2010 November eNotes


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

Welcome to the November edition of eNotes. In this edition, we are proud to announce plans for our 125th anniversary in 2011, as well as the activities and accomplishments of our faculty and students for the fall 2010 semester. The momentum and energy that all members of the SoPPS bring to the school are evident in this edition. These accomplishments make UB a special place, and I would like thank everyone for their dedication and support. I'd also like to offer a special "thank you" to our alumni, who are constant ambassadors of the school regionally, nationally and internationally. The recognition and prestige you bring to the school is evident every day.

Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. In January 2011, you will receive the school's annual print newsletter, The Buffalo Pharmacist. We hope you enjoy our annual print edition. Dean's eNotes will return in March 2011.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, PhD, professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Quasquicentennial Logo
School News
Join us for our 125th Anniversary "Quasquicentennial" Celebrations in 2011
The school is pleased to announce that it will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2011! Many exciting activities are being planned, with focused activities occurring in September 2011. Our first confirmed activity is our Gala Anniversary and Reunion Dinner Dance being held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at The Buffalo Club. Additional details for the dinner dance and many other activities will be available in early 2011.

We are looking for alumni to serve on our Anniversary and Reunion Planning committees. The classes of 1956, 1961, 1986 and 2001 will have the unique honor of having their reunion activities occur during our anniversary celebration. We encourage representatives from these special recognition classes, as well as all alumni, to join us in our planning activities.

We look forward to seeing many of you back on campus for the many social and educational programs being planned. Please contact Rebecca Brierley, director of external affairs, phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or 716-645-3340, for further information on anniversary and reunion planning.

Career Pathways Program
P1 poster presentations
Career Pathways Prepares Students for the Future
The 2010 Career Pathways program took place Oct. 25-27 with P1-P4 students attending the various events. The annual Seminar and Alumni Dinner on Monday evening gave students the opportunity to hear from a large variety of pharmacists about their career paths. On Tuesday afternoon, P1 students prepared and presented a variety of Patient Education Posters for which they were interviewed and evaluated on their topic, poster and ability to communicate effective patient-education information to interviewers. The Career Pathways program concluded on Wednesday with a Job Market Fair, during which P1-P4 students interacted with local and regional employers to discuss career opportunities. Later in the afternoon, interview sessions were conducted.

We would like to thank these generous sponsors for their support of our annual Career Pathways program:

  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Walmart Pharmacy
  • Kmart Pharmacy
  • UB Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association
  • UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Margaret McGlynn and Father
Edward Hempling, '50, Magaret McGlynn, '82
Margaret McGlynn, '82, Provides Support for Kapoor Hall: Hempling McGlynn Patient Assessment and Counseling Room
Margie McGlynn, who has supported her alma mater for many years, recently committed $50,000 to the pharmacy school's new home, John and Editha Kapoor Hall on the South Campus. Her naming gift will fund the Hempling McGlynn Family Patient Assessment and Counseling Room in the new facility as a tribute to her late father and to the three generations of Hemplings who have trained at the school. Margie's niece, Katie Hempling, is a second-year student in the joint PharmD/MBA program.

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Walgreen's Diversity Scholarship Fund
Mlodozeniec, Agbasionwe, Anderson
Walgreens Supports Student Diversity Scholarship Fund
Karen Mlodozeniec, '91, district pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens, presents Dean Wayne Anderson with their second annual donation of $10,000 in support of the Student Diversity Scholarship Fund. These funds support scholarships and diversity programming. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their efforts to raise awareness in diversity and community outreach. Geraldene Agbasionwe, '12, was chosen as the 2010 scholarship recipient.
Richard Lalonde
Richard Lalonde
Annual Levy Lecture
The annual Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship in Pharmaceutical Sciences welcomed Richard Lalonde, vice president and global head of clinical pharmacology for the Primary Care Business Unit of Pfizer Inc. Lalonde spoke to more than 200 faculty members and students on the "Impact of Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Modeling and Simulation in Drug Development." During his visit, Lalonde also met with various pharmaceutical sciences faculty members and graduate students, and attended a banquet held in his honor.
Alumni Notes
ASHP Mid-Year Meeting Alumni Reception
Join the SoPPS Alumni Association from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Embassy Suites South, Anaheim, Calif., for our annual Alumni Hors de Oeuvres Reception. Alumni from all 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 to confirm your attendance.

James Buckley, '53, is still practicing as a relief pharmacist for Dillon's in Springfield, Mo.

Gary Pollack, '84, is dean of Washington State University's College of Pharmacy. He resides in Chapel Hill, N.C.

James Tisdale, '88, was elected president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and is the recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Indiana College of Clinical Pharmacy.


Tammie Lee Demler, '92 & '02, is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Jacquelyn Torrez, '03, is a pharmacy manager at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. She lives in Bolingbrook, Ill.

Michelle Bricknell-Molinares, '05, now lives in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and recently gave birth to a son, Antonio. She is working as a staff pharmacist at a local Walmart.

Michael Ghobrial, '09, is attending Loyola Law School and pursuing a degree in health law.

In Memoriam Thomas Foster, '70, and James Bellari, '85

Faculty/Staff Notes
Murali Ramanathan leads Department of Defense $600K Grant Studying Environmental Impacts on Multiple Sclerosis.
Researchers at UB will study the impact of environmental factors on multiple sclerosis with a new federal grant. The $634,000 grant from the Department of Defense will allow researchers to investigate a trio of environmental factors and their influence on the progression of MS.

Read more: UB Reporter and Buffalo Business First

To Promote HIV Research in Africa, NIH Awards Morse's Clinical Pharmacology Lab $2.3 Million
For more than 10 years, UB's HIV Clinical Pharmacology Research Program has helped fight the global AIDS epidemic by hosting visiting pharmaceutical scientists from countries like Zimbabwe and Nigeria in order to teach them how to conduct clinical trials and research on HIV/AIDS.

Now, in recognition of their success and the need to expand these efforts, the National Institutes of Health has awarded a total of $2.3 million to the laboratory, housed in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

Read more: UB Reporter and Buffalo Business First

UB SoPPS Development Staff Receive Promotions
Congratulations to Leigh Yates, assistant dean for development, on her promotion to senior director of development and to Samantha Stagney for her promotion to director of development.

Peter Brody is the recipient of the 2010 Grand Council Deputy Certificate of Excellence from Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. for being one of the top 10 collegiate chapter faculty advisers in the country.


Alice Ceacareanu published A. Ceacareanu, Chi-Chen Hong, Mostafa Elgebaly, Marie Epstein, Zachary Wintrob, Ellen Kossoff, David Yeow, Hans Boateng, Jeffrey Welt, Hsin-Wei Fu, Sarah Wightman & Alan Forrest. Diabetes pharmacotherapy: A potential modifier of breast cancer prognosis? 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research 2010 Proceedings Supplement.

Marilyn Morris published Telang, U. & Morris, M.E. (2010) Effect of orally administered phenethyl isothiocynate on hepatic gene expression in rats. Molecular Nutrition Food Research.

Gene Morse published Ribaudo, H.J.; Liu, H.; Schwab, M.; Schaeffeler, E.; Eichelbaum, M.; Motsinger-Reif, A.A.; Ritchie, M.D.; Zanger, U.M.; Acosta, E.P.; Morse, G.D.; Gulick, R.M.; Robbins, G.K.; Clifford, D.; Haas, D.W. "Effect of CYP2B6, ABCB1, and CYP3A5 polymorphisms on efavirenz pharmacokinetics and treatment response: an AIDS Clinical Trials Group study." J Infect Dis. 2010 Sep 1;202(5):717-22.

Nicholas Norgard published Norgard, N.B. & Badgley, B. (2010) Profound thrombocytpopenia after primary exposure to eptifibatide. Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety, 2, 163-167.

Mark Wrobel presented "Core Elements of Hypertension Management" at the Pharmacists Educators in Ambulatory Antihypertensive Therapy Management Prescriber Education Program, Buffalo.

Marilyn Morris made the following presentations at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting in New Orleans:

Morris, M.E., Yang, X. & Bhansali, S.G. (2010, September). Interspecies prediction of human biliary clearance based on studies in rats of multiple animal species. Morris, M.E. & Bhansali, S.G. (2010, September). Physiological based pharmacokinetic model for vascular endothelial growth factor C156S (VEGF C156S) in mice.

Morris, M.E. & Bhansali, S.G. (2010, September). Physiological based pharmacokinetic model for vascular endothelial growth factor C156S (VEGF C156S) in mice.

Morris, M.E.; Felmlee, M.; Cui, D. & Cirincione, B. (2010, September). A mechanistic pharmacokinetic model for the drug of abuse γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in rats.

Morris, M.E. & An, G. (2010, September). Determination of mitoxantrone in mouse plasma and tissues by an improved HPLC assay and its application in a pharmacokinetic study.

Morris, M.E.; Telang, U. & Leuko, T. (2010, September). Effects of naturally occurring breast cancer preventive agents on the metabolism of estradiol in the estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cell line MCF-7.

