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Stay Informed About the Spanish Language Conversation Group

The Spanish Language Conversation Group will be meeting at least twice a month this semester. Share your email at the SurveyMonkey link below to stay up to date on our activities, meetings, and events.

Spanish speakers of all abilities (or none at all) are very welcome to attend. This organization is hosted by student groups at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and we warmly welcome all students from the UMB campus to attend.

Share your email here.

Katie GoldenBulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 16, 20190 comments
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Garage Closings for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21

Garage openings and closings for MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019:

  • Baltimore Grand, Plaza, Pratt, and Lexington — Open normal business hours
  • Pearl, Penn, and Saratoga — Closed Jan. 21 (hospital parkers should use Pratt Garage)
  • BioPark Garage: Open normal business hours
  • Lexington Market Garage: Open normal business hours
  • Admin Lot: Closed Jan. 21
  • Parking Office (Pearl Garage): Closed Jan. 21
  • Parking Cashiers Office (SMC Campus Center): Closed Jan. 21
Jennifer CoolahanUMB News, University LifeJanuary 16, 20190 comments
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Photographer, writer and artist

Submissions Are Open for ‘1807’: An Art and Literary Journal

Are you passionate about your art? Would you like to share your poems with the public? Then submit for the opportunity to showcase your best work in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) inaugural art and literary journal, 1807.

We accept writing, photography, and much more. UMB faculty, staff, and students, as well as UMMC employees and our West Baltimore neighbors are encouraged to enter.

Submissions will be accepted, online only, through Feb. 15.

Learn more.

Dana RampollaPeople, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 16, 20190 comments
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UMB’s Improved Live Near Your Work Program Touts 20 Homeowners in 2018

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program was designed to open the door to homeownership for University employees. In one short year since the program’s relaunch, that door has swung open 20 times, and Dawn Rhodes, MBA, chief business and finance officer and vice president, is thrilled with the results.

“In addition to the 20 people who took advantage of the opportunity to buy a home, I am so pleased with the UMB team and the community partners that made this happen,” says Rhodes, who led the initiative’s upgrade in January 2018 and emphasizes that community revitalization is key to the program’s mission. “Becoming a homeowner and developing equity is a financially transformative life event. It’s phenomenal that UMB can do that for its employees and contribute to the revitalization of Southwest Baltimore at the same time.”

The improved LNYW Program offers eligible employees a UMB grant of $16,000 — plus a matching grant of $2,500 from the city of Baltimore — to help with closing costs and down payments on houses in seven targeted Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods: Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square.

The University’s former LNYW outlay of $2,500 (plus $2,500 from the city) was rarely used, so UMB leaders committed $1.5 million to boost the grant, with more than $320,000 used to date. In addition, the initiative was transformed through community partnerships with Live Baltimore, the Southwest Partnership, and GO Northwest Housing Resource Center to offer homebuying workshops, financial counseling, neighborhood tours, a housing fair, and more.

When UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, presented the improved program to employees in a kickoff event last January at the SMC Campus Center, he predicted the moves would “change the game.” And they have, especially considering that only four employees received grants under the old LNYW Program between 2013 and 2017.

“When you take into account those types of numbers, this exceeded all of my expectations of the program in Year 1,” says Emily Winkler, Human Resources benefits manager and LNYW Program coordinator, who adds that it was more than the money that moved employees to action. “I feel that the community engagement aspect of the program really sealed the deal with our buyers. Each one I have talked to has raved about their neighbors and this wonderful opportunity.”

Employees from several UMB offices and each of the professional schools — dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, law, and social work — have utilized the program, extolling the benefits of living close to their workplace and owning a home as opposed to renting.

Among the new homeowners:

  • Shea Lawson, research project coordinator at the Brain and Tissue Bank at the School of Medicine, was the first employee to use the grant, settling into a Pigtown rowhouse in March. “I really didn’t have enough for a down payment on a house. I would’ve had to canvass some relatives for a loan,” Lawson says. “If it weren’t for this program, I probably would’ve ended up in another rental situation.”
  • Tara Wells, program administrative specialist in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the School of Nursing, heeded the advice of the school’s dean, Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, to pursue the grant. Wells is now the proud owner of a rowhouse in Pigtown. “The neighborhood is quiet. It’s really peaceful. And the neighbors on my block have been awesome,” she says. “I would encourage anyone at UMB to take advantage of this program.”
  • Olayinka Ladeji, MPH, PATIENTS Program project manager at the School of Pharmacy, stacked an additional $10,000 in outside homebuying grants to her LNYW funds and bought a house in Washington Village. “I appreciated all the different resources that were made available to me by the program, including referrals to different organizations in Baltimore that assist homebuyers,” she says.
  • Vonetta Edwards, PhD, laboratory research lead specialist at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the School of Medicine, bought a house in Hollins Market, saying the grant was her catalyst. “It propelled me from thinking about purchasing a home to actually doing it,” Edwards says. “Especially for first-time homebuyers, the amount that covers both closing costs and the down payment is almost too good to leave on the table.”

Heading into Year 2 of the improved LNYW Program, interested UMB employees are encouraged to attend homebuying workshops, offered by GO Northwest, that are scheduled for Feb. 23 and April 27 at the SMC Campus Center, as well as a Live Baltimore-led trolley tour of Southwest Baltimore planned for May 11. The trolley tour proved popular last year, and Rhodes is eager for more employees to get on the LNYW train in 2019.

“To have 20 grant recipients in Year 1 really speaks to the dedication of the core team working on the project at UMB, and I personally would like to double our number the second year,” Rhodes says. “Mayor Catherine Pugh mentions the program often, recognizes Dr. Perman regularly for the program’s success, and challenges other anchor institutions in Baltimore to step up the way UMB has.

“This was the right thing to do in the right neighborhoods, and I think Live Near Your Work is another example of how UMB walks the talk for community engagement.”

— Lou Cortina

 The LNYW website has more information on the program’s parameters, application process, targeted neighborhoods, and more.

Lou CortinaFor B'more, People, UMB News, University AdministrationJanuary 14, 20190 comments
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PHSR’s Stellar Students Recognized with Scholarship Awards

The Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted its Graduate Program Awards Presentation and Reception in October to present the Harris Zuckerman Scholarship Award, the Arthur Schwartz Memorial Scholarship, the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Student Travel Scholarship, and the Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship to five exceptional students in its doctoral program.

“Our department looks forward to hosting the Graduate Program Awards Presentation and Reception each year, because it offers us an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments achieved by the students in our program, and share the legacies of the individuals and families who established these awards,” says Danya M. Qato, PhD, PharmD, MPH, assistant professor in PHSR and director of the PHSR Graduate Program. “We received more nominations than ever for this year’s awards, which is truly a testament to our wonderful students and the remarkable commitment they bring to the research that they are pursuing.”

Supporting Clinician Researchers

The Harris Zuckerman Scholarship Award was endowed by Ilene Harris, PharmD ’83, PhD, retired professor and chair of PHSR, to assist students interested in jointly pursuing Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and PhD degrees. Named in honor of her parents — Daniel Harris, MD, and Ann Harris — the scholarship provides support for the training, development, and advancement of graduate students in the PhD in PHSR program at the school. At the event, Yoon Hong, PharmD ’17, the 2019 recipient of the award, expressed her gratitude for the support of donors like Harris.

“I thank not only Dr. Harris, but also all of the donors present today for their ongoing support of our department and students,” Hong said. “As graduate students, it means a lot to have your support and to know that others care about our professional growth as future health services researchers.”

Honoring Two Tremendous Legacies

As the first student admitted to the PhD in PHSR program, Arthur “Artie”  Schwartz demonstrated great interest in drug use and pharmaceutical marketing issues. Following his death at an early age, his wife Karen Schwartz established the Arthur Schwartz Memorial Scholarship to provide funding for future students in the program based on academic standing and financial need. Graduate student Chengchen Zhang, MPH, whom one nominator described as “a rising star and an already competent and promising emerging health services researcher,” was celebrated as the 2019 recipient of the scholarship.

