2010 March eNotes

 

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

This edition of e-Notes highlights visitors from abroad, many end-of-semester award announcements and the beginning of alumni reunion planning. Also, sadly, we note the passing a fondly remembered SoPPS staff member.

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

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
 
School News
South Korean Exchange Students Visit for Spring Semester

This spring semester, SoPPS is pleased to host to three visiting pharmacy students from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea: Taeyeon Yi, You Jin Kim and Seoyoung Kim. They are enrolled in a variety of pharmacy and general education courses. The three were chosen to come to UB because of the university's strong international reputation. They are interested in trying a broad sample of American educational experiences, which they will share with their classmates in Seoul.

The visiting students have found their courses interesting and have particularly enjoyed the counseling sessions and compounding exercises, which are experiences that are not common in the curriculum at Sungkyunkwan University. "It was very good opportunity, even though I found it very hard due to language barrier," says You Jin Kim. "Dr. Slazak and Dr. Grace helped me a lot, so I could manage it anyway. I'm looking forward to going to the student halfway dance soon."

Gayle Brazeau, associate dean for academic affairs, has been instrumental in facilitating the experience for the visiting students.

We wish Taeyeon, You Jin and Seoyoung much success in their studies here at UB and appreciate the opportunity to host them while they are in Buffalo.

Nina Widler
Nina Widler
Memorial Tribute: Nina Widler, long time SoPPS staff member

The SoPPS community was deeply saddened at the passing of our friend, Nina Widler. Nina succumbed last month after a long battle with kidney disease. She was a staff member at the school for 30 years, providing support to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the Office of Academic Affairs.

"Nina was a long-term valuable staff member in our school with many friends and colleagues in all the various departments," says Gayle Brazeau, associate dean for academic affairs. "Nina was always a friendly face for many post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, professional students, faculty and staff over these years, and was helpful with their various projects and questions. I feel very fortunate to have had her assistance and dedication over the past 10 years."

Nina will be missed by her friends and colleagues. We send our deepest sympathies to her husband, Tom. Memorial donations may be made to the Upstate New York Transplant Services Donate Life Foundation.

 
Alumni Notes
2010 Alumni Reunion Planning Committees are Forming

Planning is under way for the 2010 SoPPS Annual Alumni Reunion to be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. Events will include an afternoon riverboat cruise and gala dinner dance in the Embassy Suites in the new Avant Building in downtown Buffalo.

Planning committees for our special recognition class years of 1955, 1960, 1985 and 2000 are being formed. 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, by e-mail at sstagney@buffalo.edu or call (716) 645-6303.

Dennis Galluzzo, '76, is the recipient of a 2010 APhA Immunization Champion Award, Individual Practitioner Category. The award recognizes the value and extraordinary contributions pharmacists provide to improving vaccination rates in their communities. Dennis has educated the public about immunizations and the role of the pharmacist, and has assisted numerous pharmacists in establishing immunization practices. He also has worked with health officials and physicians to achieve non-patient-specific standing orders for immunizations and with local managed care organizations.
Read more.

Lynda Davidson, '90, has been elected a Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) board member.

Tammie Lee Demler
Tamie Lee Demler

Tammie Lee Demler, '92, '00, received the 2009 Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists' Research and Education Foundation. Tammie Lee is the director of pharmacy services at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and SoPPS's psychiatry residency program director.
Read more.

Julie Bullock, '03, fellow graduate, announces the birth of her daughter, Sydney. Congratulations!

Carlos Mazariegos, '04, opened Lifecare Pharmacy in 2008. His pharmacy, located in St. Petersburg, Fla., is an innovative, collaborative practice site where this summer he will implement a full immunization program for the St. Petersburg area. Carlos also provides assistance to a local assisted-living facility and is working with a local physician to implement an opioid detoxification program.

Holly Strickland-Maldonado, '06, a pharmacy manager with Walgreens, is initiating immunization programs at various community locations and Walgreens sites throughout the greater Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area.

Liliana Yohonn, '09, participated in a missionary trip to Ecuador where she spent two weeks working with a medical team. The team serviced about 2,000 people. Liliana managed pharmacy services, filling 300 prescriptions a day.

