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ASHP honors pharmacy, UNC Health Care team with 2021 Best Practices Award

October 29, 2021

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacy (ASHP) has once again recognized the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy/UNC Health Care team with the ASHP Best Practices Award. The team’s awarded program, titled “Pharmacist-Led Program Leads to Safe and Efficient Outpatient Initiation of AML Venetoclax-Based Regimen,” was led by Katie Buhlinger, Pharm.D., BCOP, CPP, Oncology Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner with the NC Cancer Hospital Adult Leukemia Clinic, and alumna of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “I’m very excited that our program was selected for this award, and I’m honored to be able to share this work with the pharmacy community. AML is … Continued


Meet online master’s student Rebekah Matthews

October 27, 2021

At the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, our online and residential degree programs prepare future health care leaders to manage highly complex and multi-faceted pharmacy enterprise operations. Here, we chat with Rebekah Matthews, Pharm.D., a current student in the School’s online master’s program (Class of ’22). Q: Rebekah, what is your current role? A: Senior Regional Director of Acute Care Pharmacy for Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C. Q: What made you want to apply to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy master’s program? A: I had been considering a master’s degree for some time but was concerned about balancing work, … Continued


Yanguang Cao, Ph.D., promoted to associate professor in Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics

October 22, 2021

Yanguang “Carter” Cao, Ph.D., has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET), effective Oct. 1. “I am extremely excited to move toward the next stage of my career. I have to give it to all my students and trainees, who work tirelessly on our projects, and all my mentors and DPET leadership team who have provided me unconditional support the past six years. The promotion is just a start. I will continue to challenge myself as a researcher, a teacher, and a mentor,” Cao said. Cao … Continued


A 3D printed vaccine patch offers vaccination without a shot

October 20, 2021

Stanford University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill develop microneedle vaccine patch that outperforms needle jab to boost immunity. Scientists at Stanford University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill use 3D printer to create vaccine patch. Story by Shantell M. Kirkendoll CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Scientists at Stanford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a 3D-printed vaccine patch that provides greater protection than a typical vaccine shot. The trick is applying the vaccine patch directly to the skin, which is full of immune cells that vaccines target. The resulting immune response from the vaccine patch … Continued


Ph.D. candidate Rachel Parry aims to improve health care for women, receives grant award to support research

October 15, 2021

Fourth-year Ph.D. candidate Rachel Parry, Pharm.D., recently received an R36 dissertation award from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support her dissertation that aims to improve gynecologic care. The $42,210 award will support her research, “Bimanual pelvic examinations: temporal trends and imposed barriers to self-administered contraception use,” for one year. Parry, who studies in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, said bimanual pelvic examinations (when a provider manually palpates or feels some of the internal pelvic organs) have been a standard component of preventive medical care for people with female reproductive organs … Continued


Vaccination slows antimicrobial resistance

October 13, 2021

A new computer model demonstrates that vaccinations have impacts well beyond just preventing disease and death: they can also slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Story by Tracey Peake of NC State University Pneumococcal diseases – which include illnesses ranging from inner ear infections to pneumonia and meningitis – are a leading cause of death globally among children under five. While there are effective vaccines against pneumococcal diseases, access is still a challenge for populations in low-income – and some middle income – countries. And antimicrobial resistance to the antibiotics commonly used to treat these infections is a growing problem. … Continued


School’s Office of Experiential Programs receives national recognition from American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

October 8, 2021

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Office of Experiential Programs recently received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Award of Excellence in Experiential Education. The national award is presented annually to one deserving individual or group of individuals for their outstanding contribution to the world of experiential education. Due to the challenging events surrounding 2020, the Experiential Education Section Awards Committee, with support from AACP, decided to recognize all members of Experiential Education Departments at each pharmacy institution for their tremendous efforts in keeping programs operational despite pandemic-related challenges. “The efforts to alter experiential curricula, identify alternate rotations, … Continued


Meet master’s degree student Alex Hayes-Porter

October 6, 2021

At the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, our online and residential master’s degree programs prepare future health care leaders to manage highly complex and multi-faceted pharmacy enterprise operations. Here, we chat with Alex Hayes-Porter, Pharm.D., a current student in the School’s residential master’s program (Class of ’22). Q: Alex, what is your current role? A: I am a Post Graduate Year 2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital – BayCare Health System in Tampa, Florida. Q: What made you want to apply to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy master’s program? A: The MS program … Continued


Search for antivirals, COVID-19 treatments boosted by SAS partnership with READDI

October 1, 2021

SAS, a leader in analytics and software services, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are teaming up to transform the drug development process to prevent infectious disease threats from turning into a pandemic like COVID-19. The partnership is focused on the work of the University’s Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative (READDI) — founded by the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC School of Medicine — which is developing broad spectrum antiviral drugs to have on the shelf to prevent future pandemics To advance their work, SAS research and development teams are applying advanced machine learning techniques to integrate multiple biological … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Launches State-of-the-Art CRISPR Screening Facility

September 29, 2021

The new facility, set to come online October 2021, is part of a cross-campus collaboration In 2012, a revolutionary new way to edit genes was unveiled to the world – CRISPR. Since then, the technology has been named as a “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science and has expanded to be applied to targeted epigenome editing. Now, this exciting technology is coming to UNC-Chapel Hill to enable rapid whole genome screening for new drug targets in the CRISPR Screening Facility. The state-of-the-art facility positions UNC to become a leader in academic CRISPR screening. The facility will be opening its doors … Continued