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SIUE's Kerr is IPhA President-Elect

20 February 2017, 3:00 PM

kerr-jessicaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Jessica Kerr, PharmD, assistant chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and associate professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy, is president-elect of the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA).  

“The membership of the Illinois Pharmacists Association has entrusted an excellent faculty member and pharmacist to lead them at this dynamic time for healthcare,” said Gireesh Gupchup, PhD, dean of the SIUE School...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Graduates Board Pass Rate Tops Illinois and Missouri

20 February 2017, 3:00 PM

SOP-Class of 2017Graduates of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy class of 2016 have exceeded both state and national averages, boasting a first-attempt board pass rate of 91.9 percent on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). The graduates’ combined score was the highest board pass rate of any program in Illinois or Missouri, and exceeded the 2016 state and national averages of 82.6 percent and 85.9 percent, respectively.

“Our graduates’ NAPLEX...

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SIUE 11th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program Screens More than 100

16 February 2017, 4:00 PM

Sims-JamalThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP), in collaboration with Alton Memorial Hospital, BJC HealthCare and the American Diabetes Association, screened 105 participants at the 11th annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE’s Morris University Center Saturday, Feb. 11.

The annual free program provided information and featured topics related to both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Participants had the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, a vendor fair, rece...

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SIU Board of Trustees Approves SIUE Tuition Increase for 2017-18

9 February 2017, 1:35 PM

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved a five percent tuition increase for all new and continuing undergraduate students at SIUE, effective fall 2017. The board met on the Edwardsville campus.

Tuition for the 2017-18 Academic Year will result in a $420 increase over last year for newly entering, undergraduates on the Edwardsville campus.

With the increase, the annual tuition rate will be $8,772 for new, full-time undergraduate students (15 hours per semester) enterin...

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SIUE Fee Changes Approved by SIU Board of Trustees

9 February 2017, 1:15 PM

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved fee-related changes for the Edwardsville campus for the fall and spring terms of the 2017-18 academic year. The changes made during the board’s meeting on the Edwardsville campus included housing occupancy rates and the student fees for Information Technology, Textbook Rental and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Other fee changes were approved for the Student Welfare and Activity Fee (SWAF), Facilities and resident meal plans.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Gupchup is APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean

8 February 2017, 7:30 AM

gupchup-gireeshThe American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) has selected Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Gireesh Gupchup, BPharm, PhD, FAPhA, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP), for its Outstanding Dean Award.

The award recognizes school or college of pharmacy deans who have made significant contributions to APhA-ASP chapters and who have promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and p...

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SIUE Among Best Risk-Reward College Choices

5 February 2017, 2:45 PM

SIUE CampusSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has been ranked 80th among all public institutions nationally for Best Risk-Reward for College Students in Lendedu.com’s second annual College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) study. SIUE is third among Illinois state schools.

Risk is defined as the average student loan debt per borrower. Reward is defined as the average early career pay, or the median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience.

The full results of the study are availab...

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SIUE Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow Participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month

3 February 2017, 9:20 AM

RedTagDuring February, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) will join hundreds of educational institutions to participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month, a global initiative designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses.

The initiative is organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and its CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs. Institutions from the United States, United...

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SIUE’s Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp Nominated for Arcus Award

1 February 2017, 2:42 PM

Lakesha Butler, PharmD, camp coordinator and School of Pharmacy clinical associate professorThe St. Louis Regional Chamber has yet again honored Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in its Arcus Awards program.  This year, the University’s Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp is a finalist in the Inclusion and Talent Attraction category.

The fourth annual Arcus Awards, presented by RubinBrown LLP, will honor companies, organizations and institutions that are operating to make the St. Louis region a better place to live, work and invest. Winners will be announced live ...

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SIUE Spring Enrollment is Second-Highest All-Time

1 February 2017, 11:20 AM

Class of 2020Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,276 students is the second-largest spring enrollment in the University’s history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment has reached an all-time spring semester high of 11,022 students. Overall university enrollment declined by only 70 students (0.52 percent) from last spring’s record total of 13,346.

