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Global Pharmacy Scholars make an impact in Ethiopia

July 17, 2023

Earlier this year, a team of faculty and students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with three goals in mind—to launch Ethiopia’s first pediatric cancer registry, develop a therapeutic drug monitoring program and establish chemotherapy safe handling policies.   It was part of the School’s Global Pharmacy Scholars (GPS) program, which includes Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience sites in Australia, Honduras, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Malawi, Moldova, the United Kingdom and Zambia.  “The GPS program allows our students to broaden their global perspectives, as they get to observe how pharmacy is practiced in another country, learn about different … Read more

Helping oncology patients avoid acute care events

July 12, 2023

For oncology patients, emergency visits and unplanned hospital stays are common. Those who have been marginalized because of race, ethnicity, income or other factors are even more likely to experience one of these acute care events.  As part of the University’s North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Insititute (NCTraCS) renewal, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and her colleague, Jake Stein, M.D., MPH, assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine, have received funding as co-principal investigators for a project focused on developing and identifying a process … Read more

Meet the Expert: Kathleen Thomas

June 30, 2023

The warm smile on the face of Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the first indication of the empathy she brings to her work. Though so much of her day-to-day involves working with data sets, Kathleen always keeps the people behind the numbers at the forefront of her mind. A behavioral economist and mental health services researcher, Kathleen’s work focuses on patient advocacy interventions, health insurance policy, and disparities in access to care. Through these three focus areas, she aims to improve the access to and the quality of mental health services.  Now an Associate Professor at the UNC Eshelman School … Read more

Study finds female authorship is underrepresented across drug delivery journals

June 28, 2023

Female authorship in drug delivery related journals should increase to better represent the work of female senior authors according to a study done by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D. and Associate Professor Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D.  First and last authorship on publications is an important metric of productivity and scholarly success for trainees and professors. McLaughlin and Ainslie found that, based on 11 drug delivery related journals in 2021, scholarly papers were about one and a half times more likely to have a male first author and three times more likely to have a male last author. … Read more

School ranks No. 2 in nation in research funding with over $75 million

June 21, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ranks No. 2 among the nation’s pharmacy schools in total research funding according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.   The School received over $75 million in research grants during the federal fiscal year, October 2021-September 2022 (FY22), nearly doubling the $39 million research total from 2019. There were 84 funded investigators who received $75,082,027 in awards from all funding sources. Of those awards, nearly $60 million was secured in National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards by 59 investigators.  “This ranking reflects our faculty, staff and students’ dedication and commitment to advancing … Read more

Faculty receives AACP Emerging Teaching Scholar Award

June 5, 2023

Assistant Professor Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D., has received the 2023 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Emerging Teaching Scholar Award. This award recognizes excellence in academic pharmacy faculty engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning.   Her research focuses on the assessment of student learning in informal learning environments, including interprofessional education and co-curricular activities, and strategies to use assessment data to inform curricular initiatives.  “My expertise resides in the scholarship of education, with a focus on assessing experiences that impact student learning and utilizing findings to guide data-driven decision making in curriculum and program development,” Zeeman said.  She shares … Read more

Adam Persky receives AACP Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award

May 1, 2023

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) announced UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Associate Dean Adam Persky as the recipient of the AACP Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award.  The Chalmers Award recognizes an individual’s excellence in pharmacy education—including effectiveness in instruction, curriculum development and innovation, national educational involvement, research relative to pharmacy education, professional/public service and outreach and impact on pharmacy education beyond one’s home institution.   “It’s humbling in lots of ways when you think of those who have won in the past and those that could have won,” said Adam Persky, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Professional … Read more

Jeff Aubé receives prestigious AACP Volwiler Research Achievement Award

May 1, 2023

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) announced UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Jeff Aubé as the recipient of the AACP Volwiler Research Achievement Award.   The Volwiler Research Achievement Award is intended to recognize a person within the ranks of pharmacy who is a leading researcher in an area of the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, pharmacy practice and the social and administrative sciences and for outstanding contributions to the respective disciplines.  “It’s a very nice recognition for a lot of work done by a lot of people—science is a community effort,” said Aubé, Eshelman Distinguished Professor in the … Read more

Stephanie Kiser appointed Executive Director of the Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative

April 19, 2023

The UNC Eshleman School of Pharmacy’s Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative was developed to advance pharmacy practice while building the workforce North Carolina needs to provide high-quality health care for rural and underserved communities. A core piece to accomplishing that mission is through the appointment of Stephanie Kiser ‘92, BScPhm, as executive director, effective July 1.  “Our School of Pharmacy was built to serve the people of North Carolina. We have an opportunity to provide accessible, high quality and affordable health care to all North Carolinians, and I believe Stephanie is the one to lead this initiative to success,” said Angela … Read more

Attracting Expertise

April 3, 2023

Written by Angela Harwood Before joining the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Owen Fenton studied under one of the world’s leading mRNA delivery researchers: Robert Langer, cofounder of Moderna. Getting Fenton from Massachusetts to Chapel HIll was a big win for the University. Fenton sees coming to Carolina as a win for his research interests, as well. “I view the future of medicine as being very interdisciplinary, which was one of the biggest attractions in coming to UNC, where we benefit from being able to partner with amazing faculty and collaborate through groups like the Lineberger Comprehensive … Read more