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UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy professor receives funding to upgrade school’s NMR probe

December 7, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted Professor Andrew Lee, Ph.D., in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, funding to upgrade the school’s workhorse NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) instrument. The NIH is providing approximately $600,000 towards upgrading this piece of equipment with a cryoprobe.  A cryoprobe is an NMR probe that is cryogenically cooled resulting in a large boost in sensitivity for the instrument. The cryoprobe is becoming the standard for NMR instruments in academics and industry, allowing chemists more precision and accuracy when examining small molecules.  “We pursued this grant because our workhorse NMR instrument in the School’s … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy alumna, team, awarded ASHP Literature Award for drug shortage project

December 5, 2022

 The ASHP Foundation has awarded UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy alumna Ina Liu, PharmD, MS, BCPS, and her team the Literature Award for Pharmacy Practice Research for their project, “Development and validation of a predictive model to predict and manage drug shortages.”   Liu’s team is made up of Ashley Pappas, PharmD, MHA; Casey Tak, PhD, MPH; Evan Colmenares, PharmD; Mary-Haston Vest, PharmD, MS, BCPS; Maryann Oertel, PharmD, BCPS; and Hank Clark, PharmD, MS. They were formally recognized on December 4 at the ASHP 2022 Midyear Clinical Meeting for their work.  “Receiving this award means so much to me, not only … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill, Eshelman Institute for Innovation collaborate with AWS to launch health research startups 

November 30, 2022

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, through the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build an environment for startup creation that uses cloud technology to translate UNC-Chapel Hill digital health research expertise into commercialized solutions.   The collaboration will support 25 projects over 3 years, with the goal of creating, funding, and building 10 successful start-up companies based out of UNC-Chapel Hill. The focus is software-forward digital technologies to advance health and wellness, enhance patient and provider experience, and improve healthcare access across five areas:  … Continued


UNC Chapel-Hill pharmacy students chosen to present research at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

November 30, 2022

A select group of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students are preparing to present their research at this year’s American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting.   Forty-seven student-led research projects from the school of pharmacy were chosen for poster presentations at the Midyear meeting in Las Vegas. Each project includes a primary author and up to four co-authors, representing faculty and preceptor mentors as well as other faculty, staff and student collaborators.   These posters cover a variety of topics such as identifying and removing substandard and falsified medicines in South Africa, the willingness of pharmacists to sell … Continued


A Personal Appreciation for Rural Health Practice

November 30, 2022

Zach Richardson, PharmD candidate ’25, discusses his Haliwa-Saponi culture and how it pushes him to excel as a Rural Health Scholar Zach Richardson’s easy smile spreads across his face as he holds up the necklace he’s wearing. It is a tightly-packed line of dried corn kernels in various shades of yellow. “The corn necklaces are very important to the Haliwa-Saponi people,” he explains. “In 1968, the Haliwa school closed down, forcing native students to go to separate public schools. They were given corn necklaces to represent their togetherness spiritually even though they weren’t together physically, and to remind them of … Continued


UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy receives grant from the McKesson Foundation to help close diversity gap and improve health outcomes 

November 28, 2022

  The funding will support diversity and rural care programs at the school and throughout North Carolina.  To help increase the diversity of the pharmacy workforce and improve overall health outcomes for vulnerable populations, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has announced two grants of more than $1.5 million over three years from the McKesson Foundation. The donations support the creation of two programs to strengthen diversity at the school and to improve access and care for patients in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina. “The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy decided many years ago to make diversifying our … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy Professor receives $1.8M grant for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy project

November 28, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Delesha Carpenter Ph.D., MSPH, funding for her project “Addressing COVID 19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Community Pharmacies Reducing Disparities Through an Implementation Science Approach.” The NIH is providing three years of funding towards this project for a total of 1.8 million dollars.     Carpenter is an associate professor and interim chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Her research focuses on developing trainings to improve patient-provider communication about sensitive issues, like suicide and substance abuse use disorders. She is especially interested in improving access … Continued


Tar Heel Bus Tour: Reflections on History and Connection

November 24, 2022

  The Tar Heel Bus Tour has a long and storied history of introducing faculty and senior administrators to North Carolina. It provides the opportunity to understand the interconnection of the University’s mission and the welfare of the state. In her first time on the 3-day, two-night expedition, Stefanie Ferreri, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, Chair of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) traveled to twelve locations on the East tour. While she said the long days were worth it, Stefanie’s reflections on the experience reinforce the value of tour participation for the individual and its lasting impact. Which … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Pharmacy professor receives 1.9M grant from NHLBI to develop a living drug depot to treat heart attacks

November 23, 2022

Juliane Nguyen, an associate professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has recently received an $1.9M R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) to develop a non-invasive, living drug depot to treat heart attacks.   “Cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States,” said Nguyen. “One bottleneck to achieving therapeutically relevant cell concentrations at the infarct site after myocardial infarction is the poor cell engraftment and retention of vehicles at the target site. Here we propose the first-of-its- kind, tunable, replenishable … Continued


QleanAir partnership, artificial intelligence to support work of UNC-Chapel Hill pharmacy professor aiming to reduce contamination in compounding pharmacies 

November 21, 2022

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A. and Robert Hubal, Ph.D., a research scientist at RENCI, are working together to reduce occurrences of contamination in compounding pharmacies using artificial intelligence.  A partnership with QleanAir, along with previous grant support from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII), will drive their work forward.  “As a Global company with a focus in healthcare, we are dedicated to protecting people, products, and processes. We are pleased to support the development of tomorrow’s technology to improve upon patient safety, drive operational compliance, and to enhance sterile compounding practices” said Amanda Myers, chief commercial … Continued