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Take the UMB Community Survey on Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is conducting a brief survey of students, staff, and faculty to better understand the needs of our campus community related to intimate partner violence.

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is a multidisciplinary effort composed of faculty, staff, and students from the schools of social work, law, nursing, medicine, dentistry, and  pharmacy as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Your answers to this short survery (it takes about five minutes) will directly inform the development of awareness efforts, training, and education programs for the UMB community.

All students, staff, and faculty at UMB, UMMC, and the Baltimore VA Medical Center are eligible to participate. Your responses are anonymous.

Please visit the survey.

Lisa FedinaCollaboration, ResearchNovember 1, 20170 comments
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School of Pharmacy, UCSF Partner on Pediatric Drug Initiative

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) has established a collaborative partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) schools of medicine and pharmacy.

Led by the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the UMSOP, the partnership brings together academic leaders in the fields of pediatrics, pediatric clinical pharmacology, pharmacometrics, and regulatory science for a new initiative focused on advancing pediatric drug and device development and providing expanded research and educational opportunities for faculty, students, and trainees at both institutions.

“The unique challenges of conducting clinical research in children have caused the translation of basic insights into therapeutic advances for children’s health to lag far behind drug development for adults,” says Joga Gobburu, PhD, MBA, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and director of the CTM. “We believe that academic research institutions like the School of Pharmacy and UCSF have a unique opportunity and responsibility to contribute to better pediatric health. Partnerships like this allow us to combine the expertise of faculty at both institutions to provide a first-of-its-kind service that will accelerate the pace of approved pediatric interventions, while also helping to train the next generation of pediatric research and clinical innovators.”

The cost of pediatric health care in the United States continues to rise. In 2012, approximately $429 million was spent on health care for children, compared to $298 million in 2000. Yet, most drugs prescribed for children have not been tested in pediatric populations. Recent advances in the understanding of children’s physiology, combined with advances in pharmacometric modeling and the development of more clinically relevant animal models, have started to shift the focus of pediatric drug development away from protecting children against clinical research to protecting them through research. This initiative will bring together a premier network of pediatric researchers from the UMSOP and UCSF to identify opportunities for the development of new therapeutics for pediatric applications and establish cutting-edge programs to support the preclinical and clinical development of existing and novel therapeutics for pediatric populations, including clinical trials.

“This partnership will not only further advance the academic, scientific, and research programs at both of our institutions, but also maximize our mutual ability to generate and disseminate knowledge and apply that knowledge to solve today’s most challenging health care problems,” Gobburu says. “Both of our universities will become leaders in facilitating efficient pediatric drug and device development by commercial and government organizations.”

The partnership also establishes exchange programs through which faculty, students, and trainees from both institutions can pursue a short- or long-term course of study. The CTM will bring its expertise in the field of pharmacometrics to these programs, showcasing how this multidisciplinary approach to studying therapeutics that integrates the relationships between diseases, drug characteristics, and individual variability across drug development can help health care professionals tailor treatments to individual patients.

“For the students who come to the School of Pharmacy, this is an opportunity for them to learn how to use quantitative methods for dosing,” says Vijay Ivaturi, PhD, research assistant professor in PPS. “That will truly be the biggest gain for them, because they will not learn those methods as part of the regular Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum.”

“These exchange programs will be crucial in expanding the knowledge of both current and future pediatric clinical pharmacists and translational pharmacometricians, as well as propelling forward the field of pediatric therapeutics and drug development,” adds Janel R. Long-Boyle, PharmD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Division of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation at UCSF.

The UMSOP hosted its first trainee from UCSF under the new partnership this past spring.

“While I understand how science can change practice, I also feel that practice is what truly guides science,” says Danna Chan, PharmD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF, who studied pharmacometrics and its implications for personalized medicine at the school. “My experience studying pharmacometrics at the School of Pharmacy has been phenomenal. The faculty in the CTM are well versed in the field, and I feel that my knowledge in this area has increased exponentially during my time here. I am excited to take the lessons that I have learned and apply them to help the patients that we treat at UCSF.”

Malissa Carroll Collaboration, Education, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 18, 20170 comments
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UMSON Research

Research at the School of Nursing

In our constant pursuit to improve the quality of patients’ lives and the efficacy and humanity of our nation’s health care system, we are the nurse researchers who care about the people and communities with whom we live and work.

In installments throughout the summer, we’ll be highlighting a few of the innovative studies that School of Nursing investigators are leading. We’ll roll out a new video and article every few weeks, each focusing on a different nurse researcher (who) and exploring one of five different areas of research (cares).

See Who Cares

Libby Zay Education, People, Research, TechnologyJune 28, 20170 comments
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Data Processing

HS/HSL Announces New Resource From National Library of Medicine

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new web resource, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery.

