2024 News

Fri Jun 14, 2024
School of Medicine Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology faculty member Nevan Krogan, PhD, spoke with Nooshin Navidi Latour, MA, communications director at UCSF Precision Medicine about the challenges academic research faces when it comes to breaking down silos and about how...
Mon Jun 10, 2024
Out of some 61,000 graduates in the University of California’s Class of 2024, close to a third started their higher education journey at a California community college, including Warif Kastoun, PharmD, who felt the allure of the white coat early on. Growing up in Damascus, Syria, she had always...
Fri May 24, 2024
Forging ahead in her focus on the value of medical interventions and how to implement them most effectively and efficiently into health care, Department of Clinical Pharmacy faculty member Kathryn A. Phillips, PhD, is part of a team of authors published on May 20, 2024, in the Journal of the...
Tue May 21, 2024
On his 87th birthday, and in tribute to his pioneering career bridging laboratory research on pharmacokinetics with advances in clinical pharmacology, Leslie Z. Benet, PhD–– one of the School’s most influential faculty members––was honored in a symposium on May 17, 2024, with an endowed...
Mon May 20, 2024
An unexpected power outage in the neighborhood surrounding Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall brought a slight plot twist to the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s PharmD Class of 2024 commencement on the evening of May 16. Power was restored just in time for a smooth and energized celebration as hundreds of...
Mon May 13, 2024
For over 50 years, the Distinguished Alum of the Year Award has been the highest honor bestowed by the UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA), and this year it went to Ruth Arnold Smarinsky, PharmD ’83, who was also named Pharmacist of the Year in 2022 by the California Pharmacists Association (...
Tue May 7, 2024
The status of fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) recognizes a high standard of excellence and sustained commitment to health-system practice––a fitting description of Department of Clinical Pharmacy volunteer faculty member Kethen So, PharmD, MBA, who will continue...
Fri May 3, 2024
Dean Kathy Giacomini, PhD, BSPharm, is among four scientists and clinicians at UC San Francisco to be honored with election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAA&S), one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished societies dedicated to “advancing the common good.” The Academy...
Wed May 1, 2024
With major research institutes, funding agencies, and the public eager to see academic research lead to advances in human health, the Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC) has tapped a new director to further its mission of combining industrial and academic expertise to advance research programs...
Tue Apr 30, 2024
Two new programs are being developed to expose possibilities and opportunities for applicants to pharmacy school in California’s central San Joaquin Valley, thanks to funding from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). Acknowledging the degree to which greater diversity among health care...
Wed Apr 24, 2024
Rupa Tuan, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Cellular and Mo­lec­u­lar Phar­ma­co­lo­gy who also teaches phar­ma­co­lo­gy in UCSF’s School of Med­i­cine and School of Dentistry, delivered the 22nd annual Sumner and Hermine Marshall Endowed Last Lecture. The lecture features a UCSF faculty...
Tue Apr 23, 2024
Video of Town Hall (April 18, 2024) On April 18, 2024, Kathy Giacomini and School leaders discussed updates on UCSF’s pharmacy programs, including new pipeline programs and reorganization of the educational unit. Speakers discussed reorganization of PharmD education units, ways to reach and...
Tue Apr 16, 2024
Three students with ties to the School of Pharmacy were finalists in UCSF’s Grad Slam 2024, an event held in honor of National Graduate Student Appreciation Week that challenges graduate students to explain their research to an audience of non-experts in just three minutes. In a Grad Slam first,...
Fri Apr 12, 2024
Pharmacy advocates make the case for regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). On April 2, 2024, two first-year pharmacy students in the Class of 2026 attended Advocacy Day 2024, hosted by the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the United Nurses Associations of California...
Wed Apr 10, 2024
For the second year in a row, a team of UCSF PharmD students achieved the top spot in the Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition, presented by the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) and the National Fellows Council (NFC). UCSF’s student chapter of IPhO was selected from 66...
Tue Apr 9, 2024
The School of Pharmacy at UC San Francisco has ranked second place nationally and first place in California in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report survey of best accredited pharmacy schools and programs. The rankings are based on peer assessments and are published every four years. The latest...
Mon Apr 1, 2024
Rada Savic, PhD, co-vice dean of Graduate Pharmacy Education Programs at the UCSF School of Pharmacy and a professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), has been awarded a $30.8M grant over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (...
Thu Mar 28, 2024
As one of a just a few women in her class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Diana Cowell, PharmD ’14, MBA—who went on to become a helicopter pilot in the Navy and was deployed to hot spots around the world—was accustomed to challenges. However, it was when she had no choice but...
Wed Mar 20, 2024
In the annual Spring Research Seminar, current scientific posters created by School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and students are presented. During the seminar, the creators of four posters are selected to receive the Gary Rifkind Award, each of which includes a prize of $1,000...
Mon Mar 18, 2024
In 2023, and for the 44th 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 country. School researchers netted $36,769,061 million to fuel their efforts spanning drug discovery,...
Fri Mar 15, 2024
Nathan Dang On January 7, 2024, leaders from academia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and industry gathered for the fifth annual Innovations in Regulatory Science Summit, hosted by the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (...
Wed Mar 6, 2024
Andrej Sali, PhD, was selected by the UCSF Academic Senate to give the 66th Annual Faculty Research Lectureship in Basic Science, an honor recognizing his contributions to computational biology and integrative structure modeling. Sali is a professor at the UCSF School of Pharmacy in the Department...
Fri Mar 1, 2024
Aashish Manglik, MD, PhD, faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is the newly awarded 2024 Bowes Biomedical Investigator, a program made possible by the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation. The program provides selected scientists with $1.25 million over five years to further...
Thu Feb 29, 2024
Channeling his passion for chemistry and computers into the ever-evolving landscape of pharmacy, Class of 2013 graduate Zachary Hearns, PharmD, BCPS, carved out his own lane—from military service to innovative pharmacy leadership. Hearns felt the pull of service from a young age. "I come from a...
Thu Feb 1, 2024
Beginning fall 2024, a new Master of Science (MS) graduate degree program in the rapidly evolving field of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Drug Discovery and Development (AICD3) will lead transformational changes occurring in the field of drug discovery and drug development, enabling...
Mon Jan 22, 2024
Established in 2002 to house millions of documents that surfaced from lawsuits against the tobacco industry, UCSF’s Industry Documents Library is a rich repository of sources that reveal the inner workings of various commercial sectors, including pharmaceuticals. During the pandemic, Hanna Yakubi...
Thu Jan 18, 2024
A pair of UCSF PharmD students brought home the win in the 28th annual Clinical Skills Competition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), with team members Linda Cheng and Siavash Panahi, both Class of 2024, earning first-place honors on December 4, 2023, in Anaheim,...