July 16, 2018: The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy bi-monthly newsletter serving faculty, staff, students and friends.
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CoP Seeks Faculty Volunteers for Visitors Day

On Saturday, August 25, the College of Pharmacy will host the Pharm.D. Fall Visitors Day. All prospective students, as well as their family and friends are invited. Attendees will learn more about the professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, as well as the requirements and process for admission. Current students and faculty will be in attendance to answer questions. Tours will be offered, and light refreshments will be served.  

In addition, CoP needs faculty volunteers to participate in a 45-minute panel during the event, which will allow prospective students the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about student life, research opportunities and the Pharm.D. program. Please contact Dr. Danielle Vitale to RSVP or if you are interested in participating in the panel. 

Dr. Kelly Smith Receives ZTA Alumna Award

Dr. Kelly Smith receiving her award. 
Dr. Kelly M. Smith, incoming dean of the College of Pharmacy (effective August 1), received the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Alumna Award at ZTA’s Convention in Orlando, Florida. An alumna of ZTA’s Gamma Pi Chapter, Dr. Smith is a nationally recognized leader in the pharmaceutical field and recently was inducted as president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Congratulations, Dr. Smith! For the full story, click here and here.

Faculty Accolades & Honors


Dr. Sharmon P. Osae, clinical assistant professor at CoP's Southwest Georgia campus in Albany, was presented the 2018 Community Faculty of the Year Award by the Phoebe Family Medicine Residency. She received the recognition during the residency's graduation program. Phoebe Family Medicine Residency Program's primary mission is to train family physicians to practice in rural southwest Georgia. Dr. Osae has worked collaboratively with the residents in the role of adjunct faculty since October 2016. Congratulations, Dr. Osae! 
Dr. Anthony Hawkins, clinical assistant professor at the Southwest Georgia campus in Albany, gave an invited presentation on Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis at Emory University in Atlanta at the Critical Care Summit, hosted by Emory University and Southeast Society of Critical Care Medicine.
On behalf of the UGA Critical Care Collaborative (UGAC3), clinical assistant professors Susan Smith, Andrea Newsome and Anthony Hawkins gave a two-hour invited presentation to the Capital Society of Health Systems Pharmacists in Tallahassee, Florida titled "The Role of Fluid Stewardship in the Optimization of Patient Outcomes."
Dr. Randall Tackett, professor and graduate coordinator, was appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director to participate as a peer reviewer on the Special Emphasis Panel for CE-18-006, “Research Grants for the Primary or Secondary Prevention of Opioid Overdose.” Dr. Tackett served as one of two chairpersons for the review of approximately 80 grants.

Dr. Michael Bartlett, associate dean for Science Education, Research and Technology, made several presentations at last month's 66th National Meeting of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry in San Diego. Dr. Bartlett and J. Michael Sutton, PBS graduate student, presented "Investigating the physiochemical parameters of organic base mobile-phase additives on cation adduction in electrospray desorption ionization for oligonucleotides."

Additionally, Jaeah Kim, PBS graduate student, presented "In vitro metabolism study of 2’-ribose unmodified and modified phosphorothioate oligonucleotides for the design of antisense therapeutics using LC-MS/MS" with Dr. Bartlett. Lastly, Dr. Bartlett and Noha M. El Zahar, a visiting scholar, presented "Degradation profiles and kinetics of phosphorothioate oligonucleotides using liquid
chromatography mass spectrometry."

Dr. Bartlett also recently published an article titled “Degradation product characterization of therapeutic oligonucleotides using liquidchromatography mass spectrometry” that can be read here.

Dr. Lindsey Welch, APPE director and public service associate, recently received her board certification in pharmacotherapy (BCPS) from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

Dr. Catherine White, associate professor, and co-investigators Mike Fulford, director of assessment; Ashley Hannings, public service assistant; Deborah Elder, clinical associate professor; and Robin Southwood, clinical associate professor, recently received a $4,000 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for their research titled, "Logic Puzzles/Activities as a Predictor of Success in the PharmD Program."

Dr. Houjian Cai, assistant professor, recently published an article titled "Stromal Gli signaling regulates the activity and differentiation of prostate stem and progenitor cells" that can be read here

Dr. Christopher Bland, clinical associate professor at the Savannah campus, and colleagues were awarded grant funding on two separate projects titled "Assessment of long-term antimicrobial prescribing in patients who have documented negative allergy after receiving Pre-Pen testing: A multicenter study" for $62,636 and "Use of Continuous-Infusion Ceftolozane/Tazobactam in the Outpatient Setting" for $9,390. 

Dr. J. Russell May, clinical professor and associate department head at the Augusta campus, presented “New Drug Update 2018: A Formulary Approach” at the Georgia Pharmacy Association meeting in Nashville last month.


Dr. Amber Clemmons, clinical associate professor in Augusta, along with co-investigators including former PGY2 Oncology residents Julianne Orr and Benjamin Andrick, recently published results of a phase III clinical trial in "Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation." The FOND-O study titled "Randomized, placebo-controlled, phase III trial of fosaprepitant, ondansetron, dexamethasone [FOND] versus FOND plus olanzapine [FOND-O] for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients with hematologic malignancies receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy and hematopoietic cell transplantation regimens" was the first trial to compare triplet (NK1 antagonist, 5HT3 antagonist, and dexamethasone) to quadruplet (triplet plus olanzapine) antiemetic regimens for hematology patients undergoing highly emetogenic chemotherapy or transplantation conditioning regimens. Results favored utilization of quadruplet therapy in the transplantation population.

