Pharmacy Assistant Professors Tejal Patel and Sherilyn Houle Receive Innovation Fund Grants

Monday, November 30, 2015

Waterloo School of Pharmacy Innovation grant recipientsWith the pharmacist scope of practice expanding across Canada, further research is increasingly important in assessing how pharmacists can best interact with their patients. 

The Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy (CFP) awarded two of three 2016 Innovation Fund Grants to Waterloo's School of Pharmacy. 

The Innovation Fund Grant is available to pharmacists who are engaging in research or an innovative model of pharmacy practice that will advance the profession and demonstrably improve the health of patients.

Assistant professors Dr. Tejal Patel and Dr. Sherilyn Houle were each awarded an CFP Innovation Fund Grant.

Dr. Patel is investigating the impact of pharmacist intervention on polypharmacy, the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by patients for a single or multiple conditions.

Her project, entitled “Pharmacist Interventions to Reduce Polypharmacy and High Risk Medication Use Among the Frail Elderly in Primary Care: A Case-Controlled Comparison” will also explore the use of high risk medication and appropriate gastrointestinal protection for her target population – elderly and frail Canadians.

Dr. Houle’s project is called “Determining the Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Satisfaction of a Pharmacist-Managed Travel Medicine Clinic Under an Expanded Scope of Practice”. Like Patel, Houle’s research explores value of pharmacist intervention and the expansion of services in the Canadian healthcare system.

Founded in 1945, the CFP's mission is to encourage pharmacy practice through the support and promotion of innovation and leadership practice.