CoP Faculty in Columns

Brad Phillips

Kudos to Dr. Brad Phillips, director of CoP's Clinical and Administrative Department and the Millikan-Reeve professor, who is quoted in this week's UGA Columns. Dr. Phillips also serves as director of UGA's Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU), which will host an open house on Friday, Jan. 27 from 3-5 pm on UGA's Health Sciences Campus. In the article, Dr. Phillips comments on the work of the CTRU and the purpose of Friday’s event. The CTRU helps investigators conduct clinical and translational studies that advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of human disease. Open house participants will learn more about research pilot grants, services available to investigators, opportunities for expanding research and collaboration through the CTRU, as well as clinical and translational science experience and education. To read the article, see Columns. For more information on the CTRU, see CTRU. [Above: Dr. Brad Phillips]

Merrill Norton

Last week, two other faculty members were featured in Columns. Dr. Merrill Norton, a CAP associate professor, received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Southeastern Chapter for his work on the Spanish language documentary "Prescription Drugs, Legally Dangerous." Read his story. [Right: Dr. Merrill Norton]

Trina von Waldner

And Dr. Trina von Waldner, director of Continuing Professional Development and Outreach, was highlighted in the section "Why I Give." She says of her gift to the Georgia Fund, designated for the College of Pharmacy, "Providing financial support for student pharmacists who want to help meet the public health needs of our state and the nation is my goal." Read her story. [Right: Dr. Trina von Waldner]

FORE! 25th Annual Jowdy Golf Tourney Tees Off April 21

Jowdy Golf Tournament

Save the date and start assembling your foursome for the silver anniversary of the Albert W. Jowdy Memorial Golf Classic, Friday, April 21 at 9:30 am at the UGA Golf Course. With the G-Day game scheduled for the following day, it will be a fun weekend to be in Athens. Online registration and additional details will be available soon. Contact Kim Hamby, director of Alumni Affairs, (706) 542-4536, or follow the Facebook page. [Above: Jowdy Golf Tournament]

Dr. Zheng is New Graduate Coordinator

Dr. George Zheng

PBS Associate Professor Dr. George Zheng has assumed the role of Graduate Coordinator in PBS. His predecessor was Dr. Shelley Hooks, who served as graduate coordinator from 2011-2016. Dr. Zheng will serve as the liaison between PBS and the Graduate School to recruit and admit graduate students and administer the college’s graduate program. Many thanks for your service, Dr. Hooks, and congratulations, Dr. Zheng! [Right: Dr. George Zheng]

SOAP Salutes World Cancer Day on Feb. 2

World Cancer Day

In recognition of World Cancer Day, the Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy or SOAP will host Donut Let Cancer Win on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 12:30-1:20, in the PS Lobby. A photo booth, info table and Krispy Kreme donuts will be the highlights of their display, and donations will be used for Camp Kesem, a summer program for children whose parents have had cancer. For further information, contact: Alia Reid. [Above: SOAP Salutes World Cancer Day]

STAR Award Seeks Nominations

Interested in recognizing a CoP staff member for outstanding “star-like” service? Every quarter, the college recognizes a staff member who has exemplified Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Reliability during the past quarter. For details and a nomination form, see here.

Faculty Accolades & Honors

Besides teaching and research, faculty members are busy publishing various papers and articles as well as traveling to make key presentations.

Dr. Chris Bland, CAP associate professor in Savannah, and Dr. Trish N. Branan, assistant professor in Athens, had a textbook chapter published: Branan TN and Bland CM. Sepsis. In: Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach. 10th edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 2017;138:355-57.

Dr. Michael Bartlett

Dr. Michael Bartlett, director of the B.S. program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, interim assistant dean for Nontraditional Education and Outreach, and the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Pharmacy, published a research paper: S. Hooshfar and M.G. Bartlett, “Hazards in chromatographic bioanalytical method development and applications.” Biomedical Chromatography, 31, e3859 (2017). According to Dr. Bartlett, this paper was published in the annual special review issue of the journal and is an overview of the challenges researchers face when developing and applying chromatographic methods to support biomedical research. It also provides a summary of the seminal approaches that have been successfully used in the past to overcome these types of issues. [Above: Dr. Michael Bartlett]

Dr. Eileen Kennedy

Dr. Eileen Kennedy, assistant professor in PBS, gave an invited talk at the 14th Annual Biochemistry Retreat for Kassel University, held in Wesendorf, Germany January 11-14. She presented "Pharmacological interference of kinase protein-protein interfaces." She also recently published a paper: Haidar M, Lombes A, Bouillaud F, Kennedy EJ, Langsley G. HK2 recruitment to phospho-BAD prevents its degradation promoting Warburg glycolysis by Theileria-transformed leukocytes. ACS Infectious Diseases. 2017 Jan 13. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.6b00180. [Above: Dr. Eileen Kennedy]

Dr. Somanath Shenoy, director of UGA’s Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics and CAP associate professor in Augusta, published: Gao F*, Sabbineni H*, Artham S, Somanath PR. Modulation of Long-Term Endothelial-Barrier Integrity Is Conditional to the Cross-Talk between Akt and Src Signaling. J Cell Physiol. 2017 Jan 11. doi: 10.1002/jcp.25791. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28075016. (*Co-first Authors). In addition, he traveled to Ventura, Cali. to an invited talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Vascular Cell Biology held Jan. 15-20. He presented “Mechanisms Regulating Endothelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition (Endmt) And Vascular Remodeling in Acute Lung Injury.”

