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Lina Alaydi, B.Pharm. (Ph.D. student), Alhussain Aodah, B. Pharm. (Ph.D.
student), Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B. Pharm., Ph.D (Assistant professor,
NSU College of Pharmacy) Belacryst A. Mendez (Pharm.D. student class
of 2015), and Annette Losada, B.Sc. (Pharm.D. student class of 2015)
presenting during AAPS Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX
A research team from the College of Pharmacy at NSU's Davie site led by Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B. Pharm., Ph.D (Assistant professor, NSU College of Pharmacy) recently presented four posters during the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX (November 10 - 14, 2013) in the area of nanotechnology and its application in enhancing drug diffusion, absorption and bioavailability using a novel dosage form.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest association for pharmaceutical scientists in U.S. and worldwide. AAPS Annual Conferences are well attended by pharmaceutical scientists from around the world.
Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji. B. Pharm., Ph.D. (Assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University), has joined the College of Pharmacy in 2008 and trained in his lab numerous NSU students from the College of Pharmacy (both Pharm.D, and PhD. students) and Dental Medicine. He published over 44 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and filed so far 16 patent applications (8 US Provisional, 3 US, and 5 International Patents applications) through NSU's Technology Transfer Office.
Alhussain Aodah, B. Pharm. (Ph.D. student) and Lina Alaydi, B.Pharm. (Ph.D. student) have joined the Ph.D. Program at the College of Pharmacy in 2011 and joined the lab of Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Ph.D. in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Annette Losada, B.Sc. (Pharm.D. student class of 2015) and Belacryst A. Mendez (Pharm.D. student, class of 2015) joined the lab of Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Ph.D. as research assistants in 2011.
APhA-ASP team at Independence School with Mrs. Lukasik. Anthony Kennedy, Stephanie Chassagne, Amed Moussawel, Amy Nedumparambil, Jaime Velasquez, Mrs. Lukasik, Shannon Taylor, Daniela Valencia, Karina Gonzalez, Melissa Calix, Ren Perez, Betsy Torres-Galarza, Chava Amster-Chaitin
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, every day approximately 2,600 young people between 12 and 17 years of age abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time. America's leading drug problem is in fact not on the street, it's in our medicine cabinets. Based on CDC statistics, prescription medication abuse is today the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Generation Rx is an educational program that increases public awareness of prescription medication abuse and encourages health care providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse. American Pharmacists' Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists, Palm Beach chapter expanded the breadth and depth of this important initiative to the local communities in Palm Beach.
NSU College of Pharmacy students at Palm Beach campus formed three teams lead by Generation Rx officer Anthony Kennedy. The 3 teams delivered presentations, mock court hearings, and Q&A sessions at Jupiter High School, Independence Middle School and Royal Palm High School.
"Our students were successful in engaging the students and answering their curious questions. The feedback we received was very positive" Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D. APhA-ASP faculty advisor said.
"Teachers and officials at the schools appreciated our students' efforts and expressed interest in repeating these activities next semester with other classes and expanding to other programs within the school" Sarah Alameddine, Pharm.D. APhA-ASP faculty co-advisor said.
Special thanks to:
Feroza Sircar-Ramsewak, Pharm.D. M.S. and Julie Kincaid, B.S. Coordinator - Student Services and Recruitment for their support of the Generation Rx program.
Stacia Schaefer, APhA-ASP Palm Beach chapter president for initiating the Generation Rx program last year and helping coordinate it this year.
P1 and P2 volunteer students: Chava Chaitin, Daniella Valencia, Melissa Calix, Aimy Nedumparambil, Jaime Velasquez, Stephanie Chassagne, Leusely Phicil, Joshua Strurtevant, Simone Reid, Maritsa Monokandilos, Katherine Therese, Ren Perez, Shannon Taylor, Elena Cali, Karina Gonzalez, Betsy Galarza, Amed Moussawel, Mena Bishay.
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Ioana Popovici, Ph.D.
Dr. Ioana Popovici is cited in an article in "CNN Money" regarding studies on alohol addiction and unemployment. The study supports the following findings: " About 1 in 6 unemployed workers are addicted to alcohol or drugs -- almost twice the rate for full-time workers, according to the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey shows that 17% of unemployed workers had a substance abuse disorder last year, whereas 9% of full-time workers did so. The numbers are self-reported, and therefore, could be even higher in reality". Read the full article here.
Last month NSU College of Pharmacy student members of Phi Delta Chi (PDC) Beta Lambda Chapter and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) teamed up to take part in the NBC 6 Renew You Health Expo at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The health expo focused on bringing general health and awareness education to thousands of participants over two days. PDC and SCCP members along with NSU faculty, Richard Finkel, PharmD and Devada Singh-Franco, PharmD and NSU alumni Jose Valdes, PharmD and Brian Schmahl, PharmD, were stationed at one of the larger booths at the event where they conducted blood pressure, blood glucose, and BMI screenings, along with counseling sessions for patients in each of these areas.
The event drew a large number of community members who provided enthusiastic feedback. The NSU COP students were able to serve over 300 community members in the three screening opportunities. The students, faculty, and alumni provided invaluable health awareness to the public while successfully promoting NSU in the process. Members from the community raved about the service provided by the NSU team as well as the amount of professionalism under which its students worked. The event was organized by Kym Gregory, PDC Community Co-Chair, Brandon Martinez, SCCP President/PDC Community Co-Chair, and Sheava Blackman, SCCP Community Chair, who also coordinated the event throughout the two days.
Day of Dignity is a national event which takes place in several cities throughout the US, organized to help families and individuals in communities in need. "Day of Dignity creates an opportunity for caring individuals from diverse communities to provide services to their neighbors in need." The event in Fort Lauderdale hosted approximately 600 people and provided food, clothing, toys, bicycles, and other resources such as health and human services to members of the community.
On November 2nd, NSU COP student and faculty members of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) participated in the Day of Dignity event at Delevoe Park in Fort Lauderdale. Led by NSU faculty Sandra Benavides, PharmD, SCCP members provided BMI screenings as well as counseling to families about the importance of exercise and eating healthy. SNPhA members offered blood pressure screening and counseling for many community members throughout the day. With obesity being such a prevalent issue in our society and many members of this community having limited access to health services, the services provided by NSU faculty and students were greatly appreciated. Participants included Sandra Benavides, PharmD, Daniel Diaz, Duchess Domingo, Heather Jarvis, Victor Liang, Brandon Martinez, Paras Patel, and Malcolm Wynter. The event was organized by Sheava Blackman, SCCP Community Chair.
COP alumni Laura Chan, Pharm.D. (class of 2010) sends us photos and writes to us about her experiences as Pharmacy Director, Santa Lucia, Intibuca, Honduras. The essay (with photos) is titled: "What Would You Do?".
The NSU College of Pharmacy participated in the Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists-Student Chapter (FSHP-SC) annual Curriculum Vitae (CV) Workshop on October 29, 2013. Twin events were held on NSU's Davie and Palm Beach campuses. Pharmacy professionals from a variety of different settings were invited to review students' CVs and provide fundamental tips on how to highlight their best attributes. We had a full house this year with nearly 90 students and 19 reviewers in attendance across both Davie and Palm Beach campuses!! Students were able to have their CVs evaluated by multiple professionals from different pharmacy backgrounds.
The annual CV workshop is an excellent event offered to NSU College of Pharmacy students and serves as a tool to build students as professionals and pave the path for a successful pharmacy career.This important event offers our future pharmacists an opportunity to network with prospective employers and learn how to tailor their CV based on the career path they wish to pursue.
Running in the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon has been a hobby for Isabel Olivas, but it is one in which she has proved to be successful.
Olivas, 28, of Kendall, is in her last year at the pharmacy school at Nova Southeastern, and she runs in triathlons for fun.
For the past four years Olivas has owned the female division of the Olympic distance, and in her fifth year did it again. She crashed her way through the finish line with a total time of 2:21:07, and she landed on the ground full of excitement, pain and utterly exhausted.
"I always finish on the floor," Olivas said. "There is a lot of good competition here in Miami. I stay local, I enjoy it — I love it.
"It is just a hobby for me, so I am very happy to be here."
Olivas found the biggest challenge to be on the McArthur Causeway run.
In the men's division three Brazilians dominated the event. Alexander Gomes, Frederico Monteiro and Rodrigo Dos Santos out swam, biked and ran to take first, second and third place, respectively.
All three of the athletes came to here from Brazil to compete in the triathlon. Gomes took up a sizable lead in the run to finish with a total time of 1:58:13. Monteiro finished in 2:05:09, and Dos Santos followed in 2:06:40.
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The College of Pharmacy extends congratulations to Barry A. Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph. Professor, Sociobehavioral & Administrative Pharmacy. Bleidt, was the recipient of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) Leadership & Service Award during their recently held Annual Scientific Conference & Exposition held in Philadelphia in September. NAPPSA is an umbrella organization of Nigerian pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, allied scientists and the academia in the Americas. Our mission is to promote healthy living and disease prevention through effective pharmaceutical care and facilitation of efficient healthcare delivery systems and strategies in America, Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world. NAPPSA "thrives on the dedication of a number of exceptional individuals and Barry is one of them. He has been instrumental ever since the inception of NAPPSA and we applaud his ever so humble and giving heart . . . Barry's commitment to the fight against health disparities both here in America and globally is commendable . . .he truly embodies the fundamentals of extraordinary leadership and service," as stated by Ruth Awosika member of the NAPPSA Board of Trustees.
Left: Winners of the local competition-Sydney Kchao and Priya Sahadeo. Right: Finalists
Nicole Hope and Michael Drake (both Class of 2015) prepare for their presentation.
Every year at the NSU College of Pharmacy, students participate in the local Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Chapter (FSHP-SC) Clinical Skills Competition held on campus. The competition gives pharmacy students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice making drug-related recommendations. It prepares these future pharmacists for the experience of working with other health care professionals to provide direct patient care. Winners move on to participate in the national competition held by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
In September, over forty pairs of students across all three College of Pharmacy campuses (Davie, Palm Beach and Ponce, PR) participated in the written component of this competition followed by the top 10 teams qualifying for the second round held in October.
Sydney Kchao (Class of 2014) and Priya Sahadeo (Class of 2014) took first place in the NSU competition and moved on to compete in the first annual FSHP clinical skills competition held in Orlando, FL. There, Kchao and Sahadeo competed against the other five schools of pharmacy in the state of Florida and won the first ever state clinical skills competition! They will continue to represent NSU College of Pharmacy again at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists national competition this December. Go Sharks!
From left to right: CVS District David Bornstein, R.Ph.,
CVS Intern Program Manager, Tiffany DeGroot, NSU
COP Pharmacy Student, Adam Fox, and NSU COP
Alumni & CVS Manager, Professional and College
Relations, Cristina Medina, Pharm.D.
College of Pharmacy student, Adam Fox, P3, Palm Beach Campus, completed a CVS pilot Intern Training Program during the 2013 summer. The advanced internship program focuses on preparing students to: 1) participate in defined key experiences in the areas of customer service, patient care, business management, operations & team development; 2) take their academic experience to the next level, practicing leadership skills; and 3) make a connection to the CVS purpose and strategy in order to advance the organization and the pharmacy profession. Mr. Fox was recognized by CVS for successfully completing the program during his exposure to multiple areas of the CVS field management role. Congratulations, Adam!
Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph., Class of 2000 was named a 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Fellow under ASHP's Practitioner Recognition Program. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program is intended to recognize excellence in pharmacy practice and promote public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice. Dr. Brown was recognized at 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis. Dr. Brown received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Harrison School of Pharmacy in 1976, a M.S. in Management from Troy State University in 1995, and her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She currently serves as market director of pharmacy (Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas) for Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions. She serves on the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Management, ASHP PAC Advisory Council, ASHP delegate, and actively participates in the support of the ASHP Foundation.
The College of Pharmacy has adopted computer-based assessment. In September 2013, first-year (P1) students in both the Traditional and International Advanced Standing Programs began taking exams and quizzes on their iPad, instead of the traditional "paper-pencil" tests. For many, it's almost impossible to imagine taking an exam without bubbling in an answer sheet and paging through a test: But it turns out that taking an exam on your iPad feels natural and has plenty of advantages.
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Barry Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph., Professor, Sociobehavioral & Administrative Pharmacy, NSU's College of Pharmacy was awarded the Chauncey I. Cooper Award at the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) annual convention in New Orleans. The Cooper award, created in honor of the National Pharmaceutical Association's founder, is the highest recognition given by NPhA. Recipients are selected for the award based on several designated areas including the amount of participation in community involvement and service. Dr. Bleidt is very committed to the mission and vision of NPhA and loves the work he does with the organization. He is recognized by his peers and students for promoting excellence and uniformity among minority health professionals to improve the quality of health care in minority communities. Dr. Bleidt was awarded this honour to recognize his sustained and distinguished service to the profession of pharmacy. Congratulations, Dr. Bleidt!.
