In these challenging times, it's important to stay current with the latest COVID-19 related information. We've included a link to specific information for School of Pharmacy students, and a link to Memorial University's COVID-19 information Hub.
Memorial is allocating additional funding to one of its internal grant programs to support students and highly-qualified research personnel affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bridge Fund is a need-based program administered by the vice-president (research) portfolio. The program is intended to assist researchers who have encountered an unexpected funding gap and require funds to retain key personnel and has a maximum allocation of $10,000.
Many students are facing a range of stressful disruptions in their lives as a result of the worldwide health pandemic. Cancellation of all in-person classes, a full move to remote learning and having to quickly vacate residences – combined with isolation measures, job loss and travel bans – have created particular hardships for students who lack other supports.
The Blundon Centre has developed guidelines to assist faculty and instructors with incorporating accessibility into remote teaching and learning approaches.
This has been an unprecedented week for our university and our communities. I hope you are each taking care of yourselves, practicing social distancing and hand washing, and doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As Memorial and the world assess the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial is committed to supporting our researchers in continuing their research activities.
Spring semester registration, waived regulations and more information for students
Please be advised that the Medication Therapy Services Clinic will be closing indefinitely as of 4 pm on March 18, 2020, in accordance with public health guidance regarding COVID-19.
Based on ongoing consultation with units and a determination of their ability to be responsive, and the evolving public health environment, Memorial University has moved up the timeline for suspension of all classes. As of end of day Tuesday, March 17, all classes (in person and online) on all campuses will be suspended. Unless your individual instructor has advised otherwise, all academic programming, including midterms and evening classes, will go ahead today, March 17. Remote delivery of classes is scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23, as previously announced. Students with questions about their classes should contact their instructor.
"Embrace opportunities, create them yourself and take chances" former School of Pharmacy Dean and Honorary White Coat recipient, Dr. Linda Hensman, urges first-year School of Pharmacy students during her address at this year's White Coat Ceremony
MusicNL Industry Award Winners Announced
Research Day 2019 has been planned.
The annual School of Pharmacy Golf Tournament is a guaranteed day of fun! Come and play, and help support pharmacy student scholarships.
The annual School of Pharmacy Golf Tournament is a guaranteed day of fun! Come and play, and help support pharmacy student scholarships.
Our Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honour we bestow upon one of our graduates.
Share your knowledge, enthusiasm, compassion and contribute to your profession by guiding our first-year students.
The 2017-18 academic year was a research success, drawing in nearly 20 grants.
Diverse graduate research is a point of pride in our post-graduate programs. Our students represented the school well during this academic year, receiving a number of awards, publications and acknowledgements.
The third annual Summer Research Program is well underway.
In late 2017, NL SUPPORT began the search for a new Scientific Lead when Dr. Brendan Barrett moved into the position of Chief Scientific Officer of the Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI). In early 2018, Dr. Laurie Twells was officially welcomed to the team.
Without our preceptors, we would not be able to offer our program. We wish to extend our gratitude to the generous pharmacists from across the country, who contribute their time and expertise to the pharmacists of tomorrow. Each year at our annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony, we award a community and hospital pharmacist with the Preceptor of the Year Award. This year's community recipient was Selena Corcoran, and the two hospital recipients were Lorie Carter and Sarah Fennell. Thank-you!
A new program for practicing pharmacists will begin in fall 2018.
The annual School of Pharmacy Golf Tournament is a guaranteed day of fun!
We are seeking an ambitious, highly motivated, organized, and results-driven person to join our project team.
The School of Pharmacy's Drug Information Centre will be temporarily closed beginning May 19, 2017.
Research Day wrap-up, becoming a quitter, injections training and four minutes of research focus - these are the highlights of issue two. Subscribe today!
Five Memorial researchers will take up residence on historic Fogo Island for month-long research retreats this year.
Greg Batt (Class of 2010) grew up in his father’s pharmacy in Twillingate knowing, even as a young boy, that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a pharmacist.
Chad Parsons (Class of 2003), associate-owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart in the Goulds, always saw himself being involved in the healthcare eld while owning and running a business.
The third annual Pharmacy Research Day was action-packed on March 16.
Hash(tag) - you quit!
