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ABAE Awards Ceremony

A Bridge to Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony

You’re invited to A Bridge to Academic Excellence‘s Award Ceremony!

Please join us as we honor the hard work our tutors put in this year, as well as the tremendous efforts of our students!

Food will be provided!

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ABAE Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 6  |  10 a.m.  |  Pharmacy Hall, 20 N. Pine St.

  
Jonathan Tran ABAE, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAApril 27, 20170 comments
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Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Days

To help improve medication safety in the local community, student pharmacists from Generation Rx in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) will partner with the UMB Police Force for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Initiative.

Event Details

April 24, noon to 2 p.m.
Building III, Universities at Shady Grove

April 26 and 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SMC Campus Center

Faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community are invited to turn in their unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

  
Erin Merino ABAE, Bulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, PeopleApril 11, 20170 comments
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Regulatory Science Students at FDA

Regulatory Science Graduate Students Go Behind the Scenes at FDA

Nearly 40 graduate students from the MS in regulatory science program at the School of Pharmacy had an opportunity to visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in White Oak, Md., and met with top scientists in the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products (DCaRP) on March 28. Norman Stockbridge, MD, PhD, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation I in DCaRP; Michael Monteleone, MS, associate director for labeling in DCaRP; Edward Fromm, RPh, chief of project management staff in DCaRP; Thomas Papoian, PhD, supervisory pharmacologist in DCaRP; Senatore Fortunato, MD, medical officer in DCaRP; and Lori Wachter, RN, BSN, safety regulatory project manager in DCaRP, spent more than 90 minutes engaged in a panel discussion with students, answering questions about a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Drug safety assessment
  • New preclinical models
  • Labeling
  • Areas of dialogue between FDA and sponsors

Devi Kozeli, a current student in the MS in regulatory science program and senior regulatory health project manager and consumer safety officer at the FDA, organized the panel discussion. “I am thrilled that I was able to help my classmates gain a better understanding about how FDA teams represent the disciplines that we study in class. Scientists with backgrounds in clinical research, pharmacology/toxicology, post-marketing safety, labeling, and regulatory management all work together to review new drugs,” he said.

 Student Insights

Following the panel discussion, I had an opportunity to debrief with students and ask their thoughts about the experience. In addition to expressing their appreciation to the FDA for granting our program this unique opportunity, the students shared their thoughts about the aspects of the experience that they found most enjoyable.

“It was fascinating to learn how the FDA review process is a truly collaborative one that involves scientific exchange among numerous reviewers with different perspectives,” said Laura Murphy, MT, MPH, manager of pharmacovigilance at C.B. Fleet Company and recipient of the School’s Ellen H. Yankellow Scholarship. “A common theme that seemed present throughout the panel discussion was the application of basic science in problem solving. I particularly enjoyed how Dr. Papoian emphasized this concept, as there isn’t always a simple checklist that we can run through to solve these real-world problems.”

“I learned so much from this experience,” added Grishma Patel, MS, quality assurance specialist at Tishcon Corporation. “Safety and efficacy are topics that we discuss every day at work. While classes in the MS in Regulatory Science program address a wide range of approaches that we can use to evaluate efficacy and safety, it was wonderful to gain some additional understanding and learn that the tools currently available to measure safety are not necessarily the same tools that you would use to measure efficacy. Safety evaluation seems much more heuristic than the evaluation of efficacy.”

Keisha Hines-Harris, quality analyst specialist II at Leidos Biomedical and the National Cancer Institute, also noted, “I enjoyed listening to the individual perspectives of each reviewer, which sometimes differ from the general consensus, even though both share the common goal to protect the public health. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet my classmates, which is rare for programs based exclusively online.”

Learn More

Visit this webpage for more information about the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products at the FDA. More information about the MS in regulatory science program is available on the School of Pharmacy’s website.

