• 30 Jul 2013

    UM Professor Honored by Czech University for Research Contributions

    OXFORD, Miss. – Samir Ross, professor of pharmacognosy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, was recently awarded a Silver Medal from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno in the Czech Republic.
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    • 24 Jul 2013

    UM Pharmacy Professor Selected for National Faculty Scholars Program

    OXFORD, Miss. – Meagan Brown, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program.

    The 2-year-old program is designed to mentor junior faculty at pharmacy schools across the country through pharmacy-based patient care research. The initiative also seeks to connect participating scholars with experts in the fields of community pharmacy and research.

     “We are thrilled that Dr. Brown has been selected to participate in the second class of the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program,” said Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs at the UM School of Pharmacy. “As coordinator of community pharmacy development, Meagan is committed to work in Mississippi communities and, specifically, with community pharmacies in our state. This program will provide a framework for developing and evaluating initiatives in this setting and will facilitate relationships and collaborations with faculty at other institutions who have similar interests.”

    The program provides a $2,500 startup grant to conduct and evaluate a patient-focused research project in community pharmacy practice. Brown said she is looking forward to this research opportunity.

    “I hope to take my research capabilities to another level by being the primary investigator and seeing this project through to publication,” Brown said. “I also hope to be exposed to a network of community-engaged pharmacists who are doing similar things and having similar thoughts and could possibly create research opportunities across the country.”
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    • 24 Jul 2013

    UM Chemist Lands $650,000 NSF Career Development Grant

    OXFORD, Miss. – Amala Dass, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a $650,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program grant from the National Science Foundation.
    The prestigious five-year grant allows Dass and his students to continue research in the study of gold alloy nanomolecules and to launch and sustain a summer chemistry research program for Mississippi high school students.

    “Dr. Dass is synthesizing and studying interesting nanomaterials that are made from microscopic gold particles and sulfur compounds called thiols that have unusual architectures and interesting electronic properties,” said Charles L. Hussey, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “These gold nanoparticles may have applications in everything from microelectronics to drug delivery systems.”

    Dass, who joined UM’s faculty in 2009, said, “Besides God’s goodness, the credit goes to my graduate students, then my mentors, and the overwhelming support from the chemistry department and the university. I enjoy working with students and preparing them to compete with the best nationally and to make a difference locally. This grant makes it possible to do more, but none of this would be possible without my graduate student team, Chanaka Kumara, Vijay Jupally, David Crasto, Praneeth Nimmalla, Nuwan Kothalawala and Asantha Dharmaratne.”

    Faculty Early Career Development Program grants are awarded to junior “teacher-scholars” who exemplify the role of “scholar” through outstanding peer-reviewed research; who exemplify the role of “teacher” in the classroom; and who seamlessly integrate the two activities to provide student experiences rich in both education and research.  Read more →

    • 20 Jul 2013

    UM Researcher Receives International Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award

       OXFORD, Miss. – The International Cannabinoid Research Society presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to a University of Mississippi researcher during its    annual symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

     Mahmoud A. ElSohly, a research professor in UM’s National Center for Natural Products Research and a professor of pharmaceutics, as well as president of  ElSohly Laboraties Inc. of Oxford, received the award during the symposium’s June  25 awards banquet.

     “This is a very prestigious award from a focused and select global group of    researchers,” said NCNPR Director Larry Walker.

     The ICRS is a source of impartial and reliable information about the chemistry,  pharmacology, therapeutic uses and toxicology of Cannabis (aka marijuana) and its  chemical constituents, called cannabinoids, as well as their behavioral,  psychological and social effects. It also organizes scientific meetings to enable  researchers from around the globe to meet and discuss their research.

     “As president of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, it was my honor  and pleasure to award the 2013 ICRS Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. ElSohly for  his sustained commitment and significant contributions to advancing cannabinoid  science,” said Jenny L. Wiley, a senior fellow and senior behavioral pharmacologist  at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 

    “It gives me a great pleasure, an honor and much satisfaction to be selected by my peers of accomplished ICRS members to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,” ElSohly said. “It certainly is gratifying, and I am most appreciative.” Mahmoud ElSohly accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at a banquet in June. 

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    • 31 May 2013

    UM Pharmacy Dean Named 2012 Outstanding Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumnus at Kentucky

    OXFORD, Miss.
    David D. Allen, dean of the University of Mississippi's School of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2012 University of Kentucky Outstanding Graduate Program Alumnus for the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Allen, who received both his bachelor's and Ph.D. from the UK College of Pharmacy, will be honored at the college's annual Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development, set for Sept. 20.   Read more →