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Juliane Nguyen promoted to full professor and honored with Controlled Release Society Award

July 31, 2023

Juliane Nguyen, Ph.D., has been promoted to full professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy where she also serves as vice chair and director of graduate admissions.  “I’m grateful for this promotion, and I truly believe it’s a testament to the incredible efforts of the outstanding students, postdocs and collaborators I’ve had the privilege of working with at Carolina and the University at Buffalo. I’m excited to continue our work to create safer and more effective treatment options for patients, ultimately enhancing their quality of life,” said Nguyen.  Nguyen is … Read more

Shawn Hingtgen promoted to full professor

July 31, 2023

Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D., has been promoted to full professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the UNC School of Medicine.  “Being promoted to full professor is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to the profession. It speaks to the truly amazing team and family around me that enabled this to happen. It means that I can keep innovating and translating new discoveries that have the potential to improve the lives of cancer … Read more

Global inspiration leads to presentation at AACP

July 26, 2023

Isabel Cheng, Pharm.D. candidate class of 2024, started as a student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy during the pandemic in 2020, which ended up being the inspiration for her research on vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy has always been present but became even more evident during COVID-19 and led to Cheng expanding a vaccine champion curriculum from the University College London (UCL) to Carolina.  Cheng discovered the vaccine champion curriculum at UCL when she was vice president of PharmAlliance in early 2021. PharmAlliance is a partnership between the School, UCL and Monash University in Australia. After hearing about the … Read more

Global experience: program connects international students with Carolina

July 24, 2023

Students from around the world are exploring cutting-edge research and innovative technologies at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It’s part of the School’s Office of Global Engagement Innovation and Transformations in Pharmaceutical Sciences (ITPS) program.  During the last three weeks in July, students from Singapore, China, Taiwan, India and Ethiopia come to UNC to learn more about pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences from the School’s world-class faculty, post doctorate and graduate students.   “ITPS is an amazing opportunity for students interested in the fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences to come to our top-ranked school here in Chapel Hill and expose themselves … Read more

Ilona Owens promoted to Senior Director of the Office of Student Affairs

July 19, 2023

Since starting her role at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2022, Ilona Owens, has built a strong foundation in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). She began as the director of OSA and has now been promoted to senior director.   Owens received her bachelor’s degree from Elon University. She continued her education at East Carolina University and graduated with a master’s in clinical psychology. “What I found is that even though psychology was really interesting to study, I was actually drawn to working in higher education and didn’t want to leave the university environment,” Owens said.   She began … Read more

Nicole Kenney promoted to Senior Director of Human Resources and Engagement

July 19, 2023

When Nicole Kenney ‘14, was 15 years old, she stood in front of Beard Hall, home to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, dreaming of the day she would go to pharmacy school. Little did she know that it would be human resources that captured her heart during her undergraduate years at Carolina, but her time in Beard Hall would come.  Growing up in Cary, being a Tar Heel was always the plan, and after graduating with a double major in management and society and sociology, she was ready to start her career in HR. “I’ve always been interested in … Read more

Global Pharmacy Scholars make an impact in Ethiopia

July 17, 2023

Earlier this year, a team of faculty and students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with three goals in mind—to launch Ethiopia’s first pediatric cancer registry, develop a therapeutic drug monitoring program and establish chemotherapy safe handling policies.   It was part of the School’s Global Pharmacy Scholars (GPS) program, which includes Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience sites in Australia, Honduras, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Malawi, Moldova, the United Kingdom and Zambia.  “The GPS program allows our students to broaden their global perspectives, as they get to observe how pharmacy is practiced in another country, learn about different … Read more

Helping oncology patients avoid acute care events

July 12, 2023

For oncology patients, emergency visits and unplanned hospital stays are common. Those who have been marginalized because of race, ethnicity, income or other factors are even more likely to experience one of these acute care events.  As part of the University’s North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Insititute (NCTraCS) renewal, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and her colleague, Jake Stein, M.D., MPH, assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine, have received funding as co-principal investigators for a project focused on developing and identifying a process … Read more

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to be awarded up to $50 million from the FDA for new research center

July 11, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will award up to $50 million over five years to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to establish the Research Triangle Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation. The center will also involve collaborations with North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University, a leading historically black university.  Triangle CERSI, the newest of only five CERSIs across the country, will work with FDA scientists to perform cutting edge scientific research to better inform and support the FDA’s needs. The four other FDA-funded CERSIs include the University of … Read more

Monash University students research with CIPhER

July 5, 2023

Five pharmacy students from Monash University in Australia, a PharmAlliance partner, recently completed 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 honor student in Monash’s Master of Pharmacy program. They will complete the master’s course after their upcoming fifth-year internship. Mohmmed Almosawy, Yuko Ito-Kay, Rimsha Kalia, Yannee Liu and Alexandra Steel unanimously agreed that this experience enhanced their pharmacy education—particularly all the research tools and skills they learned.   “This was my very first experience in research. Coming into this was very daunting, but … Read more