By James Polli, PhD
Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics
School of Pharmacy

  
Clare BanksABAE, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeApril 10, 20170 comments
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Stroke Study

Study Links Gene Mutation to Increased Risk for Stroke

Patrick Wintrode, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, recently collaborated on a large, multinational study that linked a single amino acid variant in the protein coding gene SERPINA1 to an increased risk for large artery stroke. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the study leveraged Wintrode’s expertise in hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry to characterize the amino acid substitution, which occurs in the protein alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) and was previously believed to be a “silent” mutation with no association to any disease in the body.

“Previous research has shown that stroke, particularly the atherosclerotic form large artery stroke, is a highly heritable condition,” says Rainer Malik, PhD, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research at Klinikum der Universität München in Munich, Germany and lead author of the study. “However, the mechanisms surrounding how an individual’s risk for stroke is passed down from generation to generation remain unclear. The goal of this study was to identify new genes that could potentially indicate whether an individual is at an increased risk for suffering a large artery stroke during his or her lifetime.”

Inheriting Risk

According to the study published by Malik and his colleagues, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the second most common cause of death worldwide. The American Stroke Association reports that large artery strokes occur when a large artery feeding the brain becomes blocked. These blockages often occur as a result of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries), when the plaques that contribute to the hardening and narrowing of the arteries rupture and break off to travel to another part of the body – in this instance, the brain. Malik and his colleagues note that large artery strokes exhibit the highest heritability of all stroke subtypes, with an estimated 40 to 66 percent of individuals inheriting their risk for stroke from their parents.

For this study, researchers used an innovative exome chip strategy to compare the genomes of 3,127 patients from across Europe, Australia, and South Asia who suffered a large artery stroke with the genomes of 9,778 disease-free patients. The team found two genome-wide variants: one in the gene HDAC9, an already established risk factor for large artery stroke, and another in SERPINA1. A closer inspection of SERPINA1 revealed that a single amino acid substitution in AAT placed individuals at an increased risk for experiencing a large artery stroke. Following this discovery, Malik reached out to Wintrode for assistance characterizing the substitution using hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry.

“Although the mutation was clearly associated with an increased risk for large artery stroke, it did not appear to result in significantly impaired function or protein misfolding,” says Wintrode, whose previous research has examined AAT deficiency and been supported by organizations such as the Alpha-1 Foundation, which provides support for AAT-deficient patients. “Because my team at the School of Pharmacy has published numerous studies on AAT and other proteins in the same family, Dr. Malik and his colleagues reached out to us for assistance with comparing the mutation’s properties to the more common variant.”

Solving a Mystery With Mass Spectrometry

At the School of Pharmacy, Wintrode’s research – which he often conducts using the cutting-edge equipment in the School’s Mass Spectrometry Center – focuses on protein folding and misfolding, as well as the role of protein dynamics in function and allosteric regulation. Although the mutated AAT displayed no structural abnormalities, Wintrode and his team – Daniel Deredge, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in PSC, and Anirudh Sivakumar, undergraduate summer research intern in PSC – found that it caused portions of the protein to become less stable. He notes that the increased structural fluctuations associated with the mutated AAT might interfere with the protein’s ability to interact with other proteins.

“Other proteins in the same family as AAT are often recruited to specific locations, such as clots or plaques, through interactions with other proteins or carbohydrates,” says Wintrode. “Concentrating these proteins at these locations enhances their function. However, in addition to being more flexible, the AAT mutation identified in this study interacts more weakly with lipoproteins than the more common variant of this gene. This could result in less AAT being concentrated at atherosclerotic plaques.”

Malik and his colleagues agree that the findings from this study emphasize the importance of every amino acid change that occurs in the body, noting that even those substitutions that do not directly influence a protein’s function can still affect the way in which those proteins interact with and bind to other molecules.

“One of the most interesting aspects of our research is that the amino acid substitution we identified commonly occurs in humans, but has never before been associated with disease,” says Malik. “We are excited to take our findings to the next level and further explore the role of AAT and AAT-neutrophil elastase (NE) complexes in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. In the future, it is our hope that drugs designed to treat patients with AAT deficiency might also be beneficial to patients who have been diagnosed with other conditions in which AAT has been shown to play an important role, including large artery stroke.”

