Pacific Student Pharmacists to Receive National Community Service Award

Pacific’s Medicare Part D program will be honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for its effectiveness in expanding access to affordable healthcare and in improving public health.

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Medicare Part D program was one of only four student-led community engagement programs to receive the 2013-14 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engaged Service Award, a national award sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The award will be presented on July 29 at the closing banquet of the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting. Winning programs were selected because they deliver important information about medication use to consumers and have been proven to expand access to affordable healthcare and improve public health.

RS42516_Kaiser Health Fair 2014 1Each year during the Medicare Part D open enrollment period (October 15–December 7), student pharmacists participate in an ongoing and multidimensional series of Mobile Medicare Health Clinics that enrich the lives and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries in northern/central California. Held in 15 different cities over the past six years, these clinics are targeted to Medicare beneficiaries, the majority of whom are seniors, during the period when they can enroll into or switch their Part D prescription drug plan.

Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06 is the faculty advisor for the program. The student team leader for this grant was Keira Domer ’14 and other student team members included Marise Awad ’14, Shu Lu ’14, Natalie Hajian ’14, Zohal Fazel ’14, Aaron Tran ’14, Janine Lastimosa ’14, Vittoria Ledesma ’14, and Kimberly Kwok ’14. Taking place concurrently with student education and training, faculty work with community partners, such as HUD-subsidized housing complexes, retirement communities and senior centers, to identify host sites for the mobile clinics. They are deployed in a variety of settings to help ensure that students and faculty are able to effectively reach underserved and under-represented populations.

Students provide core clinic services, such as helping patients effectively navigate the healthcare system, better understand their Part D prescription drug benefit, minimize out-of-pocket costs, optimize medication use and avoid vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition, students understand the role that pharmacists, prescribers, the federal government, insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies play in society’s healthcare.RTA_3292

In addition to receiving a commemorative prize, the winning pharmacy schools will each receive $10,000 to be used exclusively to support the expansion of the recognized program or new community engaged service projects at the school. Each team receives a $5,000 financial stipend for enhancing or sustaining the recognized program or for travel support to attend and present their projects at professional meetings. The award also includes a $1,000 stipend for the faculty advisor and up to $2,500 to cover travel, lodging, and registration expenses for one designated student and one faculty advisor to attend the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting.

Learn how students impact the community here.

About AACP
Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including more than 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. Learn more: www.aacp.org.


Reprinted with permission from AACP.

Commencement Engagement Photo Goes Viral

The proposal photo that went viral.
The proposal photo that went viral.

“Hey, 186!” That was the line Michael Tennant ’13 used when he met Janine Latimosa ’14 at a party a few nights after helping her into her room (room 186) because she had locked herself out. Tennant, a resident assistant at that time, and Latimosa first met as undergraduate students at Pacific. Tennant recalled that “she hated me” but couldn’t help being attracted to her smile. Latimosa remembered that Tennant made her laugh throughout the night. “We must’ve talked for hours that night as if we’d been friends forever. Everything just clicked that night. It’s so hard to describe, but since then I looked forward to bumping into him around campus.”

Tennant proposed to Latimosa during the reception after the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in front of family and friends. The proposal was caught on camera and went viral on Facebook with 759 likes, 3 shares, 13 comments, and the numbers are still growing.

“It still blows our minds today! I don’t think he thought about how many people would post pictures and videos or even how popular the picture would be. I’ve always told him that whatever he did to propose, to make sure that there was a picture and I’m so happy I got my picture,” said Latimosa

“I had told my dad that I had this image of me on one knee and her in her cap and gown. I told him I was going to make sure that the picture got captured. Sure enough we nailed it,” added Tennant.Tennant and Latimosa 4 resized

Tennant attended the Doctor of Pharmacy Graduation Banquet Dinner the night before with Latimosa to accept an award in honor of his recognition as Preceptor of the Year. Latimosa was celebrating her graduation from the program. When asked if he was nervous about the proposal,Tennant said “All of our friends and family had known beforehand. It was a bit funny because I think everyone who knew was more nervous than I was.” Tennant also met with Latimosa’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage prior to the proposal.

