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UCSF School of Pharmacy

James Fraser named Searle Scholar, will shine new light on protein shapeshifting

Apr 9, 2014

James Fraser, PhD

Biophysicist James Fraser, PhD, has been named a 2014 Searle Scholar. His laboratory will be awarded $300,000 in funding over the next three years to support his research into more accurately and precisely describing the ways that protein molecules change shape to carry out the functions of life in our bodies.

The prestigious awards are given annually to 15 young scientists nationally “who are bringing new technologies and new perspectives to address some of the biggest questions in biomedical sciences,” said the program’s scientific director, Douglas Fambrough, PhD.

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A MedList clinic: perspectives of a pharmacist and a student pharmacist

Mar 5, 2014

Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, oversees student pharmacists Greg Balani and Patricia Kuang during MedList Clinic.
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By David Jacobson

Walgreens at UCSF, the new pharmacy on the UC San Francisco Parnassus campus, is designed to explore new models of pharmacist-based patient care.

A joint effort between the nation’s largest drug store chain, UCSF School of Pharmacy, and the UCSF Medical Center, the new retail facility features private consultation areas where UCSF and Walgreens pharmacists will routinely provide comprehensive medication review. The new pharmacy will also serve as a training facility for the School’s student pharmacists during the experiential portion of their doctoral degree program.

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UCSF, Walgreens open pharmacy to jointly explore new models of care

Feb 25, 2014

(Left to right) Daniel Wandres, UCSF Medical Center; Meen Kang, Walgreens; Bill Hose, Walgreens; Mark Laret, UCSF Medical Center; Susan Desmond-Hellmann, UCSF; B. Joseph Guglielmo, UCSF School of Pharmacy; Myra Pascua, Walgreens; Joel Wright, Walgreens. Image: © Elisabeth Fall

By David Jacobson

A unique new pharmacy developed to explore more effective models of medication management and pharmacist-based patient care, improving drug safety and efficacy by reducing medication errors and lapses, officially opened with a ribbon cutting on the Parnassus campus on Tuesday.

“Walgreens at UCSF,” located across the street from UCSF Medical Center, is a joint effort between the nation’s largest drug store chain, the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and the Medical Center.

Designed to foster increased patient-pharmacist interaction, the store includes multiple areas for private consultations. Pharmacists from both UCSF and Walgreens will jointly staff the pharmacy. It will also serve as a training facility for UCSF student pharmacists during the experiential portion of their doctoral degree program and as a clinical training site for pharmacy residents.

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UCSF School of Pharmacy leads in NIH funding for 34th year in a row

Feb 12, 2014

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For the 34th consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy has received more research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other pharmacy school in the United States.

School researchers were awarded $29.2 million during the 2013 NIH fiscal year, from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.

“Thirty-plus years of top NIH funding is an accomplishment to celebrate,” said School of Pharmacy Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD. “Yet while we look back with pride, we also look forward to an even brighter future.

“This year marked the fourth in a row in which our junior faculty members received the highly selective NIH Director’s New Innovator Award,” noted Guglielmo. “This prestigious award provides millions of dollars for ‘exceptionally innovative’ research. This year’s awardee was Zev Gartner, PhD, the developer of a revolutionary technology toward the construction of complex 3-D human tissues and associated study of biology and therapeutics.”


UCSF Schools Leads the Nation in NIH Biomedical Research Funds - UCSF

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