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Spokane pharmacist, WSU professor honored by high school Alma matter

SPOKANE, Wash.— Washington State University’s Joshua Neumiller was selected for the 2018 North Central High School Distinguished Alumnus award. His picture will be added to the “Honor Hallway” at the school. Neumiller received the award at a ceremony at North Central High School in Spokane on November 30.

Neumiller was selected because of his extensive service and passion for educating people with diabetes to understand their disease and take better control of their health. His career as a distinguished educator includes research, clinical duties, and service as editor-in-chief of the journal Diabetes Spectrum published by the American … » More …

Two faculty receive recognition from state association

SPOKANE, Wash.—Two Washington State University faculty members received Awards of Distinction from the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA). The WSPA is the professional trade association representing pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all practice settings across Washington state.

Kimberly McKeirnan and Linda Garrelts MacLean were recognized during an awards luncheon at the WSPA Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 10, at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.

Kimberly McKeirnan received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award, which recognizes pharmacists who have been licensed in the profession less than 10 years and who have been innovators in pharmacy practice and enthusiastic participants in association … » More …

WSU pharmacy program welcomes back alumna as professor

SPOKANE, Wash.—Clinical Pharmacist Megan Undeberg rejoined the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences this August as a clinical associate professor.

Undeberg’s position is co-located on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane within the Department of Pharmacotherapy and at the Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital also in Spokane, Washington.

At WSU she will teach in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and work to expand rural health research, looking at transitions of care (especially to rural … » More …

Two post-graduate fellows join CPPS faculty ranks

Two of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ (CPPS) post-graduate pharmacy fellows will join the college as faculty this August.

Taylor Bertsch and Jennifer (Czapinski) Miller move from fellows to clinical assistant professors, and will teach in the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Both completed two-year fellowship programs this summer.

Bertsch is from Auburn, Washington. He chose WSU because he believes it promotes a progressive mindset. Bertsch completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016 at WSU before going into the Academic Fellowship Program under faculty advisor Kim McKeirnan.
“I have grown more confident in changing environments and comfortable with promoting … » More …

Part 3: WSU leads in expanding scientific knowledge of natural products

Welcome back to the final segment of our three-part series on the Center of Excellence for Natural Product-Drug Interaction Research (NaPDI Center). Interactions between natural products and conventional drugs are a concern because of their potential impact on drug effectiveness or toxicity.

In case you missed Parts 1 and 2: The NaPDI Center is a multidisciplinary effort involving clinical pharmacologists, natural products chemists, and health informaticists to provide leadership in the study of these complex interactions.

This effort is being led by Mary Paine, who is a pharmaceutical sciences researcher and associate professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Part 2: WSU leads in expanding scientific knowledge of natural products

In case you missed Part 1: Mary Paine is a pharmaceutical sciences researcher and associate professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. She leads the Center of Excellence for Natural Product-Drug Interaction Research (NaPDI Center) in Spokane.

“Patients often seek herbal and other natural products as a ‘natural,’ and therefore perceived as ‘safe,’ means to alleviate illnesses or supplement prescribed therapeutic regimens,” Paine said. “Co-consuming natural products with conventional medications—either prescription or over-the-counter—can lead to adverse interactions.”

Funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, the mission of the NaPDI Center is to contribute to the scientific … » More …

WSU pharmacy faculty joins national scholars program

Julie AkersSPOKANE, Wash.—Julie Akers, Pharm.D., has been selected for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Faculty Scholars program.

Akers will receive a $2,500 research grant from NACDS and is currently working on a research proposal. According to the program outline, each faculty scholar will design and implement a patient-focused research project conducted in a community pharmacy setting during the next year.

“Community pharmacy patient-care focused research will lead to better access to care and health outcomes for our patients, which is always my primary focus,” Akers said.

Akers is a clinical assistant professor in … » More …

WSU pharmacy faculty joins research scholars program

kimberly mckeirnanKimberly McKeirnan, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at WSU, has been selected for the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) through the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

The institute is a program funded through the National Institutes of Health and is administrated through the University of Washington. TRSP provides early-stage faculty investigators with targeted and structured translational science career development. The program includes research funding up to $10,000, mentoring, peer-to-peer networking, and grant review services.

McKeirnan will be using the grant to develop ways to use smart phone technology to improve patient medication adherence.

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Pharmacy staffer recognized for her crimson spirit

Anjie Bertramson Anjie Bertramson was selected by Washington State University for the January 2018 Crimson Spirit Award.

The Crimson Spirit Award is a monthly recognition award for individual employees who provided exceptional service and exceeded expectations while representing WSU either internally or externally. Bertramson was recognized for outstanding contributions to the WSU community.

Bertramson just joined the College of Pharmacy as the new Director of Experiential Services. Prior to that she served as lead advisor and faculty-led coordinator within the Office of International Programs at WSU in Pullman for six years. Her nomination recognizes her stellar work in … » More …

Two faculty make the move to associate dean

In January 2018, the Washington State University College of Pharmacy announced two updates to positions in its college leadership. Jennifer Robinson and Angela Stewart have been named associate deans for the college.

photo of jennifer robinsonRobinson joined the college faculty in 2008 and was previously assistant dean for recruitment and student success. She now serves as associate dean for professional education and will continue to oversee the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. This degree makes up the majority of the college’s educational offerings.

“Jennifer has done truly outstanding work in the areas of recruitment, admission … » More …