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News Article | November 22, 2016
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(SALT LAKE CITY)--The University of Utah College of Pharmacy's Anticonvulsant Drug Development (ADD) Program has been awarded a five-year $19.5 million contract renewal with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to test drugs to treat epilepsy, and the major focus of the project is to address needs that affect millions of people worldwide -identify novel investigational compounds to prevent the development of epilepsy or to treat refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy. The ADD program began in 1975 and since then has tested the vast majority of drugs used to control seizures in patients with epilepsy, helping millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, almost one-third of the estimated 50 million people with the disorder has refractory, or unresponsive, epilepsy that isn't adequately controlled by medications currently available. The contract renewal, awarded through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to the U Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, represents a shift in the mission to identify new therapies, according to ADD Director Karen S. Wilcox, Ph.D., professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology and principal investigator of the contract. "We're proud that over the past 41 years, the ADD program has played a key role in identifying and characterizing many of the drugs now available to treat patients with epilepsy and to control their seizures," Wilcox says. "Now, we're looking for drugs that can modify or prevent the disease, particularly in those patients either with refractory epilepsy or at risk for developing epilepsy following a brain injury." Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterized by a tendency for repeated seizures over time. It occurs when permanent changes in the brain result in abnormal or excessive neuronal activity in the brain. An estimated 2.9 million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide have active epilepsy, according the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. There is no cure for epilepsy and the mainstay of treatment is anti-seizure medications. ADD is a long-standing program dedicated to testing drugs to treat epilepsy. It has received continuous funding from NINDS' Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP) (formerly known as the Anticonvulsant Screening Program) since its founding in 1974. In collaboration, the ETSP and the ADD Program have evaluated more than 32,000 compounds. ADD received the contract in a competitive bidding process. The renewal of the contractual relationship between the NINDS and the University of Utah reflects the ongoing commitment of the NIH and the ETSP to finding and developing novel therapies for epilepsy and represents a unique partnership between government, industry, and academia. "The NIH-NINDS ETSP is pleased to continue the productive relationship with the University of Utah," says Dr. John Kehne, a Program Director at NINDS and head of the ETSP. "These and other efforts supported by the NINDS will help to discover new pharmacotherapies to address the unmet medical needs of people living with epilepsy." In addition to its focus on evaluating potential candidate drugs for the treatment of therapy-resistant epilepsy, the mission of the ADD Program includes efforts to identify novel therapies for different types of epilepsy. The program also serves as a base for innovative basic research that sheds new light on the pathophysiology of epilepsy and provides a unique training environment for students, research fellows, and visiting scientists. Currently, the ADD program employ18 researchers, technicians, and staff. Cameron S. Metcalf, Ph.D is associate director and a co-Investigator of the contract and Peter J. West, Ph.D., and Misty D. Smith, Ph.D, research assistant professors of pharmacology and toxicology, are also co-investigators on the contract renewal. Although there currently is no cure for epilepsy, Wilcox, who previously served as a co-Investigator of ADD before taking over as PI in 2016, believes that can be changed. "The brain has remarkable plasticity throughout a person's life," she says. "If we learn enough about neuroscience and the details of how the brain works, it's very possible to find a cure."


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university’s health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation. “We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system,” said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. “Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system.” The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017. The partnership boosts Career Step’s existing relationship with the university’s Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program. “We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students,” said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers.” Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university’s Professional Education department. To learn more about Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed(at)continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.


University of Utah leverages Career Step's program to fill pharmacy technician shortage by covering tuition for current employees interested in a career change -- Career Step (http://www.careerstep.com/?uid=pub170215), an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university's health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation."We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system," said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. "Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system."The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017.The partnership boosts Career Step's existing relationship ( http://www.careerstep.com/ uofu?=pub170215 ) with the university's Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program."We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students," said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. "When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers."Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university's Professional Education department.To learn more about Career Step's Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/ proed/academy/ certificate/ pharm... or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780.Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com (http://www.careerstep.com/?uid=pub170215)or 1-800-246-7836.


Career Step Partners with University of Utah to Train Employees as Pharmacy Technicians University of Utah leverages Career Step’s program to fill pharmacy technician shortage by covering tuition for current employees interested in a career change. Lehi, UT, February 16, 2017 --( “We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system,” said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. “Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system.” The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017. The partnership boosts Career Step’s existing relationship with the university’s Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program. “We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students,” said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers.” Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university’s Professional Education department. To learn more about Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace - improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. Lehi, UT, February 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university’s health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation.“We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system,” said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. “Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system.”The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017.The partnership boosts Career Step’s existing relationship with the university’s Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program.“We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students,” said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers.”Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university’s Professional Education department.To learn more about Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780.About Career StepCareer Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace - improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Career Step


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.24-7pressrelease.com

LEHI, UT, February 16, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university's health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation. "We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system," said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. "Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system." The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017. The partnership boosts Career Step's existing relationship with the university's Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program. "We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students," said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. "When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers." Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university's Professional Education department. To learn more about Career Step's Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace--improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.

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