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Updated November 10, 2017

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Join HSOP for Auburn Football Tailgates

Football season is coming to an end, but the Harrison School of Pharmacy has three football tailgates left. HSOP Tailgates are in front of the Walker Building (Thach Concourse side) and 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:

  • Nov. 11 - vs. Georgia | Tailgate: 11:30 a.m. | Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 - vs. Louisiana-Monroe | Auburn Graduate Program Reunion | Tailgate: 8 a.m. | Kickoff: 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 25 - vs. Alabama (Sponsored by CVS) | Times TBA
  • More Information

Masters and Ph.D. Graduates Invited for Tailgate

The Harrison School of Pharmacy would like to invite its masters and Ph.D. graduates back to The Plains for a tailgate prior to the Louisiana-Monroe game on Nov. 18. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with the tailgate beginning at 8 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Vedder at

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President Leath Visits HSOP

Auburn University's President Steven Leath has been making the rounds, visiting various academic units on Auburn's campus. On Oct. 3, President Leath made his way to HSOP, spending the day with faculty, staff and students. Along with meetings with HSOP administration, he toured research labs in the Walker Building, the new Pharmaceutical Research Building, and took some time to stop into classes and student labs. Check out some photos from his visit HERE.

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The Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight: Dr. Miranda Reed

The Psychology of Pharmacy: Dr. Miranda Reed, associate professor in Drug Discovery and Development, holds three degrees from Auburn… all in psychology. How does someone with psychology training fit into a pharmacy school? Learn more in the Auburn Pharmacist Spotlight.

Catch Up on AU InforMed

AU InforMed, the electronic bulletin from the HSOP Drug Information Center, covered smoking cessation in its most recent issue. Learn more and check out other issues by clicking HERE.

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HSOP Alum Billy Beasley Named Senate Minority Leader

Billy Beasley, a 1962 Auburn Pharmacy graduate, recently assumed the role of Senate Minority Leader in the Alabama State Senate. Sen. Beasley was elected to the Alabama Senate on November 2, 2010, after serving three terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. He represents Alabama Senate District 28, which includes Barbour, Bullock, Henry and Macon counties, along with parts of Houston, Lee and Russell counties. He is President of Pratts Station, LLC, and operates the Clayton Drug Company.

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Women in Pharmacy Spotlight: Dr. Dell Barker Walker

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is celebrating both American Pharmacists Month and 125 Years of Women at Auburn. Dell Barker Walker, a 1985 graduate, has risen up the ranks at Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. To read more about her start in pharmacy on The Plains and how giving back to young women is a priority with her, click HERE.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: Vicki Faulk and Bailey Little

It is not uncommon for children to dream of being like their parents when they grow up. Despite the demanding path required to be a pharmacist, it is surprisingly not too uncommon to see a Harrison School of Pharmacy legacy walking the halls. Among those currently roaming the halls of the Walker Building is P1 Bailey Little, daughter of Class of 1989 member Vicki Faulk. Learn more about this mother-daughter combo HERE.

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What Does a Pharmacist Do?

The AUSSHP chapter took to campus during National Pharmacists Month in October to ask students, faculty, and staff what they think a pharmacist does. They got some interesting responses while out on the concourse. Check out the video HERE.

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Four HSOP Students Win NCPA Scholarships

Four HSOP students were recently awarded NCPA Foundation's Presidential Scholarships. Just 25 scholarships are awarded each year with HSOP making its presence felt with four. Earning the scholarships were (pictured, from left) Jacob Calahan (P2), Anne Saunders (P3), Lexi Burkard (P3), and Lauren Tait (P2). The NCPA Foundation recognizes students with demonstrated leadership qualities, academic achievement, and an interest in pharmacy management through scholarships. The students were formally recognized Oct. 15 at NCPA's Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Graduate Students Advance to 3 Minute Thesis Finals

Heba Aref and Motiur Rahman, both graduate students pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option, advanced to the finals of the Auburn University 3 Minute Thesis competition. The finals will take place at 4 p.m., Nov. 16 in Langdon Hall. Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Aref’s thesis was titled “Text vs video educational messages: Which is more effective in impacting vaccination perception?,” while Rahman’s was titled “Disparities in the appropriateness of medication use: a population based study.”

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Austin Cook Receives Travel Award

P4 Austin Cook recently received a travel award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Nephrology Practice and Research Network (PRN). At the annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Cook presented his poster titled “Impact of Dual-Interface Pharmacist-Led Medication Reconciliation on Diabetes-Related Outcomes.”

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Emily Tsiao Receives Travel Award

P4 Emily Tsiao recently received a travel award to travel to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Administration (CADM) Business Meeting from the Clinical Administration PRN. At the annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Tsiao presented an APPE leader-development program oral presentation.

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White Coats Take Over the Greenspace

On Oct. 20, as part of National Pharmacists Week, HSOP students on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses donned their white coats and went out to educate others on campus about what a pharmacist does. Check out some of the photos HERE.

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Horne and Walker Win HSOP Clinical Skills Competition

Rachel Horne and Helen Walker took top honors Oct. 20 in the local 2017 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. By virtue of winning, the pair will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the national competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Dec. 2-3. The Clinical Skills Competition (CSC) is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital and health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with physicians in providing direct patient care.

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Set for Success: Alexa Filley

Getting through the first semester of pharmacy school is tough for any student, but for P1 Alexa Filley, it is just one part of her grueling routine. Along with her school obligations, Filley also has to balance practice, games, and road trips as the starting setter for the Auburn Volleyball Team. She's No. 21 on the roster, but a P1 in the classroom. Read more about Auburn's Alexa Filley HERE.

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Joe Cotton Publishes Work With Preceptor

P4 Joe Cotton was recently published in Pharmacy Times in an article co-authored with Dr. Jerry Barbee, Jr., his preceptor at HCA West Florida Hospital. Titled “Breaking Through Breakthrough Cancer Pain,” the article looks into the types of chronic pain experienced by cancer patients. You can read the full article HERE.

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Natalie Hohmann Named SMDM Award Finalist

Natalie Hohmann, a graduate student in Health Outcomes Research and Policy, was chosen as a Lee B. Lusted Prize Finalist for her poster entitled, “Patient preferences for financial versus social incentives for medication adherence in chronic conditions.” She presented the poster at the Society for Medical Decision Making meeting in Pittsburgh in October. SMDM recognizes trainee achievement through the annual presentation of the Lee B. Lusted Student Prizes for outstanding presentations of research at the Annual Meeting. Co-authors on the poster include Tessa Hastings, Ruth Jeminiwa, Dr. Jingjing Qian, Dr. Richard Hansen, and Dr. Kimberly Garza.

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Phi Delta Chi Puts on All In, All Pink

Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity held the 7th Annual All In, All Pink breast cancer awareness event Oct. 27 in Auburn. The event was held in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach with the purpose of spreading awareness of breast cancer. Check out photos from the event HERE and read about it in this story from The Auburn Plainsman.

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Students Raise Money Through Walk to End Alzheimer’s

HSOP students participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on the Auburn Green Space Sunday. Through their efforts, the students raised more than $1,000 to support Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

HORP Grad Students and Faculty Published in Clinical Drug Investigation

Health Outcomes Research and Policy graduate students Md. Motiur Rahman, Yasser Alatawi, and Ning Cheng, along with faculty members Dr. Jingjing Qian and Dr. Richard Hansen, recently had their work published in Clinical Drug Investigation. The study is titled “Methodological Considerations for Comparison of Brand Versus Generic Versus Authorized Generic Adverse Event Reports in the US Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS),” and can be found HERE.

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Faculty Members Graduate from ACCP Academies

Pharmacy Practice faculty members Dr. Miranda Andrus, Dr. Allison Helmer, and Dr. Nicole Slater graduated from one of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Academies in October. Dr. Andrus completed the Leadership and Management Academy, a program designed to enable participants to better lead their personal lives as well as to guide and inspire their associates in the workplace. Dr. Helmer and Dr. Slater completed the Teaching and Learning Academy, a program designed to assist in the recruitment, motivation, and preparation of clinical educators who can inspire students to advance the profession of pharmacy. Learn more about ACCP Academies HERE.

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Reed and Setti Receive AFPE Grant for Alzheimer’s Research

Dr. Miranda Reed, associate professor in Drug Discovery and Development, and graduate student Sharay Setti recently received a grant from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education for their project titled, “Investigating the role of the lateral entorhinal cortex in Alzheimer’s disease via optogenetic manipulation.” Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of Americans every year. Though there is no cure, early detection and subsequent treatment of the disease leads to a better prognosis for affected individuals. The project focuses on the lateral entorhinal cortex, a brain region that is susceptible to AD-related alterations early in the disease state, before associated neuronal loss occurs. Through use of the optogenetic technique, a temporally and spatially precise technique that can allow them to alter neuronal activity in behaving animals, they will investigate the role of the lateral entorhinal cortex in cognition and within the context of AD-related pathology, thereby designing a cognitive tasks sensitive to alterations within the LEC that occur during Alzheimer’s disease progression.

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Dr. Amit Mitra Joins HSOP

Dr. Amit Kumar Mitra recently joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor specializing in pharmacology-pharmacogenomics in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Dr. Mitra earned his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and comes to HSOP after four years as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. His specialty areas include pharmacogenomics, translational research, single-cell genomics/transcriptomics/proteomics, next-generation (DNA/Exome/whole genome/RNA) sequencing, SNP arrays and microarrays, functional genomics/cell and molecular biology, bioinformatics and computational biology, and population genetics.

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Kaddoumi Transfers NIH Grant

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, professor in Drug Discovery and Development, recently had a grant from the NIH Department of Health and Human Sciences transferred to Auburn. Titled “Targeting cerebrovascular endothelial cells as a therapeutic approach for amyloid pathogenesis,” the project hopes to identify candidate therapeutic molecules against Alzheimer’s Disease, and other related disorders, to test in future clinical studies.

Last Updated: November 10, 2017