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Longhorn Pharmacy Focus

Keep up to date with College of Pharmacy news through our newsmagazine, Longhorn Pharmacy Focus.

Enjoy our most recent edition of Focus 2017.


 

John DiGiovanni photoStarving cancer cell

A new study identifies several natural compounds found in food, including numeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer.

Read more about starving cancer cells.

 


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Team earns honors in clinical research challenge

A team of three UT student pharmacists placed among the elite programs in a national Clinical Research Challenge. The competition, sponsored by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, included a field of 80 competing teams.

Read more about the Clinical Research Challenge.

 


 Students attend addiction program

Four student pharmacists will attend a summer program to study addiction and its treatment sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.  Read more about the summer addiction program.


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Brian, Donna and Scott Jermainshared love of pharmacy – one family’s story

A shared love of pharmacy – one family’s story

It didn’t take Donna Jermain, B.S. ’86 and Pharm.D. ’89, long in her pharmacy studies to determine that pharmacy was the career path for her.  Yet she likely had no inkling that 30 years later, hers would be a family profession shared with both of her sons, Brian and Scott.

Read the Jermain family story.

 


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DiGiovanni joins LIVESTRONG team

Dr. John DiGiovanni, the Coulter R. Sublett Endowed Chair in Pharmacy, has been appointed as associate director of basic research at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School effective May 1.

Read more about DiGiovanni’s appointment.


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Wilcox named educator of the year

Dr. Richard Wilcox has been named 2017 Educator of the Year or the College of Pharmacy.  He was one of several faculty cited to receive awards at the recent student-sponsored awards ceremony.

Read more about college teaching awards.


Research Day 2017

Research Day celebrates discovery

The art and science of discovery took center focus as the college observed Research Excellence Day 2017.

Read more about Research Day.

 


Compounding poster and studentsLonghorns win national compounding competition

Longhorn student pharmacists Jade Fitzsimmons, Hannah Bustillos and Christine Burundi captured first place in the National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition conducted in Florida during Spring Break.

Read more about the compounding competition.


Dr. Maria CroyleTexas Health Catalyst honors Croyle

Dr. Maria Croyle is one of three researchers selected to receive funding from the Texas Health Catalyst to help move projects from technology in the research lab to products on the market.

Read more about Croyle’s work.


James McGinity photoMcGinity named to National Academy of Inventors

Dr. James McGinity has been named as a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.  He is one of three named to the honor from UT Austin this year in recognition of his distinguished work which includes 27 patents including his work to reformulate Oxycontin to an abuse-deterent composition.

Read more about McGinity’s honor.

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Study suggests enzyme safely starves cancer cells

An enzyme developed and tested in a UT lab by a team including Dr. John DiGiovanni offers promise in the fight against certain cancers by starving the cancer cells while creating no apparent side effects in the patient.

Read about DiGiovanni’s research.


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Pope named professor of the semester

Dr. Nathan Pope, clinical assistant professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named to receive the Professor of the Semester Award by The University of Texas at Austin’s Senate of College Councils.

Read about Dr. Pope’s recognition.

 

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Student team wins business plan competition

A team of Longhorn pharmacy students has taken first place at a national competition designed to showcase business plans for independent pharmacies.  Read more about the business plan competition.


Dr. Jamie BarnerBarner to Lead HOPP Division

Dr. Jamie Barner, professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named as the new head of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice (HOPP).  Her appointment is effective in September.  She follows Dr. Ken Lawson in the role who returns to full time teaching and research after five years of administrative service.

Read about Dr. Barner’s appointment.


Kevin Dalby photoDalby Wins State Grant for Cancer Drug Research

Dr. Kevin Dalby, professor of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, has received a nearly $5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to kick start drug discovery programs.  The grant will support his Targeted Therapeutic Drug Discovery & Development Program, which is designed to develop small molecules that are precursors to cancer drug therapies.  Read about Dalby’s CPRIT grant.


Vanessa Lopez photoLopez Receives University’s Outstanding Staff Award

Vanessa Lopez, administrative manager in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, was named to receive a University Outstanding Staff Award as several other staff members were honored for service anniversaries. The university-wide ceremony was held on May 13.  The Tower was lit burnt orange to honor the staff awardees.  Read more about staff awards.


Ginsburg photo 2016Ginsburg Named to Texas Ten

Dr. Diane Ginsburg, assistant dean for student affairs and clinical professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been honored by Texas Exes and UT pharmacy alumni by being voted to the Texas Ten.  Ginsburg and her fellow faculty honorees are featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Texas Exes’ Alcalde magazine.  Read about Ginsburg and the rest of the Texas Ten.


Nile Barnes photoBarnes Named Educator of the Year

Dr. Nile Barnes, clinical assistant professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named Educator of the Year at a spring event hosted by Pharmacy Council.  Read more about the Educator of the Year and other teaching awards.


Dr. Barner and studentGrad Student Wins APhA Podium Presentation

Titiana Makhinova, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Jamie Barner, scored high marks at the recent American Pharmacists Association Annual meeting when she was the best podium competition.  Read more about Makhinova’s honor and research.


Research Day logoResearch Day 2016

The art and science of discovery takes center stage on April 26 as the College of Pharmacy hosts the 12th annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Research Excellence Day at the Student Activities Center on campus. Learn more about Research Day 2016.


NIPTE logoNew Collaborative Anticipated to Draw Increased FDA Funding

The college has joined the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and education in pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing.  Read more about the NIPTE collaborative.


Sarah RumbellowRumbellow Cited for National Public Health Honor

P-3 student Sarah Rumbellow is recipient of the United States Public Health service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award.  Rumbellow serves as co-chair of the college’s Project Collaborate which provides free health screenings to the public. Read about the public health award.


College wordmarkLonghorn Pharmacy Ranked # 3

Longhorn pharmacy once again was ranked among the elite programs of pharmacy education in new rankings recently released by U.S. News and World Report.  Read about our No. 3 ranking.


Som Mukhopadhyay photoMukhopadhyay Named to NIH ONES Award

Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopashyay, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is one of five exceptional early career scientists selected to receive grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  The awards are part of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientists (ONES) program.  Read about the ONES Award.


Dr. Barner and studentKloesel Grant Addresses Asthma Medication Adherence

A study that focuses on the role of pharmacists in helping asthma patients stay healthy is the inaugural program supported by the Kloesel Endowment.  Read about the asthma study.

 


Francis Lam photoLam Nabs Third Teaching Award

Dr. Francis Lam has been named recipient of a 2016 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, his third recognition for teaching excellence within 12 months.  Read more about Lam’s award.


Dr. Ted Mills and his lab team

Heating Up the Fight Against Cancer

Dr. Ted Mills and his team are helping to heat up the fight against cancer through research that targets cancer’s dependence upon fats as well as sugars to develop tumors.

Read more about the work coming out of Mills’ lab.


Dr. Maria CroyleCroyle Cited for Research Paper

A research study by Dr. Maria Croyle, professor of pharmaceutics, has been cited as the best research paper of 2015 by the University Co-op.  The study outlines work in her lab to demonstrate long-term protection against the most lethal strain of Ebola.  Read more about Croyle’s research award.


Members of NCPA chapterHorns Take NCPA Honors

It was a very good national meeting for the UT Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association. The group took home Chapter of the Year honors as well as several other awards.  Read more about NCPA’s honors.


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