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December 2, 2018

December 2018 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.

Amanda Klein, assistant professor, gave an oral presentation titled "Altering Potassium Channel Activity to Investigate Morphine Tolerance and Opiate Induced Hypersensitivity” at the 4th Annual NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase, November 2, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.

Klein, C. Fisher, J. L. Janecek, and M. L. Graham presented the poster "Mouse Models of Diabetic Neuropathy: Decreased KATP Channel Expression and Function in the Peripheral and Central Nervous System" at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2018, November 3-7, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.

Venkatram Mereddy, professor, is featured in the UMD story, "Taking Aim at Cancer."

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, attended the Minnesota HIV Prevention and Care All Providers Meeting, October 31, 2018, in St. Paul, where she was an invited facilitator for the workshop, “HIV Care for African-born Patients: Challenges and Considerations.”

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, was awarded the Community-Based Leadership Award by the America Public Health Association (APHA) Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section at the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting held November 10-14, 2018, in San Diego, Calif. The award acknowledges leadership and innovation in community-based ATOD programs that affect the community environment.

Palombi presented the following at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting held November 10-14, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.:

• Roundtable (with Amy LaRue of the University of Wisconsin-Superior) “An Engaged Department Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis” 

• Roundtable “The Minnesota Naloxone Project: Engaging Minnesota Pharmacists” 

• Podium “In Their Own Words: Supports and Barriers to Recovery for Participants in Two Neighboring Drug Courts” 

• Poster (with Cindy Koh-Knox of Purdue College of Pharmacy) “Development of an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience with Drug Courts”

Palombi presented “Naloxone: A Critical Tool to Fight the Opioid Crisis” and dispensed naloxone to healthcare providers and University of Minnesota Duluth students on October 27, 2018. She was joined by Marcia Gurno from St. Louis County Public Health and Deb Hernandez from the Rural AIDS Action Network. 

Palombi presented “The Opioid Epidemic: Exploring Spatial Data” at the University of Minnesota Duluth GIS Fest on November 15, 2018.

A. Cernasev, J. Reyes, J. Schommer, and Paul Ranelli, professor, presented the poster “Exploring medication-use experiences at the intersection of community, art, pharmacy, consumer perspectives, and education: To Really See” at the American Public Health Association 2018 Annual Meeting held November 10-14, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.

A. O. Asojo, Ranelli, A. Cernasev, and J. Pliska had their work, “Community Engaged Culturally Sensitive Pharmacy Design” [Editorial; pp. 5-6], [Research Article, Editors’ Choice; pp 30-35] published in Academic Exchange Quarterly. Fall 2018;22(3). ISSN 1096-1453, print version and online. View four figures.

David Stenehjem, associate professor, presented "Outcomes Research in Precision Oncology using ORIEN" at the ORIEN Fall Member Meeting, October 4, 2018, in Chicago, Ill.

Stenehjem presented "Real World Evidence Studies in Precision Oncology: Harnessing the Electronic Medical Record" at the University of Minnesota Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Grand Rounds, October 31, 2018, in Minneapolis.

C. Willis, M. Fiander, D. Tran, B. Korytowsky, J. T. Thomas, S. Fransen, F. Calderson, T. Zyczynski, L. Siegartel, D. Brixner, and Stenehjem presented the poster “A Systematic Literature Review of Tumor Mutational Burden and Efficacy with Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer” at the Society of Immunotherapy of Cancer, held November 9-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

G. Gilcrease, Stenehjem, M. L. Wade, J. Weis, K. McGregor, J. Whisenant, K. M. Boucher, K. Thorne, N. Orgain, I. Garrido-Laguna, and S. Sharma had their article, "Phase I/II study of everolimus combined with mFOLFOX-6 and bevacizumab for first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer" published in Investigational New Drugs. 2018 Oct 10;30(2):193. doi: 10.1007/s10637-018-0645-2.

Jared Van Hooser, assistant professor, presented "Medication Therapy Management and Common Medications in Post-Stroke Care" at the Robert F. Pierce Clinic Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in Duluth on November 5, 2018.

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