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DiPiro named associate vice president for health sciences

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., has been appointed Virginia Commonwealth University’s associate vice president for health sciences, faculty affairs. He will continue in his role as dean of VCU School of Pharmacy. He succeeds Dr. David C. Sarrett, former dean of VCU’s School of Dentistry, who served in the role for ten years. “I am grateful […]

A link in the chain: Building on his mentor’s work, Martin Safo closes in on sickle cell treatment

By Greg Weatherford School of Pharmacy News For 30 years, Martin Safo, Ph.D., has worked to find a solution to a complex puzzle: How can chemistry stop human blood cells from twisting and sticking together? The answer is critical for millions of people with sickle cell disease. Their blood cells fold into bizarre shapes including […]

Cen wins Powe award

Yana Cen, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy’s Institute for Structural Biology, Drug Discovery and Development, has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award comes with a $5,000 financial award and an equivalent match from the winner’s local institution. […]

D. Brophy departs after 25 years

By Greg Weatherford SoP News When Don Brophy first visited Richmond more than 25 years ago, he was struck by the balmy weather. Compared to the Minnesota winters he was used to, Richmond’s mild climate seemed like the tropics. “I was instantly sold,” Brophy recalls, though he adds, “It didn’t hurt that [VCU] was an […]

After year like no other, the Class of 2021 celebrates diplomas with ‘The Pharmacist’

By Greg Weatherford VCU School of Pharmacy The star of the Netflix documentary series “The Pharmacist” has strong advice for the VCU School of Pharmacy Class of ’21: Work with your patients and watch for danger. In his keynote speech to the graduating pharmacy students, Dan Schneider, the Louisiana pharmacist whose quest to solve the […]

Wellness program brings health and social connection to seniors

By Paul BrockwellMCV Foundation Social isolation can be dangerous. In 2020, isolation became the experience of people across the country as states issued stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The loss of social activity can be detrimental to health and reduce access to care when people may not have the means to participate […]

Once a coronavirus vaccine exists, a VCU researcher’s mailable patch could deliver it to millions

Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy Someday, hundreds of millions of vaccinations against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could show up in people’s mailboxes and be applied as simply as slapping on a Band-Aid. That’s the vision of Guizhi “Julian” Zhu, Ph.D., at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Zhu, an assistant professor in the school’s Department of […]

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 […]

$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 […]

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