UCSF

2012 News

Wed Dec 19, 2012
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. The analysis of 48 published studies, covering...
Wed Dec 5, 2012
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. She also calls for a continued...
Tue Nov 6, 2012
What are the specific challenges to ensuring the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act? Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, posed this and other questions in a video interview with former U.S. Senate majority...
Thu Nov 1, 2012
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: As I prepare this update as interim dean, the School is in the midst of major transitions, yet boldly moving forward. Of course, one of the most significant changes is the retirement of our dean of 14 years, Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, whose...
Thu Oct 25, 2012
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,...
Tue Oct 23, 2012
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. What happens next depends on whether...
Wed Oct 3, 2012
The effort to create the first implantable bioartificial kidney has received a $750,000 gift from the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, The Kidney Project brings together researchers at nine institutions nationwide. Roy is a faculty member in the...
Fri Sep 28, 2012
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. This...
Mon Sep 24, 2012
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 diversity. Youmans first heard 10-year-old Lita Hernandez on an August broadcast...
Fri Sep 14, 2012
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. Shu, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical...
Fri Sep 7, 2012
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. The study, featured on the cover of the August 20th edition of The Journal of Cell Biology,...
Fri Aug 31, 2012
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). The herpes virus treatment project, awarded $100,000 under CTSI’s T1 Translational...
Wed Aug 29, 2012
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. But more than two-thirds of the systematic reviews of drug therapies written to the...
Wed Aug 29, 2012
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. The clinical competition is...
Thu Aug 9, 2012
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. Until now, the joint effort had been...
Tue Aug 7, 2012
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? A team led by Mozziyar Etemadi, MS, has been awarded $110,000 to find out. Etemadi is an an...
Mon Jul 23, 2012
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. Recently, researchers there have begun applying that focus to seeking a genetic basis and diagnosis for an epilepsy of early...
Tue Jun 12, 2012
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. Guglielmo is an internationally recognized expert in the clinical use of antimicrobials and has served as...
Mon Jun 11, 2012
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...
Mon Jun 11, 2012
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. The award from CSHP, a state professional society representing...
Fri Jun 1, 2012
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. Nelson was presented with the award during the Graduate Division commencement ceremony on May 18, 2012. She is a co-...
Thu May 24, 2012
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. In the June, 2012 issue of Nature Medicine (and online in advance on Nature’s web site), researchers...
Fri May 18, 2012
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. The profile titled “taking the path of most resistance,” is both online and in the respected global medical journal’s May 19, 2012 print...
Fri May 18, 2012
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. The poster session, covering...
Thu May 17, 2012
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...
Mon May 14, 2012
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 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.” The...
Wed May 9, 2012
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. Hind co-founded Barnes-Hind Pharmaceuticals Inc., which developed drugs to treat...
Tue May 1, 2012
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, as a prime example of biomedical collaboration with...
Thu Apr 26, 2012
From the start of his illustrious half-century career in mass spectrometry, Al Burlingame, PhD, has been part of a scientific sea change. In his first lab at UC Berkeley, complete with a dirt floor and leaky roof, he looked for signs of extraterrestrial life in meteorites. He compares an earlier...
Fri Apr 13, 2012
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: Malaria treatment for HIV-positive children and pregnant women Francesca Aweeka, PharmD...
Fri Apr 13, 2012
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: Genetic mutations and liver cancer Xin Chen, PhD Associate adjunct professor Awarded two new grants totaling $351...
Fri Apr 13, 2012
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. Total grants and contracts awarded to School of Pharmacy researchers during the NIH fiscal year 2011 (running...
Fri Apr 13, 2012
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: Precisely targeting malaria parasites with drugs Adam Renslo, PhD Associate...
Thu Apr 12, 2012
UCSF bioengineer Tejal Desai, PhD, will receive the 2012 Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) at the group’s annual meeting in July. The award honors Desai for her contributions to contemporary teaching and scholarship in biotechnology....
Mon Apr 9, 2012
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 (FDA). The FDA announced on April 9, 2012 that...
Fri Apr 6, 2012
UCSF School of Pharmacy Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning Tina Brock, BSPharm, MSPH, EdD, became president of the national pharmacy leadership society, Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), at the March 2012 meeting of the American Pharmacists Association in New Orleans. Brock was voted president-elect by...
Wed Apr 4, 2012
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: Improving computer programs to yield better drug candidates Ryan Coleman, PhD Post-doctoral fellow in the...
Wed Apr 4, 2012
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. Student pharmacist Caroline Lindsay,...
Tue Apr 3, 2012
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 UCSF. QB3, with research facilities at UC campuses in San Francisco, Berkeley,...
Tue Mar 27, 2012
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. The national award is given annually to a young pharmacist who has “demonstrated...
Tue Mar 13, 2012
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. The survey results appear in the magazine’s 2013 issue of “American Best Graduate Schools,” which...
Fri Mar 2, 2012
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. In a segment titled “When Safe Drugs...
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: In 1998, when I became dean, I began writing to you twice each year. Looking back over these letters, I see tremendous progress. In this issue of the Update, I send you the latest news about the School since I wrote last summer. I also share a...
Wed Feb 22, 2012
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...
Tue Jan 24, 2012
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 and beyond. Koda-Kimble, whose 46 years at UCSF began as a PharmD student, became (in 1998) the first female dean of the top-ranked pharmacy...
Fri Jan 20, 2012
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? For answers, many physicians and other health...
Tue Jan 10, 2012
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. "I am prouder than ever with the accomplishments of our staff, faculty, and students...
Mon Jan 9, 2012
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. Student teams from UCSF and three other schools of pharmacy will...
Wed Jan 4, 2012
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: Even...