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Executive Vice Dean helps to strengthen primary care on national level

May 4, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Mary McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., was selected in 2019 to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care. This ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the NASEM, examined the current state of primary care in the United States and developed an implementation plan to build upon the recommendations from the 1996 IOM report, “Primary Care: America’s Health in a New Era,” to strengthen primary care services in the United States, especially for underserved populations, and to inform primary care systems around the world. The National Academies of Sciences, … Continued


Sam Lai, Ph.D. promoted to professor in Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics

April 30, 2021

  Sam Lai Ph.D., has been promoted to full professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, effective March 25. “I am grateful for this promotion, and it is a reflection of the hard work of many outstanding students and postdocs I’ve had the privilege of working with over my past 10 years at UNC,” Lai said. “We have accomplished a great deal already, but I think the best is yet to come. I look forward to the opportunity for my team to make further impacts on improving human health.” Lai was … Continued


Ph.D. student Isabella Young earns prestigious National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowship

April 23, 2021

The National Science Foundation recently announced Ph.D. student Isabella Young was awarded a predoctoral fellowship to further her research in bettering women’s health care around the world. Young is a student in Dr. Rahima Benhabbour’s lab, within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. Young’s research is centered around developing translational and long-acting multipurpose technologies for HIV prevention and contraception for women around the world. “This is a terrific reward for Isabella’s hard work and drive for success. I am extremely proud of her and I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and … Continued


Students clinch first place in 2020-21 Value of Industry Pharmacists Case Competition

April 21, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students captured a first-place victory in this year’s Value of Industry Pharmacists Case Competition. The Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition is an annual national competition hosted by the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) with more than 70 competing chapters across the country. Throughout the six-month active period of the case, more than 30 student pharmacists from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy worked within four functional area teams to bring a theoretical drug through the drug development process from preclinical development to post-market surveillance. “This is only the third year the UNC Chapter of … Continued


School’s Student Senate president creates Pharmacy Student Leaders Network, unites pharmacy school students from around nation

April 16, 2021

Before COVID-19 forced millions into lockdown and caused students and educators to rethink the classroom, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Student Senate President Christopher Parish rushed to connect with other student pharmacy leaders, knowing each would need support during the pandemic. The monthly collaboration, called the Pharmacy Student Leaders Network (PSLN), started in June 2020 and has been held every month since. Universities represented include UNC; University of Michigan; University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of California, San Francisco; University of Florida; Auburn University; Purdue University; and the University of Kentucky. “Once COVID became part of our reality, we … Continued


Meet alum Patrick Brown, Pharm.D., Senior Program Manager at the North Carolina Division of Public Health

April 14, 2021

In this alum spotlight, we chat with Patrick Brown, Pharm.D. (Class of ’13), Senior Program Manager at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Q: Please describe your novel practice setting. What makes your career path unique?  A: I joined the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on January 19 as a Senior Program Manager in the Division of Public Health. Right now, I am exclusively focused on COVID-19 response, specifically working to support our COVID-19 response efforts in long-term care facilities and vaccine rollout into those facilities, and I am also the operational lead for North Carolina’s … Continued


2021 Awards and 50+ Pinning Ceremony celebrates excellence, accomplishment

April 12, 2021

The 2021 Annual Awards and 50+ Pinning Ceremony was held virtually on April 10 to celebrate excellence and accomplishment across the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy community. The event recording can be viewed here, and award recipients are as follows: Student Academic Awards Office of Professional Education Academic Excellence Award This award, sponsored by the Office of Professional Education, is given to a graduating student who has excelled in pharmacy studies. Donna Steinbacher Presenter: Wendy Cox Post-Grad Plans: PGY1 Acute Care Residency at the University of Virginia Health in Charlottesville, VA Lynn F. Kieffer Award for Excellence This award recognizes a graduating … Continued


Jackie Zeeman honored with AACP New Investigator Award, second of its kind in her career

April 9, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D. is a recipient of this year’s 2021 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) New Investigator Award. Zeeman is one of 14 recipients of this year’s AACP award, and is recognized for her research, “Better Together: Evaluating the Me and We Competencies in Interprofessional Teams.” “It’s an honor to be a recipient of the AACP New Investigator Award,” Zeeman said. “Many leaders in the pharmacy academy have been awarded the AACP New Investigator Award in past years and I am honored that my research is recognized as influential and impactful to the … Continued


Deerfield Management, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Announce First Educational Collaboration

April 7, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Deerfield will join forces to develop a training partnership to support the translation of scientific discovery to commercialization. The partnership will kick off with a workshop on April 16, 2021 The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Deerfield Management Company (Deerfield) are thrilled to announce a first-of-its-kind educational-based collaboration that features a new certificate program and kick-off seminar. The certificate, micro-credential program, “Molecules to Market,” will be taught in tandem by academic and industry experts. The certificate program is specifically designed to support the translation of basic research and discovery along the path to … Continued


Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society inducts 30 students

March 31, 2021

The Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society Xi Chapter in Chapel Hill held its annual induction ceremony on March 6, welcoming 30 new students into the prestigious organization. Established in 1922, the Rho Chi Society seeks to advance pharmacy through sustained intellectual leadership. As the academic honor society in pharmacy, the Rho Chi Society works to encourage and recognize intellectual achievement; stimulate critical inquiry to advance pharmacy; contribute to the development of intellectual leaders; promote the highest ethical standards; and foster collaboration. Membership in The Rho Chi Society is a privilege accorded to the few who distinguish themselves by their academic … Continued