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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Our Yakima Extension

Since Washington State University launched their Doctor of Pharmacy Yakima extension in 2015, students interested in learning about rural health care in a medically underserved area have pursued their PharmD degree in the scenic Yakima Valley. Last year, the extension graduated their inaugural class. As the college’s history in the Yakima Valley grows, we’re taking a moment to reflect on what makes our Yakima extension so special.

Here are a few things you may not have known about our Yakima extension:

1. Students learn to be part of a health care team

Housed in the Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University (PNWU) campus, Yakima student pharmacists … » More …

July 2020 Updates

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Publications

Allen I. White Distinguished Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy Josh Neumiller and co-authors published a research abstract, “Risk factors for incident T2DM in patients with prediabetes by CKD status,” for the 80th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) virtual meeting in June 2020. View abstract

Josh Neumiller and co-authors published a research abstract, “Risk factors for incident CKD in prediabetes,” for the 80th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) virtual meeting. View abstract

Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kimberly McKiernan and co-authors published, “Further insight into how pharmacists ascribe value to technician certification and how that value might be … » More …

June 2020 Updates

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J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professor of Pharmacotherapy Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – bempedoic acid & bempedoic acid/ezetimibe (Nexletol & Nexlizet),” in Wolters Kluwer Health’s The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS) in June 2020. Wolters Kluwer Health is a drug and health information publisher, the FMS is a resource used in the formulary decision making process for hospitals and managed care systems on recently released and investigational drugs.

Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – amisulpride (Barhemsys),” in the FMS in June 2020.

Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – tazemetostat (Tazverik),” in the FMS in June 2020.

Danial Baker and Drug Information Center Resident … » More …

Gender-affirming care part of WSU Health Sciences’ mission

Ensuring that members of gender minority groups receive competent, compassionate health care is part of Washington State University Health Sciences’ longtime commitment to serving the underserved.

Gender-affirming health care has been on the curriculum at both the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine for several years. Students are taught concepts of gender, definitions, terminology and cultural competency in addition to medical care.

“I think we are fairly cutting-edge and progressive when it comes to supporting gender-affirming care and teaching … » More …

Celebrating college excellence

The hard work of students, faculty, and staff are essential to the success of any college and help us thrive in an ever-changing health care landscape. As such, every year the college takes a moment to recognize just a few of these students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate excellence in all that they do. » More ...

May 2020 Updates

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Publications

Pharmaceutical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate Peng Xia, Pharmaceutical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate Jingrui Chen, Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhaokang Cheng and one co-author published, “PRKAR1A deficiency impedes hypertrophy and reduces heart size,” in Physiological Reports, an open access monthly journal published by the Physiological Society and the American Physiological Society. Read article

Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor Kimberly McKeirnan and one co-author published, “Changes in practice scope of pharmacy technicians needed to address community needs during COVID-19 outbreak,” in Pharmacy Times in April 2020. Read article

Pharmacotherapy Clinical Assistant Professor Taylor Bertsch and Kimberly McKeirnan published, “Perceived benefit of immunization-trained technicians … » More …

WSU student group helps international students navigate life in Spokane

When Shamema Nasrin and her husband moved from Bangladesh to Spokane to attend the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, they didn’t know how to drive.

They didn’t know how to use a swipe card, pay taxes, or how to register for a Social Security number, which is required of international students.

“Everything was new,” Nasrin said recently of the couple’s experiences when they arrived in 2015. She and her husband both were pursuing doctoral degrees at WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

To help a growing number of international students attending the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nasrin … » More …

Pharmaceutical Sciences student awarded for research in nanotechnology to treat stroke and brain tumors

Xinyue (Sheena) Dong has spent the last four years as a pharmaceutical sciences graduate student researching how nanoparticle-based systems could be used to deliver treatments and treat brain disease. Recently, she was recognized for her hard work with the annual Harriett B. Rigas Outstanding Woman in Doctoral Studies Award presented by the Association for Faculty Women. » More ...

Research identifies critical protein in cancer treatment-related heart damage

SPOKANE, Wash. – Many cancers can be successfully treated, but treatment itself often comes with risks as well. Cancer therapy that uses anthracyclines—a class of commonly used chemotherapy drugs—has been associated with heart damage that can eventually result in heart failure. It is thought to be the reason why heart disease is a leading cause of death in cancer survivors, immediately following cancer recurrence.

Scientists have not fully understood how exposure to anthracyclines can lead to heart failure, but a new study led by researchers at Washington State University has made a giant leap toward … » More …

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