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January 11, 2017- The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is pleased to announce that Janelle Trieu
has been named recipient of the 2016 CAF-ApoPharma Distinguished Scholar Award. The Award is presented to U.S. individuals with a clinically significant form of thalassemia who have chosen to pursue postgraduate doctoral level studies in medicine or science. Janelle is currently in her second year of the graduate program in pharmacy at the University of Utah.
The CAF-ApoPharma Distinguished Scholar Award is made possible through a grant from pharmaceutical manufacturer ApoPharma, which initially provided the funds in recognition of the Foundation’s 60th anniversary and in honor of the Foundation’s dedication to the community and of the thalassemia patient community’s tireless commitment to overcoming the challenges presented by the disorder. The scholarship is in the amount of $20,000.
“The CAF Distinguished Scholar Award is important in that it enables thalassemia patients who want to pursue advanced degrees in the Biomedical Sciences, an opportunity to do so,” says Dr. Michael Spino, President of ApoPharma, Inc. “We are especially delighted that the thalassemia community is already being enriched by Janelle’s work, as she has focused her research on ways to enhance adherence to care, thus giving back to the community that supported her. We congratulate Janelle on her achievement.”
The Distinguished Scholar Award Committee reviewed all of the applications and was impressed with the high level of quality from each applicant. Janelle was chosen for her exemplary academic record, commitment to her field of study, dedication to community service and passion for assisting patients who struggle with adherence, among other factors.
Janelle believes that through her pharmacy degree she will be able to help patients better achieve their adherence goals. Since starting her studies last year, she has pioneered two projects that focus on adherence. In one project, she paired volunteer students with pediatric patients. After training them in motivational interviewing techniques, the students now check in weekly with the patients to encourage adherence. In the second, she was accepted into a research program in Armenia. That project focused on collecting data on adherence in order to raise awareness among doctors and pharmacists in Armenia about adherence and to encourage them to develop strategies to address adherence issues.
“I have the utmost respect for the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, its staff, volunteers, members, and the work that they do,” says Janelle. “I wish I would have known about them sooner because they have provided me so much support and motivation over the years. I cannot thank them enough. I would also like to thank ApoPharma and their time and dedication to our community. It is encouraging, as a future pharmacist, to see the influential work this company performs. I am continually excited to draw from my experiences as a patient to become an effective, empathetic Pharmacist and give back to people and organizations that have given me so much.”
CAF congratulates Janelle on this phenomenal achievement and wishes her the very best as she continues her studies.