2008 January eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
January 2008
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the January SoPPS Dean’s e-Notes. The start of a new year and a new semester gives us a chance to reflect on past accomplishments and prepare for new opportunities in the upcoming year. I invite you to review our most recent successes and activities.

Please stay in touch. Forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. You will hear from us again in March.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Eliot Spitzer
UB News
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Endorses UB’s Growth Plans
In his State of the State address on Jan. 9, Gov. Eliot Spitzer offered strong support for UB. “We will move forward on the University at Buffalo’s 2020 expansion as a centerpiece of our strategy to reinvigorate the economy of Western New York,” Spitzer said in his address in Albany. “UB will become an economic engine for Buffalo, and a flagship institution for a world-class public university system.” UB president John B. Simpson called Spitzer’s endorsement “a bold investment for the State of New York that will help the University at Buffalo achieve the goals we have set for ourselves with UB 2020.” More
Joseph Balthasar
School News
Genetech Inc. Supports Center for Protein Therapeutics
Genetech Inc. has made a donation of unrestricted funds to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and to the SoPPS Center for Protein Therapeutics for training and research. Genetech directed $150,000 to the department, which will allow it to recruit additional graduate students, and $450,000 to support the center’s research. Joseph Balthasar, Ph.D., director of the center and associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, says the funds will support new postdoctoral fellows and cutting-edge research related to the development of protein drugs. The Center for Protein Therapeutics is devoted to advancing research and improving the understanding, formulation, analysis, development and testing of protein drugs, the most rapidly expanding class of drug treatments for many cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, rheumatologic and neurological conditions and diseases.
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Alumni Notes
Benjamin Gibson, ’04, was promoted to manager of clinical pharmacy services for District 3, Rite Aid Corporation.

Janice Hinaman, ’86, was elected to the Independent Health Foundation board of directors.

Dennis Galluzzo, ’76, received the 2007 Pharmacy Society of the State of New York Bowl of Hygeia Award.
In Memoriam
John Kogut, ’65, past president of Fay’s Drug Division. Kogut was also a member of the New York State Board of Pharmacy.
Faculty/Staff notes
Karl Fiebelkorn was elected chair of the 2008 New York State Pharmacy Conference. He currently serves as vice president of the Pharmacy Association of Western New York.

Kathleen Tornatore published “Influence of Race and Steroid Use on Mycophenolic Acid Pharmacokinetics Post-Renal Transplant.” Clin Pharmacol Ther 2007; 81(s1). Abstract # PII-105.

Brian Tsuji published “Correlation of vancomycin and daptomycin susceptibility in Staphylococcus aureus in reference to accessory gene regulator (agr) polymorphism and function.” J Antimicrob Chemother. 2007 Jun 59(6):1190-3.

Alan Forrest and Gene Morse published “Pharmacokinetic interaction between efavirenz and dual protease inhibitors in healthy volunteers.” Biopharm Drug Dispos. 2007 Nov 27;29(2).

Robin DiFrancesco, Robert DiCenzo and Gene Morse presented “The Design and Implementation of A5146, a Prospective Trial Assessing the Utility of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Using an Inhibitory Quotient in Antiretroviral-Experienced HIV-Infected Patients.” HIV Clinical Trials, Nov 21, 2007.

Terrance Bellnier presented “Aripiprazole augmentation on metabolic parameters for patients with schizophrenia” at the 2007 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting.
Jerome Schentag
Jerome Schentag and Joseph Paladino presented a poster on “A Case Controlled Study of the Presumed Transition State Between AECB and CAP: Outpatient Antibiotic Failures and S. Pneumoniae Resistance in Hospitalized Patients with Underlying COPD” at the Third International Conference on Community Acquired Pneumonia, International Society of Chemotherapy (ICC), in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The presentation was named a poster award-winner.

Robert DiCenzo presented “Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Trough Concentrations in HIV-infected Adults” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Linda Catanzaro presented “Drug Interactions Involving Drug Transport Proteins—Focus on HIV Antiviral Therapy” at the 2007 American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting.

Kathleen Tornatore co-chaired the three-day curricular track, “Approach to Complex Drug Interactions: Clinical and Research Applications,” at the 2007 American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting.
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Student Notes
SNPHA Helps UB Students Prepare for Pharmacy Admission
On November 28, the UB SoPPS Chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association gave a presentation to about 30 UB students enrolled in CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) on how to prepare for the Pharm.D. application and admissions processes. CSTEP is a program that assists students from historically underrepresented groups attain academic career goals.
SNPHA and APhA-ASP Win Community Wellness Competition
Congratulations to the Student National Pharmaceutical Association for taking first place in the Community Wellness Competition sponsored by the Hempling Community Pharmacy Fund. The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists took second place. SNPHA’s winning proposal addressed the creation of hypertensive screening clinics for underserved and underrepresented patient populations, implementing the use of blood pressure logs containing nonpharmacological interventions. The APhA-ASP second place proposal focused on patient wellness through three campaigns—diabetes awareness, immunization campaign and heartburn awareness—with the use of medication safety cards. The Hempling Community Pharmacy Fund was established by Margaret McGlynn, ’82, on behalf of her father, Edward Hempling, ’50.

Charles Venuto received the 2007 American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gateway to Research Scholarship.

Nathan Page, Pharm.D. ’07, who is currently a pharmaceutical sciences graduate student, received the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education First-Year Graduate School Scholarship.
Upcoming continuing education programs

Alumni Wine and Cheese Reception: Friday, February 1, 2008, 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m., UB's Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. RSVP: lms62@buffalo.edu by January 23.

SoPPS Student Charity Gala: Saturday, February 9, 2008, Samuel's Grand Manor, Williamsville. Further information: bjwetzel@buffalo.edu.

Annual Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 10, 2008, UB Center for Tomorrow.

Student Scholarship Golf Tournament: Monday, June 9, 2008, Lockport Town and Country Club.

Alumni Reunion and Dinner Dance: Saturday, September 27, 2008, Grand Island Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center.
For additional information, please see our news and events listings at www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/school_news.shtml.
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