Congratulations to Dr. Donald “Max” Smith, 2015 PharmD Graduate from the University of Toledo, who was selected as one of the Premier Partner Scholarship winners from The Cleveland Clinic. The Premier Partner Scholarship recognizes Premier Partner affiliates and awards a student who completed a significant amount of learning experiences with Cleveland Clinic Health System Pharmacy and demonstrated strong experiential and overall academic performance. Dr. Smith was invited to attend the Clinic Health Care System Pharmacy Resident Graduation dinner on Monday, June 22 to receive his award formally. Dr. Smith is completing a PGY1 residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital with the intent to pursue a PGY2 in Pharmacogenomics after his PGY1 residency.
UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News
Donna Haar, the administrative secretary in the office of the dean, is retiring after 18 years with the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Among Donna’s primary duties have been the college’s Commencement Exercises and Honors Convocation, events that show Donna’s attention to details and the student experience. Her long history with the college has allowed her to connect with alumni throughout the years, and the college’s Alumni Affiliate has benefited from Donna’s knowledge and volunteerism.
The polish Donna adds to college events will be missed by the those who attend.
Donna’s retirement party will be held at the Radisson at UTMC on June 17, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. Those who would like to contribute to a gift for Donna may contact Cynthia Soncrant in the office of the dean at 419.383.1997 and email@example.com.
The April 2015 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.
In this issue:
- RADM Helena Mishoe to receive honorary doctorate
- Visit from Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
- Patient education saves a life by Hanin Chouman
- Alumnus Alex Adams, PharmD ’09, receives national leadership award
- Alice H. Skeens Award for Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
- Alumna Alison Wery, BSPS ’14, embarks on a career in cosmetic formulation
- Student awards and presentations
- OPA Student Legislative Day
- Meet Dr. Amit K. Tiwari and Angela Lopez, M.Ed.
- Thank you to donors
- Calendar of events
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RADM Helena O. Mishoe, PhD, MPH will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degree at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Dr. Helena Mishoe is the associate director of Research Training and Diversity at the National Institutes of Health / National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Mishoe earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Delaware State University and a Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine as well as a graduate Global Health certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Mishoe joined NHLBI in 1988 and led the strategy to improve gene therapy and stem cell treatment of sickle cell anemia, Cooley’s anemia and Fanconi anemia. She has led initiatives to increase public awareness of sickle cell anemia, promote health education in rural areas, improve HIV treatment in Angola, among many other achievements. Dr. Mishoe’s career in research and medicine has spanned decades and includes service as the Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service. She is an expert in health disparities and has been recognized for her work to increase research opportunities for underrepresented students, including ethnic minorities, economically advantaged students, and students with disabilities, in the biomedical sciences.
Dr. Mishoe’s leadership in advancing diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is centered on her personal interest in the students she mentors. She is dedicated to student success, personally critiquing students’ presentations and grant applications as well as helping them to define their career trajectories. She oversees the NHLBI Biomedical Research Training Program for Underrepresented Groups, and a remarkable 92 percent of the participants are expected to complete terminal degrees or residencies.
Among Dr. Mishoe’s treasured belongings is a photograph and quote she received from a mentee who passed away a few years ago. It reads, “Hope emerges and the future begins for one person only when there is another who believes in the beauty of their dreams.” This quote reflects Dr. Mishoe’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders in health care and research.
Dr. Mishoe will present a seminar to the students and faculty on Friday, May 8, 2015.
By Hanin Chouman
On Friday, March 13th, 2015. UToledo SNPhA hosted a health fair at Ashland Manor, a low-income housing complex in Toledo, OH. Nine students, including six professional and three pre-professional students, participated in the health fair, providing services like education about hypertension and stroke, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, immunization, and diabetes. Students also provided free blood pressure and blood glucose checks for participants at the health fair.
The participating students helped about 50 patients, making interventions that ranged from advice about diet and exercise to asking patients to see their primary care physicians. Of particular interest on this day was a major intervention that the group made, which led to the saving of a patient’s life.
