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Incoming PhD student Alyssa Holden receives National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship

June 24, 2022

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy incoming Ph.D. student Alyssa Holden is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). The fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees, according to the organization’s website. About receiving the fellowship, Holden said it feels “Completely unreal! I did not expect to get it when I applied, and just thought it would be good writing practice. After I submitted, however, I started to have recurring dreams where I would win the fellowship, and I realized I wanted it very badly. I am so glad that … Continued


Eshelman Institute for Innovation announces 2022 Rankin Innovator Acceleration Award recipients

June 22, 2022

The Eshelman Institute Rankin Innovator Acceleration Award, supported by Lawson and Gisele Rankin, is given annually to provide students and Post Docs with funding to pursue entrepreneurial training opportunities. Brianna Vickerman, Ph.D. (left) and David Lee (right) The 2022 recipients of this award are Brianna Vickerman, Ph.D., and David Lee. Dr. Brianna Vickerman received her doctoral degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry at UNC. Currently, she works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. David Lee is a Pharmacology Ph.D. candidate at the UNC School of Medicine. … Continued


CIPhER Setting New Standards for Health Science Continuing Education

June 17, 2022

  The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) provides important continuous learning and career development for health science educators. Programs developed by its world-renowned faculty innovate and improve teaching & learning strategies for all health science educators through certification programs, workshops, webinars and more. Teaching & Learning Certificate Program        Self-Paced | Customizable | Best-In-Class TAKE ADVANTAGE OF $50-$100 SAVINGS ON TLC PROGRAM – LIMITED TIME ONLY! Developed to meet the needs and demands of all health science educators, including faculty, preceptors and residents, the Teaching & Learning Certificate Program (TLC) can help you achieve your learning and … Continued


Does digital health demand a new kind of startup studio?

June 15, 2022

Does digital health demand a new kind of startup studio? Carolina leaders from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, UNC Health, UNC Research and Innovate Carolina pilot a partnership with High Alpha Innovation – aiming to create digital health startups better positioned for success. By Shellie Edge, Innovate Carolina Photography by Sarah Daniels, Innovate Carolina With 563 active startups launched by its faculty, staff and students currently creating social good and economic impact, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill exemplifies the national trend: universities are becoming increasingly adept at spinning out startup companies. In turn, a growing number of … Continued


Class of 2022 pursues residencies, fellowships across nation

June 10, 2022

Did you know? Our graduating Class of 2022 matched at 79 residency sites across 23 states, and 14 fellowship sites in eight states. Together, we are preparing leaders and innovators to solve the world’s most pressing health care challenges.                                                


Professor Craig Lee named chair of Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics

June 8, 2022

Professor Craig R. Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D., has been named the new Chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, effective August 1, 2022. Lee is currently a professor and the vice chair for research and graduate education in DPET. He is an alumnus of the School’s Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs, is a licensed pharmacist in North Carolina, and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Heart Association. Since initiation of his faculty appointment in 2006, Lee has established a highly collaborative and translational research program … Continued


PharmD candidate aims to advance patient healthcare in space, receives scholarship from Aerospace Medical Association

June 3, 2022

Tom Diaz is fascinated by space. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. student is specifically curious about the thought of medicine in space. His mind is often pondering how medication dosing may be different for astronauts, and how medications may be altered in little gravity. “It fascinates me that human physiology is significantly altered in a microgravity environment. Most aspects of pharmacology are altered in this unique environment, including medication absorption, distribution, and possibly even elimination,” Diaz said. “There are also other stressors in a space environment that may have debilitating effects on astronauts, such as radiation on the … Continued


Research in Education and Practice Symposium combines 250 attendees to evaluate research, collaborate

June 1, 2022

More than 250 individuals, including pharmacy residents, fellows, graduate students, preceptors, residency program directors and faculty members, attended the 2022 Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPS). The ninth annual event held May 16-17, at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Kerr Hall, gave trainees the chance to receive high-level feedback on their work and to also network with other practitioners across the southeast. “After two years in a virtual environment due to COVID-19, we were delighted to convene in-person where we could network and collaborate to continue advancing the field of pharmacy,” said Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., who leads … Continued


Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics faculty members receive Controlled Release Society Awards, recognition

May 27, 2022

Three members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP) faculty are recipients of Controlled Release Society Awards. Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D. and Leaf Huang, Ph.D., were honored with the Society’s College of Fellows Award. The distinction recognizes exceptional individuals in the field of controlled release who have made outstanding sustained contributions to science and technology. “It’s an honor to be included among all these amazing and accomplished scientists and engineers. This accomplishment could not have been achieved without the help of my outstanding students, post doc, lab staff, and colleagues,” Ainslie said. Ainslie is … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill receives $65M from NIH for antiviral drug development center

May 20, 2022

The new center will develop antivirals that could combat future pandemic-level viruses The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health awarded the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health a $65 million grant establishing an Antiviral Drug Discovery Center to develop oral antivirals that can combat pandemic-level viruses like COVID-19. The center builds upon and is tightly affiliated with UNC’s Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative. The READDI-AViDD Center, one of nine established by the NIH, is an integrated public-private partnership with a renowned, interdisciplinary research team of experts from the Gillings School, … Continued