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Alex Flannery (PharmD, PhD) and David Feola (PharmD, PhD) recently received the $50,000 University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Inaugural Clinical Research Catalysts Pilot Award for their research project “Urinary Immune Cell Profiling in Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury.”

Almost 50% of all acute kidney injuries are attributed to sepsis, which is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by dysregulated host response to infection. Flannery and Feola’s work will forge an improved understanding of the immunobiology in various stages of kidney injury and repair due to sepsis. Having a better understanding of the contribution of the immune system to kidney injury and repair may pave the way to identify potential drug targets.

Flannery is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and received his PharmD and PhD from UKCOP. His research focuses on sepsis-associated acute kidney injury and he actively works in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UK HealthCare. Flannery also coordinates the Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Reasoning courses at UKCOP.

Feola is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and received his PharmD and PhD from UKCOP. His research focuses on immunology and he teaches infectious disease pharmacotherapy in the Integrated Drugs and Diseases course sequence. Feola is also the Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Pharmacy.

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.