Eric and Jenna Gresens (BS ’98) relaunched their small-town pharmacy to focus on meeting the health care needs of their community well beyond prescriptions, including everything from researching essential oils to preparing for a future of pharmacogenetic testing.
Rocky La Dien (BS '77) has been an active influence on the profession of pharmacy through his involvement with regulatory changes, precepting future pharmacists, and creating a new process to get child sex abuse victims crucial treatment faster.
From the oldest to the youngest, the Konkol brothers—Justin, Paul, Derek, Bryan, and Jonathan—span 14 years. But they are united around a shared, though unexpected, passion: pharmacy.
Melissa Forbes’ (PharmD ‘10) commitment to student and resident education and her continued search for opportunities to expand pharmacists' role in patient care set her apart as a preceptor and as a pharmacist.
Associate Professor Warren Rose is being honored by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for his contributions in infectious disease research, including his work to tackle antibiotic resistance.
The School of Pharmacy is excited to announce the promotions of Professor Beth Martin, Professor Tim Bugni, Professor Sandro Mecozzi, and Associate Professor Joe Zorek.
The talented incoming PharmD class of 2022, new research funding and faculty achievements, and continued alumni leadership mean the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy is set up for continued success.
In partnership with the Wisconsin School of Business, the School created a new, first-of-its-kind Pharmacy Operations and Technology Management concentration within the PharmD program to prepare future pharmacists for leadership roles earlier.
WisCNano, founded by Pharmaceutical Sciences Professors Glen Kwon, Seungpyo Hong, Lingjun Li, and Sandro Mecozzi, will boost the potency of drug discovery at UW–Madison.
An upcoming faculty hire at the School of Pharmacy, through a cancer genetics/precision medicine cluster hire, will be leveraging genetic insights to improve the efficacy of cancer treatment.
Improving Public Health
Assistant Professor Olufunmilola Abraham (MS ’11, PhD ‘13) teamed up with Gear Learning to develop a video game to teach high school students about opioid safety and how to navigate the potential social repercussions.
Professor Eva Vivian launched a community-driven project in Milwaukee to help individuals support each other in leading lifestyles that help prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes.
Associate Professor Bob Breslow and Professor Beth Martin are partnering with Michigan State on a study that will use eye-tracking to examine the effectiveness of OTC label design.
To improve global health, Laurel Legenza (PharmD ’13) traveled to South Africa to conduct research to treat C. difficile faster, while leading a Wisconsin project to map antibiotic resistance.
Unraveling an Enzyme Mystery
Assistant Professor Jiaoyang Jiang is hot on the case of an unusual pair of enzymes that play a critical but unknown role in major human diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancer.
Efficient Cancer Targeting
Professor Seungpyo Hong's new grant from the National Science Foundation will fund his research to develop a new type of nanocarrier that combines synthetic and biotic components to better penetrate cancerous areas.
Driven by Discovery
The need for new antibiotics fuels Professor Tim Bugni’s highly collaborative push to find novel molecules in marine bacteria. One of his methods, co-culturing, has led his team to file three patents for potential new drugs in the summer of 2018.
Professor Weiping Tang received an exploratory grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a different type of chemistry to streamline the process of carbohydrate synthesis.
Professor Glen Kwon and former student Tony Tam (PhD '18) developed a stabilized form of a common chemotherapy agent that has proven more effective than the standard form in inhibiting tumor growth in early models.
PSW Annual Meeting and PAA Luncheon
The annual meeting of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin brought together pharmacists from around the state for networking, recognition, and a look toward the future of pharmacy. During the meeting, seven Badger pharmacists took home awards.
The School of Pharmacy offers two new ways for preceptors to enhance their clinical teaching skills, leading to better-trained future pharmacists and improved patient care.
Preceptor Paul Jest (PharmD ’11), a pharmacist at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wis., strives to provide his student pharmacists with engaging opportunities to participate on the health care team.
The School of Pharmacy introduces new resources, including a dedicated housing coordinator, to help PharmD students find housing for clerkships.
Each summer, the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacy Professional Development hosts four Land O’ Lakes conferences geared toward keeping those in the pharmaceutical industry informed about the newest technologies and techniques. In case you missed them, here’s your chance to get caught up:
Formulation Development and Drug Delivery Conference: Continuous Manufacturing >> Read more
Bioanalytical Conference: Staying Ahead of the Curve >> Read more
Pharmaceutical Analysis Conference: Analytical Considerations for a Comprehensive Control Strategy >> Read more
Since the summer issue of DiscoveRx, your UW–Madison School of Pharmacy alumni peers have been busy. They’re moving, marrying, striking up new side projects, and more, and you can stay up to date with it all by checking class notes in each DiscoveRx.
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY CAREER FAIR
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Alumni are invited to participate in the career fair to connect with student pharmacists, share information about open positions or APPE rotations, and conduct interviews.
ALUMNI & FRIENDS RECEPTION AT AAPS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
During the annual meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in Washington, D.C., join your fellow School of Pharmacy alumni and friends for a Badger gathering.
Applied Drug Development Certificate
Expand your knowledge and optimize your drug development process by earning your Applied Drug Development Certificate:
- CMC Project Team Leadership | October 15-18 | Learn more and register >>
- Introduction to Drug Development [online] | January 24-May 2 | Learn more and register >>
- Principles of Solid Dosage Forms | May 13-17 | Learn more and
- Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics | May 20-23 | Learn more and register >>
100% Online Certificates
Did you know that Division of Pharmacy Development offers two certificate programs 100 percent online?
Biologic Therapeutic Drug Development Certificate
Learn more and register >>
This brand-new online program is designed for scientists to expand their knowledge about biologics.
Certificate in Formulary Drug Evaluation Processes
Learn more and register >>
This certificate program trains current and aspiring members of Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committees to improve communications and make evidence-based decisions.
Upcoming Pharmacy Conferences
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to keep up with the latest industry updates and earn your CE.
2018 Fall Milwaukee Conference: Infectious Diseases | Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, Brookfield, WI | September 28 | Learn more and register >>
2018 Fall Madison Conference: Biologics | Marriott Madison West, Middleton, WI | November 8 | Learn more and register >>
2018 Pharmacy Invitational Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy (PICAT) | Anaheim, CA | December 1 | Sign up for invite >>
Executive Editor | Alyson Kim
Editor-in-Chief | Katie Gerhards
Photographer | Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing writers | Katie Ginder-Vogel, Jill Sakai
Contributing photographers | Ingrid Laas, Paul L. Newby II, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
DiscoveRx magazine is a quarterly digital publication by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.