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Letter from the Dean
Letter from the Dean
Table of Contents
Research and innovation
Making the grade
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
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LETTER FROM THE DEAN
T he College of Pharmacy's "Funding Excellence to Sustain Excellence"
campaign officially launched this September as part of the University
of Florida's seven-year campaign Florida Tomorrow. Our .- II..-.. is
shaping the future of pharmacy health care, not only in Florida, but throughout
S' ,the world. We hope to inspire alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to
.invest in our programs by supporting our most valuable asset: our faculty and our
Today, the practice of pharmacy has come full-circle to exemplify the
'" community pharmacist of yesteryear, who not only dispensed tablets and elixirs,
I but was an integral part of a family's health care. ... Ill bring many new
I.11 k11'1, ,..- The profession is rapidly changing in response to environmental
and societal factors such as longer life expectancy, increased number of drug
prescriptions and a greater divide between economic classes. Our II... is
addressing these demands and looking further into the future to investigate
emerging healthcare issues that are moving to the forefront.
Building a foundation for excellence takes forethought, time and resources.
The College of Pharmacy the oldest health science .. ll...,. at UF has
demonstrated this in its enduring quality program developed and sustained for
more than 80 years.
Our mission is to promote the health and welfare of the people of Florida and
the nation by preparing graduates in pharmacy to take independent professional
responsibility for the outcome of drug therapy in patients. We are proud that
our graduates have the scientific and cultural background necessary to assume
leadership roles in the profession and community.
With the right resources, today, we can expand our impact to affect more lives,
in more places with a greater depth of solutions while educating and preparing
pharmacists for tomorrow. I look forward to the journey, and invite all advocates
of pharmacy health care to join me in creating a place of drug ,1- .. a day of
partnerships and a belief in health access for all.
Dean William Riffee, Ph.D.
is produced by the University of Florida College
of Pharmacy for its alumni, faculty and friends.
William H. Riffee, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean
William J. Millard, Ph.D.
Sr. Associate Dean for
Michael W. McKenzie, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Distance,
Continuing and Executive Education
Sven A. Normann, Pharm.D.
Sr. Associate Dean for Finance
Associate Dean for Accredidation
L. Douglas Ried, Ph.D.
Kelly Markey, Director
Christy Popwell, Assistant Director
Director of Public Relations,
Linda Homewood, APR
JS Design Studio
arch & Inr
trends in pharmacy
10 Lecture Notes
faculty news, honors & awards
16 Making the Grade
spotlight on students
alumni & development news
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Office of Development Et
Alumni Affairs, College of Pharmacy
PO Box 103570
Gainesville, FL 32610-3570
101 S. Newell Dr.
HPNP Complex, Room 2305
Gainesville, FL 32611
CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
ON THE COVER: Advancing Research: Nicholas
Bodor Ph.D., a graduate research professor at UF College of
Pharmacy, shows his comittment to Pharmacy Tomorrow with
a gift that supports drug discovery. Photo by Sarah Kiewel
UF Alumni Step Up to National Leadership
By Lisa Emmerich
When John E. Murphy, Pharm. D., was a student
at the UF C II.... of Pharmacy, he had a blast at his
pharmacy fraternity's parties. But he got a lot more
than just a good time out of the experience.
Murphy is one of several UF alumni who give
back to the profession through leadership in national
organizations. Now the president-elect of the Ameri-
can College of Clinical Pharmacy and a professor
and associate dean of the University of Arizona's
C II... of Pharmacy, Murphy said his inspiration to
become a leader in the field of pharmacy began at UF
"You have some fun, play sports, have a party
here and there, but you're also learning more about
the profession and how it fits into the bigger picture of
taking care of patients," said Murphy, who earned a BS
in Pharmacy in 1976 and a Pharm.D. in 1979. "It is the
connections that you make that then inform your work
and 11 you to get better and move up the ladder."
ACCP The American College of Clinical
Pharmacy is a professional and scientific society
that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and
resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve
excellence in practice and research.
Ed L. Hamilton, Pharm.D., another UF C II. ,.. of
Pharmacy alumnus, has served pharmacy organizations
on the state level and is now the president-elect of the
American Pharmacists Association, a nationwide
network of 60,000 pharmacists.
Hamilton, who first earned his B.S. in Pharmacy
in 1975, said he found inspiration early on in his
"There were leaders from UF who showed me that
you don't just take from the profession, you give back
to it," said Hamilton, who now serves as director of
pharmacy at Regency Medical center in Winter Haven,
Florida. "One of my earliest mentors taught that you
don't go by the old saying and 'give until it hurts.'
Rather, you give until it feels good. If you do it for the
right reasons, you get back more than you can ever
He returned to UF earning his Pharm.D. degree
in 2000 through the ,. II..g. -. Working Professional
Pharm.D. program while continuing his professional
work. Becoming a leader in the field has been time
consuming, Hamilton said, but it has also been
rewarding because he has helped shape the profession's
APhA The American Pharmacists Associa-
tion provides a forum for discussion, consensus build-
ing, and policy setting for the profession of pharmacy.
Diane L. Beck, Pharm.D., graduated in 1977 from
the UF C II.. .. of Pharmacy. She joined the American
Association of Colleges of Pharmacy with no inten-
tions of becoming a leader. Instead, she saw a need to
improve pharmacy professors' resources for assessing
experiential learning. Since she couldn't find the
resources she needed, she decided to help create them.
"I continued to actively share my thoughts on
what needed to change in pharmacy education,"
said Beck, a professor and director of educational
and faculty development at the University of Florida
C II.... of Pharmacy. "This led me to fulfill a variety of
leadership roles within AACP I chose to speak up and
stimulate solutions to the needs of pharmacy education
- my .. II.. ,.... -. chose to elect me as a leader."
In 2005-2006, Beck served as president of the
AACP As her involvement grew, Beck said she became
a better pharmacy educator through talking and shar-
ing with other leaders in the field.
"The work that could be done i. II ,I ,I, jely was
much greater than working in isolation," she said.
The three UF alums share a vision for the field of
pharmacy: making pharmacists a bigger part of patient
care by changing the focus of the profession from the
drug product to the patient. The leaders said pharma-
cists should put to better use their medication therapy
management skills and act as advocates for patients,
playing an increased clinical role.
"I believe that we have not seen the best day we
will have (as pharmacists)," said Hamilton. "Don't
wait. Show some initiative and go do the things that
you want for your profession. Some people sit on the
sidelines and complain. Your option is to get involved
and make things better."
AACP The American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy is a national organization
representing pharmacy education in the United States,
serving as an advocate for nearly 100 accredited
colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs.
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Investing in the
Future of Drug
Discovery at UF
n internationally-recognized scientist and graduate research
professor, whose career in drug design and delivery spans 40
years, is giving a $600,000 gift to promote drug research at
the UF C II.. .. of Pharmacy
Nicholas Bodor, Ph.D., executive director of the UF Center for
Drug Discovery, and his wife Sheryl, wish to create a professorship
in drug discovery to continue the area of teaching and research that
he enjoyed for nearly 25 years at UF's C II.... of Pharmacy The
Bodors' gift will I the II..1.. to apply for state matching funds
that will result in a $1 million endowment to support the work of a
faculty member in drug discovery
During his tenure at UF Bodor supervised the training of more
than 150 graduate students and post-doctoral associates.
"Today, my students are working in all parts of the world -
including Europe, Asia and even Iceland," Bodor said. "It's like
seeing your children grow and become successful in their careers."
One former graduate student, Marcus Brewster, Ph.D., now a
distinguished research :.. II at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical
Research & Development in Belgium, recalls his professor's mentor-
ing back in the 1980s at UE
"I learned so much working with Dr. Bodor," Brewster said.
"The science was the most important, but he provided the full
package for a future scientist, including how to present your work
and :, I .. ,- .,,-i people on your points of view. I learned network-
ing, and how to problem solve."
In 2000, Bodor took a leave of absence from his academic
posts to accept a position as senior vice president of basic research
and drug discovery at the IVAX Corporation. He served as chief
scientific officer of the IVAX Corporation for four years.
Bodor's main research interests include design of drugs with
improved therapeutic index, design of new chemical delivery
systems, computer-assisted drug design, drug transport and
metabolism, and theoretical and mechanistic organic chemistry
He has published more than 500 research articles, has more
than 180 patents, and serves on the editorial boards of several
international scientific journals.
In 2004, Bodor was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of the
Hungarian Republic the country's highest state honor, and
the: II ,,-, year, he received an honorary Doctor of Science
degree from the University of Florida. This November, Bodor
accepted the Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award from
the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. The AAPS
research award recognizes researchers whose accomplishments
made an impact in pharmaceutical sciences and technologies.
AAPS Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award
Nicholas S. Bodor, Ph.D., a graduate research professor at the UF C II..,.. of Pharmacy, received the
Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award in November from the American Association of Pharmaceuti-
cal Scientists. The AAPS research award recognizes researchers whose accomplishments made an impact in
pharmaceutical sciences and technologies. An internationally-recognized scientist and executive director for
UF's Center for Drug Discovery, Bodor was honored for his comprehensive drug design and drug targeting
concepts known as retrometabolic drug design.
AAPS is a professional, scientific society of more than 13,000 members in academia, industry, govern-
ment, and research institutes that provides an international forum for the exchange of knowledge among
scientists to enhance their contributions to health.
E. F "Gene" Fiese, Ph.D., (r) 2007 president ofAAPS, presents the Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award to
Nicholas Bodor at the annual meeting in San Diego.
Winter 2008 GATORx 1 3
Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
The College of Pharmacy's department of health care administration is stepping up to the new year with a
renewed commitment that better defines its mission and a $1 million gift to support that mission.
Renaming Health Care Administration
This commitment is reflected in the department's new
name; Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. The name got a
thumb's-up after a more than year-long campuswide approval
process from the faculty senate all the way to the UF Trustees.
The name change is a product of evolution as the science
of pharmacoepidemiology emerged, said Department Chair
Rich Segal, Ph.D., who describes it, as the study of drug use
and safety in whole populations. The department's roots were
established in the days when pharmacy administration was
focused on drugstore business and accounting issues. Since the
1980s, pharmacy healthcare management has taken on a new
social and psychological role one that was focused on patient
"Our research is cutting edge and we need a department
name that accurately describes our mission in order to attract
the best faculty, researchers and students," Segal said.
Segal points to the research findings in his department
- like medication errors in hospitals, risks for children
taking stimulant drugs, and the cost and effectiveness of
immunization drugs. These findings all potentially have a
national impact on healthcare policies that affect all patients,
UF I FLORIDA
CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
All leading academic research programs are driven by the
fruitful interactions of graduate students and postdoctoral
i. II. with their faculty mentors. It is only through
recruitment of the most gifted and qualified candidates
that the I. II.... can be successful in research and graduate endeavors.
We must be able to offer competitive funding to attract the best and
the brightest from across the nation.
A nationally renowned graduate program supports and retains
crucial faculty by providing the resources for faculty to continue their
cutting-edge research. In essence, it is the fuel that runs our research
engine and makes new discoveries possible. Discoveries that are
currently creating new compounds and more efficient ways to bring
drugs to market, thereby enhancing medication therapy management
and decreasing errors, resulting in better drug therapies that improve
patient care and quality of life.
