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2014 July eNotes

On the USS Intrepid, New York City, left to right: Carol Gloff ‘75, President, UB Alumni Association Board of Directors. James O’Donnell, Dean, Larry Zielinski, Acting Executive Director, UB Alumni Relations, and Thomas Smith ‘84.

Message from the Dean

July 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Since my last communication I’ve had the pleasure to meet with many alumni and friends at our annual golf tournament, as well as at the USS Intrepid alumni association event in New York City. Our faculty have been busy as well – Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty have participated in, and organized, conferences in Niagara Falls, NY, Gdansk, Poland, and Dublin, Ireland and a number of Pharmacy Practice faculty will be presenting at the AACP conference in Dallas next week. I will be there too; please be sure to say hello.

We extend a warm welcome to eight new residents that started last week; click here to read more about them.
 
There are a number of exciting alumni events coming up starting next week on July 31 with the Buffalo Pharmaceutics Symposium, welcoming back Pharmaceutical Sciences alumni and friends. On September 12-13 we are holding our annual alumni celebration that includes a keynote lecture by PharmD alumna, Susan Fagan '84. We hope you will be able to join us for many of our reunion events.
 
Lastly, I encourage you to visit our newly designed website launched in June that now includes student, faculty, and alumni spotlight profiles, as well as a calendar of upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you on campus.
 
Warm regards,
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor

Morris named UB Distinguished Professor

Marilyn Morris, PhD, vice chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been named a UB Distinguished Professor. She will be honored for this distinction during the Celebration of Academic Excellence being held this fall.

The UB Distinguished Professor designation was created by the Office of the Provost to recognize full professors who have achieved true distinction and who are leaders in their fields.

It is open to faculty who have been a full professor for at least five years and who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within their field.

A UB faculty member since 1985, Morris is internationally known for her research focuses on membrane transport proteins, their influence on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and their use as therapeutic targets. She has published extensively on renal transport, hepatobiliary transport and hepatic clearance models, and the ATP-dependent binding cassette and monocarboxylate transporters.

Morris’s recent research is focused on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of monocarboxylic acids, including the drug abuse of γ-hydroxybutyric acid. Other current research projects involve the dietary components flavonoids and organic isothiocyanates, with an emphasis on their potential for transport and metabolic drug interactions, and their role in cancer therapy and chemoprevention.

She is currently president of pharmaceutical sciences’ premier organization, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012) and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (2003).  She is the recipient of a UB Distinguished Postdoctoral Mentor Award (2012), a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Manitoba, Canada (2013), an AAPS Service Award from the Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism section (2010), a Faculty Service Award through the Pharmacy Leadership Society/Beta Omicron Chapter/UB (2010), a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (2006) and a nomination for Teacher of the Year, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009).

Morris received her PhD in pharmaceutics from UB in 1984 for her work on the pharmacokinetics of sulfate conjugation and inorganic sulfate with SUNY Distinguished Professor Gerhard Levy. After completion of the doctoral degree, Morris became a Medical Research Council fellow (1984-85) at the University of Toronto, where she worked on drug metabolism in isolated perfused organ systems with K. Sandy Pang, PhD.

Fiebelkorn Honored for Outstanding Community Service

Karl D. Fiebelkorn, MBA, associate professor of pharmacy practice in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS), is the recipient of the 2014 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service.

The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim. The award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities. The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacist associations, including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is considered one of the profession’s most prestigious awards.

Prof. Fiebelkorn, recently appointed Senior Associate Dean of Student, Professional, and Community Affairs in the UB pharmacy school, has a long history of volunteerism and community service.

An advocate for the profession, Fiebelkorn encourages UB pharmacy students to participate in ventures ranging from attending Pharmacy Day in Albany — educating legislators on the profession of pharmacy and lobbying for patient issues — to educating young adults and their parents on drug abuse.   

Fiebelkorn has received numerous awards, including Distinguished Pharmacy Educator from the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Pharmacist Society of the State of New York (PSSNY). He also received the Jack Nicolais Award from PSSNY for his role in student advocacy.  

Fiebelkorn has been selected for the Western New York Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Robert M. Cooper Award for professionalism, as well as the Pharmacists Association of Western New York Community Service Award for his role in expanding immunizations by pharmacists in the community in New York State.  A leader in the push to have pharmacists administer immunizations to ensure protection from disease for all communities, Fiebelkorn was among the first pharmacist immunizer trainers in New York State.

