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UNC alumni Gary and Fran Whaley honor family, give back to support future pharmacists

January 14, 2022

Fifteen years ago, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy alumni Lloyd Milton Whaley established a scholarship to support future pharmacists. The Army World War II veteran and Eastern North Carolina native was able to pursue his higher education goals at UNC because of the support he received from the G.I. Bill. Following his pharmacy education, Milton went on to open his own community pharmacy where his wife Neta B. Whaley served as the pharmacy bookkeeper. He also served as president of the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association in 1975. In addition to serving the people of North Carolina, Milton wanted to support … Continued

Pharm.D./MPH dual-degree program shaped, prepared four alumni

January 12, 2022

Story by Kaitlyn Stubblefield A shortage of public health professionals in the United States presents unique opportunities for pharmacists. The Pharm.D./MPH dual-degree program offered by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in collaboration with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health allows pharmacy students take advantage of those opportunities. The dual-degree Pharm.D./MPH program prepares students to become health promoters and educators in their roles as pharmacists. As one of the most accessible health-care providers, pharmacists are well-positioned to help address public health concerns such as immunization and chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Students in the dual-degree program gain … Continued

2021-2022 Creativity Hubs Finalists Announced

January 7, 2022

Research is in an era of unprecedented discovery and innovation in natural, social, and biomedical sciences. As problems become more complex, researchers with divergent expertise need to collaborate to form new knowledge, generate new ideas, pursue groundbreaking research, and solve difficult problems. To that end, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce the six pre-proposal winning teams for this year’s Creativity Hubs seed funding competition. These interdisciplinary teams — which include representatives from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy — highlight the effectiveness of uniting problem-solvers to tackle societal challenges. Creativity Hub winning projects are … Continued

Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC Department of Chemistry partner to launch UNC Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program

January 5, 2022

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is joining forces with the UNC Department of Chemistry to establish an NIH-funded UNC Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program that will support graduate students preparing for careers in modern biomedical science. The T32 CBI Training Program will provide financial support and training opportunities to help outstanding graduate students become independent, skilled, and creative scientists with broad expertise that spans chemistry and biology. In addition to coursework and regular journal clubs, the program will provide tailored mentoring to each trainee’s individual research interests and career goals. The chemistry-focused T32 program – a first of its kind … Continued

School partners with App State to offer students pathway for assured admission

December 22, 2021

Enrolled and incoming Appalachian State University students who express interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacy may now be eligible for assured admission to the Pharm.D. program at the University of North Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. An Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnership between the two institutions was signed in July and aligns with both universities’ commitments to train the future public health workforce. The EAP program offers qualifying App State students an interview with the School of Pharmacy’s admissions committee. App State’s Health Professions Advising (HPA) Office and Office of Admissions will identify qualifying candidates and provide processes and resources to support … Continued

Meet alumni Imad Treish, Pharm.D., Chief Strategy Officer at King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan

December 17, 2021

In this alum spotlight, we chat with alumni Imad Treish, Pharm.D., Chief Strategy Officer at King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. Treish completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 1999, and a residency in Hematology/Oncology at UNC Hospitals in 2000. Today, he works to better pharmacy practice and has helped establish the first international pharmacy residency program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Get to know Treish: Q: What does a typical workday look like for you?  A: I recently (in August) accepted the Chief Strategy Officer position at … Continued

NACDS Foundation collaborates with UNC-Chapel Hill researchers to advance innovative care models for patients at community pharmacies

December 15, 2021

The United States healthcare system continues a shift to value-based care with a focus on better care for patients, better health for communities, and lower costs. While some progress has been made to address medication mismanagement through patient care pharmacy services, gaps exist in the current care delivery system to realize the potential of optimizing medications to improve public and population health. To address this, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation awarded a grant to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to explore and evaluate the feasibility, sustainability, and effectiveness of four patient-centered, quality-driven care services delivered … Continued

UNC researchers awarded $4.3M from PCORI to study strategies to improve health outcomes

December 14, 2021

The PCORI Addressing Health Equity award described below was developed with funding from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute $2K Stakeholder Voucher award program. The Informatics and Data Science (IDSci) Program within the NC TraCS Institute provided access to data from the Carolina Data Warehouse to support preliminary research. Kathleen C Thomas, Ph.D., MPH of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will lead a comparative effectiveness research study to improve health outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and their parents through two-parent peer-group interventions, one parent-directed … Continued

Ava Vargason’s ‘sticky’ bacteria research wins Three Minute Thesis top prize  

December 10, 2021

Understanding and researching emerging issues takes years of dedication from graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Graduate School’s annual Three Minute Thesis competition finals, an initiative of Professional Development, helps graduate students distill their research topics in only three minutes for a non-academic audience in order to present their groundbreaking research in an easy-to-understand way. During the 2021 competition, graduate students submitted entries from many areas of campus, including in science and in the humanities, which were evaluated by a panel of judges to determine the top 10 presentations who advanced to the final competition. The finalists showcased their research during … Continued

Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine collaborate to improve cost, efficiency of inhaled medications

December 8, 2021

Inhaled drugs represent an important and effective mechanism of targeted drug delivery to the lung. However, inhaled drugs are often an expensive therapeutic option for lung diseases such as lung infections, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., MS, assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “The development of generic equivalents to brand name inhaled drugs could reduce the financial burden on patients who use and depend on these medications,” Rao said. “But drug development is limited by the difficulties in assessing the drug exposure in the … Continued