By Lori J. Maricle, WSU College of Pharmacy

Kimberly McKeirnan, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at WSU, has been selected for the Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) through the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

The institute is a program funded through the National Institutes of Health and is administrated through the University of Washington. TRSP provides early-stage faculty investigators with targeted and structured translational science career development. The program includes research funding up to $10,000, mentoring, peer-to-peer networking, and grant review services.

McKeirnan will be using the grant to develop ways to use smart phone technology to improve patient medication adherence.

“I have enjoyed being part of several grant-funded research projects in the past few years,” McKeirnan said. “I am looking forward to receiving guidance from mentors with translational research experience.”

This is the second scholar program McKeirnan has been awarded. In 2015, she completed the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars program, which provided a $2,500 research grant.

McKeirnan was offered the appointment in January 2018. Her appointment will run from March 1, 2018, through Feb. 28, 2019. McKeirnan is from Pomeroy, Wash., and joined the faculty at WSU in 2013 after spending the previous five years working as a community pharmacist.