Homecoming a Winner for CoP

More than 220 alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and family celebrated at the 2016 College of Pharmacy Homecoming and Class Reunion Tailgate, held Saturday, Oct. 15 prior to the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game. Highlighting the event was the presentation of the annual alumni awards. Dr. Heather Lindell, ’93, ’94, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work at the university, state and national levels in the field of veterinary pharmacy. Dr. Lindell provides educational programming to pharmacists and veterinarians across the U.S.; works with pharmacy students at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital; and oversees an online elective course in veterinary pharmacy. She supports CoP in numerous ways, including the establishment of the Harold B. “Doc” Hodgson Award. Dr. Christy Norman, ’06. was presented the college’s Distinguished Service Award. Currently the director of Pharmacy at Augusta University Medical Center, she has dramatically increased the size and scope of the department from 90 employees to more than 150 in just five years. In addition, Dr. Norman has been creative in expanding the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists at the medical center and has been instrumental in helping the college implement new programs on the Augusta campus. Congratulations to these alumni and all attendees for a successful Homecoming 2016! Photos from the event are available for download, use and printing by clicking here. [In banner above: (l-r) Kim Hamby, CoP director of alumni affairs; Steve Purvis ’98, vice-chair, Comprehensive Campaign Board; Dr. Lindell; Dr. Norman; Dr. George Francisco, CoP associate dean; and Dana Strickland, executive director, CoP External Affairs. Above right: Steve Purvis, Dr. Lindell, Dr. Norman, Dr. George Francisco]

Newsletter Name Update

Creativity abounds at the College of Pharmacy! More than 27 potential names for the college’s new newsletter were submitted by faculty, staff and students. Due to the overwhelming response, more time is needed to render a decision. The next issue (Nov. 2) will announce the winner. Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination!

Faculty Accolades

Dr. Eileen Kennedy, assistant professor in the department of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, has been busy and on the move this fall! She had a U.S. patent issued earlier this month (patent number 9,458,189) entitled, "Ligation of stapled polypeptides." In addition, she had two papers published: “The WASF3-NCKAP1-CYFIP1 Complex Is Essential for Breast Cancer Metastasis.” Teng Y, Qin H, Bahassan A, Bendzunas NG, Kennedy EJ, Cowell JK.. Cancer Research (2016) 76(17):5133-42. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-16-0562; and “PKA and apicomplexan parasite diseases.” M. Haidar, G. Ramdani, E.J. Kennedy and G. Langsley. Hormone and Metabolic Research, 2016, 48: 1-5, DOI 110.1055/s-0042-118459. Further, she travelled abroad to two separate meetings to speak on "Targeting AKAP complexes using constrained peptide scaffolds” at the 5th International Meeting on Anchored cAMP Signaling Pathways in Zermatt, Switzerland; and "Stapled peptides for pharmacological interference with cAMP signaling,” at the Compartmentalized cAMP Signalling meeting in Berlin. [Above right: Dr. Eileen Kennedy]

Dr. Dexi Liu, director of the department of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences recently published a paper and travelled abroad to speak on his research. His paper, “Effects of Fibrotic Tissue on Liver-targeted Hydrodynamic Gene Delivery, Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids. 5, e359; doi:10.1038/mtna.2016.63, was co-authored by Yuji Kobayashi, Kenya Kamimura, Hiroyuki Abe, Takeshi Yokoo, Kohei Ogawa, Yoko Shinagawa, Ryo Goto, Ryosuke Inoue, Masato Ohtsuka, Hiromi Miura, Tsutomu Kanefuji, Takeshi Suda, Masanori Tsuchida, Yutaka Aoyagi, Guisheng Zhang, Dexi Liu, and Shuji Terai. In addition, he served as a co-chair for the Session of Antiviral Drug Discovery and Cancer Therapy and delivered an invited presentation entitled “Protein Drug Discovery in Vivo” at the 2nd Nanjing International Symposium on Oncogenic Viruses and Drug Discovery and Development in Nanjing, China.

Congratulations to Dr. David Chung Chu and Dr. Uma S. Singh, who recently received a U.S. patent (serial number 9,334,273 B1) titled, “An efficient and Stereoselective Synthesis of 2ʹ-Fluoro-6ʹ-Methylene-Carbocyclic Adenosine (FMCA).”

Welcome!

Congratulations to Holly and Aaron Weimer on the birth of Willow Banks Oct. 1. Joining big sister Brighton, Willow weighed 7lbs, 9oz. and is doing great! Aaron, who confesses to being a bit sleep deprived, is a student affairs professional in the Dean’s Office. [Above: Willow Banks with sister Brighton.]

