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Geriatric pharmacy residency program receives ASHP accreditation

June 19, 2020

The Geriatric Pharmacy PGY2 residency program, a collaboration between the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), is now officially accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The purpose of the PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency, based in western North Carolina, is to prepare geriatric pharmacotherapy specialists who have mastered the skills necessary to care for the aging population and are equipped to lead change in medical and academic communities. A heavy emphasis on teaching also provides the resident with experience needed to function at a high level in academic environments. The curriculum is … Continued

Lai awarded grants to advance antibodies for non-hormonal contraceptives

June 17, 2020

Sam Lai, Ph.D., an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, has received two separate R01 awards from the National Institutes of Health totaling $3.5M to develop antibodies for non-hormonal contraception. The first project seeks to develop bispecific antibodies that can reduce sperm motility through mucus by both binding multiple sperm together as well as turning off the biological machinery that allow sperm flagella to beat and propel itself through mucus.  The second project, part of a larger $3.5 million initiative with Oak Crest Institute of Science, seeks to create a “smart” … Continued

School ranks second in nation in research funding with $39 million

June 12, 2020

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has once again secured the second spot among the nation’s pharmacy schools in total research funding, toping $39 million, according to data compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The School had 91 funded investigators who received $39,000,650 in awards from all funding sources in fiscal year 2019 — a 5 percent increase from fiscal year 2018. Of those awards, more than $30 million was secured in National Institutes of Health awards by 60 investigators. “I am so proud of the dedication of our researchers to improve human health worldwide,” said Angela … Continued

NC TraCS announces COVID-19 awards

June 10, 2020

The NC TraCS Institute announced pilot grant awards to researchers focused on COVID-19. In total, 34 applications were received and eight were chosen for funding. Awardees include investigators from UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Social Work, and RTI International. These awards are comprised of NC TraCS funding, the School of Medicine “Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research” funding, match funds from UNC Schools, Departments, and Centers, and funding from CTSA partner organizations. The eight projects are listed alphabetically below by the PI’s last name. NC TraCS COVID-19 Pilot Grants Ammerman, … Continued

School to host virtual Innovations and Transformations in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2020 conference

May 28, 2020

For three weeks in July, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will virtually host the Innovations and Transformations in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2020 conference. The annual conference is geared toward current and future scientists to learn about the discovery, delivery and clinical use of drugs and vaccines – a topic of upmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online conference, offered to learners around the world, will expose participants to world-class professors from the No.1-ranked school of pharmacy in the United States. Participants will explore cutting-edge research and innovative technologies across the development lifecycle of drugs and vaccines of today. “Now … Continued

Researchers team up through $1.6 million NIH grant to understand medication dosing in pregnant women

May 27, 2020

It has been estimated that up to 80 percent of pregnant women take at least one medication during pregnancy. The problem with that, according to Craig Lee, associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, is that most medications prescribed during pregnancy lack dosing information specific to that vulnerable population. This often results in off-label prescribing, trial-and-error drug dosing, therapeutic failures, and toxic effects. Lee, along with a team of researchers from across the UNC-Chapel Hill health science campus, are teaming up to find out how pregnancy hormones affect the elimination … Continued

School, UNC Health recommit to Partnership in Patient Care program

May 13, 2020

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Hospitals Department of Pharmacy have recommitted to serving the pharmacy community together through a renewal of their Partnership in Patient Care. The Partnership in Patient Care, launched in 2010, was aimed at leveraging the strengths and opportunities of both the UNC Hospitals Department of Pharmacy and the School to create a culture of collaboration and progress. Based on the premise that through shared communication and initiatives come shared outcomes, the partnership has evolved over the past 10 years. Initially conceived to help each entity pursue individual goals, it has been re-charged to … Continued

School honors 2020 student, faculty achievements virtually

May 7, 2020

Each year, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy hosts an annual awards ceremony to honor and celebrate student and faculty achievements that have been made throughout the year. Due to the coronavirus global pandemic, the School is recognizing award winners virtually. This year’s student and faculty award winners include: Office of Professional Education Academic Excellence Award This award, sponsored by the Office of Professional Education, is given to a graduating student who has excelled in pharmacy studies. Ashley Kang PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency; Salisbury VA Health Care System; Salisbury, NC   Lynn F. Kieffer Award for Excellence This award recognizes … Continued

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy on the COVID-19 Frontlines

April 22, 2020

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, students and alumni have come together while apart to serve patients in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers and labs are actively pursuing solutions to combat the COVID-19 virus, while students are finding unique ways to connect community members virtually while in isolation, and alumni are directly delivering patient care. Together while apart, the School continues Advancing Medicine for Life. Meet the team:   Thank You! A Thank You message from the UNC One Pharmacy Community to all Carolina Pharmacy Healthcare professionals, Healthcare workers, First Responders, and Essential Employees working hard to keep … Continued

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy achieves second highest residency match rate in US

April 16, 2020

Pharm.D. students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy achieved the second highest American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) PGY1 residency match rate among all U.S. schools of pharmacy. Seventy-seven percent of students from the School who submitted applications matched with a residency program by the second phase of the match process, according to statistics from the ASHP. Seventy-eight Pharm.D. students matched with residency programs in 24 states across the country. “We are so proud of our students who continue to be sought after for these programs, and excited for the learning opportunities ahead of them,” said Angela Kashuba, dean … Continued