Archive for July, 2016

Cultural Competence in Global Pharmacy

Understanding the Importance of Cultural Competence in Global Health

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

My time at the School of Pharmacy has influenced both my personal and professional growth in many ways, though perhaps most notably in my desire to become a better global citizen. Since enrolling in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, I have come to see that pharmacists are truly the most accessible health care professionals. But, to be successful in this profession, you must be able to cater to the needs of culturally diverse patient populations. I have been inspired and invigorated by the diversity present among my classmates, School, and University, and am confident that the many international experiences in which I have had an opportunity to participate – learning how to empathize with patients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as understanding how pharmacists impact the health care of patients in other countries – will enable me to become a culturally competent pharmacist.

Becoming a President’s Fellow

As a second-year student pharmacist, I had the privilege of serving as a President’s Fellow for the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Symposium on Cultural Competence. Our interprofessional team was tasked with producing a white paper that outlined the University’s stance on cultural competence. As the only student pharmacist in the cohort, I served as a student ambassador for pharmacy’s initiatives on cultural competence. We presented our findings to Jay A. Perman, MD, president of UMB, and his esteemed colleagues. The experience not only helped me begin to develop my culturally competent lens as a student pharmacist, but also prepared me for two major international experiences to come:

  • Participating in a global health trip to Jamaica with UMB’s newly established student chapter of International Service Learning in May 2016
  • Embarking on a month-long pharmacy internship at a new hospital in Singapore under a student exchange program

Providing Health Care in Jamaica

Before embarking on my trip to Jamaica, I knew that I would likely be the only student pharmacist attending the trip, as most of the other students making the journey would be from UMB’s School of Dentistry. Although I was excited for the opportunity to work with our University’s distinguished dental students under the guidance of Isabel Rambob, DDS, a clinical assistant professor at the School of Dentistry, I have to admit that I had some trepidation about serving as the lone resource for pharmacy during our trip.

Upon arriving in Jamaica, we performed home visits throughout the community that our clinic served. I had no previous experience visiting a patient’s home to provide care, and was excited to engage in a more thorough and authentic health screening process. We were later briefed by one of the physicians at the clinic about the workflow that he envisioned for the clinic, and we learned some new clinical skills, including how to perform a basic suturing as well as how to examine the nine sections of the abdominal cavity. The physician also covered how to take blood pressure readings manually using a cuff and stethoscope; however, because the School of Pharmacy goes above and beyond to prepare their students for the clinical setting, I already felt well prepared to take blood pressure readings. In fact, the manual blood pressure component of our training was my first opportunity to mentor my fellow teammates and help them understand what sounds and cues to listen for when taking blood pressures and respiratory rates.

Rambob later covered the chronic disease states commonly associated with dental complications, offering advice about how to best make clinical interventions and recommendations for patients. Because I was the only student pharmacist, I was tasked with managing all pharmacy operations taking place at the clinic. I was truly on my own for the duration of our trip, and quickly learned how to be a mentor in a clinical interprofessional capacity, as well as how to dispense medication and counsel patients from a different culture and who spoke a different language (Patois).

Taking Lessons Learned to Singapore

Less than a week after finishing my trip to Jamaica, I traveled to Singapore for a pharmacy internship at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in Yishun, Singapore. Like the United States, Singapore has a rapidly aging population, and patients living with multiple chronic disease states are at the forefront of pharmacists’ interventions.

Singapore has four official languages, and the patient population reflects even greater linguistic diversity. Fortunately for me, English is regarded as one of the standard languages, and I was able to involve myself in much of the patient counseling. During the first portion of my internship, I was assigned to the outpatient pharmacy setting. One major difference that I observed between Singapore’s pharmacy practice and pharmacy practice in the United States is that community pharmacies in Singapore require customers to consult with a pharmacist before purchasing NSAIDs, cough medicines, antihistamines, and other drugs that would otherwise be available over-the-counter in the United States. This additional tier in the community pharmacy setting enables patients to receive education on how to best take their medications.

