April 10, 2018: The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
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Lillian Sattler First UGA CTSA

KL2 Scholar 

Dr. Lilian Sattler, assistant professor with a dual appointment in the College of Pharmacy and College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is the first UGA faculty member named as a Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance KL2 scholar.

The goal of the Georgia CTSA KL2-Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars program is to support and enhance career development for junior faculty from a wide variety of disciplines at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. The Georgia CTSA KL2 Core is committed to assisting junior faculty at partner institutions to become independent, established and ethical clinical and/or translational research investigators. 

Dr. Sattler’s clinical KL2 research project is titled “Effect of Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Eating Pattern of Hemodynamic Markers in Advanced Heart Failure Patients.” With guidance from her experienced, interinstitutional and interdisciplinary KL2 mentorship team, the feeding trial will examine the effect of nutritional intake on hemodynamic markers, cardiometabolic markers, and medication regimen changes in advanced heart failure patients with an implanted hemodynamic monitoring device.

As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Sattler will receive salary support to allow her to spend 75 percent of her professional time on research over two years. She also will receive a $25,000 per year technical budget for research-related expenses and complete 16 credits of formal training through the Emory University Certificate Program in Translational Research.

“I am excited about the training opportunities and new infrastructure the Georgia CTSA holds for early-career investigators like me who are trying to launch a career in clinical research, and I feel honored that a team of such accomplished researchers has agreed to mentor me throughout this process,” said Sattler.

“The KL2 program is a unique and highly successful training opportunity for junior faculty. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sattler on this significant achievement and being UGA’s first KL2 Scholar,” said Dr. Brad G. Phillips, CAP department head, director of the Clinical and Translational Research Unit and Georgia CTSA principal investigator for UGA.

Dr. Sattler will receive mentorship from Sandra Dunbar, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; Arshed A. Quyyumi, Emory University School of Medicine; Jonathan R. Murrow, Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership; Henry N. Young, UGA College of Pharmacy; and Rick D. Lewis, UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

135 3rd Years Pinned/

Darshan Patel Receives I.Z. Harris Award

Darshan Patel receives the I.Z. Harris Award
from fellow classmate Trinh Vu and Dean Svein Øie.

One-hundred-and-thirty-five..third-year PharmDawgs crossed the stage at the 2018 Pinning Ceremony held this past Friday at The Classic Center in downtown Athens. Dr. Alan Wolfgang, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Emeritus, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Wolfgang served as the assistant dean of Student Affairs for 10 years before his retirement last year.

Culminating the program was the announcement of the I.Z. Harris Award presented to Darshan Patel. Chosen from nominations made by his fellow third-year classmates, Darshan is an academically outstanding student and a member and leader in numerous organizations in the college, including the Georgia Society Health-System Pharmacists, the American Pharmacy Association, and the Student National Pharmacy Association. He also has held various retail and hospital pharmacy positions, which exemplifies his work ethic and spirit of entrepreneurship. He is the recipient of the Walmart Student Scholarship and the Publix Super Markets Charities for Scholarship. In 1957, alumnus I.Z. Harris, who graduated in 1915, established the I.Z. Harris Award to recognize an outstanding junior, which made this year’s honor the 60th to be presented.

For photos from the evening, click here.

Pharmacy LEAD Dawgs Announced

New Lead Dawgs (l-r) are Tim Jones (P3), Alfred Awuah (P1),
Chet Wiseman (P2) and Phil Gardner (P3).

Four PharmDawgs are now Lead Dawgs! Phil Gardner and Tim Jones, (P3s); Chet Wiseman (P2) and Alfred Awuah (P1) were selected from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and students and were chosen due to their leadership in the college, the community and the pharmacy profession.  The four will receive a certificate and travel fund ($500) to attend a professional meeting in the upcoming school year. “We congratulate these PharmDawgs on this well-deserved recognition,” said Duc Do, assistant dean of Student Affairs.  “We look forward to their continued success and accomplishments.”

Breaking News: Dr. George Zheng

Receives $1.2 million Grant From NIH

Dr. George Zheng, PBS associate professor, recently received a $1.2 million grant from the National Insititute of Health for his research on "Mechanism and Inhibition of Protein Arginine Methylation." His research project is designed to develop organic probes to study the function and mechanism of protein..arginine..methyltransfer-ase 1, an epidemic regulator involving in tumorigenesis, inflammation,..diabetes,.neurolo-gical disorders, and many other recalcitrant diseases. Congrats, Dr. Zheng!

Savannah Campus Hosts

Open House

Dean Svein Øie and Dr. Ray Maddox, former Southeast Georgia Campus assistant dean, pose for a photo at the open house.
A celebratory open house of the newly renovated and expanded Southeast Georgia Clinical Campus was held last month. Approximately 100 people were in attendance. The event featured a tour of the facilities and refreshments for attendees. To view photos from the event, click here

OneSource Flash

OneSource training is available. Sign up today to take a OneSource 101 course or complete a People Soft Basics course by clicking here. For questions contact Jennifer Caplinger, Melissa Hunter or Jessica Hart.

GMP Conference a Success

Dr. Michael Bartlett addresses the attendees of the conference.
The 42nd annual International Good Manufacturing Practices conference was an overwhelming success! Recently held at the UGA Georgia Center, the four day conference, which was co-sponsored by the College of Pharmacy and the Food and Drug Administration, featured many current and former high ranking FDA officials as well as internationally renowned regulatory agency and industry leaders. Topics included FDA updates; the new Pharmaceutical Quality Program and the Quality Metrics Guidance; data integrity; quality culture; virtual manufacturing; combination products; continuous manufacturing; and the top findings from 2018 domestic and international inspections. Congrats to Dr. Michael Bartlett and his staff on a job well done! To view photos from the event, click here

PharmDawgs Asked To Share

Open House Information

The College of Pharmacy will host its annual Spring Visitors Day on the Athens campus on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Current students, faculty, and staff will share more about the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the admissions process, and student life. Please share the date and time with prospective students.

For faculty interested in attending the event or participating in the faculty panel, please contact Dr. Danielle Vitale at or 706-542-5150.


PharmDawgs Exceed

Residency Match Rate

This year, the residency match rate for the Class of 2018 is a notable 74 percent, exceeding the Georgia and national rate of 56.6 percent and  64.2 percent respectively. Go, Pharmdawgs!

Faculty Accolades & Honors


Dr. Deborah Elder, clinical associate professor, recently published an article titled “The anti-inflammatory effect of topical tofacitinib on immediate and late-phase cutaneous allergic reactions in dogs: a placebo-controlled pilot study.” The publication is the product of a joint project with Dr. Frane Banovic in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Houjian Cai, assistant professor, recently published an article with the Journal of Biological.Chemistry .titled."Pha-rmacologically targeting the myristoylation of the scaffold protein FRS2α inhibits FGF/FGFR-mediated oncogenic signaling and tumor progression" Click here to read.
Additionally, Dr. Cai is invited to give a presentation titled "Biosynthesis of acyl-CoAs sustains prostate cancer progression" at the Experimental Biology 2018 Symposium in San Diego on April 23.
Dr. Beth Bryles Phillips, Rite Aid professor, has been named associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Congratulations on this honor! For more information, click here
Dr. Amber Clemmons, clinical associate professor, recently presented an oral platform research presentation with former PGY2 Oncology resident Julianne Orr titled “Randomized placebo controlled, phase III study of fosaprepitant, ondansetron, dexamethasone (FOND) versus FOND plus olanzapine (FOND-O) for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in hematology patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy regimens: the FOND-O Trial” at the HOPA Annual Conference.
She also presented an oral CE session entitled “Peri-Engraftment and Infectious Complications Related to Autologous HCT” at the Fundamentals of HCT post-conference training course.
Dr. Eileen Kennedy, associate professor, will be an invited speaker at the first annual Greater Atlanta Chemical Biology Symposium on April 21 at Emory University. Dr. Kennedy will present “Targeting Kinase Regulation with Constrained Peptide Scaffolds.”

Media Mania


Dr. Chris Bland, clinical associate professor, will be featured as a guest expert on polypharmacy in the elderly with On Course Learning, a monthly one hour webinar that focuses on  senior care providers. Look out for the discussion in May! Details on how to tune in to come.


Students: The Heart of CoP


Over Spring Break, P1 students Laura Wade (left) and Brooke Cottle (right) went to the "Today Show" in New York City and made posters to represent UGA College of Pharmacy! They met Today Show producers who were UGA alumni, shook Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie’s hands, were chosen to play a trivia game with Hoda Kotb and were on TV! Way to represent PharmDawgs, ladies!
APhA-ASP members pose for a photo at the Annual Meeting.
Members of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists recently attended the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. General body sessions covered a vast spectrum of topics including Leadership Training, Life in Academia, HPV and Diabetes Counseling. Students were able to meet executive board members from other chapters as well as national representatives and practicing pharmacists. Two 2017 PharmDawg alumni, Deven Jackson and Patrick Chancy, presented posters as a part of their community PGY-1 programs.
A pharmacy student plays a poison prevention game with first graders.

UGA College of Pharmacy P1, P2 and P3 students provided poison prevention education to 74 first-graders from JJ Harris Elementary School on March 20. Students presented information on common poisons around the home and emphasized age-appropriate safe behaviors. They played two games with the first graders; one on identifying liquids poisons and how they may look like beverages that are safe to drink, and distinguishing medicine from candy while cautioning children to ask an adult first. The message is "always ask first!" Under the guidance of Dr. Trina von Waldner, nine students participated in the educational program, which is part of Experience UGA. The program coincided with National Poison Prevention Week.

Two College of Pharmacy students, Haley J. Cook and Darshan K. Patel, have been nominated for the 2018-2019 Blue Key Initiatives. Blue Key Honor Society, founded in 1924, is a premiere honor society that recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.  Congratulations, Haley and Darshan!
Pictured are champions Alex Lipscomb, Bhaumik Jivan, Tori Hunter and JJ Lee.

Dr Lindsey Welch’s P1 Essentials of Pharmacy Practice recitation group held an end-of-year cookout on March 25. Festivities included burgers, Cecilia’s cake, and a minute-to-win-it championship.

During Spring break, two current Pharm.D. student ambassadors traveled to Southwest Georgia for the DawgTrails program.  Seth Garner (P3) and Kayla Saxton (P1), along with two student ambassadors from the College of Veterinary Medicine, presented to high school students about careers in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. 

DawgTrails is a joint effort between the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The DawgTrails program received a Diversity and Inclusion grant from the University of Georgia to promote the education, recruitment, retention, and academic success of current and prospective students. 

PharmDawg Alum News


Congrats to Dr. Chris Thurmond, '01, who is the new President-Elect of the Georgia Pharmacy Association! Chris owns/has interests in six independent community pharmacies in Georgia, including Village Drug Shop in Athens. Currently, he is a PGY1 community practice residency preceptor for the college.

When he was a pharmacy student at UGA, he received the Kenneth L. Waters Award for outstanding pharmacy senior for academic achievement, leadership qualities and professional activities, and the GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Award for exemplary performance by a pharmacy senior during clinical rotations. Holding numerous positions in GPhA since becoming a member in 2001, Chris will assume his duties of office on the last day of the association's annual convention in June. He will become president the following year. Congratulations, Chris! Proud to call you a PharmDawg!

Calendar of Events

4/14: Doctor of Pharmacy Spring Visitors Day
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Pharmacy South 101

The Spring Visitors Day is an opportunity for prospective pharmacy students to learn more about the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the admissions process and numerous leadership and professional development activities in the College of Pharmacy. Attendees will interact with current students, faculty and staff. For more information contact Dr. Danielle Vitale, 706-542-5150,

4/26: PBS Research Day
Georgia Center, Second Floor

There will be a poster competition, two speakers and awards will be given out for the LaRocca Award, ISPE Women in Sciences, Richard Bryan Scholarship and poster winner. For more information, contact Robyn Malone.

4/26-27: Southeastern Residency Conference
Classic Center, Athens, GA

This conference is an opportunity for pharmacy residents and graduate students to make formal professional presentations of their own projects or research; exchange information and ideas with colleagues; discuss issues confronting institutional practice; and develop intraprofessional relationships.  Visit the SERC website for details. For more information contact Elise Martin at or 706-542-623

4/27: Pharm. D. Senior Banquet
6:30 p.m., Tate Center Grand Hall

Ticket required. For more information contact Renee Dobbs, Office of Student Affairs, 706-542-0804.

4/28: Pharm.D. Commencement
2:00 p.m., UGA Performing Arts Center

Ticket required. For more information, contact Renee Dobbs.

5/4: B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Convocation
2:00 p.m., Pharmacy South  101

For more information, contact Robyn Malone.

5/28: Memorial Day
UGA closed for Memorial Day.

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

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.

Check out UGA events at

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

250 W. Green Street, Athens, Georgia 30602
Phone 706-542-1911 | FAX 706-542-5269

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