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April 2017

Welcome to the Spring issue of eInteractions! Spring is an exciting time as we welcome warmer weather (usually), look back on accomplishments of the academic year and launch another stellar group of graduates from our BS, PharmD, and PhD programs! The Class of 2017 was the 149th class to don their caps and gowns and graduate from our College in April. Like those before them, they had tremendous success in competing for residencies, postdoctoral fellowships and jobs, and remain a continual source of pride for our College. The strength and integration of cutting-edge research in everything that we do in the College is certainly a major factor in this success. A few of recent examples appearing in this issue focus on achievements in the laboratories of Dr. Wei Cheng, Dr. Anna Schwendeman, and Dr. James Moon. You will also find photos from our 2017 Research Forum that was held in March, which featured 57 and 67 poster presentations from our PhD and PharmD students, respectively.

As the University celebrates its 200th birthday in 2017, we are creating a repository of memories of the College of Pharmacy. We ask that alumni, students, staff, faculty, and retirees send photos and notes on your time at the College. We want your account of the people, education, and experiences that shaped U-M Pharmacy. The goal is to preserve a record of how the College of Pharmacy has evolved during its rich history. In order to give to our alumni the opportunity to attend the University's Bicentennial events this fall, we will not be hosting the homecoming reception following the annual pharmacy lectures. Additionally, the Rowe Lectures are being moved from the traditional Friday to Thursday, October 26. I hope to see you at one of the many Bicentennial events this year. Go Blue!

Dean Jim Dalton

Top Stories
 
Findings Offer New Ideas About Vaccine Development
 
Vaccine development is largely trial and error—which results in years of pricey development and just a 6 percent success rate—but Wei Cheng believes he's found a way to potentially improve those numbers.
 
Drs. Kelling and Walker Named Interprofessional Leadership Fellows
 
Sarah Kelling, PharmD, MPH, and Paul Walker, PharmD, join educators from across the health sciences in the second cohort of U-M’s prestigious IPE faculty development program.
Nanodiscs Deliver Personalized Cancer Therapy to Immune System
Drs. Moon and Schwendeman have had initial success in mice using nanodiscs to deliver a customized therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of colon and melanoma cancer tumors.
College Hosts Research Forum
The event boasted an impressive 57 PhD and 67 PharmD posters presentations.
Student News
How Does Nature Make It? Mapping Cyanobacterial Pathways in the Search for New Drugs
“What nature has learned to produce very elegantly over millions of years of evolution can be difficult to reproduce in the laboratory, especially in large quantities,” says study lead author Shasha Li.
Crisis Leadership Challenge Tests Pharmacy Students
“The Sanger Crisis Leadership Challenge was an eye-opening experience,” says Kurtis Lee, PharmD’18.
Pharmacy Student Presents at Prestigious International Forum
The College’s international collaborative agreement opens door for enriching student experience
Faculty News
Drs. Scott Larsen and Vernon Carruthers’ Collaboration Earns NIH Support
Drs. Scott Larsen and Vernon Carruthers were awarded over $420,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Pharmacy Researchers Earn $400K from Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery
The intent is to fuel rapid development of innovative technology and new therapies, bringing better, more targeted treatments to the 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year.
Rima Mohammad Named ACCP Fellow
ACCP Fellowship recognizes excellence in the practice and science of clinical pharmacy.
Dr. James Moon’s Laboratory Receives $6 Million in NIH Awards
The laboratory of James Moon, PhD, has been awarded three National Institute of Health R01 awards.
Dr. Amanda Garner Earns Catalyst Research Award
Dr. Garner will receive $300,000 over the next year in support of her research on Leveraging the microRNA Interactome for Cancer Drug Discovery.
Alumni News
Continuous Reinvention: The Art of Mindful Pivoting
D. Kevin Kwok, PharmD’86, advised a rapt audience in CC Little that “In order to gain control, one must first lose control.” This mantra set the tone of Dr. Kwok’s Dean’s Leading by Example Lecture Series on November 3, 2016.
Alumna Named University of Minnesota Dean
Dr. Lynda S. Welage, BSPharm’81, has been named dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, effective July 31, 2017.
More News
University Partnership Brings Research Training to Kenya
Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) recently convened the Inaugural Hands-on Clinical Research Training Workshop in Meru, Kenya.
UPCOMING EVENTS
May
10
16th Annual Preceptor Education & Recognition Symposium - Tools for Encouraging Student Success
May 10, 2019 - 7:30am to 2:00pm
University of Michigan Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room, 4th Floor

 

May
18
Leroy B. Townsend Symposium
May 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
College of Pharmacy

 

Jun
11
Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Scramble
June 11, 2019 - 9:30am
The Polo Fields Golf and Country Club

 

Jun
15
Pharmaceutics Graduate Student Research Meeting
June 15, 2017 to June 17, 2017
 

 

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