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A message from Gary M. Pollack

December 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

In November, Washington State University’s Board of Trustees approved a change in the name of our college from the “Washington State University College of Pharmacy” to the “Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.”

This nomenclature is in alignment with our comprehensive and balanced mission:

To advance human health through excellence in collaborative research, scholarship and clinical education, and to develop outstanding health care professionals and scientists.

This seemingly small change actually is quite significant, as it highlights the fact that we have a robust presence in the pharmaceutical sciences, encompassing both faculty-led research and graduate education.

One concern that arises when considering a name change of this sort is the potential interpretation that there are “winners” and, by extrapolation, “losers”. This is, of course, a short-sighted analysis.

While we are most closely identified with the portion of our mission dedicated to the preparation of health care practitioners. After all, without our professional education program there are many things that we could be, but a college of pharmacy would not be among those possibilities. Nevertheless, there should be no tension between activities directed towards practice and those directed towards research. Indeed, in a healthy academic environment each mission element should inform, support, and leverage all others. Our faculty have established such an environment.

Although we have a very traditional pharmaceutical sciences department, which is oriented primarily towards bench research, “pharmaceutical sciences” is actually a very large tent that encompasses the full breadth of the sciences that serve as the foundation for pharmacy as a profession.

Many of our faculty in the Department of Pharmacotherapy are research-active in the “pharmaceutical” space. For example, we recently established a pharmacy practice research unit led by Dr. Kim McKiernan, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy. We envision that the activities of this unit will be informed by trends in the practice of pharmacy, will inform the continued development of our professional education program, will catalyze collaboration between faculty in our “clinical” and “basic science” departments, and will be a foundational element for pharmaceutical research (broadly spoken) in our college.

We will begin using “College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences” as our “official” name in August 2018 with the beginning of the next academic year.

Best wishes to all for a relaxing and enjoyable December, with all the holidays it contains, and a happy and successful 2018.

signature: Gary M. Pollack




Gary M. Pollack
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Washington State University

Editor’s note: This is the final newsletter for the 2017 calendar year. The next CougaRx News will be published in February 2018. Happy Holidays!




UPCOMING EVENTS
12/04/17 CougaRx Reception
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12/08/17 Graduate
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COLLEGE NEWS
Kimberly McKeirnan

WSU Center for Pharmacy Practice Research
The teaching faculty for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at WSU make up a diverse mix of academic and professional backgrounds. Read more »
 

Sabrina Fechtner

WSU graduate student showcases rheumatoid
arthritis research

The chronic inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is debilitating. Read more »



Give to the College of Pharmacy A message from Linda Garrelts MacLean

Dear Alums, Colleagues and Friends of Pharmacy,

As the season of giving is upon us, it is a wonderful time to thank those who have graciously given their time and support, which has had such a positive impact on our students and the college. But I cannot write about contributions to our college without Keith Campbell’s name immediately coming to mind.

By now, I’m certain you’ve heard the terrible news that Keith passed away in his sleep on November 11, 2017 while attending a meeting of the Washington State Pharmacy Association. As word of his passing spread, the condolences started rolling in, including a wonderful tribute from our Dean:

“There is not a corner of the CougaRx Nation and pharmacy community that Keith did not impact in some way through his teaching, mentorship, leadership, and friendship. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Campbell family.”
- Gary Pollack, Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy

“It’s the end of an era.”
- Debbie Hansen, class of 1979

“I am devastated by the news and cried so much when I heard. Keith made such a tremendous impact on my life and he was always so empowering to everyone. He will be greatly missed.”
- Kathy Hirano, class of 1986

“What a warm, kind, gentle, generous, loving, accomplished gentleman. May we all pray for him, his family, and ask God to help us understand these tragedies...and may we all count our blessings, every day.”
- Ed Schweitzer

We also received a wonderful message of sympathy from the University of Washington:

“I write to express our collective profound sorrow on the sudden, unexpected passing of Dr. Keith Campbell. Many of my UW faculty colleagues and our alumni throughout the region have benefited from Keith’s teachings and mentorship over the years. He was a giant amongst the most progressive innovators in pharmacy practice. His enduring legacy will be the students he impacted and the profession he helped shape.”
Sean Sullivan, Dean
University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Keith touched so many lives and had such an impact on generations of pharmacy students during his 45-year career at WSU. If there is any good news in this tragedy, it is that we were able to honor his personal and professional accomplishments at the Crimson Gala just three weeks before he passed away. At the Crimson Gala, Keith received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Pharmacy and we will carry his memory forward through the R. Keith Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award, since it will be named for him in perpetuity. We are also on track to name the R. Keith Campbell Applied Patient Care Laboratory in our building. A bookshelf will be constructed outside the laboratory and many of the awards and accolades that Keith received during his lifetime will be there, along with his photo and an overview of his accomplishments. Keith did not want to be forgotten and we want to make sure his legacy lives on.

In planning the Crimson Gala to honor Keith, he took the time to put together a list of all of his many awards, career roles, and achievements. But at the end of this two page document, in big bold letters, he summed up his entire career in one sentence:

“My greatest joy was advising, teaching, mentoring, and befriending students and young faculty.”

We hope you can join Keith’s family, the College of Pharmacy, and the entire pharmacy community, for “A Celebration of Life” to honor R. Keith Campbell on April 21, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Spokane. We will continue to provide details on the Facebook page we set up to share condolences about Keith. Please visit this page and post photos, memories, stories, or anything else you’d like to share about Keith. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/remeberingRKC.

May you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season. Wishing you peace and joy.