“This past year has been incredibly exciting,” Zhang said. “I have been exposed to a number of amazing projects and had opportunities to collaborate with different faculty members across our department. It has been incredibly rewarding to see how much potential exists for me to make a difference with my research moving forward, and I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Established by Michaeline Fedder in honor of her husband Donald Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, a public health pharmacist and longtime faculty member at the School of Pharmacy who passed away in 2010, the Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship supports the training and development of a graduate student whose work focuses on social justice, pharmacy advocacy, or public health. In recognition of her demonstrated dedication to the field of population health as well as her desire to improve clinical outcomes and reduce health disparities, Jacquelyn McRae, PharmD, was named the 2019 recipient of the award.

In her remarks to the audience, McRae shared an experience from her time as an undergraduate that transformed how she viewed her life and the impact that she wanted to have on others.

“In a speech that she delivered to our graduating class, my academic advisor held up a half-full glass and asked us, ‘When you die, do you want your glass to be filled to the brim or completely poured out?’ ” McRae recalled. “When she paused for a response, I remember thinking that I wanted my cup to be completely full — filled with all of my life’s experiences. But then she said something that completely changed my perspective. She said that we should strive to have our cup completely poured out, because that will mean that we have extended ourselves in the service of others.”

She added, “Now, when I think about what motivates me in my day-to-day life, it is the idea of having a ‘life poured out.’ ”

Helping Students Share Their Work

New to this year’s event was the presentation of the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Student Travel Scholarship. Spearheaded by C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR, this scholarship was established with generous financial support from PHSR staff, faculty, students, and alumni. Its funds can be used to pay for travel expenses related to attendance and participation in professional conferences for any student enrolled in courses taught by faculty in the department. Two recipients were named for this inaugural award: Maya Hanna, MPH, and Juan-David Rueda, MD.

Hanna used the scholarship to present a poster highlighting her research titled, “A Comparison of FDA and EMA Guidance on Medicines for the Treatment of Early Alzheimer’s Disease,” at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Europe 2018 conference in Barcelona, Spain, in November. Rueda also used funds from the scholarship to deliver a podium presentation highlighting his research titled, “Application of Machine Learning Algorithms for Predicting Missing Cost Data,” at the same conference.

“I joined this program because I wanted to be in a space where I could not only conduct research, but also have an impact on the decisions made as a result of that research,” Hanna said. “And I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel across the country and around the world to present my research at national and international conferences and events. None of this would have been possible without the support that I have received from this department.”

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB NewsJanuary 14, 20190 comments
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HS/HSL Spring Hours

Here are the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s (HS/HSL) hours for the spring 2019 semester:

Early Morning Study

Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, enter through the SMC Campus Center with your UMB ID or UMMC ID. Library services and access to classrooms begin at 8 a.m.

Regular Hours

6 a.m. – 1 a.m.*

6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours

MLK Holiday
Monday, Jan. 21 — Closed

Sunday, April 21, 2019 — Closed

*Floors 3, 4, and 5 and library services close at 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., floors 1 and 2 are open for those with a current UMB ID, UMMC ID, or USM campus ID. Visitors and those with library memberships may not enter the building after 8 p.m. and must leave the building by 10 p.m.

Everly BrownEducation, People, UMB NewsJanuary 14, 20190 comments
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Nicole Brandt holds award

School of Pharmacy’s Brandt Wins ASCP’s George F. Archambault Award

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, was awarded consultant pharmacy’s highest honor in late 2018 — the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) George F. Archambault Award. Named in honor of the “father of consultant pharmacy,” the George F. Archambault Award is presented each year at ASCP’s annual meeting to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of consultant and senior care pharmacy.

Brandt, who also serves as executive director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the School of Pharmacy, joins a distinguished list of past award recipients, including two of the Lamy Center’s previous executive directors: Bruce Stuart, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR), and Peter P. Lamy, PhD, ScD, former faculty member and founder of the Lamy Center.

“Our department was thrilled to learn that Dr. Brandt had been selected as the 2018 recipient of the George F. Archambault Award,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, professor and chair of PPS. “Dr. Brandt has dedicated her career to promoting optimal medication management for older adults, and her commitment to the patients she serves is reflected across her educational, clinical, and health care policy work. And, though she has already proven herself a leader in her field, we know that she will continue to make tremendous contributions that help further advance the field of consultant pharmacy and health care for older adults.”

Advancing Geriatric Pharmacy Education for Future Generations

Brandt received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the School of Pharmacy in 1997. She also completed a residency in geriatric pharmacotherapy at the school in 1998, before joining the faculty in 1999. She later obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on health care management after completing a short sabbatical at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

As a faculty member, Brandt has worked to expand geriatric training opportunities for student pharmacists, including developing the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Pathway to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of medical issues associated with aging and advanced illness, and the principles of medication management in these populations. She also expanded the school’s PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program, and spearheaded the launch of a new two-year, post-PharmD geriatric pharmacotherapy fellowship within the Lamy Center, which she reinvented as the school’s first cross-departmental center in collaboration with PHSR.

“Dr. Brandt has served patients in consultant and senior care pharmacy for more than two decades,” says Cynthia Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA, professor in PPS, who nominated Brandt for the award. “But nowhere is her vision and impact more evident than in her role as an educator of future pharmacists and pharmacy residents. Anyone who has seen Dr. Brandt in action knows she is an amazing educator. She brings firsthand experience from her practice into the classroom, on rotations, and in resident teaching. Her pointed questions and challenging exercises engage all of her students and trainees in the practical aspects of accountability as a practicing pharmacist and as a member of the contemporary health care team.”

A Leader and Advocate for the Field

In addition to her work as an educator, Brandt has served on numerous interdisciplinary teams across a variety of practice settings. She has directed projects involving multiple stakeholders focused on Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management programs, high-risk medications, and medication stewardship, and is currently leading initiatives to integrate sustainable pharmacist-directed services to help improve care for older adults with multiple co-morbidities at the MedStar Center for Successful Aging.

Brandt is also an active advocate for advancing health care policy at both the state and national level. She is one of the authors of the 2012, 2015, and 2018 American Geriatrics Society Beer’s Criteria — a list of medications that health care professionals should avoid prescribing or use with caution in older adults — and the past-president and board chair of ASCP.

“It is incredibly humbling to be named the 2018 recipient of the George F. Archambault Award,” Brandt says. “Many people have asked me, ‘How have you been able to get where you are?’ The truth is that it has taken a lot of dedication, hard work, and perseverance. I feel very fortunate to have a career that not only excites and drives me, but also affords me many unique leadership opportunities that allow me to share my passion with others and impact health care policy at both the local and national level.”

Brandt received her award on Nov. 1 at the ASCP national meeting at National Harbor, Md.

— Malissa Carroll


Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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The President's Message-January

The President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on the Graduate School’s centennial. Also, former Senator Barbara Mikulski urges civic engagement at the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy; crime was down 21 percent in 2018, UMB Police Force reports; the School of Medicine launches a cultural transformation; seed grant events here and at College Park show the importance of collaboration; UMB CURE Scholars enjoy a Winter Wonderland; 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, USGAJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Call for Proposals: IPE Faculty Award – January 2019

All University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE). Please see the IPE webpage for additional information. Submit your two-page proposal, including budget, to Patricia Danielewicz of the UMB Center for Interprofessional Education.

Deadline for priority decision

Wednesday, Jan. 30. Additional applications will be considered on a bi-monthly basis (March, May, July 2019) pending availability of funds. Please visit our website for additional information and to download a proposed template.


The purpose of the Faculty Award in Support of Interprofessional Education (IPE) is to encourage and build a community of faculty members across the schools at UMB and throughout the University System of Maryland who have interest and expertise in interprofessional education. This includes, potentially, IPE activities nationally and internationally.


Faculty Awards may be used for a variety of endeavors that can include, but are not limited to, travel to other institutions to study IPE; regional and national meetings focused on IPE, including poster and podium presentations; educational products focused on IPE and other faculty development activities that are inclusive of UMB students from two or more schools. The funds must be used within a one-year window and any individual is limited to one award per year. Faculty Awards may provide a one-time salary enhancement stipend, if allowed by the UMB school, and appropriate for the proposed activity.

Award management

All UMB faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Award of up to $2,000 annually. Other faculty from the University System of Maryland require a partner from the UMB faculty and are eligible for up to a $1,000 award. A two-page proposal, including a budget, should be submitted via email to the Center for Interprofessional Education. Please include a title for the award, along with a description of the proposed activity and its potential to further IPE at UMB. If you plan to use standardized patients through the Clinical Education and Evaluation Laboratory, please contact the director, Nancy Budd Culpepper at The co-directors of the Center for Interprofessional Education serve as the award committee.