  
Malissa Carroll ABAE, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsApril 3, 20170 comments
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Wear Red Day

Million Hearts Month: Celebrating Five Heart Healthy Years

Every February, students, faculty, and staff across the School of Pharmacy wear their hearts on their sleeves and come together in support of American Heart Month and the Million Hearts Initiative — a five-year national campaign launched in 2011, with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States. Throughout the month, the School’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Operation Heart committee hosts a series of heart-related events dedicated to the initiative and promotion of heart health across the School and local Baltimore area. Within the last five years, our committee has:

  • Provided blood pressure screenings to more than 600
  • Educated more than 5,000 patients about how to keep their hearts healthy
  • Reached more than 60,000 people through public and media relations

With the Million Hearts Initiative coming to an end, our committee decided to leverage this year’s events to celebrate our past dedication to the initiative, as well as the beginning of a new era of promoting heart health. We held seven events to celebrate our final Million Hearts Month.

Wear Red Day

To kick off this year’s campaign, approximately 60 student pharmacists, faculty, and staff congregated in the Ellen H. Yankellow Grand Atrium in Pharmacy Hall for an annual “Wear Red Day” photo to show our support for National Wear Red Day. The event also featured a photo booth in which participants could sign the pledge to keep their hearts healthy and pose with their heart-shaped pledges.

Aspirin Day

In collaboration with APhA-ASP’s Operation Diabetes and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists student chapter, Operation Heart visited Mt. Clare Apartments in West Baltimore to provide educational presentations about safe aspirin use and healthy low-sugar and low-sodium meals.

 Blood Pressure Training Session

A blood pressure training session led by the School’s cardiology pharmacy practice faculty was held to help prepare student pharmacists to provide cardiovascular screening and education for patients in the community. Faculty delivered presentations that featured general hypertension and blood pressure information. Later, students split into groups to participate in a quiz competition that tested their knowledge.

 Roses for Hearts

Operation Heart sold red roses to faculty, staff, and students on Valentine’s Day, raising more than $150 to donate to the American Heart Association and the School’s APhA-ASP chapter.

 Hits4Heart

Our committee held its annual interprofessional dodgeball tournament to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Students from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine participated in an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. More than 55 students attended, raising $210 for the American Heart Association.

Heart Gala and Mr. & Ms. Heart Pageant

New this year, Operation Heart hosted its inaugural Heart Gala to celebrate the School’s dedication to the Million Hearts Initiative. More than 60 guests attended in their red attire and enjoyed dinner as well as entertainment, including heart-related trivia and the first Mr. and Ms. Heart Pageant. Participants competed for the crown and were judged by the School’s cardiology pharmacy practice faculty on their “hearty” attire and heart knowledge.

Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair

To end this year’s month-long campaign, Operation Heart once again hosted its annual interdisciplinary health fair at Lexington Market, where students offered blood pressure screenings, HIV/Hepatitis C screenings, oral cancer screenings, health education, cooking demonstrations, and dental screenings to members of the local community. Committee members were even interviewed by two news stations during the event. We provided more than 250 patients with services and collaborated with more than 30 school-based and community organizations to make the fair a success.

My co-chair, second-year student pharmacist Teny Joseph, and I are immensely proud of the dedication and commitment shown by all of our committee members and project coordinators this year. It is because of them that we were able to have such a great impact in our community. To that end, we would like to give a special thank-you to the following individuals who helped us organize this year’s events:

  • Carly Cheng, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Saniya Chaudhry, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Elodie Tendoh, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Pasang Sherpa, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Miller, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Charlie Summerlin, Second-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Joo, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Gao Xin, First-Year Student Pharmacist
  • Xinqi Liu, First-Year Student Pharmacist

Although it is a bittersweet to close the door on the Million Hearts Initiative, I am excited for what the future holds for Operation Heart and the American Heart Association’s new initiative: Rise Above Heart Failure.

