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Ama Boamah Selected for AACP CVS Health Minority Scholarship

November 6, 2023

Written by Sean O’Connor, class of 2024 Pharm.D. candidate  Ama Boamah, Pharm.D. candidate class of 2027, was selected as one of five underrepresented minority students to receive the 2023 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) CVS Health Minority Scholarship.   Boamah’s desire to help diverse patient populations began in Ghana. “In Ghana, there is a wide gap between rich and poor,” said Boamah. “My interest in pharmacy stems from being from Ghana and wanting to bridge the gaps in disparities to prevent at-risk people from struggling.”  The AACP CVS Health Minority Scholarship aims to recognize students entering a Doctor of … Read more

Students share research findings at FIP in Australia

November 1, 2023

Written by Sean O’Connor, class of 2024 Pharm.D. candidate  Nina Inayan and Savannah Moody, class of 2024 Pharm.D. candidates, represented the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and shared their research findings at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) 2023 World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brisbane, Australia. FIP gives students the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and to share research findings and present abstracts to faculty, pharmacists and pharmacy students from multiple countries.   Moody’s project, “Role of Pharmacists in Vaccination in Low and Middle-Income Countries Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multi-Country Survey”, under the supervision … Read more

Pharmacy student paving his own path in aerospace medicine at NASA

October 30, 2023

Until now, Tom Diaz had only explored and studied the field of aerospace medicine through reading papers, attending conferences and joining the Aerospace Medical Association. He also co-founded Aerospace Medicine at Carolina, a subgroup of the national Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization, in an effort to grow interest in the field among undergraduate, graduate and professional students in schools across campus.  Everything changed when he was accepted into the NASA/Johnson Space Center Aerospace Medicine Clerkship program, where he had the opportunity to attend briefings, lectures and tours led by NASA scientists, and complete a research project.  “This clerkship has … Read more

Working across the aisle to improve health care

October 27, 2023

With a focus on patient care and examining bipartisan partnerships that help North Carolinians find and receive health care, North Carolina Democratic Sen. Gale Adcock and North Carolina Republican Rep. Wayne Sasser, addressed an overflow crowd of faculty, staff and students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the UNC School of Nursing. The event was hosted by the School in partnership with the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students.  Their presentation examined ways to work across the aisle to improve health care, and they encouraged pharmacy and nursing students to be proactive in pursuing policy changes throughout their careers.   … Read more

Incorporating career exploration and professional development into Ph.D. training: an NSF Innovations in Graduate Education award

October 25, 2023

Assistant Dean Michael Jarstfer and Associate Professor Jacqui McLaughlin are working together to ensure Ph.D. programs offer students contemporary professional development and opportunities for career growth.  To start this effort, a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovations in Graduate Education grant, of almost $500,000, was awarded to this project. Michael Jarstfer, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and associate professor in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry is the principal investigator of this project.   “Ph.D. training has largely followed an apprenticeship model over the last 100 years. The result is that … Read more

New center to help advance placenta and fetal health

October 23, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is partnering with Rutgers University, Tulane University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Rochester to launch the Integrated Transporter Elucidation Center (InTEC) supported by a $5 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).   The goal of InTEC is to better understand the placental transport proteins involved in the prenatal disposition of nutrients, drugs and toxic chemicals. This work will support drug development and post-marketing drug safety for medications used during pregnancy.  “We will fill the knowledge … Read more

MAHEC’s New Pharmacy Provides Lifeline for the Uninsured

October 18, 2023

A patient at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Clinic was scared, frustrated, and unsure of what, if anything, she could do next. Her heart and mind were with the baby she’d delivered just a week before, currently in the NICU, but she also needed to take care of herself. Her doctors had prescribed her anti-coagulant medication but, for some reason, her Medicaid coverage was discontinued and she was facing a cost of $800 for the medication.  That’s when the MAHEC system kicked in and worked exactly as it was built to: The clinic’s embedded pharmacist referred the patient … Read more

Pharmacist, documentarian, explorer and distinguished Alum Amy Greeson, BSPhar ’90, receives the University’s highest alumni honor

October 18, 2023

Under a grey, overcast sky, Dean Kashuba and other faculty and staff of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy stood by the Old Well awaiting the beginning of the 2023 University Day procession, surrounded by countless other faculty and staff from other University departments. Suddenly, their faces lit up and they raised their hands in applause and waved across the street at South Building where Amy Greeson, BSPhar ’90 was emerging in full regalia, on her way to Memorial Hall. Amy smiled widely as she stole across the street to greet those from the School with warm hugs. After a … Read more

Scholarship for NCCU students and alumni increases access to M.P.S. program 

October 16, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, will be providing scholarships for qualified current and former North Carolina Central University (NCCU) students to enroll in the school’s Master of Professional Science in Regulatory Science (M.P.S.) program.   “The scholarship enables us to offer opportunities to NCCU students and alumni who otherwise may not have been able to attend the M.P.S. in Regulatory Science program,” said Patricia Termini, director of the M.P.S. in Regulatory Science program and associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. “My hope is that these scholarships will help increase … Read more

Kathryn Morbitzer promoted to associate professor

October 11, 2023

Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S., has been promoted to associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is also the associate director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) and assistant director of the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Health-System Pharmacy Administration program.   “Being promoted to associate professor is not just a milestone in my career; it represents a profound commitment to pharmacy education. I am deeply honored to have reached this stage, and I am excited about the opportunities ahead,” said … Read more