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Alumna Toyin Tofade shares her journey of becoming dean of Howard University College of Pharmacy

January 20, 2021

It’s not lonely at the top for Toyin Tofade, MS ‘94, PharmD ‘97, BCPS, CPCC. She reached the pinnacle of her career by mastering a subject as valuable to her as pharmacy: collegiality. “I believe relationships are powerful,” she said. To that end, she lists the touch points of her career in names rather than CV entries—former professors, co-workers, colleagues and students. A name familiar to many graduates of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is first on the list: Fred Eckel. Toyin met him while an undergraduate pharmacy student at Obafemi Awolowo University in her birth country, Nigeria. “Professor … Continued

Focus Carolina: John Bamforth

January 15, 2021

Focus Carolina: John Bamforth He leads READDI, Carolina’s effort to find a treatment for COVID-19 and anticipate what medicines will be needed for future pandemics. Story by Jane Calloway, The Well John Bamforth oversees the Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Discovery Initiative, a non-profit drug research and development organization that is part of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. The mission: to find treatments for COVID-19 and to anticipate what treatments may be needed in future pandemics. “The goal of READDI is to have five novel antivirals against three viral families through phase one testing, which is the safety testing that goes on … Continued

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists features Gauri Rao in women’s spotlight series

January 13, 2021

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists highlights UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S., in their Women’s Spotlight Series Q&A: Question: What was the biggest challenge that you faced in your career? How did you overcome that? Rao Answer: My career started as a software engineer in the hi-tech industry, but I quickly realized that healthcare was my passion.  This led me to pursue a career in pharmacy. The switch from engineering to pharmacy was challenging both in terms of the mindset and the knowledge base. But my passion allowed me to enjoy the hard transition. As I … Continued

Podcast: The entrepreneurial pharmacist – connecting clinic to community

January 8, 2021

With Franklin Roye, PharmD, president and co-founder of IndyCare; and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy alumnus On The Heels of Innovation with Ted Zoller · Season 3, Episode 6 – The entrepreneurial pharmacist: Connecting clinic to community Imagine that you have the flu. But now you don’t have to visit your doctor to get tested or go to the pharmacy to fill a prescription – all while potentially exposing numerous others. Instead, you have a telehealth appointment, and then someone drives to your house, where they test you and bring you the medicine you need. Franklin Roye, president and co-founder … Continued

Students Jennifer Schweiger, Katelynn Granger clinch second place in ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

January 6, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. students Jennifer Schweiger and Katelynn Granger worked together to secure second place in the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists (ASHP)’s National Clinical Skills Competition, held virtually Dec. 5-6. The Clinical Skills Competition is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital and health-system pharmacists. It is designed to provide pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with physicians in providing direct patient care. This year was the first time the competition was held completely virtually. “What a fun experience this was! I would encourage all students to consider participating … Continued

Pharmacy students, residents administer first COVID-19 vaccines in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough

December 16, 2020

Six UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy learners took part in a historic day, preparing and administering the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough on Dec. 15. “Right from the first year of their pharmacy program, our learners have intensive and comprehensive vaccine training. They are well prepared to help North Carolina’s medical centers distribute and administer this game-changing vaccine. I’m proud of their efforts and delighted that our profession is able to stand at the ready to put an end to this pandemic,” said Angela Kashuba, dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. School … Continued

Data science builds bridges

December 16, 2020

RESEARCH Data science builds bridges Collaborative data science enhances discoveries by Carolina’s computer scientists, biostatisticians and health care professionals. Scott Jared, The Well (Illustration by UNC Creative)   Carolina’s faculty, researchers and scientists continue to tear down silos and build bridges by sharing data. Silos from years past have rapidly disappeared from the University’s academic landscape over the past decade. Increasingly, through interdisciplinary collaborations, researchers across campus have used data science to enhance each other’s discoveries and help people in their everyday lives. “Data science is the most important work we can do,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Terry Magnuson. … Continued

Betsy Sleath named Regional Associate Dean of Eastern NC, Delesha Carpenter to lead as Interim Chair of DPOP

December 11, 2020

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has named Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., as its first Regional Associate Dean of Eastern North Carolina, effective Jan. 1. In this new role, Sleath will develop new strategic partnerships between the School and other units on campus, post-secondary institutions, new and existing health care systems, and other stakeholders in Eastern North Carolina. She will also develop a new Eastern NC advisory committee to bring potential partners, alumni, and faculty together to select those opportunities that will best serve the state and enrich the School of Pharmacy. “Over many decades, our School has demonstrated significant success … Continued

Rao receives $1.88 million US Department of Defense grant to create novel hydrogel wound dressing to combat antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

December 9, 2020

Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S., has been awarded a $1.88 million U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) grant to help fight antibiotic resistant superbugs with regards to wound care, and ultimately help ease the economic burden of caring for bacterial wound infections. The cost of chronic wound care in the United States is staggering at over $2.6 billion a year, according to Rao, assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Of the billions spent by the U.S. military and public health care systems on would care, much is attributed to lengthy hospitalisations because of infections caused by bacterial pathogens that … Continued

Blalock develops COVID-19 vaccine tracking website

December 4, 2020

A new informational resource concerning COVID-19 vaccine development,, was recently launched to provide accurate and up-to-date information about ongoing, late-stage clinical trials of vaccines to prevent COVID-19. The website was developed by Susan Blalock, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, a leading behavioral scientist with over 30 years of experience in patient and public health education. “The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of vaccines to prevent COVID-19 is being fast tracked to make a safe and effective vaccine available to people in the United States as soon as possible,” Blalock said. “It is … Continued