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Colonial Williamsburg internship gives Pharm.D. students chance ‘to do something unusual’

By Greg WeatherfordSchool of Pharmacygoweatherfor@vcu.edu Mortar and pestle? All set. Pill-rolling molds? Check. Bonnet and corset? Check and check. Leeches? Hold on … For their fourth and final year of school, Virginia Commonwealth University pharmacy students travel across the country or the world for a series of five-week internships in professional settings. They usually can […]

Pharmacy named No. 1 school at VCU for inclusion and engagement

Greg WeatherfordDirector of Communications, VCU School of Pharmacy The School of Pharmacy has been named the most inclusive academic department at VCU — a notable distinction at a university that has long cited inclusion as a main priority.  The honor is the result of an exhaustive survey by VCU’s Division for Inclusive Excellence.  The Office […]

VCU Pharmacy graduate returns home to help her twin sister and veterans

By Greg WeatherfordSchool of Pharmacy Lebanon, Virginia, is a small town nestled in the mountains of Appalachia, where Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky come together. It’s a region built on coal mining. As that industry dwindled and jobs have grown scarce, the town and the region have struggled. This is where Anesa Hughes, Pharm.D., grew up. […]

Pharmacy joins with engineering to make inhaled medications more effective for infants

Pharmaceutical aerosols are painless, fast-acting and less likely to cause side effects than medicines delivered via pills or injections. Yet inhaled therapies are often avoided because of the challenges associated with targeting how aerosol particles are deposited within the lung. “Current inhalers produce fairly large particles, so approximately 90 percent of the medication gets lost […]

$6.8M grant supports research at VCU interdisciplinary center on opioids and other addictions

By Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy Every day more than 130 people in the United States die from opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — enough people each year to fill an Olympic stadium. That’s why Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy have teamed up on a $6.8 million grant […]

“There’s going to be so much opportunity”: Kelly Goode on the future of community pharmacy

Community pharmacies today are much more than places to pick up medications. Pharmacists and other health-care workers increasingly are taking on additional roles and working to improve patient health.  In a recent article in Pharmacy, Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode, Pharm.D., examines the evolution of community pharmacy in the United States. We spoke to her about what […]

Be bold, Class of 2023 is urged at White Coat Ceremony

Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy Be fearless.  That’s the message keynote speaker Michelle Thomas, Pharm.D., gave the VCU School of Pharmacy Class of 2023 and assembled friends, family and fellow classmates.  They gathered Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Paul’s Baptist in Henrico County to celebrate the White Coat Ceremony for VCU School of Pharmacy’s latest […]

School welcomes new faculty

VCU School of Pharmacy is proud to welcome its newest faculty members. From practitioners with long associations with the school to researchers choosing to move to VCU from other states, these recent arrivals continue our pursuit of excellence in health care, research and teaching. Apryl N. Anderson, Pharm.D.Title: Assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy […]

State approves nation’s first Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical engineering

Greg Weatherford VCU School of Pharmacy (804) 828-6470 Virginia Commonwealth University will be home to the nation’s first Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical engineering. The doctoral program, a collaboration between VCU’s School of Pharmacy and College of Engineering, will focus on research and training students in areas of drug product development such as continuous manufacturing and […]

Zhu designs drug delivery systems to test nanovaccines for brain and skin cancer

By Blake Belden Having a research laboratory on a medical campus, Guizhi Zhu, Ph.D., will often cross paths with cancer patients, and it’s during those instances that he is most driven to continue his work. “I sometimes feel helpless because I can’t do much for them in that moment other than saying some kind words,” he […]