 “The spring 2016 enrollment success is a reflection of the dedication, work ethic and creativity by ...

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11th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE

30 January 2017, 11:40 AM

guerrero-patriciaThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Alton Memorial Hospital, BJC HealthCare and the American Diabetes Association, is hosting the 11th annual Free Diabetes Education Program at SIUE’s Morris University Center from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

The annual free program provides information and features topics related to both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Participants have the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, a vendor fair, rece...

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SIUE’s Online Health Informatics Program Among Nation’s Top 25

11 January 2017, 2:20 PM

lyerla-frankThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville online master’s in healthcare informatics has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 by bestcolleges.com.  

Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in data management, patient care and information technology systems. The master’s in healthcare informatics emphasizes the application of state-of-the-art computing technologies to healthcare.

“The...

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Satellite Fitness Center Opens in Student Success Center

10 January 2017, 11:45 AM

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Campus Recreation and the Morris University Center (MUC) have partnered to create a satellite fitness facility for SIUE students in the Student Success Center (SSC). An open house in the SSC, Room 0206 on Monday, Jan. 9 featured the converted space that is now a small work-out facility, similar to the concept featured in SIUE residence halls. This allows expanded recreational opportunities for students, particularly during hours when the MUC is open and the Fitness Center i...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Students Earn National Honors

6 December 2016, 1:26 PM

(L-R) ASHP President Dr. Lisa M. Gersema, SIUE students Jessica Lorenson and Abby Buchman, and ASHP Vice President Dr. Barbara B. Nussbaum.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy students received national accolades during the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting including all Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) held Dec. 3-4 in Las Vegas.

Fourth-year pharmacy students Abby Buchman, of Springfield, and Jessica Lorenson, of Chatham, earned third place in the Clinical Skills Competition among 129 teams from across the country. Competing teams were given a...

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SIUE’s Butler is Chair-elect for Pharmacy Practice Section of AACP

5 December 2016, 4:45 PM

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Lakesha Butler, PharmD and associate professor of pharmacy practice in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, will become the chair-elect for the pharmacy practice section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in Summer 2017.

The AACP is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. Butler was selected by pharmacy practice peers through a national election. She will serve in the chair-elect ca...

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SIUE Discusses Expanding Exchange with India’s JSS University

30 November 2016, 1:51 PM

(L-R) SIUE Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook, Vice Chancellor of JSS University Dr. B. Suresh and SIUE Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Denise Cobb.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continues its exploration and integration of global partnerships throughout its academic disciplines. Expansion of an already successful pharmacy exchange program to include the University’s breadth of health sciences was the topic of discussion during a visit from the vice chancellor of India’s Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) University.

B. Suresh, MPharm, PhD, Sc.D., visited with SIUE administrators on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The leader...

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Future Health Professionals Gain Connections During SIUE Health Careers Fair

15 November 2016, 1:42 PM

Representatives from The Kroger Co. speak with fourth-year pharmacy student Kelly Korza during the 2016 Health Careers Fair at SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students looking to pursue careers in health-related fields had the opportunity to network with more than 40 leading healthcare employers during the annual Health Careers Fair held Monday, Nov. 14. The event was hosted by SIUE's Career Development Center.

Students nearing completion of degrees within SIUE’s health-related disciplines, such as nursing, pharmacy and public health, shared resumes and learned more about available internship and employ...

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SIUE Receives Eighth Straight Military Friendly Designation

11 November 2016, 2:50 PM

Military Friendly 2017Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. SIUE attained the designation for the eighth-consecutive year.

The premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is ...

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SIUE Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

1 November 2016, 11:26 AM

SIUE joins the global GivingTuesday movementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy, and celebrate generosity worldwide. This year, #GivingTuesday will be Nov. 29.

The effort is always held the Tuesday immediately following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the holiday giving season begins. The movement inspires people to join together to improve their local communiti...

