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student stories

Budding pharmacists take to new elective like fish to water


Medicine from the sea took on new meaning for Doctor of Pharmacy student Katerina Pappas, who spent two weeks exploring coral reefs in the Bahamas. 

Pappas was among some 20 UM students participating in a field course in a protected marine reserve off Lee Stocking Island. The course is one of many new electives pharmacy students can take.


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alumni stories

Continuing Education

Nov. 30–Cultural Competency Dinner, 6 p.m., Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood. Contact Elisha Blades.

Dec. 9–First Annual Statewide HIV Update, Conference Center, Jackson Medical Mall. Call 601-984-1300.
Jan. 13–Cultural Competency Dinner, 6 p.m., Como Steakhouse, Como. Contact Elisha Blades.

Save These Dates

Dec. 5-9–ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Anaheim, Calif. Alumni reception is 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6.

March 25-26–Pharmacy Alumni Weekend. Friday: annual golf tournament and dean’s reception. Saturday: annual alumni & friends breakfast, awards banquet & reunion dinner, and campus CE program. Contact Scott Thompson.

faculty focus

Pharmaceutics Professor receives ‘New Investigator’ award


Since joining the pharmacy faculty in 2006, S. Narasimha Murthy has received three NIH research grants and directed six graduate students and two postdoctoral research fellows.

For these and other accomplishments, the school presented Murthy with its inaugural New Investigator Research Award.


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Med Chem professor receives UM’s Faculty Achievement Award


Christopher R. McCurdy’s resume is filled with teaching, research and service accolades, but receiving UM’s prestigious Faculty Achievement Award this fall tops the list.

The award recognizes the excellence of his body of work.


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School  creates new residencies for pharmacy graduates

Pharmacy resident Meagan Minor checks the blood pressure of a patient served by the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project.

In response to the growing number of pharmacy graduates seeking opportunities to further develop their practice skills, the School of Pharmacy created a Community Pharmacy Residency Program. The first resident was accepted in July 2009.

The residency is a one-year training program focused on advancing skills in providing direct patient care, patient care service development and practice management. An additional residency position was added in 2010.
    Supported by the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project, residents provide services in Webb’s Pharmacy and in the G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center in Yazoo City, Walgreens in Brandon and Clinton, and the Cardiometabolic and Family Medicine clinics at the UM Medical Center in Jackson.


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Collaborative focuses on improving health
of diabetics in the Delta

Pharmacist Laurie Warrington counsels a patient at the G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center in Yazoo City.

Diabetes is more prevalent and causes more deaths in the Mississippi Delta than anywhere else in the nation. To make matters worse, many of the area’s diabetic patients lack access to health care, don’t understand their complex medication regimens and can’t afford them.

In response to the epidemic, the School of Pharmacy is providing medication therapy management services and disease-specific education for the region’s high-risk diabetes patients through the Health Resources and Services Administration Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative.

Funded by HRSA, the PSPC collaborative is a national effort to transform health care by teaching teams of providers practical steps to integrating clinical pharmacy services into the primary health care home of patient populations with poor health status and high medication risk.


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Natural Products Research Center
receives funds for new building

Larry Walker and Barbara Wells discuss construction plans for expanding the Thad Cochran Research Center.

The University of Mississippi has received $31.7 million to expand the Thad Cochran Research Center, the primary research facility of the School of Pharmacy’s National Center for Natural Products Research.

“It is exciting to see the achievement of this milestone for Ole Miss and the School of Pharmacy,” said Larry A. Walker, NCNPR’s director since 2001. “This is another major step toward a world-class natural products research center, as envisioned by the school’s leaders over two decades ago.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are providing $17.8 million, and the National Institutes of Health is providing $13.9 million.


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Alumni chapter creates scholarship endowment

Barbara Wells and James Pittman Jr. are all smiles over the creation of the Pharmacy Alumni Chapter's scholarship endowment.

To assist the School of Pharmacy in recruiting and retaining qualified students, the Pharmacy Alumni Chapter of the UM Alumni Association recently created a scholarship endowment bearing its name. The group plans to fund the endowment with proceeds from the annual pharmacy weekend golf tournament and gifts from other individuals and organizations.

“We recently talked to Scott Thompson (assistant director of alumni affairs) and pharmacy school officials about ways we could best help, and this scholarship endowment seemed to be just the ticket,” said James A. Pittman Jr. of Madison, the chapter’s president.


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