Fiebelkorn is a double alumnus of UB, having received a baccalaureate from the Department of Pharmacy Practice in 1978 and an MBA from the School of Management in 1988.

Playing Golf and Giving Back

On June 9th the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its 11 annual golf tournament in which almost one hundred golfers took to the greens to support student scholarship. Over $21,000 was raised in sponsor support and those who attended the tournament gave generously to all the raffles and contests that were a part of the festivities afterward.

The tournament took place at the Lockport Town and Country Club and was organized by Rebecca Brierley, Karl Fiebelkorn, Marsha Nelson, Nancy O’Neil, and Linda Stanton. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the tournament, especially the following sponsors:

Tournament Sponsors: Rite Aid and Rochester Drug Cooperative

Gold Sponsor: McKesson Corporation

Bronze Sponsors: Cuba, Fillmore, Fisher's Pharmacies; Forster's Pharmacy, Independent Health, J. Rutowski & Sons, Inc., and Middleport Family Health

Hole Sponsors: 2121 Main Street Pharmacy and Tops Pharmacy

Hole in One Sponsor: Acura College Alumni Championship and Ray Laks Acura

Cart Sponsors: Akron Pharmacy, Ellicottville Pharmacy, Collegiate Village, Holland Pharmacy, Mobile Pharmacy Solutions, PAWNY, and Prizel’s Pharmacy

“Cuba, Fisher and Fillmore Pharmacies have always been sponsors of the school’s golf tournament. Not only do we enjoy the opportunity to spend the day golfing with our UB friends and faculty, we are proud to support the tournament which provides scholarships to so many outstanding UB pharmacy students.”
Brian Loucks ‘86

Student Scholarships

Congratulations to this year’s student scholarship winners who have demonstrated academic accomplishment, along with leadership skills and involvement in community-supporting activities:

·         Bisi Aiyelabowo ‘16

·         Megan Gee ‘15

·         Tyler Mullen ‘16

·         Alain Nguyen ‘15

·         Kelly Ross ‘15

·         Jennifer Wiafe ‘15

Congratulations also to tournament prize winners:

Longest Drive Hole 16:

Men: Ken Andrus ‘94
Women: Deanna Stengel ‘10

Closest to the Pin Hole 6:

Men: Timothy Warner
Women: Jill Pogodzinski ‘99

Closest to the Line Hole 4:

Men: Mike Rossi ‘84
Women: Kim Sutherland ‘17

3 Place Winning Foursome with a score of 64:

Jeff Lombardo ‘04
Gene Morse ‘83
Chris Jerzewski
Tyler Mullen ‘16

2 Place Winning Foursome with a score of 62: 

Terry Bellnier
Tom Shaulinski
Chris Coyne
Rob Weisman

1 Place Winning Foursome with a score of 61:

Steve Giroux ‘81
Zach Giroux
Don Arthur
Dean Arthur

Qualifying Foursome: 4 day/3 night trip for four to the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at the Pinehurst Golf Resort:

Steve Giroux ‘81
Zach Giroux
Don Arthur
Dean Arthur

Recognizing Outstanding Preceptors

2014 Preceptor Awardees left to right: Bill Prescott, Brian Wetzel, Bill Barclay, Joe Khan, and Kelly Verrall.

The sixth annual Preceptor Recognition reception was held June 24 at the Pearl Street Grill. Dr. Peter Brody, Experiential Education director, hosted the event that had approximately 50 faculty and preceptors in attendance.

Each awardee was called forward to be recognized and presented with a personalized award.

The following preceptors were recognized:

Professional Practice Elective Preceptor of the Year – Kelly Verrall, Independent Health

J. Fred Bennes Ambulatory Care Preceptor of the Year – Joe Kahn ‘12, Walgreens

Inpatient Preceptor of the Year – Brian Wetzel ‘10, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Faculty Preceptor of the Year – William Prescott ‘02

IPPE Preceptor of the Year – Bill Barclay ‘83

“We look forward to hosting this event every year to thank all of the preceptors that dedicate their time to student training and also recognize a select few that have extensively contributed to our experiential education program while receiving outstanding overall feedback from their precepted students,” Dr. Brody said.  “I am proud to say that each year we have so many potential preceptors of the year that it is truly difficult to narrow down the awardees.  UBSPPS has a great group of pharmacist educators that are willing to pass on their professional expertise and mentorship to all levels of our Doctor of Pharmacy students and it is certainly a priority to continue this event annually in recognition of the hundreds of preceptors involved with our school.”

13th Buffalo Pharmaceutics Symposium Next Week

The UB department of pharmaceutical sciences is hosting the 13th Buffalo Pharmaceutics Symposium July 31-August 2. This year’s theme is ‘Pharmaceutical Sciences: A Model of Translational Therapeutics.”

The symposium originated in 1980, and is now held every four years. This year’s symposium is being organized by Dr. Don Mager, associate professor in pharmaceutical sciences, who anticipates approximately 200 attendees.

"The purpose of the symposium is to invite our alumni back to the school to reconnect and to learn about their current research,” Dr. Mager said. “Many of our alumni have gone on to highly successful careers in their field, having become leaders in pharmaceutical research,” he added. “This alumni-focused event is also of great benefit to our up and coming students, to inspire as well as to inform.”

The symposium kicks off Thursday evening July 31 with a reception and banquet at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, followed by two days of research presentations that are divided into four sessions:

·         Protein Therapeutics, being chaired by faculty member Joseph P. Balthasar, PhD '96 (Co-Chair: Mohammad Tabrizi, PhD '96, Merck)

·         Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics & Systems Pharmacology, chaired by Don Mager, PharmD '00, PhD '02 (Co-Chair: Holly Kimko, PhD '95, Johnson & Johnson)

·         Translational Pharmaceutical Sciences, chaired by UB faculty member Murali Ramanathan (Co-Chair: Dan Salazar, PhD '89, Otsuka)

·         Ho-Leung Fung Tradition of Excellence, chaired by Gayle Brazeau, PhD '89, Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of New England. Brazeau is also a former UB faculty member (Co-Chair: Wooin Lee, PhD '02,  University of Kentucky)

Fung, a UB Distinguished Professor, has recently retired from the department of pharmaceutical sciences where he taught for over 40 years.  

Friday’s presentations will be capped off by a student poster presentation and reception followed by a dinner held at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo. Full program and registration information is available online.

UB-led health care team to help Jamaica fight HIV and HCV

UB team visiting St. Ann’s hospital. From left: Charles Anderson, MD, Ryan Erwin, Gene Morse, PharmD, Beverly Joy, John Hatcher, Leo Garel and Angenice Whyte

University at Buffalo faculty together with Buffalo business leaders visited Jamaica to conduct foundational meetings with the Jamaica Ministry of Health to collaborate on developing programs for Jamaica in the study and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C (HCV). The partnership is being modeled on the program Gene Morse leads with the University of Zimbabwe.

The UB team is led by Charles L. Anderson, MD, and Gene D. Morse, PharmD, UB Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The first step on which UB, Buffalo businesses and Jamaica will collaborate is the planned transition from a regional hospital system with paper medical records to a national electronic medical record system. This effort will blend with the initiatives that are ongoing at the Patient Safety Organization (PSO) located in UB’s Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. Streamlined record keeping is a key objective in its fight against HIV and HCV; according to the Jamaican Information Service (JIS), 32,000 people are living with HIV and as many as 50 percent are unaware that they have the disease.

The collaboration is being modeled after the successful education and research training program that Morse leads with the University of Zimbabwe. Read the full article here

International Conference Highlights Work of Four Faculty

Drs. Donald Mager and Robert Straubinger of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with Drs. Robert O’Connor and Martin Clynes of Dublin City University, organized an international workshop and conference that took place this past June at The Helix Arts and Performance Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.

The “Workshop on Quantitative Pharmacology and Systems Biology in Pharmaceutical Development” was designed to introduce basic and clinical scientists to the principles, techniques, and applications pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling in drug discovery, development and regulatory approval, and to forge a link between PK/PD modeling and systems biology.

The program was organized into plenary sessions describing principles of “Pharmacometrics and Bioinformatics Analysis of Pharmacological Systems I and II,” and “Experimental and Systems Approaches in Biological Drug Development.” Applications sessions presented lectures on “Drug and Therapy Discovery in Diabetes” and “Drug and Therapy Discovery in Cancer.” A roster of 15 speakers from Europe and USA presented to the international audience.

Drs. Mager, Straubinger, as well as fellow faculty members William Jusko and Sathy Balu-Iyer, made multiple presentations in plenary and special applications sessions.

Dr. Jusko, Professor and Chair of the pharmaceutical sciences department, provided five major presentations entitled “General PK/PD Modeling Perspectives,” “Modeling Anti-Diabetic Effects,” “PK/PD Models in Pharmacogenomics,” “PK/PD of Monoclonal Antibodies in Rheumatoid Arthritis,” and “Chemotherapy PK/PD Models” in the 2 ½ day conference.

Dr. Mager, Associate Professor, also provided four major presentations, entitled “Modeling Combination Therapy in Diabetes,” “PK/PD Modeling of Biological Therapeutics,” “Role of Quantitative Pharmacology in Biologic Drug Development,” and “Systems Pharmacology Modeling of Biological Combinations in Oncology.”

Dr. Balu-Iyer, Professor, presented on “Role of Immunogenicity in Biological Drug Development,” and Dr. Straubinger, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UB and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health and Sciences at Dublin City University, presented on “Pharmacometric modeling of tumor priming that enhances nanoparticle delivery.”

The workshop received major financial support from Science Foundation Ireland and the American Association for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and additional support from Dublin City University, Amgen, Inc., and Systems Biology Ireland. The workshop was also sanctioned by and received publicity from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the International Society for Pharmacometrics (ISOP).

Reunion Celebration Weekend features Susan Fagan

We welcome alumni and friends to join us for reunion events being planned for September for all class years, but with special recognition to milestone classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, and 2004.

Continuing Education programs are planned Friday and Saturday Sept. 12-13. Friday’s keynote speaker is

Susan Fagan, PharmD '84: Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Pharmacy and Experimental Therapeutics, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University
presenting: Angiogenesis as a target for recovery after stroke

Following Dr. Fagan’s presentation and reception is a tailgate party starting at 6 p.m. preceding the UB Bulls vs. Baylor Bears football game at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13 Professor Erin Slazak is presenting Over the Counter Medications, which is followed by a lecture: 50 Things You Never Knew - Or May Have Forgotten - About the UB School of Pharmacy and the University at Buffalo, presented by Cindy Konovitz, Assistant Dean and Director of the Apothecary and Artifacts The evening is capped off by an all alumni cocktail reception at Templeton Landing Restaurant.

Please visit our website for full event details, as well as to register. Registration deadline is September 14th; hotel reservation deadline is mid-August. Have questions? Contact us via email  or call 716-645-3340.

Alumni Notes

APhA-APRS presidential election slate features two alumni

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) had two UB Pharmacy alumni on the 2014 election ballot for President-elect -

Edward M. Bednarczyk ‘84
Robert DiCenzo,'88

Voting closed July 9 and election results will be announced in early August. Successfully elected candidates will be installed at APhA2015 in March 2015. The purpose of the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science is to stimulate the discovery, dissemination and application of research to improve patient health and serves pharmacists and those members who are involved in the pharmaceutical sciences.

We wish both candidates good luck!

Cindy K. Bennes ‘79, currently a partner with Phillips Lytle, was honored by the Mental Health Association of Erie County for her dedication and support. She served on the Mental Health Association board of directors from 1991-2000 and was board president from 1999-2000. She joined the Mental Health Association Foundation Board in 2000, where she continues to be an active member. She received her award at the Association’s annual Benefactor Society Reception.

Robert S. Rubino ‘91, ‘94 had two patents approved, assigned by Greatbatch Ltd. of Clarence, NY: “Control of silver vanadium oxide surface areas as a means of controlling voltage delay and RDC growth in an electrochemical cell.” Co-inventors: Hong Gan, Joseph Lehnes, and Esther Takeuchi; and “Sandwich cathode electrochemical cell with wound electrode assembly.” Co-inventors: Hong Gan and Esther Takeuchi.

Kristen Mazurkiewicz ‘14 is now a pharmacist at Whiteriver PHS Indian Hospital, located outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The hospital serves approximately 17,000 tribal members and other Native American communities around the area.

