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Preceptors of the Year, Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza, honored by UWSOP

Preceptors of the Year Daniel Kim and Kate Atienza were recognized at our 2018 Commencement ceremony

Kim and Atienza were recognized for their excellence in clinical training of our students at the 2018 UWSOP Commencement CeremonyDaniel Kim of the Safeway in Pinehurt/Lake City was named Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year for 2018 and Kate Atienza of QFC in Kirkland was named Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experien... Read more...



In finding a different linking protein, Plotnik and Hu Lab open new possibilities for HIV therapies & treatments

David’s paper, “Extracellular Matrix Proteins Mediate HIV-1 gp120 interactions with α4β7,” found new insights to HIV and T cell interactions.

Pharmaceutics graduate student David Plotnik is first author on a paper published in the Journal of Virology with his mentor Shiu-Lok Hu as senior author. David discovered that the HIV virus does not bind to intestinal T cells the way previously thought.

Why is that important? HIV causes disease by killing the immune system’s protective T cell... Read more...



Baughman investigates a natural defense against Alzheimer’s

Hannah Baughman is a PhD student in Medicinal Chemistry, shown here working in the Nath Lab

Hannah Baughman, graduate student in Abhi Nath’s lab, is first author on an article looking at molecular chaperones, which may unlock keys in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, which seem to be caused by buildup of the protein tau. Hannah was also selected as the Hope Barnes Fellow this year.
“I am honored to rec... Read more...



Meet our Plein Center Faculty: Doug Barthold

Research Assistant Professor Doug comes to The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP from the University of Southern California, where he was a post-doctoral scholar with the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. He received his BBA in Management, Economics and Mathematics in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then received h... Read more...



Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Judy Mar-Burbidge

Judy Mar-Burbidge

Being semi-retired does not seem to have slowed down Judy Mar-Burbidge! She earned her BS in Pharmacy in 1982 and returned to earn her PharmD in 2000. She remains a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UW School of Pharmacy, Associate Part Time Faculty at Edmonds Community College in the Allied Health Program for Pharmacy Technicians, Costco Wholesa... Read more...



Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate Alumni: Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee, PharmD, BCPS, CDE

Nancy J Lee, PharmD, BCPS, CDE is the Lead Clinical Pharmacist for Swedish Medical Group’s clinical pharmacist practitioner program, embedded in the Issaquah Primary Care Clinic.

Seeing that older patients tended to take multiple medications and that the older adult population was growing, Nancy pursued the Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharm... Read more...



APhA honors Project VACCINATE, led by Bacci and Odegard

Members of the Project VACCINATE team (L to R): Michelle Bonjour, Lara Popovich, James Lin, ’17, Marci Reynolds, ’04, Christina Ree, Jennifer Bacci, Jenny Arnold, ’06, Peggy Odegard, ’85, ’90,

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) presented the National APhA Immunization Champion Award (Partnership) to Project VACCINATE at their 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville. Likely the largest partnership effort to improve adult immunization care in Washington state, Project VACCINATE created a real-world immunization neighborhoo... Read more...



Organs-on-chips: Tiny technology helping bring safe new drugs to patients faster

Researchers from UW School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine collaborate to advance kidney care (from left to right: Dr. Phavan Bhatraju, Pulmonary Fellow; Ranita Patel, Pediatric Nephrology Fellow; Elijah Weber, newly-minted PhD, Pharmaceutics; Kirk Van Ness, Research Scientist, Pharmaceutics; Christina Kim, Undergraduate Researcher; and Ed Kelly, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and Kidney Research Institute Investigator)

It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing.
Alex Levine, CC BY-ND
Catherine Yeung, University of Washington; Edward Kelly, University of Washington, and Jonathan Himmelfarb, University of Washington

Getting a new pharmaceutical from an idea in the chemistry lab to market takes many y... Read more...



Shum and collaborators unveil new maternal and fetal health risks associated with shellfish toxin

Pharmaceutics graduate student Sara Shum with her award-winning ASPET poster

Pharmaceutics graduate student Sara Shum recently presented and won an award for the preliminary results from a study of the shellfish toxin domoic acid. The project is a collaboration with Professor Tom Burbacher and Senior Research Scientist Kimberly Grant of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UW School of Pub... Read more...



King County will have naloxone kits and training at health fair organized by UW Pharmacy students next Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Students at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy have partnered with King County Department of Community and Health Services to offer free naloxone kits and training at the May 22nd health fair on UW's Seattle campus.

