Hussain Harun (PharmD ’12), Chris Barron (BS ’97), and Abigail Moore (PharmD ’17) are just three of many Badger pharmacists in Wisconsin’s rural areas developing new programs and services to help patients stay healthy.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Social and Administrative Sciences Division Michelle Chui is being inducted as a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.
Pharmacists change lives. Dean Steven Swanson explains why it's important for our pharmacy alumni to promote the profession and help prepare the next generation of future pharmacists to make a difference.
Associate Professor Joe Zorek co-authors national guidance document for interprofessional education that will impact nearly every health profession. Learn how the School's programs influenced the new guidelines.
Bruce Scott (BS '79) has earned the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy's highest award. "The fact that I’ve achieved nothing in my career alone isn’t lost on me," he says.
Above and Beyond
Luke Beirl (PharmD '11) worked his way up to CEO of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital within seven years of earning his PharmD. "I noticed an unmet demand for leaders in health care in rural areas,” he says, so he took on the challenge.
Milwaukee Pharmacy Alumni Event
The UW–Madison School of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Advancement Dave Mott (BS ’88, MS ’92, PhD ’95) kicked off a new series of pharmacy alumni events around the state of Wisconsin with a gathering in Milwaukee. The next event is coming to Green Bay on Tuesday, April 23 — find details and RSVP here!
The School's Pharmacotherapy Skills Course has won numerous awards and accolades for innovative teaching. Learn what sets it apart and how it gives our PharmD students an advantage.
The School of Pharmacy's new Pathway of Distinction in Research recognizes PharmD students who have demonstrated an ability and interest in changing pharmacy practice through research.
Legends of Pharmacy
As former dean and professor emeritus, George Zografi left an indelible mark at the School of Pharmacy and on the face of pharmaceutical research and pharmacy practice. Learn more about his life, career, and legacy of mentorship.
Research in Action
Re-Engineering Bacteria for Biofuels
Normally, Assistant Professor Jason Peters' research focuses on finding new genetic targets for future antibiotics. But now, he's using that same CRISPR technology to enable better bioenegy production.
Finding Pharmacists' Role in Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common and complex life-shortening inherited diseases. Assistant Professor Olufunmilola Abraham (MS '11, PhD '13) is starting a new research project to learn how pharmacists can help.
Reconstructing Bacterial Communities
Assistant Professor Jason Kwan is building better computational tools for exploring microbial communities. The resulting tools will be broadly useful for many types of scientific questions, including how those communities form after forest fires.
In the Crime Lab
PharmTox alumna Melisa Wittkowske (BS ’06) oversees the DNA Databank Unit of the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. Her team processes DNA samples and enters them into the FBI-owned Combined DNA Index System to help uncover investigative leads.
Q&A with Dave Zgarrick
From his most recent streaming binge to what he'd be doing if not pharmacy, get to know School of Pharmacy alumnus David Zgarrick (BS ’88).
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Professor Betty Chewning's Tai Chi Prime program focuses on four tai chi forms older adults can do anywhere, anytime, to improve balance and prevent falls.
Alumni and friends of the School of Pharmacy are responsible for nearly 80 percent of scholarships given to students in the PharmD and PharmTox programs. See the impact they make on both donor and student.
Every graduate of the School of Pharmacy is an automatic member of the Pharmacy Alumni Association, and the PAA is enhancing efforts to connect with and provide opportunities to pharmacists and pharmacy students.
“What we need to do is to figure out new weaknesses in these bacteria,” says Assistant Professor Jason Peters. He developed a new suite of CRISPR-based tools to do just that.
Through a new research collaboration with UW Health, Associate Professor Warren Rose is examining the effectiveness of a new antibiotic and the risk factors for resistance.
Medicine on Main Street
April 28 | 5 pm CST | WPT
Professor David Mott (BS ’88, MS ’92, PhD ‘95) and Assistant Professor Ed Portillo (PharmD ’14) are featured in a documentary on Wisconsin Public Television, sharing their perspective on the expanding role of pharmacists in rural areas. If you’re up late, the special is also airing April 12 at 11:30 pm CST, or watch it online.
Brown County Pharmacy Alumni Gathering
Saturday, April 23, 6:30-10 pm
School of Pharmacy alumni in the Brown County/Green Bay area: Reconnect with us at the Green Bay Distillery!
Associate Dean for Advancement Dave Mott (BS ’88, MS ’92, PhD ’95) is hosting Green Bay-area alumni for a party with food, drinks, and networking while the Milwaukee Brewers take on the St. Louis Cardinals. See more details and RSVP.
Thursday & Friday, March 28–29
The School is hosting Dale Wurster, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics professor at the University of Iowa, for a two-part lecture: “Determination of Adsorption Site Specificity: Activated Carbon as a Model” (Thursday) and “Compression Calorimetry” (Friday).
Friday, April 5
Janet Smith, director of the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Michigan, is visiting the School to deliver a talk titled “Natural Product Biosynthetic Enzymes: Not All Domains Are What They Appear to Be.”
Thursday & Friday, April 25–26
Professor of Developmental Biology David Kingsley, of Stanford University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is visiting the School to deliver a two-part lecture: “Fishing for the Secrets of Vertebrate Evolution” (Thursday) and “Applying Evolutionary Principles to Common Traits and Diseases in Humans” (Friday).
CE Programs and Events
The Health Professional’s Role in Management of the Patient with Diabetes | CE: ACPE, ANCC | April 10-11, 2019 | Madison, Wis.
Essential Skills for Evidence-Based Formulary Decision Making within Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees | CE: ACPE | Through August 16, 2020 | Online
April 3–May 29, 2019 | Online
May 13-17, 2019 | Madison, Wis.
May 20-23, 2019 | Madison, Wis.
May 9 & 30, June 20 & July 11, 2019 | Online
Land O’ Lakes Conferences
July 15-19, 2019 | Madison, Wis.
August 12-25, 2019 | Madison, Wis.
September 9-12, 2019 | Madison, Wis.
All three conferences are accepting poster abstracts for the 2019 poster session. Go to the conference of your choice for details.
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