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Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery News

July 2019

Graduate Student Garners AAPS Best Abstract Award

Rishi ThakkarJuly 22, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student Rishi Thakkar was recognized with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Best Abstract Award.

AAPS will recognize Thakkar at its annual meeting AAPS PharmSci 360, held November 3-6 in San Antonio, Texas.

Read more: Graduate Student Garners AAPS Best Abstract Award


June 2019

Pharmaceutics Grad Student, Professor Receive Article Recognition

Exterior of Thad Cochran Research CenterJune 6, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Akash Patil and Soumyajit Majumdar, associate dean for research and graduate programs and professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, for having their article judged as one of the top 20 most impactful and downloaded articles by Wiley Publishing House for two consecutive years.

The article is published by Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK) in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. The article deals with the various facets of echinocandin antifungal drugs and their locus in the current pharmacotherapy.

Read the article here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jphp.12780


Pharmacy Professor Lectures at National Organization

S. Narasimha MurthyJune 3, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. – S. Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, delivered a lecture at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 20.

His talk was titled “Topical Products for Dermal and Transdermal Delivery of Pain Medications” and focused on challenges in formulating topical pain creams. NASEM invited Murthy and other stakeholders to provide expert opinions on topical pain creams as part of its study on the safety and effectiveness of ingredients used in compounded topical pain creams.

Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Lectures at National Organization”


May 2019

Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts

Kai-Wei Wu at poster sessionMay 17, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-one University of Mississippi graduate students, including six from the School of Pharmacy, have been awarded Graduate Student Council Research Fund grants to support their research, study and creative scholarship.

The $1,000 competitive research grants, funded by the UM Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, are for projects conducted through April 2020.

Read more: “Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts”


Pharmaceutics Chair Named UM Distinguished Professor

Repka UM Distinguished Professor with Noel WilkinMay 10, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Three University of Mississippi professors – with a combined more than eight decades of service to UM – were appointed Distinguished Professors during the end-of-the-semester faculty meeting Friday (May 10) in Fulton Chapel.

The professors are Charles Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Karen Raber, professor of English and executive director of the Shakespeare Association of America; and Michael Repka, chair and professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery and director of the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology.

Read more: “Pharmaceutics Chair Named UM Distinguished Professor”


Stellar Student: Purnendu Sharma

Purnendu Sharma in the lab.May 9, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Purnendu Sharma’s educational career may be coming to a close as he receives his Ph.D., but the great work he will do in the pharmaceutical industry is just getting started.

Sharma received an Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship for his research on the natural product, Resiniferatoxin, or RTX, while he was a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery.

Read more: “Stellar Student: Purnendu Sharma”


School of Pharmacy Ranked Sixth in Research Funding

Associate research and development biologist Nisha Mishra works in one of the UM School of Pharmacy’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence labs.May 7, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy rose to sixth in the nation in external research funding for 2018, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Research funding reached $21.2 million in 2018, placing the School of Pharmacy second in the SEC and among the top 5 percent of pharmacy schools nationwide.

Read more: “School of Pharmacy Ranked Sixth in Research Funding”


April 2019

Pharmaceutics Students Inducted into Rho Chi

PDD_Rho Chi initiatesApril 26, 2019

Seven students from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery were inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society. Students (from left to right) include Sheng Feng, Minja Wang, Abhishek Shettar, Corinne Sweeney, Ruchi Thakkar, Ashay Shukla and Nagireddy Dumpa.

 


Pharmaceutics Faculty Contributes to Engineering Course

Pharmaceutics faculty teaching Chemical Engineering studentsApril 25, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Faculty from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery contributed their knowledge to the School of Engineering course “Coating Material Processing and Applications.” Walt Chambliss and Seongbong Jo presented lectures in the course while Eman Ashour worked in the practice coating lab with chemical engineering students.

 


Graduate Students Enhance Skills with Scientific Writing Workshop

BMS Council with Josh Sharp for Skills WorkshopApril 23, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. ­– For graduate students, the ability to summarize the results of a laboratory experiment can be as important as the result themselves. 

To emphasize the skill of writing in science, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy offered a Graduate Student Scientific Writing Workshop last month, sponsored by the school’s Graduate Student Program office, the BioMolecular Sciences department and Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery department.

Read more: “Graduate Students Enhance Skills with Scientific Writing Workshop”


PDD Student, Faculty Research Published in Journal of Controlled Release

Bhavani VinjamruiApril 15, 2019

Congrats to Ph.D. student Bhavani Prasad Vinjamuri and associate professor Mahavir B. Chougule from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, for having a research article published in the Journal of Controlled Release (IF 7.877). This is the interdisciplinary collaborative outcome from the University of Mississippi, St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and Future University in Cairo, Egypt.

