The University of Rhode Island Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Xinyuan Chen, assistant professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, is developing a nicotine vaccine and accompanying drug delivery system that he believes could lead to one of the most effective methods of combating cigarette smoking and other tobacco use. He joined the College of Pharmacy after seven years at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, bringing with him a $1.08 million career development grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and a $432,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
The University of Rhode Island has named respected professor, epidemiologist, and health policy and economics analyst E. Paul Larrat dean of its College of Pharmacy. Interim dean of the College since February 2013, Dean Larrat is also a professor of pharmacy practice and an alumnus of the University. He earned a doctorate in epidemiology from Brown University. He also earned a master’s degree in pharmacy administration, a master of business administration degree, and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, all from URI.
The University of Rhode Island has selected Paula Grammas, former executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and an international leader in the study of Alzheimer’s disease, to be the inaugural director of The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience. She will also become the Thomas M. Ryan Professor of Neuroscience at URI.
Biomedical Science Professor David Rowley and his team in the College of Pharmacy have found that a class of complex carbohydrates could enhance treatment of urinary tract infections. Their findings appear in a recent issue of the Journal of Functional Foods, published by the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.
Pharm.D. student Steven Mathews, along with grad students Matthew Blake and Stephen Norris, developed a poster presentation on 3D modeling and printing as teaching tools in the URI Pharmacy curriculum. They presented their work at the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education, which brought together visualization specialists from around the world.
Boston Medical Center (BMC) has received a $1.3 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support a demonstration project of pharmacy-based naloxone rescue kits to help reduce opioid addiction and overdose death in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The study will be conducted in partnership with Rhode Island Hospital, CVS Health, and several local community pharmacies in both states.
Governor Gina Raimondo inspired the 137 undergraduate research fellows attending the 8th annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Conference at the College of Pharmacy on July 31, highlighting the significance of the research they were conducting.
URI pharmacy students interested in pursuing post-grad residences are very well prepared, thanks the URI Residency/Fellowship Preparation Program. In fact, last year the College ranked 10th nationally among 127 schools for matching 86 percent of its participating students with an appropriate post-graduate residency program. The national average is 63 percent.
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It’s only six years old, but the B.S.P.S. program has already made a mark with 100 percent of its graduates employed or attending graduate school. About 200 students are currently enrolled in the undergraduate pharmaceutical sciences program, which prepares students for jobs in a wide range of employment sectors: universities, government, hospitals and industries, particularly the pharmaceutical industry.
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