2009 November eNotes


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

This edition of eNotes highlights the many outstanding accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. It is with much pride that I bring these activities to your attention. These individuals represent the best in their fields and exemplify the qualities of innovation, leadership and intellectual curiosity that our school strives to develop.

Please stay in touch. Forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. You will not be receiving eNotes again until March; the print edition of our newsletter The Buffalo Pharmacist will be mailed to you in January.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
School News
Research team receives outstanding-manuscript award

Joseph Balthasar, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and graduate student Dhaval Shah have been recognized by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) with an outstanding-manuscript award in modeling and simulation for "Use of an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor antibody in a pharmacokinetic strategy to increase the efficacy of intraperitoneal chemotherapy." The paper was published by the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in May 2009. Shah is lead author; Balthasar is the corresponding author. Additional authors were Beom Soo Shin from Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea; and Ralph Bernacki, Jean Veith and Karoly Toth from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The research was funded through a grant awarded to Balthasar's lab by the National Cancer Institute.

The paper describes the use of mathematical modeling and computer simulations to guide the development of a new strategy to treat ovarian cancers. The group is currently pursuing initiation of a clinical trial to test the combination therapy they describe in ovarian cancer patients.

AACP Pharmacy Educator Week
AACP Pharmacy Educator Week recognized at UB

The school participated in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's American Pharmacy Educator Week, Oct. 25-31. Students in the P2 and P3 classes recognized members of the faculty by making posters and placing them on faculty office doors, thanking them for all they do as pharmacy educators and for having guiding them through their years here at the SoPPS.

The Buffalo News published a letter from Dean Anderson explaining the important role of pharmacy educators at UB and how they positively impact health care at the local, regional and national levels.

Sharon and Bob Miller
Sharon and Bob Miller
Alumni continue to support to Kapoor Hall

The school is proud to announce gifts from Robert Miller '59 and Steve Giroux '81 to support patient assessment rooms in Kapoor Hall. The two rooms—2121 MPC Health Care Services/Robert and Sharon Miller Patient Assessments and Counseling Room; and the Giroux Family Patient Assessment and Counseling Room—will be specifically designed for training PharmD students in pharmacy counseling and clinical activities.

Read more about Miller.

Read more about Giroux.

Alumni Notes
Dean's Alumni Ambassadors carry the flag

The school is proud to recognize and thank the following Dean's Alumni Ambassadors for representing SoPPS at graduate school fairs during the fall 2009 semester:

Jacquelyn Torrez '03: University of Illinois-Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair

Howard Weintraub '71: Rutgers-New Brunswick annual Graduate and Professional School Fair

Ann Mack '71: Florida Atlantic University Graduate School Fair

Prudy Morris '88 and Bill Schack '61: San Diego Graduate School Fair

Chris Nwankwo '83: Kennesaw State University Graduate School Fair and Spelman Graduate/Professional School Roundup

The ambassadors received Webinar/phone conference training and packages of recruitment materials from UB. Are you interested in becoming a Dean's Alumni Ambassador?

Learn more.

Cocktail reception on the Vegas strip

You are invited to the SoPPS Alumni Association reception at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) mid-year meeting in Las Vegas on Monday, Dec. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., in Harrah's Laughlin Room. Alumni from all our programs, including residency and fellowship programs, are encouraged to attend.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated. To register, please contact phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340.

Swati Patel '03 is currently a managing consultant at Navigant Consulting in Chicago, working in the area of health care performance improvement and supply chain.

Roseanne Maria Santos '05 has published a book titled "An Unashamed Defense of Coffee: 101 Reasons to Drink Coffee Without Guilt."

Faculty/Staff Notes
Morse in new role

Congratulations to Gene Morse on being named associate director of the translation core at UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. Gene will still be working collaboratively with the school.

Read more.

New faculty

Welcome to Jun Qu, PhD, who recently joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as an assistant professor. Jun has been working with the school on various research projects and now joins the faculty to continue his research in proteomics.

Research on the underlying cause of MS

Murali Ramanathan, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and UB colleagues are starting a study that could overturn the prevailing wisdom of the cause of multiple sclerosis. The research team will test the possibility that MS symptoms result from chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. Ramanathan's role in the study involves analysis of blood samples for proteins and other soluble factors associated with central nervous system injury.

Read more.

Read Buffalo News story.



Gene Morse, Linda Catanzaro and Karl Fiebelkorn were lead authors of "Developing a Bioinformatics and Medication Management Research Network," an invited paper published in the summer 2009 issue of California Pharmacist, the quarterly publication of the California Pharmacists Association. Other contributing authors were Werner Ceusters, MD; Russell Bessette, MD; Thomas Furlani, PhD; Amy Hayward, BS; James Notaro, RPh, PhD; Anthony Billitier, MD; Daniel Porreca; and Bruce Holm.

California Pharmacist, Summer 2009.



William Jusko, Marilyn Morris, Joe Balthasar and Don Mager were invited moderators at various symposia presentations at the 2009 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists meeting.


Joe Paladino has been elected to the board of directors of the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.

Career Pathways Program
P1 Career Pathways poster
Student Notes
Career Pathways Program

The school's annual Career Pathways Program was held Oct. 26-29. Four hundred students participated in career counseling presentations held during a Monday evening alumni dinner. Tom Smith '84 and Renee Flemming '83 gave opening remarks to the students on behalf of the SoPPS Alumni Association.

On Tuesday, all P1 students presented posters on various disease states. Faculty and alumni evaluated the presentations and made recommendations to help students enhance their research and data collection skills.

Closing the program was the Wednesday Career Advisement Program. More than 30 corporations and exhibitors attended to interview our P4 students for upcoming job opportunities, as well as to give career advisement to other students in the school.

The school would like to thank these sponsors for their generous support of the Career Pathways Program:


  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Wal-Mart Corporation
  • Kmart
  • UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association
APhA-ASP develops video showing the importance of pharmacy in health care reform

Congratulations to our UB American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists members Drew Lambert, Michael Krajewski, Oluwa Fabiyi, Kristen Zietler, Jamie Chin, Gauri Rao and Jason Hou for their creation of the APhA-sponsored health care reform video. This video is part of an APhA health care policy reform initiative and has been submitted by our students to local congressional representatives.

See video.

PharmD students host cultural night

In an effort to raise cultural awareness and celebrate cultural diversity, PharmD students held a Cultural Awareness Night on October 16 in the UB South Lake Village community room. Chiedza Maponga and Gene Morse gave a presentation on their International Center for HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research and Training (ICHAPRT) program and discussed the interventions that are currently occurring in Zimbabwe and other global locations. Over $300 was raised to support the Chitungwiza Utano Community Partnership of Harare, which provides support and care to HIV patients. Student organizers of the event were Gauri Rao, Rezarta Ajazi, Jamie Chin and Ali Mohamedali.

Gamma lota Diabetes walk
Gamma Iota steps out
Kappa Psi, Gamma Iota events

Kappa Psi participated in various campus activities in support of the Healthy Lung Awareness Program and the UBreathe Free program where students gave information on smoking cessation and healthy pulmonary function.

Gamma Iota and the pledges of Gamma Iota also participated in the annual American Diabetes Association Step Out for Diabetes Walk to Fight Diabetes. Gamma Iota raised over $600 to support diabetes research and diabetes management and awareness programs.

NCPA Foundation announces scholarships and awards

The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was well represented among the 2009 National Community Pharmacists Association's scholarship recipients.

Gertrude Chimhungwe received an NCPA 2009 Presidential Scholarship. Gertrude was one of 18 students nationally to receive this award. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership qualities, interest in independent community pharmacy and extracurricular accomplishments.

Kristen Gawronski received an NCPA 2009 Student Chapter Outstanding Members of the Year Award. Students are chosen by their fellow students and faculty based on their involvement with independent community pharmacy activities and the encouragement they give others to become involved in patient-friendly entrepreneurial pharmacy.

Kristin Kielar is the recipient of a $5,000 American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education Gateway Research Scholarship. Kristin will be recognized at the 2009 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists meeting. Robert Straubinger, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is her advisor.

Caitlin Turner is the recipient of the 2009 RX Portfolio Award. Award winners were chosen based on the quality of their portfolio submission. View portfolio.

Puneet Gaitonde presented "Phosphatidylserine reduces antibody development against human recombinant factor VIII in Hemophilia A mice by inducing tolerance" at the first annual International Conference on Immune Tolerance. Sathy Balu-Iyer is her thesis advisor.

Lindsay Rodgers received an $800 scholarship from the Buffalo Federation of Women. She was recognized at a reception at UB's Center for the Arts.

Upcoming continuing education programs

ASHP Mid-Year Alumni Reception: Monday, December 7, 2009, Harrah's Las Vegas, Laughlin Room (see alumni section above for details) Phm-alumni@buffalo.edu; (716) 645-3340

Halfway Dance and Charity Gala: Saturday, February 6, 2010, Buffalo Statler Towers

See the new SoPPS video, "Better Health Starts Here"

For additional information, please see our Web site: www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu.

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