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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.


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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.

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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 

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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.



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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.

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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.