Gene Morse received an additional $952,000 in funding for his Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance and Quality Control contract funded by the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases/Division of AIDS.
Pharmacy Legislative Advocacy Invitational Day
Student leaders and WNY legislators
Student Notes
Students Host Western New York Legislators
The Student Pharmacist Association of Western New York held its annual PLAID (Pharmacy Legislative Advocacy Invitational Day) on Oct.12. New York State Assembly members Jane Corwin, Dennis Gabryszak, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Mark Schroeder and Jack Quinn, and New York State Sen. Antoine Thompson attended the event. SPAWNY officers Chris Daly, '12; Danielle Joset, '12; Maria DiGuglielmo, '13; Christine Trezza, '13; Sarah Farr, '14; and Yi Yang, '14 organized this event in which legislators discuss health policy issues and students have the opportunity to pose questions to the legislative panel.
Jessica Gonzalez is 2010 RXportfolio National Achievement Award Winner
Congratulations to PharmD student Jessica Gonzalez, '13, one of 14 winners of the 2010 Rxportfolio National Achievement Award. More than 9,000 applications were received for this award, with review criteria consisting of content, quality of writing and overall achievement. Jessica will be featured in Rxinsider media and publications. Congratulations, Jessica!

LIst of award winners

Cultural Night
From left to right: Lucy Tran, James Tran and Julie Veneklase
Cultural Night A Huge Success
More than 100 students, faculty and staff attended the 2nd annual Student Cultural Night and enjoyed an evening of international music, cuisine and other activities. More than $1,000 was raised to support the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation. The APhA-ASP chapter at UB will host the ASP Mid-Year Regional Meeting in Buffalo in November 2011.
ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Competition
Congratulations to P4 students Calvin Meaney, Andrew Stivers and Carolyn Hempel for participating in the first annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. Ninety-three student teams representing 74 schools participated, and our UB team, along with 48 other schools, reached the second round of online competition!
Student Exchange Program
Exchange students visit Western New York
Student Exchange Program
Summer exchange students Branislava Obradovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Yen Meai Chang, Universiti Sains, Malaysia, spent 10 days at UB over the summer as the guests of the APhA-ASP/IPSF Student Exchange Program. These two students are the first pilot group for the student exchange program lead by Emily Chan, '12, and other student leaders from the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation.
APhA-ASP Participates in 'Operation Diabetes' Programs
The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists UB chapter is supporting the "Operation Diabetes" project by participating in the annual American Diabetes Association's StepOut Walk to Fight Diabetes. A team of 22 participants consisting of students, family, friends and faculty raised more than $1,000!

November is National Diabetes month and the APhA-ASP is participating in multiple wellness clinics. On Nov. 9, posters and diabetes-monitoring devices were available at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott as part of the ADA's information event. A wellness clinic was held Nov. 13 at Tops Friendly Markets, where diabetes information presentations, as well as blood-glucose testing, took place; this was the first time blood-glucose testing took place at a SOPPS wellness clinic. In addition, a final wellness clinic was held Nov. 14 on World Diabetes Day.

APhA-ASP Participates in 'Operation Immunization' Programs
The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists UB chapter supported "Operation Immunization" with a patient care project that focused on providing education on the importance of receiving vaccines. Wellness clinics were held in which students provided information on the flu vaccine, referred interested patients to the pharmacist to be immunized and took blood pressures. Operation Immunization also assisted with the UB SoPPS flu vaccine clinics, as well as the vaccine clinic held by Student Health Services for UB students and faculty.

Emily Chan, '12, has been elected as American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Region 1 mid-year regional coordinator. Congratulations, Emily!

Lisa Kurczewski, '11, presented "Clopidogrel Enhances Platelet Responsiveness to Aspirin" at the annual American College of Clinical Pharmacology meeting. This abstract also was published in the September 2010 issue of The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Michael Bear, '14, published Bear, M.D.; Li, M.; Liu, Y.; Giel-Moloney, M.A.; Fanburg, B.L. & Toksoz, D. (2010). The Lbc Rho Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor/a-Catulin Axis Functions in Serotonin-induced Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Mitogenesis and RhoA/ROCK Activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285(43), 32919-32926. doi:10.1074/jbc.M109.062513.

Upcoming continuing education programs

ASHP Mid-Year Alumni Reception. Embassy Suites, Anaheim, Calif. 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2010. RSVP.

Annual Halfway Banquet and Charity Gala, Feb. 5, 2011, Adams Mark Hotel. Questions: Kyle Ma, P2 student

Pharmacy Day in Albany, April 12, 2011

See our video: "Better Health Starts Here."

UB SoPPS apparel (SoPPS/UBAA dues-paying members receive a 10 percent discount).

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