2010 News

Reflection: 30 years of top NIH funding for UCSF School of Pharmacy

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Jennifer Murphy and Rachelle Bermingham win ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

The national winners of the 2010 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition are Jennifer Murphy and Rachelle Bermingham, student pharmacists from the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Logic gates allow bacteria to work like computers

Logic gates, similar to those that form the basis of silicon computing, can now be inserted into bacteria via genetic engineering, making it possible to manipulate bacteria to perform complicated tasks. This finding will ultimately enable cells to be programmed with more intricate functions, allowing cells to produce pharmaceuticals, materials, and industrial chemicals. The technique also has potential for application in agriculture.

SmartPlanet video features The Kidney Project

The implantable bioartifical kidney is explained in this December 6, 2010, SmartPlanet video featuring Shuvo Roy, PhD, a faculty member in the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.

Shuvo Roy shares promise of bioartifical kidney

Shuvo Roy, PhD, an engineer and research scientist, is leading a U.S. project to build the world’s first bioartifical kidney to treat end stage renal disease. The goal is to surgically implant this coffee-cup-sized device in a human patient within 5 to 7 years. The bioartificial kidney both filters toxins from the blood and performs many of the metabolic functions of the healthy kidney. And, the bioartificial kidney requires no batteries or external pumps.

Nancy Nkansah reveals common medicine mistakes

Nancy Nkansah, PharmD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, appears with Mehmet Oz, MD, on The Dr. Oz Show to correct 3 common medication mistakes made by consumers:

California Poison Control System pharmacist warns pot alternative harmful

California Poison Control System (CPCS) pharmacist and toxicologist Kathryn Meier, PharmD, DABAT, cites hypertension, tachycardia, anxiety as among the symptoms seen in emergency room patients who have used synthetic cannabanoids.

Paul Ortiz de Montellano named associate dean

Paul Ortiz de Montellano, PhD, is the newly appointed associate dean of research in the UCSF School of Pharmacy. The associate dean of research advises the UCSF School of Pharmacy dean and leaders on research trends, issues, and opportunities and represents the School's research agenda to the campus.

Huang receives Packard Fellowship

Bo Huang, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, has received one of 17 prestigious 2010 Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering, which supports "unusually creative professors" early in their careers. Each fellow will receive an unrestricted research grant of $875,000 over five years.

Kusaka wins CSHP Student Leadership Award

Melissa Kusaka, a fourth-year student pharmacist at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, will join a peer from each pharmacy school in the state as she receives a 2010 Student Leadership Award from the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) at the society's annual meeting October 21-24, 2010, in San Francisco.

Guglielmo notes steps needed for community pharmacists to expand access to health care

In an invited commentary in the October 11, 2010, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, entitled A Prescription for Improved Chronic Disease Management, B.

Giacomini to receive Therapeutic Frontiers Lecture Award

Kathy Giacomini, PhD, co-chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, will receive the 2010 Therapeutic Frontiers Lecture Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy on October 17, 2010, in Austin, Texas at ACCP's annual meeting.

UCSF ranked among the top globally in clinical medicine and pharmacy

UCSF, Harvard University, and Stanford University have been ranked as the top three world universities in the broad subject fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which was released on August 15, 2010, by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Animation shows bioartificial kidney in action

A national research project is under way to develop an surgically implantable bioartificial kidney using the latest advances in science and technology with the goal of both improving the health and lives of patients with end stage renal disease and saving health care dollars.

Fischbach receives New Innovator Award

Michael Fischbach, PhD, is the recipient of a 2010 NIH Director's New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. Fischbach is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.

Update from the Dean - Spring/Summer 2010

Fresh UCSF Leadership: Desmond-Hellmann, Bluestone, Plotts, Harel, Moss, Hawgood, Featherstone; Leadership Transitions: Debas, Feachem, Dracup; UCSF Economic Impact Report; UCSF Operations and Budget Cuts: 3 campus work groups, 3 fiscal challenges, $28 million cut; UCSF Physical and Program Plans: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research; The School in Context; New and Departing Faculty Members: Shu, Brock, Dill; Faculty Honors and Awards: Guglielmo, Olson, Giacomini, Fischbach, Nelson, Desai, Dill, Wang, Wells, Craik, Lansman; New Master's Program In Translational Science: Desai, Tirrell; PharmD Students: Murphy, Bermingham, Chan, Chi, Leong, Yu, Sui, Singh, Beyn; Research: González Burchard, Galonić Fujimori, Kearney, Cheng; Partnerships: Santi, Wells, Soller, Vogt.

A call for pharmacists to step up

Pharmacists have a unique opportunity to define their roles under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which became US law in March 2010, according to Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Giacomini to lead $15.1 million in research funding to improve the use of drugs in individuals

Kathy Giacomini, PhD, co-chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and an expert in the field of pharmacogenomics, is leading two research projects funded by two grants totaling $15.1 million over the next five years to expand research into how genes affect an individual's response to medication and to strengthen a global network of researchers

Roy unveils model of bioartificial kidney

The model for a surgically implantable bioartificial kidney the size of a coffee cup has been unveiled by the national project's lead researcher, Shuvo Roy, PhD, a member of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.

