Pharmacy News

May 4, 2022

April 2022 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth

Assistant Professor Heather Blue was appointed to the St. Louis County Opioid Remediation Settlement Committee.

Blue is the 2022-2023 President-Elect for the Minnesota Society of Health Systems Pharmacists – Arrowhead Chapter.

L. Cranmer, A. Razak, R. Ratan, E. Choy, S. George, D. Liebner, David Stenehjem, Associate Professor, and M. Grounder attended the AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA to present an abstract and poster on “A phase I dose escalation study of a tegavivint (BC2059) a first-in-class TBL1 inhibitor for patients with progressive, unresectable desmoid tumor.”

H. Anderson, Anthony W. Olson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, M. Kern, and E. Wright presented their poster on the “Prevalence of Medications- or Pharmacy-related HCSRN Abstracts over Three Years” at the 28th Annual Health Care Systems Research Network Conference in Pasadena, CA.

Heather Blue, Assistant Professor, presented “What’s new in COVID treatment?” at the APRN Coalition Spring Pharmacology Conference.

UMD Medical Student Nyika Friberg was awarded a Summer Research Program Award to work with Dr. Okoro. 

UMD student Marissa Harle was awarded a Summer Melendy Research Scholarship and will work in the lab of Dr. Klein.

S. Hooker, Olson, I. Essien, C. Borgert-Spaniol, R. Rossom, K. Romagnoli, and L. Solberg presented their poster “Perspectives from Patients at High-risk for Problems with Opioids about Discussing Opioid Risks with Primary Care Clinicians” at the 28th Annual Health Care Systems Research Network Conference in Pasadena, CA.

Assistant Professor Amanda Klein was interviewed by and quoted in the Pain Research Forum for “Cytokine Signaling Comes to the Fore in Inflammatory Itch Disease.”

S. Ilham, C. Willis, K. Kim, K. Chung, B. Wood, M. Tan, D. Nguyen, D. Brixner, and Stenehjem presented an abstract and poster on “EPR22-109: Cancer Incidence in Immunocompromised Patients” at the NCCN Annual Conference in Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL. 

L. Kosobuski, A. Hawn, K. France, N.S.-Y. Chenn, C. LaPlante, and Laura Palombi, Assistant Professor, were published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association for their work in “Using Qualitative, Community-Based Input to Steer Post-COVID-19 Pharmacy Practice in Substance Use.”

UMD undergraduate student Sunna Mujteba was awarded a Summer Research Program Award and will work in the lab of Dr. Amanda Klein, Assistant Professor.  

Assistant Professor Olihe Okoro hosted a “Cultural & Structural Competency Workshop” for Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) Interprofessional student volunteer workforce. Cohort 2.

Okoro hosted a “Cultural & Structural Competency Workshop” for Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) Interprofessional student volunteer workforce. Cohort 2.

Okoro discussed “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Case-based Learning & Experiential Education” at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy Clinical Seminar Series.

 

Olson was interviewed by the National Public Radio - Marketplace Morning Report on how “Medical respite provides a place for unhoused people to land after a hospital stay.”

Olson, M. Rapps, N. Allen, R. St. John, M. Harry, S. Waring, et al. presented “Advancing Health Equity using a Participatory Approach to Community-integrated Care in Health-related Social Needs Interventions” at the 28th Annual Health Care Systems Research Network Conference in Pasadena, CA.

Palombi presented “Relentless Stigma: What We've Learned from Years of Community-Engaged Substance Use Research in Minnesota” at the AHC Duluth Research Seminar Series (Zoom). 

Palombi and M. Gurno attended the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Naloxone Training in Fond du Lac, MN to present "Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose: A Community-Engaged Training” (Zoom).

Palombi presented "Harm Reduction 101” at the University of Minnesota Extension Webinar Series (Zoom).

Palombi presented “Opioid Overdoses: Risk Factors, Signs and Saving Lives!” at the University of Minnesota Extension Webinar Series (Zoom).

Palombi, M. Gurno, and B. Bilden presented “Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose: A Community-Engaged Training” at the UMD Medical School and Pharmacy School Naloxone Training in Fond du Lac, MN.

Stenehjem contributed to ASHP Podcasts – Innovation Friday in “A Closer Look Into the New Pharmacogenomics Accelerator Program.”

Jared Van Hooser, Assistant Professor, was voted as the UMD class of 2022 professor. 

Z.T. Rivers, H.M. Parsons, P.A. Jacobson, K.M. Kuntz, J.F. Farley, and Stenehjem, had their article “Opportunities for personalizing colorectal cancer care: an analysis of SEER-medicare data” published in The Pharmacogenomics Journal.

The UMD College of Pharmacy received the St. Louis County Public Health Partnership Award.

A.H. Watanabe, C. Willis, M. Pavilack-Kirker, C. Lam, L. Park, S. Mehta, J. Kwong, A. Chhibber, H. Bauer, S. Ilham, D. Brixner, and Stenehjem presented an abstract and poster “CLO22-090: Patient Characteristics, Treatment Patterns, and Clinical Outcomes of Patients With Advanced HER2-Low Breast Cancer” at the NCCN Annual Conference in Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL.