As noted in the last edition, earlier this year, the university awarded a group of our faculty a visiting professorship to bring Dr. Dan Buffington to campus. The focus of Dan’s work here has been on developing a model for pharmacist faculty—and later Connecticut pharmacists generally—to receive reimbursement for cognitive services. Dan was quite pleased with the progress we were already making in this area, highlighted by our work with the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Dan and our faculty found our medical school and the University Medical Group to be quite receptive to implementing a pharmacist reimbursement model. I hope in the very near future to be able to share with you our continued progress with this exciting initiative.
Connecticut Women of Innovation Award
Dr. Amy Anderson received the 2012 Connecticut Women of Innovation Award in the category of Research Innovation and Leadership; her graduate student, Janet Paulsen, was a student finalist.
President’s Research Award
A team led by Dr. John Morris, and including Dr. Jose Manautou, has received one of the two President’s Research Awards. The team’s proposal, Acetaminophen is a Causative Factor in the Current Asthma Epidemic, focuses on the possible relationship between acetaminophen use and asthma in children.
New Patent Awarded
Pfizer Distinguished Endowed Chair Dr. Michael Pikal received his most recent U.S. Patent entitled, “Albumin-Free Factor VIII.”
Hamden Business of the Year
Pharmacy Alumnus and UConn Board of Trustee Rick Carbray and his partner Rick Roth of Apex Pharmacy were honored as the Hamden Business of the Year.
Community Pharmacy Foundation Grant
Dr. Michelle Breland received a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation for her study entitled “Consumer, Physician, and Payer Perspectives on Primary Care Medication Management Services with a Shared Resource Pharmacists Network.”
Student Pharmacy Compounding Competition
Led by Dr. Robin Bogner, a group of our pharmacy students competed in the 2nd Annual Student Pharmacy Compounding Competition, sponsored by Medisca, at the University of Florida. Our students, Jon Blazowski, Nadine Jaber, and Rukshana Chowdhury, finished in first place in the Quality challenge portion of the competition.
AACP Walmart Scholars Program
Pharmacy student-faculty teams Shamsul Arif (Dr. Lauren Schlesselman) and Kayla Smith (Dr. Sean Jeffery) have been selected for the 2012 AACP Walmart Scholars Program, whose goal is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in programming and activities at the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.
I wish you a safe and restful summer!
Robert L. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor