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Students participate in the Kent State Neuroscience Conference

A graduate student from the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Daniyah A. Almarghalani, presented her poster, “The role of cofilin in neuroinflammation”.

Four graduate students from the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics also presented posters:

  • Chen Y, Tran H, Muskiewicz D, Hall FS. High ambient temperature increases 3,4-methylendioxymethamphatemine (MDMA0- and methcathinone-induced lethality. Sixth Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, 2018.
  • Wisner A, Williams F, Hall FS. Methamphetamine-induced lethality despite the absence of hyperthermia in the ectothermic zebrafish (Danio rerio). Sixth Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, 2018.
  • Muskiewicz DE, Frommann N, Patel B, Simmons A, Hall FS. Influences of experimental conditions and stress on the escalation of ethanol consumption in male and female mice. Sixth Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, 2018.
  • Resendiz-Gutierrez F, Muskiewicz DE, Patel B, Chaker O, Hall FS. Performance of heterozygous dopamine transporter mice in a 5-choice serial reaction time test for studies of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sixth Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, 2018.

Ohio’s pharmacy deans advocate for pharmacist reimbursements

Deans of Ohio’s colleges of pharmacy met with Senator Matt Dolan to discuss his bill, SB 265, which supports insurance reimbursements for pharmacists. The bill permits certain health insurers to provide payment or reimbursement for services lawfully provided by a pharmacist and to recognize pharmacist services in certain other laws.

The narrative of the meeting was around how majoring in pharmacy is a pathway towards the middle class and that pharmacists serve as pillars in many communities throughout Ohio.  The pharmacy deans are working on providing a white paper for Senator Dolan and members of each College’s legislative delegation.

PGY2 Critical Care Residency celebrates 20 years

The PGY2 Critical Care residency is celebrating its 20th year. The resident provides patient care services to the most critically ill patients of the University of Toledo Medical Center, while both serving as the senior resident mentoring the 12 PGY1 residents and representing UTMC on the Graduate Medical Education Senior Resident Forum. The Critical Care resident performs over 2,000 interventions annually, almost 10 per day, improving patient care by providing evidence-based recommendations to improve outcomes, educate multi-disciplinary learners, and promote the most cost-effective therapy.

The PGY2 Critical Care resident conducts and presents research, serves on committees and participates in quality improvement and patient care projects, in addition to clinical work that includes on-call coverage at UTMC. Within the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the resident is responsible for didactic teaching in the PharmD program, precepting Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students, and advising students in the PharmD Seminar.

Dr. Erhardt gives talk at national medicinal chemistry meeting

The Center for Drug Design and Development’s director, Dr. Paul Erhardt, spoke at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s (IUPAC) Medicinal Chemistry Division meeting, held in conjunction with the American Chemical Society’s Medicinal Chemistry meeting, in Nashville.

He delivered a presentation that summarized completion of a long-time IUPAC project pertaining to “Glossary and tutorial of xenobiotic metabolism terms used during small molecule drug discovery and development,” which has also been submitted as a 200-page document for publication in Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Pharmacists Practice at Glendale Medical East

Aaron Lengel, PharmD, BCACP, Michelle Seegert, PharmD, BC-ADM, BCACP, and Megan Kaun PharmD, RPh, BCACP, all UT alumni and faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, have a new role with the University of Toledo Medical Center. These board-certified pharmacists are part of the care team at Glendale Medical East, a UT Health Family Medicine facility. Their certifications indicate their training and skill to function at the highest level of patient care in this setting.

Annual Golf Outing to Support Scholarships

Come join us on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 for the Annual TAP Scholarship Golf Outing to be held at the Bedford Hills Golf Club. Registration starts at 10 am and shotgun starts at 11 am.

Proceeds from this event will benefit talented and promising pharmacy students at The University of Toledo.

Enjoy an 18 hole scramble filled with fun and various contests including longest drive and closest to the pin. Following golf, there will be a delicious dinner provided by Shorty’s Barbecue along with a prize raffle and auction!

Not a golfer? Come for dinner only or sponsor students to play for the day! There are many ways to be involved in this worthwhile event. Please also consider supporting the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy Fund with a donation that will be used for student scholarships.

We appreciate your commitment and support to The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy.

Registration is open at WWW.TAPH.ORG

NIH Award for Breast Cancer Research

Dr. L.M. Viranga Tillekeratne

Dr. L. M. Viranga Tillekeratne, associate professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, received his first R15 award as a primary investigator from the National Institutes of Health. The award, in the amount of $449,000, will support graduate and undergraduate learning.
NIH Grant Number: 1 R15 CA213185-01A1
Principal Investigator: Tillekeratne, Viranga
Project Title: Novel Small Molecule Ferroptotic Compounds to Target Mesenchymal Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Stem Cells
Award Issue Date: 12/25/2017 for $449,000