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Lori Westermann

Education    Pharmacy

CU Pharmacy Recognized with State Future Health Professionals Award

Each year more than 1500 high school students from across the state of Colorado gather for the annual HOSA State Leadership Conference. HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower its members to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. The competitive events at the HOSA Conference are always a student highlight. In activities ranging from emergency preparedness to biotechnology, sports medicine to behavioral health, student competitors flex their healthcare knowledge and skills to move on to the national HOSA Conference and Competition in Washington, D.C.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 15, 2024
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy Researchers Find the Right Groove in the Lab and on the Stage

Most biomedical researchers are more comfortable working toward scientific breakthroughs in their lab than working a crowd on a performance stage. But, James Roede, PhD, and his research colleagues are not your average lab rats. In fact, Dr. Roede, along with senior professional researchers John Marentette, PhD, and Cole Michel are part of Uncle Beef’s Band, an Americana rock group that is gaining a growing following in the Denver area.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date December 12, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Students

Pharmacy Research Conference Underscores the Value of Team Science

The spirit of collaboration and achievement was front and center at this year’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Research Conference. The conference, in its 27th year, was under the direction of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Manisha Patel, PhD. 

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date December 05, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Cancer

New Research Could Help Reduce Chemotherapy Side-effects

Tom Anchordoquy, PhD, hates cancer. And, for most of his professional life as a professor and researcher with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, he’s been focused on new ways to deliver drugs to tumors. His latest research, however, is taking a different approach.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date July 13, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Honor Society Wins National Award

The CU Pharmacy chapter of the national Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society had much to celebrate at their recent annual induction ceremony. In addition to commemorating the 75th anniversary of their Alpha Theta chapter, they were also celebrating the fact that they beat out 131 other chapters to receive the national Rho Chi Chapter Achievement Award. The Chapter Achievement Award recognizes the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter Report and reflective in a comprehensive video.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 13, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy    Careers    Research Pharmacy    Academia

Pharmacists Are Now Frontline Researchers for Climate Change

The first Earth Day, celebrated on April 21, 1970, was the start of the modern-day environmental movement. Since that time, citizens around the globe have developed a heightened awareness of how human progress is impacting the health of the globe and therefore the health of the humans who inhabit the pale blue orb.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Scholarship Recipients Coordinate Opioid Awareness Event

The Elliman Conference room in the Strauss Health Sciences building was filled close to capacity. Students and faculty from across the CU Anschutz Campus, healthcare professionals, along with students from Regis University, came together for one purpose: to learn how to administer naloxone to reverse a potentially fatal opioid overdose. They walked away with that, and much more.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Education    Students    Pharmacy

Infectious Disease Escape Room Tests Pharmacy Students' Knowledge

At first glance, the Education South classroom at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus looked like any other health sciences education space. But the countdown clock prominently displayed on the screen, along with the playful tension in the room, indicated something a little different was going on.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Students    Research Pharmacy

Pharmacy Roundtable Demystifies Research Pathways

It felt like a virtual who’s who of pharmacy rockstars at the recent Research Roundtable hosted by the Honors Program at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). From a second-year PharmD student who described her current foray into the research field, to a seasoned faculty researcher who once rounded with Dr. Fauci at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the passion for research, at all stages, was on full display.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date February 11, 2023
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Research    Students

Student Researchers Examine Infectious Disease Theory

Listening to Dr. Meghan Jeffres and her students explain their infectious disease work brings to mind the 80’s arcade game Space Invaders, in which an intergalactic battle plays out between defending forces and evil alien elements. The researchers describe an inner world, specifically the large and small intestines, in which tricky bacteria use enzymatic mechanisms to destroy the antibiotic sent to destroy it. Welcome to the front line of the infectious disease battleground.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 17, 2021
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Research    Faculty    Students    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Persistence Pays Off

According to Kristofer Fritz, PhD, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, bench-side research requires a lot of trial and error. Also, according to Dr. Fritz, it takes a certain kind of fortitude and dedication for a PharmD student to undertake an intensive lab-based research project due to the already-demanding academic rigors of a pharmacy degree.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 14, 2021
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Alumni    Diversity    Pharmacy    Careers    Hospital-Based Pharmacy    Community Pharmacy

Alum Puts a Fresh Spin on Patient Education

Pharmacists are known for being medication experts who take their role of patient education seriously. 2012 PharmD alum James Delk has created a way to make that serious message, well, fresh.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date February 10, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Vaccinations    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Students Step Up to Stamp Out COVID-19

The Experiential Office at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a model for hands-on pharmacy programs across the nation. Known for providing clinical opportunities starting in the first year of pharmacy school, the program is used to activating students to respond to community needs. In a normal year, those requests are generally along the lines of providing wellness checks or administering flu vaccines, but this year the stakes are higher and the request much more urgent.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date January 20, 2021
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

Pharmacists on the Front Lines: As Vaccines Arrive, Pharmacists Play Critical Role

Professor Ty Kiser, PharmD, recalls getting the push notification from UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital that announced he was on the list to receive one of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the state of Colorado.

“I was pretty excited. I took the first appointment I could get . . . It was like Christmas came early,” Kiser said.

Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date January 11, 2021
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School of Pharmacy In the News

The Colorado Sun

For Some People, Their Genes and Their Cancer Drugs Don't Mix. A Colorado Center is Trying to Fix That

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMarch 18, 2024

“Everybody always says, ‘This is so cool, it’s the future of medicine,’” said Dr. Christina Aquilante, the director of pharmacogenomics at the Center for Personalized Medicine. “It’s not the future. It’s the now. It’s happening.”

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NBC News

Study Links Cannabis Use to Heart Problems

news outletNBC News
Publish DateMarch 18, 2024

Dr. Robert Page, PharmD, appears on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to discuss cannabis use and heart problems.

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4 Common Pain Relievers and When to Use Them

news outletAARP
Publish DateFebruary 22, 2024

What’s the best over-the-counter pain medication? It depends on what hurts — and why. “If you can target the pain with a medication that treats the underlying cause, the pain relief will be better,” says Sunny Linnebur, PharmD.

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Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain Tied to Arrhythmia Risk

news outletMedscape
Publish DateFebruary 13, 2024

Adults using medical cannabis for chronic pain, especially those with cancer or cardiometabolic disease, have a slightly elevated risk of developing arrhythmia, according to an editorial by Robert Page, PharmD

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