Dr. Kelley Kiningham, assistant dean of student affairs and associate professor in the Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Department, coauthored an article accepted for publication in Cancer Research. The article, “KEAP1 is a Redox Sensitive Target That Arbitrates the Opposing Radiosensitive Effects of Parthenolide in Normal and Cancer Cells” identifies a mechanism by which differences in cellular redox status can be targeted to kill tumor cells, while protective of normal tissue when radiation is used as a therapeutic. Kiningham states that finding pharmacological approaches to protect normal tissue during treatment of patients with cancer is important to reduce side effects and improve compliance.
Thirty two students in the College of Pharmacy were recently inducted into the Delta Mu chapter of Rho Chi. “Rho Chi encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.”
Class of 2015 pharmacy student Tracy Okoli has accepted a 10 week summer internship with the National Institutes of Health. Out of 6,600 applicants, only 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students were selected for the prestigious internship. Okoli will conduct mitochondrial based research at the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute under Dr. Michael Sack.
Dr. Kelley Kiningham, assistant dean in the College of Pharmacy, was awarded the 2013-14 Presidential Faculty Achievement Award. The Presidential Faculty Achievement Award is presented each year to a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to student life outside the classroom. The award honors and recognizes excellence in faculty-student relationships, special abilities in meeting student needs – academic, personal and professional – and symbolizes Belmont University’s commitment to being a student-centered institution.
“I am deeply humbled and extremely honored to be a recipient of this award,” said Kiningham. “The culture of service on this campus provides unique experiences for our students to grow, both personally and professionally, and I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of their journey.”
Students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy’s Ambulatory Care Pharmacy elective listened to professionals from health institutions, including Vanderbilt, Saint Thomas and the Veteran’s Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System shared their experiences in pharmacy practice.
Two Belmont Pharmacy students were recently published in Mental Health Clinician, a monthly publication of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). CPNP is a professional society of pharmacists practicing in the psychiatry and neurology specialties.
The two Pharm.D. students, Eury Park and Savannah Arnold, under the guidance of Dr. Michael McGuire, Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, provided a review of how mental illness and medications used to treat it were depicted in the movie, Silver Linings Playbook, which has received numerous film awards including several Academy Awards.
In the review, Park and Arnold conclude that while elements of the film are accurate and touch “on the stigma associated with mental illness,” they could not recommend it “for educational or therapeutic purposes.”
The full review is available here: http://cpnp.org/resource/mhc/2013/04/medication-movies-silver-linings-playbook-views-two-student-groups
Emily Doss, a second year student in Belmont’s College of Pharmacy, has been selected for a position in the Johns Hopkins Pharmacy internship program in Baltimore, Md. Of the 22 students selected for this internship, Doss is the only student selected from a pharmacy program within Tennessee. Doss will work as a pharmacy intern at the home care site at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 12 weeks this summer. This internship provides opportunities to shadow both pharmacists and pharmacy residents working in various specialties. Dr. Condit Steil, chairman of Pharmacy Practice at Belmont’s College of Pharmacy, as well as Dr. Naftilan, a physician working with students in the Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (VPIL), of which Doss is a part, encouraged her participation in the program.
Six pharmacy students volunteered at Faith Family Medical Clinic on 21st Avenue North earlier this semester. They reconciled medications with people with diabetes at the clinic, which offers the service without charge. The students worked under the supervision of Belmont College of Pharmacy Director of Experiential Education Mark J. Chirico and served 28 patients. It was the first event of its kind at this clinic, and the students plan to volunteer at the clinic each quarter.
“I had one provider remark how much easier her job was when she saw the patients after they had already met with pharmacy. This was a big day for Faith Family, Journey to Health and many of our patients. We received so much positive feed back that we will definitely be offering this again,” said Faith Family Medical Clinic Director of Operations Joshua Southards.
Students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy recently participated in the third annual Easter egg hunt held for children who reside at Renewal House. Approximately 40 children received colorful baskets and filled them with Easter eggs, candy and toys from the hunt.
Laura Berlind, chief executive officer of Renewal House said, “I just love this event that Belmont pharmacy students put on for us each year. It is a great opportunity for our families to bond and enjoy their day together.”
Renewal House serves women who have the disease of addiction. Health professionals within Renewal House work to preserve the family structure by fostering healing and resiliency among those affected by addiction. In addition they promote recovery to enhance the overall health of the family.