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December 4, 2017

December 2017 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.

Heather Blue, assistant professor, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor, are featured in the October 23, 2017, WDIO-TV segment, "Medical Professionals Trained in Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug."

Blue joined Chad Hartman on WCCO radio on October 27, 2017, to talk about President Trump's announcement on opioids.

Blue presented "Naloxone Mini Update: What can naloxone add to your practice amid the opioid crisis?" to the Duluth Chapter of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians on November 9, 2017.

Blue presented "Enough Talk About the Opioid Epidemic: What Can Pharmacists Do About It?" to the Arrowhead Chapter of Minnesota Health Systems Pharmacists in Duluth, Minn., on November 14, 2017.

Blue presented a live webinar on "The Pharmacist's Role in Preventing Opioid Overdoses" for the Minnesota Pharmacists Association Virtual Coffee Break on November 15, 2017.

Keri Hager, associate professor, has been selected to participate in the next Intercultural Leadership Development Cohort along with 17 other UMD staff, faculty, and administrators.

Amanda H. Klein, assistant professor, Timothy V. Hartke, Matthew Wooten, Gang Wu, and Matthias Ringkamp presented the poster “Preferential activation of subtypes of polymodal nociceptive C-fibers in pigtail monkey following intradermal injection of ²-alanine and bovine medullary protein 8-22” at the International Association for the Study of Itch, IFSI Annual Meeting in Wrocław, Poland, October 15-17, 2017.

Klein, Matthew Wooten, Timothy V. Hartke, Gang Wu, and Matthias Ringkamp presented the poster, “The MrgprD agonist ²-alanine and bovine adrenal medullary protein 8-22, an MrgprX1 agonist,  preferentially activate subtypes of polymodal nociceptive C-fibers in pigtail monkeys” at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., November 10-15, 2017.

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, attended the day-long National Research Mentoring Network's Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop in Madison, Wisc., on October 6, 2017.

Okoro and Shanasha Whitson presented a podium, Engaging the African community in community-based HIV research: Our process, our partnerships, our experiences, presented at the United States Conference on African Immigrant Health [USCAIH], October 6–8, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Okoro facilitated a session on "Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine" at the Great Lakes Regional BNGAP Conference 2017 held October 20-21, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Okoro, Corinthian Rutherford, Salaam Witherspoon, and Stephan Witherspoon presented the poster “Leveraging the family influence of women in a community-based health intervention to promote prostate health and general well-being among African American men” at the Center for the Advancement of African-America Men's Health Partnerships (CHAAMPS), National Meeting, October 30-31, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.

Abstracts were accepted and presented at the American Public Health Association APHA 2017 Annual Meeting, November 4-8, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga.:

  • Okoro, N. Kamau, L. Hillman, and A. Cernasev, presented the poster “Assessing patient satisfaction among low-income African American women: The intersection of race, gender and class.”
  • Okoro and S. Whitson presented an oral podium “Using a culturally-sensitive framework to design culturally-responsive reproductive health education for HIV prevention in African-born immigrant women.”
  • Okoro (lead author), and L. Hillman (presenter). HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: Exploring the potential for expanding the role of pharmacists’ in public health efforts.

Oscar Garza, Okoro, and L’Aurelle Johnson presented the poster “Equity and Empowerment through Intercultural Competence and Health Equity Education” at the University of Minnesota, Gallery of Excellence/Equity and Diversity Breakfast, November 16, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Palombi received a $33,932 subaward from the St. Louis County Department of Human Services for the project “St. Louis County Proposal for the Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis.”

Palombi was featured in the October 19, 2017 Health Talk UMN video on "Public Health and Prevention."

Palombi was interviewed by KUMD on October 24, 2017 for the segment, "You can't recover if you're dead: why the moral arguments against Narcan "don't help anyone."

Palombi was featured in the October 26, 2017 "UMN Experts: Opioid addiction is a public health emergency."

Palombi was featured an October 27, 2017 article in The Ely Echo titled "Opioids hot topic at Ely drug forum."

Palombi is featured in the November 2, 2017, Fox21 News segment, "Carlton County Medical Professionals Receive Narcan Training."

