Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The summer months give us all a chance to recharge and assess new goals and objectives for the fall. This summer, we have been actively reviewing our strategic planning as well as examining how we can enhance engagement with our community and clinical partners. These key initiatives allow the SPPS to maintain its national leadership position within our academic, research and scholarly arenas.
The many ways we secure our standing as a top pharmacy school are evidenced below. The success and accomplishments of our faculty, alumni, students and staff are key factors in our ability to continue to advance our mission.
Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments to email@example.com
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor
Nick Smith, '17, received the American Society for Microbiology Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Program Award. Six scientists were chosen out of the 11,000 attendees and Nick was the only pharmacist, the only pharmaceutical PKPD scientist, the only student and the youngest! His advisor was Brian Tsuji, associate professor, pharmacy practice.
The project he presented at Microbe was titled "Probability of Target Attainment of Meropenem and Polymyxin B Combinations in Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii." This project, and the other projects surrounding it that his team is working on in the lab, revolves around better understanding the pharmacodynamics of antibiotic combination therapy to treat highly resistant superbugs. These infections are typically resistant to the vast majority of antibiotics available, and thus require novel approaches for their treatment. In many cases, clinicians are resorting to polymyxin antibiotics as a last-resort treatment to help fill the void, but the knowledge base on how to use them in combination is still lacking.
"Overall, we hope to discover novel regimens that optimize patient therapy through maximization of bacterial killing, minimization of adverse effects, and suppression of bacterial resistance," Smith said.
Two faculty members at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have been selected to receive University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Awards. These awards will be bestowed at the UB Celebration of Academic Excellence Ceremony to be held this fall.
Murali Ramanathan, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, and director, graduate studies, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award. Ramanathan has been a member of the SPPS faculty since 1994, achieving rank of full professor in 2010.
Dhaval K. Shah, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator Award. A former PhD student in the pharmaceutical sciences department, Shah joined the SPPS faculty in 2013 after returning from Pfizer Inc.
Edward Bednarczyk, department chair and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, was elected president of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) for the 2017-18 term.
The school’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 6, at the Lockport Town and Country Club and raised over $26,000 for student scholarships! Thank you to all who attended and to our generous sponsors:
Bronze and Refreshment Cart Sponsors
Bronze and Putting Green Sponsor
High school students from across the nation got a glimpse of the pharmacy profession through the first University at Buffalo Pre-Pharmacy Summer Camp. This unique three-day camp, hosted by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, taught nearly 60 students the ins and outs of pharmacy practice through activities that simulated combining and dispensing medications, counseling patients and more. Students also visited the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Buffalo General Medical Center and Mobile Pharmacy Solutions.
"This camp really helped me to get to know what pharmacists really do and how important pharmacists are in our society. I will definitely apply for UB pharmacy." -Camp attendee
The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2016 Reunion Weekend will take place Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24. Activities currently planned include educational programs, tours of Kapoor Hall, an all-alumni cocktail party at the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo, private class dinners, and a tailgate party before the UB Bulls v. Army football game.
The classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 will be celebrated.
Registration now open! RSVPs close Sept. 16, and discounted hotel rates end Sept. 2.
The President of the University at Buffalo invites you to the alumni event of the season!
UB Night in Buffalo at the Pierce Arrow Museum
Thursday, August 25, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
263 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14203
Mingle with alumni and friends, enjoy food and beverages and meet UB President Satish Tripathi and other faculty, staff, and UB leadership. The dress is business casual, and the registration fee for this event is $10.00. Hosted by the UB Alumni Association.
Alvina Morse, '30
Robert Case, Sr., '52
Mark-Richard Butt, '65
John Malke, '65
James Dugas, '83
"Michael Ott is involved year-round with our UB students and residents advancing clinical pharmacy practice at one of our main local hospitals and is a strong advocate for our profession."
Peter Brody, '01 & '02, director, experiential education, and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice
Michael Ott graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2003 with a PharmD and then completed his pharmacy practice residency at Buffalo General Kaleida Health in 2003-2004.