To promote awareness and support others through the sharing of successful quit smoking stories, the School of Pharmacy is encouraging individuals whose lives improved by leaving their cigarettes in the ashes to share their experiences and photos on social media by using the hashtag #quitsmokingNL.
Snap up a nugget of some of the exciting research being conducted by School of Pharmacy graduate students on March 16.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to safely dispose of their expired and unused medications at the School of Pharmacy’s annual Public Pill Drop, an event that is part of Pharmacist Awareness Month.
Pharmacy Innovation Research Day celebrates advancements in healthcare collaboration, drug discovery and delivery, health outcomes and teaching and learning research in pharmacy.
Deprescribing partnership integral part of holistic view of medication regimens
Launching on Valentine’s Day, an APPROACH study will offer free point-of-care, or “rapid”, HIV testing in select pharmacies in Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta for a six-month period. The aim is to discover whether a community, pharmacy-based rapid HIV screening program is acceptable, feasible and effective in reaching those at high risk and those who have never been tested.
Six researchers. Seven minutes. Infinite possibilities. On Feb. 2 the School of Pharmacy will hold its second annual Research Matchmaking Game, a speed dating-style forum with the potential for research student-faculty partnerships.
Dr. Cathy Balsom’s gratitude for the accessibility and quality of health care in Canada was enhanced after a mission to Haiti on a volunteer task force as part of Team Broken Earth recently.
The School of Pharmacy will be offering an injection training program on Monday, December 5th.
Ten-year-old Colby Ryan has a lot to be proud of.
Despite his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age seven, he has embraced a number of opportunities to promote health and wellness for people of all ages who are affected by the disease.
When asked why she chose to study pharmacy at Memorial, visiting student Marina de Assis Florentino replied: “It’s a wonderful university, St. John’s is an enchanting city, and Newfoundlanders are the kindest people I’ve ever met.”
Drs. Tiffany Lee and Laurie Twells received $18,800 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) for their work on the topic of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) and infant nutrition.
Links between stroke and arthritis may need further investigation, according to Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab and her team of researchers.
Dr. Hai Van Nguyen joined the School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor on Sept. 1, 2016.
"The Alberta vascular Risk Reduction Community Pharmacy Project (the RxEACH study): Application, Results and Implementation Plan"
Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Location: Lecture Theatre I, Health Sciences Centre (School of Pharmacy)
This program is designed such that pharmacists will feel confident in their knowledge and skills regarding immunization, and intramuscular and subcutaneous injection of medications/vaccines. Part 2 may be taken alone as a refresher for those who were previously certified.
Dr. Lisa Bishop has been appointed acting dean of the School of Pharmacy effective Aug. 1, 2016, until a permanent dean is recruited. Dr. Bishop replaces Dr. Carlo Marra who has accepted the role of dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Amy Randell dreamed of being a pharmacist since junior high school. She will receive her MSc (Pharmacy) on June 2, checking off another goal off on her academia career bucket list.
An estimated 21 per cent of Canadians with HIV are unaware of their infection, possibly because the hurdles for testing are too large to leap over.
The School of Pharmacy’s new entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program was approved by Memorial University’s Senate on Feb. 16, 2016.
As part of Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) 2016, we present our second annual Pharmacy Research Innovation Day on March 23.
Each year Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM)is celebrated across Canada to recognize and educate Canadians about the contributions that pharmacists make in the delivery of health care.
The School of Pharmacy has planned a number of initiatives to promote the profession of pharmacy.
Pharmacy students in top form for #MUNPAM16
Can a pharmacists' white coat scream, “fashion!”? Pharmacists know the names of just about every drug there is, but can they spell them? What are our pharmacy students’ hidden talents?
Completely unrelated to Valentine's Day, the School of Pharmacy recently held a different sort of matchmaking event for February.
The School of Pharmacy is currently conducting candidate interviews for recruitment of a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Health Sustainability and Policy Evaluation. The position involves a CRC nomination, and is also a tenure track appointment at the assistant or associate level.
Wondering if pharmaceutical sciences graduate research could fit you like a glove? Curious about research happening in the School of Pharmacy?
We have just the event for you – it’s the Pharmacy Research Matchmaking Game!
Premier Dwight Ball received the first honourary white coat at the School of Pharmacy’s 10th annual White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The ceremony formally welcomes first year pharmacy students into the profession, acknowledging the hard work they have done so far, and instilling the ethical responsibility that comes with being a health care practitioner.
Premier Dwight Ball will receive an honorary white coat from the School of Pharmacy at the 10th anniversary White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The premier will also bring greetings to the Class of 2019 as they begin their careers in pharmacy.
Students studying pharmacy and psychiatry will soon be able to refine their communication and collaboration skills by helping patients quit smoking.
The “Call for Preceptors” is currently on for the School of Pharmacy’s Structured Practice Experience (SPE) Program for Spring-Summer 2016.
Are you the next Tier 2 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair in Health Care Sustainability and Policy Evaluation? At Memorial’s School of Pharmacy, the search is on.
The gymnasium is a buzz as parents, family members, students, and friends arrive to take their seats. A head or two can be seen peeking through the thick, dark curtains that separate the stage from the audience as anxious actors scan the crowd for a familiar face. The director and stage crew scurry around to fix a last minute glitch with the sound system.
Dr. J.M. Gamble and two of his graduate students, Jennifer Donnan and Patricia Howse, have received development and research grants from the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR).
We are holding a focus group for physicians on October 7, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., pertaining to our new Medication Therapy Services (MTS) Clinic.
The School of Pharmacy CIBC Run for the Cure team raised over $2000 and won the Post Secondary Team Challenge Award.
This year, we'll be presenting our Annual Report a little differently.
Dr. Chris Loomis, former director of the School of Pharmacy and most recently Vice-President (Research), pro tempore, has established The Loomis Undergraduate Research Award in Pharmacy. The award was established through a generous donation to Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University – a private sector fundraising campaign which ran from 2007-2013 and raised more than $67.2 million.
Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab remembers her father's passion for research and education, which will be immortalized through the creation of two awards for graduate students aspiring to enter pharmacy research programs.
For Kaetan Waghmare who receives his Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) this spring, the healthcare community spans far beyond the borders of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Students in the School of Pharmacy are taking the initiative to plan events in the spirit of advocating for pharmacists expanding scope of practice, providing public awareness of the services pharmacists provide, and collaboration amongst their peers.
To support pharmacists’ expanding scope of practice and to offer education to the province’s practitioners, the School of Pharmacy has initiated an injections training program for pharmacy students and pharmacists.
A student in the School of Pharmacy has received a coveted ACEnet Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award for Advanced Research Computing (ARC), which involves computer clusters to solve scientific, engineering, business or data analysis problems that are too large or complex for any single computer.
The School of Pharmacy will be holding a forum for pharmacists to discuss the experiential learning component of Memorial’s entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.
The 2015 Public Pill Drop, part of Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) collected over 20,000 pills and capsules, gels and liquids, and inhalers.
As part of Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) 2015, the School of Pharmacy’s Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) team in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will host the annual Public Pill Drop, where members of the public can safely dispose of their expired medications.
To promote awareness of the School of Pharmacy’s research goals and as part of Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) 2015, the school will host Pharmacy Research Innovation Day on Thursday, March 19.
From March 1 - 31, 2015, students, faculty and staff in the School of Pharmacy will be contributing to Pharmacist Awareness Month (PAM) by offering several community engagement events to help educate health care practitioners from other health care disciplines and members of the general public about how a pharmacist can help improve the population’s health and well being.
“This is a crucial time for our school and for the pharmacy profession,” said Dr. Carlo Marra, dean.
Students in the School of Pharmacy received a number of awards at Professional Development Week (PDW) 2015 - a national conference for pharmacy students.
The sixth annual School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony takes place this Thursay, Jan. 15 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
In 2013, Mr. Barnes spearheaded an initiative to control the abuse of fentanyl – a powerful narcotic used to treat severe chronic pain.
The drug had quickly replaced the discontinued OxyContin as the prescription narcotic-turned-street-drug of choice.
Whether it’s done in a lab or a clinic, from pharmaceutical sciences to health outcomes to pharmacy practice to teaching and learning – the research conducted in the School of Pharmacy is diverse.
“Integrative medicine is a growing field – I would love to be in a position to facilitate an exchange of information with the goal of enhancing patient care. Although westernized medicine is the standard in Canada’s health care system, North Americans are becoming more aware of this type of medicine so I think it’s important that pharmacists have a good understanding of both.”