  
Meryam GharbiABAE, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, USGAMarch 23, 20170 comments
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Michael Tarlov

Andrew G. DuMez Memorial Lecture

The Andrew G. DuMez Memorial Lecture will feature Michael Tarlov, PhD, chief of the Biomolecular Measurement Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tarlov will present “The Role of Measurements and Standards in the Development and Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals.” The lecture will be held in Pharmacy Hall, Room N103 on April 12 at 10 a.m.

  
Erin Merino ABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsMarch 23, 20170 comments
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Spring Festival at Community Engagement Center

Neighborhood Spring Festival

Join us for UMB’s Annual Neighborhood Festival at the Community Engagement Center! Connect with your neighbors and enjoy free activities.

Saturday, April 22  |  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  |  800 W. Baltimore St.

Free Activities

  • Health and dental screenings
  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Mental health resources
  • Legal advice
  • UMMC on the Move (University of Maryland Medical Center Mobile Health Van)
  • Performances: Korean dancing, local school dance groups, and spoken word
  • Live music
  • Taekwondo and outdoor zumba
  • Local food and craft vendors
  • Earth Day activities

Fun for Kids

  • Games
  • Hula hoop fun
  • Face painting
  • Puppet-making


Sponsored by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture
First Lady Yumi Hogan, Honorary Chair

  
Clare BanksABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, The UMB Dish, UMB Go Green, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMarch 16, 20170 comments
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National Public Health Week

Celebrate Public Health

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme.

Join the MPH Program for NPHW

Sign up now for our events!

Monday, April 3
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Ronald McDonald House Breakfast
635 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Help relieve one worry for families by preparing a home cooked meal. Join the MPH Program as we prepare a healthy breakfast for Ronald McDonald House residents.

Noon to 1 p.m.
#NPHW Photo Session
SMC Campus Center Lobby
621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Start the trend and spread the word! Join the MPH Program for a fun photo session in the SMC!

Tuesday, April 4
Noon to 1 p.m.
Movie: “Unnatural Causes…is inequality making us sick?”
660 W. Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201, Howard Hall 101B
An acclaimed documentary series that sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socioeconomic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes.
*Snacks will be served.

Wednesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m.
“Join the Movement” Walk
School of Nursing, Courtyard, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (starting location)
Influential leaders, companies, and organizations are taking important steps to create the healthiest nation. We also can build momentum and show a higher commitment to our nation’s public health. Join the MPH Program as we walk with community members around West Baltimore!

Thursday, April 6
9 to 5:30 p.m.
Public Health Research @ Maryland 2017
University of Maryland, College Park, 1220 Stamp Student Union, College Park, MD 20742
The University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, cordially invite you as active participants to explore and learn through poster sessions and panel discussions about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities, and the potential for new collaborations. REGISTER NOW

Friday, April 7
Noon to 2 p.m.
“Got Public Health?” Table Booth
University of Maryland Medical Center Cafeteria, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (1st Floor, South Building)
What are the best sources for public health information? Stop by the public health booth and learn how to get useful preparedness tips, updates, and health alerts.

  
Oriyomi Dawodu ABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 15, 20170 comments
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Cold and Flu Season

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

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.

The holidays might be over, but cold and flu season is just reaching its peak. While many of the ailments often associated with the winter months usually aren’t serious for healthy adults, their symptoms can leave people feeling miserable and cause them to miss time with family, work, and school. For children and older adults, the risk for developing complications from these illnesses is much higher. In fact, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.

However, there are steps that all individuals can take to reduce their risk of becoming sick during winter. Below, Tim Rocafort, PharmD, BCACP, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School of Pharmacy, answers some frequently asked questions about the common cold and flu, and offers advice to help people stay healthy.

Are people more likely to become sick in the winter?

Health care professionals continue to debate the reasons why people seem more likely to become sick in the winter. Recent studies have shown that some viruses responsible for the common cold and flu peak during this time because they are able to replicate easier. Combine this knowledge with the fact that our immune systems are also less efficient at protecting us against certain viruses during the colder months of the year and we have the perfect environment to facilitate the spread of those illnesses. In addition, people often stay indoors as the temperatures outside drop, which further facilitates the transmission of a host of illnesses.

What are some of the most common illnesses associated with the winter months?

The most common illnesses associated with the winter months are the common cold and flu.

What are some indicators that a person might be too sick to go to work or school?

Experiencing symptoms that appear to get progressively worse or last longer than three days are good indicators that a person should remain at home to limit the spread of the illness to others. In addition, if a person experiences any of the hallmark symptoms associated with the flu, including fever, muscle and body aches, fatigue, and even nausea and vomiting, he/she should stay home and seek care from a health care provider.

What over-the-counter medicines are available to help manage cold symptoms?

There are a myriad of over-the-counter medicines to help individuals manage cold symptoms. I recommend that patients only use those medicines that are specific to the symptoms they are experiencing at the time, such as a cough or congestion. There are numerous medications that have been designed to treat several symptoms at the same time, but those medications are often more expensive and you might not be experiencing all of the symptoms that they address. Always be sure to read the medication labels carefully before purchasing, or ask a pharmacist to help guide you in selecting the best one for your symptoms.

Can over-the-counter medications or other treatments speed an individual’s recovery from a cold?

Some medications promise to shorten the duration of a cold if patients take them within a certain time frame after the onset of symptoms. However, it truly is a combination of rest, good nutrition, and proper medications that will help individuals recover as quickly as possible from a cold.

How can individuals tell whether they have a normal cold or a more serious illness, such as the flu?

The common cold will include symptoms such as coughing, runny or stuffy nose, and congestion. On the other hand, symptoms associated with the flu – while often similar to the common cold – will include fever, chills, muscle or body aches, fatigue, and headache.

What is the flu vaccine? How effective is it, and who should receive it?

The flu vaccine is an immunization that nearly all individuals ages 6 months and older should receive each year to help protect against the flu. There are different types of flu vaccines that individuals can receive depending on their age, existing medical conditions, and allergies. Although it is not 100 percent effective against preventing the flu, it is a great source of protection when combined with other healthy habits.

Are there any side effects associated with the flu vaccine?

There are no serious side-effects associated with the flu vaccine. Some people who receive the vaccine may experience some initial redness or pain at the site of injection, but that is just a temporary reaction.

What additional steps can people take to avoid becoming sick in the winter?

Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs that cause the cold and flu. In addition, it is very important that patients take care of themselves and allow adequate time to recover – whether through rest and/or treatment – when they feel ill. These measures will not only help patients get better sooner, but also prevent others from getting sick.

What other advice can you offer to individuals who want to stay healthy this winter?

To help keep you and your family healthy during the winter months, I recommend that you bundle up as the temperatures drop, regularly wash your hands – regardless of whether you are sick or not – and lessen your interaction with others who might potentially be sick, as you are more likely to contract their illness during this time of the year.

  
Malissa CarrollABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAJanuary 19, 20170 comments
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Come Tutor High School Kids at Pharmacy Hall

Love to teach? Want to make a difference? Come tutor with us each Saturday as we try to make a difference in Baltimore-area youth! Membership and participation in ABAE is completely free. Just show up and start teaching!

REGISTER FOR TUTORING NOW

Please contact Jonathan Tran, if you are interested or have any questions.

  
Jonathan Tran ABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAJanuary 19, 20170 comments
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NIIMBL

Pharmacy Joins National Institute for Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing

The School of Pharmacy will be a pivotal partner in a new national institute to advance leadership in pharmaceutical manufacturing across the United States. Announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in December, the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) will focus on bringing safe drugs to market faster and developing workforce training.

