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ACCP Report - September 2017

ACCP RI Congratulates 2017 Futures Grants Program Awardees


The ACCP Research Institute (RI) Frontiers Fund supports clinical pharmacy researcher development and clinical pharmacy research advancement. Through its Futures Grants program, the RI Board of Trustees is especially interested in supporting the development of research skills among student, trainee, and early-career ACCP members with a goal of establishing sustained interest and careers in clinical pharmacy research.

This year, the ACCP RI received 47 applications for its mentored research funding program. Each application was reviewed by an expert panel according to the program’s core review criteria. The ACCP RI congratulates the 2017 Futures Grants program awardees. All award recipients will be recognized during the Awards and Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, October 8, during the upcoming ACCP Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

Junior Investigator Awards:

  • Houda Alachkar, Pharm.D., Ph.D., USC School of Pharmacy – Pharmacogenomics of Age-Specific, Asparaginase-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Mentor: Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey M. Rybak, Pharm.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis – Revealing the Impact of Small Molecule Transporters on Clinical Triazole Resistance in Aspergillus Fumigatus. Mentor: P. David Rogers, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP

Student/Resident Awards:

  • Tyler Shugg, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Candidate, Purdue University – A Mechanistic Analysis of CaMKII Regulation of IKs During Sustained Beta-Adrenergic Stimulation. Mentor: Brian Overholser, Pharm.D., FCCP
  • Kevin Straughn, B.S., Pharm.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina – Design and Optimization of Polymyxin-Based Triple Combination Regimens Against Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae. Mentor: Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S. (Computer Engineering), M.S. (Pharmacometrics)
  • Anh Tan Truong, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California – A Novel Approach to Understanding the Estrogen Receptor Signaling Pathway Using Thermally Responsive Biopolymers. Mentor: J. Andrew MacKay, Ph.D.
  • Ana D. Vega, Pharm.D., PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident, University of Maryland – Oral Vancomycin Plus Intravenous Metronidazole for Severe Clostridium Difficile NAP1/BI/027 Infection. Mentor: Kimberly Claeys, Pharm.D., BCPS

The ACCP RI Board of Trustees and staff would also like to express their sincere gratitude to the expert reviewers who served on the Junior Investigator and Student/Resident Award Review committees. Members of the Junior Investigator Award Review Committee were William Baker, Douglass Boggs (chair), Kathryn Connor, Christopher Destache, Sheetal Dharia, Jeffrey Fong, Christine Formea, David Fuentes, Paul Gubbins, Ajna Hamidovic, Charles Leonard, David Martin, David Min, Keith Olsen, Diana Sobieraj, and Michael Ujhelyi. Members of the Student/Resident Award Review Committee were Kyle Burghardt, Margaret (Peggy) Bush, Mariann Churchwell, Yen Dang, Maguy Hajj, Kirollos Hanna, Vanthida Huang, YoonSun Mo, and Kimberly Scarsi (chair).

For more information about the ACCP RI Futures Grants program, please visit the ACCP RI website. The next request for applications will open February 1, 2018.