2005 News

Antivirals and the Avian Flu

While a number of antiviral medications are used to combat typical types of influenza, only 2 are active against the new avian influenza virus, known as H5N1, according to Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy professor and clinical pharmacist specializing in medications to treat infectious diseases.

UCSF Ranks #1 in Chemical Research and Development Funding

For the 2nd consecutive year, UCSF topped all United States universities and colleges in both total and federally financed spending for chemistry research and development. These results reflect data for 2003 from the National Science Foundation. These are the most recent statistics available as of August 2005.

Systems Biology Doctoral Program Funded

UCSF is the recipient of a US$1 million, 3-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to create a new and radical PhD program to train systems biologists.

Bacteria Engineered to Produce Images

By genetically engineering microbes to act like biological camera film, UCSF School of Pharmacy assistant professor Christopher A. Voigt, PhD and doctoral students show the potential of the new field of synthetic biology to create useful tools for medicine and technology. Details of this research appeared November 24, 2005 in Nature.

Vietnamese and US Partners Sign Pharmacy Agreement

Leaders from 6 Vietnamese pharmacy schools joined with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy and UCSF Global Health Sciences, and the United States Pharmacopeia to sign a partnership agreement on November 12, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to expand the role of pharmacists and pharmacies in Vietnam.

Systems Biology Center Connects UC and Peking University

A research collaboration between the University of California (UC) and Peking University will integrate the biological data acquisition strengths of the former with the physical and theoretical strengths of the latter, a move which scientists anticipate will ultimately lead to more effective, safer medications for populations and individuals.

Robert Langridge Named Innovator of Our Time

Robert Langridge, PhD, professor emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, is highlighted as one of 35 innovators of our time by the editors of Smithsonian Magazine in its November 5, 2005 issue.

Pharmacy Track Opens Door to Fulbright Fellowship and Research in Africa

A unique course of study offered by UCSF's School of Pharmacy has led a strong student to realize his goal of doing research and helping patients overseas. It has helped him to win a prized Fulbright Fellowship to boot.

New Thin Strip Format for Medicines Requires Consumer Vigilance

Dissolving thin strips containing over-the-counter medicines are now being used by consumers to treat their coughs and colds and runny noses.

Medicare Part D Workshop Offered November 12, 2005

A new benefit for prescription drugs will be offered through Medicare beginning January 1, 2006. Medicare recipients who are eligible for this benefit must evaluate their drug benefit options and enroll in a drug plan.

Physician-focused Strategy to Cut Drug Costs Failing

Attempts have failed by Health Management Organizations (HMOs) to cut drug costs by putting physicians at financial risk if their prescription costs exceed their medical group's drug budget. This was the finding of a study led by School of Pharmacy faculty member Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, which was released September 5, 2005 in Journal of Health Policy Politics and Law.

Industry Data Should Be Shared

The same level of legal scrutiny that applies to research funded by the US government should apply to research funded by industry, according to UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Lisa Bero, PhD, and co-authors of a study that appeared July 20, 2005 in the online issue of American Journal of Public Health.

Giacomini Receives Dawson Award

Kathy M. Giacomini, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist, received the 2005 Paul Dawson Biotechnology Award in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 10, 2005 from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The award recognizes exceptional teaching and research in biotechnology.

Yang Named Clinical Research Scholar

Katherine Yang, PharmD, MPH, UCSF School of Pharmacy assistant clinical professor, is one of nine UCSF faculty members awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support early career development of resea

Wells Joins UCSF as First Hind Professor

James Wells, PhD, a leader in the development of new technologies to aid drug discovery and protein engineering, joins UCSF as the first holder of the Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Wells will hold joint faculty appointments in the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.

UCSF School of Pharmacy Tops NIH Funding

The UCSF School of Pharmacy was the largest recipient of 2004 research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among pharmacy schools in the United States. The School's 2004 total NIH award funding was US$23.5 million.

Herbals and Dietary Supplements: What Consumers Need to Know

The growing use of herbals and dietary supplements calls for increasing consumer education of products, their ingredients and effects, possible interactions with other medications, and much more.

Pharmacy Students Study Ethics of Conscience Clauses

The ethical issues behind a pharmacist's personal decision to dispense or not dispense emergency contraceptives and other drugs is explored by doctor of pharmacy students at the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, in a required course on pharmacy law and ethics.

Pharmacy Students Share Views on Conscience Clauses

The pros and cons of legislating a pharmacist's right to refuse to dispense emergency contraceptive medications was the topic of discussion at a meeting held Tuesday, April 19, 2005 among doctor of pharmacy students from the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco and law students from the University of San Francisco.

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High School Students Learn Firsthand About Pharmacy in California Central Valley

More than 20 high school students from California's central valley city of Fresno spent a day in early February 2005 with local pharmacists in various practice settings to get a close look at pharmacy as a career option.

Pharmacy and Law Students Debate Conscience Clauses

Whether or not pharmacists or pharmacies should be legally allowed to refuse to dispense medications is the cause of current state and national discussion and proposed legislation. At center stage are contraceptives. Speaking out are right to life and pro choice advocates as well as pharmacists, pharmacy owners, legislators, and attorneys on both sides of the issue.

Kortemme Named Sloan Fellow

UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist Tanja Kortemme, PhD, is a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

UCSF School of Pharmacy Ranks #1

The UCSF School of Pharmacy maintains its ranking as the best doctor of pharmacy degree program in the United States, according to a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Koda-Kimble Reelected to USP Board of Trustees

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco has been reelected to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Board of Trustees. Her second term begins March 2005 and ends March 2010.

UCSF Experts Warn Against Cholesterol Quick Fix with Statins

Steve Kayser, PharmD, clinical pharmacist and cardiology drug expert warns that the risks could outweigh the benefits of making cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, available in the United States without a prescription. In January 2005, two United States Food and Drug Administration expert committees voted down such a proposal for American consumers, citing concerns for patient safety.

Voigt Named Sloan Fellow

UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist Christopher A. Voigt, PhD is a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Center for Drug Development Science Joins School

The Center for Drug Development Science (CDDS), located in Washington, DC, has joined with the UCSF School of Pharmacy to advance the safe and effective use of drugs.

Update from the Dean - March 2005

Special Report / Fall-Winter 2005: An overview of School accomplishments based upon a written report that Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD submitted to a UCSF faculty committee as part of a review of her performance as dean from 1998 to 2003. Includes updates from 2003 through March 2005. "My first 5 years as dean...and since" and more.

Giacomini Named to National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council

Kathy M. Giacomini, PhD, chair of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences is one of five new members appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. The appointment came from Tommy Thompson, US Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

IOM Calls for Action on Complementary and Alternative Medicines

More than 33% of adults in the US pursue non-conventional medical treatments, therapies, and techniques. These include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and homeopathy, respectively. In light of this fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened an expert committee to study the extent of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by Americans. In a report released January 12, 2005, the committee recommends: