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Rare disease advocatesRare disease advocates joined Governor Tim Walz on June 18, 2019 for a ceremonial signing of the bipartisan Rare Disease Advisory Council bill. The bill will create the Chloe Barnes Rare Disease Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota to coordinate the study and treatment of rare diseases.

Abhishek Sathe

Congratulations to Abhishek Sathe on winning the award for best Parkinson Disease abstract at the 32nd Annual Symposium on Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders! Your abstract on A Comprehensive Evaluation Of Udca Pharmacokinetics, Biological Target Engagements and Mechanism(s) of Action in People with Parkinson's Disease (PWPs) was very well received among 58 other abstracts by the PSG Symposia Committee. Once again, congratulations on your award!

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Okay, okay . . . .  It’s now a month after Rare Disease Day (on which Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s own Frank J.

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy team, which includes CODR's Parker Johnson, presented a poster (Antibiotic Stewardship in a Small Hospital: Overcoming Barriers with Telemedicine) last week at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Global Conference in Seattle, part of the reward for winning first place in the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge. Each student also received a $500 cash prize and an individual plaque; the team also brought home a team trophy.


Patty Maglalang has been accepted into the College of Pharmacy Research Emphasis – Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Track.  Completion of this emphasis will introduce her to the role pharmacy trained professionals can play in the research enterprise and give an introduction to some of the skills needed for a career in scientific research. Her mentors will be Dr. Jim Cloyd and Dr. Lisa Coles. Congratulations, Patty!

Congratulations to Irene Vuu!

Irene Vuu has been named a recipient of the 2019 James C. Cloyd Neuropharmacology Fellowship. This fellowship was awarded based on her extraordinary potential to engage in research related to clinical neuropharmacology. Congratulations, Irene!

Usha Mishra

At an event on October 4, Usha Mishra, CODR Researcher, had the opportunity to meet and talk with 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kalish Satyarthi. His goal is to end exploitation of children and child labor in the world. Quite a unique opportunity!

On September 27, Natalie Schmitz, PharmD, ECP graduate student and mentee of Jim Cloyd successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Orphan Drug Development: The Regulatory, Economic, and Scientific Aspects of Intravenous Baclofen.” Her seminar attracted a large audience of faculty and students, was well designed and presented.

The Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Coles and Dr. Reena Kartha are newly appointed as Research Assistant Professors within the department.  Both have been working as researchers in the Center for Orphan Drug Research and will continue to do so in their new roles.