“The School of Pharmacy is thrilled to join this collaborative effort and partner with leading academic, government, nonprofit, and private organizations across the country to accelerate innovation and tackle the problems currently facing biopharmaceutical manufacturers,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy and executive director of University Regional Partnerships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). “Our faculty and students strive to improve the health and well-being of society by aiding in the discovery, development, and use of medicines, and we understand that innovations in biopharmaceutical manufacturing will provide more patients with access to the most beneficial therapies to treat their illnesses. I thank everyone who helped bring NIIMBL to fruition, and look forward to seeing the tremendous advancements its members will surely achieve.”

Pioneering Pharmaceuticals

While most medications are produced using traditional chemical manufacturing processes, biopharmaceuticals are made with living cells and can be complex to manufacture on a large scale. Because biopharmaceuticals often succeed where traditional drug treatments have failed, the demand for these prescription drugs – which include vaccines, medications for cancer and autoimmune diseases, as well as emerging drugs for cell and gene therapies – has increased exponentially in recent years.

NIIMBL is the 11th institute established by Manufacturing USA, and jointly includes the School of Pharmacy at UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Stephen Hoag, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) and director of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility at the School of Pharmacy, and William Bentley, PhD, MEng, the Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Chair in Engineering for the A. James Clark School of Engineering at UMCP, will serve as co-principal investigators for the University of Maryland.

“A critical part of NIIMBL’s mission is to develop and implement manufacturing innovations that can be applied to current and future biopharmaceutical products,” says Hoag. “Many of these innovations will require the creation of entirely new delivery systems, including the development of a formulation, downstream processing, and advanced characterization of the protein molecules in the product. Thanks to the expertise and cutting-edge resources available through our Bio- and Nano-technology Center, Mass Spectrometry Center, and industrial pharmaceutics lab, the School of Pharmacy is perfectly positioned to address this crucial area of need.”

Addressing Important Obstacles

NIIMBL will be operated by a team of more than 150 companies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and state governments under a newly formed nonprofit. Some of the additional academic institutions with which the University of Maryland will partner through this initiative include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Massachusetts, Purdue University, Clemson University, and Johns Hopkins University.

The School of Pharmacy will work with UMCP and other NIIMBL partners to compete for grants and contracts aimed at helping the pharmaceutical industry address current biopharmaceutical manufacturing challenges, such as reducing the amount of time needed for products to reach the market, confronting the challenge of emerging manufacturing markets, and developing new strategies to address the unique manufacturing needs of novel biopharmaceutical products. The School will also have opportunities to collaborate with other NIIMBL partners to propose ideas for new projects, as well as develop new methodologies that will provide the data necessary to establish industry standards related to analytics for biologic and biosimilar drug products.

Additional faculty members from the School of Pharmacy who will be collaborating with Hoag on this initiative include Maureen Kane, PhD, associate professor in PSC and executive director of the School’s Mass Spectrometry Center; James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics in PSC; Patrick Wintrode, PhD, associate professor in PSC; and Bruce Yu, PhD, professor in PSC and director of the Bio- and Nano-technology Center.

“Researchers at the School of Pharmacy have long been involved in regulatory science, and have collaborated with a number of federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration,” adds Hoag. “Our experience truly lends itself to working with industry partners, the government, and other academic institutions to address the complex issues surrounding the manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals.”

Improving the Job Market

In addition to bringing more safe drugs to market faster and developing workforce training for a field that currently boasts a negative unemployment rate – more jobs are available than there are qualified workers – NIIMBL will help ensure that the nation can rapidly scale up manufacturing of these advanced treatments to respond to pandemics and other biological threats, as well as reduce drug shortages that can result from quality control issues in manufacturing. The expected total investment from all NIIMBL stakeholders totals $250 million, including $70 million of federal investment.

“In communities from coast to coast, the Manufacturing USA network is breaking down silos between the U.S. private sector and academia to take industry-relevant technologies from lab to market,” said Pritzker, who visit the University of Delaware in December to announce the launch of NIIMBL. “This institute will serve as a resource to help spread the risks and share the benefits of developing and gaining approval for innovative processes across the biopharmaceutical industry. The innovations created here will make it easier for industry to scale up production and provide the most groundbreaking new therapies to more patients sooner.”

