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UMMS NICU Seeks Volunteers to Cuddle Withdrawing Infants

The Cuddling Withdrawing Infants (CWIN) Research Study is recruiting volunteers to cuddle babies in the University of Maryland Medical System NICU who were born dependent on opioids. To become a volunteer cuddler, contact Anastasia Booth at or call 443-812-1442.

More than 200 babies are born in Maryland each month to mothers who have used opioids. Cuddling helps shorten the babies’ hospital stays, reduce the medications they need, and improve their outcomes.


Anastasia BoothClinical Care, ResearchMarch 16, 20180 comments
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Eight DNP Students Share Expertise Through Poster Presentations

As part of their coursework in preparation for graduating from the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, students submit poster presentation abstracts on health topics to national nursing organizations.

Eight UMSON DNP students — Kelly Allen, BSN, RN, CCRN; Sharon Ballinger, BSN, RN, CCRN; Eugena Bergvall, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN; George Bigalbal, BSN, RN, CEN; Jamie Bowman, BSN, RN; Ajibola Ibironke, BSN, RN, CCRN; Megan Lucciola, BSN, RN, CMSRN; and Theresa Nowak, BSN, RN, CCRN — had their abstracts accepted to several national nursing organization conferences.

In developing their abstracts, DNP students in Diagnosis and Management 5: Advanced Practice/Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles in Health Care Delivery Systems were asked to select a national nursing organization to which to submit a poster presentation abstract, review the organization’s abstract submission guidelines, and describe how and why they identified the health care need or topic they focused on. Assistant professors Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K, and Alicia Williams, DNP, RN, MBA, ACNP-BC, CCNS, served as mentors. Some students’ presentations were accepted to multiple conferences.

“Having so many of our students have their abstracts accepted at national conferences demonstrates the dedication of our students and their faculty mentors to advancing the practice of nursing and is the reason UMSON is a top-10 DNP program,” said Shannon Idzik, DNP ’10, MS ’03, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for the DNP program. “Much like any of the other skills our advanced practice registered nurse students learn, dissemination takes practice. Presenting at these conferences will set the stage for lifelong scholarship.”

Allen will be presenting “Using Clinical Data to Design Nurse Education for Expansion of Oncology Services” at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 43rd Annual Congress on May 17-20 in Washington, D.C. The abstract also will be published in an online issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. Allen had a second abstract, “Translation of a Vascular Specific Cardiac Risk Stratification Tool into Practice for Patients Undergoing Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair,” accepted for display at the Society for Vascular Nursing 36th Annual Conference on June 20-21 in Boston.

Ibironke also had two abstracts accepted. She will present “Effectiveness of Quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (QSOFA) as Sepsis Screening Tool in the Emergency Department (ED)” as a podium presentation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Third Annual Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference on March 8 in Washington. The same abstract also was accepted to the Sixth International Congress on Bacteriology and Infectious Disease on May 21-22 in New York.

Additionally, Ballinger, Bergvall, Bigalbal, Bowman, Lucciola, and Nowak presented their posters at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ annual conference on Feb. 28-March 3 in Austin, Texas.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 14, 20180 comments
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Attend the Academic Primary Care Symposium on May 11

The annual Academic Primary Care Symposium celebrates primary care on campus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and around the city and state on Friday, May 11. The symposium will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at MSTF Leadership Hall (685 W. Baltimore St.).

This year’s theme is “Creating the Future of Primary Care” and will be a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Primary Care Consortium. In addition to a research poster session, there will be a workshop component this year. A networking reception with light fare will follow.

The keynote speaker is Robert L. Phillips Jr., MD, MSPH, a family physician, professor of family medicine, and nationally recognized leader in primary care policy and health care reform. He is  the vice president for research and policy at the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

To register, click here.

Barbara Perez MarquezCollaboration, Education, ResearchMarch 12, 20180 comments
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Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop to be Held March 29 at School of Social Work

Learn how you can make an impact abroad by attending a workshop about the Fulbright Scholar Program on Thursday, March 29, noon to 2 p.m., at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (Room 2W11).

Achsah Callahan, outreach and communications specialist at the Institute of International Education, will lead the free workshop, with UMB administrators, faculty members, and professionals encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Opportunities for teaching, research, and flexible initiatives in more than 125 countries.
  • How to craft a competitive application, including how to make contacts abroad and choosing the right country and award for you.
  • Ways to increase your campus’ international profile by hosting a Fulbright visiting scholar through the Outreach Lecturing Fund and Scholar-in-Residence Program.

To reserve a seat, please contact Angie Larenas.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, March 23.

Angie LarenasEducation, ResearchMarch 6, 20180 comments
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PROMISE Event Promotes Diversity in STEM Academia

In the effort to increase diversity in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), looms large. Using resources from University System of Maryland institutions, the initiative aims to connect graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from under-represented ethnicities to professional development opportunities and pathways to careers in academia.

One of the program’s signature events is the PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference, which was held Feb. 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park. About 20 students, faculty, and staff from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) participated in the daylong event at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, and they left feeling enlightened, empowered, and thankful.

The conference consisted of research presentations, “TED-style” and “lightning-round” talks, poster sessions, and professional development workshops, followed by a closing reception and awards ceremony. Erin Golembewski, PhD, senior associate dean of the UMB Graduate School, was a moderator and helped lead the University’s contingent along with TaShara Bailey, PhD, MA, UMB’s PROMISE director and diversity fellow on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council.

Dominique Earland, a scholar in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) STAR-PREP program, said attending the conference was a win-win, providing what she called “a wonderful learning experience outside of the lab and reinforcing the supportive, inclusive culture of UMB.”

Earland found the conference educational and said it enhanced her professional development. “I not only listened to various STEM research presentations, I also was able to network with other under-represented minorities at different stages of their education and training,” she said. “Additionally, the professional development workshop offered insight into the future. I hope my career can incorporate research and grass-roots community development.”

Scholars, PhD Candidates Make Their Mark

Earland was joined by six other scholars and the academic program specialist, Leanne Simington, from STAR-PREP (Science Training for Advancing Biomedical Research Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program), a one-year mentored training initiative designed to encourage and prepare recent baccalaureate graduates from under-represented groups in the biomedical sciences for successful entry into a top-notch graduate program. STAR-PREP mentors Bret Hassel, PhD, and Gregory Carey, PhD, faculty members from the UMSOM Department of Microbiology and Immunology, served as faculty judges for the day. Harry Choi, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research at UMSOM, also served as a judge.

One of the scholars, Mc Millian Ching, was awarded first place for his lightning-round talk, where participants were tasked with condensing their research goals and findings into two-minute oral presentations. Ching, whose presentation was titled “Functional Analysis of PGE2 Pathway Members MRP4 and EP4 in Ovarian Cancer,” praised the University System of Maryland’s commitment to diversity in the sciences and hopes it will extend to all fields of study.

“The PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium is a platform for budding scholars coming from under-represented backgrounds to showcase their ability to do and present research on par with their well-represented counterparts,” Ching said.

Amanda Labuza, a PhD candidate in the neuroscience program at the Graduate School, earned first place for her oral research presentation, “Understanding Regulation of Intercellular Calcium.”

She also presented a research poster, “NOVA: Providing Graduate Students with Outreach Opportunities to Baltimore.” NOVA (Neuroscience Outreach and Volunteer Association) works with programs and Baltimore schools to teach young students about neuroscience and increase their enthusiasm for studying science.

“I had the opportunity to practice presenting my data in a clear, concise manner to a general audience,” Labuza said. “This provided experience in removing jargon and making my research clear to the public. In my advocacy work, it is important to be able to quickly explain research to non-scientists.”

Jackline Joy Martín Lasola, a PhD candidate in the UMSOM Department of Microbiology and Immunology, also presented a research poster, “Interrogating the Role of Interleukin-1 Receptor-Associated Kinases (IRAKs) in Mediating Response to Immunotherapies for Solid Tumors.”

