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SIUE School of Pharmacy Awarded $398,000 to Study Dietary Effects on the Brain

27 August 2015, 1:44 PM

Ken Witt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the SIUE School of PharmacySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) researchers have been awarded a $398,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assess the effects of various dietary fats on the brain vasculature in association with inflammation. 

The receipt of the R21 grant marks the second concurrent grant presented by the NIH to Ken Witt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. Witt is also currently working with...

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Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Tops Among Master’s Universities in Illinois

26 August 2015, 11:30 AM

WashingtonMonthlyFor the second-consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is in Washington Monthly’s Top 40 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE maintained its position as first among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. This is the sixth-consecutive year that SIUE has been listed.

Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three bro...

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SIUE Launches New Online Scholarship Management and Application System

21 August 2015, 9:40 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students will find they now have an easier way to search and apply online for scholarships this fall. The SIUE Scholarship Task Force has launched siue.academicworks.com, where students can view all scholarships, sort by keyword, filter by area of interest, fill out an application and accept their scholarship awards.

This online system allows students to be considered for more than 450 internal and external scholarship opportunities utilizing a streamli...

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SIUE Introduces Rave Guardian Personal Safety App

19 August 2015, 10:00 AM

Rave GuardianSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is consistently rated as one of the safest campuses in the nation. As the safety of its students, staff, faculty and guests is its top priority, SIUE and Parking Services are introducing SIUE-Safe – the free Rave Guardian personal safety app, as an additional component for individual security.

“SIUE-Safe is the perfect complement to the campus E-lert system, said Bob Vanzo, SIUE director of administrative services. “With E-lert, we pro...

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Students Humbled and Inspired by Jamaica Dental Mission Trip

11 August 2015, 11:10 AM

2015 Jamaica Dental Mission Trip Volunteers Tiffany Krimminger and Yasmyn KnightIn the span of one week, more than 1,000 underserved and underprivileged kids and adults in Jamaica received much-needed dental care and medical consultation from future dental and pharmacy professionals. Students from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) and the SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP) provided the care during the 16th annual Jamaica Dental Mission trip July 18-25.

“The days were long and sweating was extensive, but the reward in treating these people wa...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Represented in Walmart Scholars Program at AACP National Conference

24 July 2015, 10:15 AM

SOP-AACPThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy had four representatives invited to the Walmart Scholars Program at the annual American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) national conference July 11-15 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Clinical Associate Professors of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Lakesha M. Butler and Dr. Lisa Lubsch, along with 2015 pharmacy graduates Emily McMahill and HollyAnn Russell, were among 85 student/faculty pairs selected for the event. Butler teamed wi...

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SIUE Pharmacy Professor Participates in Systematic Review for Renowned Cochrane Collection

23 June 2015, 9:40 AM

Dr. Mckenzie Ferguson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the SIUE School of PharmacySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. McKenzie Ferguson has co-authored an update to a technical review on the topic of patient-controlled analgesia versus other methods of pain control after surgery. The review is part of the Cochrane Collaboration and will guide evidence-based decisions among clinicians.

“I had the pleasure of working with some of the best collaborators in the area of evidence-based medicine,” said Ferguson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Awarded $2.65 Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Research

17 June 2015, 12:14 PM

Dr. Ken Witt, principal investigator and associate professor in the SIUE School of PharmacySouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2.65 million grant from the National Institute of Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen their efforts in combating Alzheimer’s disease.

An estimated 5.3 million Americans are battling Alzheimer’s disease, identified as the nation’s sixth leading cause of death with no cure and limited means of treatment. The enormous impact of this devas...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Screens More Than 400 During Community Blood Pressure Event

1 June 2015, 11:22 AM

Robert Plumber, owner of RP Lumber, receives a blood pressure screeningSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students and faculty traveled to businesses in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Friday offering blood pressure checks to employees. The group, comprised of 12 faculty members and 32 students, conducted screenings on 426 individuals during the four-hour community service event.

“We reached people who don’t have the time or the inclination to visit traditional health fair events,” said Dr. Christopher Lynch, clinical progr...

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Kick-Off Event Educates Those Impacted by Asthma

22 May 2015, 12:01 PM

Children Learn from SIUE School of Pharmacy studentsFamilies with children who suffer from asthma attended the East St. Louis Asthma Kick-Off event hosted by educators from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, in partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois and the City of East St. Louis on Thursday. Celebrated Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee spoke at the event held in the East St. Louis City Hall Rotunda.