I also had an opportunity to observe ambulatory care clinic visits, including cardiology, secondary prevention, geriatric, anticoagulation, and smoking cessation clinics. Singapore’s model of ambulatory care is very similar to that of the United States, and it was great to see pharmacists’ interventions extend beyond the counter in outpatient settings.

In the inpatient setting, I participated in interdisciplinary rounds in the general medicine and parenteral nutrition wards. I learned how satellite pharmacies operate to dispense medications for patients being transitioned out of the hospital, and was given the opportunity to observe pharmacy practice in atypical settings such as an ambulation studio for elderly patients, storage pharmacies, and drug information departments. To my surprise, I met a pharmacist who received his PharmD from Ohio State University, and we were able to connect our educational experiences to pharmacy practice in Singapore.

Moving Forward With My Pharmacy Education

Although my time at the School of Pharmacy is almost complete, my experiences abroad have led me to ask far more questions about global health and the role of the pharmacist than ever before. How do different cultures perceive and value their health, their pharmacists, and their health care policies? Pharmacist-patient relationships have multiple facets and my journey to develop cultural competence as a future pharmacist will surely extend beyond my years in school. True global health can only be achieved when multiple cultures come together to achieve cultural competence to address their diverse patient populations, and I hope to serve as a driving force toward cultural competence in global pharmacy practice.

Mudit Verma ABAE, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, University Life, USGAJuly 29, 201635 comments
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Dawn Rhodes

University Names New Business and Financial Officer

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD, announced that effective Aug. 1, 2016, Dawn M. Rhodes, MBA, will join the University as Chief Business and Finance Officer and Vice President (CBFO). In this capacity, Rhodes will oversee UMB’s $1 billion budget, capital planning, facilities and operations, and business affairs. She also will work with University leadership on community development projects.

“I am pleased that Dawn Rhodes will add her expertise to our community development and community engagement efforts,” said Perman. “She has an outstanding record of achievement in higher education, bringing transparency to finances, leading major capital projects, and fostering an environment of excellence in customer service.”

Rhodes most recently served as vice chancellor for finance and administration at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), where she earned acclaim for instituting the Service With Distinction program, greatly improving customer service throughout campus. Rhodes led a transformative hotel conversion project, creating 15 new classrooms, more than 500 residence hall beds and IUPUI’s first dining hall. She also is credited with greatly expanding the university’s emergency management capabilities, creating the Office of Intergroup Dialogue and Civil Community, and serving on the steering committee of Velocity, the city of Indianapolis’ strategic revitalization plan.

“I look forward to establishing relationships with internal and external partners, to be a good ambassador and a strong voice to move strategic priorities forward,” said Rhodes. The new CBFO also noted her appreciation of the University’s core values. “I am fully committed to furthering the mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am additionally committed to the pursuit of excellence and being accountable for the work product of our division,” she said.

Rhodes has over 23 years of experience in higher education finance and administration, including positions with IUPUI, the University of Toledo, and Savannah State University.

For more information, contact Alex Likowski, (410) 706-3801.

Alex LikowskiPeople, UMB News, University AdministrationJuly 28, 20160 comments
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Student Leadership Conference

Lessons Learned in Leadership

For three enriching days in May, I had the opportunity to attend the 17th Annual Student Leadership Conference sponsored by Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions in Houston, Texas. This event provided pharmacy students from around the country the chance to develop their professional leadership skills as future pharmacists. In 2016, 44 students from 44 different schools of pharmacy were invited to attend. While each university selects their student in various ways, here at the School of Pharmacy, our dean reaches out to all of the student organizations’ faculty advisors to recommend a student for the conference. I was the lucky student selected this year to represent the School thanks to the recommendation of Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA, associate dean for student affairs.

Noteworthy Activities

My days at the conference were packed with panel discussions, presentations, team-building games, and real-life simulations, creating a lively and varied atmosphere to facilitate the leadership development of all students in attendance. We participated in mock interviews, honing our abilities to successfully complete any interview thanks to the specific interview strategies we were taught, including the STAR method, which also aided in helping us to identify our strengths and weaknesses as interviewees.

Student pharmacists also participated in a three-hour etiquette dinner to help us better understand the nuances of proper etiquette for future professional settings. This was my first time attending an etiquette dinner, and it was an unexpected, yet welcome experience to have during the conference.

Lessons Learned

“It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” This was a small quote included at the bottom of a slide during a presentation titled “Casting Your Net: How Do People Get Jobs?” that particularly resonated with me. A recent survey noted that more than 80 percent of jobs are filled via referral, essentially making referrals the most successful way to obtain a position that you may be interested in. It is important for your network to know who you are and understand your strengths, skills, and the value you can bring to a company. While I felt as though I already had an ability to meet people and expand my personal network, I realized I was lacking in critical areas like follow-up in order to truly get those people to know me. However, this conference enabled me to improve upon myself and my ability to create personal contacts that may one day become referrals for more opportunities.

Parting Words

I have come to learn that there really is an art and science to leadership, which the Cardinal Health Student Leadership Conference helped instill in me. This event has left me with a desire to become a person who is truly able to positively influence a group of people toward the achievement of a common goal. It has been a quality experience in my professional life, supporting and enriching my growing knowledge base surrounding leadership. The value of the time that I spent at the conference can be wonderfully summed up with a quote from the last presentation by Dr. Robert E. Smith, who remarked “Leadership development is a planned or serendipitous accumulation of experiences that prepares one for the next assignment or position, which they may not know exactly how to do.” So whether I know the next step in my leadership journey, the knowledge and experience that I gained at the conference will remain invaluable for my development as a future pharmacist.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Joseph Martin Education, University Life, USGAJuly 28, 20160 comments
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American Sign Language Course

American Sign Language Courses

UMB students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply to participate in the Hearing and Speech Agency’s eight-week American Sign Language – Level 1 & 2 course available at UMB this fall.

This fall, ASL 1 & 2 will meet on Mondays at noon. Individuals interested in ASL 3 & 4 for the spring will need to apply after completing ASL 1 & 2. Applicants must be available for all classes in order to apply. For more information, please email Greg Brightbill.

Deadline to apply is Sept. 23.

Greg Brightbill UMB NewsJuly 28, 20160 comments
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Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group

Understanding What Makes the Medicine Go Down

Earlier this year, the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) at the School of Pharmacy partnered with FLAVORx – a private pharmaceutical company based in Columbia, Md., that supplies sugar-free, non-allergenic, and inert medicine flavorings and flavoring systems to pharmacies – to host its first-ever research competition focused on improving the palatability (flavoring) of medications for pediatric patients. The competition, which featured five teams of four student pharmacists presenting their original research projects to a panel of judges from both the School and FLAVORx, offered a great opportunity for faculty and students in attendance to not only learn about the teams’ ongoing research, but also the importance of medication palatability in the field of pediatric pharmacy.

Understanding The Struggle

When adults get sick, we understand that the medicines that our doctors prescribe will help us feel better – even if they don’t taste all that great. Children, on the other hand, haven’t yet learned that lesson, and can cause their parents a lot of undue stress as they fight to avoid ingesting those not-so-yummy-tasting formulations.

Surprised by the lack of research examining the effects of parental stress on medication administration in children, second-year student pharmacists Syra Jang, Ahrang Yoo, Christine Do, and Melissa Yuen, developed a project to explore the impact of medication flavoring on encouraging children to take their medications. Titled “Parental Stress and Coping Measures Related to Medication Administration in Children,” the project looked at the wide range of techniques that parents used to successfully administer medication to their children (e.g., flavoring, bribery, and other forms of positive and negative reinforcement), and whether those techniques helped to reduce stress for parents tasked with administering medicine to their children.

However, if a child is more likely to take a flavored medicine, shouldn’t the flavor be one that he or she enjoys? Wouldn’t a grape-flavored medication given to a child who prefers cherry-flavored medications be just as effective as giving him or her an unflavored medication? That was the question that another team of second-year student pharmacists sought to answer with their project titled “What Makes the Medicine Go Down?”

After discovering that not much was known about children’s preferences for medication flavor and taste, Alexandra Kirsh, Jordan Paavola, Arielle Pietron, and Kelly Murphy designed a research project that featured a short survey for parents and children ages 5-11 years. The survey contained questions about topics such as frequency of medication use, flavor preferences, color preferences, and preferred dosage form. Although the team found that parents could offer some insight into their children’s preferences, they concluded that children should still be included in the decision-making process when determining the flavor of their medicines.

Putting Knowledge Into Practice

While there have been studies that examined the palatability of medications for children with short-term illnesses, another team of second- and third-year student pharmacists found that the same breadth of information does not exist for medications prescribed to children with long-term illnesses, such as mental health disorders.

With more children being prescribed medications for a variety of mental health conditions – including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, and depression – team members Christine Nguyen, Wenye Yang, Ha Phan, and Dennisse Rubio set out to determine if the taste of liquid psychotropic medications might affect children’s adherence to those medications. Titled “Palatability of Medications Used for Mental Health Disorders,” the project examined how children viewed the liquid medications used to treat their mental health disorders and explored different methods to reduce parents’ stress when administering those medications.

Noticing the number of studies exploring how parents can encourage their children to take medications as prescribed, the remaining team of third-year student pharmacists decided to change the dialogue, asking about the role that health care professionals play in ensuring that parents are equipped with the tools and skills that they will need to administer medications to their children.

For their project titled “Comparing Medication Palatability and Flavoring Knowledge of Healthcare Professional Students,” team members Brandon Biggs, Elaine Pranski, David Tran, and Emily Chen surveyed pharmacy, medical, dental, and graduate nursing students in the final year of their programs and compared their medication palatability and flavoring knowledge, content lecture hours provided by their school curricula, and confidence in suggesting flavoring recommendations. Although most students reported receiving zero lecture hours dedicated to these subjects, the team found that graduate nursing and pharmacy students performed the best when asked to identify medications with favorable and unfavorable taste profiles and demonstrated the most confidence in their ability to make flavoring recommendations.

Making a Difference for Children

To the faculty and students who attended, the friendly research competition was an astounding success. Each team was able to set itself apart from the competition by not only identifying an existing gap in the field, but also developing an innovative research project to address that gap. Thrilled with the students’ creativity, the judges declared each team a winner in its own respect, noting the outstanding quality of the presentations delivered and commending students for their commitment to their research.

Malissa Carroll ABAE, University Life, USGAJuly 28, 20160 comments
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Peter Mbi

Pharmacy Preceptor Receives National Recognition

Peter Mbi, PharmD, owner of Global Health Pharmacy in Laurel and preceptor for the Experiential Learning Program (ELP) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has received the Master Preceptor Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Mbi was one of seven individuals selected to receive the award, which recognizes preceptors from across the United States for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice.

As a two-time recipient of the School’s Preceptor of the Year award, Dr. Mbi has a great reputation and is one of our most popular preceptors,” says Mark Brueckl, RPh, MBA, assistant director for ELP at the School. “Whether it’s providing direct patient care services such as blood glucose monitoring and immunizations or conducting a thorough medication review for a patient who has been prescribed a new medicine, our office is consistently impressed with the opportunities that Dr. Mbi makes available for students, as well as the activities in which he gets them involved. He truly embodies all of the qualities of a master preceptor, and we are proud to have him serve as a preceptor for our students.”

Breaking Down Pharmacy Myths

With experiential learning accounting for more than 30 percent of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum, preceptors are an important asset to the School of Pharmacy. These individuals are full-time or part-time pharmacy practitioners who serve as affiliate faculty for the School and oversee students during their introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Brueckl and his colleagues in ELP, who manage a roster of more than 850 preceptors and 500 practice sites for the School, nominated Mbi for AACP’s Master Preceptor Recognition Program.

