College of Pharmacy

July 1, 2020

College of Pharmacy Residents, Fellows Graduate Despite Challenging Year

Ben Boulden

Kendrea Jones, Pharm.D., left, and Mark Granberry, Pharm.D., listen to graduating resident Julianne Mott as she speaks from her home via a live video connection.

Mark Granberry, Pharm.D., opened the 2020 graduation ceremony June 26  for the UAMS College of Pharmacy residents and fellows with an apology to his ninth-grade English teacher. The teacher, Michael Moran, taught him never to use the phrase “more unique” because “unique” means one of a kind, and nothing can be more than one of…

June 19, 2020

Pharmacy Class of 2020 Celebrates in First Virtual Honors Convocation

Ben Boulden

Melanie Reinhardt, Pharm.D., right, and Eddie Dunn, Pharm.D., left, read out the names of College of Pharmacy graduates as each is hooded on live video June 13 at the college's Honors Convocation.

Academic traditions originating in the Middle Ages like hooding ceremonies combined June 13 with 21st century technology to produce a successful Honors Convocation for the UAMS College of Pharmacy Class of 2020. Public health and safety considerations resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic led to the College postponing its annual Honors Convocation, usually held the…

June 16, 2020

College of Pharmacy Recognizes Outstanding Faculty for 2020

Ben Boulden

College of Pharmacy faculty who received awards for teaching this year are, top row, left to right, Antino Allen, Melanie Reinhardt and Grant McElwee; bottom row, left to right, Dwight Pierce and David Caldwell.

Recognizing teaching performance and educational contributions of College of Pharmacy faculty may be even more meaningful in 2020 because of challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health crisis. “Because of health safety guidelines in-person classes gave way by March to real-time, online classes, and the College of Pharmacy faculty provided the continuity of instruction and…

June 10, 2020

UAMS-UA Research Yields Long-lasting Disinfectant Spray for Surfaces

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Crooks

Researchers at UAMS and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, are developing a long-lasting spray that coats and disinfects surfaces for extended periods, even in heavy use, and is less likely to transmit infectious diseases. The project is one of many at both campuses that uses research funding quickly made available during the COVID-19 pandemic for projects…

May 18, 2020

UAMS Graduates 914 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Members of the genetic counseling class of 2020 gather for a virtual celebration led by department chair Noelle Danylchuk, M.S.

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 914 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school on May 16. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held. A digital commencement program can be found here. Degrees were awarded to 165 in the College of Medicine, 255 in the…

April 24, 2020

UAMS Pharmacy Alum Volunteers for COVID-19 Relief in California

David Wise

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A UAMS College of Pharmacy alumnus saw a need and decided to do something about it. Lee (Leland) Turner (class of 2014) traveled to Santa Clara, Calif., at the beginning of April to volunteer with an emergency relief organization called Team Rubicon that is delivering care to recovering COVID-19 patients in Silicon Valley. A native…

February 19, 2020

Study: Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain


Pharmacist Dr. Corey Hayes and colleagues found that higher opioid doses did not bring more pain relief—but did increase the risk of harmful side effects. (Photo by Jeff Bowen)

Increasing chronic pain patients’ opioid prescription doses does not seem to improve pain, according to a VA study. Researchers from the Central Arkansas and Minneapolis VA health care systems and three universities looked at prescribing data of more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids. They found that patients who had their opioid dosage increased did…

February 10, 2020

Poison and Drug Information Center at UAMS Inspires Career Choices

Ben Boulden

Josh Harper, Pharm.D., a certified specialist in poison information, takes a call while working in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center.

Spending a month last May in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center helped Masha Yemets, a UAMS College of Pharmacy student, define the career path she wants to follow. Yemets, who graduates in May, spent that month answering calls in the center from a broad cross-section of the public. “I had an inkling I…

January 27, 2020

Bone Research Showcased as Vibrant, Vital at UAMS

Amy Widner

Crowd shot of poster session from above

Bone health is an expanding area of research with far-reaching clinical applications — from regenerating limbs to stopping bone cancer in its tracks — and UAMS is well-situated as a leader in the field. That was the resounding theme of the Showcase of Medical Discoveries: A Focus on Bone Research, held Jan. 22 at UAMS….

January 15, 2020

UAMS Study Finds Raising Opioid Dosage Increases Risks, Ineffective for Pain

Ben Boulden

Brad Martin, left, and Corey Hayes recently had their research into the effectiveness and risks associated with increasing the opioid dosage a patient receives published in two scientific journals.

Increasing the opioid dose that a chronic pain patient regularly receives also increases their risk of adverse health outcomes while showing no significant reduction in pain, according to studies by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers. Brad Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Corey Hayes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., authored the two studies published separately online this…

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