More than 230 community members were trained in the use of naloxone at three Community Naloxone Trainings led by Palombi on November 30, 2017. Fox21 and KBJR carried the story.

Palombi and Blue presented “Naloxone: A Critical Tool to Fight the Opioid Crisis" to prescribers and pharmacists in Ely, Minn., on November 13, 2017.

Palombi, Blue, Mike Swanoski, associate professor, and Hager are featured in the AHC Health Sciences story, "University of Minnesota pharmacists are mobilizing communities to fight the opioid epidemic in Northern Minnesota."

Paul Ranelli, professor, presented two papers at the Humanities in Medicine Symposium 2017 held October 27-29, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.: "Using Theater as a Teaching Tool for Healthcare Professionals and Students (Go Ask Alice)" and "To Really See: Exploring the Medication-taking Experience Through Story and Person-centered Art."

Ranelli is featured in the November 10, 2017, Fox21 News segment, "St. Luke's Showcases Traveling Art Show."

Ranelli’s and Avivo ArtWorks et al. exhibit, "To Really See: Exploring the Medication-Taking Experience," is featured in the December 1, 2017, Avivo Artworks newsletter. Of note is The Minnesota Historical Society's acquisition of two baskets from Avivo ArtWorks Collective Member Martha Bird, one of which, a sculptural basket titled "Medicine Basket with Safety Net," is being displayed with the ArtWorks traveling exhibition "To Really See."

M. Venkatachalam, S. Bobiak, J. W. Shaw, I. Santi, M. Contente, B. Korytowsky, and David D. Stenehjem, assistant professor, presented the poster “Estimated Costs of Treatment-Related Adverse Events for Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck in the CheckMate 141 Trial. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdx374.013” at the European Society for Medical Oncology 42nd Congress, September 8–12, 2017, in Madrid, Spain.

J. P. McPherson, H. R. Namanny, J. L. Brant, P. A. Patterson, J. A. Howell, B. A. Loveday, R. M. Montague, J. J. Piper-Williams, J. S. Shaw, J. E. Sindt, P.D. Thielking, J. E. Biskupiak, A. C. Beck, and Stenehjem presented the poster “Urgent versus elective inpatient anticancer therapy in patients with metastatic solid tumors: analysis of admission characteristics and posthospitalization clinical outcomes [abstract 12]. J Clin Oncol. 2017;35(suppl):31S. https://meetinglibrary.asco.org/record/154649/abstract" at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care Symposium in Oncology, October 28, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.

M. Venkatachalam, Stenehjem, N. D. Parikh, P. Singh, B. Marett, B. Sill, T. Wisniewski, V. Prakash, P. Shukla, B. Korytowsky, and M. K. Siddiqui presented the poster “Cost of Treatment-Related Adverse Events (TRAES) In Second-Line (2l) Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma (AHCC): Match Adjusted Indirect Comparison (MAIC) Of Nivolumab and Regorafenib. Value in Health. 2017 Oct;20(9):A502–3. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2017.08.590” at the ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, November 4-8, 2017, in Glasgow, Scotland.

B. Jahn, U. Rochau, C. Kurzthaler, M. Hubalek, R. Miksad, G. Sroczynski, M. Paulden, M. Bundo, Stenehjem, M. Brixner, M. Krahn, and U. Siebert had their article, “Personalized treatment of women with early breast cancer: a risk-group specific cost-effectiveness analysis of adjuvant chemotherapy accounting for companion prognostic tests OncotypeDX and Adjuvant!” published in BMC Cancer. 2017 Oct 16;17(1):685. doi: 10.1186/s12885-017-3603-z.

Tim Stratton, professor, is featured in the November 3, 2017, Health Talk story, "Q&A: Supporting mental health treatment during and after incarceration."

Stratton is featured in the November 13, 2017, MinnPost story, "Continuum-of-care programs could help ex-offenders treat their mental illness — and stay out of jail."

Swanoski presented "Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Geriatric Patients" at the 2017 American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Annual Meeting held November 2-5, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.  

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