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Chair named for NDSU Department of Pharmacy Practice

Marketa Marvanova, associate clinical professor of pharmacy practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, has been named the new chair of the NDSU Department of Pharmacy Practice. Charles Peterson, dean of the College of Health Professions made the announcement May 1.

Marvanova, who also serves as an adjunct associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, will begin her new duties July 1.

"Dr. Marvanova has extensive training and experience in pharmacy practice, including being a board certified psychiatric pharmacist and certified geriatric specialist in pharmacy. She has a passion for advancing the practice of pharmacy and training students and pharmacists for the future. I believe she will be an excellent fit for NDSU and North Dakota pharmacy," Peterson said. "I want to thank the search committee and the department for their excellent work in the successful outcome of this important search process."

Marvanova earned a Master of Science in pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy in pathological biochemistry and xenobiochemistry from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and a Doctor of Philosophy in neuropharmacology from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, Finland. She finished a three-year postgraduate stint at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was involved with multiple central nervous system studies targeted at development of new therapeutic interventions for neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders using various animal models.

Marvanova holds pharmacy licenses in Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. She is both an immunizer and certified immunization trainer. She has held academic positions at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Belmont University College of Pharmacy and Midway College.

Marvanova's research interests include improvement of health and quality of life outcomes for community-dwelling and hospitalized patients with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, neuropsychopharmacologic treatment for hospitalized geriatric patients and research on teaching and learning within the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Marvanova replaces Don Miller, who is stepping down from his administrative duties so he can focus more on teaching. Miller joined NDSU’s pharmacy program in 1978 and has been chair of pharmacy practice since 1997.

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