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DWOSKIN HONORED WITH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PROFESSORSHIP

October 28, 2005

Linda Dwoskin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has been selected to receive a 2005-2006 University Research Professorship. The Professorships given to four faculty members each year were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding research achievement, carry an award of $35,000 to enable professors to devote full time to their research or continue to teach and use the award to support research activities.

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MUMPER, CPST COLLABORATE WITH OSU ON BLACK RASPBERRY RESEARCH FOR ORAL CANCER

October 28, 2005

Russ Mumper, Ph.D, associate professor at the UK College of Pharmacy and associate director of the CPST, will oversee the production of a freeze-dried black raspberry gel developed for topical cancer chemoprevention. UK has collaborated with Ohio State University (OSU) cancer researchers in developing the anti-cancer properties of black raspberries to fight head and neck cancer. Researchers at the universities have found that freeze-dried berries can inhibit the growth of several forms of cancer in rats and hamsters, so they've now begun testing the berries in humans.

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Patel Receives Dissertation Year Fellowship

October 28, 2005

Jigna Patel, a graduate student in the pharmaceutical sciences program at the UK College of Pharmacy, was the recipient of a UK Dissertation Year Fellowship. In order to enhance the research dimension of graduate education, the UK President's Office provides funding to support 11 Dissertation Year Fellowships across campus that include a $16,000 stipend, a tuition scholarship and student health insurance. Patel, a native of Fulton, Ky., received a bachelor of science in chemistry in 1998 at UK and a master’s degree in chemistry in 1999 at UK.

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Louis Diamond Presented the Swintosky Lecture

October 28, 2005

Louis Diamond, Ph.D., Dean of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, was the 2005 Swintosky Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Dr. Diamond presented “Flip-Flopping Along the Road to Rational Therapeutics,” on April 14 in the UK Hospital Auditorium. Dr. Diamond received his B.S. in pharmacy and M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation in 1967, Dr.

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Peter Crooks Named Digenis Professor

October 28, 2005

Peter Crooks, Ph.D., internationally renowned researcher in drug discovery and longtime faculty emmber at the College of Pharmacy, has been named the George A. Digenis Professor in Drug Design and Discovery in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Professorship is named in honor of Dr. George A. Digenis, a pioneer in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics in new drug formulation and professor emeritus at the College.

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Armitstead Named to UHC and Novation Executive Committees

October 28, 2005

John Armitstead has been appointed to the Executive Committees of the University Health-Systems Consortium (UHC) and Novation. UHC represents over 80 university health-systems across the country and Novation is the largest group purchasing organization in the United States with almost 2000 member institutions. The executive committees are committed to providing group purchasing and professional practice advancement for member institutions and the profession.

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GRADUATE PROGRAM WELCOMES 14 NEW STUDENTS

October 28, 2005

The UK College of Pharmacy welcomed 14 new graduate students in August. The program has 62 students enrolled.

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NIXON IS NEW ADDITION TO FACULTY

October 28, 2005

Kimberly Nixon, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as assistant professor. Dr. Nixon received her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Fulton T. Crews, Director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she was the first to discover the effect of alcohol on neural stem cells and neurogenesis in adult organisms. At UK, Dr.

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CPST RECEIVES $1.2 MILLION FROM KEDFA

October 28, 2005

The Center for Pharmaceutical Science & Technology (CPST) has received $1,240,000 from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) to ensure that the highly skilled staff already in place is retained until a self-sustaining revenue stream is achieved, following the opening of the new 20,000 square foot facility in early 2006.

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Ryan Presents at ACCP and Fall Conference

October 27, 2005

Melody Ryan presented the following at the ACCP Annual Meeting: American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2005 Annual Meeting. "Significant Papers in Pharmacotherapy: Neurology/Psychiatry." October 2005. American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2005 Annual Meeting. "Recognition of Non-Parkinson's Movement Disorders." October 2005. She also presented "Treatment of Common Movement Disorders" at the Advances in Pharmacy Practice Annual Fall Conference last weekend.

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