“Being a good pharmacist is about making a connection with patients and establishing relationships based on mutual trust and respect,” Dr. Phillips begins her first lecture in Pharmacy 5401: Major Depressive Disorder by using scenes from the 1980 film Ordinary People to highlight the impact of stigma in mental disorders.
Dr. John Hawboldt receives the first Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Pharmacists Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL).
The School of Pharmacy's involvement in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life was once again a success.
Webcast link will be available at 6:30 p.m., NST.
This summer, four pharmacy students returned from a Global Brigades trek to Honduras with a new perspective on their practice.
“The people were by far and away the most important factor in deciding to come,” says Dr. Carlo Marra, who began his term as Dean on June 1, 2014. “The chance to work with such a vibrant, energetic group of people was something that I couldn’t pass up. Moving from coast to coast and experiencing another beautiful province in Canada was a major draw. I would love to learn as much about Newfoundland as I can and fully embrace the culture here.”
Because pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals, many people choose that career because they love helping others.
Parinita Verma (Class of 2015 and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacist [CSHP] Senior Student Representative) is honing her compassion and reaching beyond her role as a future pharmacist, to include philanthropist.
Three graduate students from the School of Pharmacy who were honoured as Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies on June 3 at the Graduate Awards Ceremony say they wouldn’t be where they are if it wasn’t for their dedicated and tireless graduate supervisors.
When it comes to fun yet practical and effective teaching and learning tactics, Dr. Leslie Phillips is seriously yet lightheartedly in the game.
As the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, she used her award funds and worked with a colleague (Dr. Carla Dillon) to develop and produce “Med Heads” – a role-playing game where students perform as either a patient or pharmacist, and enact patient counseling scenarios.
It’s going to be tough for pharmacy student and award-winning athlete Adrienne Penney (or Mom, as many of her peers and teammates call her) to move to New Brunswick to begin her career.
The emotional investment she has in her time at Memorial – her peers, her professors and her teammates – runs deep.
Public Service Announcement: Members of the public and media are invited to attend Breaking the Ice: Let’s talk about infant feeding in Labrador – a Café Scientifique event featuring researchers from Memorial's School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine.
Just because some drugs are legal, it doesn’t mean they can’t be abused.
A goal of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is to educate the public on the importance of drug awareness, and the dangers of drug abuse – not only of illicit drugs, but also of prescription drugs.
For every green smoothie recipe, there’s a brand new deep-fried, double-patty, fast food phenomenon (with extra bacon) waiting to be snatched up at a drive-thru window near you.
University varsity athletics handed out its 54th round of annual awards on Tuesday, April 3.
Two students from the School of Pharmacy – Adrienne Penney and Matthew Hamlyn – received honours in volleyball and soccer, respectively.
Support breeds prevention - fostering supportive communities to prevent youth mental health and addiction issues
To say that mental health and addictions issues amongst youth across North America are a troubling trend is like stating the sun is hot or the rain is wet.
We know it seems like spring will never arrive, let alone summer. But...someday the snow will melt!
The School of Pharmacy's Annual Golf Tournament in aid of pharmacy student scholarships is on August 14, 2014. We are now accepting registrations and sponsorships!
For more information, contact Sharon Tucker at 777-7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Pharmacy's Dr. Laurie Twells has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) for her research in obesity rates in Canada.
Adrienne Penney, a fourth-year student in Memorial's School of Pharmacy, has received the CIS Therese Quigley Award for volleyball, academics, and community service.
A number of faculty members in the School of Pharmacy have recently been awarded prestigious recognitions for their research.
Memorial fourth-year power Adrienne Penney is the 2013-14 recipient of Atlantic University Sport (AUS)'s Erin Bursey Memorial Award, given to the women's volleyball student-athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievements in three areas: volleyball, academics and community involvement.
MUN and Dal pharmacy students were collaborating and learning together at the Atlantic Pharmacy Advancement Conference (APAC) held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at Memorial University. The conference establishes an open forum for Atlantic Canada’s pharmacy students to collaborate on a variety of topics and issues that are focused on advancing pharmacy education and the profession.
Memorial’s School of Pharmacy is the only program in Canada whose graduates attained a 100 per cent pass rate in the national exams that are a pre-licensing requirement for pharmacists.
All 38 students from the class of 2013 successfully passed both the written and practical components of the exams that are administered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). In addition to finishing first in the overall pass rate, Memorial’s students ranked second out of the seven Canadian pharmacy schools tested for the highest average score.
