Department of Pharmacy Administration

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Faculty and Students Participate in Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference

The 2014 Midwest Social and Administrative Conference was held at Purdue University on July 14-18. UIC was well represented. UIC students gave eight presentations all of which were outstanding. Wan-Ju Lee was selected as a finalist for the Weiderholt award for best paper. Other students included Yash Jalundhwala, Iulia Ursan, Ruixan Jiang, Deval Gor, Beenish Manzoor, Kibum Kim, and Vardhaman Patel. Faculty in attendance were Simon Pickard, Surrey Walton, and Glen Schumock. CPR fellow, Shan Xing also attended.


CPR Name Change
Pickard Named Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research
 Dr. Simon Pickard was recently named associate editor of the journal Quality of Life Research. Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid communication of original research, theoretical articles and methodological reports related to the field of quality of life, in all the health sciences. It is the official journal of the International Society of Quality of Life Research.





New Faculty Members Join Department
The Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP) is very pleased to announce the latest additions to its world class faculty.  Four new faculty members have joined the Department.  They are Gregory S. Calip, PharmD, MPH, PhD; Lisa Sharp, PhD; Kathryn Mazurek, MPH; and Katie Suda, PharmD, MS. In addition, Clare Awé, PhD, who was previously an adjunct professor, has moved to a regular faculty appointment.  All appointments effective August 16, 2014.

Greg Calip is Assistant Professor at based at the Chicago campus.  Dr. Calip is a UIC alum (PharmD 2008).  He also holds an MPH degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from New York University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in June, and was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  Dr. Calip will focus his research on pharmacoepidemiology in cancer and related areas.

Kathryn Mazurek is Research Assistant Professor and is based at the Rockford campus.  Ms. Mazurek holds an MPH degree from Northern Illinois University and is anticipated to complete her PhD in Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.  Ms. Mazurek’s primary research interests are in understanding health outcomes in disadvantaged populations, and in Rockford her work will include an emphasis in pharmacy and medication-related rural health issues.

Lisa Sharp is Associate Professor and is based at the Chicago campus.  Dr. Sharp holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and did post-doctoral training at Harvard.  Dr. Sharp was previously Associate Professor in the UIC College of Medicine.  The focus of her research is the development of behaviorally-based health interventions to decrease health inequalities among minority and/or underserved populations – including pharmacist and medication-related interventions.

Katie Suda is a part-time Research Associate Professor and is based at the Chicago campus, and is also a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare, at the Hines VA Hospital.  Dr. Suda holds a PharmD from Drake University and a MS in Epidemiology from the University of Tennessee.  Previously she was Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee.  Dr. Suda is an outcomes researcher whose focus is on antimicrobials and infectious disease.

Clara Awé is Clinical Associate Professor and was previously an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department.  Dr. Awé holds a MSc degree (marketing communication) from Roosevelt University, a EdD from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Awé is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the Urban Health Program for the UIC College of Pharmacy.  Her research interests are include the educational achievement and outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities in the health professions, cultural competence in teaching and learning, and understanding health disparities-in particular, how race, class, and gender shape the delivery of healthcare and outcomes.

Walton Interviewed on First Business - Story on Brand Drug Patent Expiration
Dr. Surrey Walton was interviewed for a recent episode of "First Business" - an online news program that focuses on financial markets. The story - which occurs 7 minutes and 15 seconds into the episode - highlights the pending patent cliff for the brand pharmaceuticals.

Department Changes Name
The Department of Pharmacy Administration has changed its name to the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP). The faculty sought the name change to better reflect the nature and scope of the activities and research of the Department. 

UIC Graduate Students WIN FIRST PLACE at ISPOR 18th Annual International Meeting
The UIC Student Chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes research (ISPOR) won first place in the ISPOR Student Research Competition at the recent ISPOR 18th Annual International Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The UIC team - comprised of Wan-Ju Lee, Kibum Kim, Wendy Cheng, and Yash Jalundhwala - competed against 17 teams from other schools in this quiz competition based on questions from the ISPOR Book of Terms and ISPOR Good Practices for Outcomes Research. The UIC ISPOR Student Chapter will receive a cash award and plaque.

Edith Nutescu Makes Cover of APhA's Pharmacy Today
Dr. Edith Nutescu is featured in Pharmacy Today, an official publication of the American Pharmacists Association. The article, which include Edith’s picture on the cover, highlights Dr. Nutescu’s contributions to the practice of pharmacy and her research accomplishments. The story focuses on the Edith’s role at the intersection between patient-centered pharmacogenomics and anticoagulation care. Dr. Nutescu has been at the forefront in developing new models of pharmacist clinical care for anticoagulation patients. She has also been a pioneer in personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics.

PSOP welcomes New Faculty member Rosalyn P Vellurattil
The Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy welcomes Rosalyn P. Vellurattil, PharmD, CDE, Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Vellurattil also holds the position of Assistant Dean, Office of Academic Affiars, College of Pharmacy. Rosalyn Vellurattil is a 2004 graduate of the UIC COP, and has held academic positions at Midwestern University and Chicago 

CPR Faculty Awarded NHLBI Grant
Dr. Edith Nutescu, Co-Director of CPR, is the principal investigator on a recently awarded K-23 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The objective of the project is to study health disparities     and factors influencing adoption and feasibility of anticoagulation self-monitoring in minority and underserved patients. To read more click here.

Dan Touchette to lead study on Antipsychotic Drugs
Dr. Touchette was recently awarded a new grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. The research is titled “Beliefs and attitudes towards antipsychotic use in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder." Dan serves as the Principal investigator (PI) and co-investigators include Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, BCCP, FCCP (University of Michigan) and Rachel Chennault, PhD. Dr. Chennault is Assistant Director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's (ACCP) Practice Based Research Network (PBRN). The study will utilize the ACCP PBRN pharmacist network and sites. The grant runs from 9/1/13 - 8/1/2016 and is for $354,304.

New Takeda Professorship Takes Aim at Improving Medication Adherence
The UIC College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP), and Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research (CPR) are pleased to announce the new Takeda Professorship in Medication Adherence. Made possible by financial support from the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, the Professorship is part of a broader partnership between the College and Takeda to conduct research and programs to improve medication adherence, which also includes a new 2-year fellowship program in medication adherence organized through the CPR. Dan Touchette, PharmD, MS, Associate Professor in PSOP, and faculty member in the CPR, will be awarded the professorship. Dr. Touchette has been studying medication adherence for a number of years and this professorship and the partnership with Takeda will provide critical support and collaboration needed to tackle this challenging and complex issue in health care.