Naloxone is an antidote for opioid and heroin overdose. With the use of opioids and heroin on the rise, more and more ... Read more...



Neumann presents at joint HICOR/PHEnOM Seminar and PAA Katterman Lecture

The CHOICE Institute & the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR) Joint Seminar
On Wednesday, May 2nd, Peter Neumann, Sc.D. joined our PHEnOM seminar to discuss whether the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is becoming the U.S.' counterpart to England's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE... Read more...



Libin Xu and Brian Werth Receive Royalty Research Fund Award

Libin Xu, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, and Brian Werth, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, have received a Royalty Research Fund award of $38,175 for their project, "Targeting Altered Lipid Metabolism in Antiobiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus."

The RRF is funded from royalty and licensing fee income generated by the UW technolo... Read more...



Strand awarded 2018 Garrison Prize in Health Policy & Economics

Congratulations to 3rd year, PhD student Lauren Strand who received the the Louis Garrison Sr. And Marilyn Garrison Endowed Prize in Health Policy and Economics prize! Lauren's paper is titled "New Statin use and left ventricular structure: Estimating long-term associations in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)."

Laurent's resear... Read more...



Remembering Dean Emeritus Jack Orr

It is with sadness we report that Dean Emeritus Jack Edward Orr passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 6, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born in Delphi, Indiana in 1981, Jack’s father and grandfather were both pharmacists. Like so many of our alumni, he began his pharmacy career dusting shelves and sweeping the floor of the family pharmacy. He... Read more...



Wienkers is keynote speaker at June 2018 AAPS-RMDG meeting at UW

Keynote speaker Larry Wienkers is also a UWSOP Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

Abstracts are due Friday, May 18, 2018The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists – Rocky Mountain Discussion Group (AAPS-RMDG) Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, on June 12-13, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is May 18, 2018.

The RMDG provides a forum for interacting with scientists ... Read more...



Certain drugs for muscle conditions may be linked to increased risk of dementia

Shelly Gray editorial in The BMJ underscores importance of avoiding long-term use of anticholinergic drugs in older adults
UWSOP Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Director Shelly Gray authored an editorial in support of new research about potential dangers of anticholinergic drugs for that help to control involuntary muscle movements for condi... Read more...



Marcum study finds metformin has mortality benefits even with low kidney function

Collaborative research between UW School of Pharmacy and VA Puget Sound looked at 175,000 patientsIn a recent study, researchers at the University of Washington and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System have found that an important diabetes drug can be used safely among a high-risk patient population – those with poor kidney function. They conclu... Read more...



Basu trains Indian government and health leaders in health economics

2018 International Health Technology Assessment Fellowship Cohort

With India rolling out the one of the largest public health insurance initiatives in the world, it became more important than ever for government, university, and health care leaders to understand key aspects to health economics. Dr. Jitendra Sharma, Advisor on Health and Medical Technology to the Government of Andhara Pradesh invited UWSOP's CH... Read more...



Huang, ’17, named UWSOP Magnuson Scholar for 2018-2019

Weize Huang, PharmD, '17, and graduate student in Pharmaceutics

Congratulations to Weize Huang who was named UWSOP's Magnuson Scholar for 2018-2019! Weize graduated with a Pharm.D. degree from UWSOP in 2017, and is currently a second year PhD student at the Department of Pharmaceutics. He is passionate about the field of pharmacometrics, a discipline that uses mathematics and computer science to illustrate, qua... Read more...



Medchem Chair Kent Kunze Retires

It's bittersweet to announce that our long-time colleague, Dr. Kent Kunze, has stepped down as Departmental Chair and retired from the faculty.  Kent has been a valued member of the faculty since 1990, and for the past 4 years he has served as 'the Chair.'  During his time on the faculty, Kent played a critical role in the research activities tha... Read more...



Barker-Haliski advances research in antiseizure therapies in patients with Alzheimer’s

When a project is moments away from completion, or a new question arises during the experiment, a little bit of extra funding can go a long way. This is the inspiration behind the ITHS Catalyst program. This pilot award is designed to provide investigators with “just-in-time” resources of up to $5,000. For Melissa, the ITHS ... Read more...



Our CHOICE PhD students continue to advance research to improve health outcomes

From all of us at CHOICE, we hope your year is off to a good start. Our PhD students have been busy since last year and we wanted to take the time to highlight a few of their key accomplishments.
Meng Li
Meng Li, a 5th year CHOICE PhD candidate, along with Kai Yeung (CHOICE Alum), and Josh Carlson (CHOICE Faculty) won Journal of Managed Care &... Read more...



