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WSU student pharmacists win national competition

SPOKANE, Wash. – A team of Washington State University pharmacy students demonstrated their business acumen this month as they captured the championship title in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2018 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

WSU has a longstanding tradition for training practice-ready pharmacists who are prepared to lead tomorrow’s health care solutions. This was demonstrated on Oct. 6 when WSU student pharmacists Frank Nenninger, Chad Schmitt and Peter Tang presented their plan to leverage technology to meet niche health care needs in Washington state to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

The trio competed at the NCPA Annual Convention in Boston and beat finalist teams … » More …

A night to honor excellence in pharmacy education

Living up to expectations, the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) hosted its annual Crimson Gala event in Spokane on September 28. The event was part of the college’s Pharmacy Homecoming Weekend activities, which brought Cougar pharmacists back to WSU for celebration, recognition, reconnection, comradery, and to share some good old Cougar pride and spirit.

The college vision is to be a leader in advancing, promoting and protecting human health.  We do this through developing practice-ready graduates who will lead tomorrow’s health care solutions, and by contributing to the advancement of knowledge and discovery within pharmaceutical, clinical and applied sciences.

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WSU honors two local pharmacists as outstanding preceptors

Monica Graybeal and Chris Greer, both of Spokane, were named Preceptors of the Year by the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences last Friday. Preceptors are an important part of the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program. They supervise, teach and mentor student pharmacists at the practice sites where they complete the final year of pharmacy school.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is given annually to a WSU pharmacy preceptor for outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists through demonstrating high standards of professionalism, ethics and clinical practice. Preceptors are nominated by the student pharmacists who participate in rotations at … » More …

Robbers recognized for contributions to pharmaceutical sciences, teaching

During pharmacy school James Robbers worked as an assistant in the research lab of Professor Melvin R. Gibson at WSU. “I will always be grateful for Dr. Gibson’s generosity in mentoring me because it started me on a pathway toward a career in research and academics,” Robbers said.

Robbers, of Mukilteo, Washington, was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) on Friday, September 28. He was selected for his continued contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences at WSU that provide graduate students travel awards, fellowships, and research grants, as well as summer research internships for … » More …

Spokane high school, WSU students partner to address the stigma of mental health

Within the past three years, there have been a total of 13 suicides in the Spokane School District.

A team of student pharmacists from Washington State University partnered with North Central High School’s Institute of Science and Technology in Spokane to address a community-based health care issue. The students at North Central selected the topic of mental health awareness. The school has experienced three teen suicides since April 2017. The students wanted to use this initiative to prevent another one from happening.

“This program allowed the high school students to directly make an impact among their peers and experience how they can individually make a … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses compounding pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash. – On September 11, Bindhu Batra kicked off this year’s career seminar series with her presentation about contemporary compounding pharmacy as an essential component of today’s healthcare society.

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences coordinates (CPPS) this seminar series to expose student pharmacists to leaders in the pharmacy profession and career opportunities. This year’s topics revolve around the idea of “Preparing for Change.”
Batra currently serves as the director of academic affairs for the Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA). She spoke about the importance of compounding pharmacy and its various uses. She focused on the ways … » More …

New nanoparticles wait to release drugs, target infection

Washington State University researchers have found a new way to fight sepsis, a systemic inflammatory response that can cause organ failure.

In a research study published in the journal Advanced Materials, scientists at WSU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences built a new nanoparticle and coated it with the molecules that blood vessels have been found to release in response to infections. This dressing makes the nanoparticle sensitive to the signature acidity of infection sites, and upon arrival at the site of an infection the bacterial enzymes present act as a trigger for the drugs to be released.

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Spokane: an international summer destination for pharmacy school

Penny Prime originally wanted to study medicine. Charlotte Hambly initially started in dentistry.

“I was interested in the health care/patient care aspect, so I did an experience (job shadow) in pharmacy and liked it,” Hambly said.

“I did a work experience in pharmacy and really liked it. Prior to that I had no idea about what the job was,” Prime said.

Having found the pharmacy profession, both girls are attending the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales, one of the top-rated pharmacy programs in the UK. The two student pharmacists came to Spokane this summer to participate in specialty … » More …

WSU graduate student organization recognized for STEM advocacy

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Inland Northwest-Washington State University affiliated student organization was recognized for its activity in STEM advocacy this past year in Spokane.

AWIS is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM worldwide. The WSU group, based on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, was selected as one of 10 affiliates nationwide for the AWIS STAR Award.

The AWIS Star Award, announced in April, honors the affiliates and chapters that have accomplished key objectives outlined in the group’s strategic plan. According to AWIS, the WSU-affiliated activities over the past year have … » More …

Better treatments for RA the focus of this graduate fellowship award

Ruby Siegel is searching for a better way to treat rheumatoid arthritis.Ruby Seigal

According to Siegel, this painful auto-immune disease affects one percent of the population worldwide and currently there is no cure. Siegel recently received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF). The fellowship includes $1,000 to Washington State University and $3,000 directly to Siegel to fund her research.

Siegel is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS). … » More …