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Accelerate Toward Degree Completion During SIUE’s Online Winter Session

25 October 2016, 9:50 AM

cobb-denisePlan now to enroll in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s accelerated winter session. Since the initial launch in 2014, the University has more than doubled the number of courses offered during the special session that runs Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017. More information is available at siue.edu/winter-session.

This year, more than 50 courses will be taught entirely online during the three-week session. Available courses cover a variety of disciplines at the introductory, upper-...

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Hundreds Apply to Pursue an Advanced Degree During SIUE Graduate School Open House

25 October 2016, 8:45 AM

SIUE graduate student Adebanke Adebayo answers questions and offers advice to prospective students Mary Stanfield (L) and Melissa Britten (R).Leadership preparation through expanded critical thinking, a competitive advantage in the workplace and the excitement of discovery and creativity were among the reasons why prospective graduate students were encouraged to pursue an advanced degree from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Graduate School during its Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

More than 300 prospective students received information on SIUE’s more than 40 master’s programs, post-baccalaureate certifica...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Unveils Donor Tributes During Recognition Event

24 October 2016, 4:00 PM

School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Gireesh Gupchup announces the unveiling of the paver pathway along the School’s Medicinal Garden during the donor recognition event.A beautiful October evening was enjoyed by approximately 80 individuals on Friday, Oct. 21 during the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s unveiling of a newly-installed paver path and leadership donor wall, signifying the School’s successful Best and Brightest Paver Drive and Endowed Scholarship Campaign.

The School hosted a donor recognition event which showcased engraved pavers placed along the School’s Medicinal Garden. The pavers feature the name...

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SIU President Dunn Reinforces System’s Viability

18 October 2016, 2:15 PM

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Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn addressed the state of the system today in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom on the Edwardsville campus.

Dunn said Illinois seems to be in the midst of a grand reshaping of the state-university covenant, but he believes all campuses in the SIU system will remain viable for years to come. He pointed to instituting structural changes on campus rather than waiting to change, because a “new normal” is likely.

He e...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy to Host Paver Donor Recognition Event

18 October 2016, 9:25 AM

A group of volunteers, including School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup, members of SIUE’s Constructors Club, and members of the Rotary Club, installed engraved pavers at the School’s Medicinal Garden. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is hosting a special reception on Friday, Oct. 21, in celebration of its Best and Brightest Paver Drive and Endowed Scholarship Campaign. The effort raised more than $63,000 for new and continuing SIUE School of Pharmacy students.

The recognition event will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. in the School’s Student Learning Center, and outside at its Medicinal Garden, located behind the Pharmacy buildings. Newly-installed, engraved pa...

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Dunstan, Pembrook Establish SIUE/Community Task Force

17 October 2016, 9:00 AM

dunstan-prembrookSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook and Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan today announced the establishment of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Community Task Force, an entity charged with promoting the partnership between SIUE and the public/private sectors.

The task force will focus on three primary areas for collaboration:

  • Functional operations that are campus centric and capitalize on partnerships between SIUE and the public/private ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Adds Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences

2 February 2016, 9:50 AM

crider-mikeThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) is introducing a master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences to begin fall 2016. The SOP is the only school in Illinois and the metro St. Louis area to offer this degree.

“We have developed a strong Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) program because of our internationally recognized faculty with their many years of academic and pharmaceutical industry experience, ensuring the overall quality of our department,” s...

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SIUE Faculty Author Text on Patient Communication

15 January 2016, 3:20 PM

liu-min-newSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville faculty members Min Liu and Lakesha Butler have co-authored the textbook “Patient Communication for Pharmacy: A Case-Study Approach on Theory and Practice.” The book was officially published Friday, Dec.18, 2015 by Jones and Bartlett Learning (www.jblearning.com). 

