College of Pharmacy

Topics of Interest

Generic Drugs


Genetically Customized Medicine


Medicare Drug Benefit

Drug Addiction

Public Health Policy

Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Reform and Policy



Organic Drug Development




Medication Use and Patient Safety

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Roger Davis
Dean of College of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Academic Specialties
-- Pharmacoeconomics
-- Diabetes Management
-- Managed Care
-- Public Health Policy
Health Policy Topics
Pharmaceutical issues in managed care •  Public health policy, programs and services • Medicare Modernization Act • Managed care benefit programs • Managed care issues
Health Topics
Legislative Issues in Pharmacy • Medication therapy management • Health communications and patient counseling 


Scott Akers
Chair of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Academic Specialties
-- Pharmacokinetics
-- Cardiovascular Pharmacology
-- Graduate Training
Other Topics
Generic Drugs  •  Drug equivalence (comparison of two drugs with the same ingredients)  •  Drug development  •  Cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol  •  Treatment guidelines for cardiovascular issues  •  Clinical pharmaceutical sciences  •  Clinical and experimental therapeutics  •  Pharmacokinetics (how the drugs we take effect the body)  •  Causes of side effects from ingesting prescription drugs


Elizabeth Breeden
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Masters of Health Care Informatics Program
Academic Specialties
-- Health Care Informatics
-- Electronic Health Records
-- Medication Therapy Management
Other Topics
Pharmacy Informatics Competencies  •  Consumer Health Informatics  •  Electronic Health Record  •  Clinical Decision Support  •  Health Information Exchange, Interoperability and Federal Regulations   •  Computerized Provider Order Entry  •  Electronic prescriptions  •  Medication use process  •  Vendor health care IT  •  Medication use and patient safety 


Zac Cox
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Academic Specialties
-- Immunizations
-- Infectious Disease
Other Topics
Immunization training and certification  •  Vaccinations (efficacy/ medicinal/ adverse side-effects)  •  Logistics of formulation and distribution of vaccinations  •  Antibiotics  •  H1N1  •  Infectious disease  •  MRSA and other bacterial pathogens  •  Medication and treatment of infectious disease  •  Internal medicine  •  Pharmacist's role in the hospital  •  Cold medicines


Holli Dilks
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Academic Specialties
-- Pharmacogenomics
HIV and BioterrorismTopics
Bioterrorism  •  Biodefense  •  Genetic analysis of HIV/AIDS  •  Antiretroviral medication for HIV/AIDS  •  HIV genetic resistance
Genetics Topics
Human genetics  •  Individual genetic responses to medicine  •  Development of customized medications  •  Genome sequencing  •  Gene mutations/variations and genetics  •  Genetics of Autism  •  Genetics of infectious disease  •  Population genetics  •  Health disparities in genetics


Susan Mercer
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Academic Specialties
-- Medicial Chemistry
Other Topics
Drugs of abuse  •  Drug abuse and addiction  •  Medicinal chemistry (how drugs interact within the human body)  •  Drug design  • Drug discovery  •  Drug metabolism  •  Opioid analgesics (agents used to treat moderate to severe pain)  •  Opioid addiction treatment  •  Pharmacology of the central nervous system


Kam Nola
Vice Chair for the Department of Pharmacy Practice
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Academic Specialties
-- Pharmacoeconomics
Health Policy Topics
Pharmaceutical issues in managed care, Medicare, and TennCare  •  State employee health benefits  •  Public health policy, programs and services  •  Medicare Modernization Act  •  Medicare Drug Benefit, reimbursement and limitations on coverage  •  Managed care benefit programs  •  Managed care issues
Health Topics
Tobacco health issues and policy  •  Rheumatology (arthritis)  •  Medication therapy management  •  Health communications and patient counseling  •  Health literacy  •  Motivational interviewing