2011 June eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
June 2011
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the June SoPPS Dean's e-Notes

This is our end-of-the-academic-year edition and we have much to include: commencement, awards and other noteworthy accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. Activities for our 125th anniversary celebration have been finalized and registration is open for all events and activities.

I am very proud of the dedication, synergy and productivity of members of our school. As I review our recent accomplishments, I know it often is the collaborative team environments that allow these activities to occur. I also am proud of how our school members work together to accomplish these successful outcomes. Our team members include not just faculty, staff and students, but also alumni, preceptors and university and community partners. The significance these relationships bring to the school and to the health and well-being of those we serve is invaluable.

Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by email to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, PhD, professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
2011 commencement
Ben Wee and Professor Karl Fiebelkorn
2011 commencement
SoPPS celebrated the accomplishments of 122 students from the PharmD program and the pharmaceutical sciences undergraduate and graduate programs during its commencement ceremony on May 14. David Triggle, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, former UB provost and dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, delivered the commencement address. William Prescott, clinical assistant professor and residency director, was recognized as the 2011 SoPPS Teacher of the Year.

We wish our graduates all the best in their future success and look forward to working with them as alumni colleagues.

Quasquecentennial logo
125th anniversary "quasquicentennial" celebration, Sept. 14-18, 2011
SoPPS has opened registration for our anniversary activities. Check our webpage for more details and to register.

We are expecting high attendance, and seating will be somewhat limited for the gala dinner dance, so make your reservations early. A special anniversary rate is available at several area hotels if reservations are made by Aug. 15.

We will host special activities for our milestone reunion classes on the evenings of Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday Sept. 17. The classes of 1951 and 1986 already have begun organizing activities, and we are looking for alumni from the classes of 1956, 1961 and 2001 to do so as well. We encourage representatives from these special reunion classes, as well as all alumni, to join us for the anniversary weekend.

Activities that have been scheduled so far:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14: Continuing Education Program
    "No Pressure: Simple Hypertension Management for an Ambulatory Setting," Mark Wrobel, PharmD, clinical assistant professor. Registration, 5 p.m.; program, 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Marriott.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15: Levy Lecture
    Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship in Pharmaceutical Sciences. "The Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences: 'What Has Levy Wrought?'" Leslie Benet, PhD, professor of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences, University of California - San Francisco. 12:30-1:50 p.m., 121 Cooke Hall (see website for additional information).
    Levy Lecture Reception: time and location TBA
  • Friday, Sept. 16: Open House and Reunion 'Meet and Greet'
    Cooke and Hochstetter Halls, 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    Take a guided tour of SoPPS educational and research spaces. Meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni and guests. We invite the special reunion classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1986 and 2001, as well as other class years, to join us for private gatherings of these milestone reunions.
    Keynote speaker Steven Sutton, PhD, associate professor, University of New England College of Pharmacy, will discuss "Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: A Global Problem Come Home." Hors d'oeuvres, food stations and cash bar will be available.
  • Saturday, Sept. 17: South Campus Tours and John & Editha Kapoor Hall
    Join us Saturday morning for a continental breakfast in Kapoor Hall on the South Campus (time TBA).
    Take a tour of Kapoor Hall; Cary and Foster halls, the former "homes" of SoPPS; the Behling Simulation Center; and the Health Sciences Library.
    Cost: $10.
  • Saturday, Sept. 17: Gala Dinner Dance at the Buffalo Club
    Private cocktail party for milestone reunion classes: 5-6 p.m.
    Cocktail party for all attendees: 6-7:30 p.m. Comments and presentations from keynote faculty, former deans David Triggle and Michael Schwartz, and other invited guests.
    Dinner: 7:30-9 p.m.
    Dancing and other programming: 9 p.m. to midnight
    Parking is provided
    Cost is $85 and includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert
  • Sunday, Sept. 18: Casual Cultural Events
    Social and cultural event opportunities will be available.

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

Ribbon cutting ceremony
(l-r) Dean Wayne Anderson, Ed Bednarczyk, David Lehmann and Moises Eisenberg.
School opens office in Manhattan to coordinate medicaid initiative
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences opened an office in Manhattan on Jan. 31 to begin the next phase of a collaborative initiative between the New York State Department of Health and SUNY that aims to improve drug therapy for New York state Medicaid patients.

The new office on Lexington Avenue supports the Department of Health's $11 million Medicaid project, which aims to educate Medicaid patients so that they better comply with their doctors' medication orders, and to work with physicians to track patients' compliance and help them adjust their prescriptions in response to patient outcomes.

