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2006 News

Mon Dec 11, 2006
The UCSF School of Pharmacy has received a US$3.7 million grant from the Amgen Foundation to train student pharmacists in all 7 California schools of pharmacy with the skills they need to help the underserved elderly make the best Medicare Part D choices. Co-principal investigators of the grant are...
Wed Dec 6, 2006
Calls to the California Poison Control System (CPCS) about abuse, primarily in adolescents, of over-the-counter medications containing the active ingredient dextromethorphan, increased tenfold from 1999 to 2004, according to a retrospective review published in the December 2006 issue of Archives of...
Mon Nov 20, 2006
Howard Lee, MD, PhD, is the new director of the Center for Drug Development Science (CDDS), the Washington, DC-based program administered by the UCSF School of Pharmacy's department of biopharmaceutical sciences. He succeeds Carl Peck, MD, CDDS co-founder, who will continue to work with the center...
Wed Nov 15, 2006
By understanding the complicated systems that make up biology, we will understand more about the individual parts, how they work together, communicate, and mobilize into action, according to Chao Tang, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member. Learn more about Tang's perspective on what he...
Wed Nov 1, 2006
UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member James Wells, PhD, director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center, describes his approach, which uses precise, sophisticated matchmaking techniques, to improving the success rate of finding chemical compounds with the potential to become drugs. Full story...
Wed Nov 1, 2006
Science could benefit from funding for deep innovation and time to dream, says Ken Dill, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and associate dean for research. Learn more about Dill's perspective in a 2-part interview in Science Café, a UCSF weekly highlighting the culture, conduct, and...
Mon Oct 30, 2006
The UCSF School of Pharmacy maintains its ranking as the best doctor of pharmacy degree program in the United States, according to a 2005 survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Results were published in America's Best Graduate Schools, 2007 Edition.
Tue Oct 24, 2006
Today's science lacks funding for truly deep innovation, says Ken Dill, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and associate dean for research. Full story Science Cafe, Bring Back the Ivory Tower, Part 1 of 2
Wed Oct 18, 2006
Kathy M. Giacomini, PhD, chair of the UCSF School of Pharmacy department of biopharmaceutical sciences, has been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine based upon her research achievements and commitment to service. Giacomini is an international leader in the field of membrane transporters...
Fri Oct 13, 2006
The New York-based Li Foundation, which for more than 15 years has been supporting Chinese scientists to study at UCSF, is now targeting its support to scholars from Peking University's Center for Theoretical Biology to study at the University of California's (UC's) California Institute for...
Wed Oct 11, 2006
For the 26th consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy ranks first among US pharmacy schools in contract and grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to figures for fiscal year 2005. This outstanding track record of success reflects the high caliber of the School's...
Thu Oct 5, 2006
School of Pharmacy faculty member Su Guo, PhD, is credited by Andrew Fire, PhD, Stanford University scientist and 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine for her early work on RNA as a graduate student at Cornell University. Fire notes that his own RNA work, for which he is honored by a...
Wed Sep 27, 2006
Science works best when it is international, says Volker Doetsch, PhD, professor and leader of the Institute of Biophysical Chemistry at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and adjunct professor in the department of pharmaceutical chemistry at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Learn more...
Thu Sep 21, 2006
Robert D. Gibson, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy alumnus and former associate dean, has been honored with the Chauncey I. Cooper Award by the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) in recognition of his sustained and distinguished service to the profession of pharmacy. The award was announced...
Tue Sep 19, 2006
Victoria Hale, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy PhD alumnus in pharmaceutical chemistry, and founder and CEO of the Institute for OneWorld Health is one of 25 prestigious 2006 MacArthur Fellows, as announced September 19, 2006, by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago, Illinois....
Fri Sep 15, 2006
Ken A. Dill, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, associate dean for research, and expert in protein folding has been named winner of the 2007 Distinguished Service Award by the Biophysical Society. Dill has served as president of the society from 1998 to 1999 and currently co-chairs the...
Fri Sep 1, 2006
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: The summer is winding down, yet the pace here at the School never seems to slow markedly, regardless of the season. We have a lot going on, and I have a lot to report to you. PhD Programs I will be devoting more space to our PhD graduate programs...
Mon Aug 28, 2006
Michael Marletta, PhD, who completed his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF in 1977, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on April 25, 2006 at the Academy's 143rd annual meeting in Washington, DC. While a PhD graduate student at UCSF, Marletta worked under research advisor George...
Fri Aug 25, 2006
Using standards that measure a university's openness and diversity, as well as distinction in research, Newsweek International ranked UCSF 9th among the top 100 global universities as reported in the publication's August 13, 2006 online issue. "The public we now serve is increasingly a global...
Wed Aug 23, 2006
Patients benefit best from medications when they take the right medicines at the right dose and at the right time. Learn more about medication adherence and how to achieve it from UCSF School of Pharmacy clinical faculty members Andrew Leeds, PharmD and Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD during an August 20...
Tue Aug 22, 2006
While tailoring medications to a group's genetic ancestry can be important, scientists warn that these generalizations might also be misleading. UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and pharmacogenetics and asthma researcher Esteban Burchard, MD, comments at the Genomics, Race, and Health...
Fri Aug 18, 2006
In the new United States Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, most people are responsible for 100% of their drug costs after their annual drug expenses exceed US$2,250 and until their expenses reach US$5,100. This coverage gap is known as the "donut hole." UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member...
Tue Aug 15, 2006
Pamela M. England, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and expert in the areas of neuroscience and memory formation, will receive one of four Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards for 2006-2008. The award is from The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. England and her...
Tue Aug 15, 2006
Darryl Inaba, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy 1971 alumnus, a substance abuse expert and former CEO of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., was honored on August 7, 2006 as the clinics' first fellow. Full story: [Darryl Inaba Named First Fellow of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc.][link...
