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Dr. Richard Deth to Retire  

After more than 37 years in his distinguished academic career, Professor Richard Deth is retiring as a faculty member at Northeastern University in July, 2014.  During his tenure, Professor Deth has served many roles including the Director of Pharmacy Program and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, before deciding to focus solely on his research interests.  His teaching and research have touched many.    MORE FACULTY NEWS

Student Lucianne West is the new APhA-ASP National President-Elect

It is a very proud moment for Northeastern University and the School of Pharmacy as Lucianne West, a current P2 student in our PharmD program, assumes the position of National President-elect of American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA- ASP).   This position involves service and leadership for approximately 34,000 student pharmacist members of APhA-ASP across the country. As President-elect, she will serve on the APhA Foundation Board (see press release). As President (2015-16 academic year), she will serve a one-year term on the APhA Board of Trustees.    MORE STUDENT NEWS

Pharmacy Advocacy on Capital Hill and at State House

Students Matthew Schmidt and Erica Diamantides were among those who participated in the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill March 12-13, 2014 (pictured here with Congresswoman Katherine Clark).  Northeastern students and faculty also attended the Face of Pharmacy Day at the Massachusetts State House on March 18, 2014.   MORE SCHOOL NEWS

Bruno Mazzotta '64 Continuing to Blaze Trails

Bruno Mazzotta, ’64, has sought out and created new professional paths throughout his career and recently moved to great heights, quite literally.  He recounts here how he went from St. Louis to Mt. Everest.  It’s a remarkable story of purpose and endurance that is infused with adventure and poignant, yet hopeful, reflections on the human condition.  Bruno is one of the school’s most accomplished and generous alumni.  He and his wife, Vivienne, showed their support for advancement of our students when they established an endowed scholarship.  Their fund has now provided tuition support for two highly deserving students who are setting out to reach new academic heights with clear views of all the possibilities that lie ahead.  We are all grateful for the inspiration and support.  READ BRUNO'S STORY



Northeastern University to Host International Social Pharmacy Workshop

Northeastern University School of Pharmacy is excited to welcome pharmacy educators and researchers from around the world to the 18th International Social Pharmacy Workshop (ISPW).  The ISPW will be held on the Northeastern campus from August 5-8, 2014.  This marks only the second time that the conference will be held in the Western Hemisphere.  The ISPW is a biennial conference that convenes educators, social scientists and scholars whose work focuses on psychosocial aspects of medication use and delivery of pharmacy services.    READ MORE

2014 Scholarship and Awards Banquet

Students, faculty, donors, families, and special guests gathered for the 2014 School of Pharmacy Scholarship and Awards Banquet held on campus on March 19.  The awards and scholarships are made possible by the generosity of corporate and individual donors who provide financial support and recognition to the school’s top students.  (Click to see the 2014 award recipients).  For information about supporting our School of Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, visit the School of Pharmacy Giving Page. 



Richard Deth    After more than 37 years of distinguished academic career, Professor Richard Deth is retiring as a faculty member at Northeastern University in July, 2014.

During his tenure, Professor Deth has served many different roles including the Director of Pharmacy Program and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, before deciding to solely focus on his research interests. Although he started his career as a cardiovascular researcher, he soon realized that his research had implications in various other fields including neuropsychiatric disorders. His lab was the first to characterize the implications of dopamine D4 receptor-mediated phospholipid methylation in neuronal synchronization, especially in attention-related disorders. Dr. Deth stated that, “One doesn’t get the chance to make truly novel discoveries very often. Most scientific advances are incremental, modestly advancing the field of knowledge, but I felt strongly that our discovery of D4 receptor–mediated phospholipid methylation (PLM) was important.”

Along with teaching several pharmacology graduate and undergraduate courses for all these years, Professor Deth has been a mentor to 17 PhD students, along with a number of other graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scientists, and post-doctoral associates. He believes that the true value of science lies in its implications and relevance to the everyday life.

Professor Deth’s publication record includes over 100 research articles, book chapters and several patents to his name. He has also authored a book entitled ”Molecular Origins of Human Attention: The Dopamine-Folate Connection”. Realizing the potential implications of his finding in the then-very less understood autism spectrum disorders, he switched to identifying the role of redox-based methylation regulation in various neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. His research has been recognized by several awards and his work has been funded by various agencies including Autism Research Institute, National Institute of Health, Autism Speaks, Sultanate of Oman and A2 Corporation. (Back to Top)

Dean Reynolds Awarded Bowl of Hygeia   The Massachusetts Pharmacists Association has selected Dr. John R. Reynolds, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, as the recipient of the 2013 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service.  Dr. Reynolds was presented the award at the Annual Awards Banquet in the fall of 2013.  The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim. (see press release)

Established in 1958, The Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities.  The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacist associations.  The Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy professionand is considered one of the profession's most prestigious awards.              (Back to Top)

Mansoor Amiji is 2014 Controlled Release Society College of Fellows Awardee       Dr. Mansoor Amiji, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been selected as a a 2014 Controlled Release Society (CRS) College of Fellows awardee.  This prestigious distinction recognizes his outstanding contributions to the field of biomaterials, advanced drug and gene delivery systems and nanotechnology applications, and to CRS.  The award will be presented at the CRS annual meeting in July. 