We have created the C II..1.. of Pharmacy Graduate Student
Education and Research Endowment, which will be the corner-
stone to sustainability by reducing the dependence on : I ,. i ,,I I, -,
revenues. The income from the endowment will sustain activities
such as the research showcase and the summer research internship
that has been supported by uncertain government funding. In
addition, it would be able to support:. II. I-i, -, new activities, and
4 | Winter 2008 GATORx
The Need for
$1 Million Gift Supports
In fall 2007, the department received a
$1 million gift to support the graduate student
research in these areas. The new gift, creating
the DuBow Family Graduate Student Educa-
tion Fund is eligible to receive state matching
funds from the State of Florida Trust Fund for
Major Gifts, i I.., a potential increase to
"The gift not only recognizes the future
need for research in the ever-changing field of pharmacy, it also serves
as a lead gift in the .- II.. -. capital campaign," said Dean William
Riffee. "Student and research support are two key areas of need in the
Christian Hampp, a graduate student in the department, was
named the first supported student by the endowment. Through his
work in pharmacoepidemiology, he is investigating ways to optimize
the care-versus-expense of a costly drug therapy The therapy is used
for prevention of respiratory virus infection in early childhood.
Graduate Education & Research
Generating student interest in research at the undergraduate
and/or professional level is vital to the growth and development of
research in the ,. II.. .. and the profession. Providing undergraduate
pharmacy students opportunities to explore research ,II them to
make career decisions very early in their educational program. The
II.. offers two initiatives for early research experience.
The Annual Research Showcase brings experts from the
pharmaceutical industry to campus to speak and interact with
students. More importantly, it provides students much-needed
experience in the formulation and presentation of research find-
ings to their peers and industry judges. In 2007, we had a record
number of 50 entries in four competitions.
The Summer Research Internships provide a 10-week
immersion into disciplines such as pharmacy practice, phar-
macogenomics, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics,
drug discovery and patient safety Students shadow a faculty
member and undertake various aspects of research while
gaining an appreciation for alternative career paths for advanced
post-Pharm.D. training (e.g., I:I I-,, training and graduate
If you would like more information on supporting Graduate
Student Education & Research, contact Kelly Markey at markey@
c I dII .. I''
20th Annual College of Pharmacy
With more than 50 entries,
last February, the UF College
of Pharmacy marked its largest
research competition to date.
Richard L. Lalonde, Pharm.D.,
the global head of clinical
pharmacology at Pfizer, gave
a keynote address on drug
development. Lalonde met with
graduate students to answer
questions about research
questions about research (left) Richard Lalonde of Pfizer; Graduate
career opportunities in the students Martina Sabre, Jian Xu and Stephan
pharmaceutical industry, Schmidt; (in back) Professor Hartmut Derendorf
encouraging them to consider
clinical research in drug development.
"This is an exploding discipline with an extremely high demand." Lalonde said.
Using pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles for optimal development
and utilization of new drugs in patients, Lalonde has built a clinical pharmacology
organization at Pfizer that is considered a leader in the application of model-based
Through a $500,000 award, Pfizer supports clinical graduate research at the UF College
ORAL COMPETITION WINNERS:
Preeti Yadava, pharmaceutics
Anzeela Schentrup, pharmaceutics
Krista Renner Wilson, medicinal chemistry
Ahunna Onyenwenyi, pharmaceutical
outcomes & policy
POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS:
Chinki Bhatia, pharmacodynamics
Stephan Schmidt, pharmaceutics
Gregory Welder, pharmacy practice
Post-Doctoral Fellow Division Michael Pacanowski, Ph.D.,
Rachel Witek, Ph.D., medicinal chemistry
The college also recognizes the following supporters for 2007:
Novartis, Drug & Biotechnology Development, LLC., Robert and Maria Bell ('88);
Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt ('61); Watson Pharmaceuticals, Francisco Alvarez ('81);
DENALI BioTechnologies, LLC, Maureen McKenzie; American College of Clinical
Pharmacology, Vikram Arya, ('03); Ping Liu ('02); Sooyeon Kwon ('04); Gwen
(Victoria) De Leon ('94); Yan Gong ('04); Brian Sauer ('04); and Julia Winkler ('04).
Winter 2008 GATORx 1 5
Asthma Inhaler Replacement in 2008
By Lyndsey Lewis
common asthma inhaler powered by a new propel-
lant is safe and effective but could come at nearly
triple the cost to consumers until a generic version
hits the market, according to a review in the New
England Journal of Medicine last March.
Conducted by two university professors and a director for
the Food and Drug Administration, the review examines the
consequences of switching to I, i II 11, i 1i .-.., which is replac-
ing chlorofluorocarbon, or CFC, as a key ingredient in ,II ,,i... I
inhalers designed to relieve asthma. The FDA has ruled that U.S.
sales of CFC II ,..' I inhalers be prohibited after 2008.
About 52 million prescriptions are filled for ,I ,ii.. I each
year in the United States, with most containing a generic version
of CFC. But because of rising global concerns about CFC's ozone-
depleting effects, "medically essential" inhalers are finally joining
a list of banned products that started in 1978.
The researchers say their analyses show that inhalers with
CFC and the new brands that contain i I II .11, 11 -., or
HFA, are equally effective at treating asthma.
"F I l.. 111,, by communicating with health-care profes-
sionals, we'll be able to reassure patients," said Leslie Hendeles,
Pharm.D., the University of Florida professor of pharmacy and
pediatrics who spearheaded the review. He worked with Gene L.
Colice, M.D., a professor of medicine at The George Washington
University School of Medicine, and Robert J. Meyer, M.D., who
directs the Office of Drug Evaluation II at the FDA.
II i .. 1 I one of the medicines that relieves asthma attacks,
is the seventh most commonly prescribed drug in the United
States. Because it's so widely used, the report predicts Americans
will spend an additional $1.2 billion a year on three patented
inhaler brands containing the new propel-
lant (Ventolin, ProAir and Proventil) until
generic versions reach pharmacies, probably L
after 2012. Patients who pay for their own
medications will pay on average $26 more
per prescription and those with prescription
benefit plans will likely face higher co-pays
as well, according to the review.
/ I iii, 1, II while the new inhalers
are just as effective as their traditional CFC
counterparts, a few differences have been
reported. One brand, for example, comes
sealed in a protective pouch. After that m
pouch is opened, the drug carries a shelf
life of just two months, while most inhalers
can typically be stored for 15 to 24 months, Leslie Hendeles explains the
Hendeles said. I, between one of the
new hydrofluoroalkane albuterol
Consumers will also notice that only the inhalers (left) a a generic
inhalers (left) and a generic
Ventolin brand of HFA inhaler comes with a chlorofuorocarbon albuterol
counter to track how much medicine is left. inhaler (right) which will be
For that reason, Hendeles suggests keeping a withdrawn from the U.S. market
backup inhaler handy if physicians prescribe after 2008 because of rising global
a device without a counter, concerns about CFC's ozone-
"There isn't any reliable way of estimat- depleting it
ing when they're going to run out," said
Hendeles, who also serves as a consultant to
The review also reports that some HFA inhalers tend to
clog more easily To prevent clogging in HFA inhalers, Hendeles
advised, patients should remove the devices' metal canister once
a week and clean the plastic actuators with warm water.
Not all of the new HFA inhaler products are ideal for
everyone and health-care providers and their patients should
be aware of important differences. Two brands of HFA inhalers
contain ethanol and it may not be an appropriate therapy choice
for some, Hendeles said.
Hendeles noted that CFC inhalers release negligible amounts
of the I .. II ...i, and do not pose a threat to ozone depletion.
However, the United States joined more than 185 other countries
in signing the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty requiring
complete withdrawal of all CFC products. The inhaler, deemed
medically necessary, was exempt until new market replacements
using HFA became available.
Hendeles said he hopes the :. I.. il dispel myths about
HFA for doctors and patients. Still, even though HFA inhalers are
safe for the environment and effective at treating asthma, some
people may feel uncomfortable when making the switch. HFA
inhalers spew slower and warmer plumes of medicine than their
CFC counterparts, so asthma patients may fear their new inhalers
aren't strong enough.
"There -.. I ,I 1.. II1 will be some people who are absolutely
certain it doesn't work as well," Hendeles said, adding that
patient education is the key to proper care.
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Cost vs. Care:
Benefits of Costly Drug
for Dangerous Virus
By Lisa Emmerich
While Respiratory Syncytial Virus most often
causes symptoms similar to the common cold
in adults, it can lead to serious respiratory
problems in young children.
At its worst, the highly contagious virus, commonly
called RSV can lead to severe diseases such as pneumonia
or bronchiolitis, which can cause lasting damage or even
death. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention estimate that RSV results in more than
125,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths every year.
At present no vaccine exists, but the antibody
drug palivizumab has been shown to prevent the
disease. Clinical trials show palivizumab reduces RSV
hospitalizations by more than half. Unfortunately the
drug costs $1,200 a dose, heightening concerns that it
may be prescribed to patients who won't benefit from
it and underused by those who need it. That's why UF
researchers studying the effectiveness of palivizumab in Florida
Medicaid infants are trying to determine who benefits most from
the preventive treatment.
"Since it is costly, it is important to determine who benefits
most and under what conditions optimal effectiveness is
achieved," said Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., an assistant professor in
the UF C II.... of Pharmacy who is leading the study
In ,. I1I 1, I with the UF Center for Medicaid and the
Uninsured and the Agency for Healthcare Administration, Winter-
stein and Arwa Saidi, MBBCh, a clinical associate professor at
the UF C II..1.. of Medicine are exploring the effectiveness of the
costly drug and trying to pinpoint who it helps and during what
season. I 11, the medication is recommended for children
under 2 who are most at risk for infection, including those with
chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease and premature
infants. It is typically given over a period of five months during
RSV season, which is similar to flu season.
Understanding how effective the drug is in these patients
is important, Winterstein says, because while palivizumab has
been shown to reduce the risk of RSV infections in certain
high-risk groups of children during clinical trials, it is unclear
whether the same level of effectiveness can be achieved in real-
The researchers will analyze 12 years of Florida Medicaid
data on hospitalizations related to RSV and compare it with
the use of palivizumab. Preliminary results show use of the
medication during peak RSV season decreased RSV-related
hospitalizations. But during the off-season the decrease was
much more subtle.
"Since it is costly, it is important to determine
who benefits most and under what conditions
optimal effectiveness is achieved."
The RSV season varies depending on the state. In Florida,
the season is difficult to pinpoint because it differs across regions.
Wintersteins team is using geographic mapping software to
analyze RSV infection rates, immunization usage and effectiveness
for different counties across the state.
Because the preventive medication only lasts for 30 days,
it must be used monthly throughout a patient's period of high
risk to provide maximum effectiveness. Winterstein said many
children receive only one dose during the season, which likely
would not prevent infection.
Wintersteins full -, I 1 III evaluate the effects of palivizum-
ab immunization on RSV infection rates and the cost in various
high-risk groups. She also plans to assess the effects of gaps in use
of the drug.
