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Jordan Kellerman


Research    COVID-19    Pharmacy Perspectives

New Research Could Anticipate Covid’s Next Move

Throughout the pandemic, we have struggled to get ahead of COVID-19. Now, with research from the Mallela Research Lab at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, scientists can take steps to be proactive instead of reactive – and possibly predict how the virus will act next.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Research    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

P4’S Research Lands her National Fellowship and Faculty Admiration

For P4 Madison Ricco, pharmaceutical research has been a passion of hers as long as she can remember. As an undergrad, she led research projects at her institution. As a P1, she enrolled in the honors program for a research-intensive experience. And, as a P2, she enrolled in the Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree; the first student to ever attempt both programs congruently.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Magazine

The Class of 2024 Displays its Resilience Through Annual Story Slam

“Story Slam always sticks out as this event, this kind of seminal event in their pharmacy training, where they really become a unified class.”

Jay Bolan, Senior Academic Coordinator for Experiential Programs, reflects on the annual event typically done in the spring of the P1year. Story Slam is a friendly competition of amateur storytelling in which the audience selects the best story, or storyteller. Each year, the P1 class gathers in one group to each tell 5-minute stories using one of three prompts – How I got here; Confirming Experience; and Do-Over.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Students    Magazine    Pharmacy

Meet the Class of 2025

The class of 2025 are the go-getters. The ones who did not let a pandemic derail their plans. The students who arrived this fall ready to jump in, be flexible, and learn. They came to CU Pharmacy from eight countries, sixteen states, and one U.S. territory. They came to thrive.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Pharmacy    Oncology

Fulbright Sends O'Bryant to Nigeria

Dr. Cindy O’Bryant, PharmD, Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, received a Fulbright Specialist Program Scholar Award. A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. On November 27, Dr. O’Bryant left the U.S. for Nigeria with other oncology pharmacists to share her knowledge and experience in cancer care to advance pharmacy oncology practice. She made time to answer questions before her trip about her award, what she expects from the field, and what she hopes to share with medical professionals in Nigeria.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date December 01, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy   

P1 Brings Drive and Navajo Culture to the First Remote PharmD Cohort

Earning a PharmD from her home in Window Rock, Arizona, Diedre Greyeyes is one busy lady. The full-time online student at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is also a full-time distance student at Colorado State University (CSU) earning an MBA. And because of the magic of technology, Greyeyes is able to do both from her home – a necessity when the closest Target is over two hours away.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Education    Pharmacy

'I Want to Support Their Greatness'

Dr. Tina Brock is excited to be the new Associate Dean of Education at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. And she said every word in the name of the school, almost without having to pause. Almost.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date September 22, 2021
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy

Treatment Gets Personal with Advances in Precision Medicine

Is there a way to reduce the time spent in trialing different medications, such as antidepressants? Is there a way to predict who may be at increased risk of experiencing medication side effects?


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 21, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Rugby Champion Makes Plan to “Pass it Forward"

In 2018, we chatted with PharmD student and Denver Barbarians Rugby player, Carmine Hernandez. At the time, Hernandez was a second year CU Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student and fresh off winning the rugby Men's Division II National Championship with the Barbarians. Today, he is approaching graduation, planning his future, and excited about his residency. We caught up with Hernandez as he begins this new chapter.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 22, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Late Nights, Long Hours, and Bus Rides Mark the Academic Journey of First-Generation Graduate Student

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences student Glenn Harter is ready to take on a PhD in organic chemistry this fall at the University of Southern California (USC), and he views his master’s degree at CU Pharmacy as a necessary step to achieve his considerable dreams.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 21, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Distance Degree Program Makes Dreams Come True

For Omniah Elmorshedy, the path to a PharmD looked a little different than most. A student in our Distance Degrees and Programs Office, Elmorshedy already had a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy from Egypt and had been practicing pharmacy in her home country, where a doctor of pharmacy is not necessary. She moved permanently to the United States in 2015 where she had a seven-month internship, took and passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), and was able to practice as a licensed Pharmacist – and yet, she wanted more. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 20, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

Three Years in Nigeria Informed One Student’s Pharmacy Specialty

“I moved to the United States from Nigeria when I was seven years old, and when I was about to go to high school, my parents decided I needed to go back to Nigeria. So I did. I went to a boarding school in Nigeria for three years, and I noticed that so many diseases can be prevented by access to healthcare.”