NNLM RD3 is a place for librarians, information professionals, library and information science students, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss research data management throughout the data lifecycle for biomedical and scientific research.

NNLM RD3 contains subject primers, professional development events, and information on the major components of research data management: data management, storage, and sharing. The subject primers provide introductory overviews on topic areas within data literacy, physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering.

Professional development opportunities will be continuously updated. The resources compiled on the site will help you learn the basics of data management and the ins and outs of data visualization, as well serve as a guide to regional and national level activities.

Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, University Administration, USGAJune 20, 20170 comments
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Pharmacy Meeting

Pharmacy Faculty and Students Have Strong Showing at Annual Meeting

Seven faculty, four students, and one preceptor from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy attended the annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) in October in Florida and had a strong showing, with elections to leadership positions, moderating of sessions, poster presentations, and awards for service to ACCP and the pharmacy profession.

“The involvement of our faculty at the recent ACCP meeting clearly demonstrates the expertise, influence, and impact our faculty have in improving health care for patients through innovation, research, and advocacy,” says Jill Morgan, PharmD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the School of Pharmacy. “Our faculty’s involvement in the ACCP annual meeting highlights their interest in learning from their peers and in sharing their expertise with their fellow practitioners and academics.”

The following is a listing of honors and achievements.


  • Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS; Sarah El-Gendi and Amy Howard, fourth-year student pharmacists – “Safety Culture among Egyptian Health Care Providers at a Pediatric Cancer Center”
  • Neha Pandit, PharmD, associate professor in PPS and Hyunuk Seung, fourth-year student pharmacist – “Improving Medication Adherence by Communicating Objective Adherence Data to Prescribers”
  • Katy Pincus, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS and Felicia Bartlett, fourth-year student pharmacist – “Effective Communication Across the Transitions of Care Continuum for the Diabetic Population: A Pilot Study”
  • Katy Pincus, PharmD, Brent Reed, PharmD, and Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, assistant professors in PPS, and Ava-Dawn Hammond, fourth-year student pharmacist – “The Effect of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Grading on Residency Match Rates”
  • Dhakrit Rungkitwattanakul, fourth-year student pharmacist – “Comparative Review of Tertiary Medical Sources on Dialysis of Drugs for Patients Receiving Intermittent Hemodialysis”


  • Emily Heil, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and science (PPS) – “Regulatory Standards Related to Antimicrobial Stewardship in Acute Care Settings”

Session Moderators

  • Emily Heil, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – “Speaking the Language of the C-Suite: How to Justify Clinical Pharmacy Services to Administration and Consultants”
  • Leah Sera, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – “Recent Advances and Hot Topics in Palliative Medicine”


  • Felicia Bartlett, fourth-year student pharmacist – Student Travel Award from the Ambulatory Care PRN
  • Jeff Gonzales, PharmD, associate professor in PPS – Clinical Practice Award from the Critical Care PRN
  • Emily Heil, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – Clinical Practice Award from the Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network (PRN)
  • Brent Reed, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award from the journal Pharmacotherapy
  • Asha Tata, PharmD, preceptor – Mentoring Award from the Adult Medicine PRN

Leadership Elections

  • Lauren Hynicka, PharmD, associate professor in PPS – secretary/treasurer of the GI/Liver/Nutrition PRN
  • Neha Pandit, PharmD, associate professor in PPS – chair-elect of the HIV PRN
  • Leah Sera, PharmD, assistant professor in PPS – chair of the Pain and Palliative Care PRN
Rebecca CeraulABAE, Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB NewsDecember 19, 20160 comments
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Erika Friedmann

Do Pets Promote Health in Older Adults?

Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, and Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), were recently awarded a three-year, $340,000 grant from WALTHAM and Mars Petcare to examine the role of pet ownership in maintaining both physical and mental function in healthy older adults. Through the study, the team will seek to determine if pet ownership is associated with improved maintenance of physical and psychological health-related outcomes in older adults compared to older non-pet owners.

Friedmann, who will serve as principal investigator, is also teaming with National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program colleagues Eleanor Simonsick, PhD, epidemiologist, Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), and Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH, chief, Longitudinal Studies Section Translational Gerontology and director, BLSA, and with Nancy R. Gee, PhD, professor, SUNY Fredonia, and human-animal interaction research manager, WALTHAM.

Barbara Resnick

Barbara Resnick

The researchers will look at extensive longitudinal data collected over the past decade from BLSA and at pet ownership statistics to determine if there is a link between multiple measures of pet ownership and changes in healthy aging over time.

“I am very grateful for the chance to collaborate with BLSA; it is an exceptional opportunity. BLSA provides rich data that we can leverage to address our questions and we can do so in a very cost-effective manner,” Friedmann said. “This grant is instrumental in moving my research and the field of human-animal interaction forward to evaluate the contribution of pets to healthy aging.”