They have not set a specific wedding date but the couple is planning for their nuptials in summer of 2015 and have considered returning to campus to be married at Morris Chapel. “The biggest hurdle to this was I made Janine promise me to not do any wedding planning or research until after taking the pharmacy board exams,” said Tennant. They are planning a Tahitian honeymoon.

 

 

 

Pacific Without Borders: an International Night

On June 19, 2014, the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) at University of the Pacific welcomed attendees to the Fourth Annual Pacific Without Borders International Night. Sponsored by the Flowers Heritage Foundation and attended by Pacific luminaries, the event was educational and entertaining.

ipsf country exhibit resizedDinner and the showcase of countries, which allowed guests the chance to explore the cultural exhibits, were first on the agenda. Walking the floor of the event allowed attendees an opportunity to sample cuisine and learn about countries ranging from the African, Asian, and European to the American continents. Posters and attendants dressed in the appropriate cultural outfits were on hand to discuss the fine points of each country represented.

A night of multi-cultural appreciation and outreach, the event continued with a rousing introduction on culture and understanding by keynote speaker and Pacific Vice President of Student Life, Patrick Day, who was introduced by the Director of the Multicultural Center, Sergio Acevedo. A lively fashion show followed, and it was a treat not just to the inquisitive mind but to the eye. Colorful ensembles including robes, skirts, gowns, and headdresses were shown. The full list of country exhibits included Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Ghana, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Guam, Caribbean, China, Italy, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The wide range of styles and cultures were beautifully showcased.

Following the crowd-pleasing fashion showcase were the cultural dance performances which certainly is a favorite at such events. Music and dance performances from groups representing China, Mexico, and everywhere in between took the stage to turn up the volume and show their pride. It was hard for attendees not to nod their heads and tap their feet to the beat of each act. Performers displayed choreographed steps in groups, duos and solos, dancing their unique dances in traditional outfits to traditional beats.ipsf fashion show resized

The Fraternity Cook-off Competition followed, and a hot culinary competition commenced. Judges for this event included Dr. Katerina Venderova, Dr. Ed Rogan, Dr. Myo-Kyoung Kim and Dr. Mamoun Alhamadsheh. A twist on the competition was that each fraternity had to incorporate the secret ingredients, mango and sweet potatoes, into their main dish. When the dust had settled and all dishes had been sampled, the Rho Pi Phi fraternity came out on top, though it was a close contest with a good showing for the field. The night concluded with raffles, and once prizes were awarded it was time for all to depart.

The Pacific Without Borders Planning Committee worked diligently to put this cultural event together. All the proceeds went to support a local charity, Gleason Clinic. The evening had the fine showing the event is known for and the committee looks forward to the fifth annual event as they continue this fine tradition into 2015 and beyond!

 

Student Pharmacists Host Carnival for Elementary Students

The Children’s Awareness Carnival began in 1991 with the American Heart Association “Jump Rope for Heart” program and has been held annually on campus for a number of years. On Thursday, May 1st, the Children’s Awareness Committee (CAC) invited 212 fifth grade students from Title I schools in the Stockton and Lodi Unified School Districts onto the pharmacy and health sciences (PHS) campus for an all-day event filled with engaging educational activities.

CAC 2 resizedThe morning portion consisted of indoor activities. The students split up into seven groups which rotated through seven stations, some of which included sheep heart dissections with the American Heart Association, smoking cessation and lung awareness with the American Lung Association, and an exercise and breakdancing activity organized by Kappa Psi. At the conclusion of the morning rotations, the students were then free to explore the carnival which was outdoors on the PHS lawn. With luau-inspired decorations, music, fire drill demonstrations, face painting, and much more, the kids had plenty of activities to learn about health-related topics, engage with their friends as well as with the volunteers, and win numerous prizes to take home. Although the students did not want to leave, the event ended around 1:45 p.m. and the buses headed home by 2 p.m.

Students engage in a stretching exercise.
Students engage in a stretching exercise.

The tradition of the Children’s Awareness Carnival continues annually because of the immense opportunity it gives to the students in the local community. The CAC is sometimes the first and possibly the only field trip that these students will experience, which is why the Committee strives to conduct such a large and all-inclusive event. With 28 participating student committees and organizations, we were able to encourage 140 student volunteers, not only from the pharmacy program but also from the dental hygiene and the speech-language pathology programs to participate. The Children’s Awareness Committee strives to make the carnival better each year, and we could not have done it without the support of the faculty, students, and especially our advisor, Dr. Denis Meerdink. The committee would also like to thank Rite Aid for their generous support. When asked about her favorite part of the Carnival, second year CAC co-chair, Jina Choi ’15, shared, “It’s so rewarding to see everything we’ve been working on all year finally come together and to see the kids absolutely love it.”

 

Beverly Pappas ‘17 Seeks to Help Patients Through Research

Beverly Pappas resizedExposure to research can provide students opportunities to follow their interests, gain diverse laboratory skills and make contributions to their field of study. While deciding on the next step in her career, Beverly Pappas ‘17 carefully considered programs where she could make an impact on patients and the community. Pappas earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She is currently enrolled in the doctor of philosophy in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Program (PCSP) and also serves as a research assistant under Dr. William Chan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry.

“I decided to pursue my PhD in pharmaceutics, specifically molecular and cellular biology, because I love the interdisciplinary aspect. After much consideration and support from my family and friends, I realized that I could help more people by uncovering novel aspects of disease states by working in the lab,” said Pappas.

In the research lab, Pappas will be instrumental in the success of Dr. Chan’s current research. Dr. Chan recently received a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health, grant of $367,000 to study how the protein known as p23 has the ability to decrease the amount of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) in the absence of ligand, a molecule that combines with another. Read more about his research here.

When asked why she chose Pacific, Pappas said, “I wanted the opportunity to be involved and collaborate with peers and professors. Professors at Pacific are readily available to help me.” She says Dr. Chan is a great example of a professor who has exemplary leadership and teaching style and considers him as a mentor. “Dr. Chan has a very interactive and hands-on teaching style and ensures that we have a strong grasp of the concepts and fundamentals while also encouraging independent and critical thinking,” said Pappas.

Pappas also believes that being involved in extracurricular activities is an important component of one’s professional and personal growth. She serves as Vice President on the PCSP Graduate Student Association and as a member on  the Summer Success and Leadership Academy and Black Campus Ministry. “Faith is very important to me and Black Campus Ministry provides a wonderful outlet for young African Americans to study the Bible and grow stronger in our faith.”

Looking towards the future, Pappas hopes to conduct research overseas with the Fogarty International Center in tracking drug resistant tuberculosis in Malawi. She would also like to partner and collaborate with scientific professionals to open an after-school program for young girls to expose them to different areas of science. Similar to her work with the Summer Success and Leadership Academy, this program will also integrate mentoring into the curriculum to support those interested in pursuing a higher education.

Some interesting facts about Pappas are that she loves bacon, is related to Emeka Okafor who plays for the Phoenix Suns as a power forward, and after high school she considered enlisting in the Marine Corps.

