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2009 January eNotes

 

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
January 2009
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the January SoPPS Dean’s e-Notes.

All of us at UB as well as throughout the SUNY system are anxiously awaiting developments in the 2009 New York State budget process. The present difficult economic climate presents many challenges to our school. We’re already meeting these challenges with innovative budget models, dialogue with campus leadership and support from our faculty and staff. The school is actually well positioned to address the budget issues, but this will, of course, require cost reducing strategies. One component of our plan is to reduce mail and print costs. In the coming year, you will receive fewer printed materials from the school. Most of the information that we have been mailing is available on our Web site at www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu. We hope you will bookmark this site and visit it frequently.

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
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School News
Are you on Facebook?
The school recently instituted a Facebook Networking Group: UB Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni and Friends. All UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students, alumni and friends are welcome to join. We will showcase school events, and highlight alumni, student and faculty accomplishments, along with school news. You must be a member of Facebook to join the group. For more information on joining Facebook, go to www.facebook.com.

We look forward to becoming your “Facebook friend.” This is a great way to network with SoPPS friends and colleagues.

Rahmon Adeola, ’01, ’02, Dean Wayne Anderson and Ijeoma Ugochukwu
Rahmon Adeola, ’01, ’02, Dean Wayne Anderson and Ijeoma Ugochukwu
Southeast Dean’s Dinners well attended
Dean Anderson has been on the road, meeting with alumni across the country to inform them about what’s happening at the school and to ask for input about the school and about issues impacting the practice of pharmacy. Over the past few months he visited the southeast United States, where he hosted alumni at “Dean’s Dinners”—at the Blackstone Restaurant in Atlanta on Nov. 19 and at Mitchell’s Fish Market in Tampa on Dec. 9. Watch for a Dean’s Dinner in your area.
Chiedza Maponga
Chiedza Maponga
ICHAPRT team presents at UB International Education Week
Research associate Chiedza Maponga, PharmD, and senior research support specialist Kelly Tooley, with PharmD students Megne Tantse and Nida Siddiqi, presented “Global HIV Therapy: Building Minds, Changing Lives” for a UB audience on Nov. 19, 2008. The presentation discussed the need for a unified global approach to HIV pharmacotherapy and described the history and activities of the school’s ICHAPRT (International Center for HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research Training) team.
 
Alumni notes
Volunteers needed for reunion committees
Planning activities for the 2009 reunion are underway for our annual dinner dance to be on Saturday, Sept. 12. We are looking for members of the classes of 1954, 1959, 1984 and 1999 to assist with reunion planning activities. If you can help, please contact Samantha Stagney, associate director of development, at sstagney@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-6303.
In memoriam:
Eugene Clark, ’52
 
Faculty/Staff notes
Gayle Brazeau received the 2007-08 University at Buffalo Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award.

William Jusko was made a SUNY Distinguished Professor, the State University of New York’s highest faculty rank.

Gene Morse and Chiedza Maponga presented “International Collaboration in HIV/ AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research and Training” at the 2008 Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Annual Meeting. Morse and Robin DiFrancesco presented “Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance Update” at the 2008 AIDS Clinical Trials Group Meeting. Morse was also invited to serve on the Clinical Research Working Group Committee at the New York HIV Research Centers Consortium Conference, “Setting an HIV/AIDS Research Agenda for New York State: The Next Decade.”

Joseph Paladino was elected chair of the New York State Drug Utilization Review Board.

Aiming Yu published the following articles:
  • Yu AM, Qu J, Felmlee MA, Cao J, Jiang XL. Quantitation of human cytochrome P450 2D6 protein with immunoblot and mass spectrometry analysis. Drug Metab Dipsos. 37: 170-177, 2009
  • Zhang WY, Tu YB, Haining RL, Yu AM. Expressions and functional analysis of CYP2D6 24, CYP2D6 26, CYP2D6 27 and CYP2D7 isozymes. Drug Metab Dispos. 37: 1-4, 2009
  • Yu also received funding from the University at Buffalo Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund for the study “MicroRNA regulation of ABC membrane transporters.”
 
STUDENT NOTES
High honor for P2 student
Congratulations to Gauri Rao, Class of 2011, on her selection as one of five pharmacy students nationwide for the American Pharmacists Association 2009 One-to-One Counseling Recognition Program. This program honors outstanding pharmacists and student pharmacists for excellence in the field of one-to-one patient care.

Rao was recognized for her efforts last summer to educate people in Karnataka, India, about the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming continuing education programs

Pharmacy Day in Albany: March 31

Awards Ceremony: April 23 at the Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo

Commencement: May 9

Student Scholarship Golf Tournament: June 8 at the Lockport Town and Country Club

Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance: September 12 at the Grand Island Holiday 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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