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Kim Brouwer honored as Inventor of the Year

May 24, 2019

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Kim L. R. Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., was distinguished as Inventor of the Year during the 2019 UNC Celebration of Inventorship, on May 23. During the celebration, the UNC Office of Technology Commercialization presents the Inventor of the Year Award to a UNC-Chapel Hill innovator in recognition of their contributions to inventions and patents. The award honors the recipient’s commitment to the University’s culture of encouraging innovation, disseminating knowledge and promoting entrepreneurship. Brouwer is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, … Continued


Students Select 2019 Best Instructors; Phil Rodgers Wins Top Award

May 2, 2019

Pharm.D. students at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy selected the Instructor of the Year award winners for 2018-19, honoring the winners at the annual awards ceremony on April 13. The Instructor of the Year award recognizes one course instructor from each year of the Pharm.D. curriculum who demonstrates the highest qualities of instructional ability and an interest in both the students and the educational programs of the school. Overall Instructor of the Year Award: Philip Rodgers, Pharm.D. PY3 Instructor of the Year Award: Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S. PY2 Instructor of the Year Award: Suzanne Harris, Pharm.D. PY1 Instructor of … Continued


Ava Vargason Receives National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

April 29, 2019

Ava Vargason, a Ph.D. candidate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Vargason is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, advised by Aaron Anselmo, Ph.D. Her research project focuses on modifying the surface of therapeutic bacteria to enhance their ability to adhere to mucosal and cell surfaces. “By enabling therapeutic bacteria to adhere with high affinity and specificity to locations in the GI tract, we can target areas of injury, such as inflammation or cancer,” Vargason said. “This project holds promise to enhance … Continued


Christine Ko, UNC Team Take Second In CLARION Case Competition

April 26, 2019

An interprofessional group of UNC-Chapel Hill health professional students secured second place at the annual CLARION National Case Competition in Minneapolis. Third-year Pharm.D. student Christine Ko of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was part of the UNC team, along with Natalie Browne of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Uzma Khan of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at the School of Medicine, and Monica Kim of the School of Dentistry. The competition was held at the University of Minnesota on April 13. It was organized by CLARION, a University of Minnesota student organization dedicated to … Continued


Moldovan Ambassador to U.S. Visits UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

April 10, 2019

UNC-Chapel Hill hosted Moldovan Ambassador to the U.S. Cristina Balan on March 29 as part of a partnership between the Eastern European country and the state of North Carolina. At UNC, Balan visited the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Adams School of Dentistry, and Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has partnered with the Nicolae Testemițanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Chișinău, Moldova since 2016. Last year, the School hosted a pharmacy delegation from Moldova through the Open World program in order to further the … Continued


Pinnacle Hill, LLC, Appoints Jon L. Collins, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer

April 8, 2019

Jon L. Collins, a seasoned research and development executive with more than 20 years in the pharmaceuticals industry, has joined Pinnacle Hill, LLC, as chief scientific officer. Dr. Collins joins Pinnacle Hill from GlaxoSmithKline, where he led drug discovery research teams focused on the scientific evaluation of novel protein targets, identification of clinical candidate molecules, and design of proof of concept clinical studies. Pinnacle Hill, a company seeking to discover new medicines to address the significant unmet needs of our times, was developed through a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Deerfield Management, a health … Continued


UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Achieves Highest Residency Match Rate

April 5, 2019

PharmD students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy achieved the highest first-round match rate for PGY1 residency programs among all U.S. schools after the first round of the Pharmacy Match Day. Eighty-nine percent of participating students from UNC Eshelman matched with a residency program during the first phase of the matching process, according to statistics from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Thirty-six PY4 Pharm.D. students matched with residency programs in North Carolina, including nine with UNC Hospitals and UNC community pharmacy residency programs. The remaining 43 matched with residency programs in 21 other states. “We are very proud … Continued


Learning How to Heal for Two

April 3, 2019

When Project CARA was founded, it created a program that heals families and teaches providers how to treat substance use disorders, stigma, and generations of trauma The day Becca found out she was pregnant, she panicked. She was actively using and using a lot—she wasn’t sure how she was still alive much less pregnant. Suddenly, she had someone else’s life to consider. This was a sobering thought. So was her fear that if she continued using, she’d lose custody of her baby after delivery. That was what happened with her son, who she thought about every day. Becca knew she … Continued


Stephanie Kiser Honored for Public Service

April 1, 2019

Stephanie Kiser, a clinical assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Asheville campus, received an Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service. The award recognizes UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and organizations that have performed extraordinary public service and engaged scholarship, or enabled such service by others. Kiser received the award for leading a sustained partnership between the School’s Asheville campus, Buncombe County Health & Human Services, and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services Preparedness Office. This partnership recruits Pharm.D. students and faculty members to collaboratively design and implement annual … Continued


UNC PY2s Create Guide to Pharmaceutical Industry for Pharm.D. Students

April 1, 2019

When Jeff Pike explains why he chose pharmacy school, he points to the two sides of pharmacy he finds most engaging. First, there’s the science. Pike is fascinated by the high level of science pharmacy demands — particularly the elegance with which drugs target certain receptors in the body. Then, there’s the communication skills Pharm.D. students must learn to use. A successful pharmacist must be able to convey advanced medical information to doctors on the one hand, and simplify the information for patients on the other. “There’s this combination of scientific expertise, coupled with really high level of communication,” said … Continued