We honored the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 at this year's alumni reunion. The weekend's events included a continuing education program on hepatitis C, tours of our building, dinner at the downtown Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter and UB Bulls Football. Thank you to all alumni who attended and special thanks to all those who assisted as class representatives!
Juliane Nguyen, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, is principal investigator on a $1.58 million R01 grant to develop zip code-like biomaterials that are capable of interrupting pathological communication mediated by cancer cells. The grant, entitled “RNA EXO-Codes: A novel way to reprogram pathological exosomes,” is sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and is a multidisciplinary effort between the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Gerhard Levy.
Nearly his entire career was spent at the University at Buffalo, having joined as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy in 1958 and retiring as University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics in 2000.
He was an inspirational role model, colleague, friend and mentor, and is widely considered a pioneer in the fields of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD). He was the first pharmacist named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, in 1980. The principles developed by Levy and his students and colleagues in PK/PD formed the underpinnings of drug development and rational drug dosing.
Robert Straubinger, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, has been named a University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor.
Sathy Balu-Iyer, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement.
Juliane Nguyen, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Exceptional Scholar Award for Young Investigators.
The first annual Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Symposium was held on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event brought together over 60 scientists to discuss contemporary approaches, including the challenges and opportunities for advancing the science and practice of QSP. Invited speakers from industry, government agencies and academia presented on a variety of topics and the program concluded with a poster session and reception. Donald Mager, '91, '00 & '02, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, and Robert Bies, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, chaired the event.
The 9th Annual UB SPPS Preceptor Recognition Social was held on June 21 at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery. Congratulations to these exceptional preceptors:
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133 PharmD students took their first public step toward becoming pharmacists at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual White Coat Ceremony.
The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes passage into the initial stages of the profession of pharmacy practice and represents a contract for excellence in providing compassionate patient care. The event also highlights the importance of scientific scholarship and emphasizes the highest principles of moral, ethical and legal conduct.
The keynote address was delivered by Matthew Schnupp, PharmD ’12, Lieutenant, U.S. Public Health Service consumer safety officer for the Food and Drug Administration.
Students also attended a two-day orientation that included overviews of the school's departments, programs and facilities. Kristen Fodero, '14, Nicole Cieri, '10, Matthew Schnupp, '12, and Jessica Isaac, '14, participated in an alumni panel discussion about their careers in pharmacy. Students also had a chance to meet their faculty advisor at a Buffalove luncheon.
Thanks to our Orientation and White Coat Ceremony sponsors: Walgreens, Tops Friendly Markets, Rite Aid, Collegiate Village, Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) and the Pharmacy Society of Rochester (PSR).
Pharmaceutical sciences PhD candidate Michael Deci was awarded the 3rd place prize for his poster entitled "The Effect of CCR2 Targeted scFv on Macrophage Polarization and Migration" at the 15th International Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium (NanoDDS) in Michigan. The NanoDDS is an international conference where leading investigators come together to discuss the next generation delivery vehicles and nanomaterials. Included in the prize package is an invitation to submit an article featuring his research in Dr. Juliane Nguyen's lab to a special NanoDDS edition of the Journal of Controlled Release.
Justin Bui, '19, has been elected National Public Relations Liaison for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). As National Public Relations Liaison, Bui will be handling content on SNPhA's official website and social media platforms. He will also be in charge of the creation and distribution of Signatura, SNPhA's newsletter.
High school students from across the nation got a glimpse of the pharmacy profession through the second annual University at Buffalo Pre-Pharmacy Summer Camp. Participants participated in a broad scope of learning experiences that included hands-on activities such as compounding, visits to local clinical practices and research labs, and lectures by UB faculty. Alumni Patrick Comerford, '07, Deanna Scibilia, '10, Natalie Edbauer, '13, and Jessica Isaac, '14, also spoke to the summer camp students about their careers in pharmacy.
Four students from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were recognized at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
Sarah Dascanio, '17, and Rachael Cardinal, '18, were selected as American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars. The goal of the scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through their participation at the AACP Annual Meeting.