For questions or to submit an application, please contact:

Patricia Danielewicz
Center for Interprofessional Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Template for IPE Faculty Award Proposals

Title of Faculty Award


Date Submitted


Primary and Contributor Contact Information

Full name



Email address

Telephone number



Description of Proposed Activity




Purpose and Objectives


Potential to Further IPE at UMB




Budget (not to exceed $2,000 per faculty member)




Patricia DanielewiczCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsJanuary 10, 20190 comments
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Dr. Danya Qato

Qato Looks to Advance, Expand PHSR Graduate Program at School of Pharmacy

In 2018, the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy named Danya M. Qato, PhD, PharmD, MPH, assistant professor in PHSR, as the director of its graduate program. Qato succeeded Frank Palumbo, PhD, JD, professor in PHSR, in this role. Palumbo co-founded the internationally recognized graduate program with David Knapp, PhD, professor emeritus and former dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Robert Beardsley, RPh, PhD, professor and vice chair for administration in PHSR, in the 1990s, and served as its director from 2015 to 2018.

“Dr. Palumbo is an experienced leader who worked diligently to guarantee the continued growth and development of our top-ranked graduate program for the past three years and we thank him for his leadership,” says C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR. “As a practicing pharmacist, epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Qato is well-positioned to help our department achieve its vision to lead the advancement of pharmacist-scholars and equip future health services researchers with the knowledge and skills they will need to think critically and apply lessons learned in the classroom to solve real-world challenges. I look forward to watching both our graduate program and our students continue to grow under her leadership.”

Creating New Opportunities for Students to Shine

Qato received her doctorate in health services research from the Brown University School of Public Health and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Illinois. She also completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in international health and humanitarian studies at Harvard University. From 2015 to 2016, she was at the Institute for Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in Palestine, where she was a Fulbright Scholar and expert consultant to the World Health Organization. Her current research focuses on improving regulatory and policy tools to reduce use of high risk medications in vulnerable populations, environmental and global health systems development, pharmacovigilance, and mitigating health disparities.

“It is an honor and an immense responsibility to serve in this new role. I’m incredibly excited to help lead and support the continued growth of our department’s top-notch graduate program,” Qato says.

She adds, “As someone who is principally invested in supporting the academic success of PHSR students and trainees, I want to ensure that our students and postdoctoral fellows are active partners in research and teaching and that they are given a voice in the process of program development and improvement. Their voices matter and have value, and by engaging in every facet of the program, students and trainees will be exposed to critical facets of their own education and training, which is an empowering and invaluable experience that will serve them well as they embark on their own careers.”

Preparing Students for the Changing Job Landscape

As the newest director of the PHSR graduate program, Qato has already identified three goals that she plans to achieve and is taking steps to transform those ambitions into reality. Her first task to tackle: raising awareness about faculty, student, and trainee accomplishments.

“I want to elevate the public’s understanding of the science that underlies our research,” Qato says. “Our department is doing such important work to improve public health, health care delivery, and health outcomes — locally, nationally, and internationally — and I want the world to know about it.”

Moving forward, Qato plans to examine and streamline curricular requirements for the PHSR graduate program to maximize the value of student training, successfully see students through to their dissertation defense, and improve opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary student and trainee-led research. She also aims to enhance students’ and trainees’ career preparedness.

“As the job market for future health services researchers continues to diversify, it is our job as educators to ensure that our graduate program adequately equips students to compete for positions that fulfill both their personal and professional aspirations,” she says.

Qato will maintain her faculty appointments in PHSR, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland Institute for Global Health during her service to the department’s graduate program.

— Malissa Carroll


Malissa CarrollEducation, People, UMB NewsJanuary 7, 20190 comments
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Submissions Are Open for ‘1807’: An Art and Literary Journal

UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture is pleased to announce that the inaugural edition of its art and literary journal, 1807, will launch in spring 2019.

Are you passionate about your art? Do you love to share your art with the public? Then submit your best work to 1807. We accept writing, photography, and/or photos of high-caliber art.