 
Faculty/Staff Notes
Diabetes Study brings national attention

Erin Slazak and Scott Monte, both clinical assistant professors in pharmacy practice, have been the subject of media interest for their recent diabetes study showing the positive impact pharmacists can have in enhancing patient care while decreasing health care costs.

Published last spring in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, the UB study of 50 patients with Type 2 diabetes demonstrated that in just six months, clinical pharmacists, in collaboration with primary-care providers, were able to significantly reduce patients' A1C levels. These clinical improvements occurred while monthly costs per patient went down by approximately $212—around $2,500 for a year—even though there were nominal increases in cost because of medications that were prescribed. Other SoPPS members involved in the study were Nicole Paolini, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice; Joseph Paladino, professor, pharmacy practice; and Gauri Rao, PharmD student.

This study had been reported on in Buffalo Business First, MedPage Today (national online medical news site) and the UB Reporter. Following a UB news release, it received inquiries from the United States Indian Health Service Corps, as well as local and national news-media outlets.

Read more:
MedPage Today(with an audio interview)
UB News Center
UB Reporter

Publications

Frederick Doloresco, Joseph Paladino and William Prescott published Prescott, W. A., Doloresco, F., Brown, J., & Paladino, J. A. (2010). Cost Effectiveness of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prophylaxis: A Critical and Systematic Review. PharmacoEconomics, 28(3).

William Jusko and Wojciech Krzyzanski published Khinkis, L. A., Krzyzanski, W., Jusko, W. J., & Greco, W. R. (2009). D-Optimal Designs for Parameter Estimation for Indirect Pharmacodynamic Response Models. J Pharmacokinet Pharmacodyn, 36, 523-529.

Wenqing Gao published Gao, W., & Dalton, J. T. (2009). Expanding the therapeutic use of androgens via selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). Drug Discovery Today, 12(5-6), 241-8. Gao also published Gao, W., & Dalton, J. T. (2009). Ockham's Razor and Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs): Are We Overlooking the Role of 5α-Reductase?. Molecular Intervention, 7(1), 10-13.

Wojciech Krzyzanski published Wiczling, P., Lowe, P., Pigeolet, E., Ludicke, F., Balser, S., & Krzyzanski, W. (2009). Population pharmacokinetic modeling of filgrastim in healthy adults following intravenous and subcutaneous administrations. Clinical Pharamcokinetics, 48(12), 817-826.

William Prescott published Prescott, W. A. (2010). Preparing Pharmacy Students for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Post-graduate Training Search. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74, Article 9. Prescott also published Prescott, W. A., & Nagel, J. L. (2010).

Edward Bednarczyk, Gayle Brazeau and William Prescott published Brazeau, G. A., Meyer, S., Belsey, M., Bednarczyk, E. M., Bilic, S., Bullock, J., DeLander, G., Fiese, E. F., Giroux, S. L., McNatty, D., Nemire, R., Prescott, W. A., & Traynor, A. P. (2009). Preparing Pharmacy Graduates for Traditional and Emerging Career Opportunities. American Journal of Pharmacy Education, 73, Article 157.

Donald Mager published Walker, J.R., Brown, K., Rohatagi, S., Bathala, M.S., Xu, C., Wickremasingha, P.K., Salazar, D.E. & Mager, D.E. (2009). Quantitative Structure-Property Relationships Modeling to Predict Invitro and in Vivo Binding of Drugs to the Bile Sequestrant, Colesvelam (Welchol). J Clin Pharmacol 2009;49:1185-1195. This article was chosen for the 2009 Journal of Clinical Pharmacology McKeen Cattell Outstanding Manuscript Award.

Grants

 

Donald Mager is participating as co-investigator in a $283,010 National Institutes of Health grant for the study "Population Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics in Nonablative Stem Cell Recipients."

Presentations

Fred Doloresco and Mark Wrobel presented on the review topics "Ophthalmic fluoroquinolones" and "Tramadol" for the New York State Department of Health Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board.