In Memoriam

Irwin E. Brock, CERT '37

Beatrice Noble, CERT '38

Anne E. Avery, BS '39

William B. Tesluk,  BS ‘55

Dave M. Lutomski, BS ‘79

Sandhya A. Patel, BS ‘81

Faculty/Staff Notes

Presentations

Presenting at AACP:

Nicole P. Albanese
“Establishing the Pharmacist’s Role in the Patient Centered Medical Home Model”

Gina M. Prescott, Peter M. Brody, Jr. '02, Linda M. Catanzaro '01, Irene S. Hong, and Karl D. Fiebelkorn BS '78, MBA '88
"Integrating Experiential Education to Enhance Patient Care in the Underserved Communities"

William Prescott '02
Infectious Diseases Education across US Pharmacy Schools: What is being taught and how?

Pediatric Education across US Pharmacy Schools: What is being taught and how?

Joseph Balthasar PhD '96, organized, and with Donald Mager PharmD '00, PhD '02, presented, an ADAPT Workshop on Biologics in Niagara Falls, NY this past June.

William Jusko PhD '70 and Donald Mager organized and presented a PK/PD Modeling and Systems Pharmacology course in Niagara Falls, NY this past June.

William Jusko and Donald Mager co-organized, and along with Wojciech Krzyzanski presented, a PK/PD Modeling Seminar at the Medical University of Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland this past June.

Charles Maponga PharmD '88 presented "International Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory Updates: Harare Developmental International Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory" during the Specialty Laboratory Directors Business Session at the ACTG Annual Meeting in Washington DC in June.

Gene Morse chaired the Laboratory Workshop: ACTG Workshop on Clinical Pharmacology BioMatricies for HIV, HCV and TB-Adherence, Prevention and Treatment at the ACTG Annual Meeting in Washington DC in June.  Robin DiFrancesco presented "ARV Pharmacology Assays in Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)" and Andrew Talal presented "HCV Direct Acting Antivirals in Living Tissue" during the workshop.  

Gene Morse PharmD '83 was invited for the fifth straight year to lead, and present in, a session on research capacity building at the 17th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, held this month in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to Morse, presenters include UB pharmacy faculty member Robin DiFrancesco.        

Grants

Javier G. Blanco 
Characterization of Cardiac Mitochondrial DNA in Donors with Down Syndrome 
Awarding institute: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Patents and Publications

Javier G. Blanco:
Wang X., Liu W., Sun C.L., Armenian S.H., Hakonarson H., Hageman L., Ding Y., Landier W., Blanco J.G., Chen L., Quiñones A., Ferguson D., Winick N., Ginsberg J.P., Keller F., Neglia J.P., Desai S., Sklar C.A., Castellino S.M., Cherrick I., Dreyer Z.E., Hudson M.M., Robison L.L., Yasui Y., Relling M.V., Bhatia S.
Hyaluronan synthase 3 variant and anthracycline-related cardiomyopathy: a report from the children's oncology group.
Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014 Mar 1;32(7):647-53. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.50.3557. Epub 2014 Jan 27.

Quiñones-Lombraña A., Ferguson D., Hageman Blair R., Kalabus J.L., Redzematovic A., Blanco J.G.
Interindividual Variability in the Cardiac Expression of Anthracycline Reductases in Donors With and Without Down Syndrome.
Pharm Research 2014 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Scott V. Monte ‘06 and Jerome Schentag had a patent approved, assigned by TheraSyn Sensors of Eggertsville: “Method and system to provide personalized pharmaceutical compositions and dosages.” Co-inventor: Frank Bright.

Joseph Paladino:
Mergenhagen K.A., Wojciechowski A.L., Paladino J.A.
A review of the economics of treating Clostridium difficile infection. PharmacoEconomics. 2014;32:639-650. DOI: 10.1007/s40273-014-0161-y

Joseph Paladino and Jerome Schentag:
Paladino J.A., Jacobs D.M., Shields R.K., Taylor J., Bader J., Adelman M.A., Wilton G., Crane J.K., Schentag J.J.
Use of ceftaroline after glycopeptide failure to eradicate MRSA bacteremia with elevated vancomycin MICs. International Journal of Antimicrob Agents. 2014; 44: In press.

Awards and Recognition

The following faculty and staff were recognized this past June by President Satish Tripathi for their years of service to UB.

