2008 November eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
November 2008
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the November SoPPS Dean's e-Notes. The scholarly productivity and recognition of our faculty is always impressive, but the past few months have brought exceptional accolades to both our faculty and school. Gene Morse's recently announced $7.6 million contract with the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the invited presentation of key faculty at the Second World Conference on Magic Bullets and Bill Jusko's 2008 Paul Ehrlich Magic Bullet Lifetime Achievement Award presented at that conference demonstrate the level of our faculty achievement. I cannot overemphasize how proud we are of these talented individuals and how appreciative of the knowledge and expertise they impart to our students.

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 January.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Richard Schwartz,'58, and Mary Schwartz
Richard Schwartz,'58, and
Mary Schwartz
School News
Reunion 2008
We held our 2008 reunion on Sept. 27 with the classes of 1953, 1958, 1983 and 1998 receiving recognition for their special anniversary years. Reunion attendees took part in a Niagara River cruise as well as a gala dinner dance. Evening activities concluded with the alumni association's annual candlelight induction ceremony of P4 students.

Classes of 1954, 1959, 1984 and 1999, please mark your calendars for the upcoming 2009 Reunion, Saturday, Sept. 12.

New Faculty
The school welcomes new faculty member Joshua Sawyer, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, to the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Sawyer will focus his teaching in the Immunodeficiency Clinic at Erie County Medical Center.
Alumni notes
Nicole Acquisto, '05, was selected to receive the 10th Annual American Society of Health System Pharmacists Best Practices Award in Health System Pharmacy for her project titled "Pharmacists Enhancing the Time Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Patient Safety During Acute Myocardial Infarction Presentation to the Emergency Department."

Stephen Giroux, '81, was recognized for his service as president at the national meeting of the National Community Pharmacists Association in Tampa, Fla.

Angela Kashuba, '95, has received the Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigators Award from the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Faculty/Staff notes
SoPPS faculty invited to present at world conference
Several SoPPS faculty and two fellows were invited speakers at the Second World Conference on Magic Bullets, Oct. 3-5, in Nuremberg, Germany. The conference focuses on the discovery, development and successful use of "magic bullet" drugs/therapies in clinical medicine.
Photo of Jusko
William Jusko Received the 2008 Paul Ehrlich Magic Bullet Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bill also presented "Corticosteroids--Integrating Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacogenomics, and Disease Progression," "Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Concepts," and "Bioequivalence of Biosimilars--Is Pharmacodynamic Equivalence Sufficient?"

Donald Mager presented "Basic Principles in Pharmacology" and "Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Aliskiren Effects on Biomarkers of the Renin-ngiotensin System in Humans."

Jerome Schentag presented "Clinical Antibiotic Development Using PK/PD and Progression Modeling."

Alan Forrest presented "PK/PD Modeling to Optimize Anti-Infective Therapy."

Wojciech Krzyzanski presented "PK/PD Modeling of Hematopoietic Effects of Erythropoietin."

Jurgen Bulitta (fellow) presented "Mechanism-Based Models for Anti-Infectives--What Do They Have to Offer?" and "Overview of PK/PD Software Tools for Estimation and Optimal Design." Jurgen also served on the conference organizing committee.

Cornelia Landersdorfer (fellow) presented "Introduction to Compartmental Modeling and Simulations," "Combining PK/PD with Disease Progression Modeling," and "Bone Penetration of Antibiotics--Review and Future Perspectives Including Bayesian Population PK/PD Methods." Cornelia also served on the conference organizing committee.
New funding
Patty Havard has received $81,618 in funding from Abbott for a study titled, "The Function of P-Glycoprotein in the Intracellular Disposition of Lopinavir/Ritonavir in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Between the Maternal and Fetal Compartments."
Recent faculty publications
Tammie Lee Demler
Bitter R, Demler TL, Opler L. Safety Evaluation of the Concomitant Use of Clozapine and Benzodiazepines: A Retrospective, Cross-Sectional Chart Review. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Sept 2008;14(5):265-270.