WALTHAM is a leading scientific authority in pet nutrition and well-being and has been advancing the frontiers of research into nutrition and the health of pets for more than 50 years. It contributes to understanding the relationships between pets and their owners and has published studies examining the benefits of human-animal interaction.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeDecember 8, 20160 comments
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Stop or Reduce Drinking

A clinical trial is being conducted on an investigational medication for the treatment of heavy drinking. This study is open to men and women ages 18 and older and of European ancestry. Participation is confidential and you will be compensated for your time and effort. Transportation can be provided.

Contact Us

University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Neurobehavioral Center
5900 Waterloo Road, Columbia MD 21045

Cindy Smith Bulletin Board, ResearchNovember 2, 20160 comments
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Student Innovator Network

Being an Innovator Is a Choice

Third-year student pharmacist shares his journey to embrace his entrepreneurial spirit and establish the first entrepreneurship and innovation-driven student organization at UMB.

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of working with a diligent team to implement a grassroots initiative that created a platform for students across the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to engage in interprofessional activities focused on entrepreneurship. This initiative led to the formation of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network (EIN).

EIN aims to assemble entrepreneurial-minded UMB students to create an ecosystem for innovation through interprofessional collaboration. The organization also strives to embed the talent present within the UMB student body into the larger Baltimore area and biohealth capital region entrepreneurial landscape. Our mission is to educate students about the process of turning innovative ideas into companies by providing the resources and hands-on experiences needed to become successful entrepreneurs through partnerships, networking, knowledge sharing, and inspiration.

Our Leadership Team

EIN’s initial leadership team consisted of an interprofessional group of UMB students:

  • Fahim Faruque (Me): student pharmacist
  • Alex Meltzer: doctoral (PhD) student
  • Ioan Lina: medical student
  • Ben Portney: doctoral (PhD) student

Recently, we launched an Ambassadors Program to help kick off another grassroots movement to engage all of the schools at UMB in our upcoming activities. Travis Clement, a second-year student pharmacist and current ambassador for the School of Pharmacy, plays a critical role in educating pharmacy students about entrepreneurial opportunities offered through our organization. We believe the presence of our entrepreneurship ambassadors in each UMB school will promote an environment for innovation, as the ambassador will act as an accessible liaison for resources.

My Personal Journey

I first realized my interest in entrepreneurship after researching the discipline to apply for the UMB President’s Entrepreneurial Fellowship in fall 2015. Although I was not selected for the fellowship, the application process served as a catalyst, motivating me to connect with a team of like-minded individuals who wanted to initiate social change in the professional culture at UMB. We wanted to help foster an environment that encourages innovation and supports and nurtures aspiring innovators. We also wanted to create a space for interprofessional collaboration, as well as expand access to entrepreneurial opportunities to all UMB students.

Establishing EIN opened my eyes to the joy of designing, strategizing, and operationalizing concepts that carry personal significance and fulfilled my goal of becoming an advocate for fostering indiscriminate access to entrepreneurial opportunities. The thrill of being part of the “growth” of something that I initiated is indescribable, and the process has been invaluable in my professional development. In addition, learning about entrepreneurship concepts and skills through EIN’s “From Idea to Start Up” workshop series helped me tremendously in my leadership roles at the School. I have been able to develop valuable initiatives and programs to aid the professional growth of my peers using the knowledge and skills that I have gained. For instance, I applied some of the lessons that I learned to my role as vice president of the School’s Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) student chapter to establish the AMCP and Career Navigation Internship Prep Series – a program that prepares students to research, apply, and obtain summer internships.

Upcoming Opportunities

EIN offers a number of opportunities in which members can participate. We regularly host the “From Idea to Start Up” workshop series, which covers topics related to design thinking, customer discovery, intellectual property, market research, regulatory considerations, and business financials. We also help facilitate real world experiences for our members, including assisting with the development of teams to participate in entrepreneurship competitions and engaging in projects with startups across the greater Baltimore area. Networking opportunities also are regularly provided for members.

Below are just a few additional ways for UMB students to get involved with our group.

Entrepreneurship Ambassador
First-Year Student Pharmacists Only
Applications Currently Open

Customer Discovery Workshop
Nov. 1, 2016
5 to 7 p.m.
Hosick Hall, Bressler Research Building

Customer discovery is the process of identifying your customer or stakeholder’s needs when designing a product. During this workshop, a specific focus will be placed on “pivoting” based on feedback from your potential end users. This workshop will be presented by Jennifer Hammaker, director of the Maryland Innovation Initiative. Food will be provided. Please RSVP to attend.

Lightbulb Moment Competition
Submission Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016
11:59 p.m.

The School of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in the medical field. The winner(s) of the Lightbulb Moment Competition will receive recognition and compete for a prize to support the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology, or concept. If you are looking for team members, or would like to join a team, please review EIN’s sign-up sheet.

1st Pitch Life Science
Oct. 26, 2016
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Columbus Center
701 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Are you interested in learning how investor pitches work? How about helping boost the startup community by showing outside investors what great ideas UMB students, faculty, and staff have? 1st Pitch Life Science offers presenters and audience members the chance to hear what happens behind those closed doors after an investor pitch. It’s a great opportunity for EIN members to meet investors, talk about their ideas, and enjoy free food. Please RSVP to attend.

Final Thoughts

I believe that, as students at one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation, we need to think like innovators, identify ourselves as innovators, and build the confidence to implement innovation. I strongly encourage students at SOP and across UMB to seek knowledge that will help them become the future innovators of their professions. EIN provides many great opportunities to get started. Our growing network of professionals exists to support students who will take initiative to become innovators.

by Fahim Faruque

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

Fahim Faruque Collaboration, Education, Technology, University Life, USGAOctober 25, 20160 comments
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Founders Week Researcher of the Year

Founders Week Researcher of the Year

Researcher of the Year Lecture and Reception
“Balloons, Umbrellas, and Outliers” 

Linda Simoni-Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhD
School of Pharmacy

Thursday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m.  |  School of Pharmacy, Room N103  |  20 N. Pine St.

Register today!

Read more about Dr. Simoni-Wastila’s research.

For more information, please email
Holly BaierClinical Care, Collaboration, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeOctober 12, 20160 comments
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SOP Interns

Cultivating ‘Home Grown’ Talent in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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.

Each year, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the School of Pharmacy hosts a summer internship program for undergraduates that brings chemistry and biology majors from colleges and universities across the United States to the School to participate in summer research opportunities. Thanks to a recent partnership between the President’s Office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the Provost’s Office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to help strengthen collaborations between the two campuses, this year’s program was able to incorporate a new “home grown” component.

Fostering the Next Generation of Local Scientists

With the inclusion of the new “home grown” initiative to our summer internship program, our department had the opportunity to expand the program to offer five talented undergraduates from UMBC the opportunity to spend eight weeks gaining hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor. After a competitive selection process, the UMBC interns were matched with faculty mentors in PSC based on their research interests.

Once in the lab, interns were given a project to work on alongside their mentor and the postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the lab. In addition to the lab experience, interns participated in PSC department events, including “PSC First Friday,” a social event to bring the department together once a month, as well as an exciting volleyball match that pitted faculty against students.

Showcasing Local Research

At the end of the eight-week internship, interns formally presented their work at a poster session, which was well-attended by faculty, staff, and students at the School. It is our hope that the experience provided the interns with a glimpse into life as a graduate student in the PhD in PSC Program, and offered them a unique opportunity to forge lasting relationships that will help foster their continued success as undergraduates, progressing well into their post-baccalaureate endeavors.

Sarah Michel Education, University LifeSeptember 15, 20160 comments
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Zika Mosquito

Research Volunteers Needed for Zika Study

In 2016, WHO declared the global outbreak of Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Currently, there is no licensed Zika vaccine.

Healthy adults aged 18-35 years are needed to participate in the study of an investigational Zika virus vaccine.

The study will evaluate the safety of the vaccine and its ability to generate an immune response.

Study volunteers will be compensated for their participation, estimated to last 24 months.

To volunteer, call 410-706-6156 or visit

Jennifer Courneya Bulletin Board, Community Service, People, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 13, 20160 comments
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Malaria Study

Research Volunteers Needed for Malaria Study

You may be eligible if you are:

  •  Healthy
  • 18 to 45 years old
  • Have not had Malaria

The Center for Vaccine Development is studying an investigational malaria challenge model.

The study will only require outpatient visits.

Compensation will be provided.
For more information, call 410-706-6156

Center for Vaccine Development
685 W. Baltimore St., Suite 422
Baltimore, MD 21201

Jennifer Courneya Bulletin Board, Collaboration, People, Research, UMB NewsSeptember 13, 20160 comments
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HS/HSL Technology Brown Bag

HS/HSL September Technology Brown Bag

Join the HS/HSL’s next Technology Brown Bag that will focus on different solutions for self-publishing your research on the web. The solutions we’ll discuss range from free to inexpensive, and for beginners to more advanced users.

During this Brown Bag we will discuss ready-made design templates and hosting services including, Wix and Squarespace, free software such as Jekyll and Pelican where you can host your own static site, and popular services for website hosting like Amazon S3 and Digital Ocean.

The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Room LL05.

Ryan Harris Bulletin Board, Research, TechnologySeptember 8, 20160 comments
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