Dear Ole Miss Pharmacy Phamily,
Welcome to a new year and a new semester! As the School of Pharmacy looks ahead to the possibilities of 2019, I’d also like to take a moment to reflect upon our achievements from 2018.
UMSOP’s $21.2 million in research funding topped off a banner year of student pharmacist successes, award-winning research and a new curriculum. These funds support exciting new grants and continue vital funding for ongoing projects that help support our mission of improving health, well-being and quality of life.
Our student pharmacists continue to amaze me with how they live out the UMSOP mission. In 2018, they volunteered their time and expertise, from teaching children about health safety to providing health services to uninsured patients.
In 2018, we also welcomed Alcorn State University and Tougaloo College into the Preferred Admission Program, joining Jackson State University in an agreement that offers UMSOP admission to qualified students of these institutions. This, along with our new Sophomore Advanced Standing Program, opens avenues for passionate and talented students to make a difference in the pharmacy profession.
On the research front, our marijuana project turned 50 years old – an incredible achievement for this NIDA-funded grant. The Marijuana Project also began providing CBD extract for UMMC’s landmark study on the impact of CBD on childhood epilepsy. Alongside our faculty’s numerous national research awards, UM bestowed our own Marc Slattery with its Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award and Ikhlas Khan with an inaugural Distinguished Professor Honor. The Medicinal Plant Garden’s rare ‘corpse flower,’ one of the largest and most pungent flowers in the world, bloomed over the summer, causing a buzz in the School of Pharmacy.
Looking forward, we are thrilled that the 2018 freshman Early Entry class of nearly 100 received over $1.5 million in scholarships. Our new industrial pharmacy master’s program is underway, educating pharmacists to work in the pharmaceutical industry. Finally, as of this month, three University of Mississippi faculty won competitive 2019 New Investigator Awards from AACP, in addition to the two SOP faculty who won in 2018.
Reflecting on the past year, I am reminded again of how incredibly lucky I am to work with such an amazing group of people and to watch as our student pharmacists shape the future of pharmacy with their drive, their passion and their innovation. 2019 is going to be a wonderful year.
All the best,
David D. Allen, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Executive Director, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences