News and Events

Jillian Brooks Awarded a Summer Research Fellowship in Chemistry

Jillian Brooks, undergraduate in chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering, was recently awarded a Summer Research Fellowship in Chemistry (Heisig/Gleysteen).  Jillian has been working with Dr. Lisa Coles at the Center for Orphan Drug Research on a project to measure naloxone in human plasma samples.  Her research project is a component of a larger project designed to determine whether intranasal naloxone can preserve hypoglycemia counterregulation following exercise in individuals with type 1 diabetes (PI, Dr. Seaquist). The Heisig/Gleysteen Fellowship is a very competitive award and will allow her to work with us over the summer on this exciting project. Congrats Jillian!


Irene Vuu Awarded a Second Year of Fellowship from American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education

Irene Vuu has received an award that will help fund the next year of her PhD program from the American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE).  Congratulations!

James Cloyd Awarded the Faculty Recognition Award from the Pharmacy Alumni Socitety

James Cloyd is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, the Lawrence C. Weaver Endowed Chair in Orphan Drug Development, and Director of the Center for Orphan Drug Research at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and is renowned in the area of epilepsy and clinical pharmacology.

Jim has been a strong supporter of students and alumni through-out his time at the University of Minnesota. He is a former Century Mortar Club board member who was a speaker at the University of Minnesota’s Mini-College in Florida. According to his nominator, “ one was more instrumental in my desire to further my education in pharmacy and pursue a PharmD degree than Dr. Cloyd. His skill in working with pharmacy and graduate students is unmatched. His commitment to patient care is steadfast.”

  Junior Mentor of the Year: Dr. Reena KarthaJunior Mentor of the Year: Dr. Reena Kartha

Reena Kartha, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor with the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and a Principal Scientist for the Center for Orphan Drug Research.

Her research focuses on the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Kartha generously helps interview applicants for CTSI's summer programs.

Mentees and a colleague praised Dr. Kartha for her intelligence, strength, open personality, research expertise, and for dedicating herself to her mentees’ success. Congratulations, Dr. Kartha!

James Cloyd Receives the J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care

Cloyd - Award recipient James Cloyd, PharmD, received the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2017 J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care.

Established in 1997 with an original gift from Abbott Laboratories and now supported through the J. Kiffin Penry Fund of AES, this award honors Dr. Penry's lifelong focus on and genuine concern for the patient with epilepsy. It recognizes individuals whose work has had a major impact on patient care and improved the quality of life for persons with epilepsy as well as recognizing excellence in the care of persons with epilepsy. 

"The award is particularly meaningful to me as I worked closely with Dr. Penry during the early years of my career," said Cloyd. "He set a standard for excellence in patient care, education, and research that I've tried to emulate."
Cloyd received the award at the 2017 AES Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4.

Students working with Center for Orphan Drug Research receive notable awards.

David Kraus is a senior majoring in chemistry in the UMN College of Science and Engineering.  David received a Heisig/Gleysteen Chemistry Summer Research Program award.  The program is designed to encourage students in chemistry to learn more about research and provide them with the opportunity to work in a lab under the direction of a faculty member.  Dr. Lisa Coles assisted with the award application and will be the mentor for David’s summer project.

David Kraus and Patricia Maglalang (also a senior majoring in chemistry in the UMN College of Science and Engineering) were both chosen to receive the David A. and Merece H. Johnson Scholarship for outstanding achievement in undergraduate research as well as overall scholastic excellence.  The scholarship will be awarded to these students at the beginning of the Fall 2016 term.  Dr. Lisa Coles served as a research mentor to both students. Dr. James Cloyd and Dr. Ronald Siegel will be Patricia’s project mentors.

Kendra Radtke receives the UCSF School of Pharmacy Dohmen Life Science Scholarship.

Kendra Radtke received The Dohmen Life Science Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. The Dohmen Life Science Scholarship, in memory of Dr. Sally Van Doren, is awarded to a Pharmacy student and based upon demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, a desire to serve the life sciences industry, outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

Before entering the UCSF PharmD program, Kendra earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences.  Kendra’s undergraduate research and training was completed in the Center for Orphan Drug Research under the direction of Drs. Lisa Coles and James Cloyd.

Congratulations to Bridget Curtin!

Bridget is an undergraduate student in the UMN College of Biological Sciences majoring in Biology with an expected graduation date of May 2017.  Bridget has been working with the Center for Orphan Drug Research beginning in the fall of 2015.

Bridget received a financial support award for her project MicroRNAs as Potential Biomarkers for Pediatric Epilepsies under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and was selected as a 2016 Pathways to Research Program Scholar.  Dr. Reena Kartha is her mentor.

 James Cloyd, PharmD, Director of the Center for Orphan Drug Research, is honored at a "40 & 10" reception on March 29, 2016 McNamara Alumni Center.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Cloyd's career milestone and continuing good work; 40th year leading epilepsy and orphan drug research at the University of Minnesota and 10th anniversary leading the U of M Center for Orphan Drug Research.

You can congratulate Dr. Cloyd by following this link.

Zahra Karimian, PharmD - Postdoctoral Associate in the College of Pharmacy and affiliated with the Center for Orphan Drug Research - recently presented a poster at the WORLDSymposium 2016  in San Diego, CA titled "Characterizing Infusion Reactions to Intravenous Enzyme Replacement Therapy: Establishing Temporal Relationships for Effective Management Strategies"  The authors are Zahra F. Karimian, PharmD; Chester B. Whitley PhD MD; and Jeanine R. Jarnes Utz, PharmD.

The abstract was also published in Molecular Genetics & Metabolism (read abstract) and received coverage in the Rare Disease Report (read report).

James Cloyd, PharmD, Director of the Center for Orphan Drug Research, presents to Robbinsdale Area Schools.

Dr. Cloyd gave a talk on seizure rescue therapy titled "Use of Intranasal and Buccal Midazolam as Seizure Rescue Therapy" to the Robbinsdale Area Schools health staff.  According to Amber Spaniol, RN PHN LSN, Health Services Program Director "The feedback from the nurses was great!  They really enjoyed your presentation and we learned so much."

Jim Cloyd, PharmD and Reena Kartha, PhD interviewed for article in Laboratory Equipment Magazine.

Jim Cloyd, PharmD and Reena Kartha, PhD were interviewed for an article in Laboratory Equipment Magazine titled “Orphan Drugs: Rare Diseases, Rare Funding”. The Center for Orphan Drug Research (CODR) was one of two major research institutions featured that are working to tackle the orphan disease problem. Read the article.