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2010 July eNotes

 

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical  Sciences
July 2010
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the July SoPPS Dean's e-Notes.

In this edition of e-Notes, we recognize volunteer efforts by our alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students. Such work supports the school, as well as the health and well-being of the community. On the national stage, our pharmacy practice faculty were well represented at the 2010 annual American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy meeting. Many of their contributions to this important forum are noted below. In this issue, we also say congratulations and a fond farewell to Gayle Brazeau, associate dean for academic affairs, and her husband, Dan Brazeau, research associate professor.

Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. Look for the next edition of e-Notes in September.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D.,  professor and dean
2010 Rite Aid team
2010 Rite Aid team
School News
Golfing for scholarships
SoPPS golfers had the best weather yet for the school's seventh annual student scholarship golf tournament on June 14. Temperatures in the mid-70s and a sunny, bright blue sky made play extra enjoyable at the picturesque Lockport Town and Country Club course. One hundred and seven golfers participated, helping to raise almost $29,000 for SoPPS student scholarships. Thanks to everyone who participated and supported the tournament.

We are proud to announce the following student scholarships. These students exemplify the best in academics, leadership and support of the community— Congratulations!

Samuel Aitken, '11
Esther Huang, '11
Christopher Daly, '12
Sean Ordway, '13

We would like to thank our tournament sponsors for their support and partnership.

Tournament Sponsor: Rite Aid
Platinum Sponsors: Kinney Drugs, McKesson/Health Mart Pharmacy and Rochester Drug Cooperative
Gold Sponsor: CVS Caremark
Silver Sponsor: Niagara Hospice
Bronze Sponsors: Family Medical Pharmacy Inc., Fillmore & Fisher Pharmacies, Forster's Pharmacy, J. Rutowski Pharmacies Inc., Middleport Family Health and Omnicare

Recovered  medications
Recovered medications
SoPPS organizes household pharmaceutical take-back
The fifth Household Pharmaceutical Take Back/Drug Disposal Program Drop-Off Day was held on June 19 in the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, N.Y. Karl Fiebelkorn, associate dean for student affairs and professional relations, in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and Clarence High School, organized the event during which anyone in the community could safely dispose of unneeded medications. More than 450 community members dropped off approximately 1,000 pounds of medications that included 25,000 controlled-substance unit doses and 8,000 milliliters of controlled-substance liquids.

SoPPS PharmD students, faculty, alumni, community pharmacists; faculty and staff from Clarence High School; and deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Department helped the event run smoothly. Special thanks to alumni pharmacists Don and Lynn Daly from Forster's Pharmacy for their leadership and support of the program; P4 student Brian Badgley; Frank Scarpinato from the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning; and Teresa Lawrence and Ken Smith from Clarence High School.

 
Building minds, changing lives
The International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiative Day of Recognition Celebration was held on June 22. It brought together key figures in clinical and translational pharmacology research in infectious diseases focusing on the HIV pandemic, emphasizing Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa. Keynote speaker Robert Schooley, chief, infectious diseases and vice chair, Department of Medicine, University of California-San Diego, spoke on the history and progress of understanding and fighting the HIV pandemic in resource-limited settings and on the need to incorporate cultural norms in such work.

Gene Morse, associate director of the Translational Pharmacology Research Core, UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and Chiedza Maponga, program director for the International Center for HIV Pharmacology in Zimbabwe, discussed the development of the UB SoPPS education and research programs in HIV/AIDS pharmacotherapy, which trains clinical pharmacologists from Zimbabwe and then continues a mentored training in partnership with faculty from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). This initiative is funded by a recent National Institutes of Health grant from the Fogarty International Center for an AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP). AITRP trainees are contributing to the development of a new clinical pharmacology laboratory at the University of Zimbabwe that will be a training center for clinical pharmacologists from other southern African countries.

Members of the UB-UZ AITRP will be presenting at the AIDS 2010 conference in Vienna, Austria, and will provide a satellite symposium, "HIV Clinical Pharmacology Research Capacity Building," during the conference.

Watch a related video.

