2012 News

New review finds drug, device study results affected by funding source

An updated and expanded review of clinical research papers on drugs and medical devices finds that industry-sponsored studies are more likely to lead to favorable results, including reports of greater benefits and fewer harmful side effects.

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble cites ongoing need for work-life balance policies

Writing in the current issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, looks back on the seismic shift in the treatment and expectations of women in clinical and academic pharmacy over the last four decades.

Update from the Dean - Fall 2012

Faculty retreat, Recent faculty publications: Burlingame, Arkin, Chen, Cocohoba, Bero. Recently received research funding: Yang, Ahituv, Wells, Burlingame. Gifts: John and Marcia Goldman Foundation: The Kidney Project, Harry W. Hind Request: Troy C. Daniels Distinguished Professorship, The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation: Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation. PharmD students: Class of 2012 stats, SNPhA: Chang and Alvarez. PhD students: CCB: Miller and Serafimova. Faculty honors and awards: Ambrose, Shu, Nelson, Roy, Benet. Campus: Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology to Yamanaka and Gurdon, Chuck Feeney gift of $20 million, chancellor's third State of the University Address. Sharon Youmans' Malawi blogs.

Shuvo Roy inducted, honored as Rising Star by BayBio

Shuvo Roy, PhD, will be inducted on November 1st as a member of the BayBio Pantheon for his contributions to the life sciences industry and specifically for work developing the world’s first surgically implantable bioartificial kidney. The BayBio Pantheon, which currently has 52 elected members, honors the achievements of Northern California life scientists.

Study builds breast tissues to track how abnormal cells affect neighbors

It can take just the flick of a genetic switch for breast cells to kick-start the normally well-regulated process of growth seen in puberty, pregnancy, or the menstrual cycle—or the mutation of that switch to initiate the unchecked proliferation of cancer.

Artificial kidney project receives $3 million from Goldman Foundation, NIH

The effort to create the first implantable bioartificial kidney has received a $750,000 gift from the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.

Gifts to School of Pharmacy honor former deans and their legacies

As the 122 members of the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s class of 2016 began their first classes this week, they rushed by a wall of pictures of the School’s former deans—all staunch supporters of pharmacy education and pharmaceutical science—stretching back to the School’s beginnings in 1872.

Radio show leads to campus invite for aspiring chef-pharmacist, age 10

A community storytelling initiative by a public radio station has yielded a surprising connection between an East Oakland fifth grader and Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s associate dean for diver

Xiaokun Shu receives NIH New Innovator Award to study protein interactions

Xiaokun Shu, PhD, has been named a recipient of the 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator award, which will provide up to $1.5 million in research funding over the next five years.

Study finds new role in cell division for well-known transport protein

New research has found that the protein clathrin, well known as a building block of containers used to transport biological cargo inside cells, also plays a key role in helping cells divide properly.

New ways to tackle cancer-causing virus, eye disease win CTSI funding awards

A promising new way to fight human herpes viruses and a drug delivery device to better treat a major cause of blindness have won development funding from UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Conflicts of interest significantly underreported in systematic reviews of drug efficacy, safety

Systematic reviews seek to answer key questions about the relative effectiveness and safety of medical interventions by selecting, combining, and critically evaluating the research in published medical literature.

Q&A with UCSF student pharmacist winners of national clinical skills competition

Matthew Chang and Katie Alvarez, UCSF School of Pharmacy student pharmacists, are the winners of the 2012 Clinical Skills Competition held during the national meeting of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) on July 21, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Master of Translational Medicine program gets final UC approval

Two years after launching as a pilot effort, an innovative graduate curriculum in translational medicine jointly offered by UCSF and UC Berkeley has received final approval from University of California President Mark Yudof as a master’s degree program.

Home monitoring of heart failure via web-enabled bathroom scales wins award funding

Can a retrofitted bathroom scale costing less than $100 save lives and improve the health of millions of Americans living with heart failure while cutting billions of dollars in annual health care spending?

Child’s illness fuels lab team’s search for early-life epilepsy diagnostics

The lab of UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Nadav Ahituv, PhD, studies how abnormalities in DNA segments that control the activity of genes could lead to diseases.

Joseph Guglielmo named interim dean of UCSF School of Pharmacy

Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, has been named interim dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and will take the reins of the school from outgoing Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, as of July 1.

Computer models successfully predict drug side effects

New computer models were able to successfully predict negative side effects for hundreds of currently marketed drugs, report researchers from the UCSF School of Pharmacy, SeaChange Pharmaceuticals, and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in a paper published online this week in the journal Nature.

Peter Ambrose named CSHP Pharmacist of the Year

Peter Ambrose, PharmD, a veteran clinician and educator with special expertise in clinical pharmacokinetics and sports pharmacy, has been named the 2012 California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) Pharmacist of the Year.

Sarah Nelson honored with Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award

Sarah Nelson, PhD, was selected by the UCSF Graduate Students Association and Graduate Division Alumni Association as the winner of the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award.

Teaching old drugs new tricks at the Small Molecule Discovery Center: Arthritis drug could treat dysentery

The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC) provided a key assist to researchers seeking to repurpose existing drugs to treat the worldwide scourge of amoebic dysentery.

The Lancet profiles Lisa Bero’s “path of most resistance”

Health policy expert Lisa Bero, PhD, is hailed in the latest issue of The Lancet for tackling hot-button subjects such as financial biases in drug research.

Cancer drug dosing in kids, medication-related delirium, and battery swallowing take top honors at seminar

Studies of cancer drug dosing in children, possible medication links to delirium in hospital patients, and how to decide when swallowed batteries may call for invasive removal took top honors at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy’s 14th annual Spring Research Seminar.

Self care group supports researching non-prescription access by patients to urgent and chronic care drugs

On March 22 and 23, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing to explore the idea of switching some medications to treat chronic conditions and health emergencies from prescription to over- and behind-the-counter status. Representing a group of academic health professionals, called The Self Care Collaborative, R.

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble is honored by UCSF Medical Center

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, was honored by the UCSF Medical Center on May 4, 2012 for her “exceptional vision as a leader, commitment to patients, compassion as a human being, and dedication to UCSF Medical Center and

Remembering Harry W. Hind - pharmacist, inventor, leader, benefactor

Harry W. Hind, a 1939 graduate of the UCSF School of Pharmacy who invented solutions that revolutionized contact lens use, as well as a topical patch to treat pain from shingles, died on April 12 at age 96.

Artificial kidney project led by Shuvo Roy cited at White House panel

Speaking on a White House panel discussing President Obama's just-released Bioeconomy Blueprint, UCSF Vice Chancellor for Research Keith Yamamoto, PhD, cited the implantable bioartificial kidney project led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD

Celebrating Al Burlingame’s contributions to mass spectrometry

From the start of his illustrious half-century career in mass spectrometry, Al Burlingame, PhD, has been part of a scientific sea change.

New NIH funding awarded to the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in 2011

New research support awarded to the UCSF School of Pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health during the 2011 fiscal year included these on-going projects by faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy:

New NIH funding awarded to the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences in 2011

New research support awarded to the UCSF School of Pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health during the 2011 fiscal year included a half-dozen on-going projects by BTS faculty:

UCSF School of Pharmacy’s 32nd year of top NIH funding includes many new projects

For the 32nd consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy received more research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other pharmacy school in the United States.

New NIH funding awarded to the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2011

New research support awarded to the UCSF School of Pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health during the 2011 fiscal year included these on-going projects by faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry:

Tejal Desai receives Dawson Biotechnology Award

UCSF bioengineer Tejal Desai, PhD, will receive the 2012 Paul R.

Artificial kidney project led by Shuvo Roy chosen for accelerated FDA program

The effort led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, to create an implantable artificial kidney for dialysis patients has been selected as one of the first projects to undergo more timely and collaborative review at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (

Tina Brock becomes president of pharmacy leadership society

UCSF School of Pharmacy Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning Tina Brock, BSPharm, MSPH,

New NIH funding awarded to UCSF School of Pharmacy postdoctoral fellows in 2011

New research support awarded to the UCSF School of Pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health during the 2011 fiscal year included two on-going projects by postdoctoral fellows:

PLS chapter wins national leadership challenge grant

Phi Lambda Sigma—Beta Beta chapter cabinet

The UCSF School of Pharmacy student chapter of the national pharmacy leadership society, Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), has won the organization’s 2012 Charles Thomas Leadership Challenge Grant to support a campus project.

Brian Shoichet is the new director of the QB3 at UCSF

Computational chemist Brian Shoichet, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, is the new director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at

Conan MacDougall honored for pharmacy leadership at APhA Annual Meeting

UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, clinical antibiotics expert, and prize-winning teacher Conan MacDougall, PharmD, is the 2012 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott / Glaxo SmithKline Pharmacy Leadership Award.

UCSF School of Pharmacy tops U.S. News survey list

The UCSF School of Pharmacy continues to rank number 1 among Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs in the United States, according to a new, 2012 survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

Nancy Nkansah discusses drug and alcohol interactions on Dr. Oz

In her latest appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, Nancy Nkansah, PharmD, discussed the dangers of mixing alcohol and certain medications, including prescription anti-anxiety drugs as well as some over-the-counter painkillers, antihistamines, and cough suppressants.

Update from the Dean - Fall/Winter 2012

Research: growth over past decade from $17.6 to 43.5 million, Apollonio, Roy, Wells, Center for Quantitative Pharmacology, Quantitative Biosciences Consortium. Faculty: DeGrado, Savic, James, Day, Rice, MacDougall, Fischbach, Huang. Students: Hluhanich, Frear, Gavrilova, Gayle, Tantipinichwong, Vuong, Etemadi. New appointments: Nordberg, Rhode. Medical Center: APeX, Brodowy, Laret. Proposal to UC Regents: Desmond-Hellmann, working group. Strategic plan. Stepping down as dean, "Axe Handles" by Gary Snyder.

The HIV pharmacist: helping patients pick and stick with lifesaving drugs

How do you convince patients who feel fine to take medicines that can have major side effects?

How can you help them stay on their lifesaving daily medications for years to come despite the obstacle course of everyday life?

How do you help patients and providers choose the best combination of three or more drugs from a selection of more than two dozen that work in multiple ways to fight a virus that can mutate to resist them?

Colleagues respond to Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble’s retirement announcement

Following the UCSF website's announcement of School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble's June 30, 2012 retirement came comments from leaders at UCSF

Study finds including unpublished FDA data alters drug effectiveness outcomes

Every year U.S. drug regulators approve dozens of new medicines as “safe and effective,” but just how effective are they? How well do they alleviate specific aspects of illness, whether light sensitivity from migraine headaches or itching from eczema?

Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble announces retirement

UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, announced today that she is stepping down as dean and retiring from UCSF on June 30, 2012, after 14 years as dean and 41 years as a member of the faculty.

Partners in D program wins AACP Award for Student Community Service

Partners in D, the innovative program in which UCSF student pharmacists help both underserved seniors and fellow health professionals maximize the complex Medicare Part D drug benefit, has won a national award for community service.

Nancy Nkansah gives key tips for preventing drug interactions on Dr. Oz

Appearing on a segment of The Dr. Oz Show, Nancy Nkansah, PharmD, gave millions of TV viewers key tips on avoiding drug interactions as well as errors in the filling of their medications.

Nkansah, a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy, noted that: