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125th commemorative email signature

Follow the steps below to add a 125th anniversary email signature Several steps, but easy: In Gmail, click on the cog icon near upper right Click See All Settings. Scroll down to Signature. Click in the signature-editing box to the right. Place your cursor where want the logo. Click on the little mountain/image icon (when […]

Christmas-gift project connects pharmacy students across years and continents

A Christmas tale: “It really drove home the impact those kinds of things can have.”  Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy There’s a saying in Swahili: “Kidogo kidogo hujaza kibaba.” Little by little fills the cup. In other words, every step counts — no matter how small. Sometimes those steps come in the form of a […]

Kelechi “K.C.” Ogbonna named dean of School of Pharmacy

By Greg WeatherfordSchool of Pharmacy Kelechi “K.C.” Ogbonna, Pharm.D., M.S.H.A., has been named dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy after an extensive national search. Ogbonna has served as interim dean since June 2022. Prior to that appointment, he served as associate dean of admissions and student services at the School of Pharmacy, overseeing […]

Health care fellowship leads to congressional report and hearing

A position as a congressional fellow through a program from VCU School of Pharmacy, ACCP and ASHP led to a leadership role in researching and writing a congressional report on the intersection of health care and climate change. With the U.S. health care system responsible for an estimated 10% of national greenhouse gas emissions, the […]

Leading the way in pharmacy and health

SoP’s Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode recognized as one of the nation’s top women in pharmacy  By Leah Small Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode, Pharm.D., had been working for months with a patient who was fighting to control his diabetes while experiencing homelessness. After a frightening pattern of life-threateningly high levels of blood sugar, he was finally on track.  […]

Recruitment scholarship boosts School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy school can be stressful enough, but imagine your school closing midway through your training to enter the profession. That’s the challenge Lance Berkowitz faced as a young student at George Washington University’s School of Pharmacy, who closed its doors in 1964. Berkowitz decamped to Richmond with seven of his classmates and finished schooling at […]

Edwards honored as VCU Alumni Star

 Eric S. Edwards, M.D., Ph.D., was honored Sept. 29 by his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, as one of the university’s brightest alumni stars.  The biennial event, hosted by VCU Alumni, honored alumni from across the university’s academic units for their remarkable personal and professional achievements. Edwards is co-founder and CEO of Richmond-based Phlow Corp., a […]

Paul Massawe’s ‘mission impossible’ life is a story of perseverance

By Julie Dillon Paul Massawe is on a mission. Given the near constant obstacles he has encountered in life, it would be easy to assume that mission is impossible. But a combination of personal conviction, faith and individual generosity have Massawe, a second-year student in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, closer to achieving […]

To fight cancer recurrence, VCU experts go right to the source

By Lewis Brissman If you think of cancer as a grizzly bear, an attack isn’t the only danger you face. An equal worry is the hibernation. Dr. Umesh Desai is – metaphorically, of course – targeting the beast in both states In the VCU School of Pharmacy, Desai is chairman of the Department of Medicinal […]

DNA responses to childhood trauma offer clues on which children will have long-term health issues as adults

The biomarkers could help predict which children are most at risk of trauma-related health issues as an adult, long-term study finds. By Olivia Trani New research from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy brings the medical community closer to identifying children with the highest need for treatment and intervention following traumatic events. The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, found […]

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