When Audrey, a student, checked this patient’s blood glucose and the glucometer read ‘HI’, she called another student Akeem Bale, to help with the patient. Akeem re-checked the blood glucose and got the same reading, and after asking the patient several questions, Akeem told the patient that he needed to go to the emergency room (ER) to be seen now because his blood glucose was very high. The patient told Akeem that he was okay and didn’t need to go to the hospital; he said he was feeling okay. Akeem continued to persuade the patient about the need to go to the ER. After much persuasion and counseling, the patient agreed to go the ER, and EMS was called in to take the patient to the hospital. Several days after this major intervention the management of the housing complex reached out to the students. They we were told that the patient had suffered from a mild heart attack, and thanks to Akeem’s intervention, we saved the patient’s life.
Akeem Bale is a P2 Pharm.D student, and the current president-elect of The University of Toledo’s chapter of Student National Pharmaceutical Association.
Derek Drumsta is the March 2015 Student of the Month. Nominated for his leadership in organizing Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s Chill at the Grill event, Derek is the first pre-professional student to earn the Student of the Month honor. Derek volunteered his time to advertise, sell tickets, ensure faculty participation and organize the logistics of the Chill at the Grill event, which allowed students and faculty members from both campuses to network and meet in a fun setting.
Alison Wery, BSPS ’14, may not realize it, but she is a pioneer. One of the first students to graduate with the nation’s only Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design bachelor’s degree, she has a unique set of skills and knowledge to apply in the cosmetic industry. Now a formulation scientist for ACT Solutions Corp., Wery’s internship experience at Earth Supplied Products, LLC. in Naples, Florida helped to establish her career path while she was still a student.
“I was supposed to be working under the lab manager,” Wery said, “but I ended up being their only chemist for an entire summer. This gave me the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. I made samples of raw materials like extracts and butters to send to companies. I also dealt with international and domestic shipment of samples, and I oversaw production of raw materials, technical service, organic certification, reformulation of all natural and organic lotions, creams, and scrubs, along with microreview and analysis, and stability analysis. It really influenced me to want to formulate and be in the lab.”
Wery’s work deals with contract manufacturing, which includes matching the formulations of products that are currently on the market with only the ingredient list as a guide. It’s like solving a mystery, one ingredient at a time.
“Trying to match a product with mislabeled or missing ingredient information is difficult, especially when the client doesn’t want any deviations from the ingredient listing. Also, certain ingredients don’t have to be listed on the label depending on their overall reason for use, solubilization for example. Ingredients also have different forms, and figuring out which form was used can be tricky; dimethicone, for example, has different grades – 5, 10, 100. 200, 350 – all of which give slightly different textures to a lotion or cream,” Wery explained.
The work is complex and challenging. Fortunately for Wery, her work is directly related to the coursework and lab experiences she had in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program at UT.
“Knowing what each ingredient is – emollients, surfactants, and thickeners – along with the percentage to add and manufacturing procedure are all keys to what I do on a daily basis at my job,” she said.
What Wery most enjoys about her work is the success of the finished product.
“It is a lot like research in that you can do something a handful of times and it might not be quite right,” Wery said, “but once you tweak things, boom! You’ve got it!”
As her career progresses, Wery would like to move toward advanced formulation that includes revolutionary active ingredients, including transdermal drug delivery systems within the cosmetic field.
“A big issue in the cosmetic science industry right now is the delivery system for anti-aging ingredients and the goal of getting them into the deeper layers of skin for better results,” Wery said. “I would like to advance the research in this area.”
Even as Wery moves forward in her career, she appreciates what she learned in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her class notes still come in handy, too. “I still look back at them sometimes for manufacturing procedures for certain products that we made in lab and even for information about the structure and pH of the skin, hair and nails,” she said.
Wery, who calls herself an “avid shopaholic,” is excited to have found a career path that blends her love of science and research with her desire to create personal care products like those she finds in her favorite high-end cosmetic boutiques. As the college continues to increase enrollment in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design major, more graduates like Wery will redefine the many ways we improve the human condition.
Hers is the face that greets most students and faculty members as they enter the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center each morning. From her seat at the front desk of the Giant Eagle Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs on the Health Science Campus, Audra Wilson has a unique view of the college. Recently hired as the administrative assistant for the office, Audra uses her friendly demeanor to welcome students, interact with visitors and manage the administrative tasks that support the upper division students in the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.
