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An electronic newsletter from the College of Pharmacy

February, 2015
Nebraska APhA Reception
hosted by Creighton University, UNMC & NPA

If you plan to attend APhA2015 or are in San Diego area, please read on...

UNMC College of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Christopher Shaffer, invites you to a reception during the 2015 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting co-hosted by Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska Pharmacists Association.

State of Nebraska Reception hosted by Creighton, UNMC and NPA
Date:          Saturday, March 28, 2015  
Time:          6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Room:        Indigo Ballroom, section "E"
Location:    Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (1 Park Blvd), San Diego, California
At the reception, we will have a slideshow, school updates, hot and cold appetizers and a cash bar. All UNMC COP alumni, students, faculty and guests who pre-register by Monday, March. 23 will also receive a complimentary drink ticket. 




Slideshow Submissions Needed
You or someone you know presenting, being recognized or otherwise involved in APhA2015?  Let us know!  We need your help collecting information to highlight in the reception slideshow.  Please email information to mparks@unmc.edu, if possible by Mar. 23.

Please don't hesitate to contact UNMC College of Pharmacy if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego!

Bronich named 2014 Scientist Laureate

Dr. Bronich

Twenty years ago, Tatiana Bronich, Ph.D., arrived in America.

Dr. Bronich, now a professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, co-director of the Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine, and recently named UNMC's ninth Scientist Laureate, was recruited to UNMC as an expert in synthetic polymers. (Her mentor in Russia was the father of 2009 Scientist Laureate Sasha Kabanov, Ph.D.) But now she was trying to help find an application for them in biology and medicine.  Full article.

 Distinguished Scientists

Drs. Alnouti and Oupicky were among ten scientists that
received the Distinguished Scientist Award. This award,
which is sponsored by the UNMC chancellor, recognizes
researchers who have been among the most productive
scientists in the country during the past five years.

Yazen Alnouti's research focuses on understanding how drug
molecules move inside the body (pharmacokinetics) as a result of their absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. In particular, he develops novel tools using cells or tissues to predict the pharmacokinetic profile in humans. In addition, he is interested in how bile acids, the primary
components of bile, are metabolized in patients with liver
diseases.  Full article. 


Successful treatment of diseases with drugs requires that the drugs are able to find the right place in the body, stay there for an adequate period of time, and then be safely removed.  David Oupicky's research focuses on developing nanomaterials and technologies that enable selective delivery of a broad range of drugs to better treat multiple diseases. This type of research is by definition highly interdisciplinary, so my research ranges from chemical synthesis and characterization all the way to biological testing of the developed nanomaterials in appropriate disease models.  Full article.


Student News
Eleven UNMC students received $1,000 e-learning awards in January as part of UNMC's e-learning initiative.  Beau Ehlers, class of 2017, was awarded for his project entitled "Defeating Antibiotic Resistance: Mastering Drugs and Bugs."  Full article.

Stephanie Nitz, a third-year student in the College of Pharmacy, talks with Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Under the Microscope.  Stephanie is the SHARING Clinics co-president and talks about the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Award given to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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