UCSF School of Pharmacy testing new ways to better manage patients’ medications

An article in the August 13, 2010, issue of The New York Times, entitled "Pharmacists Take a Larger Role on Health Team", points to the emerging role of pharmacists in the direct management of patients’ medications—a function that has been shown to improve health outcomes and decrease health care costs.

Koda-Kimble honored by California State Board of Pharmacy

For her decades of service to the pharmacy profession, Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, received the highest recognition from the California State Board of Pharmacy on July 28, 2010, during a board meeting in Sacramento, California.

Fischbach receives young investigator grant for probiotics research

Michael Fischbach, PhD, a faculty member in UCSF's Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, is one of two recipients of the 2010 Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research.

In memory of Olga Beyn, UCSF doctor of pharmacy student

The UCSF School of Pharmacy, along with colleagues campuswide, mourn the death of 4th-year doctor of pharmacy student, Olga Beyn, who died Saturday, July 31, 2010, as the result of a water accident on the Kings River in Fresno, California. "Olga was an exceptionally bright and shining student.

Pharmacy school program aims to increase pharmacists in California’s Central Valley

With the next school year only 2 months away, a UCSF School of Pharmacy program to encourage eligible high school students from the California Central Valley to pursue pharmacy careers enters its 4th year.

UCSF School of Pharmacy provides research expertise for new diabetes management program

The launch of a new community pharmacy-based diabetes medication management pilot program for select members of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) was announced by CalPERS on July 15, 2010.

Scangos named CEO of Biogen Idec

George Scangos, PhD, a member of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Board of Advisors, has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of the global biotechnology company Biogen Idec, which is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Zug, Switzerland. The appointment is effective July 15, 2010.

Genetic ancestry proven powerful in predicting lung function

Genetic ancestry can tell more about a person's potential lung function than the self-identified racial profile commonly used to determine normal lung function reference standards, according to the results of research led by UCSF and Northwestern University.

UCSF technology used to trigger cell death becomes basis of company’s cancer therapy research and development

A technology developed in the laboratory of James A. Wells, PhD, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, will drive a new approach to cancer treatment that switches on or triggers, with small molecules, the enzymes called

Two to watch

They are intellectually fearless and a bit unorthodox. They form a crazy quilt of undergraduate majors, birthplaces, interests, and experiences. They work across UCSF in "wet" labs fitted with benches and large metal fume hoods and in "dry" labs amid cubicles and work surfaces topped with computers and oversized monitors.

School of Pharmacy women highlighted for their influence in science and education

Four members of the UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty have been named from among a list of 14 as key women in science research and education at UCSF. They are (pictured left-to-right):

Guglielmo to receive Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, has been named the 2010 recipient of the UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award for his outstanding mentorship of residents and faculty. Guglielmo is a clinical pharmacist and well-known specialist in the management of antimicrobial medications.

UCSF student pharmacists win National Student Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition

It is April 9, 2010, and UCSF student pharmacists (pictured left-to-right) Meghan Frear, Wen Chiu, Maher Abdel-Sattar, and Doug Beeman are among a room full of pharmacy students from across the US at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's (AMCP) Annual Meeting in San Diego, Cali

Burchard comments on asthma genetics

Asthma specialist and genetics researcher, Dr. Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH, joint faculty member in the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, discusses the differences in the incidence of asthma and response to asthma drugs among various subgroups within the larger Latino population.

Benet honored for lifetime accomplishments in drug clearance research and discovery

For his historic contributions to what is now known about the rate at which drugs are broken down and "cleared" from the body, Leslie Benet, PhD, was honored by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) with the Oscar B. Hunter Memorial Award in Therapeutics.

Fujimori unveils enzymatic process in bacteria that leads to antibiotic resistance

Research results published from the UCSF research laboratory of Danica Galonić Fujimori, PhD, have revealed a radical approach employed by bacteria to alter their ribosomes and thereby evade antibiotics. These findings could ultimately lead to the development of ways to block this enzymatic transformation.

Tsourounis comments on downer drinks

Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and expert on herbal and dietary supplements, comments on consumer products called "downer drinks" that are purportedly formulated to help people unwind and relax.

Koda-Kimble named 2010 recipient of Chalmers Educator Award

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, has been named by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) as the 2010 recipient of the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award.

Wells wins ASBMB-Merck Award

James Wells, PhD, chair of the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, has been named the 2010 recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Merck Award for his pioneering studies in the field of protein engineering.

Pong wins National Patient Counseling Competition

Krystal Pong, third-year UCSF School of Pharmacy student pharmacist, has won the 2010 American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Counseling Competition, which was held March 15, 2010, at the annual APhA meeting in

Hessol receives Breslow Award

Nancy Hessol, MSPH, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, received one of three 2010 Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Awards from the UCLA School of Public Health and was inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame on March 18, 2010, during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Dill receives UCSF Academic Senate Faculty Research Lectureship

Ken Dill, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on protein folding and UCSF School of Pharmacy associate dean for research, has been named recipient of the 53rd UCSF Academic Senate Research Lectureship for his distinguished contributions to science.

