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2010 News

Wed Dec 22, 2010
Table of contents Introduction Budget significance Reasons for past success A decade of funding for bioinformatics New drug discovery directions attract support Research stalwarts draw funding for decades New directions in translational research attract support Expansion of the School’s...
Mon Dec 13, 2010
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. The ASHP competition involves both a written and oral evaluation of a specific...
Fri Dec 10, 2010
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,...
Fri Dec 10, 2010
The implantable bioartificial 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. Learn how the implantable bioartificial kidney works See an animation of the device in action View Shuvo Roy at...
Thu Nov 18, 2010
Shuvo Roy, PhD, an engineer and research scientist, is leading a U.S. project to build the world’s first bioartificial 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...
Thu Nov 18, 2010
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: The belief that all over-the counter (OTC) drugs are safe. Their advice? Read the label. Many OTC medications can have...
Mon Nov 15, 2010
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 cannabinoids. These products have sickened more than 1,500 people across the...
Fri Nov 12, 2010
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...
Thu Oct 21, 2010
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...
Wed Oct 20, 2010
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,...
Wed Oct 20, 2010
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. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, chair of the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Department of Clinical Pharmacy contends that pharmacists practicing in...
Thu Oct 14, 2010
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...
Thu Oct 14, 2010
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...
Tue Oct 12, 2010
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. The Kidney Project...
Fri Oct 8, 2010
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. The award, which funds innovative science...
Fri Oct 1, 2010
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: I pause to write this letter as we undergo a rapid and focused change in the way we work as a campus. It is welcomed, refreshing, and invigorating, and in the midst of it all, the School is flourishing. To put the scope of this change in better...
Tue Sep 28, 2010
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. Her views are explored...
Tue Sep 7, 2010
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...
Fri Sep 3, 2010
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. The device is intended to give patients with end stage renal...
Tue Aug 17, 2010
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...
Wed Aug 11, 2010
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. The presentation was made by...
Fri Aug 6, 2010
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. The announcement was made August 2, 2010, by The Global Products Council, which funds the program to...
Tue Aug 3, 2010
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. We...
Fri Jul 16, 2010
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. The Early Conditional Admissions Program (ECAP) is designed to help Central Valley students...
Thu Jul 15, 2010
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. The one-year Pharmacist Care for Diabetes program is based upon successful research...
Tue Jul 13, 2010
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....
Thu Jul 8, 2010
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. "When we force patients into an...
Thu Jul 8, 2010
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 caspases that promote cell death. "Most...
Thu May 13, 2010
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...
Tue May 11, 2010
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): Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy--a clinical pharmacist and international leader in...
Fri May 7, 2010
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. In the years...
Tue May 4, 2010
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, California. They have...
Thu Apr 29, 2010
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. His goal is...
Thu Apr 29, 2010
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. The award...
Thu Apr 15, 2010
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...
Tue Apr 13, 2010
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. Tsourounis warns that there is a dearth of research on these products...
Tue Apr 13, 2010
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. The award will be presented during the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and...
Fri Apr 9, 2010
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. The award has been...
Fri Apr 2, 2010
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 Washington, DC. She won the...
Mon Mar 22, 2010
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 in Beverly...
Fri Mar 19, 2010
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. Dill's work solved the longtime mystery of...
Fri Mar 19, 2010
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. "At this...
Fri Mar 19, 2010
PRODUCED BY THE CALIFORNIA POISON CONTROL SYSTEM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE California Poison Control System Launches the First Ever Free, Bilingual Mobile Health Service for Poison Prevention—National Poison Prevention Week is March 14–21 San Francisco, CA (March 15, 2010) - As National Poison...
Wed Mar 17, 2010
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...
Mon Mar 8, 2010
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. The medal is the profession’s highest honor. Koda-Kimble, who is a leader in the...
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: In this letter, I share so much good news about the School that it is hard to believe we remain under siege with California's unprecedented budget crisis. This shows that with the right people, excellence prevails even in the worst of times, and...
Fri Feb 19, 2010
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. Genentech...
Wed Feb 10, 2010
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,...
Mon Feb 8, 2010
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. The honor marks Day's long and distinguished history of...
Mon Feb 8, 2010
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,...
Wed Feb 3, 2010
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...
Tue Jan 19, 2010
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. "As medication specialists, pharmacists are needed to identify the numerous problems that arise...
Tue Jan 19, 2010
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....
Wed Jan 13, 2010
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...
Thu Jan 7, 2010
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...