Cincinnati Pharmacy Newsletter

Dean's Message

Neil  Mackinnon

Neil Mackinnon

Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,

Welcome to the latest issue of Cincinnati Pharmacy, the electronic newsletter of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

We have recently begun a new academic year and have welcomed 84 new students to the college. The PharmD Class of 2023 consists of 61 females and 23 males. We are proud to have 25% of our new students come from diverse ethnicities. Their average age is 22, their average GPA is 3.41 and average PCAT score is 60. All the white coats were sponsored by alumni, faculty and other donors, and the sponsors were each acknowledged at our White Coat Ceremony  on Aug. 23. I want to give a special shout out to Dick Darlington, who sponsored 15 white coats!

Our new MS and PhD students have also joined the college. I met with our new PhD students, who come from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, China (three students) and the Netherlands. New students have joined our distance-learning Master’s programs in drug development, pharmacy leadership and cosmetic science. We have expanded our 4+1 dual-degree co-op program in cosmetic science to include a partnership with UC’s biology department, in addition to the existing partnership with the chemistry department. We are also exploring expanding the partnership to chemical engineering as well.

The other change to our college is the completion of the green space, now called Eden Commons, beside our college, as well as new landscaping in front of Kowalewski Hall. It feels as though our college has been one big construction zone during the past five years so it is wonderful to finally be done with the construction and to enjoy the new green spaces. I invite you back if you have not been back to the college in recent years, and I would be pleased to give you a personal tour of our space. 

Finally, three new faculty members have joined us this new academic year. Associate Professor Emma Palmer, PharmD, has expertise in psychiatric pharmacy and her practice site is the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Berryman, PharmD, has expertise in population health and her practice site is with St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The third faculty member is Assistant Professor Nihal El Rouby and her expertise is pharmacogenomics and she, too, will be practicing with St Elizabeth Healthcare. Speaking of pharmacogenomics, our new distance-learning program in pharmacogenomics and personalized health care was approved by the university and we hope to launch that program in 2020.

Neil MacKinnon
BSC(Pharm), MSc(Pharm), PhD, Dean and Professor

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