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2011 October eNotes

 

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
October 2011
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the October edition of eNotes.

This edition celebrates the many important events held during our 125th anniversary program, with an emphasis on our alumni attendees marking milestone reunions.

The past year has given me time to reflect on the many important accomplishments of the school. Since 1886, we have been at the cutting edge of pharmacy practice, pharmacy education and pharmacy scholarship. We have a long and proud history, a dynamic present and a future filled with the promise of truly amazing advances in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. But none of these accomplishments would be possible without past, present and future students, faculty, staff and our outstanding alumni and friends. To you I give my recognition and thanks. Your collective contributions make my job as dean truly a pleasure.

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
125th Anniversary Group shot
President Satish K. Tripathi delivers remarks at the gala dinner
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Algirdas Gamziukas '56 and Helaine Hegedus Gamziukas '56
SCHOOL NEWS
125th Anniversary Celebration Events Enjoyed By All
The school opened its doors to hundreds of alumni and guests on Sept. 14-17 for our many anniversary events.

On Wednesday evening, Sept. 14, a continuing education program on hypertension management was offered. The focus on Thursday, Sept. 15, was on our Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship, which was given by Leslie Benet, professor, University of California-San Francisco. The day closed with our evening lectureship dinner at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center.

Open House on Friday, Sept. 16, in Cooke and Hochstetter halls gave us the opportunity to showcase our labs and classrooms to alumni and community guests. Among the events on Saturday, Sept. 17, was a breakfast and tour of our future home, John and Editha Kapoor Hall, as well as tours of Abbott, Foster and Cary halls. Anniversary celebration activities concluded with a gala dinner that evening in the historic Buffalo Club, which was attended by UB President Satish K. Tripathi, Interim Provost Harvey Stenger Jr. and Michael Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

We would like to thank former deans Michael Schwartz and David Triggle, who offered memorable comments and stories from their years at the school during the gala, as well as keynote speaker Steven Sutton, '83, who spoke at open house about issues concerning counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

We also are proud to have recognized these alumni attendees who celebrated important milestone reunions during our anniversary events:

Class of 1951
John Hackney

Class of 1956
Anne Smither Allen
James Coppola
Algirdas Gamzuikas
Helaine Hegedus Gamzuikas
Ronald Isaacs

Class of 1961
Vitauts Alks
Shirley Fruth Barone
Kenneth Gerber
John Hogan
Janice Castilone McGuigan
William Schack
Maurice Van Sice

Class of 1986
Anne Ettipio
Jane Peinkofer Grezebinski
Michael Kalita
Ann Relosky Macaluso
Richard Moon
Sarah Ronchetti
Kimberly Zammit

Class of 1991
Jean Jacob
Eugene Rozenblyum

125th anniversary website

125th anniversary event photos

We sincerely thank all the alumni and guests who attended. Your leadership, support and strength have positioned the school to celebrate its strong past, vibrant present and exciting future. We hope you had time to reflect on past memories with colleagues and friends, as well create new memories.

 
ALUMNI NEWS
Joseph Dunn, '75 & '81, was elected to the board of directors of 22nd Century Group, a company focused on the development of a prescription smoking-cessation aid and modified-risk tobacco products.

Leon Kuczmarski, '76, was appointed chief executive officer of Wyoming County Community Health Systems. Kuczmarski has served WCCHS since 1993, most recently as chief of support services overseeing activities of the pharmacy, dietary, housekeeping and other departments.

Margaret Hempling McGlynn, '82, was appointed president and chief executive officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. In these positions, she will serve as an ex-officio member of IAVI's board of directors.

Robert Rubino, '91, recently was issued a patent for "Sandwich cathode electrochemical cell with wound electrode assembly" No. 7,855,009.

