UCSF

2019 News

Guglielmo
UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, argues that pharmacists can help reduce the use of unnecessary medications.
A package of Trikafta pills.
Mutations leading to cystic fibrosis in Latino patients may create treatment disparities, say School scientists
Wall artwork is installed.
The UCSF School of Pharmacy recently installed wall art featuring the values of the School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.
Mott examines a patient prescription
The School’s Medicare Part D outreach event lives on as part of our current PharmD curriculum.
Youmans
Youmans led the development and implementation of the new PharmD curriculum.
Desai and Szoka
The two faculty members have spent their careers working to improve therapies to treat disease.
Guglielmo gets a shot from Lee
Dear UCSF School of Pharmacy Family and Friends:
Roy
Scientists implanted a prototype kidney bioreactor in large animals without significant safety concerns.
Balbutin
When the Camp Fire roared through Paradise, CA, last November, the staff of Paradise Drug, a community pharmacy owned and operated by UCSF School of Pharmacy alumna Janet Balbutin, PharmD ’68, didn’t hesitate: they heroically saved a server containing patient data, and went on to provide pharmacy services for displaced residents for nearly a year.
Fabius and Opoku-Nsiah
Jacqueline Fabius was given the Chancellor’s Award for Advancement of Women, and Kwadwo (Kojo) Opoku-Nsiah was given the Chancellor’s Award for Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership.
The Herfindals
The Toby Herfindal Presidential Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be used to support faculty members and/or graduate students in the UCSF School of Pharmacy
Assemi and Clinard
Mitra Assemi and Valerie Clinard were appointed to new associate dean roles in the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Both roles support the School’s evolving doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.
Bulla, Wisniewski, Guglielmo, Lee and Li read the proclamation.
Getting vaccinated for the flu not only lowers a person’s chance of getting sick, it also helps protect their whole community.
Kroon accepts the Pharmacist of the Year award.
Kroon, who leads the School’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, researches diabetes and tobacco cessation.
Winger and Jacobson wearing VR gear
ChimeraX, virtual reality software developed at the UCSF Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization and Informatics, is now the tool of choice for computational structural biologists in the School of Pharmacy. The Jacobson Lab recently used ChimeraX to find a promising new cure for a drug-resistant case of pediatric leukemia.
Desai
Desai was recognized for being a “pioneer in the use of micro and nanoscale materials to deliver protein and cell-based therapeutics.”
Dickinson and Diaz receive their coats.
Members of the UC San Francisco doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) Class of 2022 took a formal step into their new careers on August 30, symbolically donning the white coat of health care professionals and taking the Oath of a Pharmacist at a ceremony in Cole Hall on the UCSF Parnassus campus.
Ravalin, Craik, and Gestwicki
School scientists recently uncovered how neurons normally recycle old proteins, and how this process goes awry in Alzheimer's disease, leading to the toxic building of protein fragments in the brain.
Guglielmo speaks to an auditorium behind a screen that reads 'Welcome Class of 2022!'
The Class of 2022 is the School of Pharmacy’s second cohort to embark on a newly revamped curriculum.
Roy working in his lab
The School’s Dean’s Office received Platinum LivingGreen certification for reducing waste, energy, and water usage.
Ku
Ku earned his PhD this spring in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) from UC San Francisco.
Comic book illustration showing various people mired in poison emergencies and responders running to help.
Every day, 700 Californians turn to the California Poison Control System for treatment advice and information about potential, or real, exposures to poisons.
Students chat on their first day of class
Impact Awards support new ways of determining how the new PharmD curriculum is working, according to Vice Dean Sharon Youmans.
Woman at exhibit
A photo exhibition on the response by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to Zika virus outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean was kicked off with a reception this June at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus.
Watchmaker
Cynthia Watchmaker, the School of Pharmacy’s associate dean of student affairs, was awarded the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management.
Guglielmo
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 today in the School, as you’ll read in this Update. I have much to share, so I’ll get right to it. With warm regards,
graduate and Guglielmo dressed in regalia
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—122 bright lights who would clearly bring something unique to the School and the profession,” Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, said. “You have excelled in every way.”
Rifkind and wife
Research on topics ranging from drug abuse to heart pump complications took top honors at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy’s 21st annual Spring Research Seminar.
MacDougall
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 related to his or her work in the area of clinical pharmacy.”
Roy
A team led by Shuvo Roy, PhD, recently won an award that will fund the development of an easy-to-use, safe, and effective home dialysis system.
Koda-Kimble and Guglielmo
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni celebrated the School of Pharmacy's long history of achievement in the discovery and clinical sciences, and clinical practice, at Alumni Weekend 2019.
Kroon
A study shows the potential of hormonal contraceptives at pharmacies in California and Oregon.
Dogs and wolves comparison
Michael Keiser, PhD, and Kangway Chuang, PhD, want to use machine learning to speed the pace of drug discovery. By digging into the work of another lab, the pair realized how machine learning could lead scientists astray—and came up with methods to avoid its worst pitfalls.
Dong
Dong is a world expert on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C medication therapy
Long-Boyle
Janel Long-Boyle has spent her career advancing chemotherapy treatments for young patients.
group
School of Pharmacy faculty members Tanja Kortemme and Tejal Desai both received honors at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Stimmel
“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 course through life, and in the process, he helped create the subspecialty of psychiatric pharmacy and expanded the scope of practice for California pharmacists.
Koda-Kimble
The 2019 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation will fund nine bold research projects, ranging from studies of the molecular underpinnings of cancer to focus groups designed to prepare PharmD students for experiential learning.
Neuronal protein with newly-identified drug target highlighted
Scientists in the UCSF School of Pharmacy recently identified the first drug-binding target site on a molecule known to play a role in Parkinson's disease, opening the door to a new generation of therapies for the condition.
Desai in the lab.
The Health Innovation Via Engineering (HIVE) program is designed to inspire collaborations in bioengineering research.
Kroetz and colleague review the results of an experiment
Among all U.S. pharmacy schools, the UCSF School of Pharmacy earned the most research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, totaling nearly $29 million dollars that will support studies spanning the basic to the clinical sciences.
Pharmaceutical drugs
A new fellowship, funded jointly by UCSF-Stanford CERSI and the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), will support research into the inactive components of medications, which are known as excipients.
Student in discussion with Rodriguez-Monguio
A two-week course brought first-year UCSF medical and pharmacy students together, for the first time, to grapple with controversies and challenges in health care using scientific evidence and faculty-led discussion.
Goyan
The endowment will provide funds for a recipient to focus on delivering breakthroughs in therapeutics-related research, education, and patient care.
Shoichet in his office
School of Pharmacy researchers helped a free public database of potential drug molecules grow 100-fold.
Kyosiimire-Lugemwa
Jacqueline Kyosiimire-Lugemwa, the first recipient of QBI’s Scholarship for Women from Developing Nations in Biosciences, spent a year at UCSF in which her perseverance in the sciences was tested. She recently returned to her home country of Uganda more ready than ever to tackle big questions about HIV.
Ahituv, right, works in his lab with postdoc Fumitaka Inoue
A recent study by Nadav Ahituv, PhD, showed that obesity caused by a gene mutation could be treated in animal models.
Fraser stands in front of a whiteboard
Fraser developed several new tools for creating maps of macromolecules, a critical first step for finding new drugs.
Keiser
Michael Keiser, PhD, received a Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which will fund his research into novel therapies for neurodegeneration.