2009 News

Wells Uses Small Molecules to Trigger Cell Death

Research directed by senior author James Wells, PhD, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, has opened the door to a new way of studying and better understanding the processes of cell death (apoptosis), blood clotting, and other biochemical pathways.

Method to Predict Polypharmacology Developed in Shoichet Lab

A computational method developed in the UCSF School of Pharmacy under the direction of faculty member Brian Shoichet, PhD, has the potential to predict new target diseases for existing drugs as well as unexpected side effects of approved drugs.

California Poison Control System Receives Funding Through June 2010

The University of California, San Francisco-operated California Poison Control System (CPCS), which had already sent layoff notices to its employees January 15, 2010, has secured funding to rescind the notices and continue to care for Californians, through June 2010, via its free and immediate 24 hour per day, 7 days per week advice and referral telephone action line.

UCSF Innovation Among Top 10 for 2009

The Scientist has cited a UCSF innovation among its top 10 list of tools to hit the life sciences in 2009. In the spotlight is a paper that reveals how to import plant "light switches" into mammalian cells to control complex regulatory processes. The paper appeared in the October 15, 2009 issue of Nature.

Lipton Argues for Pharmacists in the Medical Home

Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, presents data in support of including pharmacists in the medical home model of health care. Her editorial appears in the November 23, 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Craik to Lead Takeda-sponsored Research on Antibodies

Takeda San Francisco, Inc., announced September 21, 2009 that that it has entered into a sponsored collaboration with UCSF to support antibody-related research in the laboratory of Charles Craik, PhD, faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Kroetz Discusses Pharmacogenomics on KQED 'Quest' Radio

UCSF researcher Deanna Kroetz, PhD, discusses the impact of genetic differences on how an individual responds to drugs in a KQED Quest radio interview that aired September 14, 2009.

Study Identifies Lack of Information about HER2 Testing Practices

Breast cancer patients might not be getting full advantage from a genetic screening test for the protein known as HER2 to help determine if the use of trastuzumab (marketed as Herceptin) is the best course of treatment for them. For patients whose breast cancer cells produce excessive amounts of HER2, trastuzumab can be highly effective.

UCSF Researchers Join Consortium to Target Cancer in New Ways

Scientists from the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry have been selected to lead a new federal initiative aimed at developing new classes of drugs to target cancer.

Voigt Lab Programs Bacteria to Perform Increasingly Complicated Tasks

UCSF School of Pharmacy researchers and colleagues have successfully created a mathematical model that genetically programs bacteria and causes the bacteria to "trace" images projected onto them in a petrie dish. The bacteria sense and display the area of the projection where light meets dark by producing a visible black pigment. The result is the "tracing" of a projected picture, from the profile of Alfred Hitchcock to the outline of a five-pointed star.

Bero Serves on IOM Committee that Reports on Conflict of Interest

UCSF School of Pharmacy researcher Lisa Bero, PhD, served with UCSF School of Medicine colleagues Bernard Lo, MD, and Deborah Grady, MD, MPH, on an Institute

Assemi Named Assistant Dean of Accreditation and Quality Improvement

Mitra Assemi, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy associate professor of clinical pharmacy, has been named the School's assistant dean for accreditation and quality, effective September 1, 2009.

Kishi Named Associate Dean of Student and Curricular Affairs

Donald Kishi, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy health sciences clinical professor of pharmacy, has been named the School's associate dean of student and curricular affairs by Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD. The appointment was effective September 1, 2009.

Two Circuits Found Responsible for a Cell's Ability to Adapt

UCSF researchers have identified the two key circuits, compared to hundreds as previously thought, that control a cell's ability to adapt to changes in its environment. These circuits are key to a cell's ability to reset itself after responding to a stimulus.

New Drug Targeted for Kaposi's Sarcoma

A team of scientists from UCSF and colleagues have identified a new potential drug target for the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma. Their research reopens the possibility of using a class of drugs called protease inhibitors, against diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's Disease. This research was published online in Nature Chemical Biology, July 26, 2009.

Update from the Dean - Spring/Summer 2009

New chancellor: Desmond-Hellman; budget update: 4% to 10% salary cuts via furloughs, possibly to be renewed; risk of poison control system closure; new Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences; faculty honors and awards: Burchard, Peck, Desai, Roy, Bero, MacDougall, Hessol, Phillips, Tsourounis, Apollonio, Wells, Fujimori. Appointments: Babbitt, Sali, Wells, Benowitz. PharmD and PhD students: Yi, Hertema, grad students publish 100+ papers in the past year, Science Day, CCB training grant renewal and praise, welcome to UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. Research: Brodsky, Voigt, Burlingame, Hunt, Shoichet, Irwin, Apollonio, Malone, Wells, Shahian, Craik, Lee, Lazic. In the news: Speedie and Koda-Kimble, Voigt, Soller. Campus: Hawgood, Bluestone, McCormick, Medical Center, Laret.

Koda-Kimble Shares Her Story

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, shares her life story, passion for clinical pharmacy, and leadership philosophy in this July 29, 2009 video.

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Medication Management Needs of Fresno Now Met by New Service

A new medication management service in Fresno, California is now scheduling patient appointments to begin September 1, 2009. The UCSF [Medication Management Service][link defunct], Fresno helps California Central Valley health care providers select the best medications for their patients' needs and circumstances and helps patients increase their ability to access and manage their medications.

Voigt and Tabor Talk Synthetic Biology on TV

Synthetic biologist and UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Christopher Voigt, PhD, and Jeffrey Tabor, a postdoctoral scholar in Voigt's laboratory, discuss the field and promise of synthetic biology in this July 21, 2009 KQED television segment.

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Desai Receives Emerging Scholar Award

Tejal Desai, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy and Medicine faculty member, was chosen in January 2009 as a 2009 Emerging Scholar in Physiology by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, which is a news source, founded in 1984, that gathers and shares information to promote the higher education of people of color and underrepresented minority groups.

Apollonio Receives Best Article Prize

Dorie Apollonio, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and political science and health policy expert, received, with co-authors, the inaugural Best Article prize for 2007 - 2008 from the journal, Regulation & Governance.

Scientists Explain How They Are Making Therapeutics "Intelligent"

UCSF scientists from the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, spoke on June 23, 2009 about how their research is aiming to make therapeutics sophisticated, highly effective, and tailored to the different needs of individuals.

Soller Comments on Acetaminophen

William Soller, PhD, UCSF faculty member and expert on food and drug law and regulations comments on the June 30, 2009 vote of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee to lower the US maximum over-the-counter dose of acetaminophen and make the current maximum single dose of the drug be available by prescription only.

Fate of California Poison Control System Watched Nationwide

Poison experts nationally are tracking the fate of the California Poison Control System, as California state legislators work to pass an already overdue budget. Operation of the System is dependent upon sufficient state funding, the prospects for which remain bleak.

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Poison Control Centers May Be Budget Victims

California Poison Control System Layoff Notices Predicted

Layoff notices are predicted by mid-July 2009 for California Poison Control System employees unless adequate funding for the System is both included in a new California state budget and a new budget is soon passed by the state legislature.

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California Poison Control System Faces Layoffs, Closure

Impending Close of California's Poison Control System Highlighted on Public Radio

As California legislators continued to wrangle over the details of a state budget bill, National Public Radio's Kelley Weiss covered the impact of potential cuts on the California Poison Control System.

Deans Call for Changes in PharmD Accreditation

UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD (image left), and Marilyn Speedie, PhD (image right), dean of the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, are advocating for immediate changes in how doctor of pharmacy programs are accredited in the United States.

Tsourounis Selected to Participate in International Dietary Supplement Course

Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy clinical faculty member and expert on integrative and complementary therapies, was chosen to participate in an international practicum on dietary supplement research. The June 1-5, 2009 course was attended by 80 university faculty members and graduate students and held in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Yi Receives Award for GLBT Leadership

Thomas Yi, 4th-year student pharmacist in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, was honored by UCSF on June 10, 2009 with one of three Chancellor's Awards for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and/or Transgender Leadership.

Burchard Elected to ASCI

Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH, was elected in spring 2009 to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Established in 1908, the ASCI is one of the oldest medical honor societies in the US.

Hessol Honored for Public Service

Nancy Hessol, MSPH, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, was honored on June 10, 2009 by the City and County of San Francisco with two awards for her service to the San Francisco Public Health Foundation.

Protein Found that Regulates Glucose in Humans, Not in Mice

A team of scientists, who were led by UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Frances Brodsky, DPhil, have found in humans a protein responsible for glucose metabolism that is not present in mice.