“Many students enter my practice site with preconceptions about what it means to be a pharmacist,” says Mbi. “They sometimes view their role as that of a medication dispenser, but pharmacists are much more than that. We are medication experts who strive to use our knowledge for the greater good, educating the public about proper medication use as well as adverse drug reactions. It has always been my goal to help students understand that pharmacy practice is real – it’s alive – and we can find both personal and professional fulfillment practicing the profession.”

Approximately 60 percent of advanced pharmacy practice experience rotations across the United States are provided by adjunct faculty or volunteer preceptors like Mbi, who received his PharmD from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Mbi has served as a preceptor for the School since 1990, aiding in the professional development of more than 400 student pharmacists over the years.

Helping Student Pharmacists Shine

Erin Pace, PharmD ’15, PGY-1 pharmacy practice resident at Kaiser Permanente, had an opportunity to experience Mbi’s passion for the profession first-hand when she completed a three-week rotation with him during her third year at the School of Pharmacy. “Dr. Mbi is a great teacher, and very knowledgeable about his practice. He asks thoughtful questions to figure out what his students know and builds on that knowledge to get them to the next level of understanding. He is also incredibly personable. He knows all of his customers by name, as well as their disease states,” she says.

In addition to a national acknowledgement at the AACP annual meeting held July 23-27 in Anaheim, Calif., Mbi received a certificate of recognition, complimentary AACP membership, and a $500 honorarium to attend additional preceptor training or a pharmacy professional meeting of his choice.

I feel incredibly blessed to have been selected as one of AACP’s master preceptors,” says Mbi. “However, I cannot accept recognition for this award alone. Long before the students enter my practice site, it is the faculty who shape their education and skillsets, preparing them to excel in practice while they are still in the classroom. And, although I am expected to educate and train my students to enter the pharmacy profession, the truth is that I learn a lot from them as well. It is a two-way process. I am honored that they continue to believe in me and have lifted me to this new height in my career.”

Malissa Carroll Clinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsJuly 28, 20160 comments
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Franklin Square’s STEAM Program

Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School’s Critical Literacy & Professional STEAM Summer Camp is directed by Kirk Crawley, ’88 JD, a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and social studies teacher at Franklin Square, and Sean McNally, science teacher at Franklin Square. A six-week program for middle school students, the camp partners with the School of Law and Office of Community Engagement at UMB.

At the camp, students are exposed to various legal and healthcare careers. Once a week the students visit UMB for career activities involving the professional schools and a number of physical activities at URecFit.

Camp Highlights

The Franklin Square students were given a lesson on human anatomy at the School of Medicine; they learned about pharmacy careers and toured the School of Pharmacy; and they toured the clinical simulation labs at the School of Nursing.

Students also enjoyed a case study presentation about a subject called Alice Short who developed various health issues while on the job because of her work environment and the presence of mosquitoes. Campers were divided into two teams to understand the case – plaintiff and defense.

Campers visited the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s geography department and learned about mosquitoes and collection methods; UMB’s School of Medicine where they discussed illegal dumping and epidemiology; UMB’s School of Law taught students about court procedures such as opening statements and direct examination of witnesses; and the Baltimore City Juvenile Detention Center where they met with judges and lawyers who helped students understand their case. With each visit, students gained valuable legal information and trial skills. Next week, the culminating camp event will be a mock trial at the Circuit Court of Baltimore City.

Science teacher Sean McNally says, “The students have really enjoyed taking the trips to UMB throughout the summer. They have been able to meet with professionals, graduate students, tour the facilities, and learn a wide array of information about law and science. Our scholars were exposed to various legal and STEM careers and have gained real world experience and connections with professionals at an early age.”

The camp would not be possible without Crawley, the law and leadership director. He has put a lot of time into making the camp the best experience possible for the students at Franklin Square.

Quinton Covington Collaboration, For B'more, UMB NewsJuly 26, 20162 comments
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School of Nursing

Shady Grove Nursing to Begin FNP Specialty

Beginning fall 2017, the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will offer its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). UMSON is launching the specialty at USG in response to the need to progress the education of underrepresented and geographically diverse students to advanced degree programs.

Currently, the specialty is only offered at the Baltimore location. However, the FNP specialty is in high demand, and the Baltimore location cannot accommodate all qualified students. As a result, the specialty is expanding to USG, a move that is expected to enhance the recruitment of students from Western Maryland and Montgomery County and provide a convenient, cost-effective option for a diverse population of nurses to pursue advanced practice degrees.

“Montgomery County and the surrounding areas have a documented need for advanced care providers. We are excited to bring UMSON’s nationally recognized program to the Universities at Shady Grove,” said Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, chair of the UMSON program at USG. “Primary care is essential to improving the health and quality of life for the region’s citizens. The graduates of this program will make a substantial contribution to the well-being of our communities. We look forward to working with our vast network of partners and future clients.”

UMSON’s expansion of the specialty is a result of a Nurse Support Program II grant awarded to Bridgitte Gourley, DNP ’08, FNP-BC, assistant professor and specialty director, FNP. Gourley, who was awarded a five-year, $1.587 million grant, will lead efforts at both locations. Gina Rowe, PhD, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, CNE, assistant professor and coordinator, FNP, will manage the program at USG, and other experienced FNP faculty members will be identified to teach didactic and clinical content.

“I am excited to have this specialty launch at USG, which will provide a critical access point for nurses in Western Maryland and the Montgomery County region,” Gourley said. “Prospective students can now take advantage of this new opportunity to pursue their educational goals and become FNPs.”

The FNP curriculum is designed to meet the essential elements of doctoral-level education for advanced practice registered nurses as called for by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It is 80 credit hours divided between 56 didactic credits and 24 clinical credits. The 24 clinical credits require, by national standards, 1,080 clock hours of practicum/clinical instruction. Students are able to apply now for fall 2017.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, UMB News, University LifeJuly 25, 20160 comments
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Krantz and Das

Dentistry-led Anthrax Study in Prestiguous Journal

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s research team achieved an unprecedented breakthrough with the acceptance of a recent manuscript into the publication Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). ‌

This manuscript, “Peptide and Proton Driven Allosteric Clamps Catalyze Anthrax Toxin Translocation across Membranes,” is the first such paper to be accepted into this prestigious journal in the history of UMSOD. The paper was co-authored by Bryan Krantz, PhD, associate professor, and Debasis Das, PhD, a postdoctorate fellow, both in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis (pictured).

The primary focus of the research centered on the components of the anthrax toxin protein. The anthrax toxin contains three components. One component forms a channel – or pore – in the cell membrane. The other component goes through that pore into the cell. Once that second component (referred to as the ‘substrate’) makes it into the cell, it carries out reactions that disrupts the cell’s functions.

Working from a foundation provided by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Das and Krantz discovered evidence that this translocation mechanism is under allosteric control. Allosteric regulation is a process wherein proteins transmit the effect of binding at one site to another, often at a location other than the enzyme’s active site. In the case of the Anthrax toxin, when the pore part of the protein binds, the substrate part that is disrupting the cell binds tighter as well, despite being at a different location.

“This tells us how the anthrax pore functions,” said Krantz, “there are huge implications because this is an entirely new way of thinking about the translocation mechanism.”

Previously, there had been no documented evidence showing that the mechanism of translation carried out by the pore protein was under allosteric control. The importance of this discovery is a major reason why the manuscript was accepted into PNAS, according to Krantz.

“This is a landmark discovery that may find its way into textbooks,” said Patrik Bavoil, PhD, professor and chair in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, “this is a model for how all proteins, not just the anthrax toxin, translocate across membranes.”

This accomplishment caps off a successful two months for UMSOD research efforts. On May 29, Vineet Dhar, PhD, in the Department of Pediatrics won the Paul P. Taylor award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) for his paper evaluating the evidence of effectiveness of interventions for Early Childhood Carries (ECC).

For Krantz and Das, the next steps will include additional research into their discovery through grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

Scott Hesel ResearchJuly 22, 20160 comments
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Erika Friedmann

Nursing’s Friedmann Receives Distinguished Researcher Award

Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently awarded the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations’ (IAHAIO) Johannes Odendaal Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Distinguished Researcher Award at its triennial conference held in Paris. The award is in honor of the late Johannes Odendaal of South Africa for his significant contributions to the HAI field.

This inaugural honor is given to an individual who has produced distinguished HAI research that has been published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or as chapters in a book. The published work must have received high reviews in appropriate journals. Additionally, the research is required to be either descriptive or hypothesis-driven and must involve data collection.

“I’m very honored to have received the first Odendaal award. There are so many other researchers who have done important work to move the HAI field forward,” Friedmann said. “It’s a real validation of my work.”

Friedmann was honored for authoring the paper, “Pets, Depression and Long-Term Survival in Community Living Patients Following Myocardial Infarction.” The paper examined the relationship between pet ownership and improved survival of patients after heart attacks and the benefits of pet ownership for patients who are depressed. Friedmann’s research is a follow up to her seminal paper, “Animal Companions and One Year Survival After Discharge from a Coronary Care Unit.” That paper was the first to use original data to document the long-term contribution of pet ownership to physical health. It stimulated Friedmann and other researchers to examine the role of companion animals in helping their owners reduce stress and anxiety, decrease depression and loneliness, and encourage exercise. The benefits of companion animals have served as the blueprint for a large amount of HAI research that has been conducted over the past 35 years.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Friedmann’s selection as the inaugural recipient of the Johannes Odendaal HAI Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Friedmann has been at the forefront of investigating how animals impact human health for decades and has also served tirelessly as a leader in promoting academic, scientific, and scholarly research into HAI at a time when it was a relatively new area of interdisciplinary research,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She is an embodiment of the pioneering spirit that is so much a part of the School of Nursing, and we all congratulate her on this highly prestigious international honor.”

IAHAIO seeks to provide international leadership in advancing HAI through research, education, and collaboration among members, policymakers, clinical practitioners, HAI organizations and the general public. It promotes a forum for collaborating, sharing ideas and information, and educating policy and decision-makers at the national and international levels.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeJuly 21, 20160 comments
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craft fair 2015

Calling All Crafters!

Showcase your unique creations – and make some extra holiday dough – at this year’s UMB Handmade and Homemade Holiday Craft Fair!

We are looking for handcrafted items such as blown glass pieces, holiday-themed merchandise, unique accessories, gourmet sweet treats, tote bags, greeting cards, centerpieces, and hand-painted items.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 | 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center
621 W. Lombard St., 1st and 2nd Floors

Register Now

Holly BaierBulletin Board, People, University LifeJuly 21, 20160 comments
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Dalby and Coop - School of Pharmacy

Eddington Names New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Following more than five years of service as the associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Richard Dalby, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC), has returned to his full-time faculty position at the School. Andrew Coop, PhD, professor and former chair of PSC, has been named as Dalby’s successor in this role.

“I thank Dr. Dalby for the many contributions that he made to the School during his tenure as associate dean for academic affairs,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School. “Dr. Dalby oversaw many noteworthy achievements in the Office of Academic Affairs, where he led a successful self-study that resulted in the reaccreditation of our School’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in 2013. I am truly grateful for his service, counsel, and expertise, and wish him the best as he returns to his faculty position.”

The Office of Academic Affairs manages the School’s PharmD program and policies, as well as oversees academic scheduling, instructional technology, and institutional assessment.

Advancing the School’s Mission

In addition to leading the self-study, Dalby helped to further advance the PharmD program by developing and implementing new approaches to address student performance on both the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MJPE) – exams that all student pharmacists are required to pass to become licensed pharmacists in the United States. He also implemented a number of new academic policies that continue to guide the development of both faculty and students at the School, as well as increased the School’s visibility within the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and on the Committee on Inter-institutional Collaboration created by the nation’s “Big 10” colleges and schools of pharmacy.

