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Awards and Accolades: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, March 23, 2012 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences often are recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

  • Ayman Akil, graduate student, School of Pharmacy, received a scholarship to attend the international meeting Microbicides 2012 in April in Sydney, Australia. He will present his abstract entitled “Dapivirine Tissue Levels and Distribution in Human Cervical Tissue ex vivo After Exposure to Dapivirine Vaginal Film.”

  • Thomas W. Braun, D.M.D., Ph.D., dean, School of Dental Medicine, was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Pennsylvania Dental Association Recognition Award for his commitment to the underserved and establishment of the “Center for Patients with Special Needs” at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Braun will be honored on Saturday, April 28, at the Hotel Hershey.

  • Natalie Capozzolo, graduate student, School of Pharmacy, was awarded the School of Pharmacy's American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Student of the Year Award for her dedication and passion for international pharmacy issues. Amongst many other activities, she helped with fundraising for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.

  • Jie Gao, M.S., graduate student researcher, School of Pharmacy, spoke at the School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Retreat on February 3, 2012.  He presented “Sex-Specific Effect of Estrogen Sulfotransferase on Mouse Models of Type 2 Diabetes.”  Jie Gao is a recent recipient of the Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Fellowship awarded by the Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology with whom Dr. Wen Xie has a secondary appointment.

  • Barbara Graham, 2nd year, School of Dental Medicine, won third place in the basic science research category at the 52nd Annual ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Award Program and Reception in Las Vegas during the 2011 ADA Annual Session.

  • Deanne Hall, PharmD, School of Pharmacy, was certified in ambulatory care by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. This is the first year that the ambulatory care exam was offered.

  • Jonas T. Johnson, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine and UPMC, was the recipient of the Dr. Rodman E. Sheen and Thomas G. Sheen Award. Since 1968, the award has been granted annually to a doctor or doctors for the purpose of furthering the study of medicine and the science of medicine and to compensate those who have each year done something outstanding in the medical profession. The $25,000 award was presented by Bank of America during the annual convention of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

  • Paul A. Johnston, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy, participated in the Cambridge Healthtech Institute's 9th Annual High-Content Analysis Conference. He was a course instructor for HCA/HCS Assay Development in the Advanced High-Content Analysis Course, State-of-the Art in HCA. He served as a panel member for the end-user and vendor discussion. He also presented "Development and Validation of a 97,000 Compound HCS Campaign to Identify Selective Inhibitors of the STAT3 Signaling Pathway in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cell Line" during the high-content screening session. The conference was held in January in San Francisco.

  • Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., professor and vice chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine, and a neurosurgeon at UPMC, was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Maroon is one of five individuals from the more than 500,000 alumni in 140 countries to receive the award. He attended IU as an undergraduate where he was scholastic all American in football. In addition, he had his medical school and neurosurgical training at the university. Dr. Maroon was honored for his contributions in sports medicine and his more than 275 peer reviewed publications in the field of neurosurgery.

  • Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, F.C.C.P., School of Pharmacy, was named the 2012 recipient of the Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award by the American Pharmacists Association. McGivney was selected in recognition of her work to establish and grow the University of Pittsburgh’s ASHP/APhA accredited community practice residency program and to promote and advocate for community pharmacy residency education and training.

  • Eugene N. Myers, M.D., FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon), Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, was honored by the Pancretan Association of America (PAA) for his visionary leadership and training of specialists in otolaryngology at the University of Crete Medical School. The PAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation and preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Crete and the empowerment of its members to become effective and responsible citizens of the U.S. The PAA has been a cornerstone of the Greek-American community, fostering philanthropy, educational programs, scholarships and cultural events.

  • Thomas D. Nolin, PharmD, Ph.D., F.C.C.P., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, was guest editor of a special supplement to the January 2012 issue of The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology titled “Therapeutics in Kidney Disease: Challenges, Innovations, Opportunities.”  He was also named a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. Fellowship is awarded to those with exemplary credentials and dedication to clinical pharmacology, and is the highest category of membership in the College.

  • Karen Pater, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, was recognized by the School of Pharmacy's American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter as the Faculty Member of the Year.  The group's executive board selected Pater for the award, recognizing her guidance and contributions to pharmacy students, including establishing the cases for the APhA-ASP chapter patient counseling competitions, advising this year's Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Achieving Independence Competition, and providing guidance for a new patient care initiative.

  • Amy L. Seybert, PharmD, School of Pharmacy, has been named Chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics effective January 1. 

  • Randall Smith, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy secured funding from Novo Nordisk to update several DM Educate® modules. DM Educate is an online comprehensive diabetes course offered to pharmacy students in schools worldwide and to pharmacists, nurses, and dieticians as an opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

  • Shashi kanth M. Sriram, BPharm, Ph.D. candidate, School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a scholarship grant to participate in a 10-week course organized by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Enterprise Development. The course is titled “From Benchside to Bedside: What Every Scientist Needs to Know.” Also, he co-authored a manuscript titled “N-End Rule Pathway” that was accepted for publication in Annual Reviews of Biochemistry.  In December, he presented a guest lecture at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology in India.

  • Yang Zhao, Ph.D., Research Associate, School of Pharmacy, presented “Effect of Prescription Medications on 17-Alpha-Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate (17-OHPC) Metabolism” at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting. Dr. Zang works in Raman Venkataramanan’s lab.

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