The UB chapter of American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) was awarded the Region 1 Operation Heart Award at the Mid-Year Regional Meeting. Laurie Plewinski, '21, and Stephanie Lanza, '20, were also elected to serve as Region 1 regional officers.
Election results from the Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY) show all five leadership positions are now held by students from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Every April, we proudly recognize outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni who, over the past year, have contributed significantly to the school's mission, the profession of pharmacy and scholarly achievements. Please consider nominating an alumnus/alumnae for our most prestigious alumni awards noted below. The deadline for nomination for our 2018 awards is Dec. 1, 2017.
Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award:
Bears the name of our school's fourth dean and is given annually to an outstanding alumni pharmacist who personifies the ideals of service, integrity, and who, in the eyes of his or her associates, personifies the profession of pharmacy. This is the Alumni Association's most prestigious award.
Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award:
established in 1992, bears the name of a long standing faculty member who was extraordinarily dedicated to the professional practice of pharmacy. This annual award is given to recognize an outstanding practicing alumni pharmacist who demonstrates high ideals of professionalism and whose practice demonstrates genuine concern for patients.
The recipient must be a practicing pharmacist with at least five years of experience and have a BS in Pharmacy or a PharmD degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Gayle Brazeau, PhD '89, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Douglas. H. Kay Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award. The award, named after Maine’s most celebrated and nationally recognized pharmacy educator, recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to pharmacy education in Maine. Brazeau was recognized for her teaching, mentoring and precepting of students along her research and scholarly activities related to pharmacy.
C.K. “David” Chu, PhD ’75, was presented with the Antonín Holý Memorial Lecture Award, which recognizes significant contributions in medicinal chemistry, at the annual meeting of the International Society of Antiviral Research held recently in Atlanta.
Collin Clark, '17, is the recipient of a prestigious post-doctoral research fellowship in the University at Buffalo Primary Care Research Institute as a first-year National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellow, with funding through the National Institutes of Health, T32 Institutional Training Grant Program.
Javier G. Blanco, Clin. Biochem., PhD, professor, pharmaceutical sciences, received a medal of honor from the Argentine Society of Genetics (SAG) during its 46th annual meeting in Catamarca, Argentina. He was recognized for his research in the fields of pediatric cancer pharmacogenetics and epigenetic control of therapeutic antibody drugs.
David Jacobs, '11, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, is the recipient of a 2017 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The award allows Jacobs to build and sustain his research career in pharmacy and community health to promote health, prevent disease and advance public health policies.
SUNY Distinguished Professor Gene Morse, ’80 & ’83, participated in a panel discussion on “A Healthy Caribbean” at Caribbean Action 2030. Morse is co-author, along with Jeffrey Lombardo, '04, research assistant professor, pharmacy practice and associate director of the Empire State Patient Safety Assurance Network and research assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Brian Tsuji, associate professor, pharmacy practice, on an abstract entitled "Dual University System Health Research Partnership as a Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals."
Following in the generous footsteps of the late faculty member Thomas J. Bardos, alumni, friends and colleagues have collectively donated over $50,000 to create the Dr. Thomas J. Bardos Scholarship. The award will be given annually to a deserving student in either the Doctor of Pharmacy or one of the Pharmaceutical Sciences programs.
SPPS faculty and staff presented a wide array of posters at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting:
"Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Strategy," a forum sponsored by the UB Office of Interprofessional Education
Nov. 9, 2017
UB South Campus
Join your fellow UB pharmaceutical sciences alumni, students, faculty and friends at the AAPS Annual Meeting as we remember Dr. Levy and his exemplary career as a pioneer and leading contributor in the areas of biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
Nov. 13, 2017
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Please join us for our UB reception during the ASHP Midyear Meeting and Exhibition, the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world.
Dec. 4, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Thank you for reading our Fall 2017 edition of Buffalo Pharmacy eNotes. Please stay in touch! Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments by filling out our alumni update form.
Look for our next edition of eNotes in early 2018.
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor