The Auburn Pharmacist

Updated August 16, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar, Football Tailgates Announced
Mark your calendars for this year's Harrison School of Pharmacy Football Tailgates. HSOP is changing things up this year, moving the tailgate location to the front of the Walker Building (Thach Concourse side) and will employ the services of Tailgate Guys for the setup that will include a TV showing games during the day. Everyone in the HSOP Family is invited to the tailgates that will start three hours prior to each game. Check out the full schedule below with available times:
  • Sept. 2 - vs. Georgia Southern | Tailgate: 3:30 p.m., Kickoff 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 16 - vs. Mercer (Homecoming, Parents Weekend) | Tailgate 12 p.m., Kickoff 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 30 - vs. Mississippi State | Times TBA
  • Oct. 7 - vs. Ole Miss (HSOP Reunion Weekend) | Times TBA
  • Nov. 11 - vs. Georgia | Times TBA
  • Nov. 18 - vs. Louisiana-Monroe | Times TBA
  • Nov. 25 - vs. Alabama (Sponsored by CVS) | Times TBA

Governor Kay Ivey with Dr. Tim Moore
Governor Ivey Visits Newly-Opened Pharmaceutical Research Building
Governor Kay Ivey was in Auburn on July 25 as part of her Listen, Learn, Help & Lead Tour and was able to stop by for a tour of the new Pharmaceutical Research Building. The 37,000-square-foot facility held its ribbon-cutting on June 5 and is now home to several HSOP research teams. Learn more about the Pharmaceutical Research Building HERE.

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Standardized Patients Play Important Role in Student Education
Patient-actors play an integral role in clinical education for Harrison School of Pharmacy students. During Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs), students work with “patients,” actors from the community who are trained to simulate experiences that the young pharmacists will face in the real world. Learn more about the program in this story from The Opelika-Auburn News.

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HSOP Welcomes Class of 2021
The Harrison School of Pharmacy welcomed the Class of 2021 on Aug. 14 as students arrived for Orientation Week. The students were welcomed by new Dean Richard Hansen, who took over as HSOP's sixth Dean on May 15. The class is made up of 146 students from 17 different states, one foreign country, and 42 different colleges and universities.

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HSOP Sends Five Into Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame
Five members of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Family were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Association Hall of Fame earlier this summer. Congratulations to Billy Beasley (’62), Lucinda Maine (’80), Jerry Thomas (’66), Wyatt Williams (’53), and former faculty member Kenneth Barker. Learn more about each of the new members HERE.

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Auburn Representatives Win APA Awards
Auburn and HSOP were well-represented in the annual Alabama Pharmacy Association Awards. Taking home hardware this year were Larry Presley (’65), Bobby Giles (’92), Belinda Ballard (’82), Derrell Massey (’81), and Chris Squires (’18). Learn more about each person and their award HERE.

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Dalton and Giles Take APAA Honors
Joe Dalton and Bobby Giles took the annual awards from the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association this summer. Outgoing APAA President Giles (Class of 1992) received the Distinguished Service Award. Giles then turned around and presented Dalton (Class of 1982) with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Dean Hansen Completes Summer Road Trip
New HSOP Dean Richard Hansen had a busy summer as he hit the road to meet members of the Auburn Pharmacy Family. Hansen embarked on the Summer Road Trip, meeting HSOP alumni and friends in Tuscaloosa, Dothan, Montgomery, Birmingham, Mobile, Nashville, Huntsville, and Auburn. Thank you to all those who made it out to one of the events! If you would like to learn more about Dean Hansen, check out this Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

Mindy Nobles, Carrie Ray, Stacy Davis, and Steve Love celebrate the Lillian Pharmacy’s 20th Anniversary
Love Celebrates 20 Years at Lillian Pharmacy
In 1997, the Lillian Pharmacy was opened by Steve Love and his family. The pharmacy celebrated its 20th Anniversary on June 21. Read more about Love, a HSOP Class of 1974 member, and his pharmacy HERE.

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Max Jordan Recognized as Pioneer of Gulf Breeze
Max Jordan, a 1957 graduate of Auburn's School of Pharmacy, was recognized as a Pioneer of Gulf Breeze by the Gulf Breeze News. Learn more about Jordan in the story from the Gulf Breeze News HERE.

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50 HSOP Graduates Accepted to Residencies
Fifty HSOP graduates were accepted to residency programs for the 2017-18 academic year. The group, which includes PGY-1 and PGY-2 programs, is spread out over 16 states across the country. Learn more about the residents and their respective programs HERE.

Graduate Students Published
A group of HSOP graduate students recently had their work published:
Yasser Alatawi, a graduate student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, has a new publication, entitled, "Empirical estimation of under-reporting in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS),” covering work done with Dr. Richard Hansen. The abstract is available HERE.
Also published was Ning Cheng, a graduate student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Her article, titled "Association of authorized generic marketing with prescription drug spending on antidepressants from 2000 to 2011," covers research done with Tannista Banerjee, Dr. Jingjing Qian, and Dr. Richard Hansen. The article, published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, can be viewed HERE.
A student group made up of Motiur Rahman, Yasser Alatawi, Ning Cheng, and Annya Plotkina, along with Dr. Jungjing Qian, Dr. Peggy Peissig, Dr. Richard Berg, and Dr. Richard Hansen published an article titled, "Comparison of brand versus generic antiepileptic drug adverse event reporting rates in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS)." Published in the journal Epilepsy Research, the study sees if generic substitution of branded anti-epileptic drugs lead to therapeutic failure and increased toxicity. It can be viewed HERE.

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HSOP Students Complete UAB CaRES Internships
This summer, HSOP students (from left) Kaci Shuman (P3), Jennifer Alkire (P2), and Jacob Calahan (P2) interned with the Cancer Research Experience for Students (CaRES) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On July 10, the trio presented their research at the CaRES Poster Presentation with Shuman taking top honors in her group.

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Jungnickel Installs New Rho Chi Chapter
Dr. Paul Jugnickel, serving as a national officer with Rho Chi honor society, recently installed a new Rho Chi chapter at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in Cedarville, Ohio. Serving in the immediate past president capacity, Jungnickel presided over the ceremony on April 28, 2017, presenting to faculty, new chapter initiates, and invited guests.

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Shen Receives $1.85 million NIH Grant
Dr. Jianzhong Shen, associate professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, has received a $1.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Shen is the principal investigator with Dr. Peter Panizzi assisting as a Co-PI. Dr. Shen is the first scientist to clone the coronary artery P2Y2 receptor gene, encoding an important protein that acts as a sensor for extracellular ATP and UTP. Since joining Auburn, his lab has identified tissue factor, the master initiator of blood clotting cascade, as the new target controlled by P2Y2 receptor. This funded project will investigate the function of P2Y2 receptor/tissue factor cellular pathway in inflammation-induced blood clot formation. The results of the proposed studies may provide the foundation for novel therapy for the treatment of blood vessel occlusive diseases, such as angina, heart attack and stroke.

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Bulloch Published in Pharmacy Times
Multidrug-resistant bacteria continues to be a growing health concern in the United States and worldwide. Unfortunately, no new classes of antibiotics have been developed since the 1980s. Although the new generation cephalosporins don’t offer a new mechanism to fight bacteria per se, they do provide new options in the battle against severe infections caused by MDR pathogens. Learn more about this issue in a Pharmacy Times article by Dr. Marilyn Bulloch HERE.

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Kavookjian Speaks to Healthcare Specialists at Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Jan Kavookjian, associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, recently spoke at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Kavookjian met with health care providers from the Diabetes & Endocrinology Adult Specialty Group to speak on Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision-Making, and the role that these can play in the care of patients with diabetes. The group included endocrinologist physicians, diabetes educators (including pharmacists, registered dietitians, and nurses), and researchers from the clinic’s quality and safety department. Kavookjian presented from the perspective of the Chronic Care Model components of treatment decision-making and self-management behaviors support. The Cleveland Clinic’s Diabetes & Endocrinology Department is ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Huntsville Faculty and Students Participate in Interprofessional Education Day
HSOP faculty and P4 students in Huntsville joined with representatives from UAH College of Nursing, UAB School of Medicine, and the Huntsville Hospital on June 27 for the inaugural Interprofessional Education Day. Nurse practitioner students, first year medical interns, nurses, and pharmacists participated in a series of clinical simulations in the high-fidelity simulation laboratories as part of a healthcare team. The teams were tasked with interacting with standardized patients and the members of their team to identify and treat a medical problem. Each member had a unique role on the team in the execution of patient care. After each simulation, bedside debriefing sessions were incorporated to reflect on how the simulation went and what could be improved next time.

Last Updated: June 21, 2017