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UA Centers Partner to Present Discovering New Medicines in Arizona Summit

Researchers will discuss new innovations in drug discovery that will benefit citizens in Arizona and beyond.

The Arizona Center for Drug Discovery and the University of Arizona Cancer Center will host a one-day summit, “Discovering New Medicines in Arizona,” at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The summit will take place in the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) and the Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, 475 N. Fifth St., from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. It will highlight key areas of research seeking to discover effective drug candidates to treat diseases prevalent in Arizona, while establishing collaborations that enable success for future research and discoveries. Registration is required to attend.

“Drug discovery is a strength at the University of Arizona Health Sciences,” said Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD, dean and Howard J. Schaeffer endowed chair in pharmaceutical sciences at the UA College of Pharmacy. “The UA summit speakers have international reputations and the diseases they study are ones that most impact Arizona citizens. This summit showcases what we are capable of accomplishing at the UA Health Sciences in drug discovery across interdisciplinary units.”

The UA Health Sciences has seen several successful drug discovery spin-offs in recent years. Examples include DesertDx, a molecular diagnostic company, Reglagene, a company that discovers new medicines to fight cancer, and Regulonix, which develops non-opioid drugs to treat chronic pain.

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My Journey as Commissioned Corps Junior Officer

By Shana Shriber, PharmD Candidate, Class of 2021

Through navigation of the detailed application process, to being tentatively selected, to progressing past the medical and background checks, to the excitement of receiving notification of my site assignment, to achieving ultimate satisfaction when my duty orders arrived, and knowing that all the preparation and diligent work were successful, my Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JrCOSTEP) journey was an adventure.

I was selected to serve as a Commissioned Corps Junior officer through the Junior Commissioned Officer Extern Program with the U.S. Public Health Service. My assigned location was highly desired as I was selected to work at the largest Indian Health Services facility in the nation, Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC). Located in downtown Phoenix, PIMC is a large facility consisting of a 127-bed hospital, urgent care, and ambulatory care service unit. Although there are over 20 registered Native American tribes in Arizona, American Natives and Alaskan Indians travel from all over the nation to utilize PIMC as their community pharmacy, for primary medical care, and for other specialized needs. Currently there are six separate pharmacies operated on the PIMC campus including two in-patient pharmacies, primary care, pediatric, and specialty care pharmacies. The main pharmacy is utilized by the majority of the patients as their local community pharmacy. Pharmacy teams at the main clinic process approximately 400 prescription refills every day. 

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Kappa Epsilon Fundraiser

5th Annual Pharmacy Residency Roundtable 

For the first time, the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. - Zeta Chi Chapter are collaborating to bring the Residency Round Table event to not only the Tucson campus, but to our Phoenix campus, as well!

At this event, students will sit with 1 residency program director/clinical pharmacist specialist for a specified amount of time before moving on to the next table. This will not only allow you to learn about a specific area of practice but also to ask about unique opportunities specific to their program.

All students (P1-P4) are encouraged to attend either or both of the events.

Tucson campus: November 12th (Tuesday) from 5-7pm at Kiewit Auditorium (1515 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724)

Phoenix campus: November 15th (Friday) from 5-7pm at Virginia E. Piper Auditorium, Bldg 2 (600 East Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)

RSVP here!

Managing Research Projects with the Open Science Framework

PharmPhoto of the Week

PharmD students participated in the Interprofessional Student Clinic with Medicine and Nutrition students at the St. Luke’s Home, an assisted living home for low-income elders. The Medication Safety Clinic was led by Dr. Jeannie Lee.

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