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December 2015


University at Buffalo
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
159 Kapoor Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033

Paris Poster

Pharmacy students and faculty show support for victims of Paris terror attacks

Message from the Dean

December 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The fall semester is coming to a close and our faculty, staff and students are busy preparing for finals and getting ready for the spring semester. As we reflect on our year-end activities, I would like to bring to your attention the extensive outreach organized by our student groups. Their response to community need is evident and demonstrates their continued growth as empathetic pharmacy professionals. It gives me great pride to recognize these accomplishments and to showcase the highly prepared and engaged future pharmacists we are training.

I hope this holiday season gives you the opportunity to connect with those who are important to you and allows you time to reflect on all for which you are thankful. The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences appreciates all you do to support our efforts, which allow us to have a positive impact on our students and the communities we serve. 

Please look for our next edition of eNotes in March. In January, you will be receiving our annual print newsletter, The Buffalo Pharmacist, which further highlights the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students.

My best wishes to you for a healthy and happy 2016!

Best regards,
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor

Top Stories

AAPS Annual Meeting Reception in Honor of Dr. Gerhard Levy

Gerhard Levy reception

Alumni, friends and faculty attended a reception in honor of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerhard Levy on Oct. 26, 2015. Dr. Levy, a pioneer in the field of pharmacokinetics, biopharmaceutics and pharmacodynamics was joined by many former students, post docs and SPPS faculty to mark his historical career. The October edition of the Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics was a tribute to Dr. Levy and 50 years of PK/PD, which included a special introductory article composed by SPPS faculty members Drs. William Jusko and Leung Fung.

The event was held in conjunction with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, FL.

SNPhA and LKS organize support for Paris

SNPhA and LKS poster

The UB chapters of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) asked fellow SPPS students and faculty to show support for their fellow pharmacists in Paris by signing a banner which was sent to Paris Descartes University Pharmacy School. White ribbons, a symbol of peace, were handed given out and donations were accepted for international relief teams.

Read the full UB Reporter story.

SPPS and Taipei Medical University Enter Into Partnership


Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University has partnered with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UB SPPS) for the purposes of student education, scientific research, exchange of research scholars and development of joint programs.

Read more.

Alumni Notes

Hildenbrandt recognized in "40 Under 40"

Brian Hildenbrandt

Brian Hildenbrandt, '06, was honored by Buffalo Business First in their annual "40 Under 40" listing. Hildenbrandt currently serves as the Vice President for Pharmacy Services at Evergreen Health Services. He oversees an initiative to assist other nonprofit healthcare providers in developing on-site pharmacy services, as well as continued management of pharmacy services.

Dr. Gordon Amidon receives honorary doctorate


Dr. Gordon L. Amidon, '67, received a Doctor Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate) from the Miguel Hernández (UMH) University of Elche in Alicante, Spain on January 28, 2015. This degree is conferred in recognition of notable contributions of an individual to his or her field of expertise, and the recognition of peers of extraordinary accomplishments.

Dr. Amidon is best known for his establishment of the Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS), which is currently in use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for classification and regulation of pharmaceuticals, in addition to being a guideline that is used internationally.

Read more.

SPPS hosts ASHP alumni and friends reception

ASHP Reception

Colleagues past and present reconnected at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-Year reception held Dec. 7 at the New Orleans Marriott. Over 150 alumni, friends, faculty and students attended. Edward Bednarczyk, chair, department of pharmacy practice, provided updates on recent school accomplishments and presided over the eagerly awaited SPPS raffle, where highly sought after SPPS merchandise was secured by those lucky winners in attendance!

We hope to see many of you back for the 2016 reception in Las Vegas.

View more photos from the event!

Schepart, '94, interviewed on AM Buffalo

Brian Schepart, '94, was recently interviewed on morning talk show AM Buffalo regarding the influenza vaccine. He discussed ease of access for receiving the vaccine, different types of the vaccine, and the importance of being vaccinated for community and personal health care needs.

Watch the full interview here.

Become an alumni ambassador mentor!

To provide enhanced career and professional mentorship to our PharmD students, the school has initiated a new program, the Alumni Ambassador Mentor Program. The program allows current students the opportunity to seek guidance and advice on life, business and professional practice issues from our robust alumni network. Alumni-student interaction is via email, LinkedIn and/or causal meeting times. For more information on becoming a Dean's Alumni Ambassador Mentor, please contact Jennifer Hess, associate dean for admissions, at 716-645-2858 or hessj@buffalo.edu.

Alumni networking in Rochester

The UB Alumni Association, in collaboration with the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, hosted a networking event for Rochester alumni at the Ox and Stone restaurant. The university and school are targeting the Rochester area for expanded engagement with our alumni. Please look for upcoming local events and programs on our website.

View photos from the event on Facebook.

Schepart fellow at Pfizer

Alexander Schepart, '14, is currently a fellow in Global Medical Franchise at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

In Memoriam

Xavier D'Ambrosio, '49

Thomas Mogle, '53

Ronald Richards, '54

Joel Goodrich, '59

Kenneth Gluc, '68

Edward J. Renas, Jr., '73

Faculty and Staff Notes

Prescott honored with UB Teaching Innovation Award

Congratulations to William Prescott, '02, department vice-chair and clinical associate professor in pharmacy practice, who received the UB Teaching Innovation Award at UB's 2015 Celebration of Excellence.  

Norgard recognized as 2015 NYS-ACCP Educator of the Year


Nicholas Norgard, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was awarded 2015 Educator of the Year by the New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Bednarczyk discusses medical marijuana


When medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon opened their doors to sell to anyone who is 21 years or older last month, the lines between recreation and medicine were officially blurred, said Edward Bednarczyk, '84, chair, pharmacy practice, in a recent interview he gave for local television.

