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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 […]

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 […]

VCU receives $2.7M to study use of anti-inflammatory medicine for treatment of heart failure

Hearts that are failing become inflamed and swollen — doctors have known that for years. But researchers at VCU Pharmacy and VCU Health wondered what would happen to people with failing hearts if they treated the inflammation as a cause of the illness rather than a symptom. Would the patients feel better? Initial studies seemed […]

Pharmacy students present at pharmacoeconomics conference, win best poster award

By Purva Parab (VCU-ISPOR Chapter President 2017-2018) Hrishikesh Kale, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the VCU School of Pharmacy, received the Best Student Poster Research Presentation Award at the recent conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. The top 10 percent of posters out of 1,600 submitted were considered for the award this […]

Augmented reality can revolutionize surgery and data visualization, say VCU researchers

By Leah Small The practical uses for augmented reality — which superimposes digital information onto real world surroundings — seem endless. Technologists have envisioned futuristic applications such as glasses that allow wearers to visualize turn-by-turn navigation in real time and immersive gaming headsets. Recently, scientists have focused on harnessing the technology for intellectual pursuits. Virginia […]