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Educates pharmacy professionals and scientists, advances scientific discovery, cares for patients, serves the public, and advocates on the public's behalf. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and its Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

School of Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

Napolitano selects Hawgood as next UCSF Chancellor

Jul 10, 2014

University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that her choice for the 10th chancellor of UC San Francisco is Sam Hawgood, MBBS, the UCSF School of Medicine dean who has served as interim UCSF chancellor since April 1. The UC Board of Regents will vote on Napolitano’s selection and the terms of the appointment on July 17.


President Napolitano Selects Sam Hawgood as Next Chancellor of UC San Francisco – UCSF

Retreat kicks off major transformation of School curriculum

Jun 27, 2014

The UCSF School of Pharmacy, a leader in pharmacy education worldwide, jump-started a transformation of its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum at a Schoolwide meeting on June 18, 2014 at the Presidio of San Francisco.

Panelists representing the varied sectors of community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, medicine, and industry offered their views on emerging roles for pharmacists in health care. Faculty members from the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine—along with School of Pharmacy alumni and students—weighed in on what the profession can become, what new skill sets graduates must bring into evolving marketplaces, and what kinds of collaborations will move curriculum change forward successfully.

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School leaders, staff, students step out in support of AIDS Walk San Francisco

Jun 25, 2014

The entire UCSF enterprise—including the School of Pharmacy—is gearing up for AIDS Walk San Francisco. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, July 20 in Golden Gate Park.

Michael Nordberg, associate dean for finance and administration, is the leader of the 2014 School of Pharmacy Team. Nordberg encourages everyone in the School to join in—administrators, leaders, faculty, staff, and students.

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Major Mexican genetic study uncovers basis for health differences among Latinos

Jun 12, 2014

Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH Image: ©

The most comprehensive genetic study of the Mexican population to date has revealed as much genetic differentiation as the variation between some Europeans and Asians.

The findings in the study, co-senior-authored by School faculty member Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, and conducted with researchers at Stanford University and Mexico’s National Institute of Genomic Medicine, help to explain significant health differences among Latinos of Mexican descent, including rates of breast cancer and asthma as well as differing response to therapies.

The research, published in the June 13, 2014 issue of Science, provides the groundwork for developing more accurate and precise diagnostics—and possibly therapeutics—based on these genetic variations.

Burchard is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, a joint department of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.


Mexican Genetics Study Reveals Huge Variation in Ancestry – UCSF

The genetics of Mexico recapitulates Native American substructure and affects biomedical traitsScience

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Our vision

We see a time when precise therapeutics—used safely and effectively—improve the health of people everywhere.

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What we do

  • Discover answers to important questions about pharmaceutical-related research
  • Educate PharmD and PhD students, postdoctoral scholars, and others
  • Develop and deliver exceptional pharma-
    ceutical care to patients
  • Share our expertise with the public, industry leaders, and policy makers

Our culture is one of understanding,
inclusion, equity, respect, and diversity.

Details: Mission.

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Our goals

  1. Create a new framework for drug
    discovery and development.
  2. Ensure that more patients get the best results from their drugs.
  3. Shape the future of pharmacy science, policy, education, and patient care by working in fresh and collaborative ways.

Where we fit

We are one of four schools, a graduate division, and a medical center at the University of California, San Francisco, which is one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. UCSF is the only UC campus devoted solely
to the health sciences.

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