Revisit your favorite College of Pharmacy stories from 2019


December 30, 2019

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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy capped off the decade with a successful, story-worthy 2019.

Take a look back at our top nine most-read stories from the year.


Pharmacy professor appointed to statewide initiative to fight opioid epidemic

Donnie Sullivan, RPh, PhD, professor of clinical pharmacy, was appointed to the Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education (SCOPE) by Attorney General David Yost in October. The SCOPE initiative is one of two projects launched by Yost in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic at its source.

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Blake R. Peterson named as chair for the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy selected Blake R. Peterson, PhD, as chair and professor for the college’s Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. Peterson, who joined the college in August, was the first in a series of planned faculty recruits focused on cancer drug discovery.

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Ohio State students discover ways to beat burnout and improve resiliency in the pharmacy profession

Kristine Mason and Shannon Kraus, alumnae of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration (MS/HSPA) program, completed research projects focused on assessing burnout and resiliency in the pharmacy profession. Mason and Kraus are some of the first in the profession to look at resiliency and burnout through a pharmacy lens. Mason examined community-based settings, while Kraus evaluated health-system settings.

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Ohio State College of Pharmacy and OSUCCC - James collaborate to support cancer drug discovery

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (COP) and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC) initiated a 10-year partnership in September to expand drug discovery and development in cancer and cancer-related diseases.

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Ohio Pharmacists Association announces 2019 awards and honors

Faculty and alumni of the College of Pharmacy were named recipients of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) 2019 awards and honors. Honorees were recognized during OPA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in April.

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Renowned bioengineer to speak at Ohio State

The College of Pharmacy presented distinguished lecturer Samir Mitragotri, PhD, in April as part of the college’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Mitragotri, the Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, gave his talk titled “Understanding and Overcoming Biological Barriers for Drug Delivery.”

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An idea, a pitch, a dream internship

PharmD student Smit Patel turned his idea for bringing cost transparency to the pharmacy distribution system using real-time data and innovative technology like artificial intelligence and data analytics into a dream internship.

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Pharmacy students help operate Honduran free clinic

Over winter break 2018, several students from the College of Pharmacy represented the college on a medical brigade to Honduras with the Partnership for Ongoing Developmental, Educational and Medical Outreach Solutions (PODEMOS). PODEMOS is a Honduran and U.S. based health care team of professionals and students seeking to combat the high rates of poverty, malnutrition and poor access to health care in El Progreso by providing quality long-term care.

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COP researcher first from Ohio State to receive Falk Medical Research Trust Transformational Award

Mark Mitton-Fry, PhD, an assistant professor in The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, received a Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust Transformational Award in November, marking the first time anyone from Ohio State has received this prestigious honor.

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