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2014 ASPET Election Results

ASPET's election is closed and the new officers have been certified. Drs. Thummel, Marshall, and Gnegy will take office July 1, 2014 as President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect, and Councilor, respectively.

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Vineet Kumar: Graduate Student, Unadkat Lab, winner of the 2013/14 Simcyp Fellowship

The response received to the first call was tremendous but only a select number of applications were forwarded to the second stage. All of the full proposals received were of a very high standard and it was difficult for the judging panel (consisting of a  50:50 split of Simcyp executive team members and individuals from Consortium member companies) to select only one to receive the funding. It is with great pleasure that our Graduate Student Vineet Kumar’s application was chosen.

His application received an average score of 40.4 (out of 48). This consisted of an average Simcyp score of 38.8 and an average Consortium member score of 42.



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UW researchers win grant to study effects of drugs during pregnancy

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News digest: Recyclemania results, professor speaks on career journey, Honor: Rodney Ho

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Professor Ho to receive award at National Biotechnology Conference later this monthProfessor Rodney Ho will receive the Research Achievement in Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He is receiving this honor for the high quality of his work and its impact.  

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 Congratulations to the class of 2013!



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Pharmaceutics graduate student Nora Lee and postdoc Cara Nelson did an outstanding job at

the recent American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Annual Meeting.   Lee (Adviser Joanne Wang) won the graduate student category of the poster competition in the Drug Metabolism Division. Her poster was from a study in our Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Unit. Nelson (Adviser Nina Isoherranen) took second place in the Drug Metabolism Division postdoc category. Congrats to all!

Pharmaceutics professor wins Early Career Achievement Award 

Nina Isoherranen will be the recipient of the Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)!Isoherranen, an associate professor in our Department of Pharmaceutics, will be recognized and presented with the award at the annual ASPET/Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting in Boston in April.  full story


Unadkat Awarded for Scientific Contributions

Pharmaceutics Professor Receives Prestigious Honor at AAPS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat has received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism. The award is for groundbreaking contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences.

A paper published in "Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics" by pharmaceutics alumnus Songmao "Ben" Zheng and four of our faculty members is featured on the journal's "Top Ten Most Viewed Papers" list.The paper is entitled "Measurement and Compartmental Modeling of the Effect of CYP3A5 Gene Variation on Systemic and Intrarenal Tacrolimus Disposition." The authors are S Zheng, Y Tasnif, MF Hebert, CL Davis, Y Shitara, JC Calamia, YS Lin, DD Shen & KE Thummel. 
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Congrats to pharmaceutics grad students Jessica Tay and Jenna Voellinger for winning second and third place respectively for their poster presentations in the Predoctoral Awards Competition at the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics conference in Dallas!


Studying Microchips that Imitate Human Organs

Faculty contribute to federal initiative researching how computer chips could test for drug safety UW researchers are part of an initiative to engineer three-dimensional chips containing living cells and tissues that imitate the structure and function of human organs. These tissue chips will be used for drug safety testing. Pharmaceutics professors Danny Shen, Ken Thummel and Joanne Wang are part of this project.


NIH Grant Helps Turn Research Into Medical Products

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences recently received its second five-year, $65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for its work transforming researchers' discoveries into useful medical products. Among the researchers are Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho and alumnus John Hoekman, '10. Full Story

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Nasal Drug-Delivery System Noted as a Seattle Innovation

Magazine article highlights the work of a company that markets an invention made at our School.

Impel Neurophama, a company started by Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho, John Hoekman, PhD, '10, and a UW business school alumnus is showcased in a 'Pacific Northwest' magazine article about Seattle's booming invention market.  Impel is developing a technology platform for nose-to-brain drug delivery. Full story

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New Partnership Forms to Support Drug Development

Program seeks to provide better understanding of drug transporters, personalized medicine.

Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat has started the UW Reseach Affiliates Program on Transporters (UWRAPT).  It is a cooperative effort between the School and AstraZeneca, Genentech and Merck in which scientists are collaborating on research to facilitate drug development.  Full Story  

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Pharmaceutics graduate students Diana Shuster and Jenna Voellinger received Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training awards or the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.  The ITHS TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program sponsors a year-long intensive clinical/translational research experience for predoctoral students to conduct an original research project.

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Congratulations Shiu-Lok Hu! Dept. of Pharmaceutics scientist gets major boost in search for HIV vaccine.
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School of Pharmacy Mourns the Loss of Dean Emeritus Sidney "Sid" Nelson. For more information:

science day_picture_2Congratulations to Alice Ke, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutics and ORISE fellow in the FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology, who received the 2011 OCP Science Day Poster Presentation First Prize Award in October in Maryland. Her poster title was “Refinement and Validation of a PBPK Model to Predict Disposition of Drugs in Pregnant Women Cleared via CYP1A2 and CYP3A Metabolism.” 

ISSXposter Li Liu.jpegLi Liu, a PhD candidate in Dr. Jashvant D. Unadkat's lab from Dept of Pharmaceutics, was awarded 1st place in the poster presentation competition at the ISSX-17th North American Regional Meeting, for her work on the clinical PET study "Can P-glycoprotein at the Human Blood-Brain Barrier be Induced by Rifampin? A PET Imaging Study". Li was also awarded the ISSX travel grant this year to attend this meeting.

EdKelly 2Dr. Ed Kelly, a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics received a Jaconetter L. Tietze Yong Scientist Award for his project “Identification of MicroRNA Regulators of Hepatocyte Development“. The monies provided by the award will be of great assistance in terms of generating preliminary data for a future grant submission and will help with support of graduate student research activities. Read more about the award here.



Cojohn-hoekmanngratulations to our 2010 graduate, Dr. John Hoekman who received the UW Graduate School’s 6th Chapter Award for his dissertation "The Impact of Enhanced Olfactory Deposition and Retention on Direct Nose-to-Brain Drug Delivery."




Dr. ShShiu-Lok_Hu_1iu-Lok Hu is awarded with Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professorship in Pharmaceutics.  The fund was created in 2008 in honor of the late School of Pharmacy Dean Milo Gibaldi. He was dean from 1978 to 1998 and was renowned for his work in pharmacokinetics. He helped make the UW School of Pharmacy one of the nation’s premier pharmacy institutions. For full article click here.


Nora Lee, a graduate student at the Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy is one of the recipients of this year’s Warren G. Magnuson scholarships. The award will provide the scholar with financial support of up to $25,000 for her research needs. Ms Nora Lee is currently in her third year of studies toward her PhD and she works as a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Joanne Wang’s laboratory. Ms Lee demonstrates academic excellence and is highly promising in becoming a productive research scientist and a future leader in pharmaceutical sciences.  

After graduating with a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering, Ms Lee joined the Pharmaceutics graduate program with enthusiastic recommendations from Case Western Reserve University.  She joined Dr. Joanne Wang’s research group in 2009.  Dr. Wang’s research is in the area of drug transporters. Ms Nora Lee’s thesis research is to investigate the influence of renal, hepatic and placental organic cation transporters (OCTs) in maternal disposition and fetal exposure to metformin, an oral anti-diabetic agent that is being introduced to treat gestational diabetes mellitus with or without insulin.  She will determine the regulation mechanisms of renal and hepatic OCTs that are responsible for metformin maternal disposition and efficacy.  She will also use transgenic animal models to identify molecular determinants influencing fetal exposure to metformin.  Results from Ms Lee’s studies will help to understand the changes of drug disposition mechanisms during pregnancy, which is critical for optimizing the drug selection, dosage, efficacy and safety of anti-diabetic agents for treating gestational diabetes.

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pharmaceutics Rene Levy has received the 2011 Arthur A. Ward, Jr. Achievement in Epilepsy Award from the Northwest Epilepsy Foundation. This award, named after the late UW neurological surgery professor, honors Levy for distinguished accomplishments in the field of epilepsy. Read more.

PGRNgrant_UWKen Thummel, chair and professor of pharmaceutics, and Wylie Burke, chair and professor of bioethics and humanities, and colleagues, recently learned they have received a five-year, $10 million grant from the NIH's Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) to create a Northwest-Alaska center to study pharmacogenomics in rural and underserved populations. Read more.