Governor Eliminates California's Poison Control Service

Service That Saves California $70 Million In Health Care Costs And Prevents 164,000 Emergency Room Visits Annually To Close September 2009

San Francisco, CA (May 20, 2009) -- Funding for poison control services has been completely eliminated from the California state budget. Beginning in September of 2009, California will become the only state in the nation without any emergency poison control services for residents or medical professionals.

UCSF Welcomes New Chancellor

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, pioneering cancer researcher and biotechnology industry executive who most recently served as president of product development for the biotechnology company, Genentech, Inc., was named chancellor of UCSF on May 7, 2009 by the University of California Board of Regents and on the recommendation of

Hertema Honored with Service Award

Heather Hertema, third-year UCSF School of Pharmacy student pharmacist, is the 2009 student recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Public Service.

Applying Pharmacy School Training to Blindness Prevention in India

Ashish Patel, a 4th-year University of California, San Francisco student pharmacist, is one of the next generation of pharmacists choosing to apply his training and expertise globally in new ways.

Imaging Lab Translates Work to Patient Care

Research under way at UCSF's Margaret Hart Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging applies powerful, non-invasive equipment to better understand disease and improve disease treatments. "Our overall focus is to develop new imaging techniques and apply basic engineering to biology- and disease-oriented research.

New Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

The UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, which is UCSF's first department administered jointly by two schools, was announced today to the campus community by UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD.

Study Reveals How to Make Gasoline from Yeast and Bacterium

A chemical precursor molecule of gasoline can be produced from biomass and salt, according to research by UCSF School of Pharmacy's Christopher Voigt, PhD, and UCSF colleagues.

Sali to Lead QB3 at UCSF

Andrej Sali, PhD, faculty member and vice chair, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), UCSF Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy has been appointed director of the UCSF arm of the University of California's Califo

MacDougall Selected for Teaching Award

Conan MacDougall, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, will be honored April 8, 2009 with a 2008 - 2009 UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award.

Bero's UCSF History of Mentorship Recognized with Luft and Academic Senate Awards

Lisa Bero, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, is the recipient of two inaugural UCSF awards for outstanding mentorship. She is the first recipient of the Harold S.

Giacomini and Peck Honored with ASCPT Awards

Kathy Giacomini, PhD, and Carl Peck, MD, faculty members in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), received awards from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) at the society's annual meeting held in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, March 18-21, 2009.

UCSF Helps Faculty Seek Federal Stimulus Funds

The UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty and its UCSF faculty colleagues are being aided by the campus in their requests for funds provided to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The act, which was signed into law by U.S.

Update from the Dean - Fall/Winter 2009

Dire financial times, budget tightens. San Diego satellite program to end. Honors and Awards: Benet, Giacomini, Kroetz, Winter, Day, Yokoyama, Soller, Vogt, Wang, Saraiya, Elmore, Clemens, Rocklin, Heller. New associate deans Santi and Kayser. New faculty: Gartner, Roy. Pharmacogenomics: Phillips, Ikediobi, Shin. UCSF Medical Center collaborations, Paulson. In the news: Bero, Rising, Bacchetti, Wells, Woolley. Ranked #1 again by U.S. News and World Report. Featherstone becomes School of Dentistry dean. Bishop to step down.

Winter Named UCSF Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year

Michael E. Winter, PharmD, emeritus professor of clinical pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award.

New Associate Deans Focus on Global Affairs and Industry Partnerships

Two new associate dean positions have been created in the UCSF School of Pharmacy to expand the School's partnerships with industry and extend its work globally.

UCSF Helps Launch Chinese Course on Drug Development

The UCSF School of Pharmacy was a key collaborator in the early January 2009 launch of a course in China that ultimately hopes to contribute to the improved quality and broader acceptance of Chinese pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical exports.

Pharmacogenomics Research Spans School Agenda

Pharmacogenomics research at the UCSF School of Pharmacy extends from a better understanding of information derived from the Human Genome Project to research on specific genetic differences in humans and how they might affect an individual's response to a medication. It covers clinical research that evaluates the real-life differences in patient response.

UCSF Student Pharmacist Becomes Agent of Change

In his academic journey at UCSF and nationally as a student pharmacist leader, Ashish Patel, creates lasting connections between his peers and the underserved, while paving the way for greater diversity within the profession. In his wake: