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Alumnus turns his pharmacy into a multimillion-dollar business

Southern Discount Drugs and Diabetic Shoppe CEO Robert Salmon of Charleston

Robert Salmon (BSPh 67) and his pharmacy technician began packaging diabetic-testing supplies in the back room of his drugstore and mailing them to patients in 1995. Today, Salmon's pharmacy and The Diabetic Shoppe have an economic impact of $13 million annually and comprise Tallahatchie County's third largest business.

$10 million grant to expand UM's neuroscience research

COBRE grant principal investigator Stephen J. Cutler

The faculty is conducting preclinical studies on promising drug candidates and drug-delivery systems, thanks to a five-year, $10 million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the National Institutes of Health for Phase II of UM's Center of Research Excellence in Natural Products Neuroscience.

Assistant professor discusses diabetes care at D.C. forum

Courtney Davis counsels a diabetic patient.

Courtney Davis believes in empowering diabetic patients. "We can't go home with them, so helping them feel empowered and able to manage their diabetes is what helps them succeed," Davis said. She discussed that very thing at an American Diabetes Association forum in October.

Professor serves on Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board

Allison Bell

Allison Bell is working to shape health care in her state by serving on the Mississippi Division of Medicaid's Drug Utilization Review Board. This month, Bell attended her first meeting with the group, which ensures Medicaid beneficiaries receive optimal but cost-effective drug therapies.

Professor picks up national award for dispensing good advice

David McCaffrey

David McCaffrey has been doing a bang-up job of advising students for 16 years. He reminds them that they are talented and have what it takes to succeed. He also tells them to treat their education as if it were a regular day job. The National Academic Advising Association recognized his efforts in October.

Student team to compete in national clinical skills competition

Eugene Lukienko and Nina Dang

Eugene Lukienko and Nina Dang won first place in UM's local clinical skills competition and are advancing to the 2012 national competition in Las Vegas on Dec. 1. If you see them at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, don't hesitate to congratulate them!

Alumni Calendar of Events

Nov. 28 – Infectious Diseases Research Brown Bag Discussion, TCRC 1018 (Oxford) and Pharmacy 101 (Jackson), noon

Dec. 2-6 – American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, Las Vegas

Dec. 5 – Cancer Research Brown Bag Discussion, TCRC 1018 (Oxford) and Pharmacy 101 (Jackson), noon

Dec. 12 – Cardiometabolic Disorders Research Brown Bag Discussion, TCRC 1018 (Oxford) and Pharmacy 101 (Jackson), noon

Dec. 19 – Neuroscience/Drugs of Abuse Research Brown Bag Discussion, TCRC 1018 (Oxford) and Pharmacy 101 (Jackson), noon

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