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Roy Zwahlen receives the 2024 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award 

April 8, 2024

At first glance, working in strategy may not seem to be directly related to public service, but Roy Zwahlen, J.D., is using his role at Eshelman Innovation and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to change lives across North Carolina.  Zwahlen, Chief Strategy Officer for Eshelman Innovation and Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Risk Management at the School, was selected for the 2024 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for his work in translating innovation into real products and services that impact patients in our communities.  As someone from a long line of military veterans, including World Wars I … Read more


Juliane Nguyen inducted into the prestigious AIMBE College of Fellows 

April 5, 2024

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows inducted UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Professor Juliane Nguyen, Ph.D., for outstanding contributions focused on the development of complex biologics for cancer and cardiovascular treatments.  “As a first-generation college student and scientist, I see this as a remarkable opportunity not only to give back but also to play a pivotal role in shaping and mentoring the next generation,” said Nguyen, vice chair of the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP).  The AIMBE Fellows represent the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. They include the most accomplished … Read more


Kim Brouwer receives 2024 ASCPT Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award 

April 3, 2024

The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) selected UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean Kim Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2024 Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award.  “It is a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious award, and I am truly grateful to all the students, postdoctoral scholars and our collaborators who have worked tirelessly to translate our scientific discoveries to advance drug development and improve patient care,” said Brouwer, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. “The wonderful environment that Carolina and the School have provided … Read more


Research shines spotlight on preventing Alzheimer’s disease in women   

April 1, 2024

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, of the more than 6 million Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s disease, almost 4 million are women. Amanda Seyerle, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, is hoping to help change that thanks to a three-year grant from the Alzheimer’s Association. Seyerle plans to use the nearly $200,000 grant to determine the metabolomic and genetic markers a woman needs to utilize hormone replacement therapy (HRT) effectively for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.  Medicines that include female hormones, like estrogen, may decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease but may increase risk … Read more


Faculty member receives AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award 

March 27, 2024

Associate Professor Jacqueline (Jacqui) McLaughlin, Ph.D., has been named one of two 2024 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Distinguished Teaching Scholars, recognizing her excellence in scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  “AACP is a global leader in pharmacy education, so to be reviewed and recognized as distinguished is a real honor,” she said.  This award is in addition to the AACP Emerging Teaching Scholar Award that McLaughlin received in 2017. What differentiates someone from emerging to distinguished is engagement in activities that support the institutional advancement of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and … Read more


Professor works to build HIV pharmacology data sharing service 

March 25, 2024

Assistant Professor Mackenzie Cottrell, Pharm.D., M.S, co-director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core, was awarded $2.5 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant will fund the creation of a searchable data portal called the HIV Pharmacology Data Repository.   “Our charge, as part of this core facility, is to help investigators at Carolina and other institutions who are working in the HIV space with any clinical pharmacology needs, so we run a lot of samples to measure drug concentrations,” … Read more


UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and NC A&T partner to establish early assurance program  

March 21, 2024

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the No.1 pharmacy school in the country, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) have established an Early Assurance Program (EAP). This partnership means current NC A&T students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacy may be eligible for assured admission to the School.   “The Early Assurance Program allows us to admit exceptionally talented students who will become the next generation of pharmacy leaders and innovators,” said Angela Kashuba, Pharm.D., Dean of the UNC Eshleman School of Pharmacy. “This new partnership will open the door for many students to pursue … Read more


Monash University students experience pharmacy education in the U.S. 

March 20, 2024

Five pharmacy students from Monash University in Australia, a PharmAlliance partner, are about to complete their eight-week visiting scholars program with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER).   Each visiting scholar is a fourth-year student in Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program. They will receive their master’s after their upcoming fifth-year internship. Cassie Bright, Alice Doan, Sooyeon Kim, Amanda Kirollos and Talia Raman unanimously agreed that this experience enhanced their pharmacy education and opened their eyes to new opportunities for the future.    “For me, I have the aspiration to work globally in the future, so … Read more


Ph.D. candidate helping address mental health crisis through research 

March 18, 2024

Phil Hughes, Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, is conducting research that is actively used in policy discussions.  Hughes’ research was sparked by the growing mental health crisis in the U.S. and the need for additional mental health prescribers. In the early 90s, the Department of Defense began allowing psychologists with specialized training to prescribe medications.   In the years since, six states passed laws to allow psychologists to become licensed prescribers in their states and more states considering the similar laws. Hughes noticed that there was little research done … Read more


Ross Thompson named Associate Dean for Health System Pharmacy Practice 

March 14, 2024

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is welcoming Ross Thompson, M.S., R.Ph., as the Associate Dean for Health System Pharmacy Practice with an adjunct associate professor appointment within the Office of the Dean. This role will be in tandem with his current role at UNC Health as system vice president and chief pharmacy officer.   “I look forward to having Ross join our leadership team. He has a deep understanding of pharmacy practice and will continue to strengthen our already close relationship with UNC Health through our Partnership in Patient Care,” said Angela Kashuba, Pharm.D., Dean of the UNC Eshelman … Read more