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2012 News

An updated and expanded review of clinical research papers on drugs and medical devices finds that industry-sponsored studies are more likely to lead to favorable results, including reports of greater benefits and fewer harmful side effects.
Writing in the current issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, looks back on the seismic shift in the treatment and expectations of women in clinical and academic pharmacy over the last four decades.
What are the specific challenges to ensuring the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act?
Guglielmo
Faculty retreat, Recent faculty publications: Burlingame, Arkin, Chen, Cocohoba, Bero. Recently received research funding: Yang, Ahituv, Wells, Burlingame. Gifts: John and Marcia Goldman Foundation: The Kidney Project, Harry W. Hind Request: Troy C. Daniels Distinguished Professorship, The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation: Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation. PharmD students: Class of 2012 stats, SNPhA: Chang and Alvarez. PhD students: CCB: Miller and Serafimova.
Future Chef and Pharmacist, Lita Hernandez
A community storytelling initiative by a public radio station has yielded a surprising connection between an East Oakland fifth grader and Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH, the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s associate dean of diversity.
Lisa Bero, PhD
Systematic reviews seek to answer key questions about the relative effectiveness and safety of medical interventions by selecting, combining, and critically evaluating the research in published medical literature.
Guglielmo
Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, has been named interim dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and will take the reins of the school from outgoing Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, as of July 1. Guglielmo is an internationally recognized expert in the clinical use of antimicrobials and has served as chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy since 2006.
Peter Ambrose, PharmD, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Peter Ambrose, PharmD, a veteran clinician and educator with special expertise in clinical pharmacokinetics and sports pharmacy, has been named the 2012 California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) Pharmacist of the Year. The award from CSHP, a state professional society representing thousands pharmacists and technicians, recognizes Ambrose for “significant and sustained contributions to pharmacy practice in California.”
Bero
Health policy expert Lisa Bero, PhD, is hailed in the latest issue of The Lancet for tackling hot-button subjects such as financial biases in drug research.
Studies of cancer drug dosing in children, possible medication links to delirium in hospital patients, and how to decide when swallowed batteries may call for invasive removal took top honors at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy’s 14th annual Spring Research Seminar. The poster session, covering a total of 71 projects, highlighted research by UCSF School of Pharmacy student pharmacists, residents, and faculty members, was held on May 1, 2012 on the Parnassus Campus.
medications on grocery shelves
On March 22 and 23, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing to explore the idea of switching some medications to treat chronic conditions and health emergencies from prescription to over- and behind-the-counter status. Representing a group of academic health professionals, called The Self Care Collaborative, R.
Koda-Kimble
Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, was honored by the UCSF Medical Center on May 4, 2012 for her “exceptional vision as a leader, commitment to patients, compassion as a human being, and dedication to UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.” The leadership award is especially significant, according to Koda-Kimble, “because the Medical Center is at the heart of my career as a pharmacist.”
Hind
Harry W. Hind, a 1939 graduate of the UCSF School of Pharmacy who invented solutions that revolutionized contact lens use, as well as a topical patch to treat pain from shingles, died on April 12 at age 96. Hind co-founded Barnes-Hind Pharmaceuticals Inc., which developed drugs to treat tuberculosis and glaucoma. He was a trustee of the UCSF Foundation and a major benefactor of the School of Pharmacy.
New research support awarded to the UCSF School of Pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health during the 2011 fiscal year included these on-going projects by faculty in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy: Malaria treatment for HIV-positive children and pregnant women Francesca Aweeka, PharmD Professor in residence Awarded $579,350 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development as part of a five-year $2.7 million research grant
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For the 32nd 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 United States. Total grants and contracts awarded to School of Pharmacy researchers during the NIH fiscal year 2011 (running from October 1, 2010 to September 31, 2011) totaled $29.1 million, according to Michael Nordberg, MPA/HSA, associate dean of administration and finance.
Brock.
UCSF School of Pharmacy Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning Tina Brock, BSPharm, MSPH, EdD, became president of the national pharmacy leadership society, Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), at the March 2012 meeting of the American Pharmacists Association in New Orleans.
Shoichet
Computational chemist Brian Shoichet, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, is the new director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at UCSF. QB3, with research facilities at UC campuses in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz, has an academic director at each site, as well as a director who oversees operations as a whole.
MacDougall
UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, clinical antibiotics expert, and prize-winning teacher Conan MacDougall, PharmD, is the 2012 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott / Glaxo SmithKline Pharmacy Leadership Award.
students in classroom
The UCSF School of Pharmacy continues to rank number 1 among Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs in the United States, according to a new, 2012 survey published by U.S. News & World Report. The survey results appear in the magazine’s 2013 issue of “American Best Graduate Schools,” which appeared online today at the U.S. News & World Report website and will be available at newsstands on April 3.
The Dr. Oz Show
In her latest appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, Nancy Nkansah, PharmD, discussed the dangers of mixing alcohol and certain medications, including prescription anti-anxiety drugs as well as some over-the-counter painkillers, antihistamines, and cough suppressants.
Koda-Kimble
Research: growth over past decade from $17.6 to 43.5 million, Apollonio, Roy, Wells, Center for Quantitative Pharmacology, Quantitative Biosciences Consortium. Faculty: DeGrado, Savic, James, Day, Rice, MacDougall, Fischbach, Huang. Students: Hluhanich, Frear, Gavrilova, Gayle, Tantipinichwong, Vuong, Etemadi. New appointments: Nordberg, Rhode. Medical Center: APeX, Brodowy, Laret. Proposal to UC Regents: Desmond-Hellmann, working group. Strategic plan.
Cocohoba
How do you convince patients who feel fine to take medicines that can have major side effects? How can you help them stay on their lifesaving daily medications for years to come despite the obstacle course of everyday life? How do you help patients and providers choose the best combination of three or more drugs from a selection of more than two dozen that work in multiple ways to fight a virus that can mutate to resist them?
Koda-Kimble
Following the UCSF website's announcement of School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble's June 30, 2012 retirement came comments from leaders at UCSF and beyond. Koda-Kimble, whose 46 years at UCSF began as a PharmD student, became (in 1998) the first female dean of the top-ranked pharmacy school in the nation and the first leader from a clinical background.
Bero
Every year U.S. drug regulators approve dozens of new medicines as “safe and effective,” but just how effective are they? How well do they alleviate specific aspects of illness, whether light sensitivity from migraine headaches or itching from eczema?
UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, announced today that she is stepping down as dean and retiring from UCSF on June 30, 2012, after 14 years as dean and 41 years as a member of the faculty. “I am prouder than ever with the accomplishments of our staff, faculty, and students and more energized than ever by the possibilities for the School and UCSF in the coming years…now is an auspicious time for a new and visionary leader.”
Partners in D student pharmacists counsel seniors
Partners in D, the innovative program in which UCSF student pharmacists help both underserved seniors and fellow health professionals maximize the complex Medicare Part D drug benefit, has won a national award for community service.
Nkansah on The Dr. Oz Show
Appearing on a segment of The Dr. Oz Show, Nancy Nkansah, PharmD, gave millions of TV viewers key tips on avoiding drug interactions as well as errors in the filling of their medications. Nkansah, a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy, noted that: