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September 4, 2018

September 2018 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.

Karen Bastianelli, associate professor, is the recipient of the 2018 Phi Delta Chi Outstanding Advisor (National) Award, Beta-Psi Chapter.

Bastianelli presented "Update on Medications to Treat Dementia" at the Alzheimer’s Association Twin Ports Dementia Conference, July 31, 2018, in Duluth, Minn.

Heather Blue, assistant professor, presented "Naloxone: A Tool Amid the Opioid Crisis" at a Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Prescription Monitoring Program Provider Education Session at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth on August 9, 2018.

Yun-Jeong Choe, post-doctoral associate, Minwoo Baek, research specialist, and Nam Chul Kim, assistant professor, presented "A CHCHD10 mutation generates dominant mitochondrial toxicity through the mitochondrial quality control system" at the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship held August 1-4, 2018, in Queens, N.Y.

Kerry Fierke, associate professor, presented "Leading Through Song" to the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, August 15, 2018, in Duluth, Minn. The two-hour session focused on connecting area youth singers with leadership concepts and transformation of self as a leader.

J. C. Schommer, L. M. Brown, R. A. Bortz, A. Cernasev, B. T. Gomaa, Keri D. Hager, associate professor, L. Hillman L, Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, S. V. S. Pakhomov, and Paul L. Ranelli, professor, had their article, "An opportunity for pharmacists to help improve coordination and continuity of patient health care," published in Pharmacy 2018;6(3):78. 

The following posters were presented at the Nexus Summit (National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Annual Summit) held July 29-31, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

  • Hager, J. Merighi, C. O’Donnell, S. Remke. Providers’ Perspectives of Integrated Behavioral Health Collaboration in a Family Medicine Training Program
  • N. Chaisson, E. Borman-Shoap, H. Thompson Buum, P. Adam, C. L. Friedrich, Hager. Assessment of an Interprofessional Postgraduate Workshop to Promote Team-based Ambulatory Care

Hager co-facilitated two Conversation Cafés at the Nexus Summit with Tony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, associate professor/director Athletic Training Program Saint Louis University: "What’s Next? Identifying Challenging IPE Issues to Drive Future Priorities."

Amanda Klein, assistant professor, presented "Potassium Channels as Downstream Targets of Opioid Signaling: Involvement in Opiate Efficacy, Tolerance and Withdrawal" to visiting students and faculty from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, China, at a symposia hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on August 17, 2018.

Okoro participated as faculty moderator/discussant for the podium session on “Patient Experiences” (seven presentations) at the 2018 Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference, August 15-17, 2018, in Madison, Wis.

Okoro was an invited speaker at the 2018 African World AIDS Day hosted by a coalition of African communities, August 18, 2018, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Her presentation focused on “Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV Prevention Strategies for African Communities in Minnesota.”

Ranelli is featured in the July 12, 2018, Academic Pharmacy Now article, "State, Screen, and Story: A Novel Approach to Pharmacy Instruction." 

David Stenehejem, associate professor, presented "Oncology Outcomes Research Using ORIEN” at the Department of Pharmacotherapy and the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center Annual Retreat, University of Utah College of Pharmacy, on August 7, 2018.

Stenehjem presented "Multisite Outcomes Research in Precision Oncology” at the HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, on August 13, 2018, and at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 14, 2018.

Stenehjem, C. Cavalieri, E. Swanson, B. Solomon, J. Whisenant, D. Tran, J. Weis, G. Gilcrease, S. Sharma, and I. Garrido-Laguna, had their article, "Pembrolizumab in advanced gastrointestinal malignancies with defective DNA mismatch repair: A case series," published in the Journal of Immunotherapy and Precision Oncology. 2018;(1):1–6.

Tim P. Stratton, professor, Laura C. Palombi, assistant professor, Blue, and Mark E. Schneiderhan, associate professor, had their article, "Ethical dimensions of the prescription opioid abuse crisis," published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2018;75:1145-50.

Mike Swanoski, senior associate dean and associate professor, was interviewed by The Washington Post and quoted in an August 23, 2018, article in its Health 202 Newsletter titled "Here's why rural independent pharmacies are closing their doors." 

T. Luczak and Swanoski had their article, "A review of cranberry use for preventing urinary tract infections in older adults," published in Consultant Pharmacist. 2018 Aug 1;33(8):450-453. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2018.450.

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