 

Physical Therapy Professor’s Research Leads to New Treatment of Deadly Lung Disease

jim mansoorIn 1997, Dr. Jim Mansoor, Professor – Department of Physical Therapy, and his colleagues from UC Davis launched a research project to study the effects of pirfenidone on a deadly lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), in animal models. The research was funded by Marnac, Inc., which has since sold the rights to sell pirfenidone to InterMune. Today his preliminary work has contributed to a new treatment for patients who suffer from the disease.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis occurs when lung tissues thicken and stiffen, causing difficulty in breathing and restricting oxygen intake. Dr. Mansoor and his team researched the drug’s effects by studying the forced vital capacity, the amount of air that is forcibly exhaled from the lungs. Dr. Mansoor’s research found that animals with induced IPF that had been treated with pirfenidone showed significant improvement in forced vital capacity over animals that were not treated with pirfenidone. Pirfenidone helped reduce thickening of the tissues, commonly known as scarring in the lungs, and improved pulmonary function in animals. The cause of IPF is often unknown and early screenings are not available. Currently, there are no successful treatments for the disease and the only other option is a lung transplant.

“When I was doing this research, I would receive emails from patients saying they’ve learned that there are no treatments for IPF but saw my research online and asked if I would recommend the drug. I would respond and apologize that I was not a medical doctor and that I could only say that the drug improved pulmonary function in animal models,” commented Dr. Mansoor.

Patients who are diagnosed with the disorder are usually middle-aged to older adults who have shown symptoms for some time, and many die three to six years after diagnosis because of respiratory failure. Pirfenidone offers hope for patients by slowing down the deterioration of lung functions in recent human clinical trials, potentially increasing life expectancy. Similar to Dr. Mansoor’s animal model, the human clinical trials also showed a reduction in the deterioration in forced vital capacity.

“Many researchers do a lot of work not knowing if it will go anywhere. Learning that my work is going to have a direct impact on patients is rewarding,” said Dr. Mansoor.

Current studies have found pirfenidone to be relatively safe, with no cardiovascular side effects but with the possibility of nausea and gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Although the effect of pirfenidone on IPF is a relatively new discovery, the drug itself has been around since the 1960s.

Pirfenidone is marketed in the United States under the name Esbriet® which was developed by InterMune. InterMune licensed certain rights to pirfenidone from Marnac, Inc. and its co-licensor, KDL GmbH, in 2002. In 2007 the rights to sell the compound under the patents in the US and several other countries were purchased from Marnac and KDL.

Read more about Dr. Mansoor’s study in a paper titled “Pirfenidone attenuates bleomycin-induced changes in pulmonary mechanics in hamsters,” which was published in the Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine journal in 1997.

 

 

Dr. William Chan Receives NIH Grant

william chanDr. William Chan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, has received a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for his research titled “Investigating the molecular mechanisms in controlling the aryl hydrocarbon receptor protein levels.” This $367,000 grant is funded over three years.

The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is an important signaling molecule that responds to human exposure to numerous environmental contaminants that are unavoidable in our daily diet and living. Understanding how our body controls the AhR cellular levels and how it affects our bodily response to toxins in the environment is a fundamental part of the research. Dr. Chan has discovered that a protein known as p23 has the ability to decrease the amount of the receptor in the absence of ligand, a molecule that binds to another. This grant will address mechanisms that control the AhR protein levels in human cells.

If successful, researchers will gain a better understanding of how the AhR protein levels are maintained and regulated, which will uncover mechanisms to modulate its functions for better drug design to address complications in cancer, aberrant immune response, stem cell development and more.

Dr. Chan will be working closely with graduate students, doctor of pharmacy students, and possibly pre-pharmacy students to conduct the research. “I am excited about this research but what is undeniably important is that I have the opportunity to expose students to research and get them excited about this field and hope that it will play a role in their career choice,” said Dr. Chan.

Dr. Chan was recently named department chair, effective July 1. He says he looks forward to “creating an environment for faculty to excel in teaching and scholarly activities.”

Dr. Chan has been studying the AhR since 1993 and has received a total of four grants from the institute since 1999.

 

 

SLP Hosts Annual Graduate Research Presentation

Dr. Jeannene Ward-Lonergan hosted the annual Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Research Presentation on May 7, 2014 to showcase research studies conducted by students in the Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology Program. Students are enrolled in the Research Methods course taught by Dr. Ward-Lonergan and are responsible for conducting a literature review and designing a research study of their choice. At the end of the course the students have the option to carry out the study or take an exam to meet the requirements. This year there were 10 research studies.

slp research 1 resizedAlyssa Novales ’15 and Vanessa Wildie ’15 presented their research study on the “Sentence Structure and Speech Sound Considerations for School-Age Filipino-American Children.” Their pilot study will look at children five to seven years old and evaluate the speech differences between students who are exposed to the Tagalog language at home and those who only speak English. “Documenting speech and language differences will help educate administrators such as teachers and clinicians to make informed decisions when making referrals or diagnosing disorders,” said Wildie. “Since some speech and language differences may be attributed to diverse cultural linguistic backgrounds, children may be misidentified as having a disorder,” added Novales. Both Novales and Wildie were not raised bilingual but picked up some accents from their parents and relatives who primarily spoke their native language during family gatherings. However, the exposure did not affect their speech in school or as adults.

Another important study is the “Effects of cochlear implants on reading levels” presented by Amanda Lines ’15 and Kayla Villalpando ’15. Their study will compare reading levels of children with cochlear implants to children who do not have a hearing impairment. “Many deaf children have a fourth grade reading level. If we can show that cochlear implants can help children excel, it can really impact their education,” said Villalpano. There are strict criteria for the surgery and it can be expensive, especially for families without health insurance. “Cochlear implants can benefit deaf or hard of hearing children but are more appropriate for children who suffer from sensory neurological damage,” said Lines.slp research 2 resized

When asked what Dr. Ward-Lonergan hopes students take away from her course she said, “I hope they gain a greater understanding of the importance of research, more knowledge about the research process and evidence-based practice, and a sense of excitement about conducting research! There are numerous important questions that need to be addressed in our field of study, and I am very proud that so many of the students are already becoming active research contributors.”

Dr. Ward-Lonergan continues to see an increase in the number of students who have opted to conduct their research studies. Many of the studies are submitted for presentation at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) and/or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) professional meetings. This year all 10 research studies have been submitted for the 2015 CSHA Convention in Long Beach.

 

 

Dr. Larry Boles Creates Community Group to Benefit Aphasia Clients

Larry BolesAphasia is a condition that robs people of the ability to communicate and can affect one’s ability to express and understand verbal and written language. This condition is typically found in individuals who have suffered brain damage from illnesses such as a stroke, and affects more than two million individuals in the United States. Dr. Larry Boles, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), is creating a community group to help individuals who have been diagnosed with aphasia to regain their communication skills. “This group is a conversation group where individuals gather to share their stories in an attempt to regain conversations so that they can rebuild relationships with family and friends,” said Boles.

While providing therapy to a client, he noticed an increase in feedback and interactions from the client when he asked the client’s husband to give the cues for verb and noun pronunciations. This response inspired him to organize community groups. “Family members spend a lot of time with the client so it only makes sense to incorporate them into the therapy. And since then I’ve always encouraged couples therapy.”

The aphasia group will consist of clients who are already being seen at the Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center on campus. Many were referred to the group by former graduate students who were out on externships in area hospitals and clinics and by current SLP students working in the clinics. Dr. Boles also plans to have students lead the community group discussion, which gives students experiential learning opportunities.

“I’m hoping that with the students’ involvement in the community group they will gain a sense of humanity and gain confidence in conversation-based therapy and not rely solely on linguistic-based therapy,” said Dr. Boles, who anticipates seeing positive changes and an increase in “quality of life” in both the clients and students.

Dr. Boles has provided one-on-one therapy sessions to nearly 500 clients who have been affected by aphasia over the course of his career. He works closely with experts at the Aphasia Center of California in Oakland. Through this collaboration Dr. Boles says he is “fortunate to have access to other experts” in the field.

In addition to the community group, Dr. Boles has conducted research on “establishing alignment in aphasia couples therapy.” He found that when the spouse acts as the therapist, the clients can speak in longer phrases and have increases in elaboration and utterances. Dr. Boles presented this research at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) Convention in March and will be presenting it again at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in November.

