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University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is home to a diverse and dedicated faculty. Specializing in areas of study ranging from literature to pharmacogenomics, our faculty add to the rich education and campus experience that helps the University lead through service and expert practice to build stronger, healthier communities. 

Browse the latest stories to see what faculty at the University have been up to lately.

Kristine Griffett, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, has been chosen to serve with the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review’s Early Career Reviewer Program.

Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Chair in Pharmacy, professor of pharmaceutics and associate dean of graduate studies has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, has been selected to serve on the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review Drug Discovery for the Nervous System Study Section.

As the nation braces for the start of flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible to help prevent the spread of the flu this fall and winter.

With September comes the last of the warm, sunny days. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis faculty discuss the science behind sunscreen and its importance in preventing skin cancer.

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, AACC, BCPS, BCCP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, was recently awarded an American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Seed Grant for her study on medications used for atrial fibrillation.

President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, honored 38 employees for their years of service and recognized Carrie Ornelas, lead custodian, and Erin Hennessey, Pharm.D. ’11, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, as the recipients of the 2020 Employee Excellence Awards.

The College is proud to announce that 49 alumni accepted PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions across the United States. In addition, one recent graduate accepted a research fellowship position with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education recently featured an article written by Amy J. Reese, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, highlighting the Science, Ethics and Society course that she developed for the College.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent public health challenges of our time. Kalyan Venkata, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, is working to combat antibiotic resistance through his research on inhibitors of NDM-1, an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of antibiotics.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S. in March and states began issuing stay-at-home orders for residents, many clinical pharmacists, like Paul Juang, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, had to pull their work out of the hospital and into their homes.

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, AACC, BCPS, BCCP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, was appointed to the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines, which works to update best practice guidelines that support health care providers as they make decisions on patient care.

Following a 41-year career in academic pharmacy and a decade serving as president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, recently announced that he will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Abigail Yancey, Pharm.D. ‘03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, and Brenda Walter, Ph.D., professor of history, received this year’s Outstanding Educator Awards.

Bahaa Elgendy, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at the College, has received more than $426,000 in grant funds from the National Institute on Aging to support research focused on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of cardio metabolic diseases, muscle function, Alzheimer’s disease, fatty liver disease and traumatic brain injury.

Ream Al-Hasani Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is a neuroscientist and pharmacologist who studies the neurological conditions that lead to addiction as well as how the brain responds to negative experiences, such as pain or stress. She and her collaborators focus on the kappa opioid receptor system, a promising target for non-addictive pain management.

When St. Louis College of Pharmacy made the decision to move classes online to keep the campus community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, professors found themselves rapidly adapting new methods and technologies to keep their courses going with minimal disruption.

Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus & Henry Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacy and chair of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences, specializes in working with interdisciplinary research teams on new and improved drug delivery systems, namely for women’s health and global health populations.

Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, researches the chemical biology of opioid receptors in order to create better pain management therapeutics that are effective and potentially non-addictive. He particularly focuses on the plant kratom and its potential therapeutic in treating pain, opioid dependence and alcoholism.

Kristine Griffett, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, studies nuclear receptors to develop targeted therapeutics for cardio-metabolic diseases. By focusing on nuclear receptors, Griffett’s work looks at the underlying causes of disease and examines how many diseases can share a single underlying cause.

Bahaa Elgendy, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and adjunct assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is a medicinal chemist working to unravel the mysteries of nuclear receptors, which play a role in a number of physiological processes.

Ream Al-Hasani Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, recently received a $70,000 Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Eric Robinson, MFA, assistant professor of history at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, recently completed a local media tour to discuss the history of the Underground Railroad, particularly in the St. Louis metro east area.

Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Chair in Pharmacy and professor and chair of the College’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, has been awarded nearly $730,000 in NIH grant funding to support the research and development of a non-hormonal birth control device.

Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, recently co-authored a paper demonstrating that certain alkaloids from the plant kratom could potentially be developed into a treatment for alcohol use disorder.

Alicia Forinash, B.S. '00, Pharm.D. '01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was recruited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy to serve on the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women.

Jones Hall has recently been renovated to provide faculty researchers and undergraduate and graduate students with additional opportunities to explore new research as well as expand upon existing research.

During vaccination season, pharmacists are on the front lines addressing misinformation about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Tim Moylan, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the theater program, uses his theatrical background to enhance his scholarship focused on Queen Elizabeth I and bring a fresh perspective to the classroom.

In 1969, hospital pharmacist Harvey A. K. Whitney Jr. joined the St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty where he would strengthen the burgeoning clinical pharmacy curriculum and play an integral role in the founding of the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., FAPhA, BCPS, director of experiential education and associate professor of pharmacy practice, was recently recognized as an Emerson 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

Whether he is making rounds at the hospital, educating students, or analyzing datasets, Scott Micek, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, is always focused on positive patient outcomes.

We recently sat down with Amy Reece, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, to discuss her path to the College, her research and her passion for collaborating with students in her lab.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is rapidly transforming into a major research institution. Faculty across the College pursue innovative research projects, and many faculty collaborate with students, introducing them to a variety of projects and methodologies.

Golden Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been named 2019 Educator of the Year by the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA).

The College is exposing local high school students to scientific enterprise and research opportunities through the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program.

The tradition of Halloween thrives on the supernatural. Brenda Gardenour Walter, Ph.D., professor of history, teaches scientific literacy through the unpacking of the relationship between the supernatural and scientific in her class Science and the Supernatural.

Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA, dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Curt Gielow, B.S. ’68, MHA, Hon. D.H.L., business consultant at Gielow Ventures LLC, were the recipients of a pair of awards during the 10th annual Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards.

Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D, FASHP, FAPhA, dean of the School of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, recently announced that he will step down as dean at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Brian Kobilka, M.D., professor of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University and winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry, recently visited St. Louis College of Pharmacy to present his current research.

A sea of costumed kids converged on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Quad on Oct. 20, as the College and JDRF partnered to host the 13th annual Boo Fest event.

The Missouri Pharmacy Association recently recognized Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, Michelle Jeon, Pharm.D., BCACP, and Roxane Took, Pharm.D., BCACP, during its Annual Conference and Trade Show in St. Louis.

The American Journal of Physiology recently selected an article co-authored by Alicia Pate, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy/physiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, for addition to its monthly collection of Best Research Articles.

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was recently awarded fellowship in the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Brian Walter, Ph.D., professor of English and director of convocations at st. Louis College of Pharmacy, will be an upcoming guest on NPR-member station KUAR’s “Arts and Letters,” a program produced for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public Radio.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty conducting research in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology have been awarded more than $6.3 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense.

With the 2018-19 flu season ranking as one of the longest in a decade, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots now to ensure they are prepared for the season to come.

Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) with its 2019 Clinical Practice Award.

Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, worked with a team of scientists to discover how the emotional effects of pain make patients more susceptible to addiction.

The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association recently featured the work of three faculty members from St. Louis College of Pharmacy who conducted research to assess medication adherence in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Missouri.

From prescriptions at a pharmacy to online electronic medical records, health care informatics plays a key role in providing personalized care and improving patient outcomes.

From mentoring students to educating patients and families, Roxane Took, Pharm.D., BCACP, is committed to furthering understanding about the evolving role of community pharmacists.

On Friday, Sept. 6, St. Louis College of Pharmacy welcomed 154 student pharmacists into the Doctor of Pharmacy program during its annual White Coat Ceremony.

Brian Walter, Ph.D., professor of English and director of convocations, recently completed a tour for his 2019 book “The Guestroom Novelist: A Donald Harington Miscellany,” which included interviews aired on NPR.

Labor Day is a time to celebrate the American labor movement with parades, sunshine and barbeques. And while outdoor cooking and dining are great ways to commemorate the unofficial end of summer, they bring with them the risk of salmonella contamination which can crash your party.