Ten years of service:

Javier Blanco, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Peter Brody PharmD '02
, Pharmacy Practice
Diane Fisher, dean’s office
Jill Hochreiter, Pharmacy Practice
Diane Letina, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yang Qu
, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sara Robinson, dean’s office
Miriam Tamano de Blanco, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Twenty years of service:

Cynthia Acara, dean’s office

Thirty years of service:

Gene Morse PharmD'83, Pharmacy Practice

Forty years of service:

William Jusko PhD '70, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Congratulations to Scott Monte '06, assistant clinical professor, and his wife, Jamie, on the birth of his son, Nolan Mark Monte, born Friday, June 20. It is expected that Nolan will be enrolling in the Early Assurance Program for the Class of 2038.

Robert Chau

Congratulations to Robert Chau and William Greco, research scientists in Pharmaceutical Sciences, for completing the 19th annual Ride for Roswell in June. The ride overall raised over $4.3 million for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute with over 8,000 riders taking part.

 

New Hires

Michelle Amsler '14, Pharmacy Resident

Jessica Beyer '14, Pharmacy Resident

Lisa Garza, Pharmacy Resident

Holly Hamilton, Pharmacy Resident

Ryan Lindenau, Pharmacy Resident

Kimberly Mulcahy, Pharmacy Resident

Alyssa Pignato, Pharmacy Resident

 

Promotions/Changes

Karl D. Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean for Student, Professional, and Community Affairs

Marilyn Morris, UB Distinguished Professor (as of Sept. 1)

Kathleen Tornatore-Morse, Professor

Student Notes

Reaching out to the Underserved

Pharmacy students had the opportunity to work with Remote Area Medical (RAM) and serve indigent populations in Scott County (Tennessee) during a weekend in June. Students Heeyoung Byun '15, Ryan Dillon '15, Catherine Gawronski '17, Maya Holsen '17, Shelby Janutol '16, Dominique Kalpakidou '17, Wesley Kufel '15, Kendra Nielsen '16, Jovin Panthapattu '16, and Jinhee Park '15 assisted with various services provided at RAM clinics like dental services, medical consultations and triaging. The trip explored national service opportunities for Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach (SPGO); a newly founded organization that seeks to promote global health awareness through outreach programs in local, domestic and international communities while increasing the quality of life for underserved populations through healthcare initiatives. The trip was organized by faculty member Dr. Gina Prescott and SPGO’s Domestic Outreach Coordinator, Jovin Panthapattu. More information about Global Health can be found on the SPPS Global Health Initiatives website.

Class of 2014 Farewell Celebration

On May 15 approximately 80 members of the P4 class were recognized by the SPPS alumni association at the Farewell Celebration at Banchetti’s.  This annual event welcomes students into the Alumni Association and affords students an opportunity to reminisce and say goodbyes one last time before graduation day. Officers Kayla Maxwell and Nicholas Hopwood gave comments to their classmates and presented Vicki Rink, Research Technician, Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center, the 2014 Instructor Recognition Award. 

Prosperity Scholarship at UB expands to a record class

UB’s Prosperity Scholarship program has accepted three SPPS students to its newest class of young, promising scholars:

Brian Bowman
Peter Fendt
David Huoh

“Students are awarded not only for their accomplishments and promise as innovators, but also for their desire to contribute to the revitalization and sustainability of Western New York,” says A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs.

“It is our goal as an institution to elevate them to the next level, so that upon graduation, they can be even more effective through an intimate understanding of the region’s entrepreneurial landscape and the many relationships they develop with Western New York business leaders through the opportunities the Prosperity Scholarship program provides.”

The Prosperity Scholarship, funded by the Prentice Family Foundation, covers each recipient’s unmet educational expenses, including tuition, books, housing and transportation.

Click here for a full directory of each Prosperity Scholar

Barinaepkee Banuna is a fourth year UB student being mentored by Dr. Jeffrey Lombardo on her McNair Summer Research Internship project: “Utilizing Document Digitization and Recognition Technology for Genetic Testing Results in an Oncology Practice – a pilot study.” Banuna is completing her third year with the McNair program and the Translational Pharmacology Research Core.

Kemji Eke is a second year student, and Jacob Milling is a third year student at UB participating through the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) this summer. Dr. Gene Morse and Mr. Tyler Mullen are mentoring Eke on her project "Assessment of Research Programs in the SUNY Global Health System."  Dr. Hillard Kutscher is mentoring Milling on "Nanoparticles used as a drug delivery system."

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