Annual Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Modeling Course
The annual pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling course organized by William Jusko, UB Distinguished Professor, and other faculty members of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was held in May. This internationally recognized course provides state-of-the-art instruction on the concepts and applications of mathematical modeling in the control of drug action. Also providing a lecture was Joga Gobburu, UB alumnus and director of pharmacometrics at the Food and Drug Administration. The recent course attracted 19 enrollees from other countries, primarily in Europe. The interest of the international science community created an opportunity for UB pharmaceutical sciences faculty members Jusko, Joseph Balthasar and Donald Mager to bring the "Buffalo version" of PK/PD modeling to the University of Paris in January 2009. These three UB faculty members will also be providing a course for the FDA in White Oak, Maryland, in August 2008 as a public benefit.
2008 Pharmacy Practice Research Fellows Day
Pharmacy Practice Research Fellows Day was held June 2 at the UB Center for Tomorrow. Eight research fellows participated in this event where their research topics were presented and discussed. Presentation winners were:
- Jurgen Bulitta, Pharmacometrics/ID Fellow won "Mechanism-based pharmacodynamic modeling of phenotypic tolerance in Pseudmonas aeruginosa for beta-lactams"
- Sarah McCabe, UB/Novartis Drug Development Fellow, received second-place honors for "Interspecies scaling of ABC123: estimation of human pharmacokinetics in preparation for first in man studies"
- Damir Begic, UB/Novartis Drug Development Fellow received third-place honors for "Comparative daptomycin and vancomycin activity against staphylococcus aureus hemB mutants expressing the small-colony-variant (SCV) phenotype"
ICHAPRT's New International Trainee
The UB SoPPS International Center for HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research and Training is hosting Paveena Sonthisombat, an assistant professor with the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences at Naresuan University in Thailand, for a two-month training program with the UB Pharmacotherapy Research Center and ECMC HIV/AIDS Treatment Education Program. Sonthisombat will receive training in therapeutic drug monitoring, medication adherence and resistance testing to assist her teaching duties at the Naresuan University as well as with inpatient and outpatient HIV services at a nearby hospital.
Alice Ceacareanu Joins Pharmacy Practice Faculty
Alice Ceacareanu, who holds Ph.D and Pharm.D degrees, has joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as an assistant professor. Ceacareanu will focus her activities in the area of oncology and will be conducting research at the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.