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Jay Mirtallo receives 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Jay Mirtallo and Dana Fitzsimmons

Jay Mirtallo ’76 and Dana Fitzsimmons ’76

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences selected Jay Mirtallo, BSP ’76, for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Mirtallo is considered to be one of the world’s pharmacy specialist pioneers. He has been instrumental in leading cost-effective practices in parenteral and enteral nutrition and advancing the role of the pharmacist in nutrition support services.

Parenteral nutrition, also known as intravenous feeding, and enteral nutrition, which delivers food to the gastrointestinal tract, are often essential to the life and health of children and adults with special medical needs.

The recipient of the Clinical Practice Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2007, Mr. Mirtallo has focused his research comparative evaluations of amino acid injection products, the use of fat as a calorie source, parenteral nutrition compatibility and stability, and systems issues in the preparation, administration and management of parenteral nutrition.

Mr. Mirtallo has been a professor of clinical pharmacy and director of the Master of Science program in Health-System Pharmacy at Ohio State University in Columbus for 38 years. While he has made his mark in his field in research and teaching, he has also contributed through leadership and setting national policy.

Mr. Mirtallo served as president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2011, a 6,000 member organization made up of doctors, dieticians, nurses, pharmacists and scientists who are involved in providing clinical support to patients, and he advocated for reimbursement of enteral and parenteral nutrition in the hospital and home. As a representative to the Joint Commission on accreditation for health systems, he served on the task force that created the Nutrition Care Standards, and also he chaired a parenteral nutrition safety summit for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, which led to the development of the safety consensus recommendations recently released by that organization and the American Society for Health System Pharmacists.

Mr. Mirtallo also recently co-authored an etiology-based definition of malnutrition which is the basis for an inter-professional malnutrition strategy that has been adapted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The new definition improves access to appropriate medical care for those suffering from malnutrition.

A native of the Catskills region in New York state, Mr. Mirtallo was enrolled in the pre-med program at Ohio State when he decided that pharmacy was really where he wanted to be.  He transferred to UT after looking at other schools and credits iconic pharmacy professor Dr. Bob Schlembach for the impact he made during his time at UT and in his career.


International Conference on Emerging Healthcare Materials and Advancement in Toxicology 2016

Emerging HealthCare Materials & Advancement in Toxicology, 1-3 September 2016, Radisson Hotel, Health Sciences Campus, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

ECAT Conference participants

ECAT Conference participants

An International Conference on Emerging Healthcare Materials and Advancement in Toxicology 2016 was held at Radisson Hotel, The University of Toledo Health Science Campus, Toledo, Ohio, USA, from September 1 – 3, 2016. The conference was organized by Dr. Zahoor A. Shah and Dr. Frederick E. Williams from College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in collaboration with Dr. Iqbal Ahmad, The University of Manchester, UK.

This conference was the first of its kind focused on emerging healthcare materials and advancements in toxicology. The city of Toledo was selected due to its proximity to big cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Ann Arbor. The main focus of this conference was to bring researchers from academia, industry, government and non-governmental organizations onto one platform to discuss the emerging research on nanotechnology and healthcare medicine and its effects on human health. This opportunity facilitated new collaborations and networking benefits to researchers working and studying hard to make healthy use of nanotechnology. Imminent scientists/researchers across the country participated in the conference and the key note/distinguished and invited speakers list is below.

OPENING PLENARY LECTURE: ROBERT L. TANGUAY, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

TITLE: Rapid In Vivo Assessment of the Nano/Bio Interface to Help Develop Safer Nanomaterials.

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: MARK BANASZAK HOLL, Professor of Chemistry; Director of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, An Arbor, MI

TITLE: Fluorescent Materials For Biological Imaging.

 

OTHER INVITED SPEAKERS:

JOHN P. WISE, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Louisville. Louisville, KY

TITLE:  Of Whales and Men:  Lessons Learned about Global Pollution from Great Whales.

MICHAEL CARVAN, Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, IL

TITLE: Developmental Methylmercury Exposure Leads to Transgenerational Adult Neurobehavioral Defects—Using Zebrafish to Understand Mechanism.

YANG H. YUN, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH

TITLE: The Application of L-Tyrosine Polyphosphate in Nanomedicine.

MOHAMMED O. ALJAHDALI, Professor of Ecological Physiology, King Abdulaziz University Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.

TITLE: Sesamin Ameliorates STZ Induced Free Radical Mediated Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Retina.

ANDREW P. AULT, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Chemistry, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, An Arbor, MI

TITLE: Rapid Size and pH-Dependent Modification of Silver Nanoparticles in Simulated Gastrointestinal System

KATSUHISA KUROGI, Assistant Professor, University of Miyazaki, Japan

TITLE: Investigation of the Metabolism of Steroids-Related Compounds Through Sulfation Using the Zebrafish.

TARIQ HAMID, Assistant Professor, School, Cardiovascular Disease Center, School of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

TITLE: Anticancer Drug Imatinib, Stem Cells and Myocardial Regeneration.

JERRY NESAMONY, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

TITLE: Exploring Multiple Strategies to Develop Nanostructured Systems For Use in Drug Delivery.

SCOTT HALL, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH