Showing posts with label Pharmacy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pharmacy. Show all posts

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pharmacy professor receives FAMU Researcher of the Year Award

Eunsook Lee, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, received the Florida A&M University Researcher of the Year Award in April.

Lee, who joined the college in July 2016 as a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, specializes in neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology. Her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of astrocytic glutamate transporters (GLAST and GLT-1) associated with neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

In addition, Lee’s lab is also investigating neuroprotective agents via enhancing astrocytic glutamate transporters, using epigenetic modulators such as valproic acid, estrogens and selective estrogen receptor modulators such as tamoxifen and raloxifen.

These research activities are supported by research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Crestview pharmacy graduating class posts strong publishing record

FAMU Professors Lillian Smith and Juan Mosley, II, both faculty at the Durrell Peaden Education Center of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently announced that 17 of 21 students (81%), in the center’s Class of 2016 either published manuscripts or had manuscripts accepted for publication prior to graduation.

Crestview students published in the following journals: Florida Pharmacy Today; US Pharmacist; P&T; Journal of Generic Medicines; Journal of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy; and Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Class of 2016 at Crestview had a total of 10 published articles. To date Smith and Mosley, along with their Crestview students from various classes, have produced a combined total of 18 publications in five years.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Experienced administrators take reins of FAMU Education, Journalism, and Pharmacy schools

On Monday, three experienced administrators became the new heads of several Florida A&M University schools.

Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., is the new interim dean of the College of Education (COE). Green-Powell previously served as the interim dean of the college from 2012 to 2015. She also held the positions of associate for student affairs in the COE and interim vice president of the Brooksville Agricultural Environmental Research Station.

Green-Powell additionally served as FAMU’s vice-president for student affairs from 2003 to 2005. Before that appointment, she was the vice-president for student affairs at Bainbridge College, director of student services at South Carolina State University, and director of student services at the FAMU School of Business and Industry.

Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., DCJ, has stepped into the office of interim dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC). She joined the FAMU faculty in 1997 as the Garth Reeves Eminent Scholar in the SJGC. She later held several administrative positions at FAMU including assistant vice president for academic affairs and instructional technology, acting vice president for Research, and acting director for the Office of International Education and Development.

Lastly, Seth Ablordeppey, Ph.D., was named the interim dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He previously held that same office at FAMU from 2011 to 2012. Before that appointment, he was the director of the Basic Sciences Division within the college.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

COPPS turns to Access Pharmacy, pre-NAPLEX to help students prepare for board exam

FAMU Pharmacy Dean Michael Thompson
Yesterday, the Capital Outlook published a report on the steps that the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) is taking to help more of its students pass the the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on their first try.

According to the Outlook, “The last class of students that took the exam for the first time averaged a 59.3 score, lowest in the 66-year history of the pharmacy program.”

From the article “FAMU makes push to improve failing pharmacy test scores”:

[Pharmacy Dean Michael Thompson] began to put in motion a curriculum last December with the intention of enabling students to get better results. He and his faculty used the Christmas break last year to create a board review for the students that involved a midweek video conference for student in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Crestview.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FAMU pharmacy college submits plan to address NAPLEX first-try pass rates

The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has submitted a plan for reserving the recent decline in its first-try passage rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, commonly referred to as NAPLEX.

On Sunday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Pharmacy Dean Michael Thompson, who has held the position since 2012, turned in the report to the senior administration. The College of Law and School of Nursing deans also submitted formal action plans for reserving declines in the first-try licensure test passage rates at their respective colleges.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Howard University College of Pharmacy #1 among HBCUs in first-try NAPLEX pass rates

Howard University College of Pharmacy students
The Howard University College of Pharmacy was number one among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the first-try passage rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, commonly referred to as NAPLEX.

88.1 percent of Howard’s test takers passed the 2016 NAPLEX on their first-try.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was second with 79.6 percent. Xavier University had 77.9 percent. Chicago State University, which isn’t an HBCU but has a majority black student body, had 68.7.

Hampton was second to last with 59.4 percent. FAMU was last among all HBCUs and all schools in the nation with 59.3 percent.

Since Michael Thompson was named dean of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the spring of 2012, FAMU’s first-try pass rate on the NAPLEX has been among the bottom ten percent of all U.S. pharmacy colleges.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Ablordeppey continues $1.4M in NIH-funded research on antipsychotic drugs

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, a professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), continuing a $1,411,289 research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH awarded Ablordeppey four years of funding for a project entitled “A New Approach for the Development of Novel Antipsychotic Drugs.” The organization released $337,755 to him in the fiscal year ending (FYE) 2016 and $300,180 for FYE 2017.

The project focuses on developing better drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

FAMU professor receives William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award

After considering a pool of candidates from across the State of Florida, the Florida Education Fund has awarded Seth Y. Ablordeppey the 2016 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award.

Ablordeppey is professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pharmacy first-try NAPLEX pass rates dead last in the nation under Thompson

2016 graduates of the FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences had a difficult time passing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, commonly referred to as NAPLEX, on their first-try. Passing the NAPLEX is required to practice pharmacy.

First-try pass rates on the exam for the 2016 graduating class fell dramatically to 59.3 percent, dead last among the nation's 129 pharmacy schools. That first-try pass rate is believed to be the College’s lowest performance in its 66-year history.

Since Michael Thompson was named dean in the spring of 2012, the Colleges’ first-try pass rate on the NAPLEX has been among the bottom ten percent of all U.S. pharmacy colleges.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Environmental science professor receives award for scientific innovations

The Tallahassee Scientific Society has named Henry Neal Williams, a professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) School of the Environment as the recipient of its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award.