On Sept. 30, RDC announced $3.7 million in funding for 34 academic-led research projects being conducted in a range of areas at Memorial University. The School of Pharmacy’s Dr. JM Gamble received $100,000 of that funding for his work on the relationship between the use of insulin to treat patients with type 2 diabetes and the risk for heart attacks or stroke.
A community challenge requires a community solution. That’s the approach a St. John’s community alliance has taken to address the issue of drug abuse and addiction among youth.
Students, faculty, staff, members of the pharmacy community and special guests gathered at the Health Sciences Centre auditorium on Sept. 12 for the annual School of Pharmacy Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. The event celebrates student achievement and recognizes those individuals, organizations and corporations who extend their support to scholarships and awards. Fifty-six awards were presented this year.
Sea-Hawks at the School of Pharmacy don red jerseys, white coats to achieve success
It’s a special student who can balance a heavy academic program like pharmacy with the rigorous schedule of varsity athletics. Robyn O’Rielly, Adrienne Penney and Matthew Hamlyn are pharmacy students who have represented Memorial in basketball, volleyball and soccer respectively. All have achieved success despite the demands of juggling athletics and academics.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently named Dr. Gamble as a successful applicant in the prestigious CIHR New Investigator competition.
Congratulations Dr. Gamble!
Graduates, families, friends and School of Pharmacy faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the class of 2013 on May 31 at Glendenning Golf Course. Hosted and organized by the graduating class, the evening included the presentation of a number of awards and the unveiling of the class tile.
“This is always a special event,” said Dr. Linda Hensman, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “For me, it’s particularly significant because it’s the last one that I’ll preside over as dean. I’m extremely proud of this group and all those students who have preceded them. It has been a privilege to have played a role in the growth and progress of so many wonderful young professionals.”
In a short time, he’s worn a lot of hats: student, researcher, author, volunteer, valedictorian and now pharmacist. If you ask Robbie McCarthy what title suits him best, he doesn’t hesitate in his response.
“I’m ready to get out and work for a while,” he said. “It’s been a great four years but very challenging. I’m ready to officially put my education to the test.”
Graduating with a bachelor of science in pharmacy, Robbie will get to do just that. The national certification exams and completion of his final internship are the only remaining hurdles before he begins practicing as a licensed pharmacist later this summer at the Peninsula Pharmachoice in St. Bernard’s, NL.
Team Broken Earth was formed in June 2010 when Dr. Andrew Furey returned from his first trip to Haiti, a country devastated by a catastrophic earthquake that same year. That first trip led to the formation of a group that has completed seven medical support missions to Haiti. Now more than three years after that first trip, the team continues to evolve and has pledged to continue providing clinical care in a country still in desperate need of help.
On March 11, RDC announced $1.3 million in funding for 12 health-related research projects at Memorial University. The School of Pharmacy’s Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab received $100,000 of that funding in the form of an IgniteR&D grant for her work: The Study of Cardiovascular Pathogenesis Associated with Autoimmune Disease.
March is Pharmacist Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Providing More Health Care Than You Know: Ask A Pharmacist. Memorial’s School of Pharmacy is helping deliver that message. The Canadian Pharmacists Association is working with national and provincial pharmacy associations and schools across Canada to improve the public’s understanding of the expanding role of pharmacists.
Students at Memorial have enthusiastically taken up the cause, knowing they will soon be on the front lines of a changing profession.
Dr. Debbie Kelly received the highest honour the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) can bestow when she was recently named a Fellow of that organization. An associate professor with the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University with a cross appointment to Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kelly was formally acknowledged with the honour in February at the CSHP Professional Practice Conference in Toronto.
Dr. John-Michael Gamble is one of two researchers at Memorial University who have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the most recent competition. Dr. Gamble, assistant professor at Memorial’s School of Pharmacy, received an operating grant of $150,524 over two years.
The School of Pharmacy at Memorial University held its annual research poster competition on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the school’s professional practice lab. This year’s competition featured eight posters, with five submissions in the undergraduate student category and three in the graduate student category.
A formal recognition of the commitment to embark on a career as a pharmacist, the White Coat Ceremony is held annually to induct the newest class of students into the profession. The 40 members of the Class of 2016 at Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy participated in this year’s ceremony recently at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s.
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