Dr. Jason Zastre's Lab recently published a paper titled "Stabilization of the hypoxia-inducible transcription Factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α) in thiamine deficiency is mediated by pyruvate accumulation" that can be read here

Dr. Michelle Mcelhannonpublic service assistant, recently facilitated a national webinar titled "Diabetes and Audiological Monitoring of Ototoxic/ Vestibulotoxic Medications" that had 225 attendees. The webinar was presented by The Audiology Project and addressed the association between diabetes and hearing loss that continues to be unrecognized by many healthcare practitioners.

Dr. Mandi Murph, associate professor, recently published an article titled "Autotaxin exacerbates tumor progression by enhancing MEK1 and overriding the function of miR-489-3p" that can be read here

Staff Stories


Staff and faulty gathered for a Business Process Retreat in preparation for the launch of OneSource, UGA's new financial management system which went into effect July 1.

Students: The Heart of CoP


Two Pharmdawgs, Minna Hassan, P3 student, and David Rychly '05, alumnus, were responsible for saving a patient's life. Read the uplifting story from Kroger Pharmacy Newsletter below.
Pictured (L-R): Jasmine Corn, Georgia House Representative Buddy Carter, Rebecca Bruning and Alfred Awuah.
Rebecca Bruning and Alfred Awuah, P2 students, attended APHA-ASP's Summer Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. The students had the opportunity to advocate for the pharmacy profession by speaking to congressmen on Capitol Hill about provider status, the opioid crisis and drug pricing. Additionally, while P2 student Jasmine Corn didn't attend the institute, she is on a summer fellowship with Rep. Buddy Carter. Go, PharmDawgs!
Pictured are the participants with Dr. Stuart Feldman.
The 2018 Dean Stuart Feldman Summer Science Institute recently concluded with the annual banquet and poster displays, which were created by the participants. Statistics from the week-long institute: 24 high school students from across the southeast attended, with 1/3 being males and 2/3 being females. Eleven of the students have GPAs of 4.0+, with 11 boasting 3.5+. The keynote speaker for the banquet was Dr. Kyndra Stovall, who received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences from the College of Pharmacy in 2012. She has taught at the collegiate level and currently is bringing real-world science into the middle school classroom.

PharmDawg Alum News


Congratulations to Ben Ross '08, owner of Forest Heights Pharmacy in Statesboro, on being named to the UGA Alumni Association 40 Under 40 Class of 2018! For more information, click here.
Mike Brinson '74 has been appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Board Pharmacy, which regulates pharmacists and pharmacies in Georgia. A resident of Wrightsville, Mike is the director of pharmacy at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville. He is an active member of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Georgia Pharmaceutical Association, and he serves as the Georgia representative on the Minnesota Multi-state Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy. Congratulations, Mike!
(L-R) Susan Kane ’93; Mandy Davenport ’02; Lori McGinley ’02; Lee Snelling, director of Development; Kim Hamby, director of Alumni Affairs; incoming Dean Kelly Smith ’92, ’93.
The PharmDawg Nation was well represented at the Georgia Pharmacy Association's annual convention in Nashville last month. Thank you to all who attended our annual College of Pharmacy GPhA Alumni & Friends Dinner. For more photos, click here.

In Other News...


Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and workers are pruning, watering and collecting data on annuals and perennials at the Trial Gardens at UGA. The garden will host their annual public open house on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. "It's a plant party," says garden manager Brandon Coker.

The event is open to anyone from avid gardeners to people who simply enjoy strolling through a colorful and lush garden. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the garden and have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Dr. John Ruter, garden director, plant breeder, and author.

Visitors can check out new varieties of annuals and perennials like hibiscus, ornamental peppers, Calibrachoas, and hundreds of other plants. This summer, the garden has over 350 plants on trial and countless perennials from growers across the country. 

The open house is pet and kid friendly, so bring the whole family for a day in the garden. Hokulia shaved
ice will have a tent set up for visitors to grab a cool treat while they peruse the garden. A $5 donation is suggested to help keep the garden maintained.  

For more information, contact Brandon Coker.

Calendar of Events


7/21: Trial Gardens at UGA Annual Public Open House

Contact: Brandon Coker, 706-583-0285

7/27-29: Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Meeting
Amelia Island

This is the largest of the three GSHP statewide meetings. Students have the opportunity to attend CE presentations, network with pharmacists, and enjoy the beach! This event also features student-specific programming with both a residency panel and a luncheon with residents and preceptors. For further information visit

8/8-10: Rx Dawgs Bootcamp
College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA

PY1 Students will learn the ins and outs of life as a PharmDawg. 
Contact: Ashley Hannings, 706-542-0732 

8/10: B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Orientation & Reception
Pharmacy South 201, College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA

All BSPS undergraduate students are invited to attend. 
Contact: Robyn Malone, 706-542-9755

8/11: White Coat Ceremony
10:30 a.m., UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Contact: Renee Dobbs, 706-542-0804

8/25: Pharmacy Visitors Day
9:00 a.m., College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA

Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale, 706-542-5150

10/6: College of Pharmacy Homecoming Tailgate & Reunion
(for Years Ending in 3 & 8)
College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA

Join your PharmDawg family on Saturday, October 6 for the 2018 College of Pharmacy Homecoming Tailgate & Reunions for Classes ending in 3 and 8. The event will include tasty tailgating food, activities for children, live music, and more. The start time will be three hours prior to kickoff. Registration and additional details will be available closer to the event. For more information contact Kim Hamby, Director of Alumni Affairs, by email or at 706-542-4536.
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