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2022 News

Thu Dec 8, 2022
Kathy Giacomini, PhD, BSPharm; Nevan Krogan, PhD; and Brian Shoichet, PhD, have been placed on Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers List 2022, making them among the most influential researchers in the world.  They join 33 other UCSF scientists named on the annual list, which is based on citations...
Wed Dec 7, 2022
Emerging scientists from underrepresented backgrounds at UC San Francisco will soon be able to supplement their training with exclusive internships at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. Considered the founder of the biotech industry, Genentech is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to...
Thu Dec 1, 2022
On November 30, UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Kathy Giacomini, PhD, BSPharm, met with pharmacy students at the Parnassus campus Walgreens to promote vaccinations and the role of the pharmacist. Giacomini, who received her influenza vaccine in September, was given a ceremonial “jab” (no needle) by...
Mon Nov 28, 2022
The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy will host Cheryl Wisseh, PharmD, MPH, from the University of California, Irvine, for the third installment of the Amplifying Voices Speaker Series. The seminar and discussion, “Social Determinants of Health, Health Disparities and...
Tue Nov 22, 2022
Every year, each doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) class bestows the following teaching awards on their instructors and their preceptors. Teachers of the Year Preceptors of the Year, IPPEs Long Teaching Awards for Outstanding Preceptors, APPEs Experiential Education Site of the Year, APPEs Dean’s...
Mon Nov 21, 2022
Shuvo Roy, PhD, has been awarded the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, for his work as director of The Kidney Project on the development of an implantable bioartificial kidney. The award acknowledges individuals who have made exceptional contributions to serving the public...
Mon Nov 21, 2022
A routine medication review goes a long way toward helping people with dementia who live at home, according to UCSF experts. Recent findings show that medication oversight from a pharmacist, as part of a dedicated interprofessional health care team, reduces the use of dangerous prescriptions while...
Fri Oct 28, 2022
The UCSF Quantitative Bio​­sciences Institute (QBI) has signed an agreement with the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) to found a joint center to understand, treat, and prevent infectious diseases worldwide. The Institut Pasteur-UCSF QBI Center of Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases, which...
Tue Oct 25, 2022
This fall, the UCSF School of Pharmacy welcomed over a dozen new faces to its leadership group, including esteemed faculty drawn from its three academic departments. The move is the first executive action of Dean Kathy Giacomini, PhD, BSPharm, toward maximizing the institution’s potential as a...
Thu Oct 20, 2022
Nearly one year ago, on November 6, 2021, a beloved UCSF School of Pharmacy alum and mentor, Mark Baje, PharmD ’99, passed away. To honor his legacy, friends, family, and colleagues have created the Mark Baje Memorial Scholarship, which will support PharmD students for years to come. A recent gift...
Tue Oct 18, 2022
The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy will host Tyler Marie Kiles, PharmD, from the University of Tennessee, for the second installment of the Amplifying Voices Speaker Series. The seminar and discussion, “Balancing Professional Advancement and Personal Well-Being: Black...
Thu Oct 13, 2022
Chemical compounds developed by UCSF researchers could lead to a new generation of antidepressant and pain medications, offering relief with fewer side effects than current therapies. The work, led by the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Brian Shoichet, PhD, was detailed in separate papers published in...
Thu Oct 6, 2022
Our immune and endocrine systems typically keep us healthy, fending off pathogens and regulating our hormones, respectively. But in Graves’ disease, the immune system’s antibodies provoke the thyroid gland to unleash a constant stream of thyroid hormones, leading to chronic jitteriness, fatigue,...
Fri Sep 30, 2022
Faculty and staff in the UCSF School of Pharmacy are encouraged attend the upcoming UC Health systemwide virtual Grand Rounds on the topic of Long COVID, hosted by the UC Irvine School of Medicine. The Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, October 14, 12-1 p.m. (Pacific time), and will focus on...
Thu Sep 22, 2022
UCSF researchers have developed a new tool to fight a common type of cancer. The therapy combines a targeted drug that blocks mutated, cancer-causing KRAS proteins—found in one quarter of cancerous tumors—with immunotherapy that eliminates tumor cells altogether. While some drugs that target KRAS...
Tue Sep 6, 2022
This year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremonies marked a couple of firsts. It was the first time two classes of pharmacy students—the Classes of 2024 and 2025—donned their white coats on the same day, due to the postponement of last year’s in-person proceedings. The two ceremonies...
Tue Aug 30, 2022
The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy will host Chimnonso Onuoha, PharmD, from Indiana University School of Medicine, for the first installment of the Amplifying Voices Speaker Series. The seminar and discussion will occur on Zoom on Friday, September 9, from noon – 1:00 p.m...
Mon Aug 29, 2022
UCSF has again partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) on their annual AHA Heart Walk, which will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022 in San Francisco at the Embarcadero Plaza. The UCSF School of Pharmacy community is encouraged to participate, especially if you or your loved ones...
Wed Aug 17, 2022
Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD, MEd, faculty member in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, will join the Class of 2022 in The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators (AME). Members of the UCSF organization demonstrate excellence in education, curriculum development, and mentoring.  Gruenberg,...
Mon Aug 15, 2022
Instructors in the UCSF School of Pharmacy have shown remarkable commitment, creativity, and adaptability to training the next generation of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) graduates. We are proud to announce the Dean’s Apple Teaching Awards for the spring 2022 academic quarter, given to faculty and...
Thu Aug 11, 2022
The many behaviors, functions, and identities of cells are controlled, in part, by the expression of different genes—some genes for muscle cells, other genes for skin cells, and so on. But recording which genes are expressed at what time has always been a challenge for researchers. A team led by...
Tue Aug 9, 2022
This year’s graduating scholars in the UCSF Post-baccalaureate Research Opportunity to Promote Equity in Learning (PROPEL) program will present their research projects at the 2nd Annual Summer Symposium on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 1pm to 6pm. The event, which will take place in Byers...
Tue Aug 9, 2022
Antibiotic resistance is what happens “when germs like bacteria or fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them,” according to the CDC, and it’s one of the most pressing threats to human health. Each year, more and more patients succumb to infections because the available...
Fri Aug 5, 2022
On April 26, 2022, James Wells, PhD, faculty member in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, addressed an audience of friends, family, and colleagues at Byer’s auditorium in the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Speaking as the recipient of the UCSF 64th Faculty Research...
Fri Jul 29, 2022
Dear School of Pharmacy community, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Lawrence Lin, PhD, as my chief of staff. Lawrence joined UCSF in 2009 and most recently served as executive director of the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), which...
Mon Jul 11, 2022
Nevan Krogan, PhD, was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) as an associate member on July 6. He is one of 67 researchers to be inducted into the prestigious organization this year, joining Europe's premier outlet for advancing scientific discovery. Krogan, director of the...
Tue Jul 5, 2022
On July 1, Kathy Giacomini, PhD, BSPharm, became dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. A long-time faculty member and leader in the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Giacomini is known internationally as a pioneer of pharmacogenomics and membrane transporters, as well as an...
Wed Jun 22, 2022
Are you involved with research on health disparities at UCSF or another Bay Area health care or research institution? Abstract submissions for the 15th Annual UCSF Health Disparities Research Symposium (HDRS) are now being accepted—submit your abstract by Friday, July 8, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific...
Tue Jun 21, 2022
For decades, scientists have struggled to understand Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia. Is it caused by clumps of beta-amyloid protein, or tangles of tau protein, damaging the brain? Or are these molecular trash heaps the consequence of something else gone awry?   Absent...
Tue Jun 7, 2022
On May 27, in front of hundreds of friends, family, and faculty and staff members, the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s PharmD Class of 2022 graduated together at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall—the School’s first in-person commencement ceremony since May 2019. Whoops of joy and cries like “That’s my...
Tue Jun 7, 2022
Commencement for UCSF’s PharmD students returned to San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on May 27—and so did presentation of the coveted Bowl of Hygeia Award on the auditorium stage. Halfway through the ceremony, Interim Dean Thomas E. Kearney, PharmD, announced the 2022 winner, Jennifer...
Thu Jun 2, 2022
Get a jump on your LGBTQ Pride Month plans by registering no later than June 15 for the UCSF Pride Parade Contingent. The first 250 people to sign up will receive a free t-shirt.    This year’s San Francisco Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, June 26 in downtown San Francisco under the banner of...
Wed May 18, 2022
To prepare an arsenal of drug candidates to fight future pandemics, scientists at the UCSF Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) Coronavirus Research Group (QCRG) were awarded an initial $67.5 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the largest single research grant in UCSF...
Mon May 16, 2022
Faculty and student instructors in the UCSF School of Pharmacy have shown remarkable adaptability, creativity, and commitment to training the next generation of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) graduates. Our PharmD students continue to perform at the highest level thanks to these educators. We are...
Thu May 12, 2022
The University of California is celebrating the launch of The Center for Climate, Health and Equity with a series of live virtual events on May 25 and 26, 2022.  Over the course of two days, top climate and health leaders will discuss opportunities for building healthy and equitable communities...
Tue May 10, 2022
On May 4, Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD joined the School of Pharmacy Community for the fourth installment of the Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series. In her illuminating presentation, Dr. Jones used allegorical tales to explore the ways racial barriers to health and well-being are maintained...
Mon May 9, 2022
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy family and friends, My name is Tom Kearney, and I’m serving as the School’s interim dean. I am a professor emeritus in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, having most recently served as the associate dean of academic affairs, and I’m honored and humbled to lead the...
Wed May 4, 2022
Kathy Giacomini, PhD, an esteemed UCSF professor and mentor as well as a leader in pharmacogenomics, drug development, and regulatory sciences, will be the new dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Her appointment, officially announced today by UCSF Chancellor Samuel Hawgood, MBBS, will take effect...