Professional Development Workshops Offer Perspective

Edith Hernandez, another STAR-PREP scholar along with symposium attendees Hilary Bright, Kaia Amoah, Elena Muse, and Kayla Rayford, enjoyed the professional development workshops in particular. She said the panel speakers brought a refreshing perspective on what should be expected when preparing for a career in academia. UMSOM assistant professors Cara Felter, PT, DPT, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and Danya Khoujah, MBBS, Department of Emergency Medicine, lent their expertise to the panel.

“Many unique ideas were shared and discussed among rising researchers in the field of STEM, including a training focus on teaching and mentoring the next generations of minority scientists,” Hernandez said. “The event showcased a tight-knit minority enrichment community that encouraged scientific discussion among peers and professional development in academia.”

Da’Kuawn Johnson, an MD/PhD student at UMSOM, worked as a volunteer at the conference and said he appreciated the way it was structured. “The organizers were careful to provide a snapshot at each level in the process — from postdoctoral fellow to professorship and administration in academia,” he said. “I think that attention to detail was much needed to demystify the route to professorship for minority students.”

Added Earland: “The workshops also discussed the transition from postdoc to first faculty appointment. Several speakers were professors, and each had a unique perspective on the value of teaching. Specifically, Dr. Khoujah encouraged the audience to find ways to gain teaching experience earlier rather than later.”

Johnson said he was moved during a professional development panel by comments from John T. Bullock, PhD, MRP, a Baltimore City councilman and former professor in the Department of Political Science at Towson University.

“The quote that resonated with me was, ‘There is a lot of work to be done and not a lot of people who are willing to do it. If you want to do more, ask for more. You will be surprised at the number of yeses you will receive,’” Johnson said. “I believe it is very important for students at our stage to know that people actually will listen to us and that we can feel comfortable to ask for what we want.

— Lou Cortina

Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeMarch 5, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the March issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the significance of Women’s History Month, a 2017 global education recap, a look back at our Black History Month presentation, a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s Q&A on March 7, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 1, 20180 comments
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BrowZine Has Arrived — Learn More

BrowZine is a convenient service that organizes articles found in Open Access and Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) subscription databases. It also can deliver them to your mobile device in a consistent format.

What is BrowZine used for?

  • Find, read, save, email, and monitor the latest journal articles.
  • Browse by title or subject to find journals of interest.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Receive alerts when new issues are available.

Who has access to BrowZine?

  • BrowZine is free to all University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, and staff.

How do I save articles I like?

  • Download PDFs to read offline.
  • Export to RefWorks and other citation management services.

Please note

  • The HS/HSL’s print collection is not included in BrowZine.
  • A journal issue in BrowZine is not organized into sections like an issue formatted by the publisher. Sections such as “Letters to the Editor” are not labeled or separated. This is so that every journal appears in a consistent format determined by BrowZine.
Everly BrownClinical Care, Education, Research, TechnologyMarch 1, 20180 comments
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Need Help Getting Your Research Off the Ground?

Need help getting your research off the ground? The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR) provides UMB faculty free:

• Biostatistical services
• Informatics services, such as data capture forms/surveys as well as EPIC clinical data
• Community engagement assistance, such as creating community focus groups and participant instruction videos
• Studios consult services
• Voucher (micro-grant) support to help defray clinical research costs

Learn more about the support and funding ICTR can provide here or email

Wanda FinkCollaboration, Research, UMB NewsFebruary 28, 20180 comments
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Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat Set for April 25 on Campus

The Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the SMC Campus Center. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Molecular/Physiological Basis of Brain Signals.”

The meeting will showcase the diverse and cutting-edge research of Baltimore-Washington area neuroimaging researchers, students, and postdocs from the University of Maryland campuses, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown, and George Washington University.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are included and will provide excellent networking opportunities.

For more information, please email

Registration is free and closes on April 16 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.

Abstracts are due by April 8 with a 250-word limit. All neuroimaging abstracts will be accepted, including SfN abstracts. Selected abstracts will be chosen for short oral presentations. Poster board must be 6 feet by 4 feet. Send abstracts via email to

Brigitte PoctaCollaboration, ResearchFebruary 26, 20180 comments
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Names New Emerson Chair

Angela Wilks, PhD, professor and program chair for chemical and biological discovery in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named the new Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Established in 1927, the endowed chair honors faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership across the school and their field of research.

“Dr. Wilks’ contributions in the areas of education, research, and service to her field have been significant and sustained since she joined our department nearly 20 years ago,” says Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor and chair of PSC, who awarded the chair to Wilks. “In addition to her commitment to educating future generations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, Dr. Wilks is actively involved in research that aims to improve the treatment of serious infections among some of our most vulnerable patient populations. She has become an internationally recognized expert in her field and is exceptionally deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Honoring Dedication to the Department

The oldest endowed chair in PSC, the Isaac E. Emerson Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences was initially established as a chair in biological testing and assay by Captain Isaac Emerson, president of the Emerson Drug Company, which created Bromo-Seltzer — an antacid designed to relieve the pain caused by heartburn, upset stomach, or acid indigestion — in 1888. It was first awarded to Marvin R. Thompson, PhG, BS, pharmacologist at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 1930. Wilks is the seventh recipient of the chair in its 90-year history.

Wilks received her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Leeds in England, where her research focused on the mechanism of heme degradation. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship and served as a research assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco before joining the School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in 1998. Her current research, which spans multiple disciplines, aims to understand the mechanisms by which pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria acquire and utilize heme as an iron source. Her work has led to the structural characterization of several proteins involved in heme uptake and degradation, as well as the design of potential therapeutic agents that reduce a bacterium’s virulence by targeting its iron metabolism.

In June, she collaborated with Sarah Michel, PhD, professor in PSC, on a winning proposal for the school’s Shark Tank competition, which will bring together more than half of the department’s faculty members to establish a new research center focused on advancing metalloprotein and metallotherapeutics research. “Dr. Wilks is a tremendous colleague and an excellent collaborator. She truly has the department’s best interest in mind and is willing to take that extra step to help us realize our potential,” Shapiro says.

Recognizing Excellence in the Classroom

Throughout her career, Wilks also has demonstrated a passion for educating the next generation of student pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. She is a respected advisor to graduate students in the PhD in PSC program, with nine students graduating under her mentorship, and a dedicated instructor in the school’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, for which she serves as co-course manager for PHAR 5017 (Infectious Disease and Therapeutics II).

“Dr. Wilks has trained many graduate students who now hold esteemed positions across academia, government, and industry. The impact of her mentorship on those students is undeniable,” Shapiro says.

Despite her numerous accomplishments, Wilks remains humble about her recent recognition.

“I am truly grateful to Dr. Shapiro and my department for appointing me to this prestigious role,” Wilks says. “Being named the Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an incredible honor that not only reflects on my past achievements as a researcher and educator but also reminds me that this was not possible without the contributions of others, including the many talented students and postdoctoral fellows I have worked alongside. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the support and friendship of my PSC colleagues. The individuals who held the chair prior to my appointment led remarkable careers in the field of pharmaceutical sciences and it is now my responsibility to ensure that my work emulates the standard that they have set.”

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, Research, UMB NewsFebruary 23, 20180 comments
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HS/HSL Workshop: Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is offering a free workshop on Tableau, a business analytics tool for creating a wide variety of interactive data visualizations, on Wednesday, March 7. The workshop will run from noon to 1 p.m. in Classroom LL05.

The Tableau software is available as a free version and a more robust full-scale version. Tableau can be used to create an extensive variety of interactive visualizations that allow users to better explore temporal, spatial, topical, and network data. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to explore data without needing advanced programming skills. Dashboards allow users to combine multiple views of their data into one analytics tool.

