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Alumnus John Darnell Receives National Pharmacy Research Grant

University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy alumnus John Darnell has been awarded a 2012-2013 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant.BETHESDA, Md. (May 17, 2013) ― John C. Darnell, Pharm.D., has been awarded a 2012-2013 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant. Dr. Darnell is a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at Kaiser Permanente in Denver. Dr. Darnell graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2011.

The Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant Program supports practice-based research conducted by residents in ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs or by residents in pharmacy residency programs that have submitted an application for ASHP accreditation. This research must be related to the assumptions, beliefs and recommendations from the November 2010 ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) Summit. The overarching goal of the PPMI is to ensure that pharmacists participate on interdisciplinary patient care teams as the health professionals who are responsible and accountable for patients’ medication outcomes. A secondary goal of the program is to develop pharmacy residents’ research skills while fostering development of mentoring relationships with more experienced senior investigators.

Dr. Darnell will use his grant to conduct a study titled "Feasibility of CYP2C19 Genotyping for Patients Receiving Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): The FOREST Study." He will receive guidance from senior investigator Samuel G. Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), Clinical Pharmacy Specialist–Applied Pharmacogenomics, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

"The decision towards choosing this project was based on my prior experience in starting a clinical service during my PGY1 residency," said Dr. Darnell. "I hope to utilize my previous experience and continue to learn better methods to implement new clinical services."

"This grant enables us to demonstrate practical use of pharmacogenetic testing within an integrated health care delivery system in order to further optimize drug therapy outcomes and advance roles for clinical pharmacists," said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Darnell is one of only six pharmacy residents nationwide to receive this grant. "Receiving this grant really allows me to help give back to Kaiser Permanente Colorado and, for this reason, I'm extremely grateful to have been awarded this research grant," he said.

For More Information

Information about the Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant Program and the abstracts of the research studies funded by this year’s program can be found at www.ashpfoundation.org/residentgrant.

About the Foundation

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation was established in 1968 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, our vision is that patient outcomes improve because of the leadership and clinical skills of pharmacists, as vital members of the health care team, accountable for safe and effective medication use. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of patients in health systems through appropriate, safe and effective medication use.

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