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UF College of Pharmacy celebrates graduates and major milestones at 2019 commencement

Two important milestones were reached with the 2019 graduating class of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy: the first class of students to matriculate through all four years of the new entry-level Pharm.D. curriculum graduated, as did the final class of Working Professional Pharm.D. students. The 225 entry-level Pharm.D. program graduates became known as…

At 76, Robert Blok embraces being UF’s oldest graduate in the class of 2019

Age is nothing more than a number to Robert Blok. At 76, he earned his Master of Pharmacy in Science degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy — earning the distinction of being UF’s oldest graduate among more than 8,000 students in the class of 2019. Blok and his wife, Kim, retired in…

UF College of Pharmacy lands in the Top 5 of national research rankings

University of Florida College of Pharmacy research funding reached a record $23.7 million in 2018, moving the college into the Top 5 of the national pharmacy college research rankings. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, released its annual research reportMay 8, and the UF College of Pharmacy made substantial moves up the…

NIDA awards UF College of Pharmacy additional $3.4 million kratom grant

Although kratom is seen as a possible remedy for drug addiction, it’s typically associated with harm in western countries but not in those in Southeast Asia where its leaves have been used for hundreds of years. Now the National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy a…

2019 UF Drug Discovery Symposium brings together experts from across Florida

The third UF Drug Discovery Symposium brought a record-breaking 180 participants, including many of Florida’s major players in the drug discovery field, to Hotel Indigo in Gainesville on April 25–26. The symposium — hosted by the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development, or CNPD3 — featured a keynote…

Dr. Steven Smith receives UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

The University of Florida has honored Steven Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H., with the Excellence Award for Assistant Professors — one of the university’s top awards for a junior faculty member. Smith serves as an assistant professor in the UF College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmacotherapy and translational research. He joined the college in 2014 and has…

40 Under 40 class features three UF College of Pharmacy alumni

The University of Florida Alumni Association recognized three outstanding young alumni from the UF College of Pharmacy in its 40 Under 40 class of 2019. Those honored at the April 13 ceremony included: John Betancourt, ’15, an entrepreneur and clinical pharmacist from South Florida Daniela Conrado, ’12, a pharmaceutical scientist with the Critical Path Institute…

Dr. Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff named UF Research Foundation professor for 2019–2022

The University of Florida Research Foundation, or UFRF, named 32 faculty members as UFRF professors for 2019-2022, among them is Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., an associate professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research. Cooper-DeHoff also has a joint appointment in the College of Medicine’s division of cardiovascular medicine. The UFRF recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research…

2019 White Coat Ceremony welcomes 277 first-year students to the pharmacy profession

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy presented 277 first-year Pharm.D. students with their white coats on April 13 in Gainesville. During the White Coat Ceremony, Dean and Distinguished Professor Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., and college leaders commended the students for their achievement thus far, while entrusting them with a greater commitment as they pursue their…