2006 News

Tang Talks About a Turning Point in Science

By understanding the complicated systems that make up biology, we will understand more about the individual parts, how they work together, communicate, and mobilize into action, according to Chao Tang, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member.

Learn more about Tang's perspective on what he thinks is the next turning point in science, in a 2-part interview in Science Cafè, a UCSF weekly highlighting the culture, conduct, and community of science.

Wells Looks for New Ways to Fill the Drug Discovery Pipeline

UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member James Wells, PhD, director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center, describes his approach, which uses precise, sophisticated matchmaking techniques, to improving the success rate of finding chemical compounds with the potential to become drugs.

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Jim Wells: Helping to Fill the Drug Discovery Pipeline

Dill Speaks to Science Funding and Approach

Science could benefit from funding for deep innovation and time to dream, says Ken Dill, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and associate dean for research.

Learn more about Dill's perspective in a 2-part interview in Science Café, a UCSF weekly highlighting the culture, conduct, and community of science.

Bring Back the Ivory Tower, Part 1 of 2 Bring Back the Ivory Tower, Part 2 of 2

UCSF School of Pharmacy #1 Among Peers

The UCSF School of Pharmacy maintains its ranking as the best doctor of pharmacy degree program in the United States, according to a 2005 survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Results were published in America's Best Graduate Schools, 2007 Edition.

Funding Scarce for Deep Innovation in Science

Today's science lacks funding for truly deep innovation, says Ken Dill, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and associate dean for research.

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Science Cafe, Bring Back the Ivory Tower, Part 1 of 2

School #1 in NIH Funding, 26th Year

But shrinking research dollars jeopardize public well-being

Hale Named MacArthur Fellow

Victoria Hale, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy PhD alumnus in pharmaceutical chemistry, and founder and CEO of the Institute for OneWorld Health is one of 25 prestigious 2006 MacArthur Fellows, as announced September 19, 2006, by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago, Illinois. Fellows are selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future. They each receive US$500,000 in unrestricted support over 5 years.

Dill Named for Distinguished Service by Biophysical Society

Ken A. Dill, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member, associate dean for research, and expert in protein folding has been named winner of the 2007 Distinguished Service Award by the Biophysical Society. Dill has served as president of the society from 1998 to 1999 and currently co-chairs the public affairs committee. The award recognizes Dill's contributions to the field of biophysics as well as to the society, and in particular his contributions to the Bridging the Sciences Coalition.

Update from the Dean - Spring/Summer 2006

Seeking new funding sources for PhD programs. Thank you for alumni contributions. Meeting with PharmD alumni in industry. Faculty honors and awards: Ortiz de Montellano, Voigt, Wells, England, Hunt, Bero, Day. Global activity: McGee and Drysdale (Uganda), Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh City), Guglielmo, Gwaza, Monera, Benet, Wolfe, and UCSF ranked 9th among the top 100 global universities by Newsweek International. Li Foundation becomes partner in systems biology research (Peng, Tang).

Marletta Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Michael Marletta, PhD, who completed his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF in 1977, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on April 25, 2006 at the Academy's 143rd annual meeting in Washington, DC. While a PhD graduate student at UCSF, Marletta worked under research advisor George Kenyon, PhD.

UCSF Ranks 9th Among Top Global Universities

Using standards that measure a university's openness and diversity, as well as distinction in research, Newsweek International ranked UCSF 9th among the top 100 global universities as reported in the publication's August 13, 2006 online issue. "The public we now serve is increasingly a global public, and this ranking is one measure of our success," comments UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD.

England Receives McKnight Endowment Award

Pamela M. England, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member and expert in the areas of neuroscience and memory formation, will receive one of four Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards for 2006-2008. The award is from The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

Voigt Pioneers Field of Synthetic Biology

Christopher A. Voigt, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy scientist, and colleagues are engineering bacteria to target tumors and create images. This work is part of the emerging field of synthetic biology, which aims to create new biological parts, systems, and tools, and redesign existing biological systems for useful purposes, including:

Ortiz de Montellano, Voigt, and Wells Recognized for Their Science

Three UCSF School of Pharmacy scientists, Paul R. Ortiz de Montellano, PhD; Christopher A. Voigt, PhD; and James A. Wells, PhD have been recognized for their outstanding research.

Update from the Dean - February 2006

Guglielmo named new department of clinical pharmacy chair. New faculty members: Boyd, Burchard, Cutler, Lee, MacDougall, Nkansah, Orrico, Tang, and Wells. Parfitt Pattie now oversees alumni relations in addition to fundraising. Research highlights. Honors and awards: Langridge, Giacomini, Herfindal, Gibson, Day, Nguyen, Zlott, Drysdale, and Allday. New PhD training program in systems biology. Postgraduate education of PharmD students. Employment trends of PharmD graduates.

Memory-making Molecules Now Better Understood

Through better understanding of where and how the brain gets, or "traffics," fresh supplies of particular receptors needed to carry chemical signals between nerve cells, researchers hope to better understand how we learn, remember, and possibly forget. Studies of the receptor known as AMPA are being led by Pamela England, PharmD, UCSF School of Pharmacy assistant professor, and UCSF colleagues.