At the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Connect Excel, Access, TXT, or CSV files to Tableau.
  • Create simple visualizations and a dashboard utilizing Tableau.
  • Embed visualizations into websites or export to a PDF or image file.

The instructor is Tony Nguyen, MLIS, and attendance is limited to 25 people. Register here.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, Research, TechnologyFebruary 23, 20180 comments
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Need a Poster for Graduate Research Day?

Students preparing for the annual Graduate Research Conference on March 15 are discovering the value of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) in the research process.

The HS/HSL offers poster printing services to all UMB faculty, students, staff, and University of Maryland Medical Center staff. Posters are printed on up to 42-inch-by-60-inch glossy paper ($50) or canvas fabric ($60) and are available for pickup within two business days after submission.

The library’s Presentation Practice Studio is ideal for practicing oral presentations. Taping your presentation for later review is an option, too.

Each school’s faculty librarian can meet with students to retrieve relevant articles from quality databases and demonstrate efficient management of these references using RefWorks or EndNote. In addition, any student, staff, or faculty member preparing to present at a professional meeting or table clinic or to defend a dissertation is encouraged to contact their school’s faculty librarian.

Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, Research, Technology, University Life, USGAFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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Richard B. Horenstein Memorial Lectureship Set for March 14

The Richard B. Horenstein, MD, JD, Memorial Lectureship will be held March 14, noon to 1 p.m., in the Medical Center Auditorium (Shock Trauma, T1R18) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The Horenstein Memorial Lectureship was established in memory of Richard B. Horenstein, MD, JD, associate professor of medicine. Horenstein had an intellectual hunger for learning and carried this passion into all aspects of his life and work. He was collegial, collaborative, compassionate, and a true renaissance man. Horenstein came to the University of Maryland in 2001 as a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition and joined the full-time faculty in the Department of Medicine in 2004. He passed away in 2017 after battling cancer. The Horenstein Lectureship was established to honor prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of translational medicine.

The lecture will be presented by Rudolph L. Leibel, MD, the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, head of the Division of Molecular Genetics, and co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. His topic will be “Molecular physiology of the control of body weight: Experimental strategies for understanding human obesity.”

Ugur EricksonPeople, ResearchFebruary 8, 20180 comments
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From Entrepreneur to Pharmapreneur

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.

Close your eyes and think of a person you would describe as an entrepreneur. Do you envision a successful business leader? What about a researcher working to discover a new treatment for cancer? Do you think of an owner of a small business, like a community pharmacy? Or, do you just see Scrooge McDuck diving into a pile of gold?

I believe that the word association between “entrepreneur” and “greed” for some people has limited the willingness to learn from successful entrepreneurs and apply frameworks that have served the for-profit sector to settings where profit isn’t necessarily the end goal. The term entrepreneurism is used to imply qualities of leadership, initiative, skills, and taking risks to implement innovations.1,2 However, the potential for a negative connotation may negate the word’s positive implications.

Embracing My Entrepreneurial Spirit

Early in my pharmacy student career, my interest in business development led me to seek approval from my school’s dean to enroll in up to 25 credit hours each semester to earn my Master of Business Administration (MBA) in addition to my Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). After a full day of pharmacy classes, I would spend most of my evenings at the Gatton College of Business and Economics delving deeper into lessons about competitive strategy, logistics and lean thinking, new business financing,3 and managing competing forces to lead an organization. These classes helped guide me as a manager and district manager early in my career for a large pharmacy chain as well as through the development of a blog, small real estate endeavor, and consulting company.

When I left the private sector to pursue a career with the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the School of Pharmacy, I wasn’t able to turn off the business development section of my brain. Fortunately, my department chair and dean recognized ways that my love for business could be applied to advance the mission of our school, including teaching business strategy in the PharmD curriculum with Agnes Ann Feemster, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor in PPS; developing a new business plan elective with Tim Rocafort, PharmD, BCACP, assistant professor in PPS; and consulting with the University of Maryland Medical Center on numerous projects to capture revenue and streamline services.4

However, it was when the school officially launched its new pharmapreneurism initiative in 2017 that I knew I had truly found my niche.

