Faculty Research Briefs & Expert Commentary

The following are brief highlights of research accomplishments and faculty expert commentary at the College of Pharmacy: 

Dr. David Crich, Georgia Research Alliance and David Chu Eminent Scholar, and Dr. Vladimir Popik, UGA Chemistry Department, were named Co-PIs on an NIH R21 grant totaling almost $400,000 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The grant will allow the multi-disciplinary group to research Photochemical Technologies for Improved Glycosylation Reactions.

Dr. Rusty May, Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for Extended Campuses, recently was interviewed by Health Centralan e-publication for persons with chronic illnesses, on the topic “Can You Take Two Zyrtec at Once?”

Dr. Smita Rawal and Dr. Henry Young stand by her award-winning poster.

Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Smita Rawal won the American Pharmacy Associations-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science Postgraduate Best Poster Award for “Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Examine Community Pharmacist’s Naloxone Counseling.” To read more about her award and the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona, see here.

Dr. Eileen Kennedy, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Pharmacy and Interim Department Head and was recently featured in a story published inUGA Research.“Zeroing in on Parkinson’s: UGA takes multi-faceted approach to brain disease.” Dr. Kennedy and her team are currently working to create an innovative therapeutic strategy with help from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Dr. Andrea Sikora, Clinical Associate Professor at CoP’s extended campus in Augusta, co-led a multidisciplinary research team that recently received the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (CTSA) President’s Award for Team Science, in recognition of their efforts to prevent adverse drug effects in intensive care units. Dr. Susan Smith, CoP Clinical Associate Professor, is a member of this multi-disciplinary team.

A recent investigative news story on medication mix-ups and the workload of pharmacists featured Dr. Randy Tackett, Clinical Professor in Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, as its expert spokesperson.  To watch the interview, which involved an Atlanta woman who received Adderall instead of Oxycodone to treat pain, can be viewed here. 


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