Sandra Benavides Caballero, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pharmacy Practice, NSU College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Pediatric Specialty Council. The Board of Pharmacy Specialties establishes a Specialty Council for each recognized pharmacy practice specialty. Members of the Council recommend to the standards and other requirements for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty; develop and administer examinations as required for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty; and evaluate the qualifications of individual pharmacists and to submit to the BPS the names of those pharmacists recommended for certification or recertification in the specialty.
BPS Chairman, Joseph Saseen, PharmD, offered the following comments: "The work of the Specialty Councils is absolutely critical to the establishment and maintenance of a high quality pharmacist Board Certification Program. The response to the call for Specialty Council nominations was very strong and BPS is pleased to have an outstanding group of clinicians, educators and administrators to lead the newest BPS specialties." Congratulations, Dr. Benavides.
For more information on BPS activities visit www.bpsweb.org.
The Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) elected NSU College of Pharmacy faculty and student members to serve as future leaders of the Society during the FSHP 47th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fl. Faculty member and alumna, Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D., (class of '01), Director of Experiential Education, Fort Lauderdale Campus, was elected as Board of Director-Elect and pharmacy student, Ms. Hoda Masmouei, M.S., B.S., class of 2014, was elected as the Society's first Student Board Member. Congratulations!
The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists Foundation (IACP) recently announced that the research team from Nova southeastern University, College of Pharmacy received their grant to systematically review the compounding of pain medications. The grant proposal led by Mohammad S Shawaqfeh, Pharm.D., M.S., Assistant professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Palm Beach Campus. The Collaborative research team will conduct a systematic review to assess the current published randomized controlled trials (RCT) of compounding practices of variety of pain medications. The project team also includes College of Pharmacy faculty from Palm Beach Campus: Catherine Harrington, Pharm.D.,PhD, Associate Professor, Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, Michael Gillette, Pharm.D.,BCPS, BCACP, Assistant professor, Pharmacy Practice, Zaher Hajar, Pharm.D. Research Fellow at Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research and Feroza Sircar-Ramsewak, Pharm.D.,M.S.Instructor,Pharmaceutical Sciences.
NSU's Pharmacy Doctor Candidate, Hoda Masmouei, B.S., M.S., Class of 2014, was recognized at the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in Las Vegas, August 11, 2013 as the 2013 Next-Generation Pharmacist "Future Pharmacist of the Year" winner. Established through a partnership of Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times, the Next-Generation Pharmacist™ program salutes pharmacy professionals in a variety of industry categories who are defining the future of pharmacy. The national awards program recognizes and honors pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists who embody the future vision of the industry. Ms. Masmouei is currently the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists Student Director & Administrative Affairs Council Member, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, (Phi Lambda Sigma), Student Chapter Vice President, and member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. Congratulations, Hoda!
2013 FLORIDA SOCIETY HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACISTS ANNUAL MEETING AUGUST 1-3, 2013. ORLANDO:
Connie Hogrefe, Pharm.D., '00, finished a very impressive year as FSHP President and we now wish her an equally successful year as Immediate Past President
Venessa Price-Goodnow, Pharm.D., '98, was named 2013 FSHP Pharmacist of the Year and finished a very successful year as Immediate Past President
Deborah Brown, Pharm.D., '00, completed an impressive six year term as FSHP Treasurer, significantly strengthening FSHP's financial stability
Jennifer Austin, Pharm.D., '97, was elected Chair of the 2014 FSHP House of Delegates
Ozzie Delgado, Pharm.D., '02, is a current and very active member of the FSHP Board of Directors (and an avid tweeter supporting NSU accomplishments!)
Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D., '01 (and faculty) finished a successful year as the Chair of the FSHP Student Council (another avid tweeter during the meeting – thanks for the updates!)
2013 FLORIDA PHARMACY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING JULY 12, 2013, ORLANDO:
Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., '94, received the "RQ Richards Award" for outstanding achievement in the field of pharmacy public relations in State of Florida
Angela García, Pharm.D., '08, also the "Presidential Award of Excellence" for her outstanding service & commitment to Florida Pharmacy Association Presidents' vision
Richard Finkel, Pharm.D., '92, also one of our Distinguished Alumni, received the "Generation RX Champions Award" to recognize his demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse programs. He was also the recipient, for the second time, the College's Golden Apple Award for his demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
OTHER ALUMNI NEWS:
James Neilin, Pharm.D., '13, one of our newest alumni, put NSU on the viral map during NSU's first-ever live commencement webcast when he proposed to Alesa Courson, Pharm.D., '12.
Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D., '01, has been appointed as Director of Experiential Education for the College's Fort Lauderdale Campus.
Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D., '92, is now the Director of Pharmacy at the Memorial Health System, Memorial West Hospital.
Deborah Brown, Pharm.D., '00, and one of our Distinguished Alumni, received fellow status under the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Dionis Malo Jr., Pharm.D., '10, has been recently promoted to Director of Pharmacy over a three-hospital system - St Luke's Medical Center, St. Luke's Behavioral Health, and St. Luke's Tempe - in Phoenix, Arizona.
Aneesh Lakhani, Pharm.D., '04, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning his own pharmacy and purchased Garden Drugs & Medical Supply in Ft. Lauderdale, after 12 years of working at the Pill Box Pharmacy.
NSU student participated in the "evolution revolution" of the Florida Pharmacy Association's (FPA) annual meeting hosted in Orlando, Florida July 10th-14th 2013. College of Pharmacy students sponsored by the FPA participated in a student-centered track and were assigned a mentor who shares with them their knowledge and expertise in their pharmacy experience. The students also had the opportunity to compete in three different areas: the Student Poster Presentations, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and the Nonprescription Medicines Academy (NASPA/NMA) competition where students were tested on their over-the-counter product knowledge, and FPA's Patient Counseling Competition. This year's Awards Ceremony Banquet featured the theme "Mardi Gras" during which pharmacists from all over the state were carefully selected and honored with awards for their service and excellence in the profession. NSU's College of Pharmacy students and faculty were winning "champions" having placed and won in more competitions than any other Florida college of pharmacy this year.
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The NSU College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the promotion of Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D. to Associate Professor for the department of Pharmacy Practice. Singh-Franco has become a distinguished researcher in the field of meta-analysis, pharmacotherapy, chronic disease management, diabetes mellitus, obesity, diabetes-related complications, patient care, indigent patients, patient-reported outcomes, gastro esophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and systematic reviews. Additionally, her long-standing reputation as an outstanding teacher and ambulatory care clinician, have greatly impacted the lives of innumerable students and patients in South Florida communities. Singh-Franco is an exceptional ambassador and exemplifies what the College of Pharmacy and the University in particular are in the realm of pharmacy education and service. "Singh-Franco's achievements since she joined the College in July 2001 have been truly remarkable and praiseworthy. Equally meaningful is her affability as a colleague," notes Matthew J. Seamon, PharmD, Esq., Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
The College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of Antonia Zapantis, Pharm.D. as Director of Experiential Education for the College's Fort Lauderdale Campus. Zapantis will assume responsibility for introductory and advanced practice experiences for the entry-level and international graduate advanced standing students. Zapantis joined the College of Pharmacy in 2003 after completing an ASHP accredited residency in Pharmacy Management and her MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from the University of Kansas. Zapantis contributed to the coordination of an accredited residency program with Broward Health Medical Center. More recently, she has provided valuable service to the NSU-Cleveland Clinic Florida program. Her leadership to the student society of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists has been instrumental in its growth. Zapantis brings to this position her vast experience in teaching, research, and patient care.
NSU College of Pharmacy student, Hoda Masmouei, PharmD Candidate, is selected as one of the "Future Pharmacist of the Year Finalist" by Pharmacy Times.
Deborah Brown, M.S., Pharm.D., C.Ph. (Class of 2000)
Fellows Group at the 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis
2013 graduates from the Fort Lauderdale campus and Advanced Standing Program
Click here for the list of graduates from the classes of 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 that have secured a Residency or Fellowship.
Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm. D.,
Director, Center for Consumer
Health Informatics Research,
Associate Professor, College
The Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research (CCHIR) at Nova Southeastern University has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first WHO Collaborating Center in the world focused on consumer health informatics. Globally, there are less than a dozen informatics centers that have received this designation. The CCHIR (pronounced see-ker, as in seeking knowledge and answers) is part of the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
This designation of the CCHIR reflects its established record of innovation and expertise as well as a history of jointly planned efforts with the WHO. The designation was made, in part, to tap into the expertise at the CCHIR for its contributions to the development of a consumer health informatics research agenda with the WHO. More >>
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