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May 1, 2019

May 2019 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.

Heather Blue, assistant professor, received the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Outstanding Pharmacist Award. It was presented to her at the MSHP's 2019 Annual Conference in Duluth on April 12.

Blue has been nominated Duluth Teacher of the Class of 2019.

Yun-Jeong Choe, post-doctoral associate, Minwoo Baek, research specialist, and Nam Chul Kim, assistant professor, presented a poster and Kim gave a podium preview talk on "The PINK1/Parkin Pathway Mediates Dominant Mitochondrial Toxicity in CHCHD10-Induced ALS-FTD" at the 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, held March 27-31, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

The following posters were presented at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting held April 7-10, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah:

  • C. O’Donnell, Keri Hager, associate professor, M. Kading, Ann Yapel, adjunct assistant professor, J. Nelson Albee, Danielle MacDonald, adjunct assistant professor, C. Nash, C. Renier, K. Dean, and Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor. "The Use of Group Concept Mapping to Improve Transitions of Care Between a Mental Health Center and a Family Medicine Clinic." 
  • C. O’Donnell, HagerBlue, L. Kosobuski, A. Brearly, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor. "The Impact of Interprofessional Collaboration in Finding Solutions for Opioids Case Studies."

Rachel Gilbertson and Hager presented and facilitated a discussion about "Self-Care in the Work of Social Justice" at the UMD Intercultural Leadership Development (ILD) all cohort lunch gathering on April 9, 2019.

The following presentations were made at the American Pain Society Scientific Meeting held April 3-6, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 

  • Amanda Klein, assistant professor, presented "Potassium Channels as Downstream Targets of Opioid Signaling: Involvement in Opiate Efficacy, Tolerance and Withdrawal."
  • Klein presented "Potassium Channels Facilitate Crosstalk Between Cannabinoid and Opioid Signaling."
  • Travis Okerman, Erin Salo, Taylor Jurgenson, and Klein presented their poster, "Involvement of the PI3K/AKT Signaling Pathway in the Peripheral and Central Nervous System in the Development of Morphine Tolerance."

Palombi is featured in multiple stories on her $1.5 million in grants to target opioids in rural northern Minnesota. Duluth News TribunePine JournalAitkin Independent AgeHibbing Daily TribuneMesabi Daily NewsMinnesota Daily.

Palombi is featured in the April 7, 2019, Duluth News Tribune article, "Overdose reversal drug employed as part of fight against opioid epidemic in the Northland."

Palombi, A. Hawthorne, S. Lunos, K. Melgaard, A. Dahley, and Blue had their article, "Community pharmacist utilization of legislation that allows impact on the opioid crisis in the state of Minnesota: A mixed methods approach," published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2019 Apr 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Paul Ranelli, professor, has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a tenure of three years (April 2019–April 2022). As such, he is eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries globally.

Ranelli is profiled on the State Services for the Blind website.

David Stenehjem, associate professor, has been selected to participate in the 2019-20 University of Minnesota Northern LITeS (Leadership for Innovative Team Science) cohort, a year-long program designed for senior or advanced mid-career faculty leaders involved in clinical/translational research and/or with responsibilities related to academic administration or education and training programs in which clinical/translational research is involved. The program provides executive level training tailored to the needs of academics in biomedical, clinical, and health-related sciences. Participates will engage in extensive training of skills for leadership, creativity, and team process development in such areas as: conflict management, communication skills, influence strategies, negotiation, change management, building team productivity, and creating environments to support and include diverse ideas and enhance scientific creativity. In addition to enhancing leadership skills, LITeS fosters team science by creating a network of colleagues who serve as resources for one another across the University and the CTSI network, expands opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and ensures that the next generation of clinical and translational scientists receives the highest quality training for science leadership. This program is based upon a highly successful program that has been operating at the University of Colorado for the past 10 years and that almost all Deans, Chairs and other senior leaders have participated in. For this inaugural UMN year, we will have the benefit of on-site leadership from their program directors, Judith Albino, PhD, Director and University of Colorado President Emerita and Susan Johnson, PhD, Associate Director.

Mike Swanoskiassociate professor and senior associate dean, is quoted in multiple stories about the rising cost of insulin: Duluth News TribuneMPR, and Pioneer Press.

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