Tue Aug 8, 2006
Research studies can be designed to influence the results, comments Lisa Bero, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and expert on industry sponsorship of research and conflict of interest. Full story:Simply Disclosing Funds Behind Study May Not Erase Bias 
Tue Aug 8, 2006
Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and health policy expert, comments that insurers will remain in the Medicare Part D marketplace as long as they benefit. Full story Medicare Drug Plan is Prescribing Profits, Business Gains Could Diminish as Program Evolves  More...
Tue Aug 8, 2006
Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy clinical faculty member and expert on herbals and dietary supplements, warns that depending upon your blood cholesterol levels, a cholesterol-lowering dietary supplement might not be enough for you. Listen to National Public Radio Morning Edition,...
Tue Aug 8, 2006
In light of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) July 31, 2006 announcement that it is proceeding to work toward making emergency contraception, known as Plan B, a non-prescription product for women ages 18 and older, two UCSF School of Pharmacy clinical faculty members answer questions about...
Thu Jul 6, 2006
Christopher A. Voigt, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist, and colleagues are engineering bacteria to target tumors and create images. This work is part of the emerging field of synthetic biology, which aims to create new biological parts, systems, and tools, and redesign existing biological...
Thu Jul 6, 2006
Three UCSF School of Pharmacy scientists, Paul R. Ortiz de Montellano, PhD; Christopher A. Voigt, PhD; and James A. Wells, PhD have been recognized for their outstanding research.  Ortiz de Montellano was named recipient of the 2005 Volwiler Research Achievement Award by the American Association...
Tue May 23, 2006
Medicare Part D decisions are confusing and complex, especially to underprivileged and underserved seniors and disabled applicants. Pharmacists have the expertise to solve this problem if they were named by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the primary educators for the Part D...
Tue May 23, 2006
Pharmacists are essential to the successful implementation of Medicare Part D, according to Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, professor of health policy in the department of clinical pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies. If policymakers would recognize and...
Tue May 9, 2006
UCSF Doctor of Pharmacy students advised viewers in Spanish about Medicare Part D at the call center for Univision, Channel 14 San Francisco on Friday, May 5, 2006. "The experience was great for student pharmacists and callers alike," said Kirby Lee, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty mentor...
Tue May 2, 2006
UCSF doctor of pharmacy students explained Medicare Part D in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian, and English at a Saturday, April 29 workshop in San Francisco. The event was hosted by Mission Creek Community Mercy Housing California and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. More than...
Fri Apr 14, 2006
Small changes in pharmacy school curricula could ultimately lead to safer health care environments for patients. These changes were proposed by Brian Alldredge, PharmD, professor of clinical pharmacy, and Mary-Anne Koda Kimble, PharmD, dean, UCSF School of Pharmacy. • Full story: Count and Be...
Thu Mar 23, 2006
Doctor of pharmacy students at the UCSF School of Pharmacy were recognized March 17, 2006 with a national Medicare Student Outreach Competition award for their success in educating the public about the new federal Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage program, known as Medicare Part D. UCSF student...
Wed Mar 22, 2006
Robert L. Day, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy associate dean and Robert D. Gibson, PharmD, alumnus and former associate dean, were honored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) at its 2006 annual meeting held in San Francisco, March 17 to 21, 2006. Day received the Linwood F. Tice Friend...
Fri Mar 17, 2006
Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy professor and health policy expert explores the impact of Medicare Part D on pharmacy business. • Full story: Pharmacists Fear Threat to Business Posed by Medicare Part D.
Tue Feb 14, 2006
Credit: Susan MerrellLeft to right: Helene Levens Lipton, PhD; Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD; Nancy Pelosi Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, a clinical professor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is urging seniors to ask their pharmacists for help in clarifying new Medicare Part D drug benefit choices and in...
Fri Feb 10, 2006
R. William Soller, PhD, executive director, UCSF School of Pharmacy Center for Consumer Self Care, is the co-recipient of the Golden Thinker Award from the North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS). The award marks record-level radio and newspaper coverage of the It's Your Life breast and prostate...
Wed Feb 1, 2006
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: I wrote to you last with a self-assessment of the School during my first 5 years as dean. I report back today that I will continue as dean into the next cycle. The School is on the move intellectually, physically, and strategically. I am optimistic...
Thu Jan 26, 2006
B. Joseph Guglielmo Jr., PharmD, has been named chair of the department of clinical pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco. The appointment is effective March 20, 2006. Guglielmo is a clinical pharmacist, researcher, and national leader on the best use of drugs to...
Fri Jan 20, 2006
Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy clinical professor and drug benefit expert, explains the problems as of January 2006 with the rollout of the Medicare Part D drug benefit. She advises seniors on how to get the medication coverage that best meets their needs. • Full story: Confused...
Mon Jan 9, 2006
A new public board is needed to standardize, measure, and ultimately improve the quality of health care in the United States, according to UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, and University of California colleagues Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, and Steven A. Schroeder, MD,...
Thu Jan 5, 2006
Reports to the California Poison Control System of the use of the drug gamma hydroxybutate (GHB) have declined overall from 1999 to 2003. These findings were reported on December 29, 2005 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The lead study author is Ilene Anderson, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy...
Wed Jan 4, 2006
Robert D. Gibson, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy alumnus and former associate dean, is the 2006 recipient of the Remington Honor Medal. This is the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Full story [San Francisco Pharmacist Receives Industry's Highest Honor] [link...
Wed Jan 4, 2006
Through better understanding of where and how the brain gets, or "traffics," fresh supplies of particular receptors needed to carry chemical signals between nerve cells, researchers hope to better understand how we learn, remember, and possibly forget. Studies of the receptor known as AMPA are...