Defining Pharmapreneurism

Entrepreneurship has been cited as a key factor in driving innovation in the practice of pharmacy. The Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) went as far as to identify “innovation and entrepreneurship” within domains to guide the academy. After the School of Pharmacy trademarked the term pharmapreneurism to describe pharmacy entrepreneurs — individuals who, through achieving their career aspirations, address some of the nation’s most pertinent health care, research, policy, and societal needs — I began to serve on a number of projects and committees related to this new initiative. However, I quickly found that, while much emphasis has been placed on the importance of entrepreneurism in pharmacy, there appears to be a gap in the research surrounding the definition of a successful entrepreneur and the appropriate role for innovation and entrepreneurship within teaching, scholarship, and service goals for schools of pharmacy.

In an effort to help close this gap, I recently applied for and was fortunate to receive a $10,000 New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to determine the role of entrepreneurialism within the broader missions of schools of pharmacy and identify skills necessary to be a successful pharmapreneur. By interviewing successful pharmacy business leaders; my research mentor, C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR; and other pharmacy entrepreneurs, I aim to develop a pharmapreneur construct that may influence how institutions support and promote innovation.

Looking Beyond Financial Gain

I believe the true spirit of pharmapreneurism does not rest solely on the growth of pecuniary riches. By taking a proactive approach to define this concept, I believe that I can help shape how the term is used and perceived — and, hopefully, educate others about how the profession of pharmacy and our ultimate customer (the patient) may benefit. There are many applications of entrepreneurism to the field of pharmacy, from patient care roles to new practice models. However, to graduate successful pharmapreneurs and innovators, schools of pharmacy need to address the evolving roles, requirements, and regulations of practice, as well as incorporate those revised pharmacy competencies into curricula.

By formalizing a working definition and identifying the role of entrepreneurism in pharmacy, my research will add new knowledge to the discipline and help students understand the need to be versatile, innovative, competitive, and sustainable in their pharmacy practice. The findings will provide the foundation for a construct, enabling institutions to support and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in pharmacy curricula. This will be of particular benefit to the school, which has several new programs in the pipeline to help foster an unparalleled environment that values and nurtures pharmapreneurship among faculty and students alike.

— Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA, assistant professor in PPS


1 Mason HL, Assemi M, Brown B, et al. Report of the 2010-2011 academic affairs standing committee. Am J Pharm Educ. 2011;75(10).

2 Tice BP. Advancing Pharmacy Through Entrepreneurial Leadership. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2005;45(5):546-553. doi:10.1331/1544345055001373.

3 Mattingly TJ, Yusuf J-E, Fink III JL. Turning that great idea into a thriving business. Pharm Times. 2009.

4 Dunn EE, Vranek K, Hynicka LM, Gripshover J, Potosky D, Mattingly TJ. Evaluating a Collaborative Approach to Improve Prior Authorization Efficiency in the Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus. Qual Manag Health Care. 2017;26(3). doi:10.1097/QMH.0000000000000137.


Joey MattinglyEducation, ResearchFebruary 7, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for Experimental Avian Influenza Vaccine Study

The University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development is conducting a study of an investigational H7N9 Influenza vaccine.

The purpose of the study is to assess whether this H7N9 flu shot with or without the AS03 adjuvants is safe and does not cause unacceptable or intolerable side effects, and to see how the body reacts to different strengths of this H7N9 flu shot when it is given with or without the AS03 adjuvants. Adjuvants are substances that can stimulate the immune system.

Healthy male and female volunteers who are 19 or older are needed to participate in this study. The study will take about 13 months and involves two vaccinations approximately three weeks apart and up to seven clinic visits. Volunteers will be compensated up to $1,200 for completion of all study visits and procedures.

For details, contact the recruiting office at the Center for Vaccine Development at 410-706-6156 betwen 8 a.m. and 4 p.m..

Lisa ChrisleyResearchFebruary 7, 20180 comments
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