"The number of patients who are receiving the immunization
has increased steadily and infection rates have clearly decreased,"
Winterstein said. "However, it seems that the growth in the
number of immunized children during the off-season has less
effect in RSV infection rates."
Winter 2008 GATORx 1 7
Hold 6th International
Symposium in Munich
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A Global Gator: Marcus Brewster
other methods, used toi improve deI. livery technologies for drugs and
drug candidates that are poorly water soluble. The goal II I I I I II, IBrewster says, is
I" I ,I I I 1 I I I I I I,
to improve the oral bioavailability of these drugs.
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He also has worked in development of biodegradable polyester
devices used for sustained release dosages. In another important drug
research area, Brewster focuses on chemical modifications to improve
drug organ targeting such as drugs that must be able to pass through the
blood-brain barrier to treat cancer.
After receiving his B.S. in 1978 from Mercer University, Brewster
earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1982 from the University
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nearly two years. In 1997, graduate students about career opportunities in
through recommendations drug discovery
from his former professor,
Brewster moved to Belgium to become the head of Drug Delivery
Research at what was then the Janssen Research Foundation.
Brewster sees the Global Gator meetings as a way for younger and
older researchers to come together and share multi-disciplined studies
and make lasting business connections to further their works.
"The Global Gators have forged an academic-industry network-
ing resource that strengthens pharmaceutical research worldwide,"
8 | Winter 2008 GATORx
trends in pharmacy
'- The Gator Nation in
j A local organizing committee for
the symposium, led by Bavarian
pharmacists Sonja Mayer, Ph.D.
and Claudia Goller, arranged for
attendees and guests to experi-
ence the historical and cultural
aspects of Munich. A 11 II i
city tour and boat tour in nearby
Starnberg was planned before the
daylong meeting. F II ,,i the
meeting the German hosts spon-
S scored the "GatorFest" banquet at
Claudia Golr (1) with tou ,... the Munich Residenz palace.
.- F '1u.. .; traditional Bay ......... ,.
Ulrike Graefe-Mody Ph.D., conducts pharmacokinetic/
pharmacodynamic studies in drug development for
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmhH & Co. She discussed
her work in biomarker-guided drug development for type
From Tokyo, Yuichi Sugiyama, Ph.D., from the University of
Tokyo presented a plenary lecture on his research on strategies
for drug discovery and development. Mariko Morishita, Ph.D.,
from Hoshi University, discussed her work on the intestinal
absorption of drugs and efflux transporters.
0 United States
From the United States, seven presenters from the University
of Florida included faculty from the .- II.. -. of Pharmacy
and Medicine. College of Pharmacy: Nicholas Bodor, Ph.D.
gave a plenary lecture on retrometabolic design of targeted
drugs and chemical delivery systems. Paul Doering, M.S., -
prescription drug diversion and abuse; Gunther Hochhaus,
Ph.D., simulations used in development of inhalation
products. Jeffrey Hughes, Ph.D., common themes in
drug delivery; and Sihong Song, Ph.D. gene therapy of
type 1 diabetes. The College of Medicine: Mark Gold, M.D.,
a distinguished professor, secondary environmental
exposure and drug-addicted doctors. Saeed Khan, Ph.D.,
a professor in pathology prevention of kidney stone
Also from the United States: Ronald Sawchuk, Ph.D., a
distinguished professor from the University of Minnesota
presented his work in drug delivery to treat inflammation
of the middle ear. Bernd Meibohm, Ph.D., an associate
professor of pharmaceutical sciences from the University
of Tennessee discussed his findings in chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease and mortality of elderly patients.
Prepares Students in Health Outreach
By Amelia Beck
orn and raised in Cuba, Leidi Paez, Pharm.D., knows what it's
like to endure a toothache without adequate medication. That
is why the 2007 UF C II.. .. of Pharmacy graduate spent her
spring breaks traveling to countries such as Ecuador and the Dominican
Republic on interdisciplinary health outreach trips. Now, serving her
residency at the Malcolm Randell VA Medical Center, she continues her
participation, taking an active role in the planning process.
But not all trip participants have Paez's Spanish language and
cultural background. For this reason, faculty from the ,. II.. -. of
Pharmacy and Medicine are teaming up to offer a course that will help
The International Health course,
offered as a "pilot" evening class over two
consecutive semesters, began fall 2007
and continues spring 2008 term. The
interdisciplinary nature of the course is -
evidenced by student attendance from
five Health Science Center .. II.. ..-. said
Judith Riffee, B.S.Pharm., who is working ,
with Richard Davidson, M.D., and Rob
Lawrence, M.D., on the project.
"We have had presentations from the Leidi Paez counsels patients on medi-
fields of public health, medicine, nursing, cation use in the Dominican Republic.
anthropology, and pharmacy," Riffee said.
UF physical therapy, audiology, veterinary medicine and dental
health programs all of whom currently have significant international
student activity are also expected to join soon, she said.
The curriculum focuses on two crucial aspects of international
trips: public health education and cultural issues. Often, practices such
as proper hand washing, water purification and other hygiene regimens
are not common knowledge in developing countries. Students who take
the preparatory class learn life-saving health information they can, in
turn, explain to patients.
The educational component is vital in order to make a difference
after the volunteers are gone.
"We want to concentrate on joining hands' with in-country health
providers to expand on programs that are important to them," Riffee said.
Building a sustainable project, another program goal, involves
working in a single location so that efforts can be continued and expanded
during future trips, she said. This approach builds ongoing relationships
that lead to a beneficial outcome on the community's health.
The course also will explore cultural differences students may
encounter in foreign countries. For example, volunteers must learn
sensitivity when presenting contraceptive use to people whose religion
does not condone it.
"We cannot effectively serve in a country and expect to do things
our way," Riffee said. "Its terribly important to understand the cultural
Paez said she thinks the UF preparatory course for outreach team
members will be immensely beneficial.
"You have to establish cultural sensitivity," she said. "What you see
in those countries you will never see here."
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Pharmacy Researcher Helps Hospitals
Fight Antibiotic-resistant Infections
By Lisa Emmerich
nce considered wonder drugs that could cure any causing serious conditions
infectious disease, antibiotics are now ineffective against such as pneumonia
certain strains of bacteria, leading scientists and govern- and even death. Gums'
ment experts to label antibiotic resistance a public health crisis. statistics show that 50
A big part of the problem lies in hospitals, where many to 70 percent of the
infections are formed and transmitted. staph infections in many
John G. Gums, Pharm.D., a UF professor of pharmacy and hospitals no longer
medicine, is tackling that problem. In 1997, Gums started the respond to treatment d
Antimicrobial Resistance Management program wwwarmpro- with methicillin.
gram.com to help hospitals keep track of infectious diseases and To treat drug-resistant bacteria, doctors must use stronger
their resistance to antibiotic drugs. or more toxic drugs. But when those drugs stop working, what
Hospitals 'i:r!!, *.11.-l in the free program provide Gums' team happens next?
with laboratory data and receive periodic customized reports about According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America,
drug resistance within their institution and around the country another facet of the problem is the lack of new antibiotic drugs
I.. I11, we would like hospitals to use the information we in development. Pharmaceutical companies have very few new
give them as the first step," Gums said. "We'd like them to realize antibiotics in research and production phases.
they're not immune to this problem. They need to take owner- Gums said that shortage makes hospital management
ship so they can do something about it." programs essential.
Nearly 400 hospitals currently participate in ARM, and Gums "We have seen examples of reversals," he said. "We have seen
said up to 2,000 more could join soon if an agreement with VHA, hospitals improve their resistance rates with effort. I don't see that
Inc., a national network of not-for-profit hospitals, is finalized. there's an option not to combat the problem."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ARM distributes graphs that show the relationship between
nearly 2 million patients in the United States contract infections antibiotic use and disease resistance, 11 I,,, officials to see a
in hospitals each year. More than 70 percent of the bacteria that direct relationship between growing antibiotic use and increased
cause these infections are resistant to some antibiotics. drug resistance. It's a graph Gums calls the "crystal ball," II 11,,
Across the country, an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph ARM officials to predict future resistance at particular hospitals.
infection has become a growing problem in hospitals, where Gums said he hopes hospitals use the information ARM
patients are often weak already and susceptible to infection. provides to help them make decisions in managing the problem.
Named methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and "With antibiotics, hospitals have to think, 'Giving out
commonly known as MRSA, this bacterium can cause severe these drugs will benefit me here, but how will it hurt me
skin infections that delve deeper or seep into the blood stream, somewhere else?'"
S ince 1997, the Retrometabolism-based Drug Design and Targeting international
conference series has brought together some of the world's leading pharmaceutical
scientists to discuss drug design strategies for development of safe and effective
Last June, the sixth biennial conference was held in Budapest, the native home of
founder and organizer Nicholos Bodor, Ph.D., a graduate research professor at the UF
C II..1.. of Pharmacy. In previous years, the conference has been hosted in the United
States and Japan.
The 2007 symposium, with more than 65 invited participants and 15 invited posters,
explored optimization strategies using a controlled metabolism to improve drug therapies
without unwanted side effects. Presenters and researchers discussed retrometabolism in
enzyme-activated drugs developed for targeted delivery, improved bioavailability, and
drugs designed for enzymatic degradation that become an inactive metabolite after reach-
ing its therapeutic goal.
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A UF pharmacy researcher and educator has received
national recognition for her contributions to contemporary teach-
ing and scholarship in biotechnology Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D.,
received the American Association of C II... -. of Pharmacy's
prestigious Paul R. Dawson 1 .. -... 1 Award at its annual
meeting in July at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"Advances in biotechnology research are driving important
changes in health care that in turn stimulate changes in education
and practice," said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., AACP executive vice
president and CEO. "This award recognizes Dr. Johnson's stellar
leadership in every dimension of the academic mission."
Johnson's research focus, cardiovascular drug pharmacog-
enomics, investigates disease-gene associations, and the influence
of race/ethnicity on drug response to see if genetic makeup may
determine which antihypertensive drugs are best for a particular
"Julie has found an area of research that promises to change
the future way patients are treated with drug therapy," said
William H. Riffee, Ph.D., UF C II..,.. of Pharmacy dean.
A professor of medicine at UF II... -. of pharmacy and
medicine, and director of the UF Center for Pharmacogenomics,
Johnson's research has been continuously funded by the National
Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association since
Johnson, receiving a double helix glass sculpture and cash
award at the meeting, shared her views on what qualities mark
excellence in pharmacy education and research during a panel
Retrometabolic-based drug design a,, I I ,I .. iii- -
ated by Bodor in the late 70s, has becom.. .ii. -, ,I I
"This international conference series. .- -I I, I-..
generate effective dialogue among expert- .ii.. i .. I .
fields," Bodor said. "The continued goal i i --. ii.
practical approaches to improved drugs : iI I -i: I I.
A 38-member international advisor, I I I I I- 1,
ceutical researchers and educators
from Eastern and Western Europe,
Japan, United States, Mideast and -
Iceland facilitate the conference direc- I
tion and planning for future symposia. l
"It is important to ensure that the next generation of academicians
and scientists includes pharmacists," Johnson said. "We must engage our
brightest Pharm.D. students in a meaningful research experience early in
their pharmacy curriculum to help foster an interest in research."