The Gold Medal Award, established in 2004, is annually granted to a scientist or scholar of outstanding merit from the Tallahassee community. The Society selects its Gold Medal Award recipient based on scientific or mathematic achievements, outstanding contributions to science education and public service.

Williams has made history by becoming the very first researcher from Florida A&M University to receive the accolade.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Graduate enrollment and assistantships grow at FAMU pharmacy college

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), currently the top producer of African-American pharmacists in the nation, announced that a record-breaking 60 new graduate students have entered its programs this fall.

In an effort to ensure our students continue to receive the resources they need to advance, the School of Graduate Studies and Research has increased COPPS graduate funding for tuition by $20,000. Increased funding at COPPS represents 44 percent of the overall Graduate Studies budget to support graduate students.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Virginia State selects Palm as its new provost

Last week, Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah appointed Donald E. Palm to serve as the university’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Palm brings more than two decades of higher education experience to the position. He has served Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University as an administrator, faculty member, and liaison to a broad segment of constituents.

Currently, he is the associate provost for undergraduate education at FAMU and a tenured professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. At VSU, he will work under another former FAMU professor. Abdullah served on the faculty of the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology, and Agriculture at FAMU for 15 years and was the dean of the college from 2008 through 2011.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

FAMU Pharmacy program receives top recognition for Innovative Medical Research

Faculty in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) are making a national impact in medical research. The prestigious Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has listed the college as the No. 12 pharmacy program in the nation for generating the most research funding, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) lists the college as the largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants among all Florida pharmacy programs, as well as among those at the University of Georgia, Auburn and Samford.

These accomplishments have helped to contribute to the University’s recent elevation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education System to an R-2 or “high research activity” institution. This new classification ranks FAMU on the same research level, with only half the faculty, as institutions such as Auburn University and Old Dominion University.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

FAMU’s Pharmacy’s Crestview satellite holds first graduation ceremony

The Crestview News Bulletin reported on the first graduation ceremony of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences satellite at the Senator Durell Peaden Jr. Education Center in Crestview, Fla.

From the News Bulletin:

For Dr. Yasmin Arafa, going down in history as the first degree recipient from Florida A&M University’s Crestview campus was the farthest thing on her mind.

“I was busy studying for exams,” she said. “I didn’t even think about that.”

Arafa joined her 20 classmates Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the historic downtown Alatex Building for a ceremony marking the culmination of an eight-year effort to bring a school of pharmacy to North Okaloosa County.

Friday, November 27, 2015

FAMU Institute of Public Health celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Institute of Public Health (IPH), housed in FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CoPPS), is celebrating 20 years of excellence in public health.

According to IPH Director Cynthia M. Harris, Ph.D. (pictured), the FAMU Public Health Program personifies the mission of the University, to provide service to an underserved community.

Monday, November 02, 2015

FAMU study looks to empower citizens in addressing food deserts

By Ivette Lopez, Ph.D. in Partnership with Sustainable Tallahassee

If you happen to stop by the corner of Macomb and Georgia streets on a Saturday, you will see a bustling gathering of community entrepreneurs trading everything from fresh greens to organic homemade soaps and candles. Farmers’ markets, like the one in Tallahassee’s historic Frenchtown, connect people with fresh, locally grown food and each other.

In “food deserts,” like parts of Tallahassee, where places to purchase nutritious produce are scant and nearby food stores instead emphasize packaged or fast foods, a farmers’ market would seem to present the perfect solution to improve nutrition for local residents while also supporting small to medium-sized local farmers.

Friday, September 25, 2015

FAMU helping to provide medical services to low-income residents of Leon and Gadsden

Making a difference one patient at a time is the focus of a collaborative effort initiated by the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS).

The program, now in its eighth year, allows faculty and students from COPPS to provide pharmaceutical and community health services to patients that are uninsured or even homeless. In Tallahassee, COPPS works in conjunction with the Lincoln Neighborhood Medical Center on West Brevard St. and the Richardson-Lewis Center on Orange Ave. to provide essential pharmaceutical services that residents in the area may not have. Clinical services are also provided at additional satellite locations in Havana.

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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Durell Peaden, driving force behind FAMU’s Rural Diversity Healthcare Center, dies at 69

Former state Sen. Durell Peaden with FAMU officials in Crestview in 2012
The former state senator who was the driving force behind FAMU’s Rural Diversity Healthcare Center in Crestview, Fla., died on Tuesday, June 23 at the age 69.

Durell Peaden succumbed to a heart attack in Erie, Pa., where he worked as a dean for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He previously served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000 and the Florida Senate from 2001 until his term limit in 2010.

“He was probably proudest of being able to bring the FAMU pharmacy school to Crestview,” said Sen. Greg Evers, who was elected to succeed Peaden in 2010.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Legislature approves $6.2M for new FAMU student affairs complex, $1.4M for Pharmacy Phase II

During the final hours of the 2015 special legislative session, the Florida Legislature approved several items that will help enhance the University’s capacity for academic excellence. Approved items include $6.2 million of PECO funds for the planning and design of a new student affairs building, and $1.4 million to complete the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) Phase II building.

The new student affairs complex is an essential part of the university’s long-term plan to revitalize its 128-year-old campus, improve customer service, and promote efficiency and effectiveness. Upon completion, the building’s total cost is estimated to be about $36 million and will combine under one roof many essential student services that are currently scattered across the campus.