 
Preceptor recognition awards
More than 50 people attended the second annual preceptor recognition awards program held at Sonoma Grill on June 22. The SoPPS Office of Experiential Education made the following awards:
  • Inpatient Care Preceptor of the Year: Eric Sturm, '98, TLC Health Network Pharmacy
  • Outpatient Care Preceptor of the Year: Diana Joyner, '01, Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Professional Practice Elective Preceptor of the Year: Karen Mlodozeniec, '91, Walgreens Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Practice Faculty Preceptor of the Year: Joshua Sawyer, '06
  • IPPE Outstanding Contribution Award: Wendy MacEvoy, Kaleida Health, Millard Fillmore Hospital

Thanks to all our preceptors for supporting, educating and advising our students: Your dedication strengthens our program and enriches our students.

 
Brazeau named dean of University of New England College of Pharmacy
The SoPPS congratulates Gayle Brazeau on her appointment as dean of the University of New England College of Pharmacy in Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Her husband, Dan Brazeau, was appointed a research associate professor at the college. Gayle Brazeau will assume her new position on Sept. 1; Dan will begin his new position Jan. 1.

During the Brazeaus' 10-plus years of service to the school, Gayle has been one of our most dedicated supporters. She led the school through an accreditation cycle, worked with campus academic partners to strengthen our curriculum and devoted countless hours to advising hundreds of students and faculty members. Dan oversaw the incorporation of pharmacogenomics into our curriculum, making the SoPPS the only school in the country with a required course in pharmacogenomics. He has been recognized by the school and the university for his innovative teaching techniques. The Brazeaus' contributions will leave an indelible imprint on the school for many years to come. They will be missed and we wish them much success and happiness in Maine.

 
Thanks to NYS board exam volunteers
We would like to thank alumni and community pharmacists for volunteering during the 2010 New York State Board of Pharmacy examination held at the school on June 9. Volunteers monitored compounding techniques, as well as IV product preparation. Thanks to Miranda Cole, Steve Longernecker, Sharon Ganatra, Mike Deteau, Lynda Davidson, Jeff Olek, Frank Heinrich, Angela Liftin, and Brad Arthur. Thanks also to faculty/staff volunteers Mark Wrobel, Pat Comerford, Pat Grace, Al Reiman, Pete Brody, Karl Fiebelkorn and Vicki Rink.

 

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Alumni Notes
Reunion weekend plans
SoPPS 2010 alumni reunion weekend activities will be held from Sept. 24 to 25. Events will include Friday evening private class dinners for the classes of 1955 and 1960. Saturday activities include our popular afternoon riverboat cruise and an evening dinner dance in the Embassy Suites in the new Avant Building in downtown Buffalo. To register for reunion activities, visit www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu and click on the "2010 Alumni Reunion Weekend" button at the top of the page.

Planning committees for our special recognition class years of 1955, 1960, 1985 and 2000 are being formed now. Committee members will work with the school to plan and organize programs and events of specific interest to you and your classmates. For more information, please contact Samantha Stagney, associate director of development, at sstagney@buffalo.edu or 716-645-6303.

David Pysz, '76, received the 2010 Dr. Robert M. Cooper Memorial Award from the Western New York Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Bruce Kimelblatt, '79 is the director of clinical research at Johnson and Johnson Global Development, Ortho Biotech Oncology Research and Development.

In Memoriam

Guy Amsden, '91. Amsden's first name was listed incorrectly in the May e-Notes. We regret the error.

