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February 2017

Student Winter Symposium 2017

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On January 18th, the Student Winter Symposium took place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The involvement of the graduate students of the three PhD programs (Pharmaceutical sciences, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical outcomes research) at the School, as well as from the PharmD program was outstanding.

The schedule of the symposium included 15 poster presentations and eight oral presentations, which contributed significantly in the exchange of knowledge and sharing of information about research that is being conducted at the School. The highlight of the event was the talk from Dr. Richard I. Morimoto (PhD), the director of Rice institute for Biomedical research of Northwestern University. Dr. Morimoto, a leader in the field of aging and a distinguished researcher, described the events that take place during aging that lead to proteostasis collapse, a mechanism involved in the promotion of Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

Attendance exceeded expectations and positive comments about the symposium were mentioned; specifically by Dr. Morimoto who applauded the event, praised the quality of research that takes place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and expressed his happiness for the invitation to be the symposium’s keynote speaker. The awards for best oral presentation were given to Deepanshi Dhar (Tox) and Stefanos Aivazidis (Tox). The awards for best poster presentation were given to Ashwini Sri Hari (Tox), Aditya Gandhi (Pharm Sci) and Ahsun Babalmorad (PharmD).


Stakeholders work toward bringing more voices into building new pharmacy law

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Movers and shakers behind a new state law aimed at enhancing partnerships between pharmacists and medical providers and easing healthcare access for patients across Colorado are working hard, hoping their long hours will help ensure the progressive regulation’s long-term success.

Senate Bill 16-135, signed into law in June, took effect Aug. 10, but requires the drafting and widespread approval of highly specific statewide protocols to move forward. Surveys have gone out to pharmacists and medical providers across the state seeking their input with these protocols, designed to allow pharmacists to directly provide, and potentially gain reimbursement for, more patient services. Read More

TV Interview with Dr. Moore

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Faculty member Gina Moore, PharmD, joins 9NEWS at noon Feb. 14 to discuss how a new initiative will allow women in Colorado to get easier access to birth control.

Starting in March, women won’t need a doctor to be prescribed oral contraceptives — at least not at first.  They can get a prescription from their pharmacist. Read More

Pharmacist Adds Palliative Care to Resume

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Ellen Fulp, PharmD, believes that CU’s new palliative care program is just what the doctor ordered! Working for a hospice pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North Carolina specializing in geriatrics, Ellen Fulp, PharmD, sees a lot of patients who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. These same folks are usually taking multiple medications. “I love what I do, but so much of it I learned on the job, and not during pharmacy school,” says Fulp. “As a pharmacy student, I didn’t get a lot of information on ending meds or withholding or removing therapy… and so frequently that’s what we are faced with as pharmacists specializing in geriatrics and hospice care,” Fulp laments. From her experience, the palliative care approach is “hope for the best, plan for the worst.” Read More

Alumna Parlays Experience into Company

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“I never thought I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body. Boy, was I wrong,” says alumna Mei Tang, PharmD ’07.

As a working pharmacist specializing in hospital pharmacy and managed care pharmacy, Tang decided to pursue her PharmD through CU’s distance program and attained her doctorate in ’07. “I worked and lived in Michigan full-time, so a distance program was really the only option. It was a perfect match for my situation and the right fit for me. It was a tremendous step forward in my career,” says Tang.  Read More