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  • Fast-Track: Sickle Cell Drug Targets Key Enzyme

    Woster research an awardee in Sickle Cell Disease/Advancing Cures funding; fast-track research focused on developing a new gene-modifying sickle cell disease treatment at MUSC could lead to human clinical trials in as few as three years.

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    MUSC Welcomes Class of 2022!

    The Class of 2022 was welcomed into the MUSC pharmacy family with a week-long Orientation that included donning their first official white coat during the White Coat Ceremony on August 16. Keynote speaker was MUSC pharmacy alumna Shea Manigo '07, pharmacy region manager for CVS Health.
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    PharmDamentals Introduces Pharmacy to URM High School Students

    Designed to engage underrepresented minority (URM) high school students interested in healthcare careers, PharmDamentals was a half-day program August 10. Activities included an alumni panel, lunch, tour, and experimenting in compounding and basic science in the lab. Above, students make troches with David Shirley.

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month

    Maldonado, Mate and Other Treasures of Argentina

    Eduardo Maldonado explains the joys of mate, asado, and what it is like to meet an Argentinian gaucho. The College of Pharmacy celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring members of the MUSC pharmacy family who have Hispanic heritage!


  • Alumni Ambassador Program Helps Expand Recruiting Outreach

    The MUSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Ambassador Program was a big part of the fall recruiting campaign, in which the College was represented at formal recruitment events at Clemson, UGA, Furman, USC, North Carolina State, the Atlanta University Center and many more. Contact Abby Grady for information.   

  • Compounding Team Qualifies for National Competition

    The 2018 Medisca Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition winners are Meghan White, Zach Posey and Ryan Rosenblatt. The team will go on to represent MUSC in the eighth annual national competition, held March 17-18, which includes a practical lab, a Q-and-A, a presentation and a compounding challenge.

News & Accolades

CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 12, 2018) – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Board of Trustees today unanimously approved hiring an architectural firm to design new dedicated space for the College of Pharmacy, along with innovative instructional space that benefits the entire enterprise.

The approval took place during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting to review the enterprise’s progress in fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30.

The new dedicated space includes roughly 24,000 assignable square feet on two floors of the expanded Basic Science Building (BSB), which will serve as the permanent home for the College of Pharmacy. In the BSB, MUSC plans to renovate 12,909 square feet of space and add 38,348 square feet to the existing structure. Additionally, as part of this project MUSC will refurbish 42,515 square feet of the Colbert Education Center and Library building.

“Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are excited and energized about the potential new space,” said Philip Hall, PharmD, FCCP, dean and professor for the MUSC College of Pharmacy. “With the board’s approval to hire architects, we’ve taken a noteworthy step in what we know will continue to be an ongoing and very worthwhile process. We look forward to the next steps and a positive outcome.”

The new pharmacy facility gives the College of Pharmacy a new home in the heart of campus, heightening the college’s visibility and enhancing opportunities for collaboration in the enterprise. The new facility brings the offices and administration of the college up to date and into contact with the college’s teaching and research facilities in the James E. Clyburn Research Center.

“The building will serve as a reminder of our mission,” Hall said. “It will be a highly visible link between the hospital and its clinical services, the Basic Science building and its research mission, and the library as the traditional symbol of education.”

Founded in 1881, the College of Pharmacy moved into its current building in 1940. In April 2010, the college announced the Building the Future of Pharmacy fundraising campaign, which has raised $7.65 million to be used toward the new facility. The cost and timetable of the new facility is not yet determined.

All students will benefit from the complete renovation, which is designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s digitally connected and highly collaborative health care campus. The innovative instructional space will consist of flexible classrooms and learning areas for 21st century pedagogy across all six colleges, including an updated Simulation/Innovation Center and skills labs, virtual reality demonstration space, as well as space to accommodate the newly established College of Medicine Flex curriculum and accelerated programs.

“These renovations and additions align with our institution’s academic strategic drivers to optimize collaboration, innovation, and maximal efficiency and flexibility,” said Lisa K. Saladin, PT, Ph.D., executive vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost. “The board’s approval to move forward with a design concept is the first step in an extended process that will involve additional MUSC board reviews,” she noted.


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 750 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.6 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services, visit

CLASSES ARE CANCELLED and the College of Pharmacy will be closed Thursday, October 11 due to severe weather.

The University must follow Charleston County government’s lead regarding adverse weather closures by order of the governor. The MUSC College of Pharmacy is expect to resume normal operation on Friday, Oct. 12.

Only designated university personnel and those university personnel who support clinic and hospital operations should be on campus October 11 and all dental clinics are canceled.

All MUSC and MUSC Health team members are encouraged to check local weather and road conditions before arriving to and leaving from work today and tomorrow, including the CARTA website for route information.

Information about parking and MUSC shuttle service is available in the Yammer group called Broadcast - Parking / Service Outages. The number one priority of MUSC is the safety of its patients, care team members, faculty, students and staff; personnel are encouraged to use caution and anticipate extra travel time.