Ben Jellen, Ph.D, associate professor of bio sciences at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was a recent guest on The McGraw Show on The Big 550 KTRS.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, shares what a typical day looks like helping patients and educating future pharmacy leaders.

Several members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community have been recognized by Pharmacy Times as 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards finalists.

The Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response Grant was implemented in May 2017. Two faculty from St. Louis College of Pharmacy were assigned to one of the grant objectives to increase access to naloxone in community pharmacies.

Amy Tiemeier is the associate professor of pharmacy practice, director of community partnerships and associate director of experiential education at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. In these roles, she is committed to engaging her students in the community and exposing them to the many possible applications of pharmacy.

Amy J. Reese, Ph.D, associate professor of microbiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and her team of faculty-student researchers are celebrating the recent publication of their fungus-related research in mSphere, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

On May 14, St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty, staff and leadership celebrated the end of another successful academic year at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon.

As research continues at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology to improve the treatment of pain, Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been working collaboratively with scientists at the center and Columbia University to examine the biological effects of kratom and its potential to create safer alternatives to the use of opioid pain medications.

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., FNAP, BCPS, assistant dean for curriculum and assessment and director of experiential education and professor of pharmacy practice, along with a task force of five other experiential education leaders from across the country, recently received the Award of Excellence in Experiential Education from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Suzanne Bollmeier, B.S. ’99, Pharm.D. ’00, BCPS, AE-C, FCCP, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Andrew Crannage, Pharm.D. ’08, BCPS, FCCP, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College, recently achieved Fellowship in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College, have been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for their expertise and commitment to cardiovascular care.

In advance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27, faculty and students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and DEA representatives visited senior living communities across the city of St. Louis to help residents clear out their medicine cabinets.

Besu Teshome, Pharm.D., MSPS, BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacy specialist in internal medicine at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System, has been named Preceptor of the Year by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP).

On March 11, Kimberly Kilgore, Ph.D., dean of the college of arts and sciences at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for the humanities on Capitol Hill.

Tristan Frampton, assistant professor and director of music activities, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy seven years ago. Since then, he has built the music program at the College from the ground up.

Matt Thomas, Pharm.D., PGY2 ambulatory care resident, shares the heart-warming benefits of being a pharmacist.

The College is dedicated to its students and believes these four new programs, tailored to the demands of the health professions market, will provide future students with the ability to find themselves within the context of health care.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty members Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., FAPhA, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and assistant director of community and ambulatory care for experiential education, were the recipients of a pair of awards during the recent Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) Annual Meeting.

Too often, health care practitioners get only a snapshot of their patients’ conditions and find themselves working in silos. Through an interdisciplinary approach, providers can share knowledge, form a more complete picture of a patient and achieve better outcomes.

With the 2017-18 flu season ranking as one of the most severe in more than a decade, the College is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots.

Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, director, community partnerships and associate director, experiential education and associate professor, pharmacy practice, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2018 class of “40 Under 40” honorees.

Peter Hurd, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration and department chair of pharmacy administration, was the recent recipient of the American Midwest Conference’s Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year Award.

Community pharmacists are a patient’s most accessible health care provider, and as medication experts, they are critical to maintaining and improving patients’ health. While this truth has long been understood by pharmacists and the patients who rely on them, the larger health care industry has been slow to fully leverage community pharmacists as the invaluable resource they are.

"The Strong Man" is the latest play from professor and playwright Eric Robinson, M.F.A. He shared some insight into how the play came to be and the surprises that come during the writing process.

In April, St. Louis College of Pharmacy hosted its ninth annual Student Research Symposium, where the work of nearly 100 students was showcased. The event featured both poster and podium sessions highlighting student findings on a wide range of topics.

On Feb. 1, Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor. Burris brings the center one step closer to becoming a national research leader in pain management and personalized approaches to medication therapy.

For more than 25 years, the Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon has been held to acknowledge the outstanding work of College faculty and staff throughout the academic year.

On April 26, St. Louis College of Pharmacy celebrated national Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day by welcoming 13 children of faculty and staff to campus to learn about pharmacy and see what their parents do during a typical workday.

Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist at the Mercy JFK Clinic at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, was recently named Preceptor of the Year by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In February, the College officially welcomed Thomas Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, to campus as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor.

Faculty and students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and DEA representatives visited the Winter Garden Apartments senior living community in St. Louis City on April 24 to help residents clear out their medicine cabinets

Women across campus gathered on March 27, for the inaugural St. Louis College of Pharmacy Women in Leadership Awards. The special evening, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Affairs and Lambda Kappa Sigma, celebrated female leaders at the College and their contributions to students, their peers and the institution at-large.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy wrapped up its inaugural “STLCOP Talks” faculty speaker series on April 3 in Chicago.

More than 290 St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty members traveled to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on March 28, to advocate on behalf of the pharmacy profession during Legislative Day 2018.

On March 11, local community pharmacists gathered on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy campus to learn about the benefits of using naloxone for opioid overdose prevention. The special training session was presented as the Missouri Pharmacy Association's Regional Meeting in St. Louis.

As part of a memorandum agreement between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Trinity College Dublin, Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was selected as the College’s first visiting scholar to travel to Ireland.

On Nov. 11, 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy was officially founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. In recent years, Founders Day has become one of the College’s most important traditions, as the campus community unites to reflect on all those who have contributed to the College’s legacy.

Whether the subject is history, English or social science — educators know that an interdisciplinary approach to core subjects is foundational for professional students. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, faculty have reviewed undergraduate curricula through an interdisciplinary lens to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education with real-world applications.

In August 2015, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis joined forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions collaborated to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

Perhaps the most universal tradition of the holidays is food, and this is particularly true for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy community. From oysters to cheesecake, faculty and staff shared some of their favorite recipes for the holiday season and the inspiration behind some of their dishes.

One in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Often associated with other disease states like hypertension and diabetes, kidney disease can often go unseen and undiagnosed. However, during the month of March, the importance of kidney health will be spotlighted.

After graduating from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Kacie Kuehn, Pharm.D. ’16, knew she wanted to specialize in ambulatory care. But, after taking part in a residency through the College, she discovered another passion – academia.

As part of the Black History Month programming, Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, gave a book talk on his latest publication, “Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936-1968.”

When presented with the opportunity to rethink St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s chemistry curriculum to better prepare their students, Ehren Bucholtz, Ph.D., associate professor of organic chemistry, and Benjamin Barth, Ph.D., assistant professor of organic chemistry, were eager to accept the challenge.

Projected to save billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs, biosimilars are a highly anticipated alternative to some of the most expensive medications on the market. However, from ongoing patent litigation and legislation to complex development processes, pharmacists and the U.S. prescription drug industry are left to hang on the cusp of a revolution.

Scott Micek, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education has been recognized with a pair of honors from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Jeff Pasucal, Pharm.D. ’17, engages in life-changing conversations through his PGY1 community-based residency.

From your mother’s dry turkey to Grandma Joann cheating at checkers, Thanksgiving traditions die hard. Perhaps one of the longest-standing traditions is the annual dinner discussion about how turkey makes us tired. Jeramia Ory, Ph.D. associate professor of biochemistry, took some time to debunk this myth.

Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”

With prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) currently in place in more than 47 Missouri counties, the College recently convened a panel of pharmacy experts to discuss the role of PDMPs in promoting the appropriate use of controlled substances and preventing opioid abuse.

Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was featured in the spring issue of Missouri Psychologist, the Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA) newsletter. The MOPA member spotlight features the “best psychologists in Missouri” and gives insight into what inspires them most in the field.

In an effort to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs to serve high school students in St. Louis City and north St. Louis County, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has generously supported St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s STEM Health Science Academy.

The College is in full swing, as students and faculty have returned to campus for the 2017-2018 academic school year. In step with the opening of Recreation and Student Center and the welcoming of a new freshman class, the College is delighted to announce the addition of new faculty to the STLCOP community.

