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Students collaborate in Western NC to help communities through COVID-19 crisis

July 8, 2020

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students teamed up with UNC medical and public health students to make a difference in the lives of Western North Carolina residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the students completed an interprofessional rotation in Western North Carolina called the “Rural Interprofessional Response to COVID-19.” Four Pharm.D. students, five medical students and nine public health students were placed into teams and worked on real-world problems as it pertained to meeting the needs of communities that were vulnerable to negative outcomes during the health crisis. The teams focused on five areas: older adults (addressing social isolation), migrant … Continued

Alumnus receives Remington Honor Medal, highest honor in pharmacy

January 27, 2020

John Grabenstein, RPh, Ph.D., aims to fill each day with small accomplishments that one day accumulate for the greater good of humanity. The retired colonel and former global director of medical affairs for Merck Vaccines, spent each day of his pharmacy career focused on educating the community on the importance of vaccines, specifically the role pharmacists play in delivering vaccinations. Those days compiled into 27 years of service in the United States Army where he oversaw the U.S. Defense Department immunization program for 9 million troops, retirees and family members as the head of the Military Vaccine Agency. While a … Continued

Savage honored with The Ohio State’s Clinical Achievement Award

January 6, 2020

Even after decades in the field of pharmacy, Scott Savage said he still gets a nervous feeling in the pit of his stomach because he’s doing work he’s passionate about and he wants to get it right. Savage, Pharm.D., MS, felt those same butterflies as he accepted The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award on Dec. 8, in Las Vegas. Savage earned his Master of Science, Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the university and completed his residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award is intended to recognize one … Continued

Eshelman Institute for Innovation awards students, postdocs

December 20, 2019

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) recently completed their 4th EII Student/Postdoc Project award cycle, awarding $25,000 to three student teams totaling $75,000. Lead Innovators and project titles include: Bryce Hart, Development of a small molecule ligand for DCAF1 (PhD student in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry Division) Sabrina Iskander, Exploiting Promiscuous tRNA Synthetases to Identify Non-Canonical Peptide Inhibitors of KRAS via mRNA Display (PhD student in Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery Center) Jasmine King, In-situ Thermogelling injectable hydrogel to enhance cytotoxic neural stem cell delivery for post-surgical Glioblastoma multiforme (PhD student in Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics … Continued

Researcher’s postdoc work on micronutrients published in Science journal

December 18, 2019

Aaron Anselmo, Ph.D., is looking for new ways to deliver micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to people across the world. “Currently a lot of different foods are fortified with micronutrients in the developing world, but some of these fortification approaches don’t address the end use of the product,” he said. “For example, cooking at high temperatures and long times can result in degradation of the fortified micronutrient which then won’t be absorbed by the body.” Anselmo is currently an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. His lab conducts research on therapeutic … Continued

Pinnacle Hill Announces First Project Agreement

December 18, 2019

Alliance Between UNC-Chapel Hill and Deerfield intends to advance select Carolina innovations toward a possible new treatment against multiple myeloma Pinnacle Hill, the research and development partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Deerfield Management Company, an investment management firm, recently announced its first project agreement to advance the preclinical development of new medicines. Pinnacle Hill will support a project of Lindsey James, an assistant professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. Her work focuses on multiple myeloma, a devastating cancer that develops in bone marrow. James and … Continued

Faculty, students take home top awards at ASHP Midyear conference

December 16, 2019

Hundreds of pharmacists and learners from across the country gathered for the 54th American Society of Heath System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas in early December. During the conference, ASHP honored pharmacy teams and individuals for their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the pharmacy field. This year, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and students were honored with four awards: the Best Practices Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding Professional Development Project Award, and first in the National Clinical Skills Competition. The Best Practices Award, which is sponsored in cooperation with Amgen, was established in … Continued

Students clinch first place in ASHP National Clinical Skills Competition

December 16, 2019

Mary “Catie” Cash and Sara Scott know about teamwork. The two UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students recently took home top honors in the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists (ASHP)’s National Clinical Skills Competition, held Dec. 7-8, in Las Vegas – the first overall win in the competition for the School in 15 years. 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. The competition consists of a two-hour … Continued

Former Interim Dean Thakker, wife Kailas, support Global Pharmacy Scholarships

November 12, 2019

Four years ago, former Interim Dean Dhiren Thakker, Ph.D., and his wife, Kailas Thakker, Ph.D., made a gift to initiate the Global Pharmacy Scholarships (GPS) Program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in an effort to improve health around the world and inform pharmacy practice at home. “Giving our students a global experience is a passion of mine,” Dhiren Thakker said. “It is my hope that their experience in the GPS program will be transformative, opening their hearts to the health-care challenges of people who are less fortunate and their minds to learning from the rich diversity of people … Continued

Dean Kashuba earns ASCPT’s Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award

October 30, 2019

Each year, the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT) recognizes individuals who exhibit outstanding science and achievement in clinical pharmacology and translational science. ASCPT’s awards span clinical pharmacology, translational medicine and therapeutics, and recognize every stage of a career path. This year, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Dean Angela Kashuba received the Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award. The award was established in 1978 by Dr. W. B. Rawls to further his commitment to continuing medical education and its impact on patient care. The goal of the Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award is to incorporate the efforts of modern … Continued