DiscoveRx Magazine – Fall 2023

The Fall 2023 DiscoveRx masthead featuring alumni Deb Fluno, Kofi Andoh, and Pat Dowling.

Workforce Trends

Alumni Erin Nowak, Maggie Peinovich, Joseph Warzyn, Anna Lovaas, and Marc Zande.
Pharmacy From Home 

The pandemic pushed many industries to support remote employees. But what about pharmacy? Data from the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, led by Professor Dave Mott (BS ’88, MS ’92, PhD ’95) and colleagues, finds a significant increase in the hours pharmacists are working from home since 2019. The careers of these five alumni bear out the trend and illuminate where and how pharmacy work is done remotely.

National Leaders

Dave Hager, Jordan Dow, Kate Shaafsma, and Neil MacKinnon
Four Badger Pharmacy Fellows

For their broad impact on practice, Jordan Dow (PharmD ‘08, MS ‘10), David Hager (PharmD ‘05), Neil MacKinnon (MS ‘95), and Kate Schaafsma (MS ‘09) are honored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as 2023 fellows. See what they’re doing to shape the profession and patient care.

From Advancement

Dave’s Corner

Alumni have an immeasurable impact on the School of Pharmacy and its students through generously sharing their time, talent, and treasure. As another semester begins, Associate Dean for Advancement Dave Mott (BS ’88, MS ’92, PhD ’95) shares some of the ways your support is making a difference.

Read his message >
David Mott

Alumni Gatherings

Gallery: PAA/WSPS Golf Outing

Each year, the Pharmacy Alumni Association hosts a golf outing that brings alumni, faculty, and students together for a day on the green, all to benefit student scholarships.

A group of alumni in front of a golf cart.

Gallery: 2023 PAA Luncheon

During the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin's annual meeting, the Pharmacy Alumni Association hosted a luncheon to bring Wisconsin alums together to reconnect and celebrate 2023 honorees.

Alumni arm-in-arm at the PAA Luncheon.

Leading Research

Detecting Drugs of Abuse

“I call it forensic tox whack-a-mole,” says Assistant Professor Heather Barkholtz. “As soon as a certain substance is made illegal, something new pops up, so we’re always chasing those novel psychoactive substances."

Heather Barkholtz, PhD, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) in the WSLH Forensic Toxicology laboratory where testing is performed for some of her research.

Clotting to Target Cancer

To better target cancer therapeutics, Assistant Professor Quanyin Hu leverages a mechanism that results in a very specific biological chain reaction — the cellular signals that trigger blood to clot.

Quanyin Hu in his lab

New Antiviral for Deadly Encephalitis

Associate Professor Jennifer Golden has found a brain-penetrating drug candidate that is effective against two deadly encephalitis viruses, for which there are currently no approved prophylactic or therapeutic treatment options.

Jennifer Golden in her lab with a graduate student

Pharm Tour

Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin's Inaugural School of Pharmacy Visit – September 11, 2023

Photo Gallery:
Chancellor Tours the School

New UW Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin visits Rennebohm Hall to be introduced to the breadth and depth of pharmacy education and research taking place right here on campus.

See her visit and what she learned from the state’s top producer of pharmacists >

Student Innovators

National Programming Award

For their Conference on Conferences, the School's Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students earns a national award from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.

3 PharmTox Fellows

Three PharmTox students receive competitive UW–Madison research fellowships to explore issues from repairing traumatic brain injuries to using oncolytic viruses as treatment.

PharmTox students Ethan Cui, Isabella Jones, and Adam Eckardt.

Entrepreneurial Pitch

In front of a panel of School of Pharmacy alumni judges, PharmD students pitched entrepreneurial ideas for new medication-focused apps and devices.

Debra Fluno, Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, and Bruce Scott share comments at a table

National Student Leader

Even before pharmacy school, PharmD student Michael Nome helped found a school in his hometown in Nigeria. His leadership qualities have only grown stronger, and now he's one of 12 pharmacy students nationwide to receive this ASHP award.

Michael Nome


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Class Notes

Class Notes for Fall 2023 includes updates from Julie Asmus, Ryan Miller, Maya Boguslewski, Dave Wuest, and Arlene Iglar.

Fall 2023 Class Notes

See what our Pharmacy Badgers have been up to all spring and summer, including numerous professional achievements, new roles, and updates on how life has been. Keep in touch with your School of Pharmacy alumni peers through class notes.

Read what’s new >
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Upcoming Events

Alumni & Friends Tailgate

Join alumni and friends of the School as they get ready to cheer on the Badgers as they face the Iowa Hawkeyes. At the tailgate, find a buffet, games, a buffet, and cash bar. Stick around after kickoff for a viewing party.

October 14, 2023, 12:30 pm >

Webinar: Pharmacy’s Role in Population Health

Christopher Barron (BS ’97), Tyler Prickette (PharmD ’17), and Tony Knutson (PharmD ’20) share how Fort HealthCare applies principles of population health, including its key initiatives, pharmacy’s role, and best practices that promote population health initiatives.

Register for this free Pharmacy Experts webinar here >

From the PAA

Jason Lau swearing in Heather Spatchek as the new PAA president.

PAA Corner

This fall, Heather Spatchek (PharmD ’18) is sworn in as the new president of the Pharmacy Alumni Association for the 2023-24 term. In her first update, learn how much was raised for scholarships during the annual PAA/WSPS Golf Outing and see what’s planned for fall.

Read her update >

Professional Development

UW–Madison Psychedelic Symposium

Nov. 2 – 3, 2023 | BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, Fitchburg, Wis.

Hosted by the UW Transdisciplinary Center for Research in Psychoactive Substances and the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development, this third-annual symposium is intended for researchers and clinicians in the areas of clinical psychology, psychiatry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work.

The symposium will highlight community engagement approaches and scientific and clinical work on campus, as well as roundtable discussions on models of care for ketamine and psilocybin therapies, barriers to access for underserved communities, best practices, and more.

Find more information >

CMC Project Team Leadership Course

October 16 – 19, 2023 | Pyle Center, Madison

This course provides project management and leadership training for aspiring or current project team leaders, covering effective leadership skills, team dynamics, project management, and decision-making skills. The course also covers regulatory compliance and quality assurance to plan candidate advancement to Phase I and beyond.

Learn more and register >

Pharmacy Innovations Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy Conference

Nov. 3, 2023 | Virtual

Learn more and register >

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Editor-in-Chief  |  Katie Gerhards
Photographer  |  Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing Photographers | Todd Brown, Andy Manis, Samantha Casper, Kristen Koenig
Contributing Writers  |  Katie Ginder-Vogel, Nicole Etter
Editorial Interns |  Aarti Gupta, Olivia Bouchard
Editorial Advisors  |  Alyson KimDavid Mott

DiscoveRx magazine is a quarterly digital publication by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.

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