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2009 March eNotes

 

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

Over the past few months it has been my pleasure to speak with many alumni about our school and the ways alumni can support the SoPPS: precepting students, participating in our recruitment and admissions processes, supporting our new building and making other financial gifts that help secure the future of our school and the advancement of our research. So this month’s e-Notes highlights our alumni support. We thank you for all you do and look forward to your continued guidance and support.

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
(l-r) Jan Panasci, David Panasci, Faye Panasci and UB president John B. Simpson.
(l-r) Jan Panasci, David Panasci, Faye Panasci and UB president John B. Simpson.
School News
Faye Panasci and family give $1 million
The namesake of Fay's Drugs, Faye Panasci, has given $1 million to the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where her husband and father-in-law began their quest to build the highly successful chain of pharmacies.

Along with her son, David Panasci, and daughter, Beth Leventhal, Faye Panasci is continuing the family's tradition of giving back to UB begun by Henry A. Panasci Jr., B.A. '48, B.S. '52, and his father, Henry A. Panasci Sr., B.A. '25. Their $1 million gift will fund the atrium of the new home for the pharmacy school, John Kapoor Hall on the UB South Campus. In honor of the family's generosity, UB will name the atrium the Panasci Atrium. Read more.

Morse receives $880,000 grant for medication management using electronic medical records
Gene Morse, associate dean for clinical and translational research, and Amy Hayward, president of Applied Healthcare Resource Management, a local company based in UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, were awarded an $880,000 grant to fund a Medication Management Research Network (MMRN) which Morse will lead as the principal investigator.

The project will serve as a statewide model for providing medication therapy management for patients, reduce errors, and boost efficiency. Other SoPPS faculty investigators involved with the MMRN include Qing Ma, Karl Fiebelkorn, Jack Brown, Linda Catanzaro, Fred Doloresco and Mark Wrobel. Read more.

Guy getting immunizer
SoPPS leads in training pharmacy immunizers
Responding to recent legislative approval that permits New York State pharmacists to administer flu and pneumonia vaccines, the school has taken a leadership role in offering immunization training certificate programs to community pharmacists.

During the training session, called "Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery," pharmacists learn about adverse reactions, record-keeping, marketing, legal and regulatory issues, emergency issues, and disease prevention. Pharmacists also learn vaccine administration techniques.

The training session, funded by a grant from Merck & Co., is sponsored by UB and the American Pharmacists Association. Read more. See news video.
Guy getting immunizer
Gayle Brazeau participates in mayoral initiative
As a fellow in the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York Fellows Program, Gayle Brazeau, associate dean for academic affairs, is participating in a new partnership with the office of Buffalo mayor Byron Brown to develop a program aimed at enhancing patient-safety literacy in the area of prescription and over the counter medications by evaluating how health care practitioners interact with patients. Read more.
Nathan Back, professor emeritus, biochemical pharmacology
The school was saddened to learn of the passing of Nathan Back, Ph.D., on March 1 in Jerusalem, Israel. Back, who began his career at the School of Pharmacy in 1959, was the first chair of the Department of Biochemical Pharmacology. He was highly regarded as a teacher and mentor.
Planning your legacy: charitable bequests
Through the university’s General Edmund Hayes Society, more than 500 UB alumni have given back to UB through planned gifts. The most common planned giving option, a charitable bequest, has been chosen by many SoPPS alumni. The impact of these bequests is tremendous: funding both merit- and needs-based scholarships, establishing distinguished academic professorships, and providing support for research initiatives on such diseases as Alzheimer’s, cancer and hypertension.

Irving Sultz, president of the Class of 1955, decided to name the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in his estate. “I don’t know which direction my life would have taken if I hadn’t been accepted to the school. It has afforded me a lifelong career as a health care professional in the practice of pharmacy. I am thankful to UB for making a profound difference in my life,” Sultz says. He hopes his classmates will also consider making a gift to UB.Read more.

Please contact UB’s Office of Gift Planning for further information on how your legacy can benefit the SoPPS: Call toll-free at 877-825-3422 or go to http://www.plan.gs/Home.do?orgId=5095.
 
Alumni notes
Margaret McGlynn, ’82, ’83, presented “Launching a Breakthrough Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer” for the UB School of Management Speakers Series. Faculty and students from the School of Management as well as from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences attended the event.

James Millard, ’81, was appointed president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, located in Kenmore, N.Y. Millard had been president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Mohammad Tabrizi, ’96, was appointed vice president of preclinical development at AnaptysBio, Inc.

Walter Weiner, ’55, was featured in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article for his long-standing dedication to the practice of pharmacy.

In memoriam:
Bernard Stack, ’35
 
Faculty/Staff notes
Faculty present at joint ICAAC- IDSA meeting
The following pharmacy practice faculty presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) 46th joint annual meeting:

Jack Brown poster presentation “Decision Analysis to Determine Rapid MRSA PCR Testing’s Impact on Mortality and Quality of Life in Hospitalized Patients with Bacteremia.”

Alan Forrest presented 18 presentations including two posters titled “PK/PD Analysis to Select PF-03709270 (PF) Doses, With & Without Probenecid (P), for Phase 2b Trials” and “Evaluation of Daptomycin (DAP) Against S. aureus (SA) Strains with Increased MIC Values after DAP Exposure.”

