2007 September eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
September 2007
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the September edition of Dean’s eNotes. The beginning of a new academic year is upon us and I would like to welcome the 123 entering students in the doctor of pharmacy program to the school, as well as all the new students and trainees in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. We also welcome back our current students and look forward to all the learning and scholarship that will be accomplished during this academic year.

Please stay in touch with us. We encourage you to forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. You will hear from us again in November.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
School Notes
School Receives $1 Million for Research and Fellowships
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has received $1 million jointly from pharmaceuticals giants Novartis and Sandoz for research and fellowships that will allow the school to enlarge its research program in protein therapeutics.

The school will use the funds to expand its laboratory for protein therapeutics and to support the work of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students on-site.

Expanding the laboratory is the first step in the school’s plans to establish a Center for Protein Therapeutics devoted to advancing research and improving the understanding, formulation, analysis, development, and testing of protein drugs, which are the most rapidly expanding class of drug treatments for many cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, rheumatologic and neurological conditions and diseases.

The grant funds will also provide seed money for several UB faculty research projects in the field. More
Tinashe Mudzviti
SoPPS Office of the International Center for HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research and Training (ICHAPRT) Holds Recognition Ceremony
On August 8, ICHAPRT held a reception to recognize its partners, Waters Corporation and the Gilead Foundation. This ceremony marked the first phase of operations, as well as acknowledgment of support of the center's partners. The first international ICHAPRT trainee, Tinashe Mudzviti, from the University of Zimbabwe, was also recognized. More
White Coat Ceremony
2007 Orientation and White Coat Ceremony
On August 23, the school welcomed the Pharm.D. class of 2011 to the profession of pharmacy and to the school during the seventh annual white coat ceremony. More than 400 guests watched as 123 incoming students were cloaked with white lab coats provided by Rite Aid. Tops Markets sponsored a luncheon and the Pharmacy Society of Rochester sponsored a reception afterward. The white coat ceremony is part of the school’s two-day orientation program during which new P1 students and their families and friends are invited to the school to participate in welcoming activities and program overviews.
Elizabeth Ludwig Joins Faculty
Elizabeth Ludwig (Pharm.D. ’84) will join the school as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice effective September 17. Ludwig’s clinical interests are in the area of oncology.
Become an Advocate for the future of UB, WNY
A new group, UB Believers, has been formed to ensure that UB receives the support it needs from the government for its plans to grow by 40 percent between now and the year 2020, magnifying its positive impact on Western New York, New York State and the world beyond. Your active involvement in UB Believers in support of the continued growth of the university will help us build a more prosperous region. Please Join
Nathalie Toussaint ’02 recently graduated with a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics from the University of Florida and has accepted a position as a research investigator in discovery pharmaceutics at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, N.J.
Green Tea
Sherry Chow ’89 was cited in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention for her research indicating green tea extract may boost cancer-fighting enzymes. More

Yelizaveta Russ ’05 announces the arrival of her first child, a son, born this summer.

Gayle Brazeau has been selected to be a fellow in the Community Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellowship Program of Western and Central New York.

Robert DiCenzo presented “Effects of Minocycline (MC) and Valproic Acid (VA) Coadministration on Atazanavir Plasma Concentrations” at the 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. DiCenzo has also been promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor.

Patricia Grace, Erin Slazak, Karl Fiebelkorn and Peter Brody presented a poster, “A Course-Imbedded Strategy for Assessing Written and Oral Communication in First-Year Pharmacy Students,” at the 2007 AACP annual meeting.

Patty Havard was featured in UB’s Buffalo Physician magazine for her work in establishing a regional HIV-in-Women Research Network. More

Jill Hochreitter, Robin DiFrancesco and Gene Morse published “Integration of atazanavir into an existing liquid chromatography UV method for protease inhibitors: validation and application” in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.

Donald Mager has been selected to receive the AAPS 2007 Young Investigator Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism.

Gene Morse presented “Pharmacologic Factors in the Individualization of HIV Treatment” at the 2007 Boston Medical Center’s CME-Accredited Clinical AIDS Lecture.

Charles Maponga, Judianne Slish, Qing Ma and Gene Morse published “HIV Pharmacotherapy Issues, Challenges, and Priorities in Sub-Saharan African Countries” in Topics in HIV Medicine.

Charles Maponga and Gene Morse presented an abstract, “Traditional Medicine Use in HIV-Infected Patients in Harare, Zimbabwe,” at the Fourth International AIDS Society Conference.

Charles Maponga, Robin DiFrancesco, Kelly Tooley, Francesco Lliguicota and Gene Morse presented an abstract and made a poster presentation, “International Technology Transfer for Establishing Antiretroviral Pharmacology Laboratories in Developing Countries,” at the Fourth International AIDS Society Conference.

Joseph Paladino was inducted into the Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy honor society.

Nicole Paolini presented “Living With Diabetes” at the 2007 American Diabetes Association Awareness and Education Forum.
Sara Renzi
Sara Renzi, Daniel Brazeau, Mark Sauberan and Gayle Brazeau presented a poster, "Participation in Leadership Activities Is Not Different Among Students," at the AACP Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fl.

Robert Straubinger was elected a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He was also appointed to the National Institutes of Health Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

Robert Straubinger and Jun Qu published “The 1.8 A crystal structure of PA2412, an MbtH-like protein from the pyoverdine cluster of Pseudomonas aeruginosa” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Christine Stumm received a State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) professional development grant to attend the organization’s annual New Professionals Orientation in Albany, N.Y. in September.

Student notes
UB Team in Finals of the NCPA Business Plan Competition
A UB team is again one of three finalists in the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Members of the UB team are Alexandra T. Centeno, team captain; Kathryn Jones; Christina Ramsay; and Liliana Yohonn. The team is led by Professor Karl Fiebelkorn. More
Read the article in Business First
Health Fair
NYS Assemblyman Jim Hayes and Chui Lau, P3 Student
Students Participate in Jim Hayes Health Fair
At the annual Jim Hayes Health Fair, held at the Amherst Senior Center on August 4, more than 40 P2 and P3 students counseled 1,000 area residents on medication management and provided health and wellness education. Assisting the students were Karl Fiebelkorn’78, Tina Fiebelkorn ’79, Cynthia Lackie ’97, and SoPPS residents Jeff Scull ’07 and Rick Kraft ’05.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Students Recognized at 2007 Great Lakes Symposia
The following fellows and students were recognized at the third annual Great Lakes Symposium, a graduate student-initiated meeting co-sponsored by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists:
  • Anu Shilpa Gandhi—first-place podium presentation for “In vitro effects of nitroglycerin on extracellular matrix and adhesion molecules (focusing on metalloproteinase-9) in THP-1 human macrophages.”
  • Dhaval Shah—first-place poster presentation for “Simulations of the influence of antibody-ligand binding kinetics on the pharmacokinetics of ‘high-clearance’ ligands.”
  • Melanie Felmlee—third-place poster presentation for “Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling of harmaline-induced hypothermia.”
Alumni Reunion and Dinner Dance: September 29, 2007, Classics V Banquet Facility

UB Homecoming: Saturday, October 6, 2007
Career Pathways Program: October 22-24, 2007

Upcoming continuing education programs

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