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October 14, 2021

New Geriatric Pharmacy Fund Honors the Legacy of UWSOP Alum Dean Baxter

Dean and Sally Baxter

For Louise Baxter, M.D., the roots of health care and a commitment to geriatrics truly run deep.

In 2011, Louise established the McPhee Geriatric Nursing Support Fund at the UW to honor her mother Sally, who, along with several relatives, devoted her life to a career in nursing. A few years later, Louise decided that a parallel fund to support geriatric pharmacy would be a perfect complement, so in tribute to her late father, UWSOP alum Dean Baxter ’58, she established the Dean Baxter Endowed Support Fund in Geriatric Pharmacy in 2017. The fund supports professional pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists seeking a Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy.


May 27, 2021

New Plein Center Video Overview

Plein video still

A new video chronicles the Plein Center’s work and history.


February 22, 2021

The School of Pharmacy Mourns the Passing of Dr. Joy Plein

Joy Plein

Joy (Bickmore) Plein, ’51, ’57, a beloved UW School of Pharmacy colleague, mentor and true pioneer in the field of…


December 22, 2020

Jennifer Bacci Selected as 2021 Recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award

Jenny Bacci

The Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute has named UWSOP’s Jennifer Bacci the 2021 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy…


December 18, 2020

Zach Marcum authors a paper published in Neurology on dementia prevention

Plein Center Assistant Director, Zach Marcum, PharmD, PhD, served as co-first author on a paper published in Neurology, along with…


Laura Hart publishes report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on fall-related drug risks

Plein Center postdoctoral fellow alumna, Laura Hart, PharmD, MS, along with Plein Center Director, Shelly Gray, Pharm D, MS, and…


Melissa Barker-Haliski publishes Alzheimer’s disease study in Neurobiology of Disease

Plein Center faculty member, Melissa Barker-Haliski, PhD, was senior author on a paper published in Neurobiology of Disease studying the…


Abhi Nath co-authors paper in PNAS examining small heat shock proteins

Plein Center faculty member, Abhi Nath, PhD, was a corresponding author on a paper published in PNAS examining small heat shock…


Lena Chaitesipaseut awarded scholarship from the UWRA

Lena Chaitesipaseut, a Plein Scholar and class of 2021 PharmD-MBA student, was recently awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the UWRA….


Tesfahun Eshetie begins Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Tesfahun Eshetie, PhD, MScClinPharm, began a 2-year fellowship with the Plein Center as of July 1, 2020. He received his…


December 14, 2020

The Plein Center Welcomes New Assistant Director of Outreach, Abby Winter

For Abby Winter, the Plein Center’s new Assistant Director of Outreach, a passion for health care comes honestly. In addition…


June 16, 2020

Educating Our Seniors During A Pandemic

Navigating the pharmacy during Covid-19

In an age of social distancing, ensuring our older adults have safe, convenient access to the medications they need is…


March 4, 2020

Chaitesipaseut awarded UWRA scholarship

Lena Chaitesipaseut

Lena Chaitesipaseut, a Plein Scholar and class of 2021 PharmD-MBA student, was recently awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the UWRA….


February 19, 2020

Pharmacists can help solve our overmedication problem — if we let them

The Hill

Imagine that your local grocery store announced they would start employing several nutritionists, each of whom had years of training…


September 24, 2019

Marcum first pharmacist to receive prestigious Beeson Award

Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD was recently awarded the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award (K76) from the National…


September 13, 2019

A Tradition of Reinventing Pharmacy

Never doubt the profound impact that our faculty and alumni have had on health care nationwide through decades of advocacy…


July 1, 2019

Gray receives AGS Editor’s Choice Award for dementia research

Congratulations to Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Director Shelly Gray who received the The American Geriatrics Society Editor’s Choice Award…


June 21, 2019

Meet the Plein Certificate Preceptors: Jason Rusk, PharmD, BCGP

Plein Center Preceptor Jason Rusk, PharmD, BCGP

Jason Rusk, PharmD, BCGP, has been a UWSOP Preceptor for many years. Earlier in his career (2010-2013), he precepted UW…


Meet the Plein Certificate Alumni: Grant Walker, PharmD

Grant Walker, PharmD, ’10, is a pharmacist at Mercury Pharmacy Services where he staffs the pharmacy and works as a…


Meet the Plein Certificate Faculty: Melissa Barker-Haliski, PhD

Melissa is a Research Assistant Professor specializing in translational epilepsy research. She develops and implements preclinical models to support the…


Meet the Plein Certificate Faculty: Nagham Ailabouni, PhD, Senior Fellow

Nagham Ailabouni, BPharm, PgCertPharm Res (Dist), RegPharm NZ, PhD

Nagham earned her BSPharm, Postgraduate Certificate in Research Pharmacy, and PhD at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her…


Hart’s research shows risk in older adults with dementia taking CNS-active medications

Laura Hart

While competing  the postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric pharmacy here at the UWSOP, alumna Laura Hart, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCGP,’14, ’17,…


Congratulations to this year’s class of Plein Geriatric Certificate graduates!

We are so proud to celebrate this year’s class of Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate graduates! Everyone was recognized at a…


June 14, 2019

Celebrating our 2019 Plein Student Scholars!

Plein Center Assistant Director of Research Zach Marcum with Plein Scholar Sarah Tu, '19

The goal of the Plein Student Scholarship is to foster student interest in geriatrics-related research.  Research areas may include but…


March 27, 2019

Advice from UW pharmacists on senior use of marijuana

Marijuana use among older adults has soared in recent years despite little being known about the effectiveness and safety of…


December 17, 2018

CHOICE director Anirban Basu and collaborators receive NIH grant to study costs of dementia care

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Team seeks to improve the projections of the future burden of the disease. Anirban Basu, director of the CHOICE Institute…


November 27, 2018

Barthold uses economics methods to improve dementia diagnosis and treatment plans across race, ethnicity, and sex

“Economists have a knack for identification strategies—using data in innovative ways to isolate the role of one specific drug and separate it from other confounders that may affect the outcome of interest,” said Doug (pictured right, with CHOICE  PhD graduate student Erik Landaas). 

The newest researcher in The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP, Doug Barthold is taking a couple of approaches that use data and…


Collaboration with UWSOP results in health benefits against flu for Era Living residents

UWSOP PharmD student presents to Era Living residents

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst in nearly a decade. The people most susceptible to the flu…


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Neris Palunas

Neris Palunas, PharmD, BCPG

Neris M. Palunas, PharmD, BCGP, is a Consultant Pharmacist with Consonus Pharmacy, serving people in the Seattle area. Neris consults as…


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Alumni: Cara McDermott

Alumna Cara McDermott, '11, '12, '16

Alumna Cara McDermott, PharmD, PhD, MSc, ’11, ’12, 16, is a K12 Scholar in the UW Implementation Sciences Training Program and…


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Faculty: Leigh Ann Mike

Leigh Ann Mike, PharmD

Learn the latest about the deprescribing education and outreach UWSOP faculty member Leigh Ann Mike provides to older adults and…


Marcum takes a multi-prong approach toward developing a dementia prevention strategy

Zach Marcum, Plein Center Assistant Director of Research and Bailey Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

The prospect of developing dementia is terrifying for most people, particularly for those with family members who have had the…


Plein Center students and faculty research highlighted at ASCP’s annual meeting

Plein Certificate students Julia Yunkyung and Jina Yun, pictured with Julia's ASCP poster

Our School’s faculty and students presented two posters at the ASCP Annual Meeting, and the abstracts are in the October…


Barker-Haliski’s novel research looks at the under-studied problem of epilepsy in patients with Alzheimer’s

Melissa is a neuropharmacologist with a passion for understanding how drugs work in the body. Her research is supported by the UW Royalty Research Fund and the UWSOP Plein Fund Endowment. She and her team will present findings in December 2018 at the American Epilepsy Society meeting. Melissa works in collaboration with Suman Jayadev, associate professor of neurology at UW Medicine and the clinical core director of UW’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

People with Alzheimer’s disease can have up to an 87-fold increased risk of seizures. Patients with early-onset Alzheimer’s have the…


November 15, 2018

UW Researchers Gray and Phelan to study the impact of deprescribing to reduce falls in older adults

Older adult hands holding medication

UW Pharmacy’s Shelly Gray and UW Medicine’s Elizabeth Phelan are teaming up to identify ways to prevent falls in older…