2008 News

ASHP Video Frame
Lindsey Elmore and Evan Clemens, student pharmacists from the UCSF School of Pharmacy, are national winners of the 2008 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition.
Deanna Kroetz, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).
Leslie Z. Benet, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, received the 2008 Paul Ehrlich Magic Bullet Lifetime Achievement Award at the Second World Conference on Magic Bullets, which convened in Nuremberg, Germany, in early October.
ACDRS Class
The path from scientific insight to a new drug used to treat patients is a long, expensive, inefficient, hazard-strewn obstacle course requiring many steps before the drug arrives at the pharmacy. Unfortunately, the specialists working at each of these steps do not necessarily have a clear vision of what goes on outside their own areas of expertise. As a result, they can be unaware of how the decisions they make impact other points in the cycle of drug or medical product development.
Energy Landscape
Understanding protein folding is key to understanding what goes wrong in diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, that result when proteins misfold. UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members Ken Dill, PhD, and Andrej Sali, PhD, comment on the history of and next steps in protein folding research.  Their thoughts are shared, along with other leading protein scientists, in the August 8, 2008 issue of Science under the title "Problem Solved* (*sort of)".  
PharmD Program reaccredited through 2014 and funding problems; Science Squad; Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Health; Summer Science Camp; Huntington & Schweitzer Fellowship; #1 in NIH funding again; California Poison Control System at risk; tobacco ban legislation; Ambrose in Beijing; New faculty: Galonić Fujimori, Jorgenson, Ashton, Balano, Feigal, Hessol, Greenblatt; Wells succeeds James as chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Youmans: appointed Associate D
Historical underfunding of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, which has been exacerbated by successive California state budget cuts, threatens the School's ability to retain accreditation status of its doctor of pharmacy program, explains the School's dean, Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD.
For the 29th consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy ranks first among US pharmacy schools in contract and grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to figures for fiscal year 2007.
The UCSF School of Pharmacy continues to rank #1 among Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree programs in the United States according to results of a survey conducted in 2007 and published online on March 26, 2008 by U.S. News & World Report.
Strategic Course 2007-2012
UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty members and students were recognized with three honors at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) held March 14-17, 2008 in San Diego, California.
New Strategic Plan: Pressing Ahead in New Directions: Strategic Course 2007-2012, Advancing Health Worldwide, PharmD Student Fee Increase, Honors and Awards: Day, Yokoyama, Ortiz de Montellano, Stroud, Dill, Shane, Vogt, Soller, Chan, Wang, Voigt, Wells. Papers: Sali, Sarino, Dang, Dianat, Djihanian, Natanian, Ambrose, Hudmon, Youmans, Shoichet, Feng. New faculty: Ahituv, Ikediobi, Kreager, Robinson, Shin. New Director of Pharmaceutical Services: Paulsen. In memory: Mizuno.