The AACP award is named in honor of Amgen former vice president of
marketing and sales, Paul R. Dawson, a staunch supporter of education in
11,1 Ii 1 I
I The UF Research Foundation has named
C l IlI.. of Pharmacy Professor Abraham
Hartzema, Ph.D., as one of 33 UFRF
Professors for 2007-2010.
The recognition goes to faculty members who have a distin-
guished current record of research and a strong research agenda
that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.
Hartzema, the Perry A. Foote Eminent Scholar Chair in
Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics, was selected among
nominations that were based upon recent research accomplish-
ments and publications in scholarly journals, external funding,
and honors and awards.
The three-year award provides an annual salary supplement
and a one-time $3,000 grant.
The professorships are funded from the university's share
of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.
Founded in 1986, the not-for-profit foundation provides a
means by which discoveries and inventions can be transferred
from the laboratory to the public. Funds generated by licensing
such discoveries are used to enhance research at the university
AACP Crystal APPLE Award:
Teacher of the Year
Cary Mobley, Ph.D., clinical associate profes-
sor, was chosen as Teacher of Year for 2007,
recognizing his dedication to excellence in
teaching and his creative approaches as Director
of Pharmacy Skills Training. He is a coordinator
and lecturer in the first professional year of the
Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.
He has also initiated a successful teaching and learning program
utilizing integrated patient case studies for courses in the first and
second professional years of the curriculum.
After receiving a B.S. in i : from the University of Miami,
Mobley earned a B.S. in Pharmacy with honors, and a Ph.D. in Pharma-
ceutics from UF's C II..1.. of Pharmacy. He gained experience as chief
pharmacist retail pharmacy stores in Gainesville and Orlando before
beginning his career in pharmacy education.
Mobley's research has focused on lyophilized liposomes in the
delivery of medications to the lungs and in the development of a cholera
oral vaccine. He serves as consultant, writer and instructor for a certifi-
cate training program in pharmaceutical compounding, co-sponsored by
Medisca and the UF C II..1.. of Pharmacy.
He is a member of the Alachua County Association of Pharmacists,
the American Association of C II.... -. of Pharmacy, Kappa Psi Pharma-
ceutical Fraternity, and Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honorary Society.
UF Recognized for Exemplary Partnerships
The UF C II.. of Pharmacy was one of eight schools to receive the first national
recognition for exemplary partnerships that foster quality experiential education and
patient care teaching environments for pharmacy students.
The American Association of C II.... .. of Pharmacy has awarded the Academic-
Practice Partnerships for Learning Excellence award, known as the Crystal APPLE, to
UF C II..1. of Pharmacy and its practice partner, Shands Jacksonville. David M. Angaran,
M.S., a UF C II..1. of Pharmacy clinical professor of pharmacy, and two pharmacists
from Shands .I IIl. Thanh Hogan, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy and Sharon
A. Basile, Pharm.D., a pharmacist and UF preceptor received a Tiffany crystal apple
and a plaque.
William Ill 11 I Ph.D., executive associate dean for the C II,.,. of Pharmacy, credits
the recognition to a long-standing partnership between the ,. II.... and the UF-affiliated
medical center in Jacksonville.
"Our ,. II..g. developed a relationship with Shands .I J II.. as a clinical training
site nearly 20 years ago," Millard said. "A culture of mutual respect and excellence
exists in the provision of clinical services and an educational program for UF pharmacy
students and clinical residents alike."
The AACP with support from Merck & Company, created the Academic-Practice (-r) front: Shands Jacksonville pharmacists Thanh
Partnership Initiative in 2004 to improve pharmacy education and practice by encourag- Hogan and Sharon A. Basile back: UF clinical professor
ing quality professional experience programs. Each of the .. II.. will be featured in of pharmacy David M. Angaran and UF ( of
US Pharmacist and in the Advanced Practice Experience Site Profiling System, a toolkit Pharmacy Dean William 1 received the Crystal
designed to help pharmacy schools identify, document and profile models of exemplary APPLE award at the AACP national meeting last July.
experiential education practice sites.
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faculty news, honors & awards
A Meeting of the Minds
UF College of Pharmacy Hosts Southeastern
Meeting of Pharmacists
he UF C II.. .. of Pharmacy played host to pharmacists and
pharmacy educators, in August, from the southeastern United
States who traveled to Orlando to participate in the National
Association of Boards of Pharmacy and American Association of C II.. .
of Pharmacy annual meeting.
This year's NABP/AACP District III program, Advancing Pharmacy
Through Leadership & Education, was developed by the C II.. .. of
Pharmacy and co-hosted along with the Florida State Board of
Pharmacy More than 80 District III members attended the three-day
meeting that examined
some of today's most
relevant topics in
tional sessions, 1 II.. ,-,
4 an opportunity for
to exchange knowledge
leaders and educators
in pharmacy shared
their expertise on
t issues relevant to the
(1-r) Association leaders and presenters at the NABP/AACP District pharmacy industry
III pharmacy meeting in August: Rebecca Poston, Florida Board of and education such as;
Michael McKenzie, UF( C of i Carmen ensuring product quality
Catizone, National Association of Boards of I and Peter and standards; Medicare
Vlasses, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Part D implications
and socio-cultural and communication barriers faced by internationally
educated pharmacists working in North America.
The importance of understanding media relations was presented by
Mitchel Rothholz, R.Ph., MBA, chief of staff for the American Pharma-
cists Association. Rothholz discussed factors that draw media attention
to an issue, and identified top pharmacy news issues and how to discuss
key messages about the pharmacy profession during an interview.
A three-member panel, focused on e-learning and international
education programs, discussed development and approval processes of
pharmacy education and curriculums, and new accreditation standards
for online and international education. Panel members included Michael
McKenzie, Ph.D., senior associate dean for professional affairs, UF
C II..-.. of Pharmacy, Peter H. Vlasses, Pharm.D., executive director
of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Carmen
Catizone, D.Ph., executive director of the National Association of Boards
The annual meeting, hosted each year by one of eight District
III .. II.. .. in the southeastern states, provides an opportunity for
dialogue between II. I- and state boards on regional and
Honors & Awards
Jeffrey Hughes, Ph.D., associate professor
of pharmaceutics, has been appointed to the
editorial advisory board of The Open Drug
Delivery Journal, a new peer-reviewed journal.
The online journal was created for scientists
and researchers worldwide to keep abreast of
the latest developments through immediate
access to quality articles. Bentham Science
Publishers (www.bentham.org) plans to publish
more than 300 peer-reviewed open access
journals this year.
Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., an assistant
professor of pharmaceutical outcomes & policy,
has been awarded a two-year $241,397 grant
from the Agency for Healthcare Administra-
tion at the Florida Department of Health in
S.1 'I i. i i. with the UF Florida Center for
Medicaid and the Uninsured. The grant will
,II. Winterstein to study Florida Medicaid
Recipients ages 2 and under who have received
the drug Palivizumab, used for immunization
against human respiratory syncytial virus, the
major cause of lower respiratory tract infection
during infancy and l11- II I The study will
examine the effectiveness and cost of the drug.
Issam Zineh, Pharm.D., an assistant professor
of pharmacy practice has received a research
Award from the American C II.. .. of Clini-
cal Pharmacy for his work in cardiovascular
disease, an important national health concern.
The ACCP 2007 Frontiers Career Development
Research Award $30,000 grant will support
Zineh's work examining the effectiveness of
fibrate drugs in ,. ,ii, II,,-, elevated triglycer-
ides and inflammation linked to cardiovascular
disease. The nationally competitive Frontiers
Awards support previously unmet or under-
served areas of pharmacy-based health services
research, clinical research, or translational
Zineh has been appointed to the editorial
board of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, the
official journal of the National Lipid Asso-
ciation. The journal is published to support
medical professionals who work to reduce
the incidence of disease and death related to
disorders of lipid metabolism, such as elevated
cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity
The association's public health mission is to
help reduce deaths related to high cholesterol.
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Publications Et Invited Presentations
Pharm. Health Care Ad.
College Research Dollars
Pharmacy Health Care Admin.
Foundations Et Societies
Am. Diabetes Association
Am. Foundation for Pharm. Edu.
Am. Heart Assoc. FL
James S. McDonnell Foundation
Nemours Children's Clinic
Rho Chi Society Eli Lilly Corp.
Shands Jacksonville Med. Ctr.
U.S.-Israel Binational Sci. Fdtn.
% of total
Companies FY 2006-07
Abbott Labs. 1
BioLine Rx 1
Finzelberg GMBH E Co. KG 1
Glaxo Smith Kline, Inc. 1
Golin-Harris Int'l., Inc 1
IVAX Corp. 3
Johnson E Johnson 5
MAP Pharmaceuticals 1
Merck E Company, Inc. 1
Merck Selbstmedikation GMBH 1
Novartis United States 4
Noven Pharmaceuticals 1
Pfizer, Inc. 2
SmithKline Beecham 1
Steigerwalk Arzneimittelwerk 1
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faculty news, honors & awards
Funding by Category
Florida State Agencies
Corporations and Companies
Foundations t Societies
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
FL State Agencies
Dept. of Health
FACULTY HONORS FOR 2006-2007
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Crystal
Apple Award winner with Sharon Basile and Shands Jackson-
ville Hospital Pharmacy for preceptor excellence.
Distinguished Leadership Award of Health System Pharmacy
Practice from the American Society of Health-System Pharma-
cists (ASHP) for 2006.
Named Fellow in the American Pharmacist Association (APhA).
Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2006
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor Award,
Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, Sumner J. Yaffe Lifetime
Achievement Award for 2007
Elected as chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences section, Ameri-
can Association for the Advancement of Science (2007-2009)
JULIE A. JOHNSON
Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award winner from the American
Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for 2007. This is
one of the highest honors that the AACP bestows upon a faculty
member in a College of Pharmacy.
David E. Guttman Memorial Lecturer, University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy, September 2006
University of Florida Faculty Achievement Recognition Award,
Named Fellow in the American Pharmacist Association (APhA).
Donald C. Brodie, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
(AACP) Academic Scholar in Residence, 2006
College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year 2007
Honored by APhA APRS for over 20 years of service on the
Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients
Winter 2008 GATORx | 15
GIVING & RECEIVING
By Vanessa Brook Lesneski, 4PD
s the class of 2008 enters into our final stages of our Pharm.D. degree, we
find ourselves at the end of our evolution into pharmacists. Having grown as
professionals and individuals, we ready ourselves to embark upon our next
step in our careers.
To UF pharmacy alumni: thank you to those of you who came before us. Your
support of the ,. II.. .. though scholarships and the Academy for Excellence has
enable us to achieve our goals of becoming pharmacists. Your reputation in the
pharmacy profession also has paved the way for us to join the workforce as highly
respected health professionals.
To my classmates: let's stop and reminisce about the experiences we have had in
pharmacy school at the University of Florida. Remember that first day of orientation,
the Cultural Dinner with Doering the 70s icon, the Homecoming parade with
Dean Riffee, and the ASHP Midyear meeting in Vegas? Our ,. II.... has provided us
with many opportunities.
It would be great for the Class of 2008 to leave a legacy and set the bar for those
who II us; I .I ., ,11..,-.. every classmate to join me and pledge $500 to be given
over the next five years. If each of us contributes $100 a year back to our ,. II...., our
total gift reaching upwards of $150,000 will make a real difference!
To make your gift: ww i ,I I .,i,,-,, i i-, I .11. ,,.
Is There a Pharmacist
in the House?
Would you believe 60? Last April, a sea of white pharmacy coats
filled more than half of the I I.., in the Florida House of Representa-
tives committee hearing room when UF pharmacy students from the
.II .. -. four Florida campuses traveled to Tallahassee to support a
House bill that would authorize pharmacists to administer flu shots.
Currently, 44 states 11 pharmacists to immunize patients.
University of Florida May 2007 graduating pharmacy students
Todd Rosen and Suzy Ray, and Josh Fields, a graduating pharmacy
student from Nova Southeastern University, testified to the House
Healthcare Council. Several students from Nova Southeastern and Palm
Beach Atlantic universities also attended the hearing
Michael Jackson, R.Ph., executive vice president for the Florida
Pharmacy Association, crediting the leadership of Florida pharmacy
school deans, praised the students in providing house committee
members with relevant information while addressing concerns raised
"In 10 years of advocacy, I have never seen such cohesion of the
profession and interest by our young future practitioners," Jackson
said. "Their skills at parrying very tough questions demonstrated their
complete knowledge of the issue."
The bill, which calls for pharmacists to : II written protocols
under a physician's supervision, was expected to be presented to the
Florida Legislature for a vote; next it would have to be approved by the
governor in order to become law.
The Florida Pharmacy Association supports the bill, pointing to
the needs of Florida's growing senior citizen and indigent populations.
/ II ,1-, pharmacists to immunize Florida patients would save lives,
increase II,-. -. and lower Medicaid costs and health insurance costs
by reducing hospitalizations, Jackson said.
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To give, or not to give; that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the pocket to: i, 1.
The: I.. and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to write checks for our f...ii..o.. .future,
And by giving support to them?
To study: to research;
No more; unless we give back to the institution
that has given us so much.
- Shakespeare (sort of)
MAKING THE GRADE
and UF Summer
By James Sainsbury, Pharm.D.
mission Hospitals, an 800-bed hospital system, level II
trauma center, joined forces with the UF C II.... of
Pharmacy to create a technician/intern summer work
opportunity and housing for two UF pharmacy students. The
summer work program gave interns the opportunity to work
along with the pharmacy technicians, shadow clinical pharmacists,
and participate in obtaining medication histories for emergency
Last May, pharmacy managers from Mission Hospitals
arrived in Gainesville to interview UF candidates for the two open
positions. After two days of interviewing excellent candidates,
Bradley Hamilton (Orlando Campus) and Jimmy Butt (Gainesville
Campus) were chosen to participate in the 2007 summer program.
A third UF student, Jessica Edwards (Gainesville Campus) also
joined the team, after applying for employment through the
hospital's Web site.
As part of their experience, the interns participated in the
Mission Hospitals' technician training program where they learned
about hospital pharmacy I II oral and IV medication prepa-
ration, and the Pyxis automated medication dispensing system.
"I was very impressed with the student interns," said Jackie
Waller, Mission Hospitals technician coordinator. "Each of them
showed great maturity, were hard workers, dedicated, and punctual.
The students saw first-hand, the many ways clinical phar-
macists participate in patient care and the positive impact it had.
They had an opportunity to make hospital rounds by shadowing
clinical pharmacists in medical intensive care units, cardiology,
pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and adult medicine.
Perhaps their greatest accomplishment was their 1111, I-..
to become involved with an initiative for providing pharmacy
services in the hospital emergency department. The pharmacy
department had been planning for quite a while to place pharmacy
technicians in the emergency department to assist with obtaining
medication histories, as part of the medication reconciliation
process, for all patients waiting to be admitted for inpatient care.
"The UF interns were instrumental in helping Mission
Hospitals develop and implement a position for Emergency
Department technicians," said Tracy Wilson, RPh., the St. Joseph
Campus pharmacy manager. "They were an asset to our depart-
ment always ready and willing to learn any new tasks."
Mission Hospitals, in Asheville, NC, is a level II trauma center with two
Mission Air Medical Ambulance (MAMA) helicopters.
A flexible work schedule, also gave the interns time to
explore the city of, 1, II.. in the beautiful Blue Ridge Moun-
tains. In an effort to evaluate the program to see how well it
meets the needs of the interns, the students were asked about
their experience with Mission Hospitals and the city of Asheville.
Bradley Hamilton reported that he found it to be the best
introduction into the I- I. I..,,-, world of hospital pharmacy.
"This internship was a time of learning from pharmacists,
who have the opportunity to interact with doctors and nurses
and intervene where
could occur," Hamilton
said. "The shadowing
experience revealed all
the different opportunities
that a hospital pharmacist
can be involved in. This
just doesn't exist in retail
Hamilton also shared
his perception of the phar- (-r) UF pharmacy students Jimmy Butt
macv work environment Quynh Pham talk to fames Sainsbury al
"One of the benefits internships at Mission Hospitals.
of this internship was the
people I've met, and co-workers who I've become friends
with here. The camaraderie within the pharmacy department
Due to the great success of this program, Mission Hospitals
hopes to extend the internship offer to four UF students to work
and learn in, I-.. III.. during the summer of 2008. Anyone
interested in this opportunity can contact the pharmacy managers
at Mission Hospitals.
James Sainsbury, PharmD, ..! li ,-',-i : 828-213-0061
Tracy Wilson, RPh, ..! 1-,,1 'i,-i : 828-213-4212
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Oscar Araujo Alumni Scholarship
Financial need, first professional year: Lauren Carter,
Julie Ann Justo, Julia Garrison, Jamie Thomas
Biotechnology Education Scholarship
Supports students interested in Biotechnology;
taken PHA5172 in prior year or currently; GPA 3.0 or
higher; essay; demonstrated financial need: Elaine
Russ & Carol Blaser Memorial
Married with children, GPA 3.4 or higher, most
financial need: Gregory Welder
3PD/4PD, good academic standing and an interest
in a career in community pharmacy practice:
Megan Engleston, Crystal Smith, Robyn Bullock,
Two students in final two years, good academic
standing and financial need: Michael Crocco, Jillian
Jacksonville students with "stick-to-itivness": Luz
Mendez, Meagan Johns, Sheena Khirsukhani,
Jillian Stewart, Julia Garrison
Elizabeth Eaton Award
Recognizes excellence in searching, evaluating and
applying evidence in clinical decision making and
quality improvement. Ashley Tyler
Valerie Calkin Griffith Scholarship
Supports pharmacy student: Hayley Ball
Institute for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs
Awarded to a 3PD or 4PD who has an interest in
ownership; Essay: Lance Enfinger
Kazarian Family Scholarship
Good academic standing and financial need: Tanya
4PD in good academic standing: Claire Chan, Daniel
Gonzalez, Jonathan Holder, R. Daniel Irizarry,
Ranad Judeh, Roy Principe, Laura Tyler, Robyn
Bullock, Cheryl Pappas, Jay Pauly
Al and Belle Meyerson Scholarship
Broward County resident, academic performance,
financial need: Julie Ann Justo
Victor Micolucci Scholarship
Financial need, academic standing and lack of
parental financial support: Karen Berger
William T. and Jackie C. Reid Scholarship in
Financial need and academic excellence: Kyle
Francene Trainor Memorial Fund
Reward outstanding student leader with professional
development funds to attend a meeting patient
counseling related: Susan Davenport
Walgreens Company Scholarship
Essay and academic performance in pharmacy
administration coursework: Fiadora Avramidis
Newly Funded Scholarships with
Awards Beginning 2008-09
Dolph Cone-Sandy Prickett Scholarship
Supports scholarships to pharmacy students
who graduated from a Florida public educational
Jack and Betty Jones Scholarship
Support scholarship awards to UF College of
Pharmacy students active in Christian Pharmacy
Fellowship, ASP/APhA orASHP in good academic
standing with a GPA >3.0, and demonstrates
financial need; with preference for non-traditionally
Jeanne Scheibler Scholarship
Support a scholarship for needy students in the
College of Pharmacy; to be used for tuition, books,
room, and board for students in need of financial
assistance and who demonstrate the academic
ability and determination to earn a Pharmacy degree
Target Leadership Scholarship
2PD/3PD/4PD; Applicant must be in good academic
standing and have experience or an interest in a
career in retail pharmacy practice; Demonstrated
leadership qualities; Students who are active in
professional and community organizations
Yachbes Family Scholarship
3PD or 4PD student with high scholastic standing,
financial need, strong leadership qualities; must
show a desire to enter a community pharmacy
practice and has current/previous experience in
C II.... of Pharmacy alumni Susan Lynn
Baumgartner, Pharm.D. (class of'96) and
Shashank Rohatagi, Ph.D. (class of '95) joined
the ranks of UF alumni last April to receive the
2007 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The
UF Alumni Association established the award
to recognize graduates within the past 10 years
who have distinguished themselves in their
professions and community
Baumgartner, a senior business director
for the mid-south region, has worked 10 years
for the U.S. Human Health Division of Merck
& Co., Inc. During her career, she has received
the Vice President's Distinguished Service
Award, Merck Marketing Awards for four years,
and numerous special achievement awards.
Rohatagi is Executive
Director, Clinical Phar-
macology (US), Modeling
and Simulation at Daiichi-
Sankyo Pharma Develop-
ment, in Edison, NJ. Highly
regarded in the scientific
community for publica-
tion, Rohatagi is a member of the Education
Committee of the American CI I.... of Clinical
i-, ,, ,-,-, i and a Member of the Editorial
Board of the Journal of Clinical li-, 1 1 1- I
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spotlight on students
*. 6usadn 6ham6c Awad
Ed L. Hamilton,
contributions have been extraordinary
with lasting benefits to the profession.
Hamilton has built a distinguished career
with devotion to the advancement of the
pharmacy profession through his work in
pharmacy associations. This year, he was
appointed President-elect of the American
Pharmacists Association (APhA). He has
practiced in community, hospital and long-
term care pharmacy. A past-president of the
UF College of Pharmacy Alumni Association,
Hamilton presently serves on the college's
National Advisory Board. He is the Director
of Pharmacy at the Regency Medical
Center in Winter Haven, Fla. Hamilton
earned his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D.
degrees from UF His service to professional
associations include 17 years service to
the American Pharmacists Association;
the Florida Pharmacy Association and
the Florida Society of Health-System
Pharmacists, serving as president for each
Award is presented
each year to a
has made outstanding contributions to the
College of Pharmacy and the profession.
Wood studied English at Carson-Newman
College in Tennessee, completed graduate
studies in journalism and public relations
at the University of Georgia, and received a
master's degree in education from the UF
He has further studied toward a doctoral
degree in higher education administration
at the UF College of Education. Wood
joined UF in 1984 as its first director of
development for the colleges of Pharmacy
and Public Health and Health Professions.
He led the colleges through their first capital
campaigns, and remained with the College
of Pharmacy until 1996, when he returned
to Georgia. In 2001, Wood returned to
the UF Foundation and in 2006, he was
promoted to associate vice president for
development with oversight of the College
of Pharmacy's development program.
During this tenure, the college received
gifts establishing its first two endowed
professorships, the Perry A. Foote
Eminent Scholar Chair and the Frank A.
Duckworth Eminent Scholar Chair in
Drug Research and Development. He was
instrumental in establishing the college's
National Development Advisory Board.
Award is presented to
an alumnus who has
made significant con-
tributions to the pharmacy profession. Med-
vedeff has been an innovative administrator
in his pharmacy career and a loyal supporter
of the UF College of Pharmacy since his
graduation in 1999 with a Pharm.D. degree.
Medvedeff is the 2007 winner of the Albert
B. Prescott/Glaxo-SmithKline Pharmacy
Leadership Award. He also received an
MBA through the UF joint Pharm.D./ MBA
program. He serves on the College of
Pharmacy National Advisory Board, and as
an associate clinical professor. Since 2005,
Medvedeff has served as president of In-
formed Decisions, LLC, a provider of health
information technology. He also served
as vice president of government business
development at Gold Standard, Inc. His
previous work includes The Florida Agency
for Health Care Administration, the clinical
services division of the Eckerd Corporation.
He led a team of pharmacists who were
recognized with the APhA Pinnacle award
for innovative patient care services. In 2006,
his Informed Decisions' team again received
the award for their role in KatrinaHealth, an
online source of comprehensive medical and
prescription histories for healthcare provid-
ers treating evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.
STarget Makes a Commitment to
f Promoting leadership development for the next generation of pharmacists,
-". C,. ..- !jm Target Pharmacy has chosen the UF College of Pharmacy to receive a grant of
S$150,000 over the next three years. Vice President of Target Pharmacy Opera-
tions, Chuck Wilson, presents Dean Bill Riffee with a $50,000 check as the first
installment of the grant.
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Five to Thrive
Supporting the College with a
5-year Pledge Commitment
By investing in the future of pharmacy with an annual
pledge for five years, you will help ensure the college
continues its tradition of excellence by assuring the
prosperity of our most valuable assets our faculty
and students. Annual giving is the fuel that enables the
college to plan and expand its programs to meet the
needs of the profession.
Your gift will create a new level of excellence by pro-
viding the resources necessary to produce cutting edge
research, foster the next generation of scientists and
professors, and educate the best-trained pharmacists
for the profession.
As part of the Florida Tomorrow Campaign, the college
is creating two new endowment funds:
Academy for Excellence Endowment
supporting the professional and educational
development of our students & faculty
Graduate Student Education &t Research
Endowment providing competitive stipends
to graduate students, support for the summer
research immersion program, and the annual
Greatness requires vision and determination. Your gift
to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy is an
opportunity to keep a promise, to influence history, to
create change, to give something back.
$15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000
Commitment Commitment Commitment Commitment
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$3,000 $4,000 $5,000 $6,00
$3,000 $4,000 $5,000 $6,00
$3,000 $,000 $5,00 $6,00
1 $3000 1 $4000 1 $,000 $6 00
Visit www.cop.ufl.edu/alumni/giving.htm today for more infor-
mation or contact Kelly Markey at email@example.com to make
your five-year pledge to support the UF College of Pharmacy.
All contributions to the College of Pharmacy are made through the UF
Foundation, Inc. and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Pledge
reminders will be sent annually unless otherwise directed by the donor.
By Kelly Markey
Campaign we will be traveling throughout the nation and the world
to meet with friends and alumni, discussing ways to partner together to
continue Funding Excellence to Sustain Excellence. We are grateful of the
wonderful example that has been set by our generous lead donors thus far, Dr. Allen
Spiegel, Laurie & Linda DuBow, Dr. Nicholas and Sheryl Bodor, and Valerie Caulkin
Griffith. The thoughtful planning and giving exemplified by these college supporters,
poses a question: What would you wish to accomplish with your money that would
be meaningful to you? Perhaps there was a certain faculty member who challenged
you to think a bit differently and to go further. Or maybe, you received a scholarship
or financial support to help you achieve your educational goal. In some way, we
all have benefited from the caring and competent pharmacists that the college has
mentored, educated and trained over the past 85 years. So, what does the Florida
Tomorrow campaign mean in relation to the pharmacy profession?
Florida Tomorrow is a Day...when pharmacists work in
partnership with patients and their doctors.
Florida Tomorrow is a Place...where new drug
discoveries improve the quality of life.
Florida Tomorrow is a Belief ...that no one will
be denied access to drug therapies.
Leadership and vision are the cornerstones of the College of Pharmacy. As the
first professional health college at the University of Florida, its rich history began
September 1923 with 43 students. Over the following century, the pharmacy
profession developed and matured and the pharmacist's role expanded to provide
more patient-focused health care, which was the trademark of yester-year's
Today, at the heart of our college, faculty with interdisciplinary backgrounds in
science, law, economics, health care administration and psychology, collectively
work to create a profession which is integral to the health care team. Striving for
excellence, our faculty sets high standards in research, teaching and professional
service. Their work encompasses far more than the study of medications.
Our faculty are:
SDeveloping a patent-pending approach to streamline lengthy drug
development processes and get new medicines more efficiently to patients.
> Studying the importance of genetics in drug therapy outcomes.
SWorking with hospitals and clinics to prevent medication errors.
> Helping hospitals handle the nationwide health concern of antibiotic-resistant
> Improving the health of asthma patients by studying drug combinations and
treatment, including better delivery methods for inhaled medication.
> Educating patients about food-drug interactions, such as grapefruit juice and
St. John's wort.
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"As a state university, our resources are limited and we
depend on outside funding. We have developed one of
the best pharmacy and scientific programs in the country.
There is no limit to the imagination of what we can do -
it's just a matter of matching ideas with resources."
Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of pharmaceutics
If faculty is the heart, then our students are the life stream of the college. Today's students
are proven leaders in all avenues of pharmacy. Here are a few of this year's awards that
our students competed for and achieved:
> American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Presidential Trainee Award
> Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Student Award
> American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation Literature Award
for Student Research
Our college has taken a leadership role in redefining the pharmacy profession by expanding the
role of the pharmacist beyond the corner drugstore of the 1920s. But, we can do more. The
opportunities to make a difference are only limited by our resources. We aspire to sustain our
foundation of excellence by supporting the college in its mission to produce knowledgeable,
skilled young pharmacists, who have the confidence to seek bold solutions to the healthcare
issues emerging today.
Your commitment to the Florida Tomorrow Campaign will not only affect your area of choice
immediately, it will create a ripple of change that will resonate for years to come. Florida
Tomorrow is a day when the discoveries we create now, inspire excellence and innovation and
transform quality of life throughout the state and the world.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
FLORIDA TOMORROW CAMPAIGN GOALS
Faculty Support $6.5 million
Student Support $4.7 million
Programs and Research $1.8 million
Campus Enhancement $6.0 million
TOTAL $19 million
For more information about the Florida Tomorrow campaign and giving to the
College of Pharmacy, visit our Web site at www.cop.ufl.edu/alumni/giving.htm
or contact Kelly Markey, 352-273-6605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the College of Pharmacy's Florida Tomorrow
Campaign climbs toward its $19 million fundraising
goal, there are a number of money-related terms you
may encounter. Here are a few of the more common
A prolonged effort to raise money. The campaign is
vital to the university's health, making our teaching,
research and service possible.
Think of it as a big savings account, big enough that
you can live off the interest without touching the
actual balance. Over the past 20 years, the college's
endowment has grown to reach its current value of
$18.6 million. Seeing that balance grow even more
with our campaign efforts, will broaden the scope of
what we can do for our students, faculty and you.
Being responsible with money. We promise to invest
your money wisely and spend it in accordance with
An easy way to double or even triple your gift's value.
Many employers have programs in which they give
dollar-for-dollar to the charity of your choice (including
UF). Visit www.matchinggifts.com/uff to see if
your company offers matching gifts. At higher money
levels, the state has a similar program for donations to
Similar to a scholarship, it helps graduate students
with their advanced studies and research.
A major kudo for a faculty member to receive,
providing them with money for research and program
Remembering the college in your will. There's no need
to wait until death do us part, however -through
certain planned giving programs you and the college
can enjoy your investment while you're still of strong
mind and body.
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The Dean's Council recognizes alumni
and friends, such as you, who support the
college with an annual gift of $500 or more.
Private funding provides the college the flex-
ibility to offer vital leadership opportunities
for students and faculty and the impetus to
develop new programs and educational initia-
tives. Only through continued support will the
college be able to maintain our high ranking,
and set our sights on becoming the No. 1
college in the country.
Annual Membership Levels
> Commemorative brick in Pharmacy
SExclusive designed college lapel pin
> Invitation to the Dean's Appreciation
> Special Rate for Ken Finger Golf Tournament
*can be pledged over one year
> Exclusive designed college lapel pin
> Invitation to the Dean's Appreciation
> Special Rate for Ken Finger Golf
Donations are tax deductible as
allowed by law.
You can give a gift online at:
UF College of Pharmacy
Office of Development E Alumni Affairs
PO Box 103570, Gainesville, FL 32610
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We thank our alumni, friends and corporations for their support during FY07 (July 1,
2006-June 30, 2007). Only through private funding are we able to create an outstanding
pharmacy program and an exceptional learning environment.
$1 Million +
Mr. Lawrence J. DuBow
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
The A. J. Spiegel Foundation
Mr. Carl L. Allison III
AmerisourceBergen Services Corp.
Mr. Rich Blaser
Blaser Family Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Nicholas S. Bodor
Bodor Family Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Spurgeon Cheek, Jr.
Mr. John R. "Dolph" Cone III
CVS Pharmacy, Inc.
Mrs. Laura G. Dean
Ms. Debbie A. DeSantis
DuBow Family Foundation, Inc.
Merck 8 Co., Inc.
Ms. Carol F. Novick
Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
Walgreens Drug Stores
Dr. Arthur G. Zupko
AmerisourceBergen Services Corp.
Mr. Raiford "Shorty" Brown, Jr.
Cardinal Health Foundation
CVS Charitable Trust, Inc.
Duckworth Charitable Foundation
James S. McDonnell Foundation
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Pharmaco Dynamics Research,
Rho Chi Society
Dr. Roy J. Sturgeon
Mr. Paul A. Ackerman
Mr. Vern A. Allen
American Assn. of Colleges of
American Heart Assn., National
Andrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Robert G. Bell
Bill's Prescription Center
Dr. Ronald J. Brenner
Mr. Michael S. Brodeur
Mr. George B. Browning
Dr. David B. Brushwood
Dr. Katherine A. Castle
Compass Knowledge Holdings, Inc.
Ms. Jody L. Cronin
Mr. Gregory M. DeCrescenzo
Ms. Paula J. Drinkut
Drug & Biotechnology
Dr. William J. Eells
Dr. Ronald P Evens
Follett Higher Education Group
Mr. Robert D. Gillis
Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Mr. Armando J. Guerra
Dr. Robert Z. Gussin
Mr. Les Haughton
Mr. J. Myrle Henry
Mr. Mark Hobbs
Mr. Gary K. Hobbs
Hobbs Pharmacy United, Inc.
Mr. Raymond E. Johns
Mr. Don Lanier
Mr. Charles Larsen
Dr. Ping Liu
Mr. Michael R. MacLeay
Mr. Oscar E. Marina
Mr. Robert C. McCurdy
Mr. Thomas 0. Munyer
National Assn. of Chain Drug
Stores Education Fdtn.
Mr. Raymond E. Johns
Mr. John B. Noriega
Dr. Sven A. Normann
Perkins Indian River Pharmacy
Mr. M. Kenneth Pfeiffer
ProHealth Medical, Inc.
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Dr. Karen L. Rascati
Dr. William H. Riffee
Mr. Gene Sego
Dr. Susan C. Sorrells
Mr. Michael W. Stamitoles
Target Corp. Community Relations
Dr. Michael D. Taylor
The Community Foundation, Inc.
Mrs. Theresa W. Tolle
Mr. Vincent E. Trunzo
Mrs. Marilyn D. Underberg
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Dr. Michele Weizer
Dr. Robert H. Wilson
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
Mr. Ira B. Adams, Jr.
American College of Clinical
Anazao Health Corp.
Dr. Steven H. Black
Mr. Rene J. Croteau
Denali Biotechnologies, LLC
Dr. Claud E. Dunlap III
Mr. William G. Ebersole
Eli Lilly & Co.
Dr. BeckieA. Fenrick
Mrs. Margaret Maples Gilliland
Dr. Michael C. Giordano
Mr. Dennis E. Hansen
Ms. Brenda Cheek Hartwell
Dr. Cecilia Wicklin Hines
Dr. Bradley S. Howard
Dr. Ronald A. Jones
Dr. Michelle L. Kimutis
Mr. John C. King
Mr. Michael King
Dr. Sooyeon Kwon
Mr. John M. Lelekis
Dr. Robert A. Levitt
Mrs. Kelly A. Markey
Mr. Albert P Marshall
Dr. David C. McCormick
McKesson Drug Co.
Dr. William J. Millard
Dr. Lobat Mohajeri
Dr. Carol A. Motycka
Dr. Mariola V. Ortiz
Mr. Harold S. O'Steen
Mr. C. Rod Presnell
Mr. Stephen G. Reeder
Mr. Robert J. Renna
Mr. Fermin Rodriguez, Jr.
Dr. Pamela L. Roehrl
Mr. Mitchel C. Rothholz
Dr. Susan Rourke-Webb
Mrs. Kathleen E. Smith
Mrs. Dawn R. Sollee
Mr. James E. Springer
Mrs. Wendy A. Stearns
Mrs. Holly A. Strom
Mr. John D. Taylor
Dr. Michael R. Ujhelyi
Dr. Joseph D. Vargas
Dr. Michelle J. Veilleux
Dr. Lauren Wise
Mr. G. Timothy Wood
Mr. William L. Wynne
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Honor Roll Donors
We thank these friends and alumni for their continued support to the college.
Mr. Bruce A. Bartholomew
Ms. Marlene C. Bass
Mrs. Lynn W. Bennett
Mr. John G. Boyle
Mrs. Parilee E. Brenchley
Mr. James W. Cain
Mrs. Patricia L. Cone
Dr. Victoria S. De Leon
Dr. Marie G. Dimicco
Dr. Walter E. Dunham
Dr. Christopher M. Goodman
Dr. Ed L. Hamilton
Dr. Edward M. Hampton, Jr.
Mr. Jack M. Holton, Jr.
Dr. David James Kelemen
Mr. George D. Kelly, Sr.
Captain Henry W. Land II
Dr. Ginette Lapierre
Mr. Andrew L. Massaro
Mr. George H. McColskey
Mr. George B. Merrill, Jr.
Dr. Dawn C. Napolitano
Mr. Eli Novick
Dr. William G. Phillips
Dr. Natalie A. Pope
Mr. Thomas A. Robertson
Dr. Linda B. Rolston
Mr. Michael R. Sale
Mrs. Sharon S. Sawallis
Mr. Philip H. Smith
Dr. Matthew A. Stanton
Mrs. Elizabeth R. Stark
Dr. Maureen E. Sullivan
Mr. Dennis D. Warner
Mrs. Lillian S. Weiss
Dr. Jeffrey M. Wells
Names are listed as they appear on checks or correspondence. We have made every effort to acknowledge
each donor giving $250 or more. If your name is missing, please notify us so we may correct our records.
We do apologize for any oversight and want to assure you it was unintended. Contact the Office of Develop-
ment and AlumniAffairs or e-mail email@example.com.
Valerie Griffith Class of '62
Valerie Griffith, a long-time supporter,
has made a commitment to education
and research at UF's College of
Pharmacy. Her bequest will make a
S large contribution to the Academy for
Excellence, a fund that supports faculty
development with the purpose of
retaining and recruiting highly qualified
professors and teachers, and supports
Sthe work and research of the faculty.
Through her gift, she is establishing
the Valerie Calkin Griffith Faculty
In 2005, she created the Valerie
Calkin Griffith Scholarship honoring her parents Claude and Hazel Calkin to support
pharmacy students in good academic standing. Griffith's gift was a way for her to honor
her parents, who she describes as hard-working people who believed in education.
"My parents were always supportive of my education, and felt that education was
essential for everyone," Griffith said. "I thought that a scholarship was a way that I
could give others the chance that my parents gave me, and that it was the best way I
could honor their sacrifice and their memory."
Grand Guard 2007
Each November, the UF Alumni Associa-
tion holds a Grand Guard reunion to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of graduation from the
University of Florida. This year, we honored
the pharmacy Class of 1957. Class members
from previous years are also invited to join in,
and welcome new inductees. Our pharmacy
Grand Guard enjoyed reuniting with class-
mates at the ,. II.. .., and attending the UF
evening celebration banquet.
UF pharmacy alumnus, John "Dolph"
Cone, committed $25,000 this fall in honor
of his Grand Guard reunion next year. A 1958
graduate, Cone hopes his pledge might serve
as an example for others who are considering
giving back to the II.. .. His gift will create
the Dolph Cone-Sandy Prickett Scholarship to
support pharmacy students.
Many alumni feel the C II..4. of Pharmacy
gave them the tools they needed to succeed
in their careers and often want to say thank
you by supporting future pharmacists. Each
reunion class is .11. iI.. I. to continue the
tradition of alumni giving by making contribu-
tions to support students and faculty within
th e I I.. ..
Grand Guard 2008 will be November
20-22, so class of 1958, mark your calendars
and make plans to join us next year!
(l-r) Class of 1957 alumni: Jerold Slaughter
John Jones, Alex Boswell, Cecil Christian, Anita
Thompson ('54), and Ralph Fernandez
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Alumni Reunion & Barbeque Homecoming 2007
E ach fall alumni, family, and
friends gather in the College
of Pharmacy courtyard to
enjoy food, fun, and football at the
annual College of Pharmacy Reunion.
On Friday, during Homecoming
Weekend reunion, a continuing .
education program was offered,
followed by the Dean's Welcome
Dinner. Long-lost classmates
and their families kicked off the
weekend-with a surprise visit from
Albert on his way to Gator Growl.
The date of the Reunion is decided
by the football ticket block allocated
to the college, so cross your fingers
for Homecoming football tickets
and visit www.cop.ufl.edu/alumni
regularly for updates on the college
events. Look for your brochure in the
mail each summer, and don't miss
out on this wonderful UF tradition! or
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On Saturday, the court-
yard was filled with a
record 700-plus Orange
and Blue-clad gator pharmacy
families and friends. Before the af-
ternoon kick-off, everyone enjoyed
barbeque, touring the Pharmacy
building, reminiscing about college
days, and renewing old friend-
ships. This year, new faculty
member Benjamin Epstein was
welcomed as the so-called-winner
of the KE student organization
2008 Events Calendar
* Career Days
January 16-17 Gainesville
January 18 Jacksonville
February 1 St. Petersburg
February 8 Orlando
* Multicultural Dinner
February 9 Gainesville
* Graduate Research Showcase
February 21 Gainesville
* APHA Dean's Night Out
March 15- San Diego
* Professional Coating Ceremony
April 5 Gainesville
* Dean's Executive Committee
April 18-19 Orlando
* 118th FPA Annual Meeting -
July 11 (Tentative) Orlando
* 42nd FSHP Annual Meeting -
August 1 (Tentative) Orlando
* Institute for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs
August 9-10 (Tentative) Orlando
* Dean's Council Dinner
August 29 Gainesville
* Dean's National Advisory Board
September 26-27 Gainesville
* 15th Annual Ken Finger CE & Golf
October 10 Gainesville
* 22nd Annual Alumni Reunion & CE
October 24-25 Gainesville
* Grand Guard 50th Reunion
November 20-22 Gainesville
* ASHP Mid-Year Meeting and Convention
December 7-11 Orlando
Visit our website for more information:
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We enjoy hearing from our alumni and friends, sharing their achievements and milestones.
Send your updated news to Christy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Anger ('05) I completed a pharmacy practice
residency at the Medical University of South Carolina
in Charleston, then stayed on for a second year of
residency training in Critical Care.
Roger Croswell (BSP-'69 PhD-'72) My wife and I
recently moved to Vermont. I have worked for the
Pharmaceutical Industry for about 30 years. Last year,
I established my own regulatory consulting business
James Dale ('81) is a pharmacy manager at Walgreens
Indialantic. Living in his hometown of Cocoa Beach,
James surfs and travels to Costa Rica, and enjoys time
with his 13-year-old daughter.
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Karen Daniel ('94) was recently promoted to Associate
Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Nova Southeastern
University. An active member of the Florida Pharmacy
Association, Karen served as the 2006-07 Speaker of
the FPA House of Delegates.
Leonard L. Edloe ('03) Elected Chairman of Board
Mid Atlantic Affiliate of American Heart Assn. Named
African American Trailblazer by Richmond Region
2007 in honor of founding of Jamestown in 1607,
and awarded Bowl of Hygeia by Virginia Pharmacists
Mike Edwards ('90) was recently promoted to Cor-
porate Director of Pharmacy for Health First Inc. in
Rockledge, FL. He's responsible for the oversight of
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three hospital pharmacies in the Melbourne area. In
his "spare" time, he just completed his second year
of the UF WPPD program. Mike says he's looking
forward to graduating with a Pharm.D. in Fall 2008.
Mike Emnett ('86) After spending 13 years in Alaska,
Mike and his wife moved to a mountaintop in
Colorado in 2001. They have a son, Geordi, 7, and a
daughter, Cloe, 4.
Amy Garrigus ('05) is a pharmacist for Wal-Mart in
Carmen Gerkovich (BSP-'73 PhD-'99) Living in
Orlando since 1973, Carmen is Pharmacy Manager
at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie
Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. Married to
Jack Gerkovich MD (OB/GYN), they have two daugh-
ters: Sabrina, 2nd year at Washington University in
St. Louis, and Lauren a freshman at Northwestern
University in Chicago.
Helen Godfrey ('97) I have recently remarried and
changed my last name from Taylor to Godfrey. I
recieved my Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from UF
College of Pharmacy.
George J Goodreau III ('92) I have been in active duty
in the Navy for the past 15 years and transfer to a
different state every 3-4 years.
Patricia Gunn ('87) Patricia has been happily married
and working for Eckerds/CVS for the past 20 years.
She and her husband have three children and say
they are "blessed beyond imagination."
Larry Hayes ('62) After graduation, I worked for
Liggett Rexall in Sarasota and joined Eli Lilly as a
sales representative. After assignments in Clearwater
and Miami, I was transferred to San Antonio, Texas.
In 1975, I started law school at St. Mary's University
and graduated in 1978. I practiced law in Dallas and
Fort Worth doing preliminary medical malpractice
defense. I retired in 2005 and now live in Ormond
Valerie Hickman ('96) I am an owner of Raynor's Phar-
macy in Macclenny, FL. We bought the store in 2003,
after working there for about 10 years. It has been a
rewarding, interesting, and challenging experience.
Linda House ('76) Currently Asst. Dir. of Pharmacy at
the Student Health Care Center at UE Daughter, Kelly
(husband Matt) live in Brea, CA; Son, Jarret, is 3rd
year Psychiatry Resident, VA Hospital in Gainesville;
Daughter, Kimberly, graduated from Cal State, Long
Beach, CA in May 2007. Son, Jordan, is a sophomore
at Gainesville High School.
Terri Micolucci Johnston ('76) has moved to St.
Augustine Beach, FL and says, she's enjoying it! Fol-
lowing in the medical field, Terri's daughter, Cynthia
is a junior in Jacksonville Univeristy Nursing School,
and daughter, Ashley attends Santa Fe Community
College taking prerequisites for Pharmacy School.
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William (Greg) Jones ('81) Manager for
Walgreens Mail Service in Orlando; Wife,
Inca, is a financial analyst for Florida
Hospital; Son, Brennan, 20, is a junior at
I i .. i -.,, in computer engineering;
Son, Taylor 17, is a high school senior
and national junior Olympic gymnast.
Jerry Koff ('63) is working part time with
Lincare Reliant Pharmacy in Clearwater,
FL. Jerry says, "I recently came back from
Antarctica with my two children and two
Joshua Lenchus ('93) an Assistant Profes-
sor of Clinical Medicine University of Mi-
ami Miller School of Medicine; Associate
Program Director Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital Internal Medicine Residency; and
Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice
Palm Beach Atlantic University Gregory
School of Pharmacy As pharmacist and
physician, Joshua serves as preceptor
for pharmacy students and mentor for
medical students and residents. First son,
Isaac, was bor September 2007.
Gary Levin ('90) has moved to Lakewood
Ranch, Florida where he is the founding
dean for LECOM-Bradenton School of
Michael Liguori ('82 & '98) Married to
Ruth Anne, a nurse practitioner, two chil-
dren Kevin and Andrea. Graduated from
UF: BS 82, PharmD 98, Michael is a staff/
clinical pharmacist at Oak Hill Hospital
in Brooksville, Florida.
Shannon Miller ('96) and husband, Todd,
say, "Our family is complete: Brandon,
6, started first grade, Matthew is now 2,
and our little princess, Ashleigh has just
Mary (Kolody) Moore ('89) Mary says,
"Thanks for everything. I wouldn't have
what I have now without my education
from the University of Florida."
Michael Mustard ('77) This past May, I
had the great honor and joy of watching
our daughter Katie Mustard, graduate
from the UF College of Pharmacy.
JoAnn Nuccio ('78) JoAnn has two
daughters, Leslie, 20 and Rachel, 17. She
is working with Sweetbay Supermarkets
Sally ('81) & Mike Otero ('86) Sally has
been a pharmacist at Wuesthoff Hospital
in Brevard County for 20 years. Husband,
Mike is also a hospital pharmacist.
Daughter, Melissa, is a freshman Gator,
and son, Michael, is a freshman high
Brian Schneider ('02) Brian completed
M.B.A. andJ.D. Degrees in May from UF
and currently work in store management
Marshall H. Sibertson ('60) Since retire-
ment, I was bored after owning five
pharmacies. I started a home remodeling
business and enjoy the hard work as well
as the financial rewards very much.
Marvin & Audrey Still ('97) Audrey
teaches math at Northeast High School
in St. Petersburg. They have 2 children:
Coy a UF grad ('02) and Sarah who will
graduate from USF spring 2008.
Laura Tipton ('86) has been employed at
the University of Florida Student Health
Care Center Pharmacy as the Pharmacy
Manager since 2002. Laura says, "It is the
best job in the world."
Michele Vilaret ('80) Michele was ap-
pointed to the Governor's IT council in
VA and to the TN e-Prescribing Project
Team. A member of National Council of
Prescription Drug Programs for six years,
she was recently elected to the NCPDP
Board of Trustees. Michele accepted a posi-
tion at National Association of Chain Drug
Stores as the Director of Telecommunica-
tion Standards, after 26 years with Eckerd
Denise Waddell-Spratlin ('96) Denise
and husband Tim have two daughters,
Shelbey and Cassidy and are expect
ing a new arrival in February Denise
is currently a clinical pharmacist at the
Gainesville VA working in Primary Care
and Disease Management Clinics. She is
also the program director for the Primary
Care Pharmacy Residency
Lorraine Levite Whitman ('01) My son
Craig is the third generation in pharmacy
for our family My dad, Albert Isaac Lev-
ite, (deceased) received his BS in 1973.
Craig also joins his 2 great-uncles, Ronald
and Leonard Kaler of South Florida, also
UF grads in Pharmacy, as the 5th pharma-
cist in the family My daughter, Stacey, has
completed a master's in Social Work from
Bryn Mawr College.
Roberta Harris Woodward ('77) My
husband Scott Woodward is an artist,
specializing in Florida landscape paint-
ings. My son, Roy Reed, a business major
at the UF was on the Dean's List for a 4.0
GPA spring semester.
Jeanne L. Scheibler, an Alumnae with
Vision and Wisdom
Jeanne Louise Scheibler was a
graduate of the class of 1941. On
November 17, 2006, Mrs. Scheibler
S4 passed away, but because of her
vision and desire to support future
pharmacy students, her legacy
will live forever at the UF C II.. ..
of Pharmacy. Before her death,
I Jeanne created a trust fund that
would become the Jeanne Scheibler Scholarship to support
pharmacy students in need. She left a message to her future
"I wish them good luck and want them to study hard.
You have to concentrate, even if your professor is boring, not
go out and be playboys or playgirls. After you graduate, start
saving a nest egg, don't spend everything you make. When I
was in school (1938-41), the only women on campus were in
pharmacy and law, so the distractions were plentiful."
But Jeanne was not distracted. This is reflected in
her success in pharmacy school, where she received the
Ramsaur Award and graduated first in her class, as well as
in her long career as a successful and respected pharma-
cist. By establishing a planned gift to the UF C II.. .. of
i-, 11 -,-, 1 Jeanne Scheiblers legacy will forever be linked
to a l. I..b.. recognized for its commitment to excellence
in educating pharmacy students of the highest levels of
promise and achievement.
If you are interested in establishing a planned gift to
the I I..., please contact Kelly Markey or Christy I II
at (352) 273-6605. With a planned giving strategy, you
can put your assets to work for any part of the C II... of
Pharmacy you choose while you and the ,. II.... share in
Paul Altmayer, MD (Post-doc '82)
Robert H. Atwood ('49)
Jack Lindamond Camp, Sr., beloved husband
of Sandy Buck-Camp ('63)
Henry W. Cogley ('63)
Brien R. Davis ('75)
Charles Herbert Gilliland, MD ('35)
Elise H. Gresham (BSJ '74)
Joshua G. Horn (2PD student)
Steven A. Oransky ('76)
Raymond C. Robinson ('58)
Winter 2008 GATORx | 27
O ur friend and colleague, Debbie
Klapp, passed away June 26, 2007,
after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was an
advocate of the pharmacy profession throughout her career.
During her 17 years at the college, Debbie impacted countless
numbers of students and faculty through her fundraising efforts.
In honor of Debbie's dedication and commitment to the
profession of pharmacy and the college, we are creating the
Debbie Klapp Memorial Fund to support the students and faculty
at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Our goal is to
reach the level needed to endow the fund so it will permanently
continue Debbie's legacy.
If you would like to honor Debbie's memory by supporting
the fund, please mail your gift by using the giving envelope
enclosed in this magazine. Acknowledgements will be sent to
Debbie's husband, Jon and son, KC.
-- Debbie Klapp ('81)
In Memoriam of our
Lessons in Golf and Life
here is an indescribable bond between golfing
friends. It comes from shared suffering and humili-
ation. For more than 20 years, Debbie Klapp was
my best golfing friend. More often than not, our
playing partners were Steve Reeder and Mike Stamitoles.
Deb was a very good golfer, so after the men hit off the
first tee, our whining and lobbying would begin.
"Deb, you should hit off the men's tee," we said.
"Deb, you're too good to hit from the women's tee. Deb,
it's not fair for you to get that kind of advantage."
Despite this lasting the entire round, Debbie rarely
responded. She just walked quietly to the women's tee
and knocked it right by us.
In real life, Deb did not have the
advantage of women's "tees." In fact, her
"tees" were behind the men's. Still, she
knocked it right by us.
Deb knocked it right by us as a
person. She was a Renaissance woman.
Besides being a loving wife, mother,
daughter, and sister she was a pharma-
cist, scientist, teacher, fundraiser, admin-
istrator, mentor, artist, musician, athlete,
and sports enthusiast.
Deb knocked it right by us as a
professional. She organized the first -
homecoming barbecue for College of
Pharmacy alumni. We had around 50
people attend the first event. In a short
time, the attendance grew to more than
1,000 the largest event of its kind at -
UE After becoming Director of Develop- '_
ment for the College of Pharmacy, the
level of giving to the college increased -
significantly, and Debbie was responsible
for the college receiving the largest gift in ...
its history, a record that remains unbro-"
ken. When she became Senior Director
28 1 Winter 2008 GATORx
Friend, Debbie Klapp
By Timothy Wood, UF associate vice president for development
of Development for UF's Warrington College of Business,
she was responsible for the largest gift in the university's
history; another unbroken record.
Deb knocked it right by us as a friend. She was always
"the better friend" we thought doing small things to let
us know she was thinking about us. She and Jon hosted
many events in their home for friends and colleagues who
were coming, i. i or otherwise marking a milestone in
Deb knocked it right by us as a wife, mother, daughter
and sister. She loved her family. In the all the time we spent
together on the golf course, in the car and in the office,
she never said one negative word about her family. She
always spoke ofJon, K.C. and the
rest of her family with love and
pride. That kind of love doesn't
end when the person is gone. It
remains with all who knew her
and were blessed by her love and
Deb knocked it right by us in
the way she confronted life's final
challenge. She fought a terrible
illness with quiet determination
and she faced death with incred-
ible courage, dignity and grace.
Deb knocked it right by us,
didn't she? Debbie was a rare gift
and there will never be a time
when we don't miss her. Each
time we think of her, we will be
reminded of just how special she
-- was and how our lives have been
enriched by knowing her. And
I will think of her a lot each
time I pass by the women's tees.
Ed Hamilton and son, Alan, .'; with
Debbie Klapp in 2006.
UF UNIVERSITY of
College of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 103570
Gainesville, FL 32610
PERMIT No. 726