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Several of our faculty are tackling the opioid addiction alongside and in partnership with the surrounding communities.

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CoP survey found many MN jails don’t have the infrastructure or planning in place to support inmates with mental illnesses, particularly upon release.

Swayam Prabha ovarian cancer research story

Assistant Professor Swayam Prabha is researching a therapy that could have significantly reduced side effects and toxicity for both primary and recurrent ovarian cancer.

Ann Philbrick

I recently helped a patient who has emphysema, with a poor prognosis. He needed inhalers to help him breathe daily.

The trouble is, despite many visits with the pharmacy team, he could not figure out how to use these inhalers. The next step was to put him on nebulized medications, or medications put into a machine so that they can be inhaled. However, he had recently changed insurance and was having difficulty navigating how to obtain the machine and medications.

Jean Moon

I was seeing a teenage patient for her breathing medications and contraception options when she revealed to me how she had been struggling with suicidal thoughts and had tried drinking bleach. She shared that she had never told anyone about this before.

We talked for a while and I was able to get her into seeing a physician that day. I am so glad that she felt comfortable sharing such personal information with me and that we were able to get her the additional help she needed.

Amy Tran, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

Amy Tran, a dual PharmD, MPH student from the University of Minnesota, went to Uganda under the mentorship of assistant professor Melanie Nicol, PharmD, PhD.  Nicol, who studies HIV in women, received a seed grant from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility (CGHSR).


1st year student Jacob Schally says, “I’ve met some incredible pharmacists and I want to work hard so I can follow in their footsteps.”

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Bob, an older man with diabetes, was referred by his primary care physician after developing gangrene in one of his feet.

Sarah Westberg

I met with a woman struggling with a condition that causes her to consistently have reactions to triggers in her environment, including foods and chemicals. In particular, she reacted to inactive ingredients in her medications, which prevented her from being able to take the medications she needed to manage her disease.

 low prescribing rates among MN providers

With opioid overdose deaths increasing at alarming speed, naloxone, an overdose antidote, provides some hope amidst a grave, serious public health crisis. From 2014 to 2015 alone, opioid-related overdose deaths increased 11 percent in Minnesota.