The article is a proof-of-concept study showing strategic inhalable sildenafil citrate microparticle product development and how it can be an effective therapeutic option for pulmonary arterial hypertension in comparison with current regimen.

Read the article here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168365919301890


Pharmaceutics Master’s Students Honored in Research Symposium

Priyanka Srinivasan and Rishi Thakkar April 9, 2019

Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery students Priyanka Srinivasan and Rishi Thakkar were both honored as two of the winners at the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Council Research Symposium. Srinivasan’s poster was titled “Development of Theophylline and Nicotinamide Cocrystals Utilizing Hot-Melt Extrusion Technology.” Thakkar presented his poster titled “Effect of Various Polymers on Solubility and Dissolution Profiles of Mefenamic Acid via Hot-Melt Extrusion Technology.”


UM Adds Training in 3D Printing to Course in Pharmaceutical Tablet Technology

Participants at the Tablet CourseApril 8, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a hands-on course that will include an overview of how to use 3D printing to create pharmaceutical tablets, also known as pills, that are commonly made using a labor-intensive tablet compression process.

The Hands-On Course in Tablet Technology, offered through the School of Pharmacy’s Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, has an over 20-year history of instructing in traditional and advanced technologies used to make pharmaceutical solid oral dosage forms, such as wet granulation and hot melt extrusion. With advances in 3D printing technology, the course’s administrators see an opportunity to expand the course’s curriculum.

Read more: “UM Adds Training in 3D Printing to Course in Pharmaceutical Tablet Technology”


Pharmaceutics Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

PDD_Phi Kappa Phi initiates_Amit Pillai, Corrine Sweeney, Rui Wang, Akash Patil, Rishi ThakkarApril 4, 2018

Five students from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery were inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Students included Amit Pillai, Corrine Sweeney, Rui Wang, Akash Patil and Rishi Thakkar. 

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. 


November 2018

FDA Senior Staff Fellow Speaks in Guest Lecture Series

Dr. Murthy and FDA SpeakerNovember 15, 2018

Thanks to Ahmed S. Zidan, senior staff fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for speaking to our students and faculty about the 3D printing in pharmaceutical development.

 

 


October 2018

Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Advance in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Rishi Thakkar, Amit Pillai and, Gauri ShadambikarOctober 26, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Rishi Thakkar, Amit Pillai and Gauri Shadambikar, three graduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, have advanced to the next round of the UM Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by the University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.

Read more: “Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Advance in Three Minute Thesis Competition”


Pharmacy Graduate Students Place in Mississippi IDeA Conference Graduate Poster Competition

October 9, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Corinne Sweeney and Kai-Wei Wu, graduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, both placed in the top three of the graduate poster competition at the 2018 Mississippi IDeA conference held in July, in Jackson, MS.

Read more: “Pharmacy Graduate Students Place in Mississippi IDeA Conference Graduate Poster Competition”


August 2018

Student Successes Allow UM Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Program to Flourish

Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery GraduatesAugust 16, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is making a strong commitment to students’ futures. Whether a student goes into the pharmaceutical job market or wants to further their education, students of the master’s program are prepared when graduation arrives.

The success of the program is evident in its numbers, as the department had its largest graduating class of 17 students hooded at the 2018 commencement ceremony.

Read more: “Student Successes Allow UM Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Program to Flourish”


Pharmaceutics Grad Student Honored for 3D Printing Research

Jiaxiang ZhangAugust 10, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. ­– Jiaxiang Zhang, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the Controlled Release Society Meeting in New York City last month.

Zhang’s presentation focused on combining 3D printing with hot-melt extrusion ­– a process that melts and mixes polymers and drugs into rod-like shapes. Once formed, the rods can be immediately delivered into the 3D printer to create personalized drug dosages in the forms of tablets, capsules and films.

Read more: “Pharmaceutics Grad Student Honored for 3D Printing Research”


July 2018

University Joins Pharmaceutical Research Collective

Tablet courseJuly 16, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi is the newest member of an elite group of 18 universities that make up the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology & Education.

NIPTE is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the design, development and manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical products by connecting members of the pharmaceutical industry with top-ranked pharmaceutical educational programs.

Read more: “University Join Pharmaceutical Research Collective”


April 2018

Nanomedicine Topic for Semester’s Final UM Science Cafe

Chalet TanApril 19, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – The use of nanotechnology in the diagnosis, imaging and treatment of human diseases is the topic of the University of Mississippi’s next monthly Science Cafe.

Chalet Tan, associate professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery and research associate professor in UM’s Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will discuss “NanoMedicine: Less is More” Tuesday (April 24) at the fourth and final Science Cafe of the semester. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Admission is free.

Read more: “Nanomedicine Topic for Semester’s Final UM Science Cafe”


March 2018

Doctoral Student Wins Graduate School Award

March 28, 2018

Karthik Yadav Janga, doctoral student in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, won the University of Mississippi Graduate School’s 2018 Graduate Achievement Award in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery. Janga will be recognized at the Honors & Awards Convocation at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018.


Pharmacy School Offers New Industrial Pharmacy Master’s Program

Pharmaceutics graduate students Tabish Mehraj (left) and Corinne Sweeney (right) work with equipment that will be integral to the new Master’s of Industrial Pharmacy program.March 22, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a new non-thesis track master’s program this fall that will focus on preparing students with a science or engineering background to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

The two-year program is geared toward graduates with bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, biology and chemistry who want to go directly into the pharmaceutical industry. By focusing mainly on the applied knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce, graduates will be better prepared to make an immediate impact on the job.

Read more: “Pharmacy School Offers New Industrial Pharmacy Master’s Program”


February 2018

Pharmaceutics Grad Student Wins Scholarship for Alzheimer’s Research

Purnendu Sharma and S. MurthyFebruary 23, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – Purnendu Sharma, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, received an Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship for his research on the natural product, Resiniferatoxin, or RTX.

Sharma’s project, titled “Effect of Resiniferatoxin, a TrpV1 Receptor Agonist on Neuronal Cells and evaluating it In vitro Neurotrophic Activity for Neurodegenerative Disorders,” showed the potential of RTX to help in the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Read more: “Pharmaceutics Grad Student Wins Scholarship for Alzheimer’s Research”


New Master’s Program Offers Emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy

Eman Ashour and Walt ChamblissFebruary 20, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – Starting in fall 2018, the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy will be offering a brand-new professional master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in industrial pharmacy.

The program will complement the existing Master of Science program in pharmaceutics and drug delivery by adding several courses that focus on pharmaceutical formulation development, manufacturing and regulatory sciences. The new nonthesis program will focus on the professional aspects of the industry.

Read more: “New Master’s Program Offers Emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy”


S. Narasimha MurthyNovember 15, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy pharmaceutics professor S. Narasimha Murthy was elected as a Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists last weekend, one of the highest honors given to its members.

At its annual conference in San Diego on November 12, AAPS honored eight recipients, including Murthy, who have demonstrated a sustained level of professional excellence in fields related to its mission. Murthy conducts research to develop noninvasive technologies for the treatment of chronic disorders. He also founded a non-profit research organization in his home country of India to foster research that addresses unmet medical needs.

Read more: “UM Pharmacy Professor Murthy Named AAPS Fellow


UM Graduate Eman Ashour Joins Pharmacy Faculty

Eman AshourNovember 1, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – It seems Eman Ashour can’t stay away from Oxford. Last month, she joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as a research assistant professor after various stints within the school, and she’s happy to be sticking around.

“I like Oxford and this environment,” Ashour said. “I believe that the University of Mississippi has a very strong School of Pharmacy. When I found this opportunity, I knew I had to apply.”

Read more: “UM Graduate Eman Ashour Joins Pharmacy Faculty”


June 2017

Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers

Dr. Kristie Willett won the 2017 Instructional Innovation Award at the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy Faculty Retreat

June 19, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy recognized four professors and researchers for their excellence in and commitment to service, research and teaching at the annual faculty and research scientist retreat on June 15.

“Our faculty and scientists are consistently recognized externally for their efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “I was honored to present them with awards…

Read more: “Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers”


April 2017

Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet

April 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Two Ole Miss chapters of pharmacy honors societies will co-host a banquet this Friday to initiate new members into both societies and recognize the outstanding academics and leadership of existing society members.

The UM chapter of the Rho Chi Society, which honors pharmacy academic achievement, will induct 22 second-year pharmacy students, 15 graduate students and two faculty members. Pharmacy students must be academically in the top 20% of their class to be considered for Rho Chi…

Read more: “Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet”


February 2017

School of Pharmacy Partners to Create New Pharmaceutical Technology

Dr. Narasimha Murthy, professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, in his labFebruary 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – As part of its roster of scientific research, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will join technology group STEERLife in a four-year collaborative project to revamp pharmaceutical drug development and manufacturing

STEERLife designs, creates and implements technology and processes for improving the quality of pharmaceutical products. The company approached Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, and Michael Repka, professor and chair…

Read more: “School of Pharmacy Partners to Create New Pharmaceutical Technology”


August 2015

Pharmaceutics Department Celebrates Course Milestone

August 20, 2015

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will celebrate the 50th Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology Sept. 13-18.

“We are very excited to commemorate this milestone in our program,” said Ed Brunson, course director. “The success of the Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology has been outstanding. With 20 to 40 participants per course, our reach has greatly expanded since the first class in 1998.”

Read more: “Pharmaceutics Department Celebrates Course Milestone”