Gonzalez M, Demler TL, Bellnier, T. Clozapine Treated Psychiatric Inpatients Post-Smoking Cessation: Effect on Psychiatric Symptomotology: Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Feb 2008; 21(1).

Gene Morse
Hare CB, Mellors J, Krambrink A, Su Z, Skiest D, Margolis DM, Patel SS, Barnas D, Frenkel L, Coombs RW, Aweeka F, Morse GD, Haas DW, Boltz V, Palmer S, Coffin J, Havlir DV. Detection of nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor-resistant HIV-1 after discontinuation of virologically suppressive antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Aug 1;47(3):421-4.

Scott Monte, William Prescott and Joseph Paladino
Monte SV, Prescott WA Jr., Johnson KK, Kuhman L, Paladino JA. Safety of Ceftriaxone at the Extremes of Age. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety 2008;7:515-23.

Recent faculty presentations
Fred Doloresco presented "Complete Findings of the BPP Special Project: A Global Survey of Hospital Pharmacy Practice" at the follow-up section of the Global Conference on the Future of Hospital Pharmacy hosted by the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section, as part of the 68th Annual Congress of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in Basel, Switzerland.

Cara Felton presented "Implementation of a Bioinformatics and Medication Management Research Network to Increase Medication Safety" at the Framework for Change - Western New York Alliance for Person-Center Care Symposium.

Robert Wahler presented "Pain Management in Oncology Patients" at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Pharmacy Oncology Symposium 2008.
Excellence in the pharmaceutical sciences
Congratulations to the 54 P2, P3 and P4 students who received recognition from the pharmaceutical sciences faculty for academic excellence in pharmaceutical sciences courses in the doctor of pharmacy curriculum.
Kaitlin Ganley accepts award from Marilyn Morris, Pharmaceutical Science.
P3 student Kaitlin Ganley (right) accepts award from Marilyn Morris, Pharmaceutical Science.
To earn recognition, students must exhibit academic excellence in a variety of courses including PHM 311, PHM 312, PHC 517, PHC 531, PHC 532, PHC 533.

Recognized students are:
Samuel Aitken, Rezarta Ajazi, Brian Ames, Danielle Baldwin, Stephen Bernard, Pulkit Bhuptari, Christopher Chan, Christopher Daly, Christopher Diehl, Thao Doan, Kate Fifield, Carolyn Hempel, Na Rae Kwon, Ji Hye Lee, Susan Lee, Susan Lo, Hoi Man Ma, Jackson Maina, Allison Pitman, Gauri Rao, Stacy Reger, Gabrielle Riorden, Erik Rogers, Anand Shah, Grace Shyh, Rebekah Yate, Amy Telesz, Laura Vespi, Benjamin Wee, Kristen Zeitler, Kofi, Adeji, Julie Davis, Madlin Faria, Kaitlin Ganley, Peggy Lee, Kristen Lim, Alina Eisen, Jessica Fedele, Brent Footer, Michael Guskey, Yu-Ching Hsia, Jessica Jones, Naga Kalidoss, Kristie Kowalski, Cherae Mangus, Debra Morris-Allen, Caitlin Nelson, Michael Quermback, Christina Ramsey, Kelly Smith and Andrew Wohlrab.

Gauri Rao, P2 student, educates patients in India about diabetes management
During the summer of 2008, Gauri Rao, Class of 2011, worked in a clinic in Karnataka, India, where she assisted in monitoring the glucose levels of patients with uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetes management is not adequately screened in Karnataka, so Gauri has begun working with others practitioners in the local health care system to enhance patient education information regarding diabetes and hypertension and to encourage low cost interventional techniques such as diet management and the use of glucose monitors.
Elizabeth Sanders, P2 student, presents at ACCP
Elizabeth Sanders, Class of 2011, presented her poster "Clinical and Translational Pharmacogenomics: Integrating a Seminar Program with Undergraduate Pharmacogenomics Research" at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 37th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Upcoming continuing education programs

ASHP Mid-Year Meeting Alumni Reception: Monday, December 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Fla.
RSVP: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu (RSVPs are not required but are appreciated)

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