In the News

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Medication Management has earned the designation of Anticoagulation Center of Excellence from the Anticoagulation Forum. The award recognizes the center for providing the highest level of care to patients taking antithrombotic medications. Partnering with the College of Pharmacy’s Savannah Campus, the center helps patients better understand their medications and remain healthy. For more details, see anticoagulation. [Above: Dr. Heather Seibert, manager, Center for Medication Management in Savannah, works with a patient.]

Dawgtoberfest 2016 was the featured front page photo in the Oct. 13 edition of the Athens-Banner Herald and the subject of a 17-photo slide show. Check it out here.

CoP’s chapter of SNPhA recently was highlighted in the national newsletter, Signatura, for its summer event Feed the Less Fortunate and Hygiene Drive. In addition, UGA’s SNPhA president Marin Abousaud was recognized as a recipient of Kroger Endowed Scholarship in the newsletter. You can find the newsletter in its entirety at Signatura.

Students: The Heart of CoP

Kudos to Surbhi Shah, a doctoral student in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, who is spotlighted in the recent issue of UGA's Graduate School magazine. Surbhi says she strives to help patients and their healthcare providers make informed healthcare decisions. Read her story here. [Above: Surbhi Shah, CAP doctoral student]

Spotlight on PharmDawg Alums

Dr. Philip J. Almeter, ’09, recently testified at an external field hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington, D.C. The senior director of Acute Care Services for the Department of Pharmacy Services at University of Kentucky HealthCare, Dr. Almeter and his fellow five panelists addressed “EpiPen Price Increases: How Regulatory Barriers Inhibit Pharmaceutical Competition.” To view his testimony at the hearing, see Dr. Almeter. [Dr. Philip Almeter (l) stands with Sen. Paul Rand (R-KY), who serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions].

Open Enrollment for UGA Benefits is 10/31-11/11

The open enrollment period for benefits-eligible UGA employees is fast approaching: Oct. 3-Nov. 11. There are many changes to consider this year, and all employees are encouraged to study the various options. Details are available at the UGA open enrollment website. In addition, a comprehensive comparison guide, outlining the various plans, can be studied here, with a brief summary of the options available here. If you would like to attend one of the information sessions offered by the UGA Human Resources Office, click here for a schedule. If you need assistance in making the best choices for you and your family or have any questions about open enrollment, please contact UGA’s Human Resource Office at benefits@uga.edu or 706-542-2222.

Calendar of Events

10/21: PSRG Lunch and Learn--12-1 pm, 337 Wilson Building
Tiffany McElroy, Corporate Environments, will discuss office furnishing and demo desk chair options at the Pharmacy Staff Resource Group meeting. The third quarter STAR Award recipient will be announced. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP! Contact: Donella Moore

10/22: Howard C. Ansel Symposium--8 am-3:30 pm, 101 Pharmacy South
Patient Safety and the Future of Pharmacy
The symposium will highlight the essential roles pharmacists play in the prevention, identification and reporting of medication safety issues. For further information, see Ansel Symposium. Contact Trina von Waldner

10/26: PBS Research Seminar Series--11 am, 201 Pharmacy South
Gabrielle Kardon, Ph.D., University of Utah, "Whole or Hole? Development of the Diaphragm and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias." Contact: Joy Wilson

10/31: PSRG Pumpkin Carving Display, Business Affairs Office, 142 Wilson Building
The Pharmacy Staff Resource Group is sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving Contest for Pharmacy staff members. Decorated pumpkins will be on display throughout the day on Oct. 31 for everyone to view. Stop by for a spooky good time! Contact: Donella Moore [Photo above: Pharmacy Staff Resource Group (PSRG) Chairperson Donella Moore, accountant in the Business Affairs Office, waits in the CoP Patch for the Great Pumpkins on Halloween!]

11/1-2: Medical Device Regulations Conference--Georgia Center Hotel and Conference Center
Educational and networking opportunities will be offered to help shape the future of medical device advancement from a regulatory science perspective. See: Medical Device; Contact: Elise Fortson

11/1: SNPhA--2:30-1:30 pm, 101 Pharmacy South
Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Investigator Anissa Jones-Prior, along with some of her fellow DEA colleagues, will be the guest speakers at the upcoming SNPhA meeting. The DEA group will discuss the inner workings of their organization and the role that pharmacists play. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited. Contact: Elizabeth Ojo

11/1-4: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Site Visit
Contact: Ashley Townsend and Mike Fulford

11/4: ACPE Post Site Visit Appreciation Event--3-5 pm, Georgia Center
A thank you to faculty and staff to recognize the completion of the ACPE site visit, which was two-years in the making.
Contact: Gloria Strait

11/6: PBS Research Seminar Series--11 am, 201 Pharmacy South
Dr. Roy Duhé, professor, Department of Radiation Oncology; associate director, Cancer Education; University of Mississippi Medical Center, "Eliminating Colorectal Cancer Mortality: Solvable and Unsolved Challenges Ahead." Contact: Joy Wilson