Members of the MUSC pharmacy family should continue to monitor MUSC email, the MUSC weather hotline at 843-792-MUSC, and the MUSC Weather Updates group on Yammer.

mate cup

Listen up. This is important. That hot, caffeinated beverage you are sipping – an infusion made from leaves steeped in hot water – is NOT tea. It is mate. How do you know? First, you are drinking it through a bombilla (metal straw) out of a calabaza (cup hand-made from a squash rind). Second, Eduardo Maldonado will politely and firmly tell you.

His office contains a number of representations of Argentinian culture, including packages of yerba mate leaves and a marvelous collection of mate gourds. Some are keepsakes, some are gifts, at least one is emblazoned with the Argentina coat of arms, and all reflect Maldonado’s pride and pleasure in his homeland.

“I drink mate every day,” said Maldonado, assistant professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (MUSC). “In Argentina, it is a traditional social drink. If you visit someone’s home, especially if you know them well, they will offer you a mate before offering you tea or coffee.” 

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), the MUSC College of Pharmacy is celebrating by highlighting some members of the MUSC pharmacy family of Hispanic heritage.

Maldonado hails from Bahía Blanca, Argentina, a country that produces more than half of the world’s supply of the yerba leaves used to create mate (MAH-te, NOT MAH-tey! Make an effort!, he says). The drink has become a liquid bond of friendship.

Typically, one person prepares the mate by filling the softball-sized gourd with yerba leaves, shaking them to settle smaller particulate, and adding hot water. He or she will then offer the mate to each member of the group in turn. They share the same cup, the same bombilla, and the same base of yerba mate, which can usually produce several servings. The bombilla acts as a filter for any loose leaves.

The complexity and precision of the tradition explains why an Argentinian might not want mate drinkers lumped in with the billions of people who drink tea. Calling mate ‘tea’ is like calling Lowcountry boil ‘gumbo.’

Maldonado can speak with authority about both, since he has been at MUSC since 2005. In Argentina, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Before deciding to pursue research in lipid biochemistry he spent 15 years working in small animal clinic and cardiology and teaching undergraduates. He got his PhD from the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina in 2001.

After a research period in Spain, he was a postdoctoral scholar from 2005 to 2010 with John Lemasters. He was appointed research assistant professor in 2010 and assistant professor of drug discovery and biomedical Sciences in 2015. That same year, he secured a five-year, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute RO1 award for his project “VDAC Regulation of Warburg Metabolism in Hepatocarcinoma.” His general research is about the role of mitochondria in cancer metabolism.

His long stay in the United States has not diminished his love for Argentina, where he still has friends and family. He remembers fondly traditions like asado, which is meat cooked on a parilla (open grill) with fire from wood (preferably piquillín) or natural charcoal. And put away that marinade or barbecue sauce – asado is made only with a little salt and often picked right off the spit.

Another Argentinian icon is the gaucho, similar to the American cowboy. The rural gaucho spends most of his time alone riding through the Pampas, which is a treeless prairie in central Argentina. All the gaucho had was his horse and his facon (knife), with which he was fluidly adept. Back in the day, you might see a couple of gauchos tie their hands together with a scarf and fight it out with their free hands wielding their facons. Especially if they had a few drinks in a pulperia (general store/club).

Maldonado remembers that one of his few experiences with farm animals was conducting research with another colleague into a disease that had stricken a gaucho’s herd of sheep. Gauchos can spend days or even months without seeing another human, so Maldonado’s arrival had created a significant occasion. At the end of the day, the gaucho announced they would celebrate the visit with a lamb asado. Out came the facon…

“I love animals and had spent many years of my career trying to save them but there was nothing I could do,” he said. “The gaucho was a proud man and all he had was his horse, his knife and this flock. The lamb was what he had to offer in celebration; it would have been an insult to ask him not to do it. I understood and could not object, but I could not swallow it.”

Maldonado’s background as an experienced veterinarian gives him a distinctive perspective in the basic science and makes him an internationally sought-after resource for colleagues.

“I didn’t start on my PhD until I was 35 years old, while I was still practicing as a veterinarian and teaching,” he said. “It is a handicap to have a late start, but it is an asset to have such a broad view of science.”

maldonado and mate

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation encompasses anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Día de la Raza.

CLASSES RESUME SEPTEMBER 17 Hurricane Florence Update: The MUSC College of Pharmacy will resume normal operations Monday, September 17 and classes held as normally scheduled. 

Personnel who evacuated and are experiencing difficulties returning should contact their supervisor. Personnel contacted by students who indicate difficulty returning should inform Cathy Worrall.

CLASSES CANCELLED SEPT 11 Starting Tuesday, September 11, classes are cancelled and the MUSC College of Pharmacy will be closed due to Hurricane Florence, per the mandatory evacuation order by S.C. Governor Henry McMaster. The College will remain closed until further notice; monitor for announcements.


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