Liu, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies within SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences. Butler, PharmD, is a clinical as...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy iCare Grant to Heighten Suicide Awareness

7 December 2015, 1:15 PM

Gable-KellyDecember is a difficult month for mental illness as individuals may struggle with depression and family strife during the holiday season, while college students across the country attempt to manage the stress and anxiety of fall semester final exams.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is committed to empowering students with steadfast safety and support. Further strengthening that promise is the SIUE Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing, and SIUE Counseling Services’ receipt of a 2015 C...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Receives Grant to Assist Seniors

18 October 2015, 2:10 PM

Mark RuscinThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has received a two-year grant valued at $329,862 for “Community-based VTE Care Transitions Coordinated through a Senior Services Organization.”

The grant is a collaboration between Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) and Bristol-Meyers Squibb Independent Medical Education, who are providing all project funding, and The Joint Commission, who will provide administrative oversight for the program. ...

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Pain Awareness Month: SIUE Fights to Reduce Pain and Opioid Drug Abuse

23 September 2015, 1:20 PM

Chris HerndonThe month of September serves as an annual reminder of a growing issue in America: chronic pain.

According to a recent analysis by the National Institute of Health (NIH), an estimated 23.4 million adults (approximately 10 percent of the population) experience severe pain, and 126 million Americans (approximately 55 percent of the population) have reported some degree of pain in the last three months. This has led to estimated medical expenditures of nearly $635 billion. 

“While we h...

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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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SIUE Awarded $1.08 Million Federal Grant for East St. Louis Clinic

13 July 2015, 7:50 AM

Kim WhiteThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year grant worth $1,085,903 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This interdisciplinary grant provides funding for the School of Nursing, along with the SIUE Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine, and the SIUE Department of Social Work, to greatly expand the scope of services provided at the WeCare Clinic on the School’s East St. Louis campus.

“The population we serve ...

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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 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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School of Pharmacy’s Kerr Has Diabetes Research Featured on healio.com

13 February 2015, 11:03 AM

SIUE School of Pharmacy’s Jessica Kerr, PharmD, led a survey of American Association of Diabetes Educators members to determine their knowledge of regulations concerning insulin use in commercial driver’s license holders. Writing for healio.com, author Amber Cox posted the story Thursday, Feb. 12.  Kerr is assistant chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and an associate professor.

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Featured in Illinois Business Journal

6 January 2015, 12:27 PM

The SIUE School of Pharmacy and Dean Gireesh Gupchup are featured prominently in the Illinois Business Journal’s January 2015 issue. Read writer Dennis Grubaugh’s story here.

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SIUE Professor Granted Patent for Bacterial Contamination Prevention

29 May 2014, 10:50 AM

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a second patent within months to Ronald E. Worthington, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy.

The more recent patent, issued in March, represents the second of two related inventions aimed at preventing contamination by bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Entitled “Bacteriophage Derived Methods to Control Lactic Acid ...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy Named ASHP Foundation’s 2014 Pain and Palliative Care Training Site

23 May 2014, 10:32 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy was one of four training sites selected by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation for the 2014 Pain and Palliative Care Traineeship program. Dr. Chris Herndon, associate professor of pharmacy practice, is the faculty lead for the SIUE campus training site.

The Pain and Palliative Care Traineeship Program is a tiered educational initiative, designed for pharmacists to gain specific kn...

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SIUE Pharmacy Professor Awarded US Patent

15 January 2014, 12:00 AM

For his invention to protect against bacterial contamination, specifically in industrial processes, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Ronald Worthington was awarded a U.S. patent.

Worthington is a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy. His invention relates to compositions and methods. His work obtained United States Patent No. 8,563,293.

“Our goal was to address the inappropriate use of antibiotics in industrial processes,&#8...

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s McPherson has Textbook Positively Reviewed

9 January 2014, 12:00 AM

Pharmacy Faculty Tim McPherson 7-19-13Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Professor Timothy B. McPherson published the textbook “PharmDceutics: Applied Biopharmaceutics for Clinical Pharmacists” in 2012. The text was positively reviewed in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 77, Issue 8.

Reviewer Dr. Venkata K. Yellepeddi says that while ‘the target audience is students in the professional pharmacy program (PharmD), this book can be a useful primer for practicing clinica...

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