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Awards and Accolades: Pitt School of Pharmacy Announces Faculty, Staff and Student Achievements

PITTSBURGH, April 1, 2010 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy are often recognized by academic and scientific societies and other organizations for their achievements and leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

  • Michael Armahizer, PharmD, critical care pharmacy resident, presented his first-year research project at the multidisciplinary organization, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, in January. His abstract was ranked in the top 5 percent of those submitted, qualifying him as a research citation finalist. He received the research citation award on-site, based on the presentation of his work.
  • Kim Coley, PharmD, F.C.C.P., professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, was awarded an $85,625 grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc. for a study that aims to help health care providers decide the appropriate care and treatment for western Pennsylvanians with gout.
  • Billy W. Day, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was elected chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Chemistry in Cancer Research Working Group of the American Association for Cancer Research. Also, Dr. Day was named to a 3-year term as associate editor by the journal Toxicology in Vitro.
  • Alexander Doemling, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, spent the week of Jan. 10 at the University of Calicut in Kerala, India, teaching MRC chemistry and drug discovery as part of the Erudite Scholars-in-Residence program.
  • Mark Donnelly, graduate student, received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows for his grant “Role of 20-HETE and EETs in Cerebrovascular Complications after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.” The research was funded by a $29,192 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Eric Gardner, a fourth-year pharmacy student, is a co-author on the first guideline put forth by the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium of the National Institutes of Health’s Pharmacogenomics Research Network.  His article, “Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium Guidelines for Thiopurine Methyltransferase Genotype and Thiopurine Dosing,” was published in the March 2011 issue of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
  • Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD, visiting assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, was selected as one of 10 honorable mention awardees for the American Pharmacists Association One to One Counseling Program. In addition to being profiled in Pharmacy Today, Dr. McGrath will be a guest of honor at the One to One Awards reception dinner at the annual meeting in Seattle in late March.
  • Song Li, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded $362,464 from the National Institutes of Health for a two-year study to develop a novel therapy for the management of advanced prostate cancer.
  • Susan M. Meyer, Ph.D., associate dean for education, was named Faculty of the Year at the school’s student formal on Jan. 22. Dr. Meyer was recognized for her work with students as well as her enthusiasm for promoting interprofessional engagement across the health sciences.
  • Amy Seybert, PharmD, interim chair of pharmacy and therapeutics, was named a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • Wen Xie, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology, was awarded a $416,625 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the regulation of human hydroxysteroid sulfotransferase, a Phase II drug-metabolizing enzyme, by the retinoid-related orphan receptors.

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Chartered in 1878, the School of Pharmacy is the oldest of the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences. For over 125 years, the School of Pharmacy has been committed to improving health through excellence, innovation, and leadership in education, research, patient care, and service. Today, the School of Pharmacy is a leader in research, with endeavors ranging from patient care outcomes and human clinical research to research in molecular genetics. The School of Pharmacy is home to four centers: the Center for Pharmacogenetics, the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR), the Pharmacodynamic Research Center, and the Center for Innovation in Health Care. The School also houses the Cell Imaging Core of the Center for Reproductive Science, a Neuroendocrinology Research Consortium, as well as, considerable chemistry expertise in the Bioanalytical/Proteomics Core and Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacognosy Group . Collectively, these programs catapulted the School in the year 2000 into the top 10 among schools of pharmacy based on competitive research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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