2007 News

Kroetz Uses Pharmacogenetics to Determine the Best Treatment Options for Leukemia Patients

Some leukemia cells supercharge cell pumps to get rid of chemotherapy. UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and pharmacogenetics researcher Deanna Kroetz, PhD, is aiming toward a simple way to identify these tumors, select the best treatment and avoid complications.

Wilson Looks at the Economics of Health

Health economist Leslie Wilson, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, studies the ratio of cost to benefit, the benefit alone, or the cost alone of health treatments, educational interventions, and other activities that can ultimately impact a patient's health.

Burchard Explores Asthma Risk in Latinos

What began as a fascination with fish when he was a child eventually led Esteban Burchard, MD to study genetic differences behind asthma risk.

UCSF Student Pharmacists Teach Science to 5th-Graders

UCSF student pharmacists relate science to the everyday lives of 5th-graders at San Francisco's Rosa Parks Elementary School through a special program now in its second year.

Benet Delivers Distinguished Lecture

Leslie Z. Benet, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy delivered the Seventh Distinguished Clinical Research Lecture to the UCSF faculty on October 17, 2007 on UCSF's Parnassus campus.

Ferrin Uses Computation and Computers to Understand Molecules

Tom Ferrin, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is an expert in the use of computation and computer-generated images and simulations of biological molecules to understand how molecules act and interact. He uses this knowledge to better understand biology and to solve biological problems such as those involved in drug design.

Koda-Kimble Honored with Paul F. Parker Award

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy is the 2007 recipient of the Paul F. Parker Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Pharmacy. The award was given October 14, 2007 by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy at its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Ahituv Asks Why Some DNA is Ultraconserved

Research by Nadav Ahituv, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, shows that laboratory mice that had specific sequences of their DNA removed eat, grow, and reproduce normally.

Nature Lists Shoichet Article Among Top 10

A research paper authored by UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Brian Shoichet, PhD, and colleagues appeared in the September 2007 list of The Nature Top Ten. The listing includes articles most frequently downloaded from the Nature website the preceding month.

Update from the Dean - Spring/Summer 2007

Fresno program to boost number of pharmacists. UCSF ranks 3rd in the United States in overall faculty productivity. California Poison Control System receives IN-AWE for "Don't guess. Be sure.". Preceptors survey and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). Drug Information Analysis Service closes. New Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) requirement. Articles of Interest. Tenure: Jacobson, England. Retirements: Hoener, Whitney, Winter. New Members of the Board of Advisors: Dow, Rodondi, Shane, Stalker. Honors and Awards: Wells, King, Brodsky, Szoka, Benet, Agard, Stroud, Tan. Campus Strategic Plan.

Scientists Reveal Enzyme's Function by Its Structure

The evaluation of large amounts of biological information can help infer the function of many enzymes in the body, but for some enzymes that are not related to proteins whose activity is already understood, bioinformatics can be unreliable.

Voigt and Synthetic Biology: Art Meets Calculus

Christopher A. Voigt, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is studying how to engineer living systems to solve widespread problems of society, such as our dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

Muscle-soothing Creams Should Be Used with Caution

Overuse of non-prescription topical creams that contain methyl salicylate, such as liniments used to soothe sore muscles, can be a health hazard, warns Thomas E. Kearney, PharmD, UCSF school of pharmacy faculty member, in response to the reported methyl salicylate-related death of a New York City high school track star.

California Poison Control System Wins Award for Marketing

The California Poison Control System (CPCS), which is administered by the UCSF School of Pharmacy, has won the 2007 International Award of Excellence from the Medical Marketing Association and the Coalition for Healthcare Communicators. The award recognizes the CPCS's consumer marketing campaign Don't Guess.

Dill and Bradford Shed Light on Evolution

A computer model can now give scientists clues about how different chemicals could be attracted to each other and form more complicated molecules. This information, in turn, could shed light on how the universe was formed and how life emerged.

Industry-sponsored Research More Likely to Favor Drug Than Placebo

Published results of drug trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry are more likely than trials not sponsored by the industry to favor drug over placebo, according to

Antimicrobial Drug Management Program Succeeds Through Teamwork

Increasing resistance to antimicrobial drugs and a shortage of new antimicrobial drugs call for new ways to use them wisely. This is especially true in hospitals and medical centers where bacteria are prominent and can be easily spread. A model management program at the UCSF Medical Center, which was created by UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member B.

Inaugural Legislative Day

An inaugural Legislative Day will be held in San Francisco on Friday, April 20, 2007 to fuel interest among UCSF School of Pharmacy students to become politically involved in pharmacy-related issues.

Burlingame Talks About Mass Spectrometry and its Potential

Mass spectrometry technology and techniques are key to knowing the structure and function of proteins and how they act in the constantly moving highways of biological systems. Alma Burlingame, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy's department of pharmaceutical chemistry is a master of mass spectrometry and the interpretation of its results.

James Comments on University Science and Drug Discovery

The odds of finding a chemical compound that can be developed into a drug are not good, says Thomas James, PhD, chair of the UCSF School of Pharmacy's department of pharmaceutical chemistry, but those odds can be improved by university scientists.

Update from the Dean - Fall/Winter 2007

In Memory: Dean Jere Goyan. Student and staff honors and awards: Chinn, Farm, Almas, Beverage. Clinical scientist news and awards: Lee, Giacomini. Partners in D Outreach: Stebbins, Levens Lipton, Amgen. Chemistry and Chemical Biology Chemistry-Biology Interface grant renewal: Craik. American Course on Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences. Lee is new director of Center for Drug Development Sciences. New faculty: Ferrone. Diversity report: student URM down, faculty URM higher than United States average, staff URM up but behind UCSF overall, mission statement revised to formalize commitment. Fresno Satellite Pharmacy Education Program 5-year anniversary. American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists receives Outstanding Chapter Award for the AA Division.

SOS Center Accepting Inaugural Proposals

The Strategic Opportunities Support Center (SOS Center) at UCSF is accepting inaugural proposals for projects that will carry forward the translation of research studies into clinical and human studies and eventually into community practice.

Jere Goyan, Former UCSF Dean, Dies

Jere Goyan, PhD, former dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy and former commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration died on January 17, 2007 in his home in Kingwood, Texas. "Jere was a beloved colleague who had tremendous influence on pharmacy education and science. He led the transformation of pharmacy into a clinically focused profession, and ...

Tech-Check-Tech Becomes Law

A new California law, effective January 5, 2007, is designed to give pharmacists more time to work directly with patients to ensure greater medication safety by allowing specially trained technicians to assume time-consuming tasks of filling and checking prescriptions. Research led by the UCSF School of Pharmacy and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was important to the passing of the law.