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2018 News

School welcomes incoming PharmD class with bold new curriculum

A new class of UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students came together on July 25 at the Parnassus campus to inaugurate a new curriculum built on critical thinking, problem solving, and an inquiry habit of mind.

Stopping cancer in its tracks

Cancer, fundamentally, is a problem of too much growth. For decades, health care providers have tried and failed to slow tumor growth using drugs that interfere with a particular signaling pathway, called PI3K, which is known to operate in proliferating cancer cells.

Creating the tools to count all of our cells

If it’s hard to take an accurate census of the 325 million people living in the US, it’s even more daunting to survey the 37.2 trillion or so cells that make up the human body. The brain alone, for instance, contains nearly 90 billion neurons, which can be classified into over a thousand distinct cell types.

Update from the Dean – July 2018

Health at the molecular level: Decoding cellular signals, A trigger for tissue repair, Seeding tomorrow’s science; The future of custom care: Tracking cancer drug resistance, Treating malaria and tuberculosis, Quantitative Biosciences Institute’s culture of inclusivity, The genetics of asthma; Ensuring the best possible care: Using the right drugs, Keeping up with the testing boom; Update on the new PharmD curriculum: Welcoming our new students at the end of July; Education accolades: Competition wins, The Grad Slam, Emerging Teaching Scholar Award; Honors and awards: Faculty members recognized for their contributions; Celebrating our alumni: Remembering Alumni Weekend, Alumni award winners; In memoriam: Chin-Tzu Peng: A legacy of discovery and leadership

Drilling down to the details of opioid signaling

Despite using opioids for centuries for pain management, we still don’t have a complete understanding of how drugs like morphine and oxycodone actually work. And that’s a problem for patients, who must weather side effects that can range from nausea and constipation to cognitive impairment, addiction, and, at high doses, even death.

Gruenberg receives sustainability award for second straight year

Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD ’15, BCPS, a faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, was awarded the 2018 Sustainability Award in the faculty category by the UCSF Academic Senate Sustainability Committee on June 27, 2018.

Showcasing School science and change at Alumni Weekend 2018

For UCSF School of Pharmacy alumni who attended the event, Alumni Weekend 2018 offered a chance to explore how science connects the School’s research, education, and patient care agendas; learn about the lives and professional accomplishments of pharmacy school graduates; and get a glimpse of what’s under way at UCSF beyond the School. The annual campuswide event was held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on June 1 and 2.

Kennedy delivers Alumnus of the Year Award address at Alumni Weekend pharmacy gala

On June 2, 2018, Kathleen B. Kennedy, PharmD ’78, received the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association, for her “outstanding contributions to the profession of pharmacy, to society, and/or to UCSF.”

Manglik named a 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholar

Aashish Manglik, MD, PhD, the newest member of the faculty of the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was named a Pew Biomedical Scholar on June 14.

The epic journey to better medicines

UCSF School of Pharmacy scientists, across all three departments and in widely divergent fields, are continually questioning the status quo.

Seiple named a 2018 Beckman Young Investigator

The Beckman Young Investigator award provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.

Tumor analysis, prediction of transplant complications, and management of blood potassium levels take top honors at annual seminar

The Gary Rifkind Awards recognize and celebrate clinical pharmacy research.

MacDougall to receive teaching award

Conan MacDougall, PharmD, was recently selected for the Emerging Teaching Scholar Award by the American Association of Colleges Pharmacy (AACP) Council of Faculties.

Data for a difference

Low-cost drug treatments can cure TB and malaria. Why, then, do these diseases claim so many lives?

Research outlines challenges for adoption of new genetic tests

Every day, on average, ten new genetic tests become commercially available to help doctors and patients make more informed decisions about health care.

UCSF School of Pharmacy celebrates commencement 2018

The 122 members of the graduating class of 2018 received their PharmD degrees at the commencement ceremony.

Cao takes second prize in the UC Grad Slam final

Yiqi Cao, a bioengineering PhD candidate, detailed a promising solution she developed for a heart stent that doesn’t trigger scar tissue buildup.

Sali elected to National Academy of Sciences

Andrej Sali, PhD, has been elected as a member of the 2018 class of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

20 years chasing the genetic roots of asthma

The UCSF Asthma Collaboratory celebrates 20 years of research on genetic factors in asthma.

Vogt named president of American Pharmacists Association Foundation board

Eleanor Vogt, PhD, RPh, has been named the president of the board of directors for the American Pharmacists Association Foundation.

Behind enemy lines

New research promises to take the guesswork out of matching individual cancer cases to the most effective choices of chemotherapy.

Giacomini named 2018 Volwiler Research Award recipient

Kathy Giacomini, PhD, has been named the 2018 Volwiler Research Achievement Award recipient by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

A passion for health equity: 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Kathleen B. Kennedy

Kathleen B. Kennedy, PharmD ’78, has been named our Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

A pop-up repair shop for damaged neurons

Collaborative research holds promise for harnessing the nervous system’s own repair programs.

UCSF School of Pharmacy leads in NIH funding for 38th year

A culture of discovery and collaboration among faculty carries potential to “completely shake up their fields of study.”

Taking a bite out of the proteome with PhaNGS

If DNA is the blueprint for every cell in the body, then proteins are the cell’s construction workers, forklifts, and building materials.

Update from the Dean – March 2018

A new PharmD curriculum; Implementing new practice opportunities for pharmacists; PharmD students shine in state and national clinical pharmacy competitions; A pioneer in pharmacogenomics; The NIH streak lives on; Improving adverse event reporting and medication therapy protocols; Big-data to cut drug discovery time; Computational approaches target dopamine receptors; Researchers expose industry manipulation of science by sugar industry; Women in science; Bioengineering devices to treat glaucoma, diabetes, kidney disease; Campus activism on DACA; A helping hand to Puerto Rico, Basic science scholarship for women in developing nations; A decade of science camp; Honors and awards; 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year; 2018 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation; 2018 Byers Award in Basic Science; Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators; New faculty; Remembering C.C. Wang; UCSF fundraising campaign; Alumni Weekend 2018.

Koda-Kimble Seed Award fuels eight original research projects

The 2018 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation marked its fourth year of funding with the announcement of the research award recipients.

Babbitt named a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology

Babbitt's election as a 2018 ISCB fellow highlights her contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Update on PharmD curriculum transformation

Vice Dean Sharon Youmans shares her perspective on the School’s new PharmD curriculum.

Unmasking a cellular hallmark of cancer

Scientists identify a signature of cancers caused by mutant RAS that may lead to precise therapies.

Microscopy illuminates life

Even with the best of microscopes, it's still a challenge to visualize the "inner life" of the cell.

Cell-folding research opens door to building with biology

Researchers were able to coax layers of cells to form shapes not found in nature, such as cubes.