2009 September eNotes


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

Our 2009-10 academic year began with much celebration: welcoming new students, welcoming back current students and exciting groundbreaking ceremonies for Kapoor Hall. Joining us at that event were many esteemed alumni and friends, including the lead building supporters John Kapoor '72, Faye and David Panasci, Ron Isaacs '56, CVS Caremark, Ken Yee '75, Steve Giroux '81, Bob Miller '59, and UB leadership, legislative representatives and many other supporters of the school. We eagerly anticipate completion of Kapoor Hall in 2012.

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 November.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Kapoor Hall
Kapoor Hall on the South Campus
School News
Kapoor Hall groundbreaking
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held a ceremonial groundbreaking on September 11 for the building it will call home in 2012, when pharmacy will become the first UB professional school in three decades to move to the South Campus and back into the City of Buffalo.

"We have reached another defining point in our future. This space will allow us to set new standards in pharmacy education statewide and throughout the U.S.," Dean Wayne K. Anderson said at the groundbreaking. "Kapoor Hall will provide a special place where education, training and improved patient care will flourish."

The location of Kapoor Hall unites the pharmacy school with the other UB health sciences schools that comprise UB's Academic Health Center: dental medicine, medicine, nursing, and public health and health professions. The move is a return to the City of Buffalo, where the pharmacy school—the university's second oldest school (after the medical school)—was founded more than 120 years ago. Since 1977, the pharmacy school has been located in Cooke and Hochstetter halls on the North Campus.

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White Coat Ceremony
Welcome to the class of 2013
PharmD orientation and White Coat Ceremony

During the month of August we proudly welcomed 125 new P1 students beginning their PharmD training. Orientation programming provided informational sessions for parents and students about the many opportunities for students at the SoPPS.

More than 400 people attended the White Coat Ceremony, where our P1 students received their lab coats and were officially inducted into the profession of pharmacy. Guest speaker for the event was Patrick Comerford '07.

l-r: Tom Smith' 84, Rachel Spire-Smith '84, Jocelyn Tameta-Bentley and Paul Bentley '84

The SoPPS Alumni Association was proud to welcome 100 alumni and guests who attended the 2009 School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Reunion and All Alumni Dinner Dance. Special recognition goes to these reunion classes: 55th Anniversary—Class of 1954; 50th Anniversary—Class of 1959; 25th Anniversary—Class of 1984; 10th Anniversary—Class of 1999.

Afternoon reunion events included a riverboat cruise on the Niagara River and the UB Bulls home opener against Pittsburgh. The evening dinner dance was held at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center.

The Alumni Association thanks everyone who attended and asks those celebrating an anniversary next year to contact the alumni office to begin planning for our 2010 reunion!

l-r: Andrus, Trzewieczynski and Hirsch
Alumni Notes
Local alumni open new center

Congratulations to UB SoPPS alumni Ken Andrus '94, Aaron Hirsch '94 and Dean Trzewieczynski '98, who recently opened the VascuScript Center. VascuScript, located in Cheektowaga, N.Y., is a full-service pharmacy offering patient counseling, immunizations, prescription delivery, and compounding services. VascuScript is part of the VascuFlo Health Living Center, which in addition to VascuScript pharmacy services also offers external counter pulsation treatment, cardiac rehab, chiropractic services, acupuncture and massage therapy.

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Moden and Schultz
Schultz (left) and Moden celebrate the Fourth
Larwood Pharmacy participates in Fourth of July events

Bruce Moden '57 and Peter Schultz '57 celebrated July Fourth activities in the East Aurora, N.Y., parade as well as the 175th anniversary of Larwood Pharmacy in East Aurora. Bruce and Peter were previous co-owners of Larwood; Bruce's daughter Linda Moden '97 and Becky Almond '86 are the current owners. Larwood's is one of the oldest pharmacies in Western New York. Congratulations!

Alumni-only UB Bulls football event, Oct 10

Join the SoPPS Alumni Association at the Alumni-Only UB Bulls Pre-Game True Blue Homecoming Football Party, Saturday, October 10 at 2:30 p.m., in the East Side Suite (3:30 p.m. kickoff).

Event includes game ticket, access to the East Side Suite (area not covered, so dress accordingly), food snacks, beverages and cash bar through half time. (East Side Suite is the only area where a cash bar will be available.) Seating is limited to the first 50 SoPPS registrants; deadline is September 30.

  • $30.00 Alumni Association members
  • $35.00 nonmembers
  • $15.00 pre-game party only (available for current ticket holders)

Click here for registration or e-mail for more information.

ASHP mid-year meeting alumni reception

Join the SoPPS Alumni Association on Monday, December 7, 5:30 p.m. at Harrah's in Las Vegas for an alumni reception. The SoPPS Alumni Association welcomes the opportunity to host alumni for a cocktail reception on the exciting Vegas Strip! Alumni from all our programs, including our residency and fellowship programs, are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Please contact: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-3340 for information.

Tran Doanh '96 & '05 received the Food and Drug Administration Outstanding Service Award from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Tran is currently a senior clinical pharmacology reviewer at the FDA.

Susan Fagan '84 received a $1.4 million five-year RO1 research grant in support of her research in evaluating mechanisms of vascular protection after acute stroke.

Michael Jay '76 has been promoted to the rank of distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina Eschelman School of Pharmacy.

Neil Poppendeck '78 was named a Walmart Regional Community Pharmacist of the Year.

Joseph Saseen '92 & '94 has been promoted to the rank of professor of clinical pharmacy and family medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.

In Memoriam:

Neil Koenig '59

Faculty/Staff Notes
Brazeau promoted to full professor

Congratulations to Gayle Brazeau for her promotion to professor of pharmacy practice!


