Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have established partnerships with other educators, researchers, and organizations around the world.


Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, FASCP, Professor of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research
If polypharmacy—the concurrent use of multiple medications to treat an illness or condition—was ranked as a disease, it would be the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Many health systems across the globe are increasingly showing interest in safe and effective ways to deprescribing of high-risk medications in older adults. The collaboration with Australia includes mentoring faculty members and inviting them to spend time with faculty and clinicians at the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging under the auspices of the center’s executive director, Dr. Brandt.


Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, FASCP, Professor of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research
The learners of the IPE Care in Geriatrics Aging in Place program at the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging continue to provide one-on-one wellness visits and group health education to older adults in the community. The students comprise representation from the schools of social work, gerontology, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and dental hygiene. Students from the University of Helsinki, Finland, have been involved in these virtual events, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought this virtual collaboration to the spotlight. Students learn how to collaborate interprofessionally and internationally to administer elements of the Medicare Wellness Visits under the guidance of IPE Care faculty including: Dr. Brandt; Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, FAANP; Diane Martin, PhD; and Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, AGSF.


Eberechukwu Onukwugha, PhD, MS, Professor of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research
Dr. Onukwugha is collaborating with Dr. Man Charurat at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Institute of Human Virology on implementation science research in Africa. The research tests interventions designed to improve health outcomes among individuals at risk of HIV or living with HIV across African countries. A current study focuses on lung cancer, given that it is the most common non-AIDS defining malignancy among people living with HIV/AIDS. The study integrates a smoking cessation intervention into the HIV care system in Botswana and will examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the intervention.

South Africa

Thomas Laudone, PharmD, Preceptor
In 2023, Dr. Laudone worked with colleagues at University of Western Cape, School of Pharmacy and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, School of Pharmacy-Boston Campus to publish two commentaries as a call to action for schools of pharmacy in the United States to incorporate into their curriculum the role of pharmacists in social accountability both within the United States and on a global scale. Additionally, Dr. Laudone is collaborating with faculty member Nicole Keuler, B. Pharm, M. Clin. Pharm, at University of Western Cape, School of Pharmacy in South Africa to develop a pediatrics elective in their curriculum as well as providing lectures to help support the initiative of expanding clinical pharmacy services in the pediatric wards throughout the Cape Town area.

South Korea

James Polli, PhD, Ralph F. Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics
The University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) collaborates with Korean Regulatory Science Center (KRSC), which involves seven South Korean universities and the South Korean governmental agency Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). Activities focus on training, exchange, and research.


Alexander MacKerell, PhD, Grollman-Glick Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. MacKerell is involved in collaborations with researchers around the world in the development of a computational chemistry program known as CHARMM. These researchers are involved in the ongoing development and maintenance of this program. Additionally, to better understand the structural properties of carbohydrates, Dr. MacKerell and his colleagues have been collaborating with Göran Widmalm, PhD, at Stockholm University. Widmalm's team has been completing the experimental studies that Dr. MacKerell's team uses to compare with their computational studies.