Pharmacy: In memoriam – Warren E. Weaver

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Warren Weaver

Warren Weaver

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Warren E. Weaver died July 10 at age 93. He taught at the school from 1950 to 1956, served as dean from 1956 to 1981 and continued to teach part time for several years after his retirement.

Weaver, the fifth dean of the school, holds the record for longest tenure in that position. His School of Pharmacy career began when then-dean R. Blackwell Smith Jr. (who went on to become president of the Medical College of Virginia) hired him away from the University of Maryland. Weaver arrived in Richmond as an associate professor in medicinal chemistry, having already established a reputation in the field.

While at MCV and then VCU, he established several pivotal pharmacy programs, including the master’s and Ph.D. degree offerings. He implemented one of the first pharmacy experiential education programs in the country, and he initiated the postbaccalaureate Pharm.D. program, which led to the transition from bachelor’s to Pharm.D. degrees for graduating pharmacists.

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Pharmacy: Tee up for school’s annual golf invitational

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2013 winning team

2013 winning team

Alumni, students, faculty and friends are invited to join the School of Pharmacy for the 2014 Yanchick Invitational Golf Tournament! The game is Captain’s Choice, and the action begins with an 11 a.m. tee time Oct. 9 at The Traditions at Brickshire Golf Club, 5520 Virginia Park Drive in Providence Forge.

It’s “fore” a good cause: scholarship support for School of Pharmacy students. While you’re at it, you can earn bragging rights for the longest drive or best team score.

The fee – $95 for alumni and friends, $50 for students – covers 18 holes of golf, carts, snacks, beverages, an awards picnic luncheon and door prizes, not to mention a hole-in-one contest for a new car. Or for $10, you can choose to attend the awards luncheon only.

Questions? Contact Jasmine Davis (M.S.’10/H&S), development specialist, at (804) 828-4247. Learn more or register for the Yanchick Invitational.

Pharmacy: Alumna named president-elect of national association

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Goode

VCU School of Pharmacy professor Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode (B.S.’89/P; Pharm.D.’94/P) has been named president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association.

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others who are interested in the profession of pharmacy.

Goode is an alumna of the VCU School of Pharmacy, having received her B.S. in 1989 and her Pharm.D. in 1994. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech in 1986.

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Pharmacy: Faculty, staff recognized for VCU service

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Pakyz

Pakyz

The 2014 VCU Service Awards Ceremony and Reception, set for Sept. 23, will recognize 20 School of Pharmacy faculty and staff members who have worked for the university a total of 285 years. That includes Amy Pakyz (B.S.’93/P; Pharm.D.’96/P; Ph.D.’14/AHP)., a triple VCU alumna who has taught at the School of Pharmacy for 10 years.

Find out who else is receiving a service award.

Pharmacy: Postdoc-alumnus garners international recognition

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Sarkar

VCU School of Pharmacy postdoctoral fellow and alumnus Aurijit Sarkar (Ph.D.’10/P) is one of two recipients worldwide of the International Society for Matrix Biology’s Young Scientists Award. He and Elisa Migliorini of the University of Grenoble-Alpes in France were selected for the award based on their oral presentations at the 2014 Proteoglycans Gordon Research Conference in Andover, New Hampshire.

Read more about Sarkar and his research. 

Pharmacy: New dean making the rounds

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Cecily and Joe DiPiro

Cecily and Joe DiPiro

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., whose first official day as dean was July 1, has been acquainting himself with the School of Pharmacy and its constituents for the last couple of months.

An alumni and friends reception took place July 22 at the Willow Oaks Country Club in Richmond, Virginia. Another was held Aug. 3 in conjunction with the Virginia Pharmacists Association’s 133rd Annual Convention in Virginia Beach. DiPiro and his wife, consultant pharmacist Cecily DiPiro, met and greeted dozens of SOP alumni, students and friends. Alumni planning to attend the 48th American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition also will have the opportunity to meet Dean DiPiro during a Dec. 7 reception at McCormick & Schmick’s, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, California. Be sure to drop by if you’re in Anaheim!

Learn more about VPhA Annual Convention award winners, speakers and events.

Pharmacy: Faculty win awards and grants

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• Richard A. Glennon, chairman of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, has been inducted into the American Chemical Society’s Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame and has been named a recipient of the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry’s fifth Philip S. Portoghese Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship.
• Gretchen Brophy, professor, has been named a fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society. 
• Malgorzata Dukat, associate professor, has received an unrestricted gift from Biophore, a pharmaceutical technology center founded by Jagadeesh Baby Rangisetty, a Medicinal Chemistry postdoctoral fellow from 1996 to 2003, and Manik Reddy Pullagurla (Ph.D.’03/P).

Social Work, Pharmacy, Medicine: VCU students team up to control diabetes

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From left: Students Beth Flippin, Lauren Gray and Jasmin Singh work with CrossOver Healthcare Ministry clinic diabetes patient Jose Catalano.

From left: Students Beth Flippin, Lauren Gray and Jasmin Singh work with CrossOver Healthcare Ministry clinic diabetes patient Jose Catalano.

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, a Richmond-based health clinic that delivers pro bono medical care to low-income uninsured individuals, brings together volunteers, staff and learners from various disciplines — in keeping with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to patient care. CrossOver provides primary care, dental, vision, counseling, pharmacy and a number of subspecialties at each of its two health centers.

This collaborative environment recently resulted in a new student-driven project designed to help Latino patients struggling to control their diabetes and also to teach students how to work with a health care team.

This spring, we — Virginia Commonwealth University students Beth Flippin, School of Pharmacy, and Lauren Gray, School of Social Work — worked with School of Medicine student Jasmin Singh, School of Pharmacy faculty member Sallie Mayer and other CrossOver health care providers to offer additional one-on-one bilingual diabetes education, psychological support and case-management for Latinos with diabetes.

Read more from The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Pharmacy: VCU receives $3M grant to study molecular marks

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Pharm grant-3 mil-featureVirginia Commonwealth University has received a five-year, $3 million grant to study how adverse experiences such as severe illnesses, neglect and maltreatment during childhood leave molecular marks in DNA that predict health risks later in life.

The Center for Biomarker Research and Personalized Medicine at the VCU School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Duke University School of Medicine, will conduct the five-year study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.

“Childhood adverse experiences such as severe illness, neglect or maltreatment have been robustly linked to psychiatric and other medical conditions where the consequences often persist far into adulthood,” said Edwin van den Oord, Ph.D., director of the Center for Biomarker Research and Personalized Medicine and principal investigator on the study. “Our goal is to study how these early adverse experiences become biologically embedded and how they create long-term health risks.”

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Pharmacy: Opportunity to meet the new dean!

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Joseph DiPiro

Dean Joseph DiPiro

A reception for new VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro will take place 6-7:30 p.m. July 22 at the Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Ave. in Richmond.

Area alumni and friends of the school are invited to drop by and welcome the dean, whose first official day at the school was July 1.

If you plan to join us for an evening with the dean, RSVPs are requested by July 18. Questions? Call (804) 828-3016.