2017 News

Pharmaceutical Chemistry department members have received the following grants and fellowships between July and September 2017: 7/25/2017: The National Institutes of Mental Health awarded Lei Wang a Multi-Year Funded Research Project Grant for his project entitled, "Nano-switches for optogenetic control of neuronal proteins with ultra specificity. This award will be funded through 2020.
Shoichet
Many of the medicines we depend on to treat disease—and even to save our lives—pose potentially serious risks along with their benefits. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that about 40,000 deaths yearly in the United States may be attributable to the side effects of drugs, a number that rivals the toll of traffic accidents.
Edward Leong Way at birthday celebration
Edward (Eddie) Leong Way, PhD, UCSF School of Pharmacy alumnus, UCSF faculty member, and dear friend, died peacefully at home in San Francisco on June 12, 2017, four weeks before his 101st birthday. Eddie mentored generations of UCSF PhD students and taught scores of pharmacy students during his tenure as a professor in the UCSF School of Medicine, from 1949 to 1978. He was a member of the UCSF emeritus faculty since 1987.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry department members have received the following grants and fellowships between April and June 2017: 6/7/2017: Due to his demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation and boldness in his science, and his strong group citizenship within the UCSF scientific community, Bo Huang was awarded the 2017 Byers Award. The award will span three years, and is intended solely to support his research.
Guglielmo and graduate
The UCSF School of Pharmacy conferred the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree on 120 graduates at its 2017 commencement ceremony on May 19 at Louise Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, addressed a gathering that included more than 1,000 of the graduates’ family, friends, and colleagues, as well as School faculty members and special guests. In his remarks, he celebrated the graduates’ diversity, breadth of experience, empathy, and perseverance.
Ashley Smart
The third annual Grad Slam, held March 16, featured 10 UCSF graduate students competing to inform and entertain with three-minute science talks based on their own research. Their subjects ranged from the genetics of aging to the rewiring of injured neural circuits to spinal changes in astronauts.
Craik
Charles S. Craik, PhD, joins the 237th class of newly elected members of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences who will be inducted on October 7, 2017 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Craik is a faculty member in the School’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and director of the Quantitative Biosciences Consortium (a consortium of five UCSF PhD degree programs).
Pharmaceutical Chemistry department members have received the following grants and fellowships between January and March 2017: 2/28/2017: Steven Altschuler was awarded a grant by Project ALS for his project entitled, "Deep phenotypic profiling of healthy and ALS diseased fibroblasts." The project will be funded for two years.
For the 37th consecutive year, the UCSF School of Pharmacy has received more funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other pharmacy school in the United States. School researchers were awarded $28.2 million in grants during NIH’s 2016 fiscal year, from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Among the top-funded researchers was Kathy Giacomini, PhD, a faculty member in the School’s department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.
Guglielmo
Nation debates possibility of dramatically new directions for health care coverage, science funding, immigration, education; Revealing malaria/HIV drug interactions in children; Decreasing cancer drug toxicity while increasing dose; Engineering safer opioids; Evidence for comprehensive medication management; Medicare Part D as a learning model for pharmacy education—impact 10 years out; New genetic insights into diabetes drug response; Annotating the ‘dark genome’; Epigenetics of ethnicity; New
Fujimori
Since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1940, countless lives have been saved by antibiotics. But their effectiveness is severely compromised by the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, accelerated by the over-prescription of antibiotics and their widespread use as growth promoters in livestock farming.
Zuckerberg
Fifteen UC San Francisco faculty members have been named to the first cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators, including five from the School of Pharmacy.