2014 News

Ferrone
Marcus Ferrone, PharmD, JD, a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, has been appointed as a member of the University of California President’s Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Students, Faculty, and Staff.
Altschuler and Wu
The most recently hired faculty members to join the UCSF School of Pharmacy have research interests that range from the treatment of blood clots to mapping biological networks in cancer cells to understanding the molecular workings of ion channels in cell membranes. But they all share the common purpose of ultimately discovering new ways to better address disease through therapeutics. These eight are now at work in the School’s three departments.
baby and mom
About 10 to 20 percent of women suffer from new-onset depression during pregnancy or after giving birth. Untreated, the impact of such illness can be profound, ranging from substance abuse, poor prenatal care, and miscarriages to impaired infant bonding and developmental delays.
Strategic planning, research funding: Savic, Fischbach, Huang; recent publications: Wells, Giacomini, Savic, Desai; patient care: OneUCSF Pharmacy: Wandres, formulary review: Brodowy, Tsourounis, VanOsdol; MedList Clinic: Stebbins, Cocohoba, Kroon, Lee, Rodondi, Youmans; automated system: Stebbins, Lee; SB 493: Kroon, Corelli, Stebbins, Rodondi, Cocohoba; education: Youmans; programs: The Kidney Project (Roy), CERSI (Giacomini, Altman); honors: Cocohoba, Kroetz, Fong, Barcelon, Shahrooz-Foo, Won
Hawgood
University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that her choice for the 10th chancellor of UC San Francisco is Sam Hawgood, MBBS, the UCSF School of Medicine dean who has served as interim UCSF chancellor since April 1. The UC Board of Regents will vote on Napolitano’s selection and the terms of the appointment on July 17. More: President Napolitano Selects Sam Hawgood as Next Chancellor of UC San Francisco – UCSF
The UCSF School of Pharmacy, a leader in pharmacy education worldwide, jump-started a transformation of its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum at a Schoolwide meeting on June 18, 2014 at the Presidio of San Francisco.
AIDS WALK
The entire UCSF enterprise—including the School of Pharmacy—is gearing up for AIDS Walk San Francisco. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, July 20 in Golden Gate Park. Michael Nordberg, associate dean for finance and administration, is the leader of the 2014 School of Pharmacy Team. Nordberg encourages everyone in the School to join in—administrators, leaders, faculty, staff, and students.
Rifkind Award winners
Studies of improved over-the-counter acetaminophen warning labels, more accurate measurements of antibiotics in hospitalized patients, therapies for metastatic breast cancer, and methods for training pharmacy personnel to help smokers quit took top honors at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy’s 16th Annual Spring Research Seminar.
Survey results; Strategic planning, retreat results and education; Recently received research funding (Szoka, Wells, Bandyopadhyay); Recent faculty publications (Kortemme, Renslo and Arkin, Van Osdol and Tsourounis); SB 493: Pharmacist provider status legislation; Walgreens at UCSF; Safeway partnership; Honors (Fraser, Gartner, Oppenheimer, Schweitzer, Tong, Penick Brock); New holders of endowed chairs (Cutler, Kroon); Student honors (Yokoyama, Cheung, Du, Fong, Lee); 30 Under 30 (Ostrem); Accre
Ribbon-cutting
A unique new pharmacy developed to explore more effective models of medication management and pharmacist-based patient care, improving drug safety and efficacy by reducing medication errors and lapses, officially opened with a ribbon cutting on the Parnassus campus on Tuesday. “Walgreens at UCSF,” located across the street from UCSF Medical Center, is a joint effort between the nation’s largest drug store chain, the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and the Medical Center.
For the 34th consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy has received more research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other pharmacy school in the United States. School researchers were awarded $29.2 million during the 2013 NIH fiscal year, from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
Bero
A new analysis of dozens of animal studies evaluating the effects of the cholesterol-lowering statin class of drugs on atherosclerosis found larger positive effects in studies not sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry as compared to those that were industry sponsored.