Kathleen Tornatore presented:

Tornatore KM, Dole K, DiFrancesco R, Gillis KA, Leca N, Gundroo A, Venuto RC, Gender Differences in Cyclosporine Pharmacokinetics in Stable African American and Caucasian Renal Allograft Recipients. Amer. J. Transplant; 2009:9:suppl 2: pg 496 (Abstract #1084; 5/31/09-Poster).

Damodor A, Bhatnagar J, Zachariah M, , Tornatore K, Weber-Shrikant E, Gundroo A, Panesar M, Venuto R: Aggressive Immunosuppression Benefits Post-transplant Glomerulonephritis. Amer. J. Transplant; 2009:9:suppl 2: pg 684 (Abstract #1788;6/2/09-Poster).


Kathleen Tornatore published:

Zachariah, M., Tornatore-Morse, K. M., Venuto, R. C. (2009). Kidney Transplantation and pregnancy. Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation, in press.

Nainani, N., Singh, N., Damodar, A., Parimoo, N., Ummadi, S., Qazi, Y., Murray, B. M., Tornatore K. M., Ciccirella, J., Blessios, G. A., Venuto, R. C. (2009). Cross Reactive Epitope Group Antibodies in Sensitized Kidneys Transplant recipients was associated with Early Acute Antibody Mediated Rejection. Transplant Immunology(20), 113-117.

New Funding/Grants

Kathleen Tornatore received:

$427,000 R21 two year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study, "Genomic and Cellular Markers and Chronic Renal Allograft Function."

"Time-dependent MRP-2 Expression in Peripheral Mononuclear Cells in Stable African American and Caucasian Renal Transplant Recipients receiving Neoral¨ (Cyclosporine) and Myfortic¨ (Mycophenolic Acid)"—a supplemental study to Protocol CERL080A-US56.


Edward Bednarczyk is chair-elect (2010-11) of the Clinical Sciences section of the APhA-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS).

Karl Fiebelkorn is secretary of the New York State Health Systems Pharmacist Conference. He also received the Western New York Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Robert M. Cooper Memorial Award.

Pat Grace received her master's degree in educational psychology from the University at Buffalo.

Donald Mager has been elected vice chair, American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research.

Marilyn Morris has been elected as a member-at-large, American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Gene Morse was appointed co-chair Oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance, Oral Pharmacokinetics Focus Group and was selected as a member of the Sustained Release Drugs Task Force, AIDS Clinical Trial Group.

Alfred Reiman received the Individual School Spirit Award at the 2009 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting.

Christine Stumm was named SoPPS assistant director of admissions and was appointed co-chair of the newsletter committee and to membership on the executive board of the New York Association for College Admission Counseling.

Student Notes
Assemblyman Jim Hayes Health Fair

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was proud to celebrate its 10th year of supporting outreach efforts at the Assemblyman Hayes Health Fair. PharmD students and faculty joined representatives from the UB schools of dental medicine, nursing, and public health and health professions in providing attendees with a variety of patient assessment and counseling interventions.

Pharmaceutical sciences students recognized for SoPPS academic achievement

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences recognized the following students for their academic excellence:

Jennifer Swieck received the Alfred E. and Irma T. Jones Award, which is given to the most deserving senior pharmaceutical sciences student from Upstate New York.

Amy Doty and Jennifer Swieck received the Dean's Commendation with Highest Distinction Award, which is bestowed to senior students with a GPA of 3.7-4.00.

Jennifer Biernacki, Matthew Franchini and Jorge Gallegos received the Dean's Commendation with High Distinction, which is bestowed to senior students with a GPA of 3.50-3.74.

Ayodeji Oluwayemisi Akinwande, Ryan Mary Cummings, Genki Nakamura and Long Kim Nguyen received the Dean's Commendation with Distinction, which is bestowed to senior students with a GPA of 3.20-3.49.

Pharmaceutical sciences students place in top three at PGSRM

At the 41st annual Pharmaceutics Graduate Student Research Meeting, Dhaval Shah took first place for Best Overall Podium Presentation titled "A Pharmacokinetic Strategy to Increase the Efficacy of Intreaperitoneal Chemotherapy" and Sihem Ait-Oudhia took third place in the event. Congratulations!

Pharmacy students take fourth place in Pruitt-Schutte business plan competition

Congratulations to Mike Grota '11, Danielle Kauffman '11, Miranda Minhas, '10 and Vikram Sundararaman '12 for their fourth-place win in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition. This is the fifth consecutive year our students have placed in the top five in this competition. We congratulate them and their faculty mentor, Karl Fiebelkorn!

Suraj Bhansali received the American College of Clinical Pharmacology Student/Trainee Award for his abstract "Development of Physiological Based Pharmacokinetic Model to Predict Tissue Distribution of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor C156S." Pharmaceutical sciences faculty member Marilyn Morris was a co-author.

Caitlin Carpenter received the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York Owl Drugs/Donald Arthur Sr. Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Christopher Daly received the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York Golf Scholarship.

Caitlin Turner received the 2009 RX Portfolio National Achievement Award. Winners of this award were selected from more than 9,000 RX portfolio owners!

Kristen Zeitler received the Pharmacists' Association of Western New York Howard and Bee Scholarship.

Upcoming continuing education programs

Alumni-Only UB Bulls Pre-Game Homecoming Football Party: October 10, 2:30 p.m. (see alumni section above for details)

Career Pathways Program, October 26-28

ASHP Mid-Year Alumni Reception, Monday, December 7, Laughlin Room, Harrah's Las Vegas (see alumni section above for details)

See new School Video: "Better Health Starts Here"

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