 
Faculty/Staff Notes
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting
The SoPPS was well represented at the 2010 AACP annual meeting in Seattle, Wash. Posters and presentations included:
  • William Prescott, Peter Brody, Robert Wahler, Karl Fiebelkorn and Nicole Albanese: "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery."
  • Gina Prescott, Peter Brody, Mary Pasko and Gayle Brazeau: "An Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Rubric to Enhance Preceptor Effectiveness."
  • Gina Prescott, Nicholas Fusco and William Prescott: "Motivations for Pharmacy Students to Join Professional Organizations."
  • Edward Bednarczyk, Patty Havard and Gayle Brazeau: "An Integrated Peer-Review Annual Faculty Performance Review Process in a Pharmacy Practice Department."
  • Gayle Brazeau and Peter Brody: "Community Engagement Through a Church Based Wellness Clinic."
  • Karl Fiebelkorn and Gayle Brazeau: "Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Program." PharmD students Brian Badgley, Kristen Zeitler and Stefanie Wiegand also contributed.
  • William Prescott and Gayle Brazeau: "Developing Leaders in Pharmacy: Assessement of Learning Outcomes for an Elective Leadership Course."
  • Pat Grace, Alfred Reiman and Jack Brown: "Effect of Order of Laboratory Section of Grades in a Professional Practice Laboratory."
  • Pat Grace, Alfred Reiman and Jack Brown: "Implementing a Rubric for Grading Extemporaneously Prepared Prescription-Based Products on the P2 Professional Practice Laboratory Course."
  • Sara Renzi, Kristina Costanzo, Mark Sauberan, Jennifer Hess, Daniel Brazeau and Gayle Brazeau: "NAPLEX Performance as a Function of Grades in a Pharmacotherapeutics Sequence and Cumulative Grade Point Averages."
  • Kristina Costanzo, Sara Renzi, Mark Sauberan, Jennifer Hess, Daniel Brazeau and Gayle Brazeau: "Student Academic Performance in 2004 to 2010 Graduates as a Function of Pre-Pharmacy Years of College."
Articles recognize Mager and Morse
The spring 2010 edition of "UB International" highlights the outreach efforts of Donald Mager, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, in France and the efforts of Gene Morse, professor of pharmacy practice, in Zimbabwe. See pages 7 and 27 in UB International, spring 2010.

 

Faculty Honors,  Slazak and Prescott
Slazak and Prescott
Faculty take honors
Three SoPPS faculty members were recognized at the Western New York Residency Preceptor Development Conference. Bob Wahler, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, received the Western New York Residency Preceptor Award. The award recognizes a residency preceptor who demonstrates excellence in training pharmacy residents.

Gina Prescott and Erin Slazak, assistant professors of pharmacy practice, received the Western New York Best Practices in Residency Training Award for the publication "Practice-Based Learning Experience to Develop Residents as Clinical Faculty Members" in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. The award recognizes outstanding residency program directors or preceptors who have successfully implemented innovative residency training programs.

 
Gene Morse received the University at Buffalo 2010 Outstanding Contributions to International Education award.

Christine Stumm received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence, State University of New York College Admission Professionals.

Publications
Sathy Balu-Iyer published

E Themistou, I Singh, C Shang, Sathy V Balu-Iyer, Paschalis Alexandridis and Sriram Neelamegham. "Application of Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Quantify Shear-Induced Protein Conformation Change." Biophysical Journal, vol. 97, pp. 2567-76.

Sathy V Balu-Iyer, Dipak S Pisal and Matthew Kosloski. "Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins." Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 99 2010, pp. 2557-75, May 2010.

Gauri Rao, Vandana Iyer, Matthew P Kosloski, Dipak S Pisal, Charles R Midduagh and Sathy V Balu-Iyer. "Use of a Folding Model and In Situ Biophysical Techniques Rational Formulation Development and Stability Testing of Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics." Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 99 2010, pp. 1697-706, May 2010.

Javier Blanco published

S S Hampras, l Sucheston, J Weiss, M R Baer, G Zirpoli, P K Singh, M Wetzler, M Chennamaneni, Javier G Blanco, L A Ford and K B Moysich. "Genetic Polymorphisms of ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Proteins, Overall Survival and Drug Toxicity in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia." International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics, vol. 1, pp. 201-207.

William Jusko published

Pawel Wiczling, Michael Rosenzweig, Louis Vaickus, & William J. Jusko "Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of a Chimeric/Humanized Anti-CD3 Monoclonal Antibody, Otelixizumab (TRX4), in Subjects with Psoriasis and with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus". Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, vol. 50, pp. 494-506.

William Jusko, Alan Forest and Brian Tsuji published

Jurgen B Bulitta, Jenny C Yang, Liliana Yohonn, Neang S Ly, Silvia V Brown, Rebecca E D'Hondt, William J. Jusko, Alan Forrest and Brian T Tsuji. "Attenuation of Colistin Bactericidal Activity by High Incoulum of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Characterized by a New Mechanism-Based Population Pharmacodynamic Model." Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, vol. 54, pp. 2051-2062.

