Pressing Ahead in New Directions

Strategic Course 2007-2012


It is more important now than ever that we at the UCSF School of Pharmacy look ahead with clarity at where we are headed and why. The reasons are many. Here at UCSF, the continued build out of the Mission Bay research campus has resulted in science possibilities beyond imagination. A new hospital will be built at Mission Bay as well, which will help speed the translation of our discoveries into effective, safe patient care. The Parnassus and other campus sites will be reshaped for changing needs. Many of our accomplished, senior faculty members will retire over the next 5 to 10 years. Our new young faculty members are intellectually fearless and broad minded about what we should become and what we can do. Nationally, while we receive exceptional support from the National Institutes of Health, federal funding for research overall does not look bright. This is at a time when we need funding for new approaches to drug discovery and development and new collaborations among biological scientists and scientists in engineering, physics, and computation. The health care situation of haves and have nots in this country begs a major overhaul in which pharmacy could play a bigger and bigger role.

Suffice it to say, we are in the midst of a heightened level of change in which the opportunities for a pharmacy school -- for this School -- are tremendous and timely. Thus we must choose our directions wisely if we are to maximize our work and leverage our resources.

We have done just that in our latest plan, Pressing Ahead in New Directions: Strategic Course 2007-2012, which outlines 3 major goals we are now actively pursing:

  1. Create a new framework for drug discovery and development.
  2. Ensure that more patients get the best results from their drugs.
  3. Shape the future of pharmacy science, policy, education, and patient care by working in fresh and collaborative ways.

Warm regards,


Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD
Professor and Dean
Thomas J. Long Chair in Community Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy
University of California, San Francisco