Investing in the Best and Brightest
The competition for exceptional faculty is fierce. Support for endowed professorships helps us recruit and retain world-renowned leaders who are shaping the next generation of pharmacists and contributing to humanity’s understanding of disease treatment. Angela Kashuba, Pharm.D., our John A. and Deborah S. McNeill Jr., Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, is a perfect example of the critical role our school plays in advancing disease treatment. She chairs our Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics and directs the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core.
Her work with this group has discovered gender differences in drug effectiveness that are game changing in optimizing antiretroviral pharmacology for the treatment, prevention and eradication of HIV. Preeminent faculty like Dr. Kashuba are translating discoveries into better education for our students, economic benefits for North Carolina and improved lives for patients worldwide.
“The McNeill’s generosity has enabled me to create and implement ambitious plans to improve therapy for HIV treatment, prevention and cure,” Dr. Kashuba said.
We are Revolutionizing the Possibilities for Health Care
In a first for medical science, Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D., turned skin cells into stem cells that hunt down and destroy brain tumors known as glioblastomas. The work represents the newest evolution of stem-cell technology. Dr. Hingtgen and his team have engineered the stem cells to deliver tumor-killing therapeutic agents. It is a breakthrough that could offer, for the first time in more than 30 years, a new and more effective treatment for the devastating disease.
“Patients desperately need a better standard of care. This is a big step toward a real treatment and making a real difference,” said Dr. Hingtgen. He envisions the concept being adapted to fight other types of brain cancer, including pediatric cases.
Drs. Kashuba and Hingtgen’s remarkable work attests to our ever-pressing need to support faculty research that improves outcomes and changes lives for the better.