Pharmacy alum’s insulin research attracts national spotlight

Alan Carter, Pharm.D. ’02

UMKC School of Pharmacy has selected Alan W. Carter (B.S.P. ’79, Pharm.D. ’02) to receive the school’s 2019 Alumni Achievement Award. Carter will be honored at the 2019 UMKC Alumni Awards on March 15.

With more than 35 years of experience in clinical pharmacy management and research, Carter has been an educator, board member and researcher. He is currently the pharmacy director at Aetna Better Health of Kansas and recently gained national attention when his research raised a red flag on problems with the storage of insulin.

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Pharmacy students join battle against influenza

Third-year pharmacy student Elizabeth Breeden administers a flu shot to UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that influenza was responsible for nearly 80,000 deaths in the United States during the last flu season. Students at the UMKC School of Pharmacy have been busy doing their part to help patients across the state of Missouri battle the flu this season.

As part of their curriculum, the students participate in an introductory pharmacy practice experience that includes learning to administer immunizations. This year, nearly 155 third-year students on the school’s campuses in Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield have taken their new skills and administered 2,171 flu shots through the school’s immunization delivery program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get involved representing pharmacists and how we as professionals can contribute to the public health,” said Valerie Ruehter, Pharm.D., clinical associate professor and director of experiential learning.

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School of Pharmacy recognizes mid-year graduates

UMKC School of Pharmacy graduates who participated in the 2018 Mid-Year Commencement ceremony included Asmaa Alsousi, Zhen Zhao, Mary Joseph Ngatuni, Stephani Stancil, Alex Owiti and Abhriup Mandal.

The School of Pharmacy recognized six students who participated in the UMKC Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 15 at Swinney Recreation Center.

Students graduating with degrees from the school’s I-Ph.D. program were Asmaa Alsousi, Mary Joseph, Abhirup Mandal, Alex Owiti, Stephanie Stancil and Zhen Zhao. Three fall graduates did not participate in the ceremony. They include Akshay Jain, Ashutosh Barve and Hao Liu.

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