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Student Pharmacists No. 1

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UMKC chapter and advisor win their ‘bracket’ of more than 130

The Sweet 16 is set for men’s college basketball, but the championship for student pharmacists already has been determined. This time, a Cinderella team did not knock out a favorite: UMKC.

The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists held its awards ceremony March 18 at the annual APhA meeting in Nashville. The UMKC chapter of APhA-ASP was recognized with the 2016-2017 Chapter of the Year Award.

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Researcher Fights Breast Cancer

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Kun Cheng led American Cancer Society fundraisers on a tour of his lab, where he researches ways to fight breast cancer. Photos by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Pharmacy professor leads lab tour for American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has awarded Professor Kun Cheng $525,000 in research funding through 2019.

Given the investment, you can’t blame them for dropping by for a tour of Cheng’s lab at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy.

Cheng’s research focuses on breast cancer. Continue reading

Learning together across health professions

On the Health Sciences Campus at UMKC, interprofessional education, or IPE, is an important learning tool. It brings together students from dental, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and places them in learning activities focused on team-based patient care. A new video highlights this IPE program and its benefits, filmed during a recent poverty simulation exercise.

The UMKC Health Sciences IPE program is directed by Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean for learning initiatives at the UMKC School of Medicine and emergency physician at Truman Medical Centers; and Valerie Ruehter, Pharm.D., director of experiential learning and clinical associate professor for the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Continue reading

Small Insulin Study, Huge Diabetes Concerns

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Alan Carter is an adjunct faculty member and alumnus of the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications.

Adjunct and alumnus Alan Carter’s research is rocking the industry

His modest but technologically advanced study centered on only 18 vials of prescription insulin. But what researcher Alan Carter, adjunct University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy faculty member, discovered about them has sent the giant diabetes industry reeling and raised concern among patients and their advocates.

Carter examined insulin bought at multiple pharmacies, supplied by different wholesalers, in Kansas and Missouri. The concentration, or number of insulin units in the liquid solution, was labeled as 100 units per milliliter. Continue reading

Pain, Pills and Problems

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3 questions with a pharmacy professor about the opioid crisis and other drug problems

The research of Maureen Knell, clinical associate professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, is being cited with greater frequency in the wake of national leaders declaring America’s opioid epidemic a public-health emergency – a designation typically reserved for natural disasters.

The New York Times, The Kansas City Star and Kansas Public Radio have featured Knell and longtime collaborator Rafia Rasu of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. For years, they’ve been analyzing data from about 690 million outpatient clinic visits by patients who suffer from chronic pain not related to cancer. Continue reading

The Poverty-Health Connection

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UMKC health professions students learn together in large simulation

In Kansas City, nearly one in five residents live below the poverty line – a harsh reality shared by many patients UMKC students see on Hospital Hill and beyond.

To better understand the challenges and frustrations of those living in poverty, students participated in a large-scale poverty simulation, part of the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program on the UMKC Health Sciences campus. Continue reading

Doctorates and Division I

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Katie Tuck, Mallory Short and Melinda Johnson are School of Pharmacy students who juggle being UMKC athletes with doctorate-level studies. Photos by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

School of Pharmacy student-athletes balance high-level studies and sports competition

Pick a sports metaphor about facing a challenge and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy student-athletes are living it. They’re pursuing health doctorates while competing at the Division I level. Continue reading

Tragedies Inspire Student to Start Operation Self Care

According to the CDC, only about 17 percent of U.S. adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. Based on this statistic, it is likely that someone around you has been affected by a mental health condition, whether it is your parent, sibling, neighbor or friend. Continue reading