Tue May 3, 2022
Mock patient cases appeared on the screen, one by one. They were followed by questions like “Is the patient receiving enough of drug X?” and “Which of the patient’s medications are likely to cause harmful interactions or side effects, and why?” But as UCSF pharmacy student Temi Sofeso made her way...
Mon Apr 25, 2022
Daniel Robinson, PharmD ’76, has been named the UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alum of the Year for 2022, honoring a career defined by passionate teaching, outstanding leadership, and continual pursuit of new opportunities for growth and impact. “I just love the process of...
Fri Apr 15, 2022
When Mark Dresser, PhD ’00, left UCSF with a doctoral degree in pharmaceutical chemistry over twenty years ago, the world looked different than it does today. Freshly-minted science PhDs like Dresser didn’t have a wide variety of career paths to choose from. UCSF’s Mission Bay campus—now the center...
Wed Apr 13, 2022
When B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, arrived at UC San Francisco in 1978, he joined an institution in the midst of pioneering new ways for pharmacists to collaborate with health care providers in the hospital setting. Over four decades later, Guglielmo would hang up his hat as dean of the UCSF School...
Wed Apr 13, 2022
The 2022 Cool Campus Challenge is underway at UCSF, replete with a competition to encourage environmentally-friendly practices and educational events on climate change. Individuals or teams may compete for prizes, which include gift cards, an electric bike, and more. Points are awarded for taking...
Tue Apr 5, 2022
The Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Diversity and Outreach invite you to the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion. The forum offers a platform for community members to hear from senior leadership about diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives...
Tue Apr 5, 2022
Seven projects devoted to the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s boldest and riskiest ideas in research, patient care, and education earned the 2022 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Awards for Innovation this spring. Given in honor of the School’s former dean, the Seed Awards are intended to fuel endeavors for...
Tue Mar 29, 2022
Over the last few years, the UCSF School of Pharmacy has redoubled its commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Thanks to the hard efforts of people across our departments and units, from learner to leader, there are new venues for discussions about DEI; new funding sources...
Mon Mar 28, 2022
On March 22, LaMisha Hill, PhD, and Tiffani Chan, MA, both from UCSF’s Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO), joined the School of Pharmacy community for the third installment of the Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series. Hill and Chan led a discussion on how the School of Pharmacy community could...
Tue Mar 22, 2022
Only a short time remains to visit the Experience Parnassus exhibit announced via email earlier this month by Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. The exhibit provides an overview of our ambitious plans to modernize our historic campus and strengthen our integrated mission of globally recognized...
Wed Mar 16, 2022
Two esteemed UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members were recently appointed to endowed chairs in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. Stephanie Hsia, PharmD, an expert in psychiatric pharmacy practice, was selected as the new holder of the Divine Family Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacy....
Fri Mar 11, 2022
Faculty and student instructors in the UCSF School of Pharmacy have shown remarkable adaptability, creativity, and commitment to training the next generation of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) graduates. During an ongoing pandemic, instruction within the PharmD program continued uninterrupted, with...
Fri Mar 4, 2022
Every spring, over a hundred UCSF PharmD students receive their diplomas and embark on budding careers as pharmacists. Thanks to the ever-growing ways in which pharmacists contribute to the delivery of health care, from administering vaccinations to helping patients manage complex medication lists...
Thu Mar 3, 2022
Video of School of Pharmacy - Town Hall (February 24, 2022) School of Pharmacy Interim Dean Thomas Kearney, PharmD, announced the recipients of the Mary Anne Koda Kimble Seed Award; Liana Crosby, MFA, provided guidance on the upcoming Gallup survey; and Alesia Woods, associate dean of...
Thu Feb 17, 2022
On a blustery fall afternoon in 2021, two pharmacists from UCSF walked into Chicago 2 Barbershop, just off Divisadero Street in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. While hair trimmers hummed and soul music spilled from wall-mounted speakers, they set up a blood pressure monitor on a...
Tue Feb 15, 2022
In 2021, and for the 42nd 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 nation. The School’s $39,453,841 in funding approximated that of the second- and third-ranked pharmacy schools...
Tue Feb 8, 2022
On February 7, 2022, the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program received its accreditation action and recommendations report from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). ACPE found the School to be fully compliant with all 25 of its standards. The...
Fri Jan 14, 2022
Thomas Kearney, PharmD, was named interim dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy and took the reins of the School from outgoing Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, as of January 4. Kearney is a world-renowned expert in clinical toxicology and a graduate of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. He most recently...
Thu Jan 13, 2022
Six faculty members in the UCSF School of Pharmacy were inducted into the 2022 cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators, earning them each $1 million over the next five years in support of bold research efforts in fields across the biological sciences. Zev Gartner, PhD; Bo Huang, PhD; and...
Mon Jan 3, 2022
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, breaks into human cells using a protein called “spike.” Research from the UCSF Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) shows that mutations beyond the spike protein, in other viral proteins, may also help more-infectious variants evade the immune system...