Dr. Montepara Receives ACCP Cardiology PRN Junior Investigator Award

MonteparaCourtney Montepara, Pharm.D., an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, recently received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Cardiology PRN Junior Investigator Award. This national award recognizes a Cardiology Practice and Research Network (PRN) member who has demonstrated extraordinary research in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy early in his or her career–less than five years from his or her most advanced post-graduate training.

Since joining the School of Pharmacy in 2017, Dr. Montepara has had six scholarly works on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy published, three of those articles being in peer-reviewed journals. She has also been involved in 11 cardiology-focused research projects that have been presented at various state and national conferences. Several of her projects have earned awards and led to changes in clinical practice.

Dr. Montepara has received three grants funded through Pfizer, Inc. totaling $83,325 for her project Pharmacist-Led Atrial Fibrillation Screening Using Mobile Electrocardiogram Technology in the Ambulatory Care Setting. Another one of her ongoing prospective studies is The Effect of Energy Drink Ingredients on Cardiovascular Function.

Additionally, Dr. Montepara collaborates on research with School of Pharmacy faculty and is a preceptor for two five-week research rotations for pharmacy students during their year of experiential learning. She also engages in research with pharmacists and pharmacy residents at her clinical practice site, Allegheny General Hospital.

"It is an honor to be the recipient of the ACCP Cardiology PRN Junior Investigator Award," Dr. Montepara says. "I am incredibly grateful and humbled to receive this recognition. I have been fortunate to work with outstanding pharmacists and students on my cardiovascular research endeavors and look forward to continuing these collaborative efforts."

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