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2020 News

Fri Jul 10, 2020
UCSF scientists studying a key enzyme used by the virus that causes COVID-19 have identified chemical building blocks that might eventually be used to make an antiviral drug. The chemical fragments could bind to and disable the enzyme, called the “macro domain,” which is a crucial part of the SARS-...
Thu Jul 2, 2020
UCSF scientists and international collaborators have uncovered new details about how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, takes control of human cells to replicate and spread, findings that point to new potential therapies. The work was carried out by a collaboration based at the UCSF...
Fri Jun 26, 2020
A handful of UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members, students, and staff recently gathered at the Laurel Heights campus to perform a task outside their typical duties: to receive a shipment of tens of thousands of masks, and over a hundred gallons of hand sanitizer, and prepare these vital...
Fri Jun 19, 2020
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: June 19, Juneteenth, is the celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. However, our nation continues to be shaken to its core by racism and violence directed against Black Americans. The current state of affairs deeply...
Thu Jun 4, 2020
Elisabeth Fall, Eric Davila Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD (left), and Vice Dean Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH Dear School of Pharmacy Colleagues, Reflecting upon the senseless deaths of black Americans George Floyd on May 25 in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor on March 13 in Kentucky, and...
Thu May 28, 2020
In late April, a mere two months after setting out to identify new potential therapies for COVID-19, a consortium of scientists brought together by the UCSF Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) announced that several existing medications for conditions as varied as cancer and psychiatric...
Fri May 22, 2020
A UCSF School of Pharmacy team of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students took 1st place at the Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition, competing against a nationwide field of teams from 68 other pharmacy schools. The winning team of Ryan Thaliffdeen,...
Fri May 22, 2020
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: Since my last Update from the Dean on May 8, UCSF has begun a gradual, phased return to work for faculty members and staff. The campus guidelines and the guidelines released by the CDC earlier this week for higher education articulate how different...
Thu May 21, 2020
Maybe it was their vast knowledge about drugs and human health. Or maybe it was their sharply organized pharmacy and their professionalism in ministering to patients in need. But whatever it was, a young James E. Knoben, PharmD ’71, MPH, could see himself thriving among his mother’s colleagues at a...
Tue May 19, 2020
A recent study led by researchers from UC San Francisco and the City University of New York (CUNY) showed that early-life respiratory viruses may play an outsized role in Puerto Rico’s sky-high rates of childhood asthma. But the paper is just a warmup for an upcoming birth cohort study in which ...
Tue May 12, 2020
From directly supporting the front lines of health care to boldly exploring potential treatments, the UCSF School of Pharmacy is moving quickly against the COVID-19 pandemic, applying a scientific mindset to challenges being raised during the crisis. With the goal of bringing attention to this...
Fri May 8, 2020
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: San Francisco is now in its eighth full week of shelter in place, and projections regarding COVID-19 continue to change. The most recent projections suggest the national peak in infections is still weeks away, and we might top 3,000 deaths a day....
Thu May 7, 2020
Members of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Class of 2020 have officially earned their doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degrees, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they won’t be walking on stage in commencement regalia quite yet. When the pandemic hit, the class’s commencement ceremony was delayed, as...
Thu Apr 30, 2020
Akinyemi Oni-Orisan, PharmD, PhD, received the Darrell Abernethy Early Stage Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in April. The award is intended to foster the growth of early-career scientists and honors the memory of Darrell Abernethy, MD, PhD,...
Fri Apr 24, 2020
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: It’s been 39 days since Mayor London Breed’s shelter-in-place order took effect for the City and County of San Francisco, and 37 days since a similar order by Governor Gavin Newsom went into effect for California. The early actions of local and...
Thu Apr 16, 2020
Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD (Photo credit: Elizabeth Fall) As we absorb the daily news of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us—especially in California where an order to shelter in place was declared early on by Governor Gavin Newsom—have little first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a COVID-19...
Thu Apr 16, 2020
The UCSF School of Pharmacy has long been an innovator in the pharmacy profession. Graduates of the School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program practice today in roles as varied as community pharmacist, health care policymaker, critical care pharmacist, and infectious diseases pharmacist....
Mon Apr 13, 2020
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a moving picture might be worth a million. That was the impression James Fraser, PhD, left with the audience during the opening to his 2020 Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science. Before diving into the science, Fraser displayed a snapshot of his two sons...
Fri Apr 10, 2020
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: I hope this message continues to find you both healthy and sequestered. Much has happened since my March 27 Update, both with the COVID-19 pandemic and the School’s associated response. Again: Refer to COVID-19 Updates for School-specific...
Thu Apr 9, 2020
If a citywide and statewide shelter-in-place order wasn’t enough to keep San Francisco residents indoors last weekend, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, April’s first major rain storm was likely to guarantee it. But for a group of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students at the UC San Francisco...
Thu Apr 2, 2020
In 2019, and for the 40th consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy received more funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other pharmacy school in the country. Projects spanning the School’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Department of Bioengineering and...
Tue Mar 31, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe today is caused by a virus consisting of little more than a short strand of genetic instructions encased in a bubble of protein. But this virus packs a punch because of how it commandeers its human hosts to do its bidding. In fact, human proteins are...
Fri Mar 27, 2020
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends: I hope this Update finds you sequestered at home. If you—or a member of your family—have been infected or suspect you’ve been infected by the COVID-19 virus, please take care of yourself. For those of you who are virus-free, I hope you remain so....
Sat Mar 21, 2020
Jacqueline Fabius is not a scientist. She doesn’t have a PhD in physics or computational biology or virology. As the chief operating officer of the Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) at UC San Francisco, what she does have is the administrative responsibility for enabling QBI to do what it...
Fri Mar 20, 2020
The UCSF School of Pharmacy 2020 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation marks its sixth year of funding, this year supporting research projects in the areas of pharmacy education, cancer treatment, the immune system, and kidney function. Applicants were encouraged to submit their boldest...
Tue Mar 17, 2020
The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program was ranked second place nationally in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate and professional schools. The new ranking comes amid the School’s transformation of its PharmD curriculum, which resulted in...
Fri Mar 13, 2020
More than 37 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease. Almost 750,000 Americans are dealing with the stark reality of end stage renal disease (ESRD), when their kidneys no longer function well enough to sustain life on their own. For World Kidney Day on March 12, UCSF.edu presented...
Mon Mar 2, 2020
Mitra Assemi, PharmD, the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s associate dean of accreditation and quality improvement, recently won an Award of Excellence in Scholarship in Experiential Education for research looking into how pharmacy schools in the U.S. measure and assure the quality of the experiential, or...
Thu Jan 30, 2020
Kathy Giacomini, PhD, was awarded the 2020 Bernard B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism and Disposition from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), in recognition of “outstanding original research contributions in drug metabolism and disposition, particularly...
Wed Jan 29, 2020
Free samples of medications provided by pharmaceutical companies and “detailing visits,” where company representatives visit primary care offices to explain the value of various medications, are costly to the health system and ultimately to patients, B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, dean of the UCSF...
Thu Jan 23, 2020
Imagine an artificial hand that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts and transmit the sensation of touch back into a person’s brain. This type of prosthetic hand already exists, but many of the amputees who could benefit from these new devices can’t access them. The gap is due, in part, to the...
Mon Jan 6, 2020
In permanent recognition of Elizabeth Daniels’ decades-long commitment to nurturing an inclusive UCSF School of Pharmacy community, a gift of $1 million to the UCSF Foundation by Troy Daniels, DDS, and Leslie Daniels, established the endowed Elizabeth Daniels Fund, in December 2019, to support...