“I appreciated the opportunity to serve as associate dean for academic affairs,” says Dalby. “I enjoyed the time that I spent working alongside faculty, staff, and students who shared my desire to ensure that our academic programs operated at the level of excellence expected of a school that prides itself on leading pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement across the state of Maryland and beyond. I am now excited to re-engage with faculty, staff, and students through teaching, research, and my other professional commitments at the School.”

Looking Towards the Future

As a former vice chair of education and chair of PSC, Coop comes into his new role as associate dean for academic affairs with experience in a variety of leadership positions at the School.

“Dr. Coop is a natural choice to serve as the School’s new associate dean for academic affairs,” says Eddington. “In addition to his involvement with the School’s well-established PhD in PSC program and recently launched MS in regulatory science program, Dr. Coop has taught extensively in our PharmD program, mentoring pharmacy students interested in research and supporting doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in his laboratory. I welcome him to this new role, and look forward to working alongside him to continue advancing our academic programs and preparing our students and trainees to excel as practitioners, researchers, and innovators in the profession.”

Coop joined the faculty at the School of Pharmacy in 1999, and has been recognized nationally for his achievements in the field of medicinal chemistry. He received the 2003 Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College on Problems for Drug Dependence, as well as the 2014 AACP James E. Wynn Memorial Award from the organization’s Chemistry Section. During his tenure as chair of PSC, the department created a state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility to produce capsules and tablets, secured a multimillion dollar award from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), launched the MS in Regulatory Science program, and experienced consistent growth and diversity in its research funding.

“I am honored to have this new opportunity to continue serving faculty, staff, and students at all levels across the School of Pharmacy,” says Coop. “The Office of Academic Affairs not only oversees the largest educational program at the School, but also takes pride in inspiring excellence in the students enrolled in that program. We work diligently to ensure that the School continues to offer contemporary curricula, innovative educational experiences, and strategic professional relationships that will help students succeed in the ever-evolving health care arena. I am excited to be a part of this fantastic team.”

Malissa Carroll Education, UMB NewsJuly 21, 20160 comments
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Larry Fillian

Fillian Named Associate Dean for Student and Academic Services

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently appointed Larry Fillian Jr., as associate dean for student and academic services.

In his new role, Fillian will provide strategic direction and innovative solutions to challenges, monitor trends in higher education, and make recommendations about the direction of the Office of Student and Academic Services.

Fillian joins UMSON from The New School where he served as the university registrar. Prior to his position at The New School, Fillian was director of student academic services at the University of Kansas, and has held a variety of positions at The George Washington University, including director of undergraduate advising and assessment and associate registrar.

“I am confident that Mr. Fillian will provide significant leadership in his new role at UMSON. He brings a strong history of collaboration and creativity that will enable him to work across the School of Nursing, both in Baltimore and at the Universities at Shady Grove,” Kirschling said. “Mr. Fillian will elevate our activities related to student and academic services to an even higher level.”

Fillian earned a Master of Education degree in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Mary Washington.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 20, 20160 comments
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Promise Heights Requests in Promise Heights

Two teachers, from Furman L. Templeton Academy in Promise Heights – a School of Social Work program in West Baltimore – have requested help for their classrooms from and are seeking contributions to make their classroom dreams come true.

Ms. Woods wants to bring math to life for her 4th graders by purchasing some manipulatives for her classroom. Donate to her classroom.

Mrs. Benton wants to buy some iPads with cases and headphones so students can practice their reading, math, and research skills. Donate to her classroom.

These are time-limited requests—if they do not reach their goals by Sept. 12, then they do not receive the materials. The Gates Foundation and other donors often kick in toward the end, if the project appears to be getting close. This is one small way to pitch in to help in West Baltimore.

Matt Conn ABAE, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAJuly 19, 20160 comments
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