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WSU Student Pharmacists Present at ASHP in Record Numbers

The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting is an opportunity for pharmacy professionals from around the world to network, learn and discuss. One student described the event as a “madhouse” of health care professionals looking to get noticed among the thousands of potential employers who set up booths there. In December 2019, ASHP held their Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, where over 25,000 pharmacy professionals gathered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. WSU student pharmacists took part in the poster presentations in record numbers, with 36 students representing WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. ASHP Poster Presentations are informal discussions … » More …

Healthy for the holidays gift guide

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

If you’re looking for a gift to sustain mind and body wellness, why not consult an expert?

Healthcare professionals at Washington State University Health Sciences tell us some of the gifts they’ve given their friends and family—and themselves—that can help encourage exercise, sleep, relaxation or self‑care.

Here are their suggestions:

Marian Wilson

Assistant professor, WSU College of Nursing:

Health starts with a healthy planet! This year I intend to give gifts that will help reduce plastic waste like bamboo utensils, reusable bags for fruits and vegetables, and stainless-steel straws. I also try to give gifts that can be consumed … » 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 in 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 professor awarded by United States Pharmacopeia

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud to announce that Danial E. Baker, professor of pharmacotherapy, received the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Thomas S. Foster Award in recognition for his significant contributions to global public health. Dr. Baker is one of more than 800 experts who volunteer their time to ensuring the safety and quality standard of the nation’s formularies. » More ...

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 …

Annual Crimson Gala Celebrates William Gaskins, College Mentor and Community Leader

Year-round, alumni, faculty and friends of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) work tirelessly to innovate and advance the student pharmacist experience. Through regular meetings, generous contributions, and thoughtful preparation and guidance, CPPS has managed to advance its program with many wins this year. The annual Crimson Gala is one of the ways the college thanks their up-front and behind-the-scenes supporters.

This year’s gala honored William (Bill) Gaskins (class of ’69) with the first-ever R. Keith Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill’s ongoing commitment to advising and mentoring student pharmacists has made a significant impact on the outcomes of many … » More …