DiscoveRx Magazine – Winter 2018

Masthead for Winter 2018 DiscoveRx

Distinguished Careers

Chris Decker, Roger Rung, Jim De Muth, and Ibrahim Jalall

Citations of Merit Honor Pharmacy Innovators

The Citation of Merit is the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy’s highest award, honoring distinguished pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. This year, four worthy leaders, including three Badger pharmacy alumni, are the awardees: Chris Decker, Roger Tung (PhD ’87), Jim De Muth (MS ’72, PhD ’74), and Ibrahim Jalal (PhD ’78).

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Pharmacy Alumni Tailgate
& Class of 1978 Reunion

Generations of Badger pharmacists from around the state, including the Class of 1978, gathered at Union South to reconnect and cheer for the home team.

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Classmates from the Class of 1978 throwing up the Wisconsin "W"

Faculty News

Jeanette Roberts photo collage

Former Dean Jeanette Roberts Retires

After 15 years at the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy, including 11 as dean, Jeanette Roberts is retiring. Before her departure, she shares some of her cherished memories and lessons from her time at the School, and her future plans.

Alumni Pharmacy Careers

Charlie Lee (BS ’96) is a community pharmacist, but he had originally gone to college to become a chemical engineer.

When his mother suggested pharmacy school, “that was kind of like a light bulb moment for me,” he says. Hear what he finds exciting and challenging about making a direct impact in patients’ lives.


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2018 Career Fair and Roundtable Networking

Alumni and practitioners flooded Rennebohm Hall for our annual Career Fair and a roundtable networking session designed to connect our PharmD students with the people and opportunities that will accelerate their careers.

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Roundtable Networking with alumna Maria Wopat

Medication Outcomes

Michelle Chui in the Sonderegger Research Center

Sonderegger Research Center Relaunches with New Vision and New Layout

The Sonderegger Research Center’s new director, Associate Professor Michelle Chui, is redesigning the center’s mission and space to cultivate collaboration and improve medication outcomes.

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The 55th reunion for the dual master's degree and residency program with UW Health

55th Pharmacy Administration Residency Reunion

The UW–Madison School of Pharmacy created a two-year dual masters degree program and residency in health systems pharmacy administration with UW Health. In 2018, graduates and leaders of the program gathered to celebrate its 55th year.

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In the News

Should You Still Be Taking That Medicine?

A new study found that patients on certain types of prescriptions continue taking them when it's no longer recommended. Consumer Reports spoke with Associate Professor Bob Breslow (BS '75) about what happens when prescriptions are taken for too long.

First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next?

Professor Paul Hutson, who has conducted psilocybin research, is featured in a Washington Post article about the important differences between medical marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Paul Hutson

Class Notes

A collage of alumni who contributed updates in this quarter's class notes

Winter 2018 Class Notes

Your UW–Madison School of Pharmacy alumni peers have been busy. They’re moving, growing their families and their careers, publishing new books, and more, and you can stay up to date with it all by checking class notes in each DiscoveRx.

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Stay Connected

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Upcoming Events


Each year, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin hosts a day of legislative action.

The event brings hundreds of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists together to meet with Wisconsin legislators, hear from Wisconsin pharmacy leaders, and learn about current issues and pharmacy-related legislation in the works.

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Join fellow Badger pharmacists at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, in the Cedar Room of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 5 pm to 7 pm. Find more details here.


See research underway by the School’s PharmD and Pharmacology-Toxicology students, in the Health Sciences Learning Center at UW–Madison, 12–2 pm.

Professional Development

a room full of people at a conference

Upcoming Pharmacy/Health Care Conferences

*NEW* PharmaSki Symposium

Current Topics in Patient Care | January 24-25, 2019 | Wausau, Wis.

Madison Clinical Conference

The Health Care Provider’s Role in the Management of the Diabetic Patient | April 10-11, 2019 | Fitchburg, Wis.

Land O’ Lakes PharmSci Conferences

Annual Bioanalytical Conference

July 15-19, 2019 | Madison, Wis.

Laptop computers line a table as students take notes during a community-engagement-through-film class held in the Bradley Memorial Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 2, 2009. The class is co-taught by Judith Helfand, artist-in-residence, and Gregg Mitman, who is William Coleman Professor of History of Science, professor of medical history, and director of the Center for Culture, History and Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 12/09 File#: NIKON D3 digital frame 2199

Certificate Programs

Applied Drug Development Certificate

Learn to develop a toolkit for every stage of drug development. Beginning spring 2019, program is available online.

Biologic Therapeutic Drug Development Certificate

Learn about developing these large molecule therapies. Earn the full certificate, or choose only modules of interest.

Certificate in Formulary Drug Evaluation Process

Learn about the evaluations for efficacy, safety, and cost that inform formulary decisions.


Executive Editor  |  Alyson Kim
Editor-in-Chief Katie Gerhards
Photographer  |  Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing writers  |  Katie Ginder-Vogel, Jill Sakai, Stephanie Blaszczyk
Contributing photographers  |  Ingrid Laas, Paul L. Newby II, Todd Brown, John Wingren, Kate Kroes

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


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