2009 July eNotes


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

Summer is here and the school is immersed in planning for the upcoming 2009-10 academic year. Our main areas of focus are enhancing our curriculum for both PharmD and pharmaceutical sciences students, and reviewing strategies to further enhance our research and scholarship.

This month, we welcome new residents and fellows to the school and look forward to their valuable contributions to our mission of education, research and scholarship.

Please stay in touch. Forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. Enjoy the rest of the summer. You will hear from us again in September.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship winners (l-r) Gauri Rao, Nicholas Fusco and Carolyn Hempel with Dean Wayne K Anderson.
School News
Golf Tournament Raises over $29,000
The school's sixth annual student scholarship golf tournament was a great success! Ninety-eight golfers attended the June 8 event, raising more than $29,000. Congratulations to the 2009 Student Scholarship recipients: Nicholas Fusco, Miranda Minhas, Carolyn Hempel and Gauri Rao.

Tournament Prize Winners

1st Place Winning Foursome with a score of 57: Terry Bellnier, Chris Coyne, Tulio Ortega and Robert Weisman

2nd Place Winning Foursome with a score of 59: Keith Hochreiter, Gene Morse, Bill Wisniewski and Natalie Wisniewski

3rd Place Winning Foursome with a score of 60: Jason Bulmahn, Paul Hojnowski, Peter Jaremka and Mike Sterner

Ring of Gold: Chris Coyne, Martin Pietruszewski and Bill Prescott

Longest Drive: Matt McGillicuddy and Natalie Wisniewski

Closest to the Pin: Mark Fox and Natalie Wisniewski

Tournament Sponsorship

We would like to thank our very generous sponsors for their support of our tournament. Their partnership is instrumental to the success of our tournament!

Tournament Sponsor: Rite Aid

Platinum Sponsors: Kinney Drugs, McKesson/Health Mart Pharmacy, Rochester Drug Cooperative Gold Sponsor: CVS/Caremark

Silver Sponsor: Niagara Hospice

Bronze Sponsors: Fillmore/Fisher/Cuba Pharmacies, Forsters Pharmacy, Independent Health, J. Rutkowski Pharmacies Inc., Middleport Family Health and Omnicare

Faculty recognized at UB Celebration of Academic Excellence

Three SoPPS faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the State University of New York and the University at Buffalo at UB's fifth annual Celebration of Academic Excellence.

William Jusko was promoted to SUNY Distinguished Professor.

Robert Straubinger received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Gayle Brazeau received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

Congratulations to these distinguished faculty colleagues!

Fellows Research Day
(l-r) Sanela Bilic, program director, Novartis; Damir Bergic, Novartis research fellow; and Brian Tsuji, director, fellowship program.
Fellows Research Day

Pharmacy Practice Fellows Research Day, held June 5, gave the following fellows the opportunity to present the results of their research to faculty:

Varsha Iyer: Effects of Naproxen on the Time Course of Aspirin-Induced Inhibition of Platelet Aggregation

Rachelle Lubin: Pharmacokinetics of Nevirapine and Its Unglucuronidated Metabolites Following a Single Dose in Healthy African-American Volunteers

Qusai Al-Share: Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Insulin as Compared to Four Systemic Corticosteroids

Damir Begic: Use of a Cocktail to Reduce the Need for Interaction Studies During Drug Development and Its Application in Cancer Patients

Congratulations to all the presenters and to their program directors and mentors!

Preceptors Recognized

The first annual Preceptor Recognition Dinner was held June 23. Peter Brody, the SoPPS experiential director, addressed an audience of 55 on accomplishments in 2008-09 and innovative new policies planned for the upcoming academic year. Congratulations to the following preceptor award recipients.

Mary Gleason: Roche Pharmacy Communications Award

Scott Monte, '06: Outstanding IPPE Contribution Award

Mary Pasko, '78, '80: Pharmacy Practice Faculty Preceptor of the Year

Prashant Joshi MD: Professional Practice Elective Preceptor of the Year

Stanley Piskorowski, '79: Roche Outpatient Care Preceptor of the Year

Kristin Krajewski, '05: Inpatient Care Preceptor of the Year

Applications, Interviews and Ambassadors

The SoPPS Office of Admissions and Advisement is pleased to report an increase of 71 overall applications from 2008 to 2009 for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program. Sixty early assurance candidates have been accepted (up from 36 in 2008). Undergraduate and graduate applications in the pharmaceutical sciences are indicating a continued strong applicant pool. The Office of Admissions and Advisement is facilitating interviews for highly talented PharmCAS (PharmD) applicants and will finalize our Class of 2013 in August. 2009 interview days included an enhanced welcome and recruitment presentation, a 2:1 interviewer to interviewee format, a guided campus walking tour, and a friendly student social reception with some great Buffalo food.

