Welcome to the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education website. For over 75 years, AFPE has been committed to supporting pharmaceutical education for the greater good. As a non-profit organization, AFPE relies on donations in order to fund scholarships and grants that are awarded to aspiring and current researchers and academics in the pharmaceutical sciences arena so that they may have the resources necessary to conduct novel research projects that will impact the future of healthcare and patient outcomes.

Thank you for visiting and learning more about the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and its rich history.

This year, the Dr. Paul B. Myrdal Memorial Fund for Pharmaceutical Education in Pharmaceutics will fund two pre-doctoral students: Brianna Cote and Andrew Zhou. Click here to read more about Dr. Myrdal, Brianna Cote, and Andrew Zhou.

Congratulations to Lucinda Maine, AFPE Board Member, and AACP Executive Vice President and CEO for receiving the prestigious Remington Award. The Remington is the highest honor in the Pharmaceutical Science Profession.


AFPE fellows, University and Pittsburgh professors, and married couple, Dr. Kerry Empey and Dr. Phil Empey are making huge contributions to healthcare and patient outcomes. Dr. Kerry Empey is researching maternal and infant RSV vaccination and Dr. Phil Empey is leading the Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, where genetic testing is used to optimize drug therapy outcomes. Click here to read more about the Empey’s and their groundbreaking research!

For important information on biosimilars from the Association for Accessible Medicines, click here.

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Larry Rodriguez, is a student at the University of Southern California. Alongside his mentor, Dr. Daryl Davies, Larry Rodriguez is researching “The Role of P2X4 Receptors within the Mesolimbic Pathway in Dopamine Signaling and Disease.” In the video below, Rodriguez explains his research in greater detail.

Larry Rodriguez – Suppressing receptor function in the brain ex vivo using CRISPR/CAS from USC School of Pharmacy on Vimeo.

For important information on biosimilars from the Association for Accessible Medicines, click here.

Click here to view the 2018 Funded Research, Fellows, and Scholars Brochure.


Emily Plyler, a graduate student at Northeast Ohio Medical University is researching “Identifying Novel Targets to Ameliorate Amyloid-Induced Neuroinflammation in the Retinal Projection” with her mentor, Dr. Samuel Crish. Read more here. 

Congratulations to UCSF Professor, Kathleen Giacomini on being awarded the AFPE William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award. Click here to read more about Dr. Giacomini.


2018 Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2018 Gateway Scholars


Robin Bogner and Lauren Fontana in Bogner Lab

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Lauren Fontana, says that her Fellowship allows her to: “ focus on my research goals, allowing latitude in defining my research direction. In addition, networking with previous pre-doctoral fellows has enhanced my career trajectory.” Read more about Fontana and her research here.

Tyler Ackley credit to Tina Encarnacion UConn Health

Tyler Ackley, a student in the UConn School of Pharmacy, works in a lab at UConn Health. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo)

Tyler Ackley, a 4th-year Pharmacy student at the University of Connecticut, and a 2018-2019 Gateway Scholar is focusing on the changes in cellular signaling that occur during Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) disease progression. RA is a chronic, inflammatory disease characterized by immune cell induction and subsequent degradation of joint tissues. This autoimmune attack of the joint space leads to irreparable damage, lifelong pain, and diminished mobility. Like many other autoimmune diseases, RA is thought to be due to the multifactorial effects of underlying genetics, environmental triggers, and various regulatory genes. Read more about Ackley and his research here.


AFPE welcomes Scott Kuzner, Ph.D. to our Board of Directors

Scott Kuzner, Ph.D. is an external affairs strategist from the healthcare sector with a reputation for strategic planning, coalition building, and a passion for driving improvements in global public health.

Dr. Kuzner is the Director of the USP Convention and Global Stakeholder Engagement. In this role, he is charged with maintaining and nurturing relationships with key partners and stakeholder groups, managing the governance operations of the USP Convention and its supporting committees, and implementing educational program platforms to advance the quality of medicines.

An 11-year veteran of USP, Dr. Kuzner’s career highlights include spearheading USP’s roundtable on prescription opioids-abuse, helping relaunch the Dietary Supplement Quality Collaborative, and developing USP’s first-ever convention-style training program for over 500 standards-setting experts.

Dr. Kuzner earned his Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and prior to USP held a variety of editorial positions at CQ Press in Washington, DC.

Ashley Crumby, a University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student, was named a recipient of the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences given by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Crumby will use her fellowship to continue research for her dissertation entitled “Valuation of mentorship in pharmacy education and the impact of perceived involvement,” as she measures the value student pharmacists place on mentorship.

Ashley Crumby

“This opportunity will help support the importance of mentorship research,” Crumby said. “I would love to continue this type of research in my future career and apply it to a position in which I could potentially develop and implement mentorship programs at schools.”

Read more about Crumby and her research here.



AFPE announces the Pre-Doctoral Award in Health Outcome Disparities

AFPE is excited to announce a new designated fellowship for a pre-doctoral student whose research focuses on either a disease area which disproportionately impacts underserved populations, or whose research focuses on reducing healthcare disparities and improving health outcomes for underserved populations in the United States. Examples of this research could include: sickle-cell anemia, asthma, HIV/AIDS, maternal and infant mortality, access to medication, etc.

Applicants to this award who are not selected will automatically be considered for a Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The same eligibility requirements and deadlines apply for both awards.

AFPE celebrates Dr. William Heller’s many years of service on the Board of Directors, and announces the William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award in his honor. We are so grateful for his lifelong contributions to the Pharmaceutical Sciences profession and to AFPE.


AFPE is addressing the Opioid Crisis by funding projects like:

  • “Probing a New Target HINT1 for the Management of Chronic Pain through Analgesia and the Reversal of Opioid Tolerance” (Dr. Carston Wagner and Ph.D Candidate Alexander Strom, University of Minnesota)
  • “Community Pharmacists’ Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors in Dispensing Naloxone Under a Standing Order”(Dr. Norman Carroll and Pharm.D Candidate Elena V. Fernandez, Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • “Impact of Opioid Dosing Strategies on Pain Scores and Adverse or Unintended Clinical Outcomes” (Drs. Brad Martin and Teresa Hudson, and Ph.D Candidate Corey Hayes, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)


2017 AFPE Fellow, Ashley Cole, MPH, is researching the “Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of First-Line Chemotherapeutic Regimens for Unresectable Pancreatic Cancer.” Read more here!  



2017 Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2017 Gateway to Research Scholars

 Our 2017 Brochure is Now Available! Click here for more information about all of our Pre-Doc, Gateway, and First-Year awardees!


AFPE Celebrates Gordon Amidon, Our 2017 Mentor of the Year!

Dr. Amidon is the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. Click here to read more about Dr. Amidon’s mentorship and the impact he has had on his students.



Brandon Lucke-Wolde not only works to improve our health, he is also working to make life better for lab animals. What is SwifTag? Lucke-Wolde, a current AFPE Fellow, alongside two of his peers, are working to develop “SwifTag,” which is “an ear tag that uses state-of-the-art radio frequency identification and a smart phone reader to collect data for animal inventory” and will reduce unnecessary animal handling and chances for human error. Lucke-Wolde and his partners have already received pilot funding for their prototype, and are in the process of filing for a provisional patent and their LLC. Lucke-Wold and his partners have been selected to participate in the semi-finals of Pitch Austin, hosted by the McCombs School of Business during the March 15th South by Southwest Conference. For more information on SwifTag and Pitch Austin, please click here.

For more information on Lucke-Wolde’s other accomplishments, please click here.