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School of Pharmacy celebrates 2019 scholarship recipients, donors

UMKC School of Pharmacy alumnus Frederick Manasseh and his mother, Monica, (right) recognized 2019 Monica E. Manasseh Scholarship Award recipient Shu-wen Tran at the annual Achievers of Excellence Scholarship celebration.

Ph.D. students at the School of Pharmacy who received scholarship awards.

More than 100 students from across the UMKC School of Pharmacy’s three campuses joined guests and donors for the Achievers of Excellence Scholarship Awards program on Oct. 25 at the UMKC Student Union.

More than 300 people attended the event, including 40 scholarship donors, to celebrate the school’s 2019 scholarships awards. For fall 2019, the UMKC Pharmacy foundation presented 146 scholarships totaling more than $152,000 to students at the Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield campuses.

While guests attending the program came from across the country, one special attendee took a longer route. Fredrick Manasseh is a 2007 Pharm.D. graduate who came to the United States from Kenya to attend college. The 2018 UMKC Defying the Odds Alumni honoree established a scholarship in the name of his mother, Monica, to help minority students who encounter financial barriers. This year, she travelled from her home in Kenya to join Manasseh for the Achievers celebration.

Pharmacy alum’s insulin research attracts national spotlight

 

Lunch celebration with UMKC School of Pharmacy’s 2019 Alumni Award honoree, Dr. Alan Carter (’79 & ’02). Joining Dr. Carter was Dean Emeritus Bob Piepho, Bill Larmer (’75) and Dean Russ Melchert.

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 was 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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Small Insulin Study, Huge Diabetes Concerns

Alan Carter posing sideways and smiling at the camera

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

A Spirit of Giving and Professional Success

Heather Lyons-Burney in graduation cap and gown at podium

Faculty Member Heather Lyons-Burney Receives School of Pharmacy Alumni Achievement Award

Having a passion for both chemistry and biology, Heather Lyons-Burney (Pharm.D. ’94) knew early on that she wanted a career in health care. She would eventually take her two passions and become an educator, co-owner of multiple pharmacies and co-founder of a health clinic serving those in need in the Branson, Mo., region.

As an undergraduate, she worked in a community pharmacy where two pharmacists told her about a new clinical pharmacy degree that would allow her to combine both clinical and science skills. Continue reading