cryoprobe is an NMR probe that is cryogenically cooled resulting in a large boost in sensitivity for the instrument. The cryoprobe is becoming the standard for NMR instruments in academics and industry, allowing chemists more precision and accuracy when examining small molecules.  “We pursued this grant because our workhorse NMR instrument in the School’s … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy Professor receives $1.8M grant for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy project

November 28, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Delesha Carpenter Ph.D., MSPH, funding for her project “Addressing COVID 19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Community Pharmacies Reducing Disparities Through an Implementation Science Approach.” The NIH is providing three years of funding towards this project for a total of 1.8 million dollars.     Carpenter is an associate professor and interim chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Her research focuses on developing trainings to improve patient-provider communication about sensitive issues, like suicide and substance abuse use disorders. She is especially interested in improving access … Continued


QleanAir partnership, artificial intelligence to support work of UNC-Chapel Hill pharmacy professor aiming to reduce contamination in compounding pharmacies 

November 21, 2022

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A. and Robert Hubal, Ph.D., a research scientist at RENCI, are working together to reduce occurrences of contamination in compounding pharmacies using artificial intelligence.  A partnership with QleanAir, along with previous grant support from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII), will drive their work forward.  “As a Global company with a focus in healthcare, we are dedicated to protecting people, products, and processes. We are pleased to support the development of tomorrow’s technology to improve upon patient safety, drive operational compliance, and to enhance sterile compounding practices” said Amanda Myers, chief commercial … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy professor receives 2.4M grant from NIH to increase access to naloxone  

November 17, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Delesha Carpenter PhD, MSPH, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) funding for her project “Creating a novel place-based measure to explain racial disparities in naloxone access to reduce opioid overdose deaths.” The NIH is providing four years of funding towards this project for a total of 2.4 million dollars.   “I wanted to pursue this project because approximately five years ago I lost two good friends to opioid overdoses,” said Carpenter. “I am passionate about increasing access to naloxone because it can save lives.”   For this … Continued


UNC Pharmacy awarded funding for study of Malan Syndrome

November 11, 2022

  The Malan Syndrome Foundation awarded the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy a two-year grant totaling $30,000. Erin Heinzen, associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics with a joint appointment in the Department of Genetics, and Nate Hathaway, director of UNC’s CRISPR Screening Facility and associate professor of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry will lead this study. Christal Delagrammatikas, co-founder and director of science and research at the Malan Syndrome Foundation, is personally grateful for being connected to Heinzen soon after her son’s diagnosis in 2019. Speaking on behalf of the foundation, Delagrammatikas said, “Erin, and now … Continued


Professor Ronny Bell named the new Chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

November 8, 2022

Professor Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D., MS has been named the new Chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, effective January 1, 2023 Dr. Bell is currently a Professor with tenure in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He also serves as Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement and Director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bell completed his Bachelor of … Continued