Donald Mager published

Leonid Kagan, Anson K. Abraham, John M. Harrold and Donald E Mager. "Interspecies Scaling of Receptor-Mediated Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Type 1 Interferons." Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 27, pp. 920-932.

Marilyn Morris published

Guohua An, Donna M Ruszaj and Marilyn E Morris. "Interference of a Sulfate Cnjugate in Quantitative Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry Through In-Source Dissociation". Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, vol. 24, pp. 1817-1819.

Xinning Yang and Marilyn E Morris. "Pharmacokinetics and Biliary Excretion of Mitoxantrone in Rats." Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 99, pp. 2502-2510.

Jun Qu published

Jun Qu, Alan J Lesse, Aimee L Brauer, Jin Cao, Steven R Gill and Timothy F Murphy. "Proteomic Expression Profiling of Haemophilus Influenzae Grown in Pooled Human Sputum From Adults With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Reveal Antioxidant and Stress Responses." BMC Microbiology, vol. 10, pp. 162.

Murali Ramanthan published

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Murali Ramanathan, Komal Hashmi, Nadir Abdelrahman, David Hojnacki, Michael Dwyer, Sara Hussein, Niels Bergsland, Frederick Munschauer and Robert Zivadinov. "Increased Tissue Damage and Lesion Volumes in African Americans With Multiple Sclerosis." Neurology, vol. 74, pp. 538-544.

Bernadette Kalman, Alireza Minagar, Jackie Durfee, Frederick Munschauer, Thomas Galey, Sara Hussein, Rohit Bakshi and Robert Zivadinov. "MRI characteristics of Patients With Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis." Journal Neurology, vol. 257, pp. 63-71.

Murali Ramanthan and Jun Qu Published

Xiatao Duan, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Hao Wang, Eunjin Bang, J Li, Murali Ramanathan and Jun Qu. "Ultrasensitive Quantification of Serum Vitamin D Metabolites Using Selective Solid-Phase Extraction Coupled to Microflow Liquid Chromatography and Isotope-Dilution Mass Spectrometry." Analytical Chemistry, vol. 82, pp. 2488-2497.

Robert Straubinger, Jun Qu and Javier Blanco published

Cao J, Gonzalez-Covarrubias V, Straubinger RM, Wang H, Duan X, Yu H, Qu J, and Blanco JG. "A Rapid, Reproducible, On-the-Fly Orthogonal Array Optimization Method for Targeted Protein Quantification by LC/MS and Its Application For Accurate and Sensitive Quantification of Carbonyl Reductases in Human Liver." Analytical Chemistry. 82: 2680-2689 (2010) PMID: 20218584.

Aiming Yu published

Hongwu Shen, Chao Wu, Xiling Jiang and Aiming Yu. "Effects of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor and Cytochrome P450 2D6 Status on 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics." Biochemical Pharmacology, vol. 80, pp. 122-128.

Nicole Albanese published

Ralph E Small and Nicole Paolini Albanese. "Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus" in Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach, 6th Ed. Terry Schwinghammer, J M Koehler (Eds.), Connecticut: Appleton and Lange.

Nicole Paolini Albanese. "Hypothyroid: 'Dairy' Consequences" in Case Studies: Patient Education and Medication Management for Community Pharmacy Practice. Kelly Goode (Ed.), APhA.

Gayle Brazeau published

Carol A. Motycka, Renee L. Rose, L. Douglas Ried and Gayle Brazeau. "Self-Assessment in Pharmacy and Health Science Education and Professional Practice." American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2010; 74 (5) Article 85.

Jack Brown and Joseph Paladino published

Jack Brown and Joseph A. Paladino. "Impact of Rapid MRSA PCR Testing on Mortality and Cost-Effectiveness in Hospitalized Patients with Bacteremia: A Decision Model." Pharmacoeconomics.

Fred Doloresco published

James M Hoffman, Fred Doloresco, Lee C Vermeulen, Nilay D. Shah, L Matusiak, R J Hunkler and Glen T Schumock. "Projecting Future Drug Expenditures–2010." American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, vol. 67, pp. 919-28.

