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Research

We want to stay at the forefront of our nation’s evolving health care system, and that means researching new and better ways to improve patients’ lives.

Here are the latest news and stories about research projects and initiatives at the College.

The College is exposing local high school students to scientific enterprise and research opportunities through the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program.

Brian Kobilka, M.D., professor of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University and winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry, recently visited St. Louis College of Pharmacy to present his current research.

The American Journal of Physiology recently selected an article co-authored by Alicia Pate, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy/physiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, for addition to its monthly collection of Best Research Articles.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty conducting research in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology have been awarded more than $6.3 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical science at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, worked with a team of scientists to discover how the emotional effects of pain make patients more susceptible to addiction.

The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association recently featured the work of three faculty members from St. Louis College of Pharmacy who conducted research to assess medication adherence in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Missouri.

From prescriptions at a pharmacy to online electronic medical records, health care informatics plays a key role in providing personalized care and improving patient outcomes.

Brian Walter, Ph.D., professor of English and director of convocations, recently completed a tour for his 2019 book “The Guestroom Novelist: A Donald Harington Miscellany,” which included interviews aired on NPR.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy was ranked among the top 50 colleges of pharmacy in the nation for total federal research awards in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) most recent Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report.

Amy J. Reese, Ph.D, associate professor of microbiology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and her team of faculty-student researchers are celebrating the recent publication of their fungus-related research in mSphere, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

With increasing numbers of students expressing a desire to take part in undergraduate research opportunities, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has established the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.

As the College works to expand its research profile, many students had their first opportunity to gain research exposure this spring as part of the annual Student Research Symposium, a campus tradition that is known for igniting students’ passion for research.

As research continues at the Center for Clinical Pharmacology to improve the treatment of pain, Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been working collaboratively with scientists at the center and Columbia University to examine the biological effects of kratom and its potential to create safer alternatives to the use of opioid pain medications.

In February, St. Louis College of Pharmacy P2 students Sai Dodda and Abbey Jin presented original research at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 48th Critical Care Congress in San Diego.

In today’s digital age, industries are embracing data analysis as a tool for success. This has become especially evident in health system pharmacy, where the integration of comprehensive pharmacy analytics is helping organizations improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

Throughout the years, Ryan Moenster, B.S. ’04, Pharm.D. ’05, FIDSA, BCPS-AQ ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has played a critical role in educating St. Louis College of Pharmacy residents.

Too often, health care practitioners get only a snapshot of their patients’ conditions and find themselves working in silos. Through an interdisciplinary approach, providers can share knowledge, form a more complete picture of a patient and achieve better outcomes.

Blanca Perez del Palomar, visiting scholar at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has received the National End-of-Career University Education Award from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain.

The College sets the pace for pharmacy residency program collaboration in the St. Louis area.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has positioned itself as a leader in the fight against opioid abuse. From prescription medication collection to research into the addictive nature of opioids, our students, faculty, staff and research centers have passionately invested themselves in combating this epidemic.

In April, St. Louis College of Pharmacy hosted its ninth annual Student Research Symposium, where the work of nearly 100 students was showcased. The event featured both poster and podium sessions highlighting student findings on a wide range of topics.

On Feb. 1, Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology and President’s Senior Research Advisor. Burris brings the center one step closer to becoming a national research leader in pain management and personalized approaches to medication therapy.

P2 student Marissa Chow hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy, academia and research, and she is putting her passion to work beyond the classroom.

As part of a memorandum agreement between St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Trinity College Dublin, Melanie VanDyke, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, was selected as the College’s first visiting scholar to travel to Ireland.

In spring 2017, the Center for Clinical Pharmacology announced the appointment of its first two faculty researchers. Just over a year later, the center is flourishing with the addition of seven new faculty and more than 25 postdoctoral research associates, graduate and undergraduate researchers and technical staff members currently working in its labs.

Alicia B. Forinash, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice, served as a co-author on the recently published Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 11th Edition.

Katie Tellor, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with coauthors Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Steffany Nguygen, Pharm.D. ’17, Amanda Bultas, Pharm.D. ’17, and P4 student Nicholas Greenwald received the 2017 Virtual Poster Symposium Best Poster Award for their abstract and presentation “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.”

A five-hour drive to Chicago, a 3,657-mile flight to Dublin and a four-week research project provided a once-in-a-lifetime rotation experience for Daniel “Bubba” Britt ’17 and Mara Hofherr ’17.

In August 2015, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis joined forces to find better, safer and more effective ways to use prescription medications to improve health. Researchers from the two institutions collaborated to create the Center for Clinical Pharmacology.

All year long, students pulled on their white coats, sharpened their pencils and strapped on their safety goggles to work on research projects ranging from antibiotic therapy efficacy and compliance to gathering Rhodotorula fungal samples. All of that hard work will be showcased during the Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8.

As part of the Black History Month programming, Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, gave a book talk on his latest publication, “Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936-1968.”

When presented with the opportunity to rethink St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s chemistry curriculum to better prepare their students, Ehren Bucholtz, Ph.D., associate professor of organic chemistry, and Benjamin Barth, Ph.D., assistant professor of organic chemistry, were eager to accept the challenge.

Projected to save billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs, biosimilars are a highly anticipated alternative to some of the most expensive medications on the market. However, from ongoing patent litigation and legislation to complex development processes, pharmacists and the U.S. prescription drug industry are left to hang on the cusp of a revolution.

P3 student Benjamin Jolley is one of 19 students selected from across the country for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance-CVS Health Foundation Scholars program.

Pharmacists at St. Louis College of Pharmacy research one of the deadliest diseases in America.

P3 students Joanna Huang and Dane Fickes were selected to participate in the TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program over the summer through the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy plans extensive public health campaign to educate families about important health issue.

Yvonne Burnett, Pharm.D., receives a grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists to analyze pharmacist-led dosing and monitoring of vancomycin in an OPAT program setting.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy researches effect of integrating audience response technology into the classroom.

Researching the importance of external reviews in faculty promotion decisions.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor tackling two subjects at the AACP annual meeting.

Faculty member shares advice on balancing teaching and clinical responsibilities.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy professor participates in the national discussion regarding Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

Scott Vouri becomes the first pharmacist to receive the Alene & Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology for work on medication interactions.

Vincristine and paclitaxel (taxol) are chemotherapies effective in stopping cell division, but not without damaging neurons. In her research on neuron degeneration, Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and her collaborators have discovered a gene that is improving our understanding of chemo-related nerve damage.

P1 student Matthew Koebel lays out ambitious global plan to show unique research being done at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

How two faculty members at St. Louis College of Pharmacy are helping reduce hospital readmission rates.

Residents, preceptors and friends gathered at Third Degree Glass Factory to celebrate the 23rd Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet on Wednesday, June 15. Forty-two residents from St. Louis area pharmacy residency programs were recognized for the completion of their training.

Director of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology explains new guidelines to Fox 2 News.

Times have changed in terms of physics education. Instead of studying topics like how projectiles move, STLCOP students are programming computers and running software to study the physics of molecular dynamics.

Students and faculty have the opportunity to expand learning and scholarship at Trinity College in Dublin.

Answering the question inside a unique lab at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Melanie VanDyke, assistant professor of psychology, was published in Psychology online in September for her research of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the impact it has on family members of those with the illness.

New partnership with Washington University School of Medicine seeks better, safer medicine.

In the first study of its kind, College faculty members looked to evaluate the faculty perception of team-based learning.

Role of N-acetylcysteine examined in prevention.

History was made at 9 a.m. this morning as classes met for the first time in the new Academic and Research Building on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Both of the 250-seat classrooms were filled. By noon, nearly a dozen classes were complete.

How does the College continue to ensure our graduates are prepared to lead the profession of pharmacy? By having them work in real-world situations while still in school.

In what may be a first in the 150-year history of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a faculty member is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Journal is among the most prestigious and respected periodicals in the medical community.

A warm meal, some conversation, and access to health care may work just as well as antidepressant medications for older adults. That’s the trend Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy found when he looked at a group of older adults enrolled in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).

At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession.

Alyssa Thompson, Pharm.D., recognized for her research into COPD treatment.

There are now more medications available to help patients prevent a stroke. For the past 60 years, warfarin has been the go-to medication. This new breed of medications offers promise and a different set of challenges.

Whether a person is moving from operating to recovery room, hospital to home, or home to skilled-care facility, each transition of care can become a complicated, intricate process.

Professor, Student, and Alumna, team up to research one of the most challenging health care questions.

Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., BCPS, spends a significant amount of time behind bars. When the associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is not teaching in class, he’s working at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. There, he helps manage medication for more than 1,200 inmates inside the St. Louis County jail.

Associate Professor Jasna Marjanovic has been awarded an NIH grant—the first in STLCOP's history—to study an enzyme in blood platelets.

Professor John Beale's discovery of four drug compounds—for which he has acquired the first international patent in STLCOP's history—may treat and even prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing an exciting physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

Neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia are devastating, and there is currently no cure for either one. But thanks to researchers like John Beale, Ph.D., a great deal of progress is being made in finding drugs that could treat and even prevent these diseases.

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