In the News

Congrats to CoP’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), which was recognized in the recent addition of the national SNPhA newsletter, Signatura. The group was cited for their work on the 2016 Pharmsgiving Health Fair. See the article here.

Students: The Heart of CoP

Today in Pharma is a resource of updated pharmacy articles that can be accessed by students and other interested readers. Founded by CoP students Arthur Legacki, Darshan Patel and Stephen McCall, this Google doc has links of current information that will allow students and others stay up-to-date with research and activities happening in the pharmacy profession. Everyone is invited to contribute to the Google doc; email to have your link posted.

The college’s APhA-ASP chapter has long-sleeved t-shirts commemorating Pharmal, the students' annual formal event, for sale through Monday, Feb. 6! To view the shirt and to order, see here. Venmo (@UGAAPHAASP), cash or check (payable to UGA APhA-ASP) will be accepted. Contact: Alessia Jankowski.

Appreciation Breakfast

Prepping for Pharmal is not all that APhA-ASP is up to! Members were recently asked, “Sweet, spicy, cheesy or plain—how do you dress your Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit?” at their annual member appreciation breakfast on Jan.13. Participants received a complimentary Chick-fil-A breakfast in recognition of their unwavering service, leadership and involvement. No clucking…that’s some team spirit! [Above: APhA-ASP Member Appreciation Breakfast]

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Lead Dawg Awards, which recognize students who are leaders in the College of Pharmacy, the community and the profession. The award consists of travel funds for recipients to attend a professional meeting in the 2017-2018 academic year, along with a certificate; it is anticipated that four students will be recognized as Lead Dawgs this year. Nominations can be sent to Dr. Alan Wolfgang (if sent via e-mail, please put “Lead Dawg nomination” in the subject line). The deadline for submissions is March 3.

The American Association of College of Pharmacy Walmart Scholars Program provides $1,000 scholarships to student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend Pharmacy Education 2017 in Nashville, July 15-19. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 13 at 5 pm. Contact:

Calendar of Events

Phi Delta Chi Breakfast

Members of Phi Delta Chi held a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Jan. 23. Many thanks to Phi Delta Chi for recognizing the PharmDawg Team! [Above: Members of Phi Delta Chi]

1/26: SNPhA Speaker--12:30-1:20 pm, Pharmacy 101
Jil Dubbs, an expert from the National Kidney Foundation, will explain how best to educate health consumers about kidney disease during her presentation, "Your Kidneys and You."
Contacts: Marin Abousaud

1/30-31: CoP Advisory Board
The UGA College of Pharmacy Advisory Board will conduct their annual meeting on Monday and Tuesday. This voluntary group of key leaders in the pharmacy industry works to move the College of Pharmacy to the forefront of education, research and professional development.
Contact: Ashley Townsend

1/31: UGA Pharmacy Day at the Dome--Georgia State Capitol
Annual advocacy event for Georgia pharmacy students. Required for P1 students; P2 and P3 students invited.
Contact: GPhA

2/1: *PBS Research Seminar--11 am, Pharmacy South 201
Dr. Rong Huang, associate professor, UNC-Chapel Hill
Contact Joy Wilson

2/2: SOAP Salutes World Cancer Day--12:30-1:20, PS Lobby
A photo booth, info table and Krispy Kreme donuts will be the highlights of this display, hosted by SOAP (Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy). Donations will be used for Camp Kesem, a summer program for children whose parents have had cancer.
Contact: Alia Reid

2/7-8: Mental Health Conference--Holiday Inn Express, Athens
Contact: Trina J von Waldner

2/8: *PBS Research Seminar--11 am, Pharmacy South 201
Dr. Sanford Simon, professor, Rockefeller University
Contact Joy Wilson

Looking Ahead....

2/14: Pharmacy Staff Resource Group--11:30 am-12:30 pm, Wilson 337
Kiz Adams, UGA Work/Life Balance Coordinator, will discuss “Office Survival Kit” and announce the college’s upcoming “Biggest Loser” contest! A light lunch will be provided.
Contact: Donella Moore

2/15: SNPhA General Meeting--5 pm, PS 101
Chi Akoh, a UGA CoP and SNPhA alumna, will share information about her non-profit organization, the Nanka School Project, and offer details about the medical mission trip to Nigeria.
Contact: Marin Abousaud

2/28: SNPhA Speaker--12:30-1:20 pm, PS 101
Representatives from the Minority Health Connection (MHC), including founder Dr. Crystal Beal, a UGA CoP and SNPhA alumna, will share their challenges, accomplishments, the road they took for their careers and how they give back to their community through their profession.
Contact: Marin Abousaud

*For a list of all PBS Seminars this semester, see here.

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