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2019 News

Fri May 17, 2019
Cynthia Watchmaker, MBA, MEd, was honored May 17 with a UC San Francisco 2019 Chancellor Award for Exceptional University Management. The award recognizes a UCSF career of extraordinary professional performance and management acumen, one that shines as a role model for future generations of...
Wed May 15, 2019
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: At the UCSF School of Pharmacy we don’t just embrace change, we create it. We have a rich history as drivers of change in our profession, in science, and in education. That passion for change, coupled with a scientific mindset, is clearly evident...
Tue May 14, 2019
On May 3, in front of a crowd of more than one thousand gathered at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the 122 members of the UCSF School of Pharmacy graduating class of 2019 received their doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degrees. “Out of more than 1,100 applicants, we chose each of you—...
Tue May 14, 2019
Research into adolescent drug abuse, antidepressant medications in the emergency room, and complications from implanted heart pumps took top honors at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy’s 21st annual Spring Research Seminar. UCSF School of Pharmacy PharmD students, residents, and faculty members...
Thu May 2, 2019
Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, has been selected as the new holder of the Divine Family Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacy. The chair was created in 2003 by Philmore G. Divine, a 1945 UCSF pharmacy school graduate, to “support the research, teaching and service activities of the holder of the Chair...
Thu May 2, 2019
A team of researchers from UC San Francisco, Vanderbilt University Medical School (VUMC), and Silicon Kidney are among the winners of the “KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis” prize competition for their design of an innovative, implantable hemofilter dialysis system that would enable patients to safely and...
Wed May 1, 2019
During the first few years of their pharmacy careers, even the most recent UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) graduates experience plenty of change as new health issues, new medications, and new research insights continually surface, and as the role of the pharmacist continually evolves. UCSF Alumni...
Tue Apr 30, 2019
In recent years, pharmacists’ scope of practice has increased in many states through new legislation, allowing pharmacists to expand the range of clinical services they can provide patients, particularly in community pharmacy settings. While these changes are a welcome addition to the pharmacist’s...
Fri Apr 19, 2019
Imagine you’ve just whipped up a computer program that can distinguish dogs from wolves in photographs, using machine learning. The program looks like it works fine, correctly labeling dog for dog, wolf for wolf. But as you test the code over and over, you realize that all of the wolf photos also...
Mon Apr 15, 2019
Betty J. Dong, PharmD ’72, is the recipient of the 2019 Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for her trailblazing career in clinical pharmacy and her “superb teaching and on-the-mark clinical guidance around drug therapy” to pharmacy and medical...
Thu Apr 4, 2019
On her first Christmas Eve, when Janel Long-Boyle, PharmD, PhD, was a few months old, her two-year-old sister, Jenny, took a toddler-sized fall. But within minutes, Jenny was covered in deep bruises. At the hospital, doctors found an elevated white blood cell count under a microscope, a marker of...
Thu Mar 28, 2019
Two UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members, Tanja Kortemme, PhD, and Tejal Desai, PhD, were elected into prestigious roles at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) this month. Kortemme was inducted into the AIMBE College of Fellows, and Desai, who is both a current...
Fri Mar 15, 2019
“Challenging the status quo leads to very good things,” said Glen L. Stimmel, PharmD ’72, who has spent a career doing just that. As a motto, it has served him, and his profession, quite well. Stimmel, the 2019 UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, has taken his own...
Tue Mar 12, 2019
The UCSF School of Pharmacy 2019 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation marked its fifth year of funding with a March 5 announcement of award recipients by the School’s dean, B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD. The multiple awards will fund research into neuroscience, cancer treatment, and...
Thu Mar 7, 2019
Scientists at UC San Francisco have discovered how a particular protein regulates dopamine production, creating new possibilities for research into Parkinson’s disease, which involves the loss of dopamine-producing neurons. The new research was partially funded by a Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed...
Thu Feb 28, 2019
UC San Francisco’s already successful research and education program in bioengineering is taking another evolutionary leap forward with the February 15, 2019 announcement of a new initiative being led by Tejal Desai, PhD, chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), a...
Wed Feb 27, 2019
The UCSF School of Pharmacy received more research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other pharmacy school in the nation for the 39th year in a row. In total, the School took in $28.9 million in NIH grants in 2018. As a whole, UC San Francisco was the top public...
Wed Feb 27, 2019
A new fellowship offered at UC San Francisco promises to spur research into medicine quality through the study of the pharmacologically inactive ingredients in drugs, known as excipients. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Quality Institute is partnering with UCSF to support the Fellowship in...
Fri Feb 22, 2019
This January, Susan Miller, PhD, a UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, and Scott Oakes, MD, a UCSF School of Medicine faculty member, jointly greeted an auditorium of UCSF medical and pharmacy students with a challenge instead of a syllabus: to explore. The course, called Inquiry Immersion,...
Tue Feb 12, 2019
A $500,000 gift commitment from Linda Lloyd Hart, PharmD—matched by the University of California Office of the President with $500,000—recently established the endowed Jere E. Goyan Presidential Chair for the Advancement of Pharmacy. This is the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s first presidential chair....
Mon Feb 11, 2019
Ground-breaking drug discovery work by UCSF School of Pharmacy scientists, who search for drug candidates from stores of small molecules and through computer simulations, continued this week with the announcement of a new virtual library of more than 250 million drug-like compounds for researchers...
Mon Jan 28, 2019
When Jacqueline Kyosiimire-Lugemwa, PhD, arrived at UC San Francisco in January 2018, she was excited to finally have the tools and the team to analyze reams of data on people infected with HIV, which she had painstakingly collected for years in her home country of Uganda. But science doesn’t move...
Thu Jan 17, 2019
A recent study by Nadav Ahituv, PhD, showed that obesity caused by a gene mutation could be treated in animal models using a modified version of the CRISPR gene editing system, called CRISPRa. Developed at UC San Francisco, CRISPRa (a for activation) doesn’t cut DNA like its CRISPR forerunner but...
Wed Jan 9, 2019
James Fraser, PhD, has been appointed to the Bowes Biomedical Investigator Program. Fraser studies the shapes and movements of macromolecules, a category of molecules that includes proteins and carbohydrates. Over the course of his career, he has developed several new tools for creating maps of...
Tue Jan 8, 2019
Computational biologist Michael Keiser, PhD, was recently awarded $2.5 million over five years to study neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and speed the development of new drug therapies for these diseases using machine learning. Keiser is one of 17 investigators to...