2008 March eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
March 2008
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the March SoPPS Dean’s e-Notes. Midsemester activities are upon us—students preparing for midterms and then a well deserved spring break and faculty preparing for the opportunity during their “spring break” to focus on research and other scholarly activities. We look forward to spring and preparing our students for end-of-the-year 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 May.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
School News
New Admissions Activities: Applications, Interviews and Ambassadors
The SoPPS Office of Admissions is pleased to report an increase of 175 applications overall from 2007 to 2008 for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program. Forty-two early assurance candidates have been accepted (up from 36 in 2007). Undergraduate and graduate applications in the pharmaceutical sciences are progressing and are indicating a continued strong applicant pool. The admissions office is facilitating interviews for highly talented PharmCAS (PharmD) applicants and will finalize our class of 2012 in May. In 2008, Interview Days include an enhanced welcome and recruitment presentation; a 2:1 interviewers-to-interviewee format; a guided campus walking tour; and a friendly student social reception with great "Buffalo food." Admissions recognizes the valuable role of alumni and students in the recruitment process in sharing their positive experiences and advice with prospective students. To further enhance this type of outreach, the admissions office is excited to launch their new volunteer program, Dean's Ambassadors. The ambassador program currently has 15 student volunteers representing all four classes as well as over 50 alumni ambassadors. The admissions office sends special thanks to our Dean's Ambassadors and our faculty, staff, and alumni e-reviewers and interviewers!
UB SoPPS Pharmacology Support Laboratory Joins AIDS Clinical Trials Group
The UB Pharmacology Support Laboratory has joined the AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5235 protocol team for a study titled, "Phase II, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study of Minocycline in the Treatment of HIV-Associated Cognitive Impairment." The UB PSL will provide real-time atazanavir therapeutic drug monitoring to assist the team in examining whether minocycline decreases the plasma concentration of atazanavir. The ACTG AIDS Clinical Trials Group is the largest HIV clinical trials organization in the world and plays a major role in setting standards of care for HIV infection and opportunistic diseases related to HIV/AIDS in the United States and the developed world.
Debbie Liana, P4 student, receives of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence
The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize SUNY students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.
Tina Fiebelkorn
Alumni Notes
Tina Fiebelkorn '79 received of the APhA Pharmacy Today/Student Pharmacist One to One Counseling Recognition Award. She was one of only ten finalists to receive this award.
Faculty/Staff notes
Donald Mager was appointed as a visiting professor for the month of January 2008 at Universite Rene Descartes, Paris, France, where he provided a series of lectures and hands-on workshops in PK-PD modeling. This is Dr. Mager's second year providing this course which has become a required module within the Pharmacy Master's Program at the Universite.

William Prescott appointed as a reviewer of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).
Jerome Schentag
Erin Slazak
Erin Slazak received certification as Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

Christine Stumm presented a workshop for the UB Life and Learning Workshop spring 2008 series on January 22: "Demystifying Pharmacy Admissions." The workshop offered insight for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of pharmacy.

Gene Morse received supplemental funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases through Social and Scientific Systems, the UB Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory for evaluation of HAART regimens in antiretroviral-naive patients. Morse is also co-investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health grant entitled, "Targeted Neuroprotection of HIV-1 Associated Neurologic Disease."

Gene Morse has been appointed as chair to the Hepatitis Function Working Group of the Hepatitis Research Committee for the NIH/NIAID AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG).

Aiming Yu published "Cytochrome P450 Expression and Regulation in CYP3A4/CYP2D6 Double Transgenic Humanized Mice," Drug Metab. Dispos. 36:435-441, 2008.

Fran Gengo published "Pharmacological Principles in Treating Neurological Disease," Chapter 47 in "Neurology in Clinical Practice" in the Journal of Butterworth Heinemann, 2008.

Fran Gengo and Donald Mager published "VE Effects of Ibuprofen on the Magnitude and Duration of Aspirin's Inhibition of Platelet Aggregation: Clinical Consequences in Stroke Prophylaxis" in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2008.

Fran Gengo and Donald Mager published "Population Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Aspirin and Ibuprofen Induced Inhibition of Platelet Aggregation in Healthy Subjects" in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 2008.

Robin DiFrancesco, Robert DiCenzo and Gene Morse published "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 Clin Trials. 2008 Jan-Feb;9(1):61-72.

Sarah McCabe, Qing Ma, Linda Catanzaro, Robert DiCenzo and Gene Morse published "Antiretroviral therapy: Pharmacokinetic considerations in patients with renal or hepatic impairment." Clin Pharmacokinet. 2008;47(3):153-72.

Qing Ma, 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).

Robert DiCenzo and Edward Bednarczyk published "A randomized study of the bioavailability of different formulations of coenzyme q10 (ubiquinone)." J Clin Pharmacol 2007 Dec;47(12):1580-6.

Robin DiFrancesco, Julie Donnelly, Jill Hochreiter and Kathleen Tornatore published "Simultaneous determination of cortisol, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, prednisone, prednisolone, mycophenolic acid and mycophenolic acid glucuronide in human plasma utilizing liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry." J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci 2007 Nov 1;859(1):42-51.

Joseph Paladino and Jerome Schentag published "A case series of macrolide treatment failures in community acquired pneumonia." J Chemother. 2007 Oct;19(5):536-45.

Alan Forrest published "Pharmacokinetics-Pharmacodynamics of Gatifloxacin in a Lethal Murine Bacillus anthracis Inhalation Infection Model." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2007 Dec;51(12):4351-5.

Kelly Tooley, Alan Forrest, Daniel Brazeau, Linda Catanzaro, Robin DiFrancesco, Francesco Lliguicota, Qing Ma, and Gene Morse published "Factors associated with altered pharmacokinetics in substance users and non-substance users receiving lopinavir and atazanavir." Am J Addict 2007 Nov-Dec;16(6):488-94.

Edward Bednarczyk published "Transcranial Doppler measurements in migraine and nitroglycerin headache." J Headache Pain 2007 Oct;8(5):289-93.
Student Notes
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists conducted a wellness clinic for senior citizens at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center in Buffalo.

Kappa Psi participated in a volunteer day at the WNY Food Bank where they assisted in packaging food for the less fortunate. Kappa Psi also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and cooked for house residents.

National Community Pharmacists Association conducted a wellness clinic at Forster’s Pharmacy which included analysis of patients’ body fat and other health risk factors.

Upcoming continuing education programs

Annual Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 10, 2008, 7:00 p.m. UB Center for Tomorrow

Commencement: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 1:00 p.m. UB Slee Hall

Board Review Course: May 12-16, 2008 and May 22-23, 2008. Location TBA

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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