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Research Publications - August 2020

Here are the August 2020 publications from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. If you're your recent publication(s) have been missed, please send the ADR's Office the citation(s) and they will gladly add them to next month's list.

From Student to Professor - One Alum's Journey

A graduate of the Class of 2010, Doug Oyler has dedicated his time pushing the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy further and educating future generations of pharmacy students. His journey began with his residency at UK HealthCare, where he later served as a trauma pharmacist, the catalyst for his opioid research. Oyler then developed the hospital's opioid stewardship program in 2016.

Pharmacy Infectious Disease Experts Reimagine the Classroom

In early March, immediately following the first CDC announcement warning of an impending pandemic, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) administration started planning for COVID-19. Under the direction of Dean R. Kip Guy, Craig Martin, the college's chief operating officer, and Frank Romanelli, associate dean of academic programs - who both have backgrounds in infectious diseases (ID) and epidemiology - UKCOP developed a multi-faceted approach to a reinvented normal.

College of Pharmacy Receives $11.8 Million to Further Substance Use Disorder Research

Approximately $11.8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been awarded to a research team led by Chang-Guo Zhan and Fang Zheng at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. The funding will further ongoing substance use disorder treatment research in collaboration with Sharon Walsh at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and Mei-Chuan Ko at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Pharmacists Come Together to Ensure the Health of Kentuckians

Pharmacists from the UK College of Pharmacy, Sullivan University's College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA) recently banded together to create a COVID-19 best practices guide for pharmacists statewide. As pharmacists around Kentucky implement the ever-evolving best practices around the novel coronavirus, they are also referencing these guidelines in their proactive approach in offering COVID-19 testing to patients. Many believe pharmacists will be vital to reopening the USA.

When Patient Care is at the Heart of It

Beth Richter is known for her unwavering compassion and patient-centered outlook. A 2002 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, her influence on patient care continues to have a global impact.

Thorson Named Associate Dean for Research at UK College of Pharmacy

Jon Thorson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation (CPRI), has been named chief scientific officer and associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Pan Deng Joins UK College of Pharmacy

In August 2020, Dr. Deng joined the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy as a Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Deng’s research focuses on exploring disease mechanisms and developing new treatments for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Embracing the Tradition of Unscripted Opportunities

Dennis Bashaw, a 1986 UKCOP graduate, broke the mold and demonstrated just how a professional degree in pharmacy could lead to an unexpected and fulfilling career. Pharmacy is an ever-changing career field, and with these changes, pharmacists are not as bound to traditional roles as they once were.

A Call to Modern Curriculum Reform

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy urges educational systems to periodically engage in reviews of classroom material to prevent “curricular hoarding.” Hoarders are defined as people who excessively save items that seem to have no value to other people. Unfortunately, the same principle can sometimes affect higher education, where excessive amounts of coursework are carried forward without modernization.

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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.