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

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5, 2011 – 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:

  • Meredith Jernigan, PharmD., was awarded the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Infectious Diseases Fellows Grant. Jernigan presented her abstract in poster format titled “Doripenem and Colistin is Synergistic and Demonstrates Bactericidal Killing Against Pandrug-resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae Isolates in Vitro” at the group’s meeting in September.

  • Sandra Kane-Gill, PharmD., M.S., F.C.C.M., is the recipient of the 2011 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Critical Care Practice and Research Network (PRN) Research Award. She will be presented with an engraved plaque at the Critical Care PRN Business Meeting at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in October. Also, her abstract entitled “Severity and preventability of drug-induced hypotension” is among the 5 percent of abstracts selected as a platform presentation at the meeting.

  • Kareem Khoury, graduate student, received a $26,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry for his work on the design and synthesis of small molecules for protein-protein interaction inhibition.

  • Melissa McGivney,  PharmD., F.C.C.P., was awarded the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award at the group’s annual meeting in Valley Forge on Sept. 24.

  • Elaine R. Mebel, PharmD., M.S., was appointed to the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Commission on Credentialing as the Resident Member for 2011-2012. ASHP Commission on Credentialing is responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy residencies and pharmacy technician training programs.

  • Rima A. Mohammad, PharmD. B.C.P.S., was recently elected as Chair-Elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy GI/Liver/Nutrition Practice and Research Network. She will be serving a two-year term.

  • Thomas Nolin, Ph.D., has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Nolin will be officially inducted at the group’s annual meeting in October.

  • Brian A . Potoski, PharmD., was selected to give an oral platform presentation at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy on his research abstract entitled “de novo Emergence of Colistin-Resistant Acinetobacter baumanii after colistin exposure.”

  • Janice Pringle, Ph.D., has received a $1.5 million grant from the Oregon Department of Justice for a three-year project to develop, implement nationally and evaluate a compelling series of modules designed to train family medicine trainees in pharmaceutical promotion and marketing practices, evidence-based prescribing, and techniques for fostering clinical prescribing practices free from conflict of interest. This innovative online program is a collaboration between the Pitt School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine.

  • Maureen Reynolds, Ph.D., under the guidance of Ralph Tarter, Ph.D., director of the school’s Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR), will prepare CEDAR baseline data collected between 1990 and 2003 to be archived in the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program archival system housed at the University of Michigan under a one-year, $113,625 grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Christine Ruby Scelsi, PharmD., B.C.P.S., gave a presentation entitled “Polypharmacy in the Elderly” at the Comprehensive Medical Update Symposium sponsored by the Cambria-Somerset Council for Education of Health Professionals. 

  • Mohammad Shawaqfeh, student, presented his abstract “Mechanistic analysis of vitamin B6 deficiency following small bowel transplantation” at the 12th International Small Bowel Transplantation Symposium in Washington, D.C., in September.

  • Michael Shullo, PharmD., received an invitation to chair a session at the American College of Cardiology in March in Chicago. He will chair the symposium entitled, “Heart Transplantation: Challenges in 2012.”

  • Shashikanth M. Sriram, student, was notified that his manuscript titled “N-End Rule Pathway: Emerging Functions and Molecular Principles of Substrate Recognition” has been accepted for publication in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, the top ranked journal in the field of cell biology.

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