The event served to engage and empower those impacted by asthma. The chronic lung disease ...

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SIUE’s Lubsch Appointed President-Elect of Pharmacy Advocacy Group

22 May 2015, 8:46 AM

Lisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor in the SIUE School of PharmacyLisa Lubsch, clinical associate professor in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, has been appointed president-elect of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).

PPAG’s membership spans 50 states and 20 foreign countries, and is the primary resource for pediatric medication therapy in children. PPAG develops educational programs for practitioners and families to influence the safe and effective use of medications in children.  

"I'm excited and ...

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SIUE Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy to Raise Asthma Awareness with May 21 Kick-Off Event in East St. Louis

19 May 2015, 10:33 AM

It’s an old problem that has gripped a vulnerable group of people for years, but Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy hope to breathe new energy into helping children manage asthma. SIUE health care educators are seeking to engage and empower those impacted, while consolidating efforts of those working to mitigate its effects.

“Asthma is the number one reason why children are hospitalized in the St. Louis Metro region,” said Dr. Lisa Lubsch...

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SIUE Pharmacy Students Encourage Healthy Habits and Literacy

15 May 2015, 1:29 PM

Pharmacy Students Participate in Community Service EventFirst-year professional pharmacy students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville promoted healthy habits and literacy to nearly 9,000 area children this spring. For the ninth consecutive year, 80 SIUE students participated in the community service event.

SIUE students visited nearly 500 pre-kindergarten through third grade classrooms throughout Madison and St Clair counties. They prepared and delivered 30-minute presentations on topics like poison prevention, proper nutrition and physic...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Conducting Community Blood Pressure Event

15 May 2015, 8:27 AM

Students and faculty of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy are making blood pressure checks convenient by conducting screenings for employees at area businesses on Friday, May 29.

"It's estimated that more than half of people with high blood pressure are not aware that they have the disease," said Dr. Christopher Lynch, clinical programs director and professor at SIUE. "By going to places of business we are able to reach those who might never go to a health fair an...

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SIUE’s Ilcewicz Stands Out in Tennis and School of Pharmacy

12 May 2015, 9:15 AM

Haley IlcewiczSIUE women’s tennis standout Haley Ilcewicz became the first Cougar student-athlete to complete her athletic eligibility while enrolled in the SIUE School of Pharmacy.

Head Coach Amanda Pratzel, who assisted in recruiting Ilcewicz, knew this wouldn’t be an easy task for the Lockport native, but was impressed at how she balanced school and tennis.

“Haley never once let the two affect each other,” said Pratzel. “She excelled in the classroom and on the court.”...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Research Addresses Effective Communication with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients

28 April 2015, 8:15 AM

A study conducted by researchers in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy addresses effective communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) patients.

The study, published in the “Journal of the American Pharmacists Association,” indicates pharmacists’ ability to communicate with the deaf and HOH population will impact medication adherence and errors.

An article written by Rachel Lutz on PharmacyTimes.com further highlights the research.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Bergman Partners on IDPH Campaign

21 April 2015, 4:55 PM

Scott BergmanDr. Scott Bergman, associate professor in the Southern Illinois University School of Pharmacy, is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health on a new statewide initiative to promote appropriate use of antibiotics in outpatient health care settings.

Antibiotics are often misused in outpatient and other health care settings, contributing to reduced effectiveness of these important drugs and making even common infections more difficult to treat.

The Precious Drugs & Scary Bu...

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SIUE Dept. of Social Work and School of Pharmacy Hold Drug Abuse Workshop

20 April 2015, 6:00 PM

Dr. Kelly GableAn audience of 100 local social workers, probation officers, police officers, teachers and Drug Enforcement Agency representatives attended “Hooked by Prescription: The Rx Drug Epidemic,” a continuing education workshop on April 10 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Coordinated by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Social Work, speakers from the SIUE School of Pharmacy presented on prescription drug abuse and dependence. 

“This was a gre...

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SIUE Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy Conduct Interdisciplinary Educational Simulation

27 February 2015, 1:11 PM

Health Sciences Students
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy collaborated to hold a simulation event on Thursday, Feb. 26. The event educated more than 200 students on the topic of medical error disclosure.

The unique interdisciplinary effort was supported by a $7,425 Excellence in Undergraduate Education (EUE) grant through the University. The EUE program funds projects that contribute to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education.

“Very little ...

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