Wenqing Gao presented three posters at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences' 2009 Annual Meeting: "Assessing Drug Accumulation and Half-Lives During Multiple-Dosing Conditions," "Target-Mediated Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Exendin-4 Disposition in Rats, Monkeys and Humans" and "Population Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Model for the Triglyceride Lowering Effect of a PPAR Agonist: A Phase I Study."

Donald Mager was an invited presenter and moderator at various professional meetings. He presented "Model-Based Approaches for Metabolic Disorders" at the Korean Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2009 Joint Conference, Seoul, Korea. He moderated "Postdoctoral Positions in Academia and the NIH" at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2009 Annual Meeting. At the same meeting, he presented "Scaling Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics from Animal Studies to Humans."

Recognitions

Dan Brazeau was named a 2010 University at Buffalo Teaching Innovation Award recipient. This award was established to honor exceptional pedagogy and recognizes faculty members who contribute significantly to engaging students with new approaches to learning. Dan will receive his award at the university's 2010 Celebration of Academic Excellence on April 1.

Gayle Brazeau was featured recently in the UB Reporter, where she discussed her pride for both UB programs and athletics, as well as her love for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Gayle also was invited to serve on the Honors Council for the UB Honors College and is continuing a fellowship in the third cohort of the Community Healthy Foundation of Western and Central New York Leadership Fellows program.
Read the UB Reporter article.

Brian Tsuji has received the Pfizer 2009 ASPIRE Young Investigator Award in Antibacterial Research.
Read more.

Assemblyman Schroeder Health Fair
Assemblyman Schroeder and the SoPPS team.
Student Notes
Assemblyman Schroeder Health Fair

In November, 10 PharmD students assisted with a community outreach wellness clinic at the Harvey D. Morin VFW Post in West Seneca sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Mark Schroeder. Patient counseling, blood pressure checks and other educational programming were provided. Karl Fiebelkorn, associate dean, and Dave Pysz, ' 76, supervised the students. The school appreciates the partnership of Schroeder's office in conducting these annual health fairs.

Dual-Degree MBA Students Announced

SoPPS is pleased to announce that the following PharmD students have been accepted into the dual-degree PharmD/MBA Program: Vikram Sundararaman, P2; Kristen Mazurkiewicz, P1; and Alex Schepart, P1. The PharmD/MBA program allows students to complete both degrees in a five-year time period, with students engaging in coursework and educational experiences in both schools. SoPPS also offers PharmD/JD, PharmD/MPH and the PharmD/PhD dual-degree programs.

Gauri Rao has been appointed a 2009-10 national officer of the American Pharmacists Association's Academy of Student Pharmacists/International Pharmaceutical Students Federation.
Read more.

Nadia Aboley and Susan Chang both received $2,000 scholarships from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation's 2009 Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program.
Read more.

Stephanie Weigand received the National Community Pharmacists Association Summer Internship. Only one student nationally is chosen for this internship. Stephanie will spend the summer at NCPA headquarters, where she will intern in the communications, government affairs and membership-services areas.

Cierra Treu has been chosen to participate in the highly competitive Johns Hopkins Hospital Pharmacy Summer Internship program in Baltimore, Md. The internship is designed to advance the role of the pharmacist in clinical pharmacy practice areas and advance safe medication practice in acute and ambulatory care settings.
Read more.

Kristen Zeitler has received the Walmart/Pharmacy Times 2010 RESPy (Respect, Excellence and Service in Pharmacy) Award. This national award recognizes student pharmacists for their community-service efforts. Kristen will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship, a summer internship position with Walmart and be recognized in Pharmacy Times and at SoPPS' annual awards ceremony.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming continuing education programs

Commencement, Saturday, May 8, Lippes Concert Hall, Slee Hall.

Professional Practice Review Series, May 10-24 and May 19-20.
Student sign up.
Practicing pharmacist sign up.

7th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Tournament, Monday, June 14, Lockport Town and Country Club. For more information, e-mail phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or call (716)-645-3340.

Alumni Reunion, Saturday, Sept. 25, Erie/Niagara boat cruise and gala dinner dance. Special recognition for the classes of 1955, 1960, 1985 and 2000. For more information, e-mail phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or call (716) 645-3340.

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

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