The Council for the Arts & Culture strives to encourage members of the UMB community to express themselves creatively through art and the written word. The annual journal will showcase the talents of our faculty, staff, students, and the broader UMB community in the visual arts (painting, drawing, photography), other art mediums (sculpture, clay, metal, glass, wood), and the written word (short story, essay, poetry). 1807 seeks high-caliber, unpublished works that broadly and creatively relate to the Council for the Arts & Culture’s themes of social justice, health, healing, the mind, and the body.

Submissions are being accepted online only until Jan 31, 2019.

Learn more.

Dana RampollaUMB News, University LifeDecember 20, 20180 comments
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Dr. Perman speaking at TEDx UMB

TEDx UMB Videos Now Available Online

Videos from the 10-speaker lineup at TEDx University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are now available to view on YouTube.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, was among the speakers at the Nov. 9 event, which had “Improving the Human Condition” as its theme and was held at the SMC Campus Center.

To see the videos, go to this TEDx UMB webpage and click on each speaker’s “Watch on YouTube” link.

To read about the event, go to this UMB News page.

To see a photo gallery, go to this UMB Facebook page.


Communications and Public AffairsEducation, People, UMB News, University LifeDecember 18, 20180 comments
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2019 IPE Faculty Development Day Set for Jan. 30

President Jay A. Perman, MD, has made interprofessional education (IPE) a priority at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). On Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the School of Pharmacy, UMB’s Center for Interprofessional Education will be holding an IPE Faculty Development Day featuring three breakout learning sessions from which to choose. These sessions will help faculty improve their IPE knowledge and skills and learn how to integrate IPE in the classroom.

Breakout Learning Sessions

  • Introductory Session: Development of a Classroom or Experiential IPE Activity
  • Intermediate Session: Assessment of IPE
  • Advanced Session: Sustainability of IPE (including funding sources)


8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration and light refreshments

9 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome: Jay A. Perman, MD, and Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: “What’s New in IPE at UMB: A Panel Discussion”

10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

10:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout learning sessions

11:30 a.m. – noon
Debriefing and networking opportunity

The registration deadline is Jan. 18. Register here.


lcortinaCollaboration, Education, UMB NewsDecember 13, 20180 comments
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Hugh Arthur Pritchard Memorial Lecture for Graduate Students on Jan. 10

The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine invites you to join us as P. Jeffrey Conn, PhD, the Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt University, presents the 5th Hugh Arthur Pritchard Memorial Lecture for Graduate Students.

The lecture is titled “Positive Allosteric Modulators of GPCRs as a Novel Treatment for Schizophrenia” and will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Health Science Research Facility II Auditorium, with a reception to follow.

Previous clinical studies as well as a large number of cellular and animal behavioral studies suggest that selective activators of M1 and/or M4 subtypes of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) could provide a novel approach to treatment of schizophrenia. Especially exciting is the possibility that such agents could have efficacy in treatment of positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia patients. Unfortunately, previous efforts to develop selective agonists of individual mAChR subtypes have not been successful and previous compounds have failed in development because of adverse effects due to activation of multiple mAChR subtypes.

Furthermore, the relative roles of M1 and M4 in mediating the overall therapeutic effects of less-selective mACh agonists are not understood. We have developed highly selective positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of both M1 and M4 that have excellent properties for in vivo studies and as drug candidates. Electrophysiology and genetic studies are providing important new insights into the mechanisms by which M1 and M4 PAMs act in specific cortical and midbrain circuits that are relevant for treatment of different symptom domains in schizophrenia patients. Interestingly, selective M1 PAMs have specific effects in forebrain circuits that are relevant for cognitive deficits and negative symptoms and have robust efficacy in animal models of these symptom domains. In contrast, selective M4 PAMs have novel cellular actions in the basal ganglia relevant for positive symptoms and have robust antipsychotic-like effects in animal models. Also we have now advanced highly optimized M1 and M4 PAMs into preclinical and clinical development to evaluate their potential utility in treatment of schizophrenia.