“That is the heart of the problem. If we want to seriously explore the medical side of marijuana, not much good can come from combining medical dispensaries with recreational ones,” he says. “This, unfortunately, is the direction things are going in. Removing the veneer idea of there being a distinction between medicine and recreation has the potential of slowing down meaningful research on cannabis.”

And that is problematic, says Bednarczyk, who has spoken extensively about medical marijuana and presented on the topic.

Read more.

Watch Dr. Bednarczyk's interview on WKBW-TV.

Doloresco promoted to clinical associate professor

Congratulations to Fred Doloresco on his promotion to Clinical Associate Professor, pharmacy practice. Dr. Doloresco’s research focus is pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research and health services research.  

Qu honored by Chinese Society of Pharmaceutical Analysis


Jun Qu, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, was honored with the Outstanding Contribution Award for Medicinal Analysis by the Chinese Society of Pharmaceutical Analysis. The award was in recognition of his contribution to the development and application of novel LC/MS-based methods for characterization of biologics and protein markers.

Blanco speaks in Argentina


Javier Blanco, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, presented “Identification of Pharmacogenetic Determinants in Cardio-Oncology” at the VI Ibero-American Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences/III South American Congress of Biopharmacy and Pharmacokinetics in Cordoba, Argentina, in November. He also offered a seminar at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at the School of Chemical Sciences in Cordoba.

His trip was sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Science and Technology through its program RAICES (Network of Argentine Researchers and Scientists Abroad).

Morse presents at ACCP Global Conference

Gene Morse, '80 & '83, SUNY Distinguished Professor, pharmacy practice, presented at the 2015 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy. His presentations were entitled "Adherence assessment techniques in adolescents receiving a protease inhibitor based antiretroviral therapy treatment regimen in a resource limited setting" and "Issues in U.S. Based International Research - Fostering Development of Clinical Pharmacy Research and Scholarship Throughout the World."

The 2015 Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy offered cutting-edge educational programming presented by some of the world’s leading practitioners and researchers, providing a global perspective on emerging issues and challenges faced by today’s clinical practitioners.

Successful presentation on opioids at AMCP meeting

Barbara Rogler and Irene Reilly, both clinical assistant professors, pharmacy practice, presented on opioid utilization trends as well as programs that have impacted safe prescribing and use of opioids during a session at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Annual Meeting titled, “Opioids: Promoting Appropriate Use."

The speakers discussed peer-reviewed guidelines available on pain, particularly those from the American Pain Society and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Common elements among all of the pain guidelines include patient assessments, considering all treatment options with regard to benefits and risks, starting patients on the lowest effective dosage, implementing pain treatment agreements, and monitoring pain and treatment progress.

Tooley speaks on panel at NIH meeting

Kelly Tooley, senior research support specialist, pharmacy practice, attended the 2015 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center Administrators Meeting where she was an invited panel member for a discussion titled "Dealing with Administrative Challenges," and led a session titled "Considerations for Starting Up a Laboratory in a Resource Limited Setting."

The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the NIH by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

Pharmaceutical sciences faculty highlighted in AAPS video

Our highly-esteemed department of pharmaceutical sciences was featured in a video shown at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition:

Student Notes

Pharmaceutical sciences students awarded by AAPS

Student Xu Zhu, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerhard Levy, and SUNY Distinguished Professor Dr. William Jusko

Student Xu Zhu, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerhard Levy, and SUNY Distinguished Professor Dr. William Jusko

Three pharmaceutical sciences students received awards at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, FL. The AAPS Graduate Student Research Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research awards were given to:

  • Xu Zhu, for her poster entitled, “Network Analysis of Proteomics of Gemcitabine and Birinapant Combinations in Pancreatic Cancer Cells”
  • Xi (Cindy) Chen, for her poster entitled, “Pharmacodynamics of Suppression of Free TNF-a by Infliximab in Plasma of Rats”

Also, Xin Miao received the AAPS ePoster Award for her poster entitled, “Dynamic proteomic responses of pancreatic cancer cells during combination exposures to gemcitabine and ecteinascidin Et 743."

Rho Chi Honor Society finalist for award

UB's Rho Chi Honor Society Omega Chapter has been selected as a finalist for the Chapter Achievement Award. The Chapter Achievement Award recognizes the full scope of chapter activities and will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their P-2 year in the School. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.

P1 Poster Presentation Day

Poster Day

Our annual P1 Poster Presentation Day, an IPPE requirement for all first-year pharmacy students, was held on Dec. 3. Students researched a clinical topic of interest and presented their findings to faculty, staff and their fellow students.

View the photo gallery.

P1 student Markiewicz named to MAC All-Tournament Team

Kristin Markiewicz

P1 student Kristin Markiewicz was selected to the Mid-American Conference All-Tournament team for women's soccer. UB Athletics said, "Markiewicz was a key component of the Bulls backline that helped secure a quarterfinal victory over Central Michigan and advance to their second straight MAC semifinal for the first time in program history."

Read more.

SNPhA students assist at health fair

The UB chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) participated in the Oct. 29 Forever Young Health Expo organized by Buffalo Spree Magazine. SNPhA students assisted at the National Kidney Foundation health care area with registration, urinalysis, consultation (shadowing Kidney Foundation clinicians) and the exit station. The students were precepted by George Nimako, '12.

Waldron honored with RESPy Award


Madeline Waldron, '15, is a 2015 recipient of the Pharmacy Times and Walmart Respect, Excellence and Service in Pharmacy (RESPy) Award, presented to extraordinary pharmacy students who have made a difference in their communities by demonstration excellence in pharmaceutical care and advancing the profession of pharmacy. “We have so many opportunities in our field to make an impact on our patients and the medical community at large. With so many changes every day, it is an exciting time to be a young person in the medical world,” Waldron said.