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Linda Garrelts MacLean, BPharm, RPh
Vice Dean of External Relations
Clinical Professor

ALUMNI NEWS
Career Fair CAREER FAIR

Thank you to everyone who attended our Career Fairs at the Spokane and Yakima locations! View the photos from the Spokane fair and reception.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Rhonda Rhyne, class of 1983, presented the “5 Keys to Career Success” to the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) in October. View photo »

Generosity GENEROSITY

Edward and Beatriz Schweitzer made a gift of $65,000 to help name the R. Keith Campbell Applied Patient Care Lab. “Keith has been a true champion for the College of Pharmacy and worked tirelessly to advance patient care in the area of diabetes,” Ed Schweitzer said.

ALUMNI UPDATES

  • David E. Bell, class of 1976, has a wonderful new (volunteer) job as brewery ambassador for Fish Brewing Company, which is based in Olympia and is known for its Fish Tale Ales and Leavenworth Biers. According to David, the pay isn’t much, but the side benefits are pretty good!
  • Shelby Denney Williams, class of 2017, is currently a clinical veterinary pharmacy resident at North Carolina State University. She and her dog got in the Halloween spirit this year, view photo »

Want to be listed in our alumni updates? Send us your career information or let us know what you’ve been up to! gocougs@pharmacy.wsu.edu





FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP
Publications

  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Professor Jean-Baptiste O. Roullet, Pharmacotherapy Professor K. Michael Gibson and nine co-authors published, “Incidence and geographic distribution of Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase (SSADH) deficiency,” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease (2017;34:111-115). Read abstract »
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Salah-uddin Ahmed and three co-authors published, “RANTES/CCL5 induces collagen degradation by activating MMP-1 and MMP-13 expression in human rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” in the peer-reviewed open access journal Frontiers in Immunology in October 2017. Read article »

Presentations

  • Salah-uddin Ahmed, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Associate Anil K. Singh (Ahmed Lab), Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Intern Kelly Kopczynski (Ahmed Lab), and one co-author presented the poster, “Regulation of interleukin-1β signaling by inhibition of O-Glc-Nacase in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 5, 2017.
  • Salah-uddin Ahmed and one co-author presented the poster, “Cannabinoid receptor 2 agonist (JWH-015) inhibits interleukin-1β-induced inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 6, 2017.
  • Salah-uddin Ahmed and two co-authors presented the poster, “Role of syndecans in cytokine mediated inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 6, 2017.
  • Salah-uddin Ahmed, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Associate Eugene Kim (Ahmed Lab) and one co-author presented the poster, “Ursolic acid promotes apoptosis of rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts by upregulating noxa expression and recruiting E3 ligase mule to degrade Mcl-1,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 6, 2017.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair and Boeing Distinguished Professor Philip Lazarus and three co-authors presented, “Characterization of UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) 3A enzymes and their potential role in tobacco carcinogenesis,” at the 2017 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 20, 2017.
  • United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries (USTUR) Director and Associate Research Professor Sergei Y. Tolmachev and USTUR Assistant Research Professor George Tabatadze conducted a one hour seminar titled, “Radiochemical analysis of plutonium in tissues from former nuclear workers,” at Oregon State University on November 27, 2017.

Service

  • Salah-uddin Ahmed served as an expert reviewer for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases study section meeting at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Institute of the National Institutes of Health on November 1-3, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhenjia Wang was appointed as a voting member of Washington State University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He will serve a three-year term.
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor Megan Willson was chosen to be a member of the Provost’s Leadership Academy cohort. Read article »

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students

  • Ana Vergara, pharmaceutical sciences (Lazarus lab), received a travel award to attend the 2017 SACNAS conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 19 - 21, 2017.
  • Ana Vergara, with faculty co-author Philip Lazarus and one additional co-author presented, “Characterization of UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) 3A enzymes and their potential role in tobacco carcinogenesis,” at the 2017 SACNAS conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 20, 2017.
  • Solomon A. Agere, pharmaceutical sciences (Ahmed Lab), with faculty co-author Salah-uddin Ahmed and two additional co-authors published, “RANTES/CCL5 induces collagen degradation by activating MMP-1 and MMP-13 expression in human rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” in the peer-reviewed open access journal Frontiers in Immunology in October 2017. Read article »
  • Mahamudul Haque, pharmaceutical sciences (Ahmed lab), with faculty co-author Salah-uddin Ahmed and two additional co-authors presented the poster, “Regulation of interleukin-1β signaling by inhibition of O-Glc-Nacase in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 5, 2017.
  • Sabrina Fechtner, pharmaceutical sciences (Ahmed lab), with faculty co-author Salah-uddin Ahmed presented the poster, “Cannabinoid receptor 2 agonist (JWH-015) inhibits interleukin-1β-induced inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis synovial Fibroblasts,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 6, 2017.
  • Solomon A. Agere, with faculty co-author Salah-uddin Ahmed and one additional co-author presented the poster, “Role of syndecans in cytokine mediated inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 6, 2017.
  • Solomon A. Agere, with faculty co-author Salah-uddin Ahmed and one additional co-author presented the poster, “Ursolic acid promotes apoptosis of rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts by upregulating noxa expression and recruiting E3 ligase mule to degrade Mcl-1,” at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on November 6, 2017.
  • Xiaomeng Jiang, pharmaceutical sciences (Pollack lab), successfully defended to earn a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences with the presentation, “Statistical approaches for optimizing outcome measures and covariates for the development of disease progression modeling in Huntington’s Disease,” in July 2017.

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