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

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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FAMU Biomedical Science Bridges Program producing award-winning results

As the spring semester nears to a close at FAMU, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate in the Biomedical Sciences Program is preparing to open its doors to 20 students from Tallahassee Community College (TCC) who are poised to become the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences.

In its second year, the Bridges program is housed in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). It is a 10-week summer research experience partnership between FAMU and TCC that provides students with the academic skills, research training, and support network necessary for successful careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), namely the biomedical sciences.

Friday, February 13, 2015

FAMU’s Center for Health Equity pursues CDC recognition for Diabetes Intervention Program

The FAMU Center for Health Equity (CHE) is pursuing “recognition status” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a provider of the CDC’s lifestyle intervention program, which focuses on diabetes prevention.

Three researchers in the FAMU CHE – Otis Kirksey, Cynthia Seaborn, and Fajr Hassan – recently completed the required training to become certified to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum. The two-day training was provided by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

“The Center for Health Equity’s focus has been on diabetes management and education,” said Kirksey, professor and eminent scholar chair in pharmacy practice. “The recent training we received at Emory University’s School of Public Health will enable us to expand our scope to include a much needed diabetes prevention component for underserved populations in the state.”

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pharmacy Phase II scheduled for completion in Spring 2016

The construction of the Phase II building of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is scheduled to finally reach the finish line in Spring 2016.

Last summer, Gov. Rick Scott signed a 2014-2015 Florida budget that included $10M for the construction project. Pharmacy Phase II will include much-needed laboratory and classroom space. FAMU Pharmacy needs this expansion in order to remain in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

FAMU, UF partner to create Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training Center

FAMU Professor Renee Reams, principal investigator
By Lindy Brounley
UF Health Cancer Center

For many underrepresented minorities, pursuing careers in cancer research can be daunting. Nontraditional academic backgrounds and lack of exposure to research experiences often are impediments to underrepresented minorities’ preparedness for successful cancer research careers.

These minority students and investigators will now have support from the Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training Center, the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute minority institution/cancer center partnership focused on cancer research and training for African-Americans.

Funded by a $1.3-million award from the NCI — augmented with $320,000 in funding from the University of Florida Health Cancer Center — the center is administered by scientists from UF and Florida A&M University to provide research mentoring and training opportunities that burnish minority students’ and junior faculty members’ research skills, better preparing them for biomedical careers that could impact cancer health disparities in Florida’s minority communities.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mangum: FAMU’s Crestview campus fulfilling mission to help Northwest Florida’s families

FAMU Crestview pharmacy students during a community service project
In a recent op-ed published by the Pensacola News Journal, FAMU President Elmira Mangum touted how the university’s Crestview campus is making a difference in Northwest Florida.

The opinion piece appeared shortly after the Crestview Bulletin highlighted a community service project led by students at the FAMU pharmacy school’s Crestview center.

From the FAMU president’s op-ed:

On Friday, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will celebrate its 127th anniversary. This marks an important time in the university’s history. We are celebrating more than a century of providing affordable access to education for Floridians, holding true to our founding mission as an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues, and the empowerment of citizens and communities.

Just over two years ago, FAMU expanded its mission into the Pensacola area after opening the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Crestview Instructional Center. Currently, the center provides an opportunity for more than 70 future pharmacists, many of whom are from Escambia County and low-wealth families. Students receive training from FAMU’s nationally renowned faculty, as well as an opportunity to translate the knowledge they gain into careers that focus on community service.

Monday, July 21, 2014

National Cancer Institute funds $182,126 research project at FAMU pharmacy school

Mandip Singh Sachdeva, a professor in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a $182,126 research grant from the National Cancer Institute. The funds were awarded to support a project entitled: “Role of Telmisartan on Intra-Tumoral Distribution of Targeted Nanoparticles.”

The project’s abstract states that: “Our laboratory has been working with the use of inhalation and oral delivery of anticancer agents for treatment of lung cancer. Active targeting of chemotherapeutic drugs containing nanoparticles may effectively treat adenocarcinomas by achieving higher concentration at target sites.”

A nanoparticle is a microscopic object that is between 0.1nm and 100nm. Sachdeva is exploring how an experimental treatment that combines the use of certain nanoparticles with a drug named Telmisartan might improve the body's ability to fight cancer.  

The project began on April 1, 2014 and will continue through March 31, 2016.

Sacheva has brought more than $25 million in research grants to FAMU since he began teaching at the university in 1993.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Santaluces High School valedictorian choses FAMU pharmacy school

Jazz-Lynn Butler performs a step routine.
In Fall 2014, the valedictorian of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla. will join the new freshman class at FAMU. She has accepted an offer of admission into the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

From the Palm Beach Post:

Jazz-Lynn Butler doesn’t just have an unusual name - The 18-year-old Boynton Beach resident will tell you herself, she’s different.

“I was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around my left foot,” said Butler. “I was just born different, I’m very unusual.”

So it wasn’t a shocker when she stood out once again, academically, as Santaluces High School’s 2014 valedictorian. Her GPA was 3.88 but she confesses her HPA of 4.65 put her above the competition by merely a point.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mangum working to expand FAMU’s role in STEM research

One day after Gov. Rick Scott signed a budget the pumped millions of additional dollars into FAMU’s STEM programs, President Elmira Mangum spoke about her vision to expand the university’s research activities in those critical areas.

Mangum told the Economic Club of Florida on June 3 that she wants to bring in more funds to support professors who are conducting cutting-edge research in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

“Our faculty members are engaged in research and my goal is to fund them in a way that they can continue to spend more time on research activity as well as attract new graduate students and increase our research efforts,” Mangum said. “Those are resources that also benefit our undergraduate program and attract students to our campus. My vision is to increase, significantly, that research funding by 2019. I am convinced that we have the talent and resources currently available to meet that objective.”

Mangum specifically called attention to the more than 30 patents secured by FAMU professors and said she wants to work with those faculty members to “monetize” that research.