Following years of experience as a secretary in the Center for Performing Arts, the Psychology department, and the Department of Philosophy and Foreign Languages in the College of Language, Literature and Social Sciences, Audra comes to the college with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She is enjoying the transition to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“Everyone has been friendly and helpful,” Audra said, “and it is a pleasure interacting with the students. I find that they are always professional and well prepared.”
The nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR) is seen above with Distinguished University Professor Dr. Pail Erhardt and medicinal chemistry graduate, Dr. Neha Malik.
The college’s Lab Equipment & Technology funds support the purchase and maintenance of research equipment. The NMR, for example, uses an electromagnetic frequency to create structural images of organic compounds.
Our faculty members use the NMR, and other cutting edge research equipment, to identify treatments for cancer and other diseases. Graduate and undergraduate students receive hands-on training on NMR techniques, preparing them to hit the ground running in science and research careers.
You can make a tax-deductible gift to the college’s New Lab & Equipment Technology Fund by visiting the UT Foundation’s secure website.
The college recognizes and thanks January 2015 donors.
|Adell Shehab||Adell and Lilly Shehab Scholarship|
|Monica Holiday-Goodman||Buford T. Lively Health Disparities Scholarship|
|Amanda Bryant-Friedrich||Cancer Research Fund|
|Jeffrey Barton||Cancer Research Fund, Center for Drug Design and Development|
|James Slama||Cancer Research Support Account|
|Katherine Wall||Cancer Research Support Account|
|Arthur Friedman||College of Pharmacy Progress Fund|
|Charles Bork||College of Pharmacy Progress Fund|
|Daniel Jaquet||College of Pharmacy Progress Fund|
|Karen Ramirez||College of Pharmacy Progress Fund|
|Timothy Silva||College of Pharmacy Progress Fund|
|Diane Saccone||Dean Robert J. Schlembach Scholarship|
|George Haig||Dean Robert J. Schlembach Scholarship|
|Johnnie Early||Dr. Johnnie & Diane Early Fund|
|Jay Mirtallo||Endowed Lab Equipment & Technology Fund, Pharmacy General Scholarship Fund|
|Christine Hinko||Hinko Family Fund|
|Matthew Fettman||Hinko Family Fund, Vincent and Laurie Mauro Scholarship|
|Hania Itawi||Itawi and Colleagues Pharmacy Scholarship|
|Angela Scardina||James A. Rice Memorial Scholarship|
|Mary Powers||James A. Rice Memorial Scholarship|
|Susan Rice||James A. Rice Memorial Scholarship|
|Ming-Cheh Liu||Liu Fund for Drug Metabolism Research|
|Mary Caracci||Mary Caracci Scholarship Fund|
|Christopher McBurney||McBurney Scholarship Fund|
|Marcia McInerney||McInerney Fund for Diabetes Research|
|Liyanaaratchige Tillekeratne||Medicinal & Biological Chemistry Seminar Fund|
|Ezdihar Hassoun||Pharmacology Fund|
|Almasa Bass||Pharmacy General Scholarship Fund|
|Anthony Jensen||Pharmacy General Scholarship Fund|
|Elizabeth Miller||Pharmacy General Scholarship Fund|
|Sheryl Herner||Pharmacy General Scholarship Fund|
|Kenneth Alexander||Pharmacy New Lab & Equipment Tech Fund|
|Diane Cappelletty||Pharmacy South America Mission Fund, Pharmacy General Scholarship Fund|
|Barbara A. Sochocki Living Trust||Robert J. Schlembach Alumni Scholarship|
|Philip Miller||Robert J. Schlembach Alumni Scholarship|
|Andrew Hochradel||TAP/P4 Scholarship Challenge Fund|
|Prerakkumar Parikh||TAP/P4 Scholarship Challenge Fund|
|Toledo Family Pharmacy||Toledo Family Pharmacy Scholarship Fund|
|Megan Kaun||Vincent and Laurie Mauro Scholarship|
|Frederick Williams||Williams Family Research Fund|
- Alumnus wins prestigious scholarship
- The Retirement of Donna Haar
- April 2015 Refill e-newsletter
- RADM Helena O. Mishoe, PhD, MPH to receive honorary degree
- Patient education saves a life
- March 2014 Student of the Month: Derek Drumsta
- Alison Wery, BSPS ’14, embarks on a career in cosmetic formulation
- A Warm Welcome
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