HPU Pharmacy Professor Recognized with AACP New Investigator Award

The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy is the only private pharmacy school to have had a faculty member recognized with this award for three consecutive years.


Dr. Comfort Boateng, assistant professor in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, has received an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) New Investigator Award.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 29, 2020 – Dr. Comfort Boateng, assistant professor in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy’s Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) New Investigator Award. She is recognized for her project titled, “Dopamine D4 Receptor Antagonists for Treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder.”

As one of only 16 awardees, Dr. Boateng competed for the award against eligible faculty from all 143 pharmacy schools in the U.S. The New Investigator Award provides start-up funding for the independent research programs of early-career pharmacy faculty and is intended to be early extramural research funding received for a faculty member to build a foundation for future scholarly endeavors and continued extramural funding success.

“This award will allow me the opportunity to further my research and contribute to a larger societal issue with the findings,” said Boateng. “Being surrounded by stellar pharmacy faculty and in an environment at High Point University where my research is supported and encouraged has opened doors for me, and I look forward to what is to come in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.” 

This is the third consecutive year that the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy has had a faculty member awarded a New Investigator Award by the AACP.  Dr. Boateng joins Dr. Aurijit Sarkar (2019) and Drs. Sally McMillin/Dr. Christy Sherrill (2018) in being granted AACP New Investigator Awards. The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy is one of only two pharmacy schools in the country and the only private pharmacy school to have had a faculty member recognized with a New Investigator Award for three consecutive years.

“This is an outstanding feat to accomplish,” said Dr. Buddy Lingle, interim dean of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. “Having faculty members recognized for three out of the four years since our program has been established speaks volumes about our school, our extraordinary faculty and High Point University. We are excited about continuing the tradition of excellence.”  

This spring, the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy will graduate its first cohort of student pharmacists.

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