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Today is World Pharmacists Day 

September 25, 2021

Story by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Office of Global Engagement Today marks the 11th annual World Pharmacists Day – a day celebrating pharmacists around the world with the theme Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health. With this year’s theme in mind, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy would like to recognize and thank all of our partners, at home and around the world, as they work to earn the trust of patients by delivering high quality healthcare and education in the communities they serve. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s strategic plan, BEYOND, highlights our commitment to serving … Continued


Tab and Denise Waldrop Endowed Scholarship supports students of active-duty military parents

September 20, 2021

Tab and Denise Waldrop both grew up with fathers in the United States military. Tab’s dad was a combat engineer who served in the Army during World War II and Denise’s dad was a career Marine stationed at Cherry Point and New River Marine Corps Air Stations on the coast of North Carolina. Through their own lived experiences, the couple understands the sacrifices military families make, both financially and emotionally, for their children. That’s why they’ve established the Tab and Denise Waldrop Endowed Scholarship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to support pharmacy students whose parents are active duty … Continued


Eshelman Institute for Innovation announces recipients of 2021 grant cycle, will expand grant opportunities to all UNC faculty, staff

September 17, 2021

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2021 grant cycle! A total of $2.1 million has been granted to the below seven projects. Since 2015, the Eshelman Institute has brought value to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by supporting impactful work in the health sciences. In this time, the Institute has awarded more than $28 million in funding to 148 projects, assisted with 28 patent applications, 26 licensed technologies, and helped spin out 13 startup companies. (View the Institute’s 2020 Impact Report.) This year, the Institute is thrilled to announce they … Continued


David Steeb, Pharm.D, MPH, promoted to associate professor in Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education

September 15, 2021

David Steeb, Pharm.D., M.P.H., has been promoted to associate professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE), effective July 1. “I’m honored to receive this promotion and want to thank all of my collaborators and mentors who helped get me here. I look forward to further advancing global health education and training both locally and globally.” Steeb said. Steeb also serves as the School’s director of global engagement and adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne, Australia. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry … Continued


Innovations and Transformations in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2021 conference attracts participants from around world, dives into topics of drugs, vaccines

September 10, 2021

For three weeks in July, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy virtually hosted its Innovations and Transformations in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2021 conference. The annual conference was geared toward current and future scientists to learn about the discovery, delivery, and clinical use of drugs and vaccines – a topic of critical importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This program provides an opportunity for a diverse group of faculty to educate on different pharmaceutical science topics. We also are able to utilize our graduate students to gain valuable teaching skills and provide tips on how to prepare oneself for graduate school,” said conference … Continued


Third-year student Jacob Robinson receives AFPE Gateway to Research Award

September 8, 2021

Jacob Robinson, MS, a third year Pharm.D. student, was recently honored with the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Gateway to Research Award. The Gateway scholarship provides a unique opportunity for Pharm.D. and baccalaureate degree students to participate in a faculty-mentored research project. The award aims to help students learn how to identify relevant research problems, generate a research hypothesis, analyze data, interpret and use research results in practice, effectively communicate research and clinical data to a broad audience, develop problem-solving skills, and sharpen critical thinking skills. The exposure to and understanding of research enables students to improve their clinical … Continued


Kristy Ainslie works to develop new therapy for glioblastoma patients, receives $1.7 million from NIH to pursue research

September 1, 2021

The National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute has awarded Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D. with a $1,761,616 grant to develop a new therapy for glioblastoma – the most common primary brain tumor in the United States. Glioblastoma accounts for 48 percent of all primary malignant brain tumors, with more than 13,000 people in the United States diagnosed each year, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. Even with surgical resection, radiation, and chemotherapy, the median survival remains of only 12-15 months, and about 10,000 Americans die from the disease each year. Ainslie’s five-year award will support her work, “Tunable Temporal Drug … Continued


Alexander Kabanov receives millions from NIH to develop effective therapeutics for triple-negative breast cancer

August 27, 2021

Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, Ph.D., Dr.Sci., recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to help combat triple-negative breast cancer, a disease that has fewer treatment options than other types of breast cancer. The four-year funding totaling $2,452,236 will support his project, “Toward Translation of Nanoformulated Paclitaxel-Platinum Combination.” The goal of Kabanov’s project is to obtain pre-clinical data to enable the translation of a novel nanotechnology-based immunotherapeutic drug to treat triple-negative breast cancer. The disease is currently associated with a poor prognosis, and according to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year relative survival rate is 77%. Through his … Continued


Top pharmacy school sets new standard of learning with CIPhER program 

August 25, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy launches online teaching certificate program  The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) has launched an online Teaching & Learning Certificate Program that sets a new standard in pharmacy education and professional development.  As the No. 1 school of pharmacy in the U.S., the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and CIPhER are committed to delivering innovative, dynamic education programs for pharmacy residents and pharmacy educators across the country.   The program was developed by renowned CIPhER faculty to meet the needs and demands of today’s faculty, preceptors, and residents. Designed as a customized learning experience, the self-paced program delivers a world-class curriculum focused on evidence-based teaching … Continued


Popular Netflix show inspires alum in creation of her COVID-19 public service announcement for World Health Organization

August 20, 2021

In this alum spotlight, we chat with Ina Liu, Pharm.D., MS (’18, ’20), Clinical Manager at UNC Hospitals at WakeBrook, a behavioral health facility. Recently, Liu participated in a World Health Organization contest to develop a public service announcement to increase awareness of COVID-19 safety precautions. Liu, who won the PSA contest, developed a public service announcement that aimed to “checkmate” COVID-19 transmission. Learn more about where she found her inspiration: Q: What prompted you to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) contest? A: I have always had a very strong interest in the intersection of art and healthcare … Continued