Varsha Iyer presented “Pharmacokinetics-Pharmacodynamics (PK-PD) of Oritavancin (ORI) Efficacy in Patients with Complicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections (cSSSI)” and a poster presentation titled “Population Pharmacokinetics (PPK) of Micafungin (MICA) in Patients with Invasive Candidiasis, Candidemia and Esophageal Candidiasis.”

Charlemagne Lacza presented “Optimal Sampling Strategies (OSS) for the Study of Daptomycin (DAP) Pharmacokinetics-Pharmacodynamics (PK-PD) in Pediatric Patients (PEDS)” and “Optimal Sampling Strategies (OSS) to Estimate the Area Under the Concentration-Time Curve at Steady-State (AUC0-24) for Zabofloxacin (ZAB).”

Brian Tsuji gave six presentations including “High Initial Inocula and Stationary Growth Phase Substantially Attenuate Killing of Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kp) and Acinetobacter baumannii (Ab) by Colistin ©,” and a poster presentation titled “Inverse Inoculum Effect of Ciprofloxacin (CIP) and Imipenem (IMI) Against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) Characterized by New Mechanism-Based Pharmacodynamic (PD) Models.”

Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty teach PK/PD course at the University Paris Descartes
William Jusko, Joseph Balthasar, and Donald Mager presented a three-day course in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to 60 participants from Europe and Japan at the University Paris Descartes, Paris, France, on January 7-9, 2009.

Donald Mager also delivered a series of lectures and computer workshops on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics at the university, January 5-23, 2009

Pharmacy Practice faculty present at ACCP annual meeting
Gene Morse and Qing Ma presented “Clinical and Translational Pharmacogenomics: Integrating a Seminar Program with Undergraduate Pharmacogenomics Research.”

Nicholas Norgard presented a poster titled “Clopidogrel attenuates coated-platelet formation in patients undergoing elective cardiac catheterization.”

Joshua Sawyer presented a platform presentation titled “Prevalence of Genotypic Drug Mutations in Among a Cohort of HIV-infected Pregnant Women.”

Other Presentations
Jack Brown presented “MRSA: Many Unanswered Questions Remain” at the New York chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting. Brown also presented “Daptomycin use in Neutropenic Patients with Gram-Positive Bacteremia” at the 50th Annual American Society of Hematology meeting.

Cynthia Lackie presented “Best Practices in Anticoagulation Safety” at the Greater New York Hospital Association’s pharmacy committee meeting.

Donald Mager presented a half-day workshop on target-mediated drug disposition and delivered the keynote lecture at the third Roche/Novartis Modeling & Simulation Meeting in Basel, Switzerland.

Gene Morse presented “Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance Update” at the 2008 AIDS Clinical Trials Group meeting.

William Prescott and Robert Wahler presented an ACPE accredited CE program, “Setting the Stage: How to be an Effective Practitioner During Your First Five Years of Practice,” at the Western New York Society of Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioner Forum.

Recent Recognition
Alan Forrest was appointed to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-Federal Drug Administration Blue-Ribbon Task Force, to develop a position paper on the optimization of drug development using pharmacometrics.
Recent Publications
Gene Morse published: Demeter LM, Jiang H, Mukherjee L, Morse GD, DiFrancesco R, DiCenzo R, Dykes C, Sista P, Bacheler L, Klingman K, Rinehart A and Albrecht M, “A randomized trial of therapeutic drug monitoring of protease inhibitors in antiretroviral-experienced, HIV-1-infected patients.” AIDS. 2009 Jan 28;23(3):357-68.

Quasi Al-Share published: Lee SJ, Heinrich G, Fedorova L, Al-Share QY, Ledford KJ, Fernstrom MA, McInerney MF, Erickson SK, Gatto-Weis C, Najjar SM. “Development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in insulin-resistant liver-specific S503A carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 mutant mice.” Gastroenterology 2008 Dec;135(6):2084-95.

Congratulations
The school congratulates William Prescott and Gina Zurick-Prescott on the birth of their son, William Alexander Prescott III.
Student at dance
STUDENT NOTES
Halfway Dance Benefits Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo
The school’s annual Halfway Dance and Charity Gala was held February 7 at the Adam’s Mark hotel in Buffalo. The event raised $3,500 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. Class of 2011 officers presented a check to Kenneth Sodaro, chief volunteer officer, and Danielle Judge-Johnson, director of resource development at Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. The Halfway Dance is the school’s premier social event for students and faculty.
Student Wellness Clinics
Since spring 2006, SoPPS students have provided monthly blood pressure and wellness screening clinics to members of the Pendleton Center United Methodist Church. Almost 300 individuals have been assisted, resulting in 700 blood pressure checks and countless medication management counseling sessions.

Katie Kaczor completed her second year as a Buffalo Bills cheerleader. Go Katie!

Charles Venuto presented a poster, “Comparison of Aniretroviral Therapy Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Monitoring Parameters in HIV-Infected Patients With and Without Substance Abuse,” at the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The conference is a meeting of the world's leading researchers working to understand, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications.

Kristen Zeitler has been selected to serve on this year's national American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Students of Pharmacy Policy Standing Committee.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming continuing education programs

Pharmacy Day in Albany: March 31, 2009

Awards Ceremony: April 23, 2009, at the Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.

Commencement: May 9, 2009

Student Scholarship Golf Tournament: June 8, 2009, Lockport Town and Country Club. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.

Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance: September, 12, 2009, Grand Island Holiday Resort and Conference Center. Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.
For additional information, please see our news and events listings at www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/school_news.shtml.

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