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Garrelts MacLean Promoted to Clinical Professor

SPOKANE, Wash. – Linda Garrelts MacLean has been promoted from clinical associate professor to clinical professor, effective July 1, 2013.

MacLean is a former pharmacy owner who joined the College in 2002. She has served as chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and currently serves as associate dean for professional education and outreach and as associate dean for advancement. She is a licensed pharmacist and certified diabetes educator.

Garrelts-MacLean is a 1978 WSU pharmacy graduate who owned Jones Pharmacy in Spokane for many years until she sold it in 1999. She has received national attention for her contributions to the profession, including the 1997 selection … » More …

Professor Named Editor of Diabetes Journal

SPOKANE, Wash. — The new editor-in-chief of an American Diabetes Association professional journal is a faculty member at Washington State University in Spokane.

Joshua J. Neumiller has been appointed to a three-year term as editor of Diabetes Spectrum, a 64-page quarterly publication with 5,500 subscribers, and one of four professional journals published by the American Diabetes Association.

Neumiller has served as an associate editor for a department of the publication since 2010.

“It has been very rewarding to interact with a multitude of experts in the field of diabetes in my role as an associate editor,” Neumiller said. “I value the clinical nature of this … » More …

Two Penn State faculty join College of Pharmacy

A faculty couple from Pennsylvania State University will be joining the WSU College of Pharmacy faculty in Spokane this fall. Dr. Philip Lazarus is the founder and director of the Center for Pharmacogenetics at Penn State and will be the new chair of the WSU Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, effective Nov. 1, 2012. The recruitment of Phil Lazarus was made possible by a grant from the Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County, which has committed $500,000 to a start-up package for the successful researcher to move his federally-funded research program across the country. Lazarus has a bachelor’s degree in human genetics and a … » More …

Professor takes new administrative role

SPOKANE, Wash. – An accomplished pharmacist and clinical associate professor at the College of Pharmacy has been appointed to a new administrative faculty position overseeing a new pharmacy chapter of the WSU Alumni Association and fundraising for the college.

Linda Garrelts MacLean, a 1978 WSU pharmacy graduate, stepped into the new position of associate dean for advancement on Nov. 1. She has been on faculty at the college since 2002, has served as chair of the pharmacotherapy department and has been the associate dean for professional education for nearly two years. A search is beginning to find a replacement associate dean for professional education.

“Strengthening … » More …

Meadows Documents Links Between Nutrients, Genes and Cancer Spread

PULLMAN, Wash.—More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer, according to a first-of-its-kind study by a Washington State University researcher.

Gary Meadows, WSU professor and associate dean for graduate education and scholarship in the College of Pharmacy, says he is encouraged by his findings because the spread of cancer is most often what makes the disease fatal. Moreover, says Meadows, diet, nutrients and plant-based chemicals appear to be opening many avenues of attack.
“We’re always looking for a magic bullet,” he says. “Well, there are lots of magic bullets out there in what we eat and associated … » More …

National Pharmacy Leader Speaks at College of Pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash –  The CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, Thomas E. Menighan, made a brief stop in Spokane to talk to students at Colege of Pharmacy about the changing role of the pharmacist in health care on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Founded in 1852, the American Pharmacists Association is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, with more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians as members. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

William E. Fassett, a WSU pharmacy professor in Spokane, sits on the board of the American Pharmacists Association and also attended the speech.

Menighan’s visit is part … » More …

Professor R. Keith Campbell

A Message from R. Keith Campbell
WSU College of Pharmacy Professor Emeritus

If I would have known what a magnificent event the retirement gala was going to be, I would have retired years ago. It far exceeded all of my expectations. I could not believe how many friends, family members, colleagues, former and current students showed up. I was especially pleased that enough money was raised to establish a scholarship to assist the wonderful WSU College of Pharmacy students. I want to thank each person who attended and those who sent cards, emails and checks for the kind comments made and for honoring my … » More …

Pharmacy students compare diabetes management smartphone apps

Pharmacy Professor John R. White and students Joseph Tran and Rosanna Tran at the College of Pharmacy recently conducted a consumer-style review of smartphone applications for diabetes management that has been published in the professional journal Clinical Diabetes.

Similar to the products reviews found in Consumer Reports magazine – but without the rankings list of best to worst – the students, and the professor whose help they enlisted, reviewed 10 smartphone apps for price and 19 different features such as usability, glucose tracking, carbohydrate tracking, and electronic synchronizing with the patient’s health care provider.

“Apps such as Diabetes Log, which is free in the Apple … » More …

College of Pharmacy scientist gets NIH support to investigate use of hyperbaric oxygen for chronic pain relief

Photo of a hyperbaric chamber


PULLMAN, Wash. – What brain pathway is activated by hyperbaric oxygen that results in pain relief?
Would characterizing that neuronal pathway reveal why the pain relief lasts unusually long, making hyperbaric oxygen a potential treatment for chronic pain?

Supported by a new $406,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Washington State University have set out to find some answers.

“It appears that, in the early phases of the pain relief, the hyperbaric oxygen works on a particular opioid receptor,” said … » More …

Pharmacy careers subject of new seminar series

SPOKANE, Wash. – The CEO of the American Pharmacists Association will participate in a new career seminar series at the WSU College of Pharmacy examining the changing role of pharmacists.
In addition to providing career information and access to leaders in the profession, the new series will give student pharmacists a chance to participate in discussions about the direction of the profession in the future, said Linda Garrelts MacLean, associate dean for professional education and outreach.
“The discussions may spark an interest in some students to become leaders in the continuing evolution of the profession,” MacLean said. The college created the series to … » More …