Two UNC Ph.D. students are making cancer research accessible through blogging

October 11, 2019

For Sara Musetti and Manisit Das, Ph.D. students in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, their commitment to research doesn’t stop in the lab. Das and Musetti founded OncoBites, a blog that posts summaries of new developments in cancer research. Das said part of the motivation for the blog came from a question he always received – “When will there be a cure for cancer?” OncoBites is meant to explain scientific research in an accessible way and includes information about the complexity of the research process and how long it takes to implement new treatments. Blog posts are crafted by … Continued


Alum celebrates 99th birthday, thinks back on time at UNC

October 10, 2019

On her 99th birthday in late September, Blanche Clark answered 17 phone calls from friends and family, enjoyed visits from her daughters and had pizza, beer and her favorite yellow cake with caramel icing. “It was exhausting,” she said, with a big smile. Near the bouquets of birthday flowers that dotted her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., sat a 1941 Yackety Yak – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s yearbook. And beside the yearbook, Blanche had placed a print edition of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s alumni magazine that featured, on its cover, a picture of the … Continued


PharmAlliance students speak with former Interim Dean Thakker

October 7, 2019

The PharmAlliance communications committee for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had the privilege of interviewing Interim Dean Dhiren Thakker last spring. In our lively discussion, we talked about the creation and vision of PharmAlliance, discussed trips and interactions with our international colleagues, and remarked upon the future of having a global reach for pharmacy. 1. We heard that you visited Monash University recently. How was your trip to Melbourne? Dean Thakker: “It was good! This meeting was a very special meeting, it was the first time all domains of PharmAlliance gathered together for a PharmAlliance conference. It was … Continued


Scholarship luncheon recognizes generous donors, student recipients

October 4, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy attracts top students from all across the nation every year. However, the cost of education is a concern for many students not only during school, but upon graduation as well. Through the generous support of alumni and friends, this year 201 distinguished students were awarded scholarships totaling $1.1 million. The average amount of a single scholarship was $5,400. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Scholarship Luncheon was held on Sept. 24 at the Carolina Club to honor the achievements of student scholarship recipients and recognize loyal scholarship donors. UNC Pharmacy Foundation Vice Chair Neal … Continued


Gail Moriarty celebrates 50 years of service at UNC

October 3, 2019

The Office of Human Resources is honored to celebrate over 250 UNC-Chapel Hill employees who recently completed 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 60 years of service with the state of North Carolina at the Service Recognition Breakfast on Oct. 2 at The Carolina Club. Among those honored included UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Gail Moriarty, who has completed 50 years of service. Get to know Gail: Q: What is your position at UNC? A: Business Services Coordinator at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Q: What is your favorite part of working in your role at UNC? A: The … Continued


Grabenstein seminar explores role of pharmacists as vaccinators

October 3, 2019

Since the 1890s, pharmacists have played a role in delivering vaccinations to patients, said John Grabenstein, Ph.D., global director of medical affairs for Merck Vaccines. Grabenstein spoke about this topic at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy on Oct. 2. The seminar, titled “Pharmacists as Vaccinators: When the Phone Rang at Beard Hall,” explored his work and the role of pharmacists as vaccinators today. Grabenstein earned his pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh under an ROTC scholarship, then worked at the Military Vaccine Agency. While completing his Ph.D. in immunology at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Grabenstein got … Continued


2019 Invest in Cures and Rare Diseases forum unites people from across medicine

October 3, 2019

Today, there are around 7,000 known rare diseases that impact more than 25 million people in the United States. The 2019 Invest in Cures and Rare Diseases forum convened Sept. 25-26 to discuss how to find treatments for them. The forum was a collaboration between LaunchBio, the UNC Catalyst for Rare Diseases, NCBiotech and the Rare Disease InfoHub. The UNC Catalyst is a research group housed in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy that focuses on improving research infrastructure and understanding genetic mutations and rare diseases. The event was hosted at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, … Continued


New NIH proposal aims to advance Alzheimer’s drug discovery research

October 1, 2019

A group of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are part of a new research proposal to create chemical and biological tools to explore novel molecular targets related to Alzheimer’s disease. The proposal, which was submitted through the NIH National Institute on Aging, aims to create new chemical probes to validate therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s, which has no known cure, and very few treatments. The project was awarded $37.5 million for five years. Emory University is the leader on the proposal, which is a collaboration between five institutions including UNC. The grant will establish the Open-AD … Continued


UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy celebrates new Dean Angela Kashuba

October 1, 2019

Hundreds from across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus gathered on Oct. 1 to celebrate UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Angela Kashuba on her first day as dean of the School. During the event held at the Carolina Club, Kashuba shared her vision and goals for the School, including supporting the people who make up the School, investing in further service to the state of North Carolina, and building upon impactful innovation. “As the new dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the School’s success and culture of excellence,” said Kashuba, … Continued


M.D./Ph.D. student hopes to apply cancer research to clinical practice

September 23, 2019

Alison Mercer-Smith initially became interested in medicine after being diagnosed with cancer in high school and meeting other survivors. She started her research career in high school and continued during undergrad, ultimately deciding to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “One foot in two worlds is both very challenging and very valuable,” she said. Mercer-Smith is completing her doctoral research in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, working with researcher Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D. She has completed the first two years of the M.D. program and is finishing her … Continued