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First-ever Allen I. White speaker returns to WSU to share his revolutionary research

39 years ago, Leslie Z. Benet was the first-ever presenter for the Allen I. White lectureship. This March, he was welcomed back to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to present his groundbreaking theory on the impact of protein binding and drug transporters on in vitro-in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE), an approach used commonly in drug development to predict the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the body from experimental models. For people studying and working in pharmaceutical sciences, Benet is basically a rock star.

“We grew up reading [Les Benet’s] books,” said pharmaceutical sciences graduate student Shamema Nasrin. “He revolutionized the pharmacokinetic field, so his … » More …

What role does sleep play in sun damage and skin repair?

In 2010, the International Agency for Research on Cancer under the World Health Organization recognized night shift work that disrupts the circadian rhythm as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This official recognition of the link between cancer and sleep disruption was a defining moment for Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. » More ...

Inspiring change: Linda MacLean’s impact on my life in pharmacy

By Jennifer Robinson, Associate Dean for Professional Education and Clinical Associate Professor for Department of Pharmacotherapy

In late January, the American Pharmacists Association named WSU CPPS interim dean, Linda Garrelts MacLean, as one of their 2020 fellows. This honor is the most comprehensive recognition in pharmacy. To receive the award, members must demonstrate exemplary professional achievements and service to the pharmacy profession. Below is an article written by Jennifer Robinson, associate dean for professional education, about how Linda made an impact in her life.

APhA encourages pharmacists to practice at the top of their education to meet the needs of society. It creates a community … » More …

Filling gaps in primary care takes creativity

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

A need to fill gaps in primary care is driving new approaches to health care workforce development in Washington, including at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Panelists discussed their organizations’ strategies at Inland Northwest State of Reform, an annual health policy conference.

Julie Akers, clinical associate professor at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said the college is preparing students for a future that may look quite different from traditional pharmacy roles.

State law in Washington allows pharmacists to provide direct patient care for uncomplicated illnesses or conditions. Akers said pharmacists are already providing that … » More …

Johanna Pantig named WSU student regent

Johanna Pantig, a fourth-year pharmacy student at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane, has been named Washington State University Student Regent for the 2019-20 academic year.

At age 26, Pantig’s resume is already filled with leadership positions, honors, and volunteer experiences.

She served as president and vice president of the Associated Students of WSU Health Sciences and chair of the WSU Student Government Council. She received the Chancellor’s Excellence Award last spring, and the student of the year award for third-year students in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She’s a … » More …

College of Pharmacy History – WSU Drug Garden

A project that Asa F. Maxwell began working on shortly after his arrival as Head of the pharmacy program was the development of a medicinal plant garden. The place of pharmacognosy in the education of pharmacy students was very strong at that time and it was common for colleges of pharmacy to maintain gardens as a source of plant materials so that students might become familiar with their identities and to instruct students in the collecting, drying and storing of them. » More ...