2003 News

The UCSF School of Pharmacy will establish its first distinguished professorship following a gift from one of its most illustrious alums. Harry Wm. Hind -- inventor of both the Lidoderm® patch and the wetting solution that helped bring contact lenses into widespread use -- and his wife, Diana V.
Reactions to Mission Bay moves. Ideas for generating revenue to offset the California budget deficit. How we gather input and advice to shape our planning. Awards and retirements (Kuntz, McCart, Ruggiero, Sutherland). Relocation of the Office of Student & Curricular Affairs. New School of Medicine Dean David Kessler, MD. Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Irwin (Tack) D. Kuntz, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy has been named the 2003 Volwiler Research Achievement Award recipient by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
A plan seeded in 1996 by the World Health Organization for an international agreement, [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] [link defunct]," is undergoing final discussions by member states before submission to the World Health Assembly in May. The plan outlines a global regulatory system aimed at controlling the tobacco pandemic, which, if no action is taken, is expected to claim an estimated 10 million lives by the late 2020s.
UCSF faculty members voted last December 52% to 48% to no longer accept funds from manufacturers of tobacco products or their subsidiaries. Those in favor of the ban argued that UCSF must oppose tobacco industry funding of academia since the health sciences campus is a leader in tobacco control policies and the fight against nicotine addiction and tobacco use prevention. Those opposed to the ban argued that the issue is one of academic freedom in choosing funding sources.
California budget defecit leads to UC cuts and student fee increases. Scientists move in to Mission Bay. 2003 PharmD applications up 32% over 2002. ACPE Accreditation approved. Exit survey and post-graduate survey results. Honors and awards (The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Kuntz, Pohorille, Nguyen, Whitely).
Tom James, PhD, chair of the department of pharmaceutical chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, is looking for new drug models that act directly on RNA rather than protein, where most drug work is now being done. Why? See UCSF Magazine, "X is for Marking the Spot," August 2002.