New model of student-pharmacist-led interdisciplinary teaching succeeds

A student-pharmacist-led, California statewide teaching program for physicians, medical students, and other health care providers is successfully demonstrating the importance of health policy literacy and interprofessional education at a time in the U.S. that begs for systemic reforms.

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Pong wins California Patient Counseling Competition

Krystal Pong, third-year UCSF School of Pharmacy student pharmacist, is the winner of the 2010 California Statewide Patient Counseling Competition sponsored by the California Pharmacy Foundation. The competition was held during the February 4-7, 2010, meeting of the California Pharmacists Association, which took place this year in Long Beach, California.

Koda-Kimble to receive pharmacy’s highest honor

UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, will receive the 2010 Remington Honor Medal from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on March 13, 2010, at APhA's annual meeting in Washington, DC

Update from the Dean - Fall/Winter 2010

Research: 30th anniversary as the nation's top National Institutes of Health-funded pharmacy school, Lightwood, Mandell, Kortemme, Coutsias, Keiser, Shoichet, Irwin, Laggner, Hert, Thomas, Edwards, Voigt, Levskaya, Lim, Weiner, Craik, Darragh, Schneider, Farady, Lou, Marks, Phojanakong, Hann. Faculty honors and awards: Stebbins, Levens Lipton, Benet, Giacomini, Gazzaley, Yee, Hessol, Roy. Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences inaugural forum. Leadership transitions: Cullander, Kishi, Sauer, Assemi. Industry partnerships: Santi, Takeda, Craik, Chemical Biology Consortium, Wells, Small Molecule Discovery Center, Arkin, Renslo, Genentech. Working globablly: Kayser, Ramay, Unviersidad del Valle de Guatemala, University of Santo Tomas, Global Health Frameworks Program. Renewing our faculty: Long Boyle, Heintz, Hernandez, Fischbach, Huang. Academic programs: clinical pharmacology and therapeutics training grant renewed for 3 slots, Burchard, Floren, Benowitz. PharmD students: Pong. California Poison Control System funded through June 2010. In the news: Burchard, Levens Lipton, Kroetz, Cocohoba. Campus: we must cut costs and increase efficiencies, Washington, Spaulding, Barclay, Plotts. Nobel prize co-recipients Blackburn, Greider, Szostak. Japanese-American alumni awarded honorary degrees.

Small Molecule Discovery Center and Genentech partner in drug discovery

UCSF's Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC) announced on February 18, 2010 that it has signed its first major industry partnership agreement since the SMDC was founded in 2005. The agreement is with Genentech, Inc. to discover and develop drug candidates for neurodegenerative diseases.

Stebbins and Lipton receive Boggess Award

UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD (image left), and Helene Levens Lipton, PhD (image right), received the 2010 Jane Boggess Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Award from the Pharmacy Foundation of California during the California Pharmacists Association February 4-7, 2010, meeting in Long Beach, California.

Day inducted into CPhA Hall of Fame

Robert Day, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy associate dean and emeritus faculty member, was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame during the association's February 4-7, 2010 meeting in Long Beach, California.

Stebbins named CPhA Innovative Pharmacist of the Year

Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, is the first female recipient of the California Pharmacists Association Innovative Pharmacist of the Year award, which honors accomplishment, creativity, and value added to therapeutics or pharmacy practice. The award was presented during the association's February 4-7, 2010, meeting in Long Beach, California.

Symposium on the future of therapeutics inaugurates new UCSF department

In the first symposium held by the newly minted UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, researchers described progress in the fields of systems biology, pharmacogenomics, and bioengineering, and how scientists in these fields are working in concert to develop novel diagnostics and therapeutics to effectively and safely diagnose and treat disease.

Pharmacists needed in Haiti according to UCSF students

The call for medical teams to help the victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti should include pharmacists, according to UCSF student pharmacists Michelle Tadano and Ben Greener.

Burchard joins discussion on race and ethnicity

Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH, a UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, explains the differences between race and ethnicity and the promise that greater genetic knowledge holds for addressing disease during a panel discussion on National Public Radio, Science Friday that aired January 15, 2010.

Clinical Pharmacists Offer Medication Service to Fresno Community

Medication management advice was offered free to the Fresno, California, community on January 12, 2010 by clinical pharmacists from the UCSF School of Pharmacy. The event introduced the Medication Management Service, Fresno and the expertise if its patient-centered pharmacists to the California Central Valley area.

Shoichet Research One of top Breakthroughs for 2009

Wired Science has cited a computational model developed in the UCSF School of Pharmacy under the direction of faculty member Brian Shoichet, PhD, and applied and tested by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, as one of the Top Scientific Breakthroughs for 2009.