Patricia White Sharrow (B.S.’79/P) and her mother, Laura LaFontaine White (B.S.’48/N), recently opened Battletown Pharmacy in Berryville, Va. In addition to paying tribute to the late Eugene V. White (B.S.’50/P), they are carrying on his passion for independent pharmacy.
In addition to the previously announced awards made to VCU School of Pharmacy faculty Ben Van Tassell (New Investigator Award) and Pharm.D. student Rebecca Wolfe (Practice and Research Network Student Research Award), faculty Donald F. Brophy, Pharm.D. (M.S.’04/M), and Nancy Yunker and alumna Lindsey Madures Burgess (Pharm.D.’12/P) were honored during the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2013 Annual Meeting.
Burgess, a PGY2 cardiology resident at Duke University, won the award for Best Resident/Fellow Poster. Yunker was named an ACCP Fellow (FCCP), and Brophy received the Adult Medicine Practice and Research Network Distinguished Investigator Award.
By Nan Johnson
Donald F. Brophy, Pharm.D. (M.S.’04/M), has been named the first Nancy and Ronald McFarlane Professor of Pharmacy in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Brophy currently serves as chairman of the school’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science and is a professor of pharmacy and medicine.
Nancy (B.S.’80/P) and Ron McFarlane (B.S.’80/P) established the professorship in 2008 in recognition of the education they received at the School of Pharmacy. They established their business, MedProRx Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., in 2002.
VCU School of Pharmacy’s 16th Annual Research and Career Day on Nov. 8 at the Larrick Student Center attracted 120 attendees as well as nearly 50 poster-session entries. Pharm.D., graduate and postdoctoral students had the opportunity to hone their job-hunting skills by meeting with School of Pharmacy alumni and other scientists working in government, academe and the pharmaceutical industry.
VCU School of Pharmacy’s Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Delta Chi has been busy helping to support the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Initiative. Several student volunteers worked with Henrico County Police on Oct. 26 to collect unused, unneeded and expired drugs.
In addition, third-year Pharm.D. students Melinda Ellis and Sarah Barden appeared on Richmond’s CBS affiliate on Oct. 23 to discuss the National Take-Back Initiative and the best ways to dispose of prescription drugs at home.
Following the fall meeting of VCU School of Pharmacy’s Graduate Advisory Board, a new LinkedIn subgroup was established to keep graduate alumni from all departments apprised of what the board is working on and to encourage graduate alumni to connect and network. The GAB meets twice a year to provide advice to and support for the school’s graduate programs.
The VCU School of Pharmacy’s Center for Biomarker Research and Personalized Medicine has received a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for a five-year study to help better understand and treat chronic depression.
“It is of great clinical importance to better understand chronic depression, and DNA methylation studies are a very promising new direction,” says Center Director Edwin van den Oord.
While studying to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University, Susan M. Learned (Pharm.D.’97/P; Ph.D.’97/P) remembers thinking she’d never finish the course work required before she could really dig into her research. That’s because students focusing on clinical pharmacology had to take not only all of the mandatory courses for the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics but also those required for the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the School of Medicine.
She soon realized, however, thanks to her adviser, Jurgen Venitz, M.D., Ph.D., now professor and vice chairman of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics, that the extra training would benefit her in the long run. She calls choosing Venitz as her graduate student adviser the smartest choice she made in her career.
“The education and mentorship I received under Jurgen’s direction was by far the most influential in providing for me the professional and leadership opportunities I have subsequently benefited from,” Learned says.
At the first position she accepted out of graduate school as a clinical pharmacokineticist at what is now GlaxoSmithKline, Learned found she could immediately contribute outside of her area of expertise.
“I could actively engage in development discussions, formulation design and challenges, clinical development, and toxicology,” she says. “It is because of this breadth of education and experience that I was soon given opportunities to lead multidisciplinary project teams.”
Nancy McFarlane (B.S.’80/P) was re-elected for a second term as mayor of Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 8.
McFarlane and her husband, Ron McFarlane (B.S.’80/P) , are longtime supports of the VCU School of Pharmacy.
In 2008, the McFarlanes established the Nancy and Ronald McFarlane Professor of Pharmacy in recognition of the education they received at the School of Pharmacy. Donald F. Brophy, Pharm.D. (M.S. ’04), was recently named as the first recipient.
The McFarlanes established their business, MedProRx Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., in 2002.