More recently, we have built on recent human genetic studies that implicate two specific subtypes of metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors, mGlu1 and mGlu3, in schizophrenia. Optimized mGlu1 and mGlu3 PAMs were used along with mouse genetic studies to evaluate the roles of these receptors in specific basal ganglia and forebrain circuits that have been implicated in schizophrenia. These studies are providing exciting new evidence that highly selective activators of these two glutamate receptors have potential utility in treatment of positive (mGlu1), negative (mGlu1), and cognitive (mGlu3) symptoms of schizophrenia patients. Furthermore, the novel mGlu1 and mGlu3 PAMs discovered in these studies provide excellent drug leads for further optimization and ultimate clinical testing. Collectively, these studies are providing insights that could lead to exciting new approaches for treatment of multiple symptom clusters in schizophrenia patients.

Shalon EdwardsBulletin Board, Research, UMB NewsDecember 11, 20180 comments
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Dr. Perman and Erika Pixley

Employee of the Month Pixley Is ‘The Glue’ to Palliative Care Program

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE, program director of the School of Pharmacy’s Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care, jokes that she sometimes feels superfluous in her role because of one person: Erika Pixley, MBA.

“Everyone calls Erika,” McPherson says of Pixley, senior academic program specialist. “In fact, when someone calls in, both of our lines ring on both of our phones. I’ll answer it and say, ‘Lynn McPherson.’ And someone will say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, is Erika there?’ And I’ll say, ‘Well, this is Dr. McPherson, can I help you?’ And they say, ‘No, I really need to speak to Erika.’

“She’s indispensable to this program. She’s the glue.”

Helping to manage the program since its inception in spring 2017, Pixley was rewarded for her efforts Dec. 7 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Employee of the Month Award for December. UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, presented Pixley with the award at the Saratoga Building, praising her professionalism, work ethic, and ability to meet the needs of students.

“Your colleagues have said a lot of great things about you,” said Perman, who gave Pixley a plaque, a letter of commendation, and news that an extra $250 would be in her next paycheck. “You’ve helped to build up a whole new program and you serve the students exceptionally well. This award is well-deserved, and on behalf of the University, I want you to know that your work is very much appreciated.”

The online program, which is open to other UMB disciplines such as medicine and nursing, is designed to meet the educational needs of those who already work or wish to work in hospice or palliative care environments and want to gain deeper understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of patients and families involved in end-of-life care.

McPherson describes the program as “a university within a university” and says of Pixley: “Erika is the welcoming committee and the admissions committee and the student affairs committee and the graduation committee. She’s everything. And people adore her.

“She is extraordinarily professional in all her dealings — with faculty, students in the program, pharmacy students, and any other interested parties. She helps the students apply, enroll, develop their plan of study, pay their tuition, resolve technology issues, request graduate certificates, and does many, many more tasks.”

Pixley, an employee of the school’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science who came to UMB in 2016 to help launch the palliative care program, takes great pride in its success, with the first cohort set to graduate next spring.

“I’m with the students from Day 1 through graduation,” she says. “We are not even 2 years old yet and we have over 150 students, so I think that’s pretty successful. And we have great retention, because everyone who has started in the program is on their way to completion.”

Pixley says she learned more in the first few months in this role than in seven years in her previous jobs in education enrollment and admissions, adding that she appreciates the creative freedom she’s given with tasks such as managing social media, producing the program’s newsletter, and assisting with marketing materials.

“I’ve been given the flexibility to utilize my own resources and the freedom to try different things,” she says. “If I have an idea that will aid students or the program, I can actually go to somebody with the idea, instead of just sitting in my cubicle.”

Pixley collaborates with faculty, too, of course, but says the best part of her job is being in constant contact with the students.

“In previous positions I’ve held, students are handed off to other departments after their initial enrollment has ended,” she says. “Here, I like that I’m our students’ main go-to person and that they know they’re with me from beginning to end, through thick and thin. They know I have their backs, that I’ll handle all issues or changes that arise, and that they can come to me with any type of question.

“Our students feel comfortable with me, and many of them have said the students in this program and the support staff feel like a family. I’m very proud of that.”

And McPherson is clearly proud of Pixley.

“Erika is an asset and friend to our program, the School of Pharmacy, and UMB,” she says. “The program is an enormous success, and we cannot imagine that it would have been doing as well under anyone else’s care.”

— Lou Cortina

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