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White Coat Ceremony inspires Class of 2018

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Dean David D. Allen congratulates Suman Ali on receiving her white coat at the Aug. 15 ceremony.

The University of Mississippi’s first-year professional pharmacy students received their white coats – that universal symbol of health care professionals – this month, marking their transition to the clinical portion of their program. Destined to become the pharmacy school’s Class of 2018, the students pledged to uphold their profession’s high standards of trust.


Brooks receives DOD grant for her cancer research

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Tracy Brooks (pink shirt) and students in her lab wear T-shirts in support of cancer awareness.

UM pharmacologist Tracy Brooks has been awarded a $334,000 grant from the Department of Defense’s competitive Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program to study a cancer gene called kRAS. Brooks is using the grant to figure out how to find or create new compounds to turn off the kRAS gene and selectively kill pancreatic, lung, colorectal and other cancers.


Pharmacy researchers study novel drug-delivery system

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S. Narasimha Murthy (left) observes graduate student Abhishek Juluri as they conduct research on cyclodextrin derivatives.

Pharmaceutics researchers S. Narasimha Murthy and Abhishek Juluri are exploring the use of cyclodextrin derivatives manufactured by Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. as a vehicle for delivering insoluble drugs through the skin. Their work could lead to topical formulations for achieving therapeutic doses of drugs to reduce pain, inflammation and cholesterol, or even inducing and maintaining anesthesia.


Professor, student assume national ASHP leadership posts

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Joshua Fleming and Emily Carrell

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists installed pharmacy practice faculty member Joshua Fleming as vice chair of the executive committee of its New Practitioners Forum this summer. ASHP also installed fourth-year professional pharmacy student Emily Carrell as chair of the executive committee of its Pharmacy Student Forum.


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Alumna looks back on pharmacy career spanning half-century

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Louise Chadwick Lynch

After graduating from the UM School of Pharmacy, Louise Chadwick Lynch (BSPh 44) and her late husband, Harry Lynch (BSPh 41), took over her uncle’s drugstore in Waveland, Mississippi, which she eventually owned and operated for 49 years. She filled prescriptions at all hours and often eased the pain of her patients’ sea nettle bites, insect stings and skin rashes, becoming a Waveland icon.


Alumni Calendar of Events

Sept. 27 — UM vs. Memphis Tailgate — Sponsored by Fred’s Pharmacy

Oct. 4 — UM vs. Alabama Tailgate — Sponsored by Walgreens

Oct. 18 — UM vs. Tennessee Tailgate — Sponsored by Cardinal Health

Save the Date

April 17-18, 2015 — Pharmacy Alumni Weekend, Oxford