Dr. Tania Konry   Assistant Professor Tania Konry is developing new testing platforms to make her revolutionary ScanDrop system relevant for a host of diagnostic and research applications. Read Story

Dr. Ganesh Thakur   Assistant Professor Ganesh Thakur is developing compounds that have the same benefits as medicinal marijuana but without the negative side effects. Read Story  (Back to Top)



Matthew Schmidt Receives Hodgkinson Award   Matthew Schmidt, a student in the PharmD program, has been awarded the Harold D. Hodgkinson Achievement Award.  The Hodgkinson Award is a university-wide award and one of the highest honors that a senior at Northeastern University can receive. The award recognizes distinguished scholastic achievement with due consideration of character, personality, qualities of leadership, cooperative work experience and service in voluntary organizations and activities. (Matt's story will be featured in the spring 2014 issue of Vital Signs available after May 1)

Accolades to Graduate Students Sean Kocur and Nidhi Maniar   Sean Kocur, a doctoral candidate in Pharmaceutical Science working under the mentorship of Professor John Gatley, was the recipient of the outstanding Research Award in Health Sciences Category at the 2014 RISE event on April 10, 2014.  Sean's thesis research focuses on alcohol metabolism and its implication in addiction.  Nidhi Maniar, an MS student in Pharmaceutical Science also working with Dr. Gatley, won the ISPE Boston Area Chapter poster competition in Lowell, MA on April 17th.  Read more about these and other students in the Student and Post Doc Spotlight on our website.

Paresh Kumar, PharmD Class of 2014 and faculty mentor Professor Michael Gonyeau published an article entitled "Development of the 5 Ps of Pharmacy Assessment" in the March 2014 Issue of Pharmacy Practice News. Read Story           (Back to Top)



Class of 2014 Post Graduate Plans   As the number of career options for pharmacists continues to grow, many of our students pursue post-graduate training to obtain additional skills and specialization.  Our students continue to experience tremendous success and we are happy to report that 40 students from the class of 2014 (from a class of 142) have been accepted to post graduate programs across the country.  Thirty-three of our students have matched into ASHP-accredited PGY 1 residency programs in community, ambulatory, and health-system settings in 19 states.  Additionally, 7 students will be pursuing fellowships in a variety of specialties, such as regulatory affairs, global medical affairs, and strategy and analytics.  

In the Community: Million Hearts Campaign  Over a two week span in March, Northeastern pharmacy faculty members and students hosted a series of health fairs in the Boston area to provide free blood-​​pressure screenings to community members as well as education on topics ranging from heart health to smoking cessation.  Read Story (Back to Top)

School of Pharmacy Strategic Plan is posted on the school's website. We invite you to view vision, mission and goals of the school as articulated in the strategic plan document and to submit any comments on this acccompanying link



International Social Pharmacy Workshop (continued)  With representatives from more than 30 countries expected, the ISPW provides valuable networking opportunities that facilitate collaborations across institutions, systems, and international boundaries.   The 2014 conference theme is “The Changing Face of Pharmacy: Engaging Across Professions to Advance Health in our Communities.”

The conference will feature over 170 research poster or podium presentations as well as 20 workshop sessions where participants will learn about innovative social science research tools and approaches to study pharmacy practice and education.  The conference also features a Teachers Seminar on August 7 that will focus on topics related to social pharmacy education.   

Two plenary sessions will feature international experts in patient safety and interprofessional practice and education.  One plenary session will feature Dr. Barbara Brandt, Associate Vice President of Education at the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center.  Dr. Brandt serves as Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and is internationally known for her work in health professional education in general and the specific focus in inter-professional education. 

Attendees will gather for a celebratory closing dinner in the historic John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum overlooking the scenic Boston Harbor.  A full listing of events, presentations, and registration information can be found on the conference’s website: For questions or further information, contact Co-Chair of the 18th ISPW, Dr. Nate Rickles at        (Back to Top)

Continuing Pharmacy Education Upcoming Programs  May 15, 2014 - Critical Care Symposium, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy.  6.5 contact hours.  For more information or to register, please visit the Continuing Pharmacy Education Website. 

John W. Webb Lecture - Mark Your Calendar!  The 30th Annual John W. Webb Lecture is on the horizon.  Mark your calendars for Monday, October 27, 2014 when Northeastern University will host the lecture at 5:00 pm on campus.  Please email to receive details of the event when it becomes available.


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Photos (clockwise from upper left)  George Behrakis with student Paul Zeller; students celebrate with Lucy West at APhA Meeting in Orlando; former Professor O. James Inashima with George Behrakis; alumnus Bruno Mazzotta at Mt. Everest 


Dick Deth Retirement 2014

Dr. Richard Deth, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences retires in 2014


Lucy West Elected APhA ASP President elect

Lucianne West, a P2 PharmD student was voted APhA-ASP President-Elect in March


Congresswoman Katherine Clark with Erica Diamontides Matt Schmidt

Matthew Schmidt and Erica Diamantides, P3 students, pose with Congresswoman Katherine Clark at the NACDS RxIMPACT day on Capitol Hill.


Behrakis Building

The 18th Annual International Social Pharmacy Workshop (ISPW) will be held on the Northeastern campus from August 5-8, 2014


Matt Schmidt Award

Matthew Schmidt, member of the BS in Pharmacy Studies class of 2014 and Doctor of Pharmacy class of 2015, received the 2014 Hodgkinson Award


Jim Gallagher Alumni Photo 

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