News and Events

Dr. Reena Kartha will speak at the NIH Rare Disease Day Virtual Conference about her fall 2020 freshman seminar on rare diseases. Her talk, "Novel Rare Diseases Course for Undergraduate Freshmen — Successes and Lessons Learned" will be on Monday, March 1 at 3:10 PM EST. The event is free and open to the public.

CODR graduate student, Siddhee Sahasrabudhe, will be interviewed by CheckRare regarding her presentation, "Modeling potential interactions between oral Gaucher disease treatment and investigational COVID-19 therapies," at this year’s WORLDSymposiuconference. 

Congratulations to Siddhee Sahasrabudhe, CODR grad student, on being named a 2021 Cloyd Fellow and for being selected to participate in the NINDS Neurotherapeutics Training Course. Congratulations, Siddhee!

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Care Project Awards have been announced! The 2018-2019 Generation Rx Coordinators were: Mahli Scheible, Patricia Maglalang, Cassie DeGoey and their Advisor, Dr. Randy Seifert. The hardwork and dedication they showed through their initiative during the 2018-2019 Academic year to work with communities to shed light on drug misuse prevention and treatment won them the title of 1st Runner-up (aka 2nd in the Nation)!

The Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Diseases (CBACRD) has created The Rare Diseases Health Care Access Study to change the outcome for Minnesota patients and families living with rare diseases. With better understanding of rare diseases’ barriers to seeking and accessing health care,

Sruthi Subramanian, a Mounds View Senior High School student and CODR volunteer, created an impressive 11-minute documentary to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Congratulations to Siddhee Sahasrabudhe, ECP graduate student and mentee of Dr. Reena Kartha, who was recently accepted into the nationally competitive Rare Disease Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) Rare Disease Scholar Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The program is designed to support students as they build a career in rare disease research. Congratulations, Siddhee!
Reena Kartha portrait

Dr. Reena Kartha will be teaching a first-of-its-kind Freshman Seminar course on Rare Diseases: What It Takes To Be a Medical Orphan this Fall. The course was accepted into the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenge Curriculum and will consist of weekly seminars and readings on topics related to the understanding of rare diseases and the economics, regulatory and public policy aspects of development of drugs (orphan products).

Q&A with Dr. Kartha about the course

Lori Endsley was recently accepted into the first cohort of the College of Pharmacy's Leading Change and Project Management Initiative. The eight-week program is designed to teach and hone project management skills. This program is intended to support staff development to take on collegiate level initiatives tied to our strategic plan and likely engage faculty and staff from multiple units/departments. Congratulations Lori!

Dr. Natalie Schmitz, 2018 alumna of ECP's PhD program, and Sarah Kim, current ECP PhD student, were recently accepted into one of NIH's highly coveted Loan Repayment Programs. The program will repay 50% of their student loans over the course of the next two years. Congratulations, Natalie and Sarah!