As the country of Australia continues to feel the effects of a dangerous flu season that has sickened more than 166,000 people, the College is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots now to ensure that they are ready for what could be a severe flu season in the St. Louis area and nationwide.

At the 2016 IPhA Annual Conference, College alumni swept the four major awards and were installed as presidential officers.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and NCADA to distribute 50,000 medication deactivation pouches to promote safe disposal of prescription medications.

Pharmacists at St. Louis College of Pharmacy research one of the deadliest diseases in America.

Stephanie Crist, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, talks to Fox 2 news about challenges patients face when trying to control blood pressure.

The College was one of 18 schools awarded the 2016 Capacity Building Grant to expand study abroad opportunities for students and APPE rotation sites.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, has been selected as president-elect of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

From the latest flu guidelines, to a new vaccination for a potentially deadly infection, Associate Professor Golden Peters, Pharm.D., BCPS, shares important information about vaccines.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy plans extensive public health campaign to educate families about important health issue.

Associate professor of pharmacy practice selected as a Fellow.

Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., receives a grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists to analyze pharmacist-led dosing and monitoring of vancomycin in an OPAT program setting.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy collaboration brings advanced patient care to unserved area.

The partnership between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa carves a new path for pharmacy technicians in Southern Africa.

Researching the importance of external reviews in faculty promotion decisions.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor tackling two subjects at the AACP annual meeting.

Faculty member shares advice on balancing teaching and clinical responsibilities.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor participates in the national discussion regarding Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

Scott Vouri becomes the first pharmacist to receive the Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology for work on medication interactions.

Vincristine and paclitaxel (taxol) are chemotherapies effective in stopping cell division, but not without damaging neurons. In her research on neuron degeneration, Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and her collaborators have discovered a gene that is improving our understanding of chemo-related nerve damage.

How two faculty members at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are helping reduce hospital readmission rates.

Residents, preceptors and friends gathered at Third Degree Glass Factory to celebrate the 23rd Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet on Wednesday, June 15. Forty-two residents from St. Louis area pharmacy residency programs were recognized for the completion of their training.

More patients than ever before are being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

For 46 years, Evelyn Becker-Meyer has been inspiring her biology students to do their best in the classroom with a unique combination of humor,encouragement, and hands-on learning.

Incredible amount of unwanted medication safely removed from St. Louis-area homes during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Professor Lucia Tranel has been making a difference one student at a time at the College for 38 years. With a natural ability to motivate and connect with her students, Tranel has devoted her career to ensuring students are being taught how they learn best.

Faculty and Students Promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., talks to Fox 2 News about the important role pharmacists play in identifying potential medication side effects.

The College kicked off “We are STLCOP” week on Monday, April 18. The day consisted of photos with Morty the Eutectic and students writing down what makes them unique as part of the “I am Unique” campaign.

Times have changed in terms of physics education. Instead of studying topics like how projectiles move, STLCOP students are programming computers and running software to study the physics of molecular dynamics.

How St. Louis College of Pharmacy is helping lead this important region-wide effort.

Students and faculty have the opportunity to expand learning and scholarship at Trinity College in Dublin.

Winners of the Illinois and Missouri Distinguished Young Pharmacist Awards Share an Office

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is impacting pharmacy education and patients across the globe.

Inspired by a trending hashtag, Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has advice for patients using mental health medications and those considering their options.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., BCOP, talks about treating patients, teaching students, and balancing it all.

Answering the question inside a unique lab at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Less than 20 percent of Americans smoke. Every year, more try to quit. Asking for help from a pharmacist help could increase your chances of putting cigarettes down for good.

Melanie VanDyke, assistant professor of psychology, was published in Psychology online in September for her research of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the impact it has on family members of those with the illness.

Feeling sick? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some recommendations.

Could we be protected from the flu for a lifetime? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, checks in on the current research.

Faculty recognized for contributions to student learning outside of the classroom.

Stopping the flu begins with the flu shot. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, explains other steps to help stop the spread of the virus.

Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, continues his series on the 2015 flu season by looking inside this year's vaccine.

Flu season is about to start. How do you keep your family protected? Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, begins a multi-part series to answer that and other pressing questions.

Why Addyi Could be the Start of Something New for Women

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty member is using his position in national organization to help students.

In the first study of its kind, College faculty members looked to evaluate the faculty perception of team-based learning.

Pharmacist Shares 5 Important Points for Patients About OxyContin

Spades, a play written by Assistant Professor of History Eric Robinson, received second place in the Best Short Play category at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival in New York.

How Prescription Medication Prices Affect Pharmacists

Role of N-acetylcysteine examined in prevention.

Twelve new faculty members join the College for the Fall 2015 semester.

Paul Juang, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, is recognized for his significant contributions and impact on the practice of critical care medicine.

Pharmacist and faculty member Jamie Woodyard talks about all of the options for allergy relief.

History was made at 9 a.m. this morning as classes met for the first time in the new Academic and Research Building on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Both of the 250-seat classrooms were filled. By noon, nearly a dozen classes were complete.

Sheri Kuehnle exemplifies dedication. For 11 years, she has worked in the Business Office—first as a part-time worker in the cashier’s office before moving to her current position as payroll manager.

Erica Crannage, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is an early-adopter in health care innovation. In less than two years, she has led the way for pharmacists in Missouri to advance patient care.

Faculty member calls for help from other health care providers.

Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Student commended on first patient immunization.

How can you save money at the pharmacy? Jamie Shelly, Pharm. D., has some ideas.

Dr. Clark Kebodeaux reacts to new data showing low whooping cough vaccination rates for pregnant women.

Every patient who comes into Copper Bend Pharmacy in Belleville, Ill. receives their prescription from owner Steve Clement ’74 or a pharmacy student under his supervision.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the only institution in the region that can offer an accredited community pharmacy residency to new graduates, thanks to a recent vote by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Alyssa Thompson, Pharm.D., recognized for her research into COPD treatment.

Should I take an aspirin to help my heart? In the latest installment of 'Any Questions for the Pharmacist?', Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, answers this common question.

Associate Professor Jasna Marjanovic has been awarded an NIH grant—the first in STLCOP's history—to study an enzyme in blood platelets.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Washington University, and Barnes-Jewish College have created an interprofessional education collaboration.

Many women spend a good part of their pregnancy on a hunt for information. Beginning this summer, those moms-to-be and their families will have clearer information about the effects of medication. The Food and Drug Administration is dismissing a letter-grading system for medication and replacing it with more detailed information.

With the flu so widespread across the country, patients are being prescribed Tamiflu and Relenza in hopes of both shortening their flu symptoms and stopping the spread of the virus. These antiviral medications are the only two approved to both prevent and treat the flu. As a result, these medications are under a lot of scrutiny and debate over their effectiveness.

In an effort to treat depression, many patients try an herbal product that is available over-the-counter. With the dizzying number of choices, I took a look at the research behind nine herbal products and found there is a wide range of effectiveness when it comes to treating depression.

In the last posting, I looked at the body of evidence for five herbal products which have been used to help treat depression. I found no medical proof that inositol, melatonin, fish oil, L-tryptophan, or gingko were effective for depression in a large scale study. There are four herbal products where evidence shows some help for patients who were depressed. Don’t forget to ask your doctor or pharmacist before trying any of these products.

In what may be a first in the 150-year history of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a faculty member is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Journal is among the most prestigious and respected periodicals in the medical community.

A warm meal, some conversation, and access to health care may work just as well as antidepressant medications for older adults. That’s the trend Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy found when he looked at a group of older adults enrolled in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).

At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession.

Students are welcomed into the profession of pharmacy.

A large steel beam signed by hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now high above the campus.

The anticipation is building for Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., BCPS, as he’s about to embark on a three-year journey which will take him all over the country.

On Saturday, May 10, recent St. Louis College of Pharmacy retirees were honored for their years of service to the College.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now accepting applications for residency programs.