NIIMBL will officially launch on March 1.

  
Malissa CarrollABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsJanuary 18, 20170 comments
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President's Message

January President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the progress of the MPowering the State: University of Maryland Strategic Partnership; stories on improved UMB crime statistics in 2016 and the Snap! Photo Contest; invitations to Spirit Day on Jan. 18 and our Black History Month celebration on Feb. 1; a look ahead to the Core Values Speaker Series presentation on accountability by Wes Moore on Feb. 14; and CURE Corner.

  
Chris Zang ABAE, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, USGAJanuary 17, 20170 comments
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Healthy Cookoff

Healthy Cook-Off Brings Out Student Pharmacists’ Inner Chef

As a student pharmacist, I know that one of the most important, yet modifiable risk factors for heart disease – the leading cause of death in the United States – is an unhealthy diet. Fortunately, I grew up with parents who were pretty health conscious. Although my parents occasionally bought snacks, such as cookies and chips, for my brother and me, there was never a soda in the house, nor was there an expectation of dessert after dinner. Our lives were all about balance. Most of our meals were cooked at home, and included a lot of lean protein, veggies, and whole grains. Yet, I never felt deprived. My parents made it easy for me to eat healthy because – simply put – the food that they cooked tasted really good.

The idea that – with a little bit of creativity – “healthy” and “tasty” do not have to be mutually exclusive terms is the message that members of the Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association (SMdPHA), Students Engaged in Public Health (SEIPH), and American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Operation Diabetes wanted to share with faculty and students at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) when we co-sponsored the first-ever “So You Think You Can Cook (Healthy!)” competition.

Bringing the Competition to Life

I first pitched the idea for the “So You Think You Can Cook (Healthy!)” competition to Margaret Hayes, MS, director of student educational services and outreach at the School of Pharmacy and SMdPHA’s faculty advisor. She encouraged me to put together a team to help me plan and execute it. The core members of my team included:

  • Michael Luong, public health student (SEIPH president)
  • Neha Kumar, third-year student pharmacist (Operation Diabetes chair)
  • Phuong Tran, second-year student pharmacist (Operation Diabetes co-chair)
  • Jeeyeon Shon, first-year student pharmacist (SMdPHA P1 co-historian)

We put our heads together and developed a plan to execute the competition. It took a lot of hard work and patience, but we saw it through. We sought recipe submissions from students, staff, and faculty at USG. For those recipes that we approved, we asked contestants to cook their dish at home and bring it to campus on Oct. 29, when we held the tasting event. Everyone at USG was invited to participate in this event, sample each dish, and rate it based on taste.

Taste accounted for 50 percent of each contestant’s total score. The remaining half of the score was based on the dish’s nutritional value. Michael devised a scoring system based on an average 2,200 calorie diet, which falls between the estimated calorie requirements published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for sedentary males and females ages 21-25. The system also incorporated recommendations from MyPlate, a nutrition guide published by the USDA that emphasizes a healthy diet filled with fruits, veggies, protein, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free dairy. It also stresses the importance of limiting saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.

Revealing the Master Chefs Among Us

The tasting event had an amazing turnout that truly exceeded all of our expectations. Word of mouth, not to mention the wonderful smells, drew people from all across campus to Building III for the event. We heard great things about each of the 11 dishes, but it was ultimately Sumaiya Latif and Timothy Yu from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore who took home first place for their excellent balsamic glazed chicken dish. Second and third place went to the School of Pharmacy’s own third-year student pharmacists Erika Saunders and Heather Kirwan for their Japanese-inspired noodle salad and honey chicken kabobs, respectively.

All of the recipes from the 2016 “So You Think You Can Cook (Healthy!)” competition can be found in the cookbook that we created based on the event. We hope you enjoy the cookbook and become inspired to make healthier food choices every day.

  
Quynh-Nhu Nguyen ABAE, University Life, USGAJanuary 13, 20170 comments
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