Sunday, August 02, 2015

FAMU pharmacy professor selected for prestigious NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

R. Renee Reams, professor of biochemistry and chair of the medicinal chemistry section in the FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (CoPPS) has been selected as a participant scholar in the two-week intensive 2015 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Translational Health Disparities course, titled “Integrating Principles of Science, Practice, and Policy in Health Disparities Research.” The course will take place August 3-14 on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

Reams has been involved in prostate cancer investigations since 2004. She also serves on the State of Florida’s Health Disparity Research Advisory Committee and is a member of several prostate cancer research consortiums. As a principal investigator with more than 14 years of experience serving as program administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Centers of Excellence (CoE) Program, Reams led the four-year Faculty-Student Research Training CoE Activity that trained 67 students.

Every year, since 2007, she has coordinated and hosted the Annual Student Research Forum, a campus-wide scientific poster presentation event for undergraduate and graduate students at FAMU. Reams has also worked very closely with and mentored more than 24 undergraduate FAMU students in her laboratory in the past 20 years.

Reams has taught physiological chemistry to over 3,000 Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students at FAMU. Also, she is a member of the FAMU graduate faculty and has trained and graduated four doctoral and two masters of science students in her research laboratory. With her experience in prostate cancer research and her mentoring of undergraduate, graduate students, junior faculty, and research associates, Reams is poised to participate significantly in this competitive opportunity.

Irene Dankwa-Mullan, course director and acting deputy director of the Division of Extramural Scientific Programs with NIMHD/NIH said, “Interest in the course was extraordinarily high and the applications were extremely competitive.  Thus, this acceptance is truly a tribute to Dr. Reams and a compliment to her work in addressing health disparities.”

Congratulating Reams, Michael Thompson, dean of the FAMU CoPPS, wrote, “Congratulations Dr. Reams. This is an excellent opportunity. Thank you so much for your commitment to the College and your strong desire to provide solutions to health issues that plague our communities.”

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