Mercer wordmark
Pharmacy Students Honored by SEPS
October 31, 2003

(678) 547-6431
(800) 837-2905

Atlanta, Ga.—Pharmacy students in Mercer University's Southern School of Pharmacy were recently honored at the 24th annual meeting of the Southeastern Pharmacology Society (SEPS).

Danny Abifadel, a fourth-year doctor of pharmacy student from Chino Hills, Calif., took second place for his poster presentation on "The Effects of Thioridazine on the Major Cardiac Gap Junction Subtype."

Dipty Joshi, of Mumbai, India, won third place for Best Podium Presentation. Joshi, who will complete her doctor of philosophy degree in pharmaceutical sciences this spring, presented "Steady infusion of insulin via micropores through the stratum corneum in hairless rats." Altea Therapeutics funded the project.

The School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted the event, with Professor Stanley Pollock serving as meeting and program coordinator. Pharmacologists from schools across the Southeast attended the event, and researchers from Mercer University, Morehouse College, Louisiana State University, Emory University, Tulane University, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, Meharry Medical College, East Tennessee State, Auburn University and University of Mississippi Medical Center spoke on their studies of treatments for diabetes, cancer, neurological disorders and more.

The Southeastern Pharmacology Society is a chapter of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, which provides opportunities, particularly for students, to meet at regional venues to discuss their research. The emphasis of this year's annual meeting was to review research conducted in pharmacology and related areas by professors and their graduate students in medical or pharmacy schools or colleges.

A nationally recognized leader in pharmaceutical education, the Southern School of Pharmacy celebrates 100 years of excellence in pharmacy education this fall. The School has one of the highest applicant pools in the nation and welcomed its most academically talented class this year with a grade point average of 3.4.

Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 14 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South. The Princeton Review has listed Mercer among The Best 351 Colleges in North America.