PS e-news

February 28, 2007

In this issue…

   Message from the Chair

   Groundbreaking for New UK College of Pharmacy is April 13

   Attend the 2007 UK Pharmaceutical Sciences Postgraduate Conference

   Stella to Present Swintosky Lecture

   Chemistry Symposium Coming to Lexington in June

   International Symposium on Microencapsulation

   Department Names New Division Directors

   Mumper Receives Great Teacher Award

   Aubrey-Medendorp Receives Predoctoral Fellowship

   Joguparthi to Attend PS World Conference in Amsterdam

   Graduate Student Profiles – Stan Banks and Darshini Trivedi

   UK Alumnus Elected AAPS Treasurer

   Alumni Profiles – Kim Brouwer and Munir Hussain

Message from the Chair


 

Many changes are happening at the College and within the Department.  We are entering the final stages of design for our new building and a groundbreaking ceremony will be April 13, the week prior to our postgraduate conference.

Another exciting development is the announcement of the transition of the Center for Pharmaceutical Science & Technology (CPST) to a private business. The idea, according to Len Heller, UK’s Vice President for Commercialization and Economic Development, is to create a more flexible and competitive business named Coldstream Laboratories. However, the company will maintain close ties to the College of Pharmacy’s education and research mission.  Mike Jay has done an outstanding job leading the CPST for the past nine years and has decided to return to his role as full-time faculty member as the CPST makes this move. Joseph Wyse, Ph.D., a UK alumnus who has been working as the CPST managing director and who has 17 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, has assumed the position of president.  Coldstream Laboratories will be a subsidiary of Kentucky Technology Inc., UK’s for-profit company that invests in and operates businesses and real estate such as the Coldstream Research Campus, and develops and markets UK’s research discoveries.

We hope to see you in Lexington for the 2007 Pharmaceutical Sciences Postgraduate Conference on April 19-21.  In addition to our keynote speaker, William N. Charman of Victorian College of Pharmacy in Australia, we will induct our first two Outstanding Alumni: Kim Brouwer (2006) and Munir Hussain (2007). Please join us in April to honor Kim and Munir as well as see plans for the new Pharmacy building.

Sincerely,
Patrick McNamara, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

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Groundbreaking for New UK College of Pharmacy is April 13


 

The UK College of Pharmacy will hold a celebration and ceremonial groundbreaking for the new academic and research building on Friday, April 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium. Invited speakers and special guests will be Dean Kenneth B. Roberts, President Lee T. Todd Jr., UK Provost Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Dr. Michael Karpf, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UK. For more information, visit the Building Update site at http://www.mc.uky.edu/pharmacy/building.html.

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Attend the 2007 UK Pharmaceutical Sciences Postgraduate Conference


 

The 2007 University of Kentucky Pharmaceutical Sciences Postgraduate Conference will be April 19-21 at the UK campus in Lexington. Don’t forget the registration deadline for the event is March 29.  Please contact Catina Rossoll, cross2@email.uky.edu, for registration and info.

The three-day event will begin with an evening welcome reception April 19. Scientific sessions will be held April 20 at the UK campus and a banquet will be that evening at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington. The conference will conclude on April 21 with a Day at the Races at Keeneland Race Course. READ MORE

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Stella to Present Swintosky Lecture


 

Valentino Stella, Ph.D., a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, will present the 2007 Swintosky Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy at 11 a.m. April 5, in 201 College of Nursing Building.

Dr. Stella will present, “A Case for Prodrugs” to faculty, students and guests as part of the lecture series which began in 1980 to honor Dean Emeritus Joseph V. Swintosky, who was dean of the UK College of Pharmacy from 1967 to 1987.  READ MORE

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Chemistry Symposium Comes to Lexington in June


 

The Midwest Organic Solid State Chemistry Symposium (MOSSC) will be held for the first time in Lexington on June 8 and 9.  Conference chairs for the event are Tonglei Li, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UK Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Carol Brock, Ph.D., professor, in the UK Department of Chemistry.

MOSSCS provides opportunities to exchange ideas and research results pertaining to the organic solid state in an informal atmosphere with an emphasis on presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Invited lecturers and reports of research on organic materials dealing with crystal engineering, mixed crystals, polymorphism, solid state synthesis and reactivity, host-guest chemistry, crystal growth, optical behavior, transport properties, pharmaceuticals, molecular recognition, critical behavior and related properties all are commonly presented at the MOSSC Symposium. For more information, contact Dr. Li at Tonglei@uky.edu.

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International Symposium on Microencapsulation is Sept. 9-12


 

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy cordially invites you to attend the 16th International Symposium on Microencapsulation. The symposium will take place Sept. 9-12, 2007, in Lexington, Ky. Registration, directions and information on accommodations are available at the Microencapsulation Symposium homepage at www.mc.uky.edu/cpst/micro16/.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Names New Division Directors


 

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has established two new divisions and named division directors in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, said Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department.

Jurgen Rohr, Ph.D., professor, has been named director of the Division of Drug Discovery, and Brad Anderson, Ph.D., professor, has been named director of the Division of Drug Development.  READ MORE

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Mumper Receives Great Teacher Award from UK Alumni Association


 

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy associate professor Russ Mumper, Ph.D., has been named one of the recipients of the 2007 Great Teacher Awards given each year by the UK Alumni Association to honor excellence in the classroom. 

Six UK professors were honored at the Great Teacher Award reception and dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington on Feb. 20. The recipients also were recognized that evening during the UK men’s basketball game in Rupp Arena. READ MORE

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Aubrey-Medendorp Receives Predoctoral Fellowship


 

Clare Aubrey-Medendorp, a student in the University of Kentucky Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program, has received a $20,000 predoctoral fellowship in pharmaceutics from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA). The fellowship is for two years. Aubrey-Medendorp is originally from Georgetown, Ky., and has a biomedical engineering degree from the University of Tennessee. She is in her fourth year of the pharmaceutical sciences graduate program and her faculty mentor at UK is Tonglei Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. READ MORE

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Joguparthi to Attend Pharmaceutical Sciences World Conference in Amsterdam


 

Vijay Joguparthi, a student in the University of Kentucky Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program, has been selected to attend and present an abstract at the Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress in Amsterdam on April 22-25, 2007. Dean Kenneth Roberts announced funding for the conference would be provided by the College to a graduate student and an internal competition was held with Joguparthi chosen to attend.

Joguparthi will present, “Physicochemical approaches toward improving liposomal loading and retention of hydrophobic weak acids.” His faculty mentor is Brad Anderson, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences. READ MORE

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GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES


 

Stan Banks is a fourth-year student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program studying pharmaceutics and drug delivery with faculty mentor, Audra Stinchcomb, Ph.D., associate professor.

A native of Owenton, Ky., Banks graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 2001 from Kentucky State University.  Upon completion of his chemistry degree, he worked as a quality control analyst in the Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology (CPST).  After working in the CPST for more than two years, he began the graduate program. 

Banks’ work focuses on the treatment of alcohol and opiate addiction via transdermal drug delivery, and his dissertation is titled, “Optimization of Microneedles Systems for Transdermal Delivery of Naltrexone and 6-β-Naltrexol Salts.” 

Darshini Trivedi is a fifth year graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program. Her faculty mentor is Charles Loftin, Ph.D., assistant professor and her primary research focus is the physiological and pathological functions of enzymes known as the cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2). These enzymes are targets of widely used medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen and celecoxib.

Trivedi is a North Carolina “Tar Heel” native. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from India and came to UK and began the graduate program in 2002. Beginning June 1, she will be pursuing postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Garret Fitzgerald, renowned in the field of prostanoids and cardiovascular disease. Her research will focus on studying the role of prostanoids and their receptors in cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and restenosis, utilizing a variety of animal models. In the future, she also would like to be a part of the academic community while contributing to scientific research.

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UK Alumnus Elected AAPS Treasurer


 

Philip R. Mayer, Ph.D., (UKCOP, 1976, 1981) assistant vice president of clinical pharmacology at Wyeth Research, has been elected to a three-year term as treasurer of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Dr. Mayer received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1976 and his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science in 1981 from the UK College of Pharmacy. He also continues to serve as an adjunct professor in the Industrial and Physical Pharmacy Department at Purdue University School of Pharmacy.

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ALUMNI PROFILES


 

The Outstanding UK Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program Alumni Awards will be presented on April 20, during a banquet in conjunction with the 2007 Postgraduate Conference to Munir Hussain, Ph.D., and Kim Brouwer, Ph.D. Both scientists are 1983 graduates of the UK Pharmaceutical Sciences program.

Kim Brouwer, Ph.D., currently serves as the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A native of Portland Ore., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1978 from Oregon State University.  She received a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the UK College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy residency at the UK Medical Center in 1981 before completing her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences in 1983.  READ MORE

Munir Hussain, Ph.D., currently is a senior research fellow at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in New Brunswick, N.J. A native of Iraq, Dr. Hussain earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1970 from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Baghdad. At UK, he worked with professor emeritus Dr. George Digenis on his thesis titled, “Development of Methodology for Preparation of 11C-Labeled Phenethylamine-type Compounds and Studies on the Effect of Amphetamine on Brain Efflux of Radiolabeled Phenethylamine.”  READ MORE

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Email addresses needed


 

We are trying to catch up with former graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and former faculty. Please send current contact information of folks you knew at UK and are still in close contact with to pschair@email.uky.edu and of course please forward your friends and colleagues this newsletter.   


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