Four students selected for summer internship to aid local underserved communities

June 24, 2019

A student-designed, service-oriented internship for rising UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy PY3 students through the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) is starting its second summer. SHAC is a collaboration between UNC students focused on health sciences and aims to provide free health services to uninsured and underinsured patients in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham. The SHAC Ambulatory Care in Underserved Populations Summer Internship, developed by a group of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy PY3 and PY4 students, selected four individuals to participate in this summer’s internship program: Dani Youmans, Jessica Newman, Kandace Elder and Lauren Burton. “Due to the limited … Continued

Creativity Hubs Awards Accelerate Solutions to Societal Challenges

June 21, 2019

What if data on the devastating impacts of extreme storms and floods could inform and predict future problems for people who live along a coast? What if scientists could develop a therapeutic capable of suppressing a wide variety of viral infections, saving lives and billions of dollars in direct medical and economic costs? What if powerful chemical and genetic tools are combined to alter how genes are modified to treat human disease? And what if artificial intelligence could help identify the best way to harness solar fuels? These are the questions being explored by the winning teams of this year’s … Continued

Community pharmacy staff frequently encounter patients who are at risk for suicide, study finds

June 17, 2019

A new survey from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy showed while many community pharmacists have interacted with patients who are at-risk for suicide at some point, there is a need for additional training programs so they can properly intervene in these situations. Delesha Carpenter, Ph.D., MSPH, from the School’s Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, was the study’s corresponding author. Carpenter said as far as the research group is aware, the survey is the first to quantify how often community pharmacists encounter patients who exhibit suicide risk behaviors. Carpenter surveyed 501 community pharmacy staff members in North Carolina to … Continued

PharmD candidate inducted as American Society of Health System Pharmacists Student Forum Executive Committee member

June 12, 2019

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy student Sara Scott wants to be an advocate for pharmacy students and the pharmacy profession. To do so, Scott joined the American Society of Heath System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 2016 to be able to work with student pharmacists from across the country and to support the growth of student members as advocates of the pharmacy profession, she said. On June 8, Scott, a Pharm.D. candidate ’20, was inducted as an ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee member on a national level to serve a one-year term. She is one of five executive committee members. ASHP … Continued

MEDIA team members’ work honored during 40th annual Telly Awards

June 10, 2019

Kevin Robinson and Joel Floyd, Jr., of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Modeling, Educational Design, and Interactive Arts (MEDIA) office received high honors during this year’s international Telly Awards. The Telly Awards, now in its 40th year, annually showcases the best work created across video and television, and highlights works from publishers around the world. The Awards receive more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, according the organization. Robinson took home four awards this year for work done on a Ph.D. program video, as well as a Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) video. … Continued

Eshelman Institute for Innovation awards $3.5 million across 24 research projects

May 29, 2019

On June 1, the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) awarded $3.5 million across 24 projects to support research and education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The EII, created in 2014 with a $100 million gift from alumnus and pharmaceutical executive, Fred Eshelman, serves as an engine for innovation within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Continuing on the previous theme, in this cycle the Institute is funding innovative solutions to address society’s pressing problems in healthcare, such as developing therapeutics for cancer, utilizing 3D approaches to treat osteoporosis, developing artificial intelligence to predict adverse drug events, and implementing … Continued

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure grants researchers $170,000

May 24, 2019

Goal to develop tumor-homing stem cell beacons for immune-based cancer therapy Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D., Gianpietro Dotti, Ph.D., and Samir Mitragotri, Ph.D., had an idea – collaborate to create a cell therapy unlike any other to target hard-to-treat cancers. The three researchers from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Harvard University, are utilizing each of their strengths to develop a new approach to cell therapy for brain cancer. Hingtgen said their team is developing a hybrid cell therapy that begins by loading neural stem cells with nanoparticle “backpacks”. When released into the brain, the cells … Continued

Research in Education and Practice Symposium attracts more than 200 individuals to share research, network

May 24, 2019

More than 200 individuals, including pharmacy residents, fellows, graduate students, preceptors, residency program directors and faculty members, attended the 2019 Research in Education and Practice Symposium (REPS). The sixth annual event held May 20-21, 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 region. “This is a rare opportunity for residents and other learners to convene and get open, honest feedback about their research,” said Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., who leads the REPS planning committee. “It’s a time to network, … Continued

Class of 2019 closes one chapter, begins a new

May 23, 2019

Over Mother’s Day weekend, nearly 160 degrees were conferred for master of science, doctor of philosophy and doctor of pharmacy graduates at Memorial Hall. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin told graduates they played an integral part in the installment of the re-envisioned Pharm.D. curriculum and they were ready to face the complexities of healthcare in the future. Graduate student representative John P. Prybylski brought comments on behalf of the doctor of philosophy and master of science students and said, “It has amazed me how unpretentious people are here, despite the prestige of the institution; there is much less … Continued

Second-year Pharm.D. candidate receives national scholarship

May 23, 2019

Christopher Wang, a second-year Pharm.D. candidate in the Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy (RASP) pathway at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Gateway to Research Scholarship. Wang was presented the $5,000 award for his project, “Optimization of Naphthyl-Pyridine-based Inhibitors for the Right Open Reading Frame (Rio) Kinase 2.” The primary goal of the Gateway to Research Scholarship program is to help students gain an understanding of the importance of research by enabling them to apply that knowledge to improve their clinical skills. This scholarship provides an opportunity for Pharm.D. and baccalaureate degree … Continued