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Kashuba, Corbett Honored for Work in Fight against AIDS

June 1, 2007

Two professors from the UNC School of Pharmacy—Amanda Corbett and Angela Kashuba—have received the Pam Herriott Award from the UNC Center for Infectious Diseases and the UNC Center for AIDS Research in recognition of their contributions in the fight against AIDS. “They have been devoted partners to our HIV team,” says Charles van der Horst, a professor in the UNC School of Medicine who is a member of the CFID and the director of the Developmental Core at the UNC CFAR. “They always say yes when e-mailed or called, no matter what time or day, always stepping up to the … Read more

Joyner Selected for AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program

June 1, 2007

Pamela Joyner, EdD, MS Pharm, the associate dean for professional education at the UNC School of Pharmacy, is one of twenty-nine nominees selected to participate in the 2007-08 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program. The program was developed to address the stated needs of AACP members for an intensive leadership and management development program. It is designed to help promising individuals at member institutions develop into future leaders in pharmacy and in higher education. “This program provides opportunities for more interaction with leaders in pharmacy education and can broaden my understanding of the issues facing both … Read more

Sleath Survey: New Mothers Often Not Asked about Depression

May 31, 2007

The majority of doctors in North Carolina are unlikely to probe for signs of postpartum depression in new mothers, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Of the 228 physicians responding to the survey who said they had seen women for postpartum visits in the previous three months, 79 percent said they were unlikely to formally screen the patients for depression. An estimated 13 percent of new mothers are affected by postpartum depression. The study will be published June 6 in the North Carolina Medical Journal. “We believe that it is … Read more

White Harris Is School’s New Director of Recruitment, Diversity

May 21, 2007

Carla White Harris has been named the new director of recruitment and diversity initiatives at the UNC School of Pharmacy. She is also the new Chapel Hill–based director of the UNC/ECSU PharmD Partnership Program. It will be her responsibility to develop and execute a student-recruitment plan for the doctor of pharmacy program with the long-term goal of enhancing the quality and the diversity of students applying to the School of Pharmacy. She will also chair the School’s Admission Committee and serve as the primary liaison with Elizabeth City State University. White Harris says she is looking forward to the challenge … Read more

Hansen, Roth Co-Investigators on Grant

May 14, 2007

Two professors from the UNC School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy are co-investigators on a one-year, $140,000 grant from the School of Medicine’s “Investments for the Future” Project. Richard Hansen, PhD, and Mary Roth, PharmD, MHS, will be part of a project that aims to enlist pharmacist intervention to reduce drug therapy problems, such as incorrect usage, in older psychiatric patients. The focus of the project will be to establish a pharmacist-run clinic in psychiatry. The project leader is Lea C. Watson, MD, MPH, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. The funding is for pilot … Read more

Murray Study: Heart-Failure Patients Benefit from Pharmacist Care

May 14, 2007

Heart-failure patients take their medicine more reliably when under the care of a pharmacist, resulting in fewer emergency-room visits and hospital stays and lower health-care costs, according to a study led by Michael D. Murray, PhD, the Mescal S. Ferguson Distinguished Professor at the School. According to the American Heart Association, more than five million people in the United States are in various stages of heart failure with total health-care costs exceeding $29 billion. The study, published in the June 2007 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, studied 314 low-income patients with heart failure. The participants were studied as … Read more

Caiola Receives NCAP Award

May 7, 2007

Steve Caiola, MS, an associate professor at the UNC School of Pharmacy, has received the 2007 Acute Care Practice Forum Pharmacist of the Year Award from the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. Caiola is the NCAP’s director of postgraduate education and training. He also has served as the director of the Postgraduate/Continuing Education Program at the School since July 1998. John Kessler, president of the health-care software company SecondStory Health, LLC, presented the award to Caiola for “his decades of work in improving the practice of hospital pharmacists in the state.” “If you were educated at UNC, he improved your education. … Read more

Farley Receives Pfizer Grant

May 4, 2007

Joel Farley, PhD, an assistant professor at the UNC School of Pharmacy, has received a two-year, $130,000 grant from Pfizer Inc. for his research on the effect of Medicaid prescription restrictions on patients with mental illnesses. Farley, who is in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, received the 2007 Scholars Grant in Health Policy. The supporting sponsor on the grant is Susan Blalock, PhD, Farley’s mentor and an associate professor in the division. The grant is part of Pfizer’s Medical & Academic Partnerships program, which is intended to support the career development of junior faculty. Farley will use his … Read more

Associate Professor Scott Singleton Receives Tenure

April 25, 2007

The UNC School of Pharmacy has extended Associate Professor Scott Singleton’s appointment with tenure. Singleton, PhD, joined the School’s Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products in 2003 as a nontenure associate professor. Before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, he was an assistant professor in Rice University’s Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Singleton earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and obtained his doctorate in organic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State University. Singleton’s research focuses on the interface of … Read more

Brouwer Receives Honor from University of Kentucky

April 23, 2007

Kim Brouwer, PharmD, received the inaugural UK Pharmaceutical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Program Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky, her alma mater. Brouwer earned her doctor of pharmacy and her doctorate from UK, where she also did her postdoctoral training. She currently serves as the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and as chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeuticsat at the UNC School of Pharmacy. She directs a research program in hepatobiliary drug disposition that focuses on the mechanisms of drug uptake and excretion by the liver. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Brouwer … Read more