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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


NIH Award for Cilia Research

Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi

Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi, an Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at The University of Toledo, received an R15 award as a primary investigator from the National Institutes of Health. The award, in the amount of $379,000, will support graduate and undergraduate learning in Dr. AbouAlaiwi’s lab, where he researches Polycystic Kidney Disease, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, and Primary Cilia function in Cell Division and Cell Cycle Regulation.


New Investigator Award for Transdermal Research

Dr. Gabriella Baki

Dr. Gabriella Baki, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the BSPS Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program, received the $10,000 New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The project title is “Enhancing the Delivery of Ibuprofen through the Skin Using In Silico Modeling.”


Pharmacy Summer Camps Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the college’s summer camps. The Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Camp and the Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Science Camp, also supported by Amway, are open to high school students with an interest in pharmacy or research.

The Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Camp focuses on the profession of pharmacy, introducing students to the life of a pharmacy practitioner. Campers shadow pharmacists in various settings and participate in labs and presentations to familiarize them with the demands and rewards of pharmacy school. The camp has been sponsored by Walgreens for over a decade, and many of our alumni were first introduced to the profession through the camp experience.

The Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Science Camp, the college’s newest camp program, introduces students to the sciences that underlie pharmacy. Students are introduced to the college’s state-of-the-art research facilities through laboratory explorations, and they learn about the myriad career options available to pharmaceutical scientists. The camp is sponsored by Shimadzu, a leader in the production of scientific instruments, and supported by Amway.

For more information about the college’s Pharmacy Camps, please visit the Pharmacy Camp page on the college’s website.


Dr. AbouAlaiwi receives NIH Award

photo: Dean Early congratulates Dr. AbouAlaiwi

Dean Early congratulates Dr. AbouAlaiwi

Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, received an R15 award as a primary investigator from the National Institutes of Health. The award, in the amount of $379,000, will support graduate and undergraduate learning in Dr. AbouAlaiwi’s lab, where he researches Polycystic Kidney Disease, Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension, and Primary Cilia function in Cell Division and Cell Cycle Regulation.


Rho Chi Initiation, Fall 2017

Dr. Amit Tiwari, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, was among the 22 new members initiated into the UT chapter of Rho Chi, the academic honor society for pharmacy. Rho Chi’s vision is to “advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership.”

More Rho Chi initiation photos


CPPS co-sponsors International Pharmaceutical Conference

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its third biannual International Pharmaceutical Conference in Amman Jordan, an effort jointly sponsored by Al-Zaytoonah Private University of Jordan. The conference, held in November 2017, featured Dr. Johnnie Early II, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as the keynote speaker, with an address entitled, The Soul of Pharmacy, secundum artem. Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, delivered a talk on cellular and molecular functions of primary cilia, while Dr. Frederick Williams, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, delivered a talk entitled, “A novel pharmacological model of Alzheimer’s disease using okadaic acid in zebrafish and its use in drug discovery.” Dr. Youssef Sari, associate professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, delivered a talk on the neuropharmacology of tobacco cigarette smoke addiction.


Annual Golf Outing Registration Now Open

The Toledo Academy of Pharmacy/ University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Scholarship Golf Outing is fast approaching.  June 14th is right around the corner and we want to see you out on the greens! As in years past, this will be an 18 hole scramble and you will receive both a boxed lunch and a Shorty’s BBQ dinner.  Registration begins at 10:00with a shotgun start at 11:00. There will be contests, prizes, and an auction as well!  Not a golfer?  Come for the dinner only, sponsor a hole or students to play for the day, or make a donation to the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy Scholarship Fund!  We also have corporate sponsorship opportunities available as well.  Please click here to register today!

Thank you for your support!​

Tole​​do Academy of Pharmacy Golf Outing Committee


Dr. Martin Ohlinger receives national recognition

Dr. Ohlinger delivers his talk: “Shock in Atrial Fibrillation: Which Pharmacologic Agent Should I Use?”

Dr. Martin Ohlinger, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and director of both the College Honors Program and the Critical Care Residency in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress. More than 6,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other critical care professionals attended the meeting, held Jan 21-25 in Honolulu this year.

Dr. Ohlinger was invited to speak about “Shock in Atrial Fibrillation: Which Pharmacologic Agent Should I Use?”. At the meeting, he was awarded the Presidential Citation for contributions to SCCM, including serving on the American College of Critical Care Medicine Credentials Committee, which selects new fellows each year; he was also recognized at the meeting during the Convocation of Fellows & Society of Critical Care Medicine Awards and Grants Presentation for “SCCM members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to SCCM during the previous year.”

In addition, Dr. Ohlinger, who is a board certified critical care pharmacist (BCCCP), was selected as one of 15 critical care specialists from across the US to serve on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ (BPS) national working group to complete a Role Delineation Study that outlines the standards for being a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.


Professional development events available to women in science

By Rebecca Schwan

University of Toledo female students, staff and faculty interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields are encouraged to take advantage of upcoming Association for Women in Science (AWIS) opportunities.

“The Association for Women in Science is the largest multidisciplinary organization for women working in STEMM,” said Dr. Susanne Nonekowski, associate lecturer in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and president of the AWIS Northwestern Ohio Chapter. “These events are designed to support equity and full participation of women in all science-related disciplines and across all employment sectors.”

A workshop for preparing a professional social media profile titled “How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes” will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Martin Conference Room of the Frederick and Mary Wolfe Center on Health Science Campus.

Mary Jo Borden, practicum coordinator in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will share best practices for creating a presence online and explain how to use LinkedIn’s search functions to build a professional network. A photographer also will be on hand to take professional headshots.

“This workshop will be valuable to students, faculty and staff,” Nonekowski said. “Whether you are new to LinkedIn or if it has been a while since you updated your profile, this event will have you looking your best online.”

The group also is seeking individuals interested in becoming members of its Mentorship Circle.

“We are looking for anyone interested in connecting with other women in the STEMM fields in order to build relationships and learn from those who were once in their shoes,” Nonekowski said. “Mentors can be from any science-related career field, whether academic or professional. We want individuals who are motivated and interested in supporting other women as they grow in STEMM careers.”

Mentors and mentees will be paired according to career interest and meet once a month throughout the academic year.

“The Mentorship Circle is in the planning stages, but we want to be sure that everyone who is interested has the chance to join us before mentoring teams are established,” she said. “There have been several successful Mentorship Circles across the country, and we are excited to bring this program to the Toledo area.”

Nonekowski said UT is an institutional partner with AWIS, which means any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a STEMM field can register with the organization for free at awis.org/utoledo. When registering, students should be sure to choose the Northwestern Ohio Chapter to be notified of local activities.

“We are grateful to the University for their support of AWIS,” Nonekowski said. “This partnership is instrumental to the support of female science students and professionals across northwest Ohio.”

For more information about AWIS, to join the Mentorship Circle, or to register for the LinkedIn event, call 419.530.1979 or email susanne.nonekowski@utoledo.edu.