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Associate Dean Carla White promoted to associate professor

November 29, 2023

Carla Y. White 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 a pharmacist and the Associate Dean of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion at the School.   White is a highly regarded thought leader, educator, influencer and pragmatic disruptor in the cultural intelligence space. In her role, she leads in strategic planning, organizational design, developing and articulating a communication strategy, identifying gaps, addressing challenges, developing best practices, determining relevant metrics and facilitating strategic partnerships.  “This promotion represents a responsibility to reimagine and bring something … Read more

Jackie Zeeman promoted to associate professor

November 27, 2023

Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D. ‘14, 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 in the Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Planning and Assessment.   “To me, this faculty promotion signifies that my expertise is positively impacting research, teaching and service initiatives at the School, University and beyond. I am humbled to have my contributions recognized by the academy,” Zeeman said.  She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University and her Pharm.D. from the School. Zeeman then completed a pharmacy … Read more

A career full of family, opportunities and “accidental” success

November 22, 2023

Stephen Eckel, BSPharm ‘95, Pharm.D. ‘97, M.H.A. ‘05, associate dean for global engagement and associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, often tells his students to hold their careers with an open hand.   He recently received the Individual Award for Career Achievement at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2023 Pinnacle Awards, which highlighted his career of advancing the medication use process. Eckel also leads a two-year Master of Science concentrating in Health-System Pharmacy Administration. In addition to his roles at the School, he serves as residency program director for … Read more

A heritage of inspiration 

November 20, 2023

As an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe of Eastern North Carolina, Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S., believes American Indian Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate.  “This month is a recognition and reminder of the popular phrase ‘we are still here’,” said Bell, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and senior advisor at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  “We often think of American Indians as being that invisible population because, relatively speaking, we only represent about 2-3% of the North Carolina population. We aren’t a large group of people, but there’s such … Read more

Former Dean Robert Blouin retires after 20 transformative years at Carolina

November 16, 2023

On July 2, 2003, Robert “Bob” Blouin, Pharm.D., arrived at Carolina from the University of Kentucky looking for his new office as Dean, at what was the UNC School of Pharmacy at the time. It was his first day on the job and Beard Hall was in the beginning stages of renovation. He went to where he thought the Dean’s office was, but instead his administrative assistant led him out of the building to the parking lot where two 30-year-old double wide trailers were found.   Marked, “Dean’s Office”, Blouin found his new home for over two years. Indeed, it was … Read more

Residency program expands to Duplin County

November 15, 2023

As part of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program expansion, Duplin County Health Department (DCHD), is excited to partner with Carolina as a new residency site.   This expansion is focused on reaching Eastern North Carolina in rural and underserved areas. DCHD is a local government agency responsible for providing essential public health services to the residents of Duplin County, North Carolina. Its mission is to provide prevention, promotion and protection measures to ensure the health of our diverse community and environment by identifying and reducing health risks and barriers to available health … Read more

Three faculty installed as Distinguished Professors

November 13, 2023

Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S., Craig Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Timothy Willson, Ph.D., join fourteen other faculty members with distinguished professor titles at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Appointment to a distinguished professorship is one of the highest faculty honors the School can bestow.  Ronny Bell ‘85, has been named the Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, he is also the Chair in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. His research focuses on health disparities in cancer as well as a concentration in chronic disease disparities with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. “I am very grateful to Dean Kashuba … Read more

A new understanding of epilepsy in children

November 9, 2023

In a recent study published in Nature Genetics, Erin Heinzen, Pharm.D. ‘01, Ph.D. ‘04, in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, found a new cause of brain mosaicism and focal epilepsy, which could one day lead to better treatments. Dr. Heinzen is an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) with a joint appointment in the UNC Department of Genetics. Her research broadly focuses on neurodevelopmental disease genetics.  Most genetic variants present in the cells that make up our body are inherited from our parents. Although, as cells divide during … Read more

CBD effects on the liver

November 8, 2023

Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained popularity in the U.S. and Europe and is widely consumed and promoted to improve a variety of health conditions. Although safe for most, in rare instances, people receiving high daily doses of CBD can develop abnormalities in liver blood tests consistent with liver toxicity.   In a recent study led by Dr. Paul Watkins, Howard Q. Ferguson Distinguished Professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, he and his colleagues looked at the risk of this potential liver injury when CBD was combined with Valproate (VPA), another medication … Read more

Enhancing the pharmacist’s role in rural health

November 6, 2023

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and staff joined United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Mandy Cohen, former health secretary for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss rural health, health equity and a commitment to lowering the cost of medications.  Stephanie Kiser ‘92, BScPhm, executive director of the rural pharmacy health initiative and professor of the practice at the School’s Asheville campus, spoke on the pharmacist’s role in rural health and the School’s commitment to impacting the health and economics … Read more