Scott Monte published

Scott V Monte, Patrick Comerford and Natalie Dearing. "An Analysis of the Mixing Efficiency of Neutral Protamine Hagedorn Cartridges." Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, vol. 4, pp. 658-660.

Kathleen Tornatore and Daniel Brazeau published

Kathleen M Tornatore-Morse, Daniel A Brazeau, R Danison, Gregory E Wilding, K Dole and Rocco C. Venuto. "MDR1 Expression in African-American and Caucasian Renal Transplant Recipients." Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Kathleen M Tornatore-Morse, Daniel A Brazeau, K Dole, K A Gillis, Gregory E Wilding, N Leca, S Yassa and Rocco C. Venuto. "The Influence of Race and Gender on Time-Dependent Expression of MDR-1 in Stable Renal Transplant Recipients." Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Presentations
Daniel Brazeau delivered a UBThisSummer lecture on the field of pharmacogenomics.

Jennifer Hess presented "So You Want To Be a Director" at the 2010 New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling Annual Conference. Hess was also member of the Graduate Admissions Panel presentation at the Western New York Association of College Career Centers.

Donald Mager presented "Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Anticancer Agents" in the workshop Advancing New Therapeutics to Clinical Trials Workshop at the SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Institute. He also presented "Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Biological Therapeutics" for a University of Manchester webinar.

Jun Qu participated in five poster presentations/meeting abstracts at the 58th American Academy of Mass Spectrometry Annual Conference. Jun also presented "Large-scale Label-Free Profiling of Proteomes of Colon Cancer Patients" at the 2010 Pittcon Conference and Exposition. He was also an invited lecturer at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Erin Slazak presented "Educational Best Practices Roundtables" at the 2010 American Pharmacists Association Self-Care Institute.

Christine Stumm presented "ABCs of NYSACAC and NACAC" at the 2010 New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling Annual Conference.

Kathleen Tornatore made two presentations at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Transplant Congress: "Time Dependent Pharmacodynamic Responses of T Regulatory Cells in Stable African American and Caucasian Renal Transplant Recipients" and "Mycophenolic Acid and Metabolite Pharmacokinetics in African American (AA) and Caucasian Renal Transplant Recipients Receiving Enteric Coated Mycophenoloc Sodium and Mycophenolate Mofetil."

Student Notes
Students at annual PSSNY summer convention
PharmD students Chris Daly, '12, Danielle Joset, '12, Maria DiGuglielmo, '13, and Christine Trezza, '13, attended the annual Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) convention and represented the school at Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY) activities held in conjunction with the PSSNY meeting. The following SoPPS students were inducted as incoming SPSSNY officers:
  • Danielle Joset: President
  • Maria DiGuglielmo: President-Elect
  • Christine Trezza: Treasurer

The UB team also defended its title in the Self-Care Jeopardy Challenge, winning for the second year. Team members Chris Daly, '12, Danielle Joset, '12, Steve Giroux, '81, and Dan DiCenso, '02, beat Albany College and Long Island University to take the win. Congratulations!

PAWNY student scholarships
Congratulations to Chris Daly, '12, recipient of the 2010 Pharmacists Association of Western New York Owl Drug Scholarship and Danielle Joset, '12, recipient of 2010 Howard and Bee Carpenter Student Scholarship.
Faces of Change AACP video contest
Jamie Chin, '12, developed a video for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Faces of Change for Pharmacy Practice contest for videos about educational experiences in pharmacy programs. Jamie incorporated unique aspects of our SoPPS program which have created a sense of responsibility and empowerment for students to "lead the charge" in pharmacy practice. Sections of the UB SoPPS video were featured during the AACP Annual Meeting. See the video.

Anson Abraham, Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD candidate, was nominated for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2010.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming continuing education programs

Sept. 24 to 25 is Alumni Reunion Weekend. Enjoy class dinners, an Erie-Niagara boat cruise and a gala dinner dance. The classes of 1955, 1960, 1985 and 2000 will receive special recognition. More information.

UB SoPPS apparel (10% discount for SoPPS/UBAA dues-paying members).

See Kapoor Hall updates.

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

Additional SoPPS news and information. www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu.

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