UB will receive $4 million to operate the office, where faculty and resources from the UB pharmacy school, the SUNY academic health centers at Upstate Medical University and Stony Brook University, and the state Department of Health will be based and the initiative's work with health care providers, patients and insurers will be coordinated.

Edward Bednarczyk, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, notes that the three main components of the state's Medicaid initiative involve drug utilization review and pharmacy and therapeutics advisement; medication therapy management; and prescriber education program.

Assisting in the opening of the Manhattan office were UB pharmacy Dean Wayne Anderson; Bednarczyk; David Lehmann, MD, PharmD, professor of medicine, Upstate Medical University; and Moises Eisenberg, PhD, director of medical informatics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

John N. Kapoor
John N. Kapoor
John Kapoor, 2011 Capen Award winner
John N. Kapoor, PhD '72, was the recipient of the UB Alumni Association's 2011 Samuel P. Capen Award. Kapoor is the pharmacy school's most generous benefactor and the school's new home has been named John and Editha Kapoor Hall in recognition of his considerable financial support. The Capen Award, the alumni association's highest honor, recognizes notable and meritorious contributions from alumni to the university. Kapoor, along with other esteemed alumni and honored guests, were recognized for their accomplishments and support of the university during the alumni association's Achievement Awards ceremony held on April 8.

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John and Editha Kapoor Hall

Annual Awards Ceremony
2011 award winners
Annual Awards Ceremony
With more than 100 guests in attendance, alumni, faculty, staff and students were honored for their contributions at the school's annual awards ceremony on April 14.

The following awards were presented:

Willis G. Gregory Memorial Alumni Award
John Rodgers, '83

Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Alumni Award
Frank Reinrich, '83

Daniel H. Murray Memorial Professional Development Award
Gauri Rao, '11

SoPPS Teacher of the Year Award finalists
Karl Fiebelkorn, RPh, MBA, '78
Nicholas Norgard, PharmD
William Prescott, PharmD '02

SoPPS Staff Recognition Award
Jonathan Navratil

U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award
Brian Badgley, '11

The school's student leaders, Gregory Society members, preceptors and Dean's Ambassadors also were recognized. SoPPS congratulates all award recipients and special recognition attendees. We are proud to have you as members of the UB SoPPS family.

2011 Residency Presentation Day
Dr. Rachel Giroux and Dr. Amanda Smolen
2011 Residency Presentation Day
The seventh annual Resident Project Presentation Day was held on April 15 at Classics V restaurant. Residents from SoPPS programs, as well as other local residency programs, gave platform presentations of their research.

Platform winners were:

First place: Rachel Giroux, PharmD, PGY-1 community pharmacy/UB Middleport Family Health Center resident, "Assessing the Relationship between Pharmacy Supplier, Third-Party Prescription Coverage and Medication Waste."

Second place: Shari Allen, PharmD, PGY2-psychiatry resident/Buffalo Psychiatric Center resident, "Oseltamivir Use in Psychiatric Inpatients Taking Clozapine: Effect on Neuropsychiatric Events."

The UB SoPPS Residency Program extends its thanks to the affiliated residency programs, evaluators, faculty, moderators, residents and students who participated.

Phi Delta raises $5,500 for Roswell Park
Phi Delta professional pharmacy fraternity hosted a "Raffles for Roswell" fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute on April 10. More than 300 people attended the event and more than 150 gift baskets were donated, with $5,500 being raised to support research at Roswell Park. Live entertainment was provided by the Easy Street Big Band, which features Chris Daly (P3 and an organizer of this event) as a member. This successful fundraising event was organized by the members of Phi Delta.
Crowd sampling sauce and meatballs
Inaugural spaghetti competition
The first annual spaghetti sauce and meatball competition, sponsored by Rho Chi, took place April 4 on the second floor of Cooke Hall. Meatballs and sauce were judged by an esteemed panel consisting of Geraldene Agbasionwe, '12; Edward Bednarczyk, '84, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice; Marge Cole, administrative assistant, Pharmacy Practice; Tammie Lee Demler, '92 & '02, adjunct clinical assistant professor, Pharmacy Practice; Renee Fleming, '83; Drew Lambert, '11; Karen Shin, '13; Chris Tanski, '13; and Cierra True, '13

The judges had a difficult time choosing winners from this very competitive group of entries.

Sauce winners:

First place: Jean Costanzo, IPPE coordinator
Second place: Mike Bear, '14; Abby Greg, '13
Third place: Joe Paladino, clinical professor, Pharmacy Practice; Nicole Albanese, clinical assistant professor, Pharmacy Practice

Meatball winners:

First place: Nicole Albanese
Second place: Danielle Joset, '11; Kathleen Tornatore, associate professor, Pharmacy Practice
Third place: Cody Vandervort, '14

The competitions garnered 15 entries from students and faculty; approximately 100 people attended.

Rob Dicenzo '88, prizewinner
ASHP mid-year reception
More than 120 alumni, friends and members of the school attended our alumni reception at the 2011 ASHP mid-year meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Former UB faculty member and pharmacy school alumnus Rob Dicenzo, '88, won the basket raffle. Congratulations Rob!
The Florida Pharmacy Foundation Board of Trustees has honored Alton Tower, '53, by establishing the "Al Tower Philanthropy Award" to recognize Al's life-long dedication to his community and to the pharmacy profession. The $500 award will be presented annually to the recipient's favorite charity.

Youcef Rustum, '70, was issued a patent for "Method for optimizing cancer therapy by monitoring maturation of tumor associated vasculature by selenium."

Beth Resman-Targoff, '73 & '76, a clinical professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, recently was named the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists' 2011 Pharmacist of the Year. She is serving her second term as Region VI councilor for Rho Chi pharmacy honor society.

Avraham Yacobi, '75, recently formed DOLE Pharma LLC to conduct consulting and development work.


John Rodgers, '83, was promoted to chief operating officer for Independent Health. John had been the health maintenance organization's chief marketing officer.

Tammie Lee Demler, '92 & '02, received the 2011 APhA National Immunization Partnership Award for her work with the New York State Office of Mental Health to improve vaccination rates. Tammie Lee writes for Psychiatric News and has been appointed by ASHP as an accreditation site surveyor.

Aaron Hirsch, '94, was selected as a Buffalo Business First "40 under 40." Forty individuals under the age of 40 were recognized for their professional successes and community involvement.

Brian Brady, '99, is a retail pharmacist and has performed as a stand-up comedian for the past seven years.

Colleen Clarke, '09, announced her engagement to Michael Schweitzer. An August 2011 wedding is planned.

Kristen Gawronski, '10; Michelle Rainka, '05; Malti Patel; and SoPPS faculty member Dr. Fran Gengo published "Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis: A Review of Current and Emerging Therapies" in the September 2010 issue of Pharmacotherapy. It was the 22nd most-downloaded article in the past year.

In Memoriam
Charles Ross, '42
Rosalie Goldstein, '59
Charles Lewis, '83

Karl Fiebelkorn was elected as the Region I councilor for Rho Chi academic honor society.

William Jusko received the 2011 "Leadership Award" from the American Society of Pharmacometrics.

Candy Morris received the 2011 UB Professional Staff Senate Outstanding Service Award.

Gene Morse received a $2 million National Institutes of Health award to establish a mentoring program to promote career success among diverse junior faculty members in the academic sciences. The funds come from the NIH Director's ARRA Funded Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Gene Morse presented "Global Translational Pharmacology Strategy for Drug Development and Research for HIV and Tuberculosis Treatment" at a recent NIH/NIAID conference. Morse also presented "The Age of Personalized Oncology Therapies—Impact on all Oncology Stakeholders" at the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care Conference and "Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP): HIV Clinical and Translational Pharmacology" at Global Health Week 2011. In addition, he was appointed to the editorial board of Personalized Medicine in Oncology.

Aiming Yu gave the keynote presentation, "Genetically modified mouse models for drug metabolism research," at the 14th AAPS Northeast Regional Discussion Group annual meeting. Yu also chaired a symposium, "MicroRNA controlled regulation of drug metabolism and disposition," at the Experimental Biology 2011 annual meeting.

New Hires:
Ashley Webb, clinical assistant professor, Pharmacy Practice
Jennifer Berryman, executive assistant to the dean
Michele Bewley, project manager, Office of the Dean
Michelle Grasso, staff assistant for resource management
Colette Montague, project coordinator, Pharmacy Practice

2011 Faewell celebration
(l-r) Carolyn Hempel, Dr. Gayle Brazeau, Dr. Mark Wrobel, Sam Aitken
Class of 2011 farewell celebration
Members of the PharmD Class of 2011 attended a "farewell celebration" on April 2 in Sonoma Grille. Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed cocktails, food stations and desserts. The highlight of the event was recognition of Dr. Mark Wrobel as the class officers' "Faculty Recognition Recipient." Dr. Gayle Brazeau was given a special award to honor her years of dedication and support to the Class of 2011.
Business plan competition
Pruitt-Schutte team
UB Pharmacy/MBA students leverage skills to place fourth in Pruitt-Schutte competition
Four PharmD/MBA students placed fourth in the 2010 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Christopher Diehl, Mike Grota, Christopher Daly and Vikram Sundararaman competed against 35 teams with their business plan for the purchase, modification, expansion and modernization of Forster's Pharmacy, a family-owned business in the Village of Blasdell. The team spent more than 500 hours constructing the 199-page plan.

"Participation in this competition has helped me discover one of many rewarding career paths a PharmD/MBA can pursue," said Daly, '12. "It was a great challenge to combine information we learned in both disciplines and apply it to real life applications." Daly is a third-generation legacy in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, following his grandfather, Milner Forster, '53, and his parents, Donald and Lynn Daly, both '79.

"These students fared very well in this highly competitive event and we are immensely proud of them," said team adviser Karl D. Fiebelkorn, associate dean and clinical associate professor. "Since entering this competition in 2005, our teams have placed in the top five every year," he added.

Poster Day
The 2011 Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Poster Day and Competition was held on April 21. This competition offers the BS pharmaceutical sciences students, as well as P3 and P4 PharmD students from the clinical research track and the pharmaceutical sciences research track, an opportunity to present posters on their research achievements.

Winners were:
Pharmaceutical Sciences (undergraduate and pharmaceutical sciences track)
First place: Hao Sun
Second place: Laura Radecki and Gavrilo Durica
Honorable mention: Shunxin Lin, Matthew Foster and Jamie Chin
P3 first place: Kyle Hacker
P4 first place tie: Gauri Rao and Angela Mwaura

PHM 538 tours RDC warehouse
Rob Philipps, RDC, leads student presentation
PHM 538 tours RDC warehouse
Students in PHM 538, "Pharmacy Management II," recently toured the Rochester Drug Company's wholesale warehouse in Rochester. RDC representatives Lanny Doud, vice president of sales; Al Emmans, director of marketing and technology; and Joseph Brennan led the tour for P3 students Alexander Cho, Daniel Graves, Matthew Daily, Alex Campos, Philip Basko, Christopher Daly, Robert Philipps, T'Quomas Van Bergen, Rebecca Walker and Yusouf Khan, and Karl Fiebelkorn, associate dean and course instructor.
Pharmacy Day in Albany
Albany Day with Assemblyman Jim Hayes
2011 Pharmacy Day in Albany
Fifty-two students attended the Pharmacy Day lobbying effort in Albany on April 12. Groups of 10-12 students met with representatives from five or six legislative offices. Danielle Joset, president of SPSSNY (Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York), gave a motivational speech at the rally.

Thanks to Sarah Farr and Yi Yang for organizing the appointments with legislative representatives, to RDC and Lanny Doud for sponsoring the bus transportation to Albany, to PAWNY for sponsoring the student lunches and to Lynn Schmidt at PAWNY for her dedicated support of student activities.

Christopher Sherrow recipient of AACP Walmart Scholars award
Congratulations to Christopher Sherrow (P3) and his faculty mentor, Peter Brody, for Christopher's selection as an AACP Walmart Scholar. AACP and Walmart share the commitment to help colleges and schools of pharmacy ensure there is an adequate number of well-prepared individuals who aspire to join the faculties of expanding pharmacy programs across the country. The goal of this scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient's skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in programming and activities at the 2011 AACP annual meeting and seminars. The program is providing $1,000 in travel scholarships so that Christopher and Brody can attend the AACP annual meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in July in San Antonio, Texas.
Halfway dance
Check presentation to Alzheimer's Association
Halfway dance raises $4,000 for Alzheimer's research
The 2011 Halfway Banquet and Gala were held in the Adam's Mark Hotel on Feb. 5 to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York. P2 officers Aleem Merani, president; Kyle Ma, vice president; and Michelle Creasy, treasurer, as well as Heather Rodman, organized the event. More than 350 people attended and enjoyed a wonderful evening and helped raise $4,000 for Alzheimer's research. In attendance from the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York were Leilani Pelletier, executive director, and Dr. Robert Stall, consultant and geriatrician.

The P2 class officers would like to thank Rochester Drug Company, Vascuscript and faculty member Karl Fiebelkorn for their support.

REgional winners of APhA national conference
APhA-ASP Operation Heart
APhA-ASP American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists updates
The APhA-ASP chapter at UB was named a regional winner at the 2011 APhA national conference for its Operation Heart program. Operation Heart is a patient care project that promotes cardiovascular health to local communities through blood pressure monitoring and cardiovascular consultation clinics, by participation in smoking cessation initiatives in collaboration with UBreathe Free, and through education programs on healthy eating in the first-year residence halls in conjunction with Campus Dining and Shops. Approximately 400 individuals participated. Program leader Ali Mohamedali was honored with a plaque and $250 for chapter activities.
Student notes
Ali Mohamedali, Emily Chan and Kristen Zeitler were featured in a recent edition of APhA-ASP's Student Pharmacist.

Kyle Ma will represent APhA-ASP in the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation's (IPSF) Student Exchange Program. One of 51 students selected nationally for the program, he will be studying the culture of pharmacy in Taiwan this summer. Kyle also was recognized for his support of PSSNY health care policy efforts in Albany.

Patient counseling competition
Congratulations to Arthur Fyles, '14, for winning the UB Chapter APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition. Congratulations also go to Kyle Ma for placing second and Tara Castleman for placing third.

Jamie Chin was appointed vice chair of APhA-ASP's National Education Standing Committee.

APhA-ASP recognized Jason Hou with the 2011 President's Award.

SPAWNY (Student Pharmacists' Association of Western New York) Updates
SPAWNY Members Featured in Various Publications
Sarah Farr (P1) and Yi Yang (P1) authored an article, "A Student's Perspective on the PSSNY Mid-Winter Conference," in the January/February issue of PAWNY Express.

Read more (see PAWNY Express)

The January/February 2011 issue of New York State Pharmacist, the official publication of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, includes articles by Danielle Joset (P3) ("PLAID 2010: SPSSNY President's Message") and SPAWNY faculty adviser Karl Fiebelkorn ("A Letter to Gallup").

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2011 Mid-winter conference
2011 PSSNY mid-winter conference
SPAWNY members attended the 2011 PSSNY (Pharmacists Society of the State of New York) mid-winter conference. In attendance were Christine Trezza (P2), Maria Diguglielmo (P2), Chris Daly (P3), Danielle Joset (P3), Sarah Farr (P1) and Yi Yang (P1) (see photo).
Wellness clinics
SPAWNY has been actively involved in wellness clinics at various community pharmacy locations across Western New York, including the Family Medical Pharmacy, Tops and Transit Hill Pharmacy.
SNPhA Banquet
UB SNPhA 21st anniversary celebration
SNPhA (Student National Pharmaceutical Association) news
UB SNPhA celebrates 21st anniversary
Students, faculty, alumni and friends gathered at Banchetti's on April 16 to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of SNPhA and its membership. The UB chapter is dedicated to increasing minority representation through mentoring and health care awareness. The following awards were presented:

Academic Excellence Award: Diane Yu, Femi Adesina, Mohamed Ahmedin, Ngozi Geraldene Agbasionwe, Uzy Atuegwu and Toyin Fabiyi

Service Excellence Award: Abdul Ghorbandi

Ingrid Johnson '92 Founders Award: Uzy Atuegwu

Leadership Excellence Award: Ngozi Geraldene Agbasionwe

Adviser Excellence Award: Cindy Konovitz

Distinguished Alumni Award: Lekisha Griffin, PharmD '06

Phi Lambda Sigma News
Phi Lambda Sigma recognized Patty Havard as the faculty member of the year and Kristen Zeitler as member of the year.
More Student News:
Lubna Abuqayyas, PhD candidate, received the AAPS Graduate Student Award sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company. She will present her work at the National Biotechnology Conference being held in May.

Lauren Dingman, '14, received a $1,000 pharmacy scholarship from McKesson Corp.

Laura Radecki, '11, received the Alfred & Irma T. Jones Award of $3,500 through the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Recipients must be a New York state resident, show academic achievement and promote a collegiate atmosphere.

Yuzhuo Pan, a postdoctoral fellow in Aiming Yu's laboratory in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a travel award from Drug Metabolism Division, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Pan also was selected to give an oral presentation at the Experimental Biology 2011 annual meeting.

Teresa Rizzone-Ebel, '11, and Kristen Della Penna, '11, have been accepted into the Veterans Administration VALOR (internship) program at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The VALOR program is an honors program that provides outstanding students a chance to develop competencies in pharmacy practice while working at a VA health facility.

Geraldene Agbasionwe, '12, received a $3,000 scholarship from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' Foundation.

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