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Kristy Ainslie receives $3.2 million from NIH to develop new vaccine

February 6, 2023

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics with a five-year grant to develop a new vaccine to treat orthopoxviruses. The NIH is providing over $3.2 million dollars of funding toward Ainslie’s project “Mechanistic evaluation of mast cell agonists combined with TLR, NOD and STING agonists.” Orthopoxvirus is a genus of virus that include smallpox and other animal pox like monkey pox and rabbit pox. The current vaccine is a live virus, which cannot be given to people with a weakened immune … Continued

What Does Black History Month Mean to You? – UNC Pharmacy Perspectives

February 1, 2023

Throughout the month of February, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will be highlighting perspectives from students, faculty and staff on what Black History Month means to them. This week, we spoke to Dean Angela Kashuba, Ashley Addison and Tazche Turner.   Angela Kashuba, Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Where are you from?  Toronto, Canada What does Black History Month mean to you?  Black history is exquisitely linked to our campus, and our school. For me, Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize, appreciate, and be grateful for the incredible contributions that Black Americans have made. It’s a … Continued

Kristy Ainslie receives 2023 Sato Memorial International Award

January 30, 2023

Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D., has been named the recipient of the 2023 Sato Memorial International Award. The Sato Memorial fund presents this award to a person who has greatly contributed to the fields of pharmacology, therapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences in the United States.  The Sato memorial fund was created to encourage innovation in pharmaceutical science research through the exchange of scientists between Japan and the United States. Keeping in line with this vision, Ainslie will travel to Sapporo, Japan in March to receive this award at the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.  “It’s really an incredible honor to … Continued

Betsy Sleath awarded funding for research to improve quality of life for youth with ADHD

January 25, 2023

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded Betsy Sleath, Ph.D. regional associate dean of eastern North Carolina and her team, funding for research that hopes to help improve the symptoms and social and school functioning of young people diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   The NIMH is providing nearly $450,000 for Sleath’s project “Improving the outcomes of adolescents with ADHD via a pre-visit question prompt list/video intervention: a randomized controlled feasibility trial.”    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders found in childhood. The CDC estimates that from … Continued

Start-Up Initiative Tackles State’s Opioid Crisis

January 23, 2023

Written by: Meg Ostrom The Eshelman Institute for Innovation, within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, launched the First in Venture Studio (FVS) to partner with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in exploring how digital health innovation can improve health care. With a mission to create new digital solutions through research, ideation and commercialization, the FVS is now poised to launch its first start-up focused on solving addiction care and recovery issues at the heart of the state’s opioid crisis. Building a broad coalition of Asheville-based health systems, providers, pharmacists, emergency management, criminal justice, non-profits and civic … Continued

UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy research scientist receives funding to develop new lung cancer immunotherapy method

December 21, 2022

Limei Shen, a research scientist at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the 2022 Vicky Amidon Innovation Grant in Lung Cancer Research award. This grant provides funding for her project which develops a new immunotherapy method to treat lung cancer patients. The Lung Cancer Initiative is providing funding for this project for $25,000 starting next year.  Shen is a research scientist in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP). Her research is focused on cancer immunotherapy, a topic she has been working on since her Ph.D. project.  In her early studies, Shen saw … Continued

UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy Professor Denise Rhoney named Master of Critical Care Medicine

December 19, 2022

Denise H. Rhoney, Pharm.D., FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, a Ron and Nancy McFarlane Distinguished Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will be named a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) by the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) in January 2023.   According to the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the designation of MCCM is based upon Rhoney’s status as a long-standing Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. The SCCM says the distinction reflects her achievements as a prominent and distinguished leader of national and international stature, personal character, leadership, eminence in … Continued

CIPhER and Deraya University form historic partnership to advance education 

December 14, 2022

Faculty members from Deraya University participated in training programs offered by the School’s Center for Innovation in Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) to promote the development of their teaching skills. This is part of a partnership between the Egyptian university and CIPhER that was established in 2021. Deraya faculty participated in CIPhER’s Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) Program, Evidence-based Pedagogy in Pharmacy Education workshop, and various teaching and learning seminars. TLC, for example, is an online intensive program focused on improving the use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices, such as active learning and formative assessment. Deraya University is one … Continued

UNC-Chapel Hill, Eshelman Institute for Innovation collaborate with AWS to launch health research startups 

November 30, 2022

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, through the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build an environment for startup creation that uses cloud technology to translate UNC-Chapel Hill digital health research expertise into commercialized solutions.   The collaboration will support 25 projects over 3 years, with the goal of creating, funding, and building 10 successful start-up companies based out of UNC-Chapel Hill. The focus is software-forward digital technologies to advance health and wellness, enhance patient and provider experience, and improve healthcare access across five areas:  … Continued

UNC Chapel-Hill pharmacy students chosen to present research at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

November 30, 2022

A select group of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students are preparing to present their research at this year’s American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting.   Forty-seven student-led research projects from the school of pharmacy were chosen for poster presentations at the Midyear meeting in Las Vegas. Each project includes a primary author and up to four co-authors, representing faculty and preceptor mentors as well as other faculty, staff and student collaborators.   These posters cover a variety of topics such as identifying and removing substandard and falsified medicines in South Africa, the willingness of pharmacists to sell … Continued