Upon completion of his residency, he took a position as the first Clinical Coordinator at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Forum Health, a 250-bed, level 3 trauma center in Warren, OH. At Trumbull Memorial, he developed a clinical pharmacy service including daily ICU rounding, renal dosing and IV to PO. He then became the interim director of pharmacy. After his time as director, Ott took the position that he currently holds at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) where he is the Clinical Coordinator for Pharmacy Services, the transplant pharmacist, and PGY1 residency program director.
He precepts APPE students during the 18-week longitudinal rotation at ECMC. During this rotation, students round with him on the inpatient transplant service, where responsibilities include ensuring proper use of medications for all patients, counseling patients post-operatively on their new medications for regimens, and teaching them how to fill their pill boxes. Students also learn how to evaluate medication therapy of patients who may be listed for transplant.
"My position at ECMC gives me the opportunity to interact with a wide range of patients and staff. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with students, residents, and other learners," he said.
Ott sits on the UB SPPS residency advisory committee where we develop policies and guidance for the residency program. He has also held various positions in the Western New York Society of Health System Pharmacists, culminating in his role as president in 2013-2014.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its annual awards ceremony for preceptors on June 2, 2016, at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.
To help ensure patients take their medications as prescribed, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a $30,000 gift from Univera Healthcare.
The gift will support “A Collaboration to Improve Medication Adherence and Health Outcomes Among High-Priority Patients in Western New York,” a new pilot program that aims to evaluate novel community pharmacy-based solutions to overcome common barriers to medication non-adherence.
The three-year pilot, led by Scott Monte, clinical assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will partner with Western New York-based Mobile Pharmacy Solutions, located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, to provide personalized adherence services for to up to 200 patients with Univera health insurance
The University at Buffalo has established a new international hub for addressing global health challenges through pharmacological research and drug and vaccine development.
The new Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS), directed by Gene Morse, PharmD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, brings together faculty from research, clinical and applied programs to tackle the world’s most pressing health issues.
Gina Prescott, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, is working with SPPS students to train the WNY refugee community on medication literacy, including prescription label reading and why it is important to take medications as prescribed. The initiative, entitled Development of a Sustainable Medication Literacy Program in the Refugee Community, was recently chosen for funding by the University at Buffalo President's Circle. To date, the initiative has trained 44 refugees from 15 countries.
The school was well represented by faculty and staff presentations at the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting, held in Anaheim, CA this past week. Robert Wahler, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was also recognized at the meeting as the school's AACP Teacher of the Year.
From Pharmacy Times, 5/24/16:
Pharmacists can serve as essential members of a research team in a role that involves much more than traditional dispensing functions. Cognitive input from pharmacists based on their medication expertise can be a valuable asset for principal study investigators. The vast array of services and work that pharmacists can accomplish on a study protocol can be implemented through a research pharmacy.
For example, the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research pharmacy, founded in 1995 and led by Christopher Daly, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, is an outpatient pharmacy registered and licensed in New York State. This secure, closed-door pharmacy features compounding equipment, a safe, refrigerator/freezer, lab benches, scales, and a laboratory fume hood. It also has an extensive history of care with involvement in more than 40 local and nationwide clinical studies.
Team UB Pharmacy participated in the 2016 Tour de Cure in Niagara Falls, NY.
Peter Brody, '01 & '02, director, experiential education, and clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Erin Brody (pictured left) participated in the 5K. Edward Bednarczyk, '84, department chair and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, and Jonathan Navratil, lead programmer analyst, (pictured right) participated in the 30-mile bike ride.
Edward Russak, senior research scientist, pharmacy practice, supervised the APhA-ASP student education booth during the event with Stacy Fredrick, '18, and Morgan Lebrecht, '18. American Pharmacists Association (APhA) students helped raise $314 of the team’s $2,760.50 total, which ended up being the second-highest fundraising club/organizational team overall!
The following SPPS students were elected officers of the PSSNY Student Chapter:
Kevin Lavery, '18 - President
Lukas Brightman, '19 - President-Elect
Kelsey Violanti, '18 - Vice-President
Brittany Len, '19 - Treasurer
Ilana Cypes, '19 - UB Liason