The Office of Admissions and Advisement recognizes the valuable role of alumni and students in the recruitment process, especially sharing positive experiences and advice with prospective students. The office is pleased to have had such a positive response to our volunteer program Dean's Ambassadors. The ambassador program currently has 45 student volunteers representing all four classes, as well as more than 56 alumni ambassadors. The Office of Admissions and Advisement sends special thanks to our Dean's Ambassadors and our faculty, staff, and alumni e-reviewers and interviewers!

June Felice Johnson
June Felice Johnson, '78
Alumni Notes

Dennis Galluzzo, '76, was recognized as the 2009 Pharmacists Association of Western New York Hall of Fame recipient.

June Felice Johnson, '78, was appointed chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Drake University.

Tina Fiebelkorn, '79, was the featured speaker in the APhA-ASP interview series: Pharmacists: Medication Experts and Critical Partners in Patient Care.

Patrick McNamara, '79, was appointed interim dean, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Stephen Giroux, '81, was recognized as the 2009 Pharmacists Association of Western New York Pharmacist of the Year.

Kevin Sowinski, '90, '92, was promoted to professor of pharmacy practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University, and was awarded the Dr. Aziz Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Purdue School of Pharmacy.

Faculty/Staff Notes

Alice Ceacareanu was an invited speaker of the Sheehan Health Network and Roswell Park Cancer Institute Office of Health Disparities Research for the panel discussion of the health forum "A Focus On Your Medication."

Gene Morse was the invited speaker for the opening session of the UB This Summer lecture series.

Joshua Sawyer, Linda Catanzaro and Gene Morse presented "Continuity of HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Through an Integrated Multidisciplinary Immunodeficiency Services Medication Reconciliation Program," at the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC), HIV Treatment Adherence Conference.


Aiming Yu published Pan YZ, Morris ME, Yu AM. MicroRNA-328 negatively regulates breast cancer resistance protein BCRP/ABCG2 in human cancer cells, Mol Pharmacol. 75(6):1374-1379 (2009). Aiming also published Shen HW, Jiang XL, Yu AM. Development of a LC-MS/MS method to analyze 5-methoxy-N, N-dimenthyltryptamine and bufotenine: application to pharmacokinetic study, Bioanalysis. 1(1):87-95 (2009).


Cynthia Acara received the SUNY College Admissions Professionals Achievement Award.

Alice Ceacareanu received the New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists, Research and Education Foundation AMGEN Oncology Leadership Award for 2009 Research Excellence.

Karl Fiebelkorn received the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York Faculty Excellence Award.

Denise Grisanti received a Bowl of Hygeia Award which was presented to her at commencement from the Class of 2009. It was given to Denise in recognition of her outstanding service to the school and the Class of 2009.

Donald Mager was elected a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Christine Stumm received the SUNY College Admissions Professionals Larry Appel New Professionals Award.

Jeopardy Challenge Champs

SoPPS students took first place in the annual APHA Self-Care Jeopardy Challenge. UB P4 team members Lisa Lederhouse and Victoria Adams (with pharmacist teammate Steve Giroux, Class of 1981) led the way in this close competition.

Four New York schools competed in the challenge: UB, St. John's University, Long Island University and Albany College of Pharmacy. This competition tested the students' knowledge of over-the-counter products, as well as patient assessment and counseling.

Officers Elected for Student Pharmacists Association of New York State

Congratulations to the following UB SoPPS students elected to serve as officers of the Student Pharmacists Association of New York State. This is the fourth consecutive year a UB student will be serving as president of this association.

Chris Daly (P2), president

Danielle Josette (P2), president elect

Keith Rowe (P4), past president and current vice president

Student Featured in Pharmacy Times

Alina Eisen, Class of 2009, recipient of this year's RESPy (Respect, Excellence, and Service in Pharmacy) Award, was featured in a recent edition of Pharmacy Times. Eisen has been an active pharmacy student-professional partaking in various leadership roles, summer internship programs, and organizations, including the development of an e-learning course on drug quality for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Health eLearning Center, during her 2008 internship with the U.S. Pharmacopeia in Washington, D.C.

Pharmacy Times, in conjunction with Wal-Mart, established the RESPy Award in 2006 to honor outstanding pharmacy students who display exemplary behavior and great potential as community pharmacist candidates

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Upcoming continuing education programs

Kapoor Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony: September 11, 2009. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.

Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance: September, 12, 2009, Grand Island Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center.
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