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 19, 2021
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Students    Pharmacy

For Two Graduates, Balancing School and the Military Became Second Nature

Life in pharmacy school is not easy. As students progress through their doctoral program, studies, rotations, and exams take precedent. For two graduating CU Pharmacy students, the drill is all too familiar – and they added military service to their workload.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 18, 2021
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Students

Heim Award Honors Students' Groundbreaking Research

Over the past year, despite its challenges, two University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates excelled in their contribution to research. In recognition of their work, Mustafa Ibrahim, PhD, ’20, Clinical Pharmacology, and Colin Anderson, PhD, 20’ Toxicology, won the annual Harold C. Heim Award for Excellence in Research and Graduate Education. The distinction is accompanied by a $2000 cash award and was presented by Warren Heim, son of former Dean Harold C. Heim.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 13, 2021
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Alumni    Students    Diversity    Pharmacy    Scholarship

The Beverly Brunson Pharmacy Diversity Scholarship

According to former Skaggs School Director of Student Services Beverly Brunson, her career was a happy accident, spanning nearly three decades, changing thousands of lives, and redefining how we see the face of pharmacy.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Public Health    Pharmacy

One year into the pandemic, students provide telecare to isolated older adults

Pivot might be the word of the past year. With COVID-19 continuing into fall of 2020, the CU Pharmacy PharmD program needed to develop a new plan to fit its service-learning curriculum. Previously fulfilled by an elementary school education program, with K-12 schools in limbo, the department got creative – and fulfilled an un-met community mental health need for isolated older adults.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 10, 2021
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Research    Faculty

Peter Anderson chosen by peers for Shell Prize

Peter Anderson, PharmD, professor and Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program, was named the 2020 recipient of the John and Barbara Shell Prize in Research and Graduate Education, the highest honor given by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Initially started in 2002 as an annual award, this distinction is now presented every two years for outstanding achievement in research and graduate education. A committee of past recipients selects the recipient from among tenured professors in CU Pharmacy. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date December 09, 2020
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Faculty    Students

Virtual interviews make a difference before — and during — pandemic

When the rest of the higher education world was reacting to COVID-19 and doing an immediate pivot to online student interviews, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was ahead of the curve. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date October 23, 2020
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School of Pharmacy In the News

NewsMedical

Study highlights importance of positive and negative selection in evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants

news outletNewsMedical
Publish DateDecember 28, 2021

Krishna Mallela, PhD, and his team received press coverage for the lab’s work on SARS-CoV-2 variants, which focused on the study which highlights the importance of positive and negative selection in evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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Health.com

How the 2 New Pills for Treating COVID-19 Stack Up: Here's What Experts Say

news outletHealth.com
Publish DateDecember 28, 2021

Both Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s molnupiravir are cleared for emergency use in non-hospitalized people who have mild-to-moderate symptoms and are at heightened risk of developing severe disease. Peter Anderson, PharmD spoke with Health regarding their effectiveness.

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The Guardian

Covid pills are ‘very promising’ – but what are the challenges in using them?

news outletThe Guardian
Publish DateDecember 28, 2021

Peter Anderson, PharmD spoke with the Guardian about Paxlovid and molnupiravir, which were authorized by the FDA recently. Supplies of Paxlovid are limited while molnupiravir is less effective than hoped, but they are a very important step forward.

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Vanguard

US, NGO combat cancer, train 34 Nigerian oncology pharmacists

news outletVanguard
Publish DateDecember 14, 2021

Cindy O’Bryant, PharmD, had her recent Fulbright-sponsored work in Nigeria featured in a Vanguard article. The story examines the work being done to help reduce the high incidence of cancer, tackle late detection and improve general outlook of cancer in Nigeria.

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