Three weeks is a lot of time, but when you’re trying to figure out how to implement a professional degree at a university it flies by quickly.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has selected Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., to serve as the 15th dean of the School of Pharmacy in the College’s 150 year history, effective August 1, 2014

In just four hours, medication equal in weight to two small school buses was turned in for proper disposal as part of the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative and National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice and interim director, office of experiential education, has been named a fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Jeff Delafuente, MS, FCCP, FASCP, president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists explains why it was so important for students at the College to become interested in specializing in the care of older adults.

Sixth-year student Bethanne Carpenter was perusing the pharmacy shelves of Walgreens on Lindell Blvd. when she noticed a man picking up one medication bottle before placing it back down and picking up another. Carpenter approached the man and asked if she could help.

For the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in flu cases nationwide in late December and early January. Data from the government shows this year’s season is tracking right along the same lines, opening us up for the potential of another spike in cases.

There are now more medications available to help patients prevent a stroke. For the past 60 years, warfarin has been the go-to medication. This new breed of medications offers promise and a different set of challenges.

Whether a person is moving from operating to recovery room, hospital to home, or home to skilled-care facility, each transition of care can become a complicated, intricate process.

Fifth-year students Callie Stoner and Lauren Owens have developed an AIDS drug treatment and prevention training program that they hope will have a lasting impact on the people of Swaziland, Africa.

Professor, Student, and Alumna, team up to research one of the most challenging health care questions.

Students make an impact in the community by volunteering at a free monthly health clinic.

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., shares why she chose to specialize in treating cancer.

There are many ways pharmacists help patients manage their pain during chemotherapy and cancer treatments.

With the new year upon us, many are beginning to think about resolutions. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy suggests four easy resolutions for a healthier year.

The number of Americans using hospice and palliative care is growing; in 2012, about 1.5 million chose to enter hospice. One of the many questions patients and their families have about beginning this form of care is pain management.

Bob Zebroski, professor of history, briefly examines how medicine has evolved in the past 150 years.

Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, spends a significant amount of time behind bars. When the associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is not teaching in class, he’s working at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. There, he helps manage medication for more than 1,200 inmates inside the St. Louis County jail.

Recently, Ryan Moenster, Pharm.D., BCPS-ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice talked to CNBC about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

Whether you've been taking a vitamin for years, or are considering one to take, Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice explains the process for selecting the right product

If you're caring for an older adult Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice has some practical advice to help the patient lead a healthier life.

An important component of the mission at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. That advocacy comes in many forms and can be seen in direct patient care, interactions with other health care professionals and discussions with lawmakers.

My asthma seems much better with a daily controller medicine. I don’t wheeze or cough often. I rarely need my quick-relief inhaler. Do I still need to take a daily medicine?

A look at some of the most common errors for patients make when trying to control their asthma.

Professor John Beale's discovery of four drug compounds—for which he has acquired the first international patent in STLCOP's history—may treat and even prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Expiration dates are a guarantee from the manufacturer. It shows the date the medication will be effective until when stored under ideal conditions.

Professor explores reasons why the number of patients taking life-saving medicine falls significantly after three months.

The Wall Street Journal reports as many as half of all U.S. patients on medication for chronic diseases aren’t following the doctor’s orders. Why? Assistant Professor Jamie Shelly, Pharm.D., explains five ways she works with patients on managing side effects.

Starting today, hydrocodone is now classified as a schedule II drug under new Food and Drug Administration rules. For patients, this will change the way prescriptions are filled during the next visit to the pharmacy.

This year St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the BJC Accountable Care Organization (ACO) entered into an agreement to help find ways for older adults to better manage their medications. Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, is working with ACO medical director Douglas Pogue, M.D., on the hospital’s most complex cases.

The holidays bring plenty to look forward to, including time off work and school. These changes in daily routine may mean that medications may take a back seat. To make sure you stay on track and stay healthy, Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some advice.

Lead...Every day about 137 people in America are infected with HIV according to U.S. government estimates. In honor of World AIDS Day, Alexandria Garavaglia-Wilson, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice writes about treatment for newly diagnosed patients.

Lead...It will soon be much easier for Americans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Starting today, new rules from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) go into effect allowing participating pharmacies, certain hospitals, and long-term care facilities to collect medication for proper disposal.

More than 200 scholarships totaling $401,756 were awarded to 175 students at the College’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.

Third-year students at the College took part in the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 30, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism.

On July 13, 25 high school students got one step closer to starting a career in pharmacy when they walked across the stage at the College’s Whelpley Auditorium and received a certificate recognizing their completion of the Walgreens-St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Explorers Diversity Outreach Program.

A contingent of faculty from the College presented at a pharmacy conference in Saudi Arabia in late February. The trip was part of the College’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with the kingdom and improve its global outreach.

International pharmacy leader Henri Manasse Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FFIP, will be the featured speaker at St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 2013 Commencement ceremony, which will be held May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.

October is American Pharmacists Month and St. Louis College of Pharmacy is celebrating with more than a dozen events to highlight the importance of pharmacists in health care.

Tricia Berry ‘94/’95, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs, and assistant dean, has been selected as the 2013 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator award recipient.

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., president of the College, announced that Sheldon G. Holstad, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, will assume the title of interim dean of pharmacy effective Jan. 1, 2013. Holstad succeeds Wendy Duncan, Ph.D.

Two faculty members from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa visited STLCOP this past week as part of the College’s ongoing twinning partnership with NMMU. The purpose of the partnership is to combat the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

College dignitaries and alumni alike were honored at the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson on June 6-9.

The College was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Rain didn’t deter anyone in St. Louis looking to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medication at this year’s St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative on April 27. A record 16,311 pounds of medication from the metropolitan area was discarded as part of the effort.

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents of the St. Louis region can take unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to a designated disposal site as part of the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative.

The centerpiece of the annual event was the presentation of the Byron A. Barnes Excellence in Education Awards. The awards, including the President’s Staff Excellence Award, the College Enhancement Award, and the Student Enrichment Award, were created in 1998 to recognize outstanding service to the College community.

There is a new call for more Americans to consider taking statins to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS shares three important points about today’s news.

Recent news about statins prompted a letter to the editor in the Nov. 30 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shirley Giebel wrote to ask whether there was a connection between statin use and bladder incontinence.

Whether you’re driving 30 minutes or 300 miles to get to Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations, car sickness can hit a child at any time. Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., is also a parent and recommends trying several steps before turning to medications:

Can I be proactive about treating my asthma? Or is it better to wait for an asthma attack to take my medicine?

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been vaccinating patients for more than five years as part of his pharmacy practice. In honor of the week, he has three important points about the flu vaccine:

I commend This American Life and ProPublica for covering the serious issue concerning acetaminophen overdoses in the recent program “Use Only as Directed.”

What is the best way to use antibiotics? An infectious disease pharmacist explains.

Asthma, a chronic disease affecting 20 million Americans, including nine million children, continues to affect the city of St. Louis. In 2012, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked St. Louis seventh on their list of the 10 asthma capitals in the U.S.

Asthma is a very common problem across our nation. About one out of every 11 children has asthma. It is even more common in the St. Louis area.

How a video game helped kick a three pack-a-day habit.

Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing an exciting physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

Students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are setting an example of interprofessional collaboration. A team from STLCOP and Washington University were recognized with two awards from the National Consumers League.

Her groundbreaking work in women’s health and collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to patient care have put Alicia Forinash at the forefront of the pharmacy profession.

International partnerships with nations like South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia position St. Louis College of Pharmacy to be at the forefront of impacting health care worldwide.

Treating cancer is in her position title, but most of Dr. Valeria Bernardo’s time is spent dealing with the side effects. Bernardo, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, also practices as a pediatric oncology pharmacist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

To educate students to address global health issues, STLCOP recently created the Office of International Programs and named Ken Schafermeyer, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration, as its director.

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