This second-annual feature celebrates rising stars from each of the School of Pharmacy’s degree programs. From creating new platforms to improve the accessibility of health care to helping to develop new diagnostics that improve patient outcomes, these five are pushing research and patient care into the future in unique ways.
Caffeine for Preemies
Caffeine is one of the most commonly prescribed therapies for premature infants. To improve its dosing and infant outcomes, Assistant Professor Sin Yin Lim led a study that is earning him recognition from the Pediatric Pharmacy Association.
Leveraging Pharmacists for 'Whole Health'
Social determinants of health account for up to 80% of health outcomes, but only 16% of clinic practices report screening their patients. That’s why Christina Nguyễn (PharmD '21) led a study to see how pharmacists can fill that gap.
New Toolkit for Safer Opioids
Developed by School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and alumni, such as Tyler Prickette (PharmD '17), the toolkit aims to save lives, especially in rural areas hit the hardest by opioid misuse.
At state and national levels, six School of Pharmacy alumni are working to improve representation and inclusion in the pharmacy profession. Learn how Tabarius Smith (PharmD ’03), Melissa Theesfeld (PharmD ’06), Jenevieve Van Order (PharmD ’21), Dawn Moore (MS ’01), Melissa Ortega (MS ’12), and Bruce Scott (BS ’79) are helping pharmacists to feel represented and to better serve diverse patient populations.
A new $16.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health is helping Assistant Professor Ed Portillo expand his life-changing service for veterans with COPD. See how.
Alumni Innovators - Milwaukee
The School held a reception to bring Milwaukee-based alums together to hear from pharmacy innovators Annie Biesboer (PharmD ’10), Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori (PhD ’10), and Dalia Saleh (PharmD ’14), and to reconnect over a meal.
Alumni Innovators - Madison
This Madison-area alum event featured talks from alumni and faculty who are advancing their fields, including Steve Rough (BS ’91, MS ’94), Scott Canfield (PharmD ’13), Sara King (BS ’99), Ed Portillo (PharmD ’14), Professor Paul Hutson and more.
In 2022, the School of Pharmacy’s graduates earned one of their best ASHP Residency Match Rates to date: 92%. Learn where some of these grads are headed for their residency, what they’re focusing on, and what they think helped them stand out as competitive applicants.
As the School’s 2021-22 academic year comes to a close, School of Pharmacy Dean Steve Swanson reflects on some of the greatest accomplishments of the School’s students and faculty, and looks forward to what challenges the School will be tackling next to remain one of the best pharmacy schools in the nation.
The student experience at the School of Pharmacy is top-notch thanks to alumni support for critical career programming and community-building activities.
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"Without knowing this job existed, I was preparing for it,” says Allison Gardner (BS '99). Now a leader in continuing education for healthcare professionals, she's being honored by the Pharmacy Alumni Association.
Tom McCourt (BS '80) has championed major breakthroughs in treatments for GI diseases, including Prilosec. In 2022, he's being recognized nationally for his pivotal contributions.
Three PharmD and two Health Services Research in Pharmacy students were selected for coveted podium presentations at the 2022 American Pharmacists Association meeting, sharing their impactful research.
A new biodegradable gel, developed by Assistant Professor Quanyin Hu and collaborators, improves the immune system’s ability to keep cancer at bay after tumors are surgically removed.
Data Visualization Award
Director of Global Health Laurel Legenza (PharmD '13) and Health Services Research in Pharmacy graduate student Apoorva Reddy are winners in a national competition for their visualization of data on suicide and overdose deaths.
Through the support of renowned alum Leon Lachman (PhD '56), the School is launching a new Institute to harness expertise and enhance collaboration to move therapies from the lab into the clinic. Learn about the Institute's goals.
Nearly 40% of the School's PharmD students receive a scholarship, thanks to alumni support, which can greatly impact the trajectory of students' careers. Students and alumni reflect on how scholarships have helped them.
Pharmacy Experts: Naloxone Injection Administration for Opioid Relapse Prevention
Watch the School of Pharmacy’s full Pharmacy Experts webinar, hosted by Assistant Professor Jay Ford, featuring Eric Jachthuber, John Lemke (PharmD ’15), Thad Schumacher, and Jenni Villeneuve (PharmD ’02). These experts discuss how pharmacists can get involved in treatment for substance misuse disorder.
University Place: Psychedelics and Mental Health
Assistant Professor Cody Wenthur is featured on PBS’ University Place series discussing how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy may be used to treat end-of-life anxiety, treatment resistant depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Watch his full talk here or catch it on the Wisconsin Channel: June 19 at 6 am or June 20 at 4 pm.
Save the Date
2nd Annual UW–Madison Psychedelic Symposium will be held October 27-28, 2022 at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery on the UW Campus. More information and registration coming soon.
Pharmacy Invitational Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy (PICAT) will be held virtually this year on December 5, 2022. More information and registration coming soon.
Editor-in-Chief | Katie Gerhards
Photographer | Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing Photographers | Todd Brown, Ingrid Laas, Paul L. Newby II, Deanne Fitzmauritz, Carla Osberg, Stephanie Howard
Contributing Writers | Katie Ginder-Vogel, Jessica Steinhoff, Eric Butterman
Editorial Interns | Brianna Foth, Ben Cadigan
Editorial Advisors | Alyson Kim, David Mott
DiscoveRx magazine is a quarterly digital publication by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.