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WSU pharmacy student selected as next student regent

By RJ Wolcott, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Arliegh Cayanan, a fourth-year College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student at WSU Health Sciences Spokane, will serve as the next student regent on the WSU Board of Regents.

“Arliegh continues a long line of distinguished student regents to serve on the board,” Board Chair Brett Blankenship said.  “I look forward to serving with regent Cayanan, hearing his perspectives and working with him and the rest of the board on the issues affecting all members of the WSU community.”

Cayanan enrolled in the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program after completing his undergraduate studies at the University … » More …

Embedded: Student pharmacist on the frontlines of COVID-19 testing in Yakima

When a spike in COVID-19 cases made Yakima county a West Coast hot spot for the disease, Yakima Doctor of Pharmacy students quickly stepped up to help with mitigation efforts. Working alongside the Yakima Health District and the US National Guard, WSU student pharmacists volunteered to help direct people in improvised testing centers. The college sat down with third-year pharmacy student Brian Wu to hear about the experience. » More ...

Washington State University announces new dual degree and certificates in engineering and pharmacy

Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture are pleased to announce a new dual degree and certificate program for students pursuing their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Starting fall semester 2020, Doctor of Pharmacy students will have the option to pursue their master’s in Engineering and Technology Management or receive a certificate in six distinct areas. The dual degree program and certificates will prepare students for the growing need in technical management of manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, and governmental research initiatives, among many … » More …

WSU pharmacist wins esteemed Bowl of Hygeia award

After a 50-year career in pharmacy that included decades of volunteer leadership in the local community, Washington State University alumnus Robert (Bob) Scheidtmann, class of 1966, will receive the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award for 2020 from the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA).

Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership and take active roles in their communities. The award is presented annually by state pharmacy associations and all honorees are recognized nationally through the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Scheidtmann, who was born and raised in San Francisco, attended UC Berkeley prior to Washington State University. … » More …

Army combat veteran on her journey to becoming a pharmacist

Monica Sines never imagined a career in pharmacy. As a driver in Tikrit and Mosul in Iraq, transporting Iranian, Iraqi and Pakistani workers safely to their destinations, 19-year-old Sines witnessed harrowing scenes while serving in the military.

“I saw things that people at that age should not see,” said Sines, who is now 35 and a third year at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy.

Sines joined the military in November 2002 at age 18, just before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. After six years of service, Sines left the military in 2008 and received her bachelor’s degree … » More …

Finding the right dosing for children

Prescribe at your own risk. That is the general feeling that most doctors get when prescribing medicine to children. Due to ethical and legal challenges, conducting clinical trials on children has proven to be a major obstacle for drug researchers. In fact, many prescription drugs rarely go through clinical trials using children. As a result, doctors only have two options in pediatric care: 1. Don’t prescribe children drugs shown to be effective in adults, or 2. Prescribe drugs off-label to children at their own risk. That’s where Dr. Bhagwat Prasad, Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at WSU, is transforming pediatric precision medicine so that drugs … » More …

New technology promises improved treatment of inflammatory diseases

By Judith Van Dongen, Office of Research, WSU Health Sciences Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – A study led by researchers at Washington State University has uncovered a potential new treatment approach for diseases associated with inflammation, including sepsis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, acute lung injury, and atherosclerosis.

Published in the open-access journal Science Advances, their paper describes a novel, patent-pending technology that uses nanosized particles to transport cell-killing drugs directly to activated neutrophils, the cells that drive the exaggerated immune response involved in inflammatory diseases. They also demonstrated the technology’s feasibility at selectively killing activated neutrophils without harming other cell types or compromising the immune system.

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WSU to collaborate with UAE’s Gulf Medical University on education, training and research

Last month, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Gulf Medical University (GMU) to collaborate through faculty and student exchanges. In the agreement, the two schools will have joint educational training and research activities as well as share expertise on drug information services.

“Through this exchange, I hope that students and faculty from both our universities are able to broaden their horizons on the practice of pharmacy,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, interim dean at CPPS, who led the WSU delegation and signed the agreement with Sherief Ibrahim Khalifa, dean for College of … » More …

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