2008 May eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
May 2008
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the May SoPPS Dean's e-Notes. The month of May brings with it the end of another academic year: finals, commencement, farewells to friends and colleagues and preparation for the 2008-09 academic year. In this edition of eNotes, I am proud to showcase the awards and accolades our faculty, staff and students have received. I am even prouder to announce the $5 million gift John N. Kapoor, PhD '72, has given to the school.

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 July.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
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School News
Alumnus John N. Kapoor Makes Major Gift, New Pharmacy School Building to Bear His Name
John N. Kapoor, PhD '72, considered a visionary leader in the pharmaceutical industry, has made a $5 million investment in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences through the John and Editha Kapoor Charitable Foundation. The gift, issued as a challenge to encourage others to follow his lead, will support construction of the school's new home on the university's South Campus, as well as faculty research, student financial aid and an emerging-technologies fund. In light of this generosity, the university will name its new pharmacy building John Kapoor Hall in his honor.

At a press conference announcing the gift and naming, UB president John B. Simpson praised Kapoor for his history of giving to the university. "It's a point of substantial pride for UB that our pharmacy school provided the foundation for Dr. Kapoor's remarkable career in the pharmaceutical industry. It is very significant to our university that he has chosen to honor his alma mater with another truly extraordinary gift that will help us take the school to even greater heights of excellence," Simpson said. More

2008 Commencement Activities
Commencement activities were held on May 10 in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus. The school graduated 131 students: 116 PharmD Students and 15 students from the undergraduate and graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences programs. The school is proud to announce that 39 students received awards at the 2008 ceremony. Commencement activities were enhanced by comments from guest speaker and distinguished alumnus, John Kapoor, '72, as well as Renee Fleming, '83, who spoke on behalf of the SoPPS Alumni Association.
2008 Awards Ceremony
Faculty, staff and students were recognized at the school's annual awards ceremony held on April 10 in UB's Center for Tomorrow. More than 100 people attended the gala event. Premier awards extended were:
  • Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award: Patricia Kroboth, '71
  • Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award: John DeAngelis, '97
  • Daniel H. Murray Memorial Professional Development Award: Deborah Liana, '08
  • Preceptor of the Year Award: Todd Martino
  • Teacher of the Year Finalists: Daniel Brazeau, '89, Karl Fiebelkorn, '78 and Donald Mager, '91, '00
  • Staff Recognition Awards: Jennifer Hess and Kris Jordan
  • United States Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award: Erin Corica, '08
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ICHAPRT's New International Trainee
The UB Pharmacotherapy Research Center's International Center for HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research and Training (ICHAPRT) is proud to host its second trainee, Tongai Chizanga, an RPh, MPhil candidate at the University of Zimbabwe. Chizanga will be completing a 10-week laboratory training module under the supervision of Gene Morse, associate dean for clinical and translational research. ICHAPRT is an international collaboration project of the UB Pharmacotherapy Research Center's Office of International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research.
Alumni notes
In Memoriam
Louis Cook III, '54
Faculty/Staff notes
Congratulations to Nicole Paolini and her husband, Nicholas Albanese, on the birth of their son, Robert Nicholas Albanese. Nicole also is the recipient of the 2008 Faculty Service Award from the Phi Lambda Sigma Beta Omicron Chapter. This award recognizes outstanding faculty service to our school and pharmacy.

Donald Mager was appointed to serve on the Clinical Pharmacology Subcommittee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science.

Marilyn Morris received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Health funded through the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study "Gamma-hydroxybutyrate: Toxicodynamics and Treatment Strategies."

Fran Gengo and research colleagues from the Dent Neurologic Institute and other University at Buffalo departments have shown that the use of ibuprofen for arthritis pain or other conditions while taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a second stroke undermines aspirin's ability to act as an anti-platelet agent. More

Joseph Balthasar, et al published "Mathematical modeling of topotecan pharmacokinetics and toxicodynamics in mice," J Pharmacokinet Pharmacodyn. 2007 Dec;34(6):829-47.

Qing Ma, Alan Forrest and Gene Morse, et al published "Pharmacokinetic interaction between efavirenz and dual protease inhibitors in healthy volunteers." Biopharm Drug Dispos. 2008 Mar;29(2):9.

Ho-Leung Fung delivered the occasional address to the graduating student body of the University of Sydney on March 14. Fung was also asked to be first guest lecturer at the inaugural launch of the University of Sydney's Barry L. Reed Distinguished lecture Series.
Student Notes
Debbie Liana, a third-year PharmD student, is the recipient of the 2008 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. This award recognizes 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.

Alina Eisen, a third-year PharmD student, was chosen as a summer intern in the Global Public Health Project with US Pharmacopeia (USP). The USP summer internship will focus on projects that support the organization's mission to advance public health through good-quality medicines and foods. The internship comes with a $10,000 stipend. To read more about Eisen's internship, click here.

Tara Sidora, a third-year PharmD student, placed in the "Top Ten" at the APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition held during the APhA annual meeting held in San Diego, Calif.

UB 2008 Celebration of Academic Excellence Student Nominees
Student Advisor
Amy A. Brilliant, '08 Francis Gengo
Vaishali L. Chudasama,'08 Donald Mager
Lisa C. Garrity, '08 Alan Forrest
Debbie Liana, '08 Joseph Balthasar
Neang S. Ly, '08 William Jusko
Pui Yi Tam, '08 Patty Havard
Marina Wu, '08 Brian Tsuji
Students are chosen for this event based on recommendations from their deans on outstanding research and/or creative projects.
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Poster Day Winners
Congratulations go to the following student winners and their mentors who presented posters at the school's annual poster day event held on April 24:

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  • First Place - Vaishali L. Chudasama; Mentor: Don Mager
  • Second Place - Ghislaine Ngo Ndjock Mbong; Mentor: Balu Iyer
  • Third Place - Neang Ly; Mentors: William Jusko, Alan Forrest and Brian Tsuji
Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Debbie Liana; Mentor: Joe Balthasar
  • Stephanie McCutcheon; Mentor: Joe Balthasar
Upcoming continuing education programs

Pharmacy Law Review: May 21-22, 2008, Classics V Banquet Facility

Board Review Course: May 12-16, 2008, and May 21-22, 2008.

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

Alumni Reunion and Dinner Dance: 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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