To learn more about aphasia, visit the National Aphasia Association at www.aphasia.org.

 

 

 

Physical Therapy Student to Participate in Giants Training Camp

Ben Larson resizedGrowing up, Ben Larson ‘14 aspired to be a physical therapist for a professional sports team because he was a multi-sport athlete and had his share of visits to the physical therapist and athletic trainer. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘wow, this could be something I would have fun doing as a career.’” Larson can now check that off his bucket list because he has been accepted as a student physical therapist for the San Francisco Giants training camp this summer starting on July 14.

During his internship, Larson will be providing rehabilitation therapy to elite athletes in the major and minor leagues who suffer from physical injuries. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a patient base that will be highly functioning and I look forward to learning new strategies, techniques, and interventions to treat and get them back to what they love doing as quickly as possible,” said Larson who learned about the training camp by doing some research and speaking with a peer and Dr. Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education.

By the end of the internship Larson hopes that he will gain a better understanding of sports therapy and determine if he would like to pursue his career in the industry. He’s also interested in outpatient therapy and traveling overseas on medical missions. In addition to his professional goals, he would also like to get married and start a family soon.

While at Pacific, he has conducted undergraduate research and worked on independent study courses with Dr. Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. He has presented posters at three different conferences and is an author on two research papers that are in the works to be published in a research journal. “Dr. Davenport serves as a role model on how to invest in others and to encourage them to bring out their best,” said Larson.

Larson also loves baseball but admits that he didn’t grow up watching the Giants. He has been an Atlanta Braves fan since he was six years old and remembers watching them lose to the Yankees in the 1996 World Series. When he turned 10 and moved to California he has been cheering on the Giants “as long as they weren’t playing the Braves.”

Three unique facts about Larson are that he enjoys board games that involve strategic and logical thinking, playing football and basketball, and has acrophohia, fear of heights.

Larson is a member of the doctor of physical therapy class of 2014 and also earned his bachelor’s at Pacific in 2012. He chose Pacific for its competitive academic scholarship package on “a faith-based decision.” “It was between Pacific and another university, but the big issue was cost.  So I prayerfully considered both colleges, and when I received multiple academic scholarships for Pacific I knew which direction I was being led.”

 

Honoring Dr. Christine R. Wilson

christine wilsonCHRISTINE R. WILSON
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 
Department of Physical Therapy
11 Years of Service 

Wilson’s circuitous route to a career in physical therapy included pursuing a dancing career in New York City and studying movement analysis and notation at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies before earning her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she developed a professional focus in pulmonary PT. After four years of PT practice, she taught English in Tokyo and traveled before returning to complete her M.A. in motor control at Columbia University. In 1983 she joined the faculty at Downstate Medical Center and operated a pulmonary PT home care practice. She earn her Ph.D. at McGill University and came to Pacific in 2003. She has been an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American PT Association, serving as Research Committee Chair for 12 years and garnering the section’s highest service award in 2013. She has been Department Chair since August 2011, during which time she convened a new PT leadership council and established the Sanderson Lecture Series, supported by St. Joseph’s Foundation.

Honoring Dr. Paul Williams ’74

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPAUL WILLIAMS ’74
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 
Department of Pharmacy Practice
31 Years of Service 

Williams received his doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1974 and his master of science from the University of North Carolina in 1984. He joined the Pacific faculty in 1982. He is a highly accomplished researcher, teacher and thought leader in the area of population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics model development, validation and application. His significant body of work has been extensively cited—including a paper cited by the Food and Drug Administration—and forms the foundation for much of the current knowledge, education and research in the area of population pharmacokinetics. He received the University Faculty Research Lecture Award in 2006. Williams is also a noted reviewer and editorial board member for journals such as The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Pharmacokinetics and has been active in professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has been applauded for his service in all areas and remains a leader in his field.