In Memoriam:
Maynard Dutcher, '41
Walter Way, '53

 
FACULTY/STAFF NEWS
Sathy Balu-Iyer Receives University at Buffalo Teaching Innovation Award
Congratulations to Sathy Balu-Iyer, associate professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, for his receipt of a 2011 Teaching Innovation Award. This award recognizes exceptional educational pedagogy and faculty who have significantly engaged students with new methods and approaches to teaching, resulting in enhanced student learning outcomes.
Read more.
Donald Mager
Jusko, Mager and Qu Co-Investigators on Prominent U-54 'Research Consortium' $3.5 Million NIH Grant
Congratulations to William Jusko, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Donald Mager, associate professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Jun Qu, assistant professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, for working with colleagues from SUNY Downstate, SUNY Stony Brook and several associated pediatric clinical centers in securing funding for a highly competitive, $3.5 million, U-54 National Institutes of Health grant. The grant will be used to establish the New York Pediatric Developmental Pharmacology Research Consortium that will study the molecular and clinical pharmacology of retinopathy of prematurity and the developing eye. The funding will also provide training, mentoring and community outreach in pediatric pharmacology. This project represents an excellent example of scholarly collaboration within the SUNY/REACH System. The five-year grant project is being administered through primary investigator Jacob Aranda of SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Read more about this grant.
 
Monte Receives $50,000 NACDS Training Grant
Congratulations to Scott Monte for securing a $50,000 community residency grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation through its Community Residency Expansion Project. Training will take place in collaboration with Vascuscript, an independently owned retail community pharmacy in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Read more.
Publications
Nicole Albanese:
Cover story, APhA Student Pharmacist (July/August 2011). My Life as a Pharmacist and a Mother. (pp.10-11).

Jack Brown:
Brown, J. (2011). Effect of Colistin on aPTT Results When Using a Phospholipid Based Reagent. Pharmacotherapy.

Mark Wrobel:
Wrobel, M. J., Figge, J. J., & Izzo, J. L. (2011). In Hypertension in Diverse Populations: A New York State Medicaid Clinical Guidance Document (4th ed., vol. 5, pp. 208-229). New York: Elsevier.

Nicole Albanese and Mark Wrobel:
Albanese, N. P., & Wrobel, M. J. (2011). Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach (8th ed., pp. 261-263). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Jack Brown and Fred Doloresco:
Doloresco, F., & Brown, J. (2011). In Contrast-associated nephropathy following myocardial infarction among adults in U.S. community hospitals. American Society of Hospital Pharmacy.

Grants
Jun Qu:
Neelamegham, Sriram (principal), Lau, Joseph (co-investigator), Qu, Jun (co-investigator), Thanavala, Yasmin (co-investigator), & Matta, Khushi (co-investigator), "Systems Biology of Glycosylation," Sponsored by NIH - National Institutes of Health, Federal, Research, $2,769,497.00. (August 2011 - July 2016).

 

Presentations
Alice Ceacareanu:
Ceacareanu, A. C., Hong, C.-C., Nimako, G., Patel, K., Kossoff, E., & Forrest, A. (2011, September). Statin treatment use in diabetics with breast cancer: A potential C-reactive protein mediated benefit. Poster presented at the Breast Cancer Symposium 2011, San Francisco.

Scott Monte:
Monte S. V., Caruana J., Ghanim H., Schentag J. J., Dandona P. Reduction in endotoxemia, oxidative and inflammatory stress, and insulin resistance following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in patients with morbid obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. 71st Scientific Sessions (2011). American Diabetes Association. San Diego, CA 2011.

Monte S. V., Caruana J., Ghanim H., Schentag J. J., Dandona P. Reduction in endotoxemia, oxidative and inflammatory stress, and insulin resistance following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in patients with morbid obesity and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Endo 2011. The 93rd Annual Meeting and Expo. The Endocrine Society. Boston, MA 2011.

Dandona P., Monte S. V., Ghanim H., Schentag J., Caruana J. Reduction in the Expression of β-amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) Following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGB) and Weight Loss. Endo 2011. The 93rd Annual Meeting and Expo. The Endocrine Society. Boston, MA 2011.

Gene Morse:
Morse, E. D., Jani, Z. T., Monera, T. G., & Maponga, C. (2011, July). An Assessment of the Variability of Labeling and Counseling Information of Selected Herbal Medications Marketed for HIV and AIDS in Harare, Zimbabwe. Presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Morse, E. D., DiFrancesco, R., Taylor, C. R., Hochreiter, J. S., & Maponga, C. (2011, July). Global Strategy for Quality Assessment of Clinical Pharmacology Research Laboratories. Presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Morse, E. D., Hamandawana, T. M., Bepe, N., Dzangare, J., & Maponga, C. (2011, July). Patient Perceptions, Knowledge, and Practices of the Role of Nutrition in HIV/AIDS Management in a Resource Limited Setting. Poster presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Morse, E. D., Bunu, L., Monera, T. G., & Maponga, C. (2011, July). Prevalence of heterosexual anal intercourse and oral sex among high risk populations in Harare, Zimbabwe. Poster presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Morse, E. D., DiFrancesco, R., Tooley, K. M., Taylor, C. R., Hochreiter, J. S., & Maponga, C. (2011, July). Quality Assurance Initiative for Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory Development in Resource Limited Countries. Poster presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Morse, E. D., DiFrancesco, R., Tooley, K. M., Jenny, R. W., Parsons, T., & Rocci Jr., M. L. (2011, July). Quality Assurance of Antiretroviral Assays in Human Biofluids and Tissues during HIV Prevention and Treatment Research. Presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Morse, E. D., DiFrancesco, R., Pande, P. G., & Siminski, S. M. (2011, July). Reproducibility of Antiretroviral Proficiency Testing. Presented at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, Italy.

Awards/Recognitions
Stumm Recipient of National Admisson Association Award

Congratulations to Christine Stumm, assistant director of admissions, for her receipt of the prestigious 2011 National College Admission Counseling Associations (NACAC) Rising Star Award. This award honors individuals who exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students. Christine received this award at the NACAC's annual meeting in New Orleans.

STUDENT NEWS
Students and School Receive Citation
Assemblyman Jim Hayes bestowed a citation from the New York State Assembly to the school and our PharmD students for their continuous support of Hayes' health fairs. At the 2011 health fair, held in August at the Amherst Senior Center, P2-P4 students, under the guidance of faculty and community pharmacists, performed blood pressure readings, reviewed medications and counseled patients on various health-education issues. Drug disposal also was offered to members of the community.
Stephanie Thomas assists a patient.
Thomas Organizes Diabetes Awareness Event
Congratulations to P-3 student Stephanie Thomas for organizing a diabetes awareness event in her hometown of Warren, Pa., this past summer. The Mary R. Punsky Wilson Diabetes Awareness Day consisted of a diabetes clinic focused on glucose monitoring, medication counseling and diabetes education. Bike rides of 20 miles and 70 miles also were organized and raised nearly $2,700 for diabetes research
Read more.
New Students Chosen as PAWNY Liaisons
Congratulations to P1 students Rebecca Campbell and Wesley Kufel for their selection as liaisons to the Pharmacists Association of Western New York.
Kalabus Wins Best Podium Presentation
Congratulations to James Kalabus, a pharmaceutical sciences graduate student, for receiving the Best Podium Presentation in PK/PD and Biopharmaceutics at the 43rd annual Pharmaceutics Graduate Student Research Meeting. This meeting allows graduate students the opportunity to gain perspective from academia and industry, and share ideas with the global pharmaceutics community.
Read more.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS AND INFORMATION
Professional Practice Review Series: Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 12 and 19
Read more.

ASHP Mid-Year Reception: Dec. 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Hilton Riverside, New Orleans.

See our video: "Better Health Starts Here."

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

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