Welcome from the Dean

Dean Deziel, NSU College of Pharmacy
Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
COP Dean

The NSU College of Pharmacy (COP) is a vibrant, dynamic place – ever changing, constantly growing and always working toward providing new opportunities for our students, alumni, and community friends. Our website is designed to introduce you to the college and keep you up to date on our activities. In addition, you will find admissions and curriculum information; highlights; faculty, alumni, and student profiles; and information on student organizations and events. We hope you will find the information useful and engaging and that you enjoy the exciting environment that is NSU’s COP.

The College of Pharmacy offers a challenging professional program of study in pharmacy through the Pharm.D. degree designed to meet the needs of current and future patient-centered care. Presented by highly talented and diverse faculty using innovative teaching modalities and technologies, our graduates are prepared to be medication therapy managers and positioned for leadership positions within the health care environment. We also provide opportunities for students who want more than the traditional curriculum, including a dual Pharm.D./MBA degree option, opportunities to work with faculty research projects, advanced-standing program for international pharmacists, and international study programs.

NSU COP also offers a quality Ph.D. program - one that attracts students from all over the world. With multiple tracks to choose from in pharmaceutical sciences and socio-behavioral and administrative pharmacy, our Ph.D. students are engaged in meaningful research with our talented faculty.  The Ph.D. degree prepares its graduates for positions within academia and industry by providing quality classroom and research experiences.

Benefitting from the location and diversity of South Florida, NSU’s COP offers our students an environment that cannot be matched elsewhere. Thank you for visiting our website; we encourage you to become engaged with our college. Please refer to the “contact us" link if you would like additional information.

Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D.,Ph.D.
Dean, NSU College of Pharmacy

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2014 Memories . . .


College of Pharmacy Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

25 Anniversary
Since its inception in 1987, the College of Pharmacy has been a leader in pharmacy education and research throughout the United States.

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NSU College of Pharmacy Student Chapter of SCCP featured in ACCP's "STUNEWS"
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NSU Colleges of Pharmacy and Osteopathic Medicine Host Interdisciplinary Community Health Check
Interdisciplinary NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and NSU College of Pharmacy (COP) representatives pose together at Walgreens. Left to right: Claudia Vallin (COM student), Diana Hernández (COP student), Giselle Farinas (COP student), Jessica Greenwood (COP student), Garrett Van Ostran (COM student), Leany Alexis Capote (COP student), and José Valdes, Pharm.D. (COP faculty member and alumnus).

On Nov. 1, 2014, the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy from NSU’s College of Pharmacy (COP), and the NeuroPsych Club from NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine partnered with Walgreens on Coral Way in Miami to offer free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings to members of the community. Walgreens provided the necessary equipment and supplies. COP assistant professors José Valdes, Pharm.D., (Class of 2012) and Taylor Butler, Pharm.D., generously volunteered their time to provide medication counseling and supervision. Read more...

Dr. Ana M. Castejon in "NSU Research Spotlight: Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Dr. Castejon

NSU and the dietary supplement company Immunotec are conducting a research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. The study will investigate the effects of a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate in children diagnosed with autism. The primary function of this research is to establish whether taking a 90-day diet of cysteine-rich whey proteins (which comes in a powder form), will have a positive effect on autistic behaviors. Improvements in affected behaviors may result in an enhanced quality of life for both children and their families. During the clinical study, there will be an analysis of the children’s exhibited behaviors. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder currently affecting as many as 1 in 68 children in the United States. Read more...

Dr. Appu Rathinavelu in "NSU Research Spotlight: Cancer Research"
Dr. Rathinavelu

During his graduate studies nearly 30 years ago, Appu Rathinavelu, now a Ph.D., visited a cancer research institute in India where he witnessed patients facing serious side effects from chemotherapy drugs. This experience inspired him to pursue a field that allowed him to develop new therapeutic approaches that are less toxic, more affordable, and have better results. When he joined NSU’s College of Pharmacy in 1992 and began conducting research that will make a significant difference in countless lives, he moved closer to making his dream a reality. He and his team at NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research are focused on developing new methods for early detection of cancer and discovering new drugs that provide less toxic treatments for cancer. Read more...

Dr. Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos in "NSU Research Spotlight: Pharmaceutical Sciences"
Dr. Lymperopoulos

Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos, Ph.D., seeks to discover new treatments for cardiovascular disease, which kills more people than cancer. Right now, his “patients” are mice and rats. But Lymperopoulos has dedicated his professional life to the premise that cutting-edge gene therapy techniques will produce important benefits for humans. “I have always liked science, then I got hooked on the science behind drugs. Then, in my mentor’s Philadelphia biomedical research lab, I started working on the heart,” Lymperopoulos explains. His mother died from a stroke shortly before he came to the United States from his native Greece, and this stimulated his interest. In Philadelphia, he tested the practicality of an approach to delivering proteins to the hearts of animals through certain cell surface receptors. “It was a make-or-break moment where I would either hit a home run or reach a sudden dead end. Fortunately, I validated the concept, and this set me up for a lifetime career,” he says. Read more...

