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Team awarded grant to improve patient care, optimize medication use and access, better chronic care management in Western North Carolina

December 3, 2021

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in partnership with the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM) have been awarded a $399,175 grant from the Dogwood Health Trust to improve patient care, optimize medication use and access, and better chronic care management for individuals in Western North Carolina. The project, titled “Patient-Centered Needs Assessment to Optimize Medication Use and Chronic Care Management in Western North Carolina: Building Upon Learnings from WNC Healthy Impact,” is led by Stephanie Kiser, BSPharm, Director of Rural Health at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and includes team members Mary McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic … Continued

2nd Annual Harold and Carol Kohn Distinguished Alumni Lecture features Lisa Carlton, MS, Ph.D.

December 1, 2021

The 2nd Annual Harold and Carol Kohn Distinguished Alumni Lecture was held Nov. 5, 2021, at the Carolina Inn as part of Pharmacy Alumni Weekend and featured Lisa D. Carlton, MS, Ph.D., graduate of the class of ‘95. Carlton is the second recipient of the Harold and Carol Kohn Distinguished Alumni Lectureship. She is currently Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs at REGENXBIO Inc., a biotechnology company focused on gene therapy product development. Carlton has more than 25 years of experience in regulatory affairs and medical/technical writing in the government/nonprofit sectors, with much of her career spent in the pharmaceutical/biotech … Continued

School publishes first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact Report

November 24, 2021

The 2020-2021 academic year marks the end of the Year One Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It also begins a new year of strategic opportunity to expand equity and inclusion through education, research, and practice to develop a place where all feel valued and connected. Year one laid the groundwork for preparing culturally intelligent professionals and building an inclusive environment. All targets were met for the School’s three strategic priorities which include: Recruit and Retain Diverse Talent Prepare Culturally Intelligent Professionals Build an Inclusive Community “The DEI Impact Report demonstrates how the … Continued

PharmAlliance launches new publication, highlights pharmacist-driven public health interventions during COVID-19

November 19, 2021

PharmAlliance, a global collaboration of pharmacy schools from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), University College London (London, UK), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently launched a new quarterly newsletter called Policy Pulse on Practice. The Policy Pulse on Practice aims to provide timely information and evidence for pharmacy educators, healthcare workers and public health leaders. The publication also aims to raise awareness about key global health practice issues and advance policy at the local and country level. Recipients can subscribe to the Policy Pulse on Practice mailing list here. In the first edition, the publication highlights the … Continued

School, University startups continue to boost economy in North Carolina, beyond

November 17, 2021

The economic impact of startups connected with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to grow across the Tar Heel State. A recent semi-annual analysis conducted by Innovate Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill’s innovation services hub and University-wide initiative for innovation and entrepreneurship, reported the positive effect of UNC-affiliated startups during the past fiscal year as the COVID-19 pandemic dampened local and global economies. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy made a significant contribution to UNC’s overall startup success from 2020-2021: $38.4 million in revenue 243 total employees, 166 of which are in NC … Continued

Alumni Ping and Allen Rogers hope to inspire philanthropy, support next generation of pharmacy students through the David A. Rogers, Sr. and Dr. T.Y. Su Memorial Scholarship Fund

November 12, 2021

Alumni Ping and Allen Rogers are incredibly grateful for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy – not only for the education they received, but for the lifetime of friendships and networks fostered by the close-knit pharmacy community within the School. “I have a deep sense of gratitude for the School and Allen and I have been able to move forward in our careers in ways we could not have dreamed of. Part of that is because of the great foundation that was laid at the School,” Ping said. For more than four years, Ping (’90, BSPharm) and Allen (’90 BSPharm, … Continued

Ronit Freeman, Jim Hagood awarded grant by Eshelman Institute for Innovation to pursue research in lung fibrosis

November 10, 2021

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation recently awarded Ronit Freeman, Ph.D., and Jim Hagood, MD, a $350,000 opportunistic grant to pursue research in lung fibrosis. The award will fund the development of a new peptide-based approach to reverse lung fibrosis and will identify and validate a chemical lead to test for clinical use. Current treatments slow the progression of fibrosis, but do not restore damaged lung tissue. “This award will accelerate the development of our peptide drug technology. This is exciting, as peptide therapeutics occupy a well-defined space in the pharmaceutical landscape, in which they can outperform small molecules and larger … Continued

Carolina’s READDI awarded $5M to prevent future pandemics

November 9, 2021

The award from the RTI Forethought Research Collaboration Challenge will help accelerate the production of antiviral drugs RTI announced on Nov. 8 that a group of nine researchers led by UNC-Chapel Hill is the winner of the institute’s Forethought Research Collaboration Challenge.Story By University Communications CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, announced the winner of its Forethought Research Collaboration Challenge is a group of researchers working to combat the next pandemic. The winning team, led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will receive $5 million in seed funding to produce antiviral drugs for the future. The … Continued

UNC team leads resource for evaluation of research training programs

November 5, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC School of Medicine leaders in professional development created a resource to help the National Institutes of Health evaluate T32 graduate and postdoctoral training programs at universities across the country. UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Jacqui McLaughlin, PhD, Kim Brouwer, PharmD, PhD, and Paul Watkins, MD, were co-leaders of this effort.   A collaborative team of professional development and graduate education leaders from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the UNC School of Medicine developed a web resource to promote critical evaluation of UNC T32 graduate and postdoctoral training programs. The resource, funded … Continued

School honors, remembers life of Distinguished Professor Kuo-Hsiung Lee, Ph.D.

November 3, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Distinguished Professor Kuo-Hsiung Lee, Ph.D., passed away Oct. 24, at the age of 81. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 6, at 2 p.m. in the Mausoleum Chapel at Raleigh Memorial Park. Dr. Lee was a world-renowned natural product chemist in the School’s Division of Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry (and served as Division Chair from ’98-‘99). He recently retired from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in June, after more than 50 years of service to our state and School. Since 1971, his efforts have led to the discovery of several thousand compounds, providing leads for … Continued