Dr. Robert Speth in "NSU Research Spotlight: Pharmaceutical Sciences"
Dr. Robert Speth

While taking his first college psychology course, Bob Speth, now a Ph.D., decided that he wanted to figure out how the brain works. “At that time, I had no idea that the brain had 100 billion cells, all making connections with each other. I’m still working at my goal, though I have scaled back my expectations,” he says. Now an NSU professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Speth has characterized a brain protein that forms a blood pressure-lowering hormone, which could eventually reduce the incidence of heart disease. “I have six people in the laboratory going full bore on what I hope will become a valuable research tool,” he says. Read more...

Dr. Jean Latimer in "NSU Research Spotlight: Cancer Research"
Dr. Jean Latimer

Losing a friend to leukemia in high school was a life changing event for Jean Latimer, Ph.D. Always interested in science, Latimer initially considered becoming a doctor. Then she began thinking about the unchartered territory in which doctors didn’t have all the answers. Her epiphany came at age 16 when she realized that, if she wanted to develop cures and treatments, she should become a scientist instead. Now a breast cancer and leukemia researcher in the College of Pharmacy, Latimer says: “Most doctors are busy treating their patients. Sometimes, all they can do is say, ‘I’m sorry.’ We are the ones who write the textbooks for medical school.” Latimer leads a team that investigates human breast tissue for DNA damage that originates from environmental causes. She has developed a unique method of growing breast cancer cells from tumors at early stages of the disease, enabling further studies into the causes of tumors and indicating when and what kind of chemotherapy would provide the best response. Read more...

NSU College of Pharmacy featured on Channel 10 Local News
Dr. Goar Alvarez

NSU College of Pharmacy was featured on the local news channel segment HEALTHCAST about pharmacists' roles expanding as demand for primary care physicians goes up. Featured in the broadcast are: faculty and NSU Clinic Pharmacy director Goar Alvarez, PharmD., faculty Andrea Fass, PharmD., P2 student Levi Morris and other students, as well as patients and pharmacists in our clinic pharmacy. (View the video on the Chanel 10 website or by clicking on the image above.)

COP Research Fellow Wins International Microsoft Health App Challenge
Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D.
Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D.
Research Fellow,
College of Pharmacy

Research Fellow Zaher Hajar, PharmD. Recently, Dr. Hajar, who is at the College of Pharmacy (COP) Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research, assembled a team of clinicians and coders in response to an international app challenge by Microsoft and Health 2.0. The “Re-imagining Consumer Health With Windows 8 And Healthvault Challenge” called upon innovators to design a ”next generation health management app”. Dr. Hajar and the team, comprised of NSU COP faculty Kevin A. Clauson, PharmD and evangelists from Techmind, created an app named Health eConnect and submitted their entry. Following deliberation by a panel of judges from Microsoft, it was recently announced on Health 2.0 News that NSU’s Health eConnect app was crowned the winner of the app challenge. As the first place winner, the team is awarded $10,000, a Microsoft Surface Pro, and inclusion as one of Microsoft preferred Window 8 partners. Submission of the Health eConnect app to the Windows Store under terms of the challenge also grants a waiver of the standard Go-Live fee ($20,000) in addition to other benefits tied to HealthVault fees.

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The shark research led by Dr. Nathan Unger (featured by CNN)

COP Faculty Member Dr. Jose A. Rey Featured on Pharmacy Today
Jose A. Rey, MS, PharmD, BCCP

If the anthrax attacks of 2001 had been as bad as many feared, the country would have needed not only a public response to the lethal bacteria, but also to the potentially dangerous adverse effects of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.
"If we were all on [ciprofloxacin], maybe one in 100 would have pretty bad anxiety - on top of the anxiety that an anthrax attack would cause," explained Jose A. Rey, MS, PharmD, BCCP. "People have had seizures on this antibiotic, and it can make you anxious, agitated, and aggressive." More >>

"Pediatric Pharmacotherapy" book authored by Dr. Sandra Benavides.
Book cover

Sandra Benavides, Pharm.D., and 
Milap C. Nahata, Pharm.D, FCCP, Lead Editors

Pediatric Pharmacotherapy focuses on the unique therapeutic needs of neonates, infants, children, and adolescents. Patients in these age groups offer challenges distinct from those of adult patients. Drugs behave differently in this population—medications may not be absorbed, distributed, metabolized, or eliminated in the same manner as in adults, causing increased or decreased efficacy or safety. For a long time, pharmacotherapy educators have been without a source for concise pediatric-specific pharmacotherapy information. More >>

"Get the Residency" book authored by Dr. Joshua Caballero, Dr. K. Clauson, and Dr.S. Benavides
Book cover - Caballero

Competition for pharmacy residency positions has intensified greatly in recent years, with a national average of only 60% of candidates able to secure one. Based on the results of an innovative course pioneered at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) that helped over 80% of enrolled students obtain a residency position, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) commissioned the book, Get the Residency. This is particularly notable as ASHP is the accreditation body for pharmacy residencies nationally, thus adding considerable cache to this NSU faculty-edited (and predominantly authored) reference. Publication of Get the Residency is the result of both the student-centered approach demonstrated by NSU faculty as well as their nationally recognized expertise.

PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH in our College of Pharmacy
View below a short presentation of Dr. Omidian's Research Group

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Garden of Tranquility

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