Meet Our Newest Faculty Member, Doug Barthold

We welcome Dr. Doug Barthold, PhD., Research Assistant Professor, to the faculty of the Department of Pharmacy and to The CHOICE Institute!

Doug comes to us from the University of Southern California where he was a post-doctoral scholar with the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Doug received his BBA in Management, Economics and ... Read more...



Nath lab team takes aim at Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5 million Americans, a number projected to roughly triple by 2050. The urgency of this grave population health challenge is with Abhi Nath and his team of researchers every day as they seek new options to treat and manage Alzheimer’s and related diseases. The key appears to lie with a process called prot... Read more...



New fellowship will advance thoughtful health care innovation in Washington state

Partnership between Washington Research Foundation and The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP creates opportunities for students and researchers at non-profit research institutions in Washington state
The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP is pleased to announce a partnership with the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) that will create four new fellowships per ... Read more...



CHOICE alumnus Scott Strassels moves into leadership role at Ohio State U

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy congratulates Scott Strassels, PhD, PharmD, on his new position as assistant professor in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn and scientific director of the Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy (SHARP). He previously served as a clinical pharmacist, providing recommend... Read more...



PharmD student leads shift from triage to evidence-based health care provider training in Ghana

David Nguyen (front, 5th from the left) and the UWSOP team that trained Ghanaian nurses and physician assistants in recognizing signs of hypertension, the #1 killer in Ghana.

David Nguyen, President of the UWSOP Global Brigades team, led a team of students, along with Institute for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing, to return to Ghana and advance the training program begun last year.

Historically, Global Brigades programs bring health sciences students to under-resourced co... Read more...



Alumnus Glen Schumock, ’89, named Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Glen Schumock, '89, The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP alumnus

Congratulations to University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus Glen Schumock, '89, who will become Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy! His appointment is effective January 1, 2018, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Schumock earned his baccalaureate in pharmacy from Washington St... Read more...



UWSOP Curricular Innovation Fall 2017 PDF

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Curricular Innovation Fall 2017 v6 SLIDE... Read more...



What are our Plein Center faculty researching?: Joanne Wang

Learn the latest about the research of Plein Center of Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy faculty member, Joanne Wang, Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics. 

Joanne, along with a postdoctoral trainee previously supported by a Plein Endowed Research grant, published a paper demonstrating a direct effect of selective serotonin reuptake i... Read more...



Meet our Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate Alumni: Annie Lam

Annie Lam photo

We like to check in with our Plein Geriatric Certificate Alumni and find out what they are up to now? How did the Certificate make a difference in their career? This issue, we spoke with Annie Lam, '95.
What is your title? Where do you work/study now?
My title at UW is Clinical Associate Professor. Currently, I am a self-employed consultant pharm... Read more...



Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Karen Dawson

Karan Dawson, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy; Consulting Pharmacist, UW Pharmacy Cares
Following an internship at Valley Medical Center, Karan worked as a clinical pharmacist at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Seattle and completed a residency.

She returned to the UW for an MS in Pharmacy to explore teaching a... Read more...



Launch of The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP promises leadership in health economics and outcomes research

We are witnessing a period of renaissance, as current advances in medical technology and breakthroughs are unprecedented in human history. There is a cure for Hepatitis C that works in weeks. Polio used to afflict thousands around the world; today, there are only twelve cases in just two countries. We are within years—not decades—of personalize... Read more...



SPECIAL EVENT: A talk with NPR’S Richard Harris

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent

Panel Discussion: "From Rigor to Rigor Mortis–Good Science, Bad Science, and Patient Care"
Noon-1:20pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Health Sciences Building, T-435
Light refreshments will be served

Panel Discussion:

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent and author, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hop... Read more...



Mao and Unadkat presented AAPS Journal High Impact Article Award

At the annual meeting in November, UW School of Pharmacy professors Qingcheng Mao and Jashvant Unadkat were presented the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Journal High Impact Article Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences as demonstrated by the authors in the q... Read more...



Alumna Kroetz named AAAS Fellow

Pharmaceutics alumna Deanna Kroetz, PhD, '90

We are so proud of our Pharmaceutics alumna, Deanna Kroetz, PhD, '90, who was among the 396 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, announced this week. Election as a fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its application... Read more...



Veenstra weighs in on genetic testing in Science Magazine

DNA sample for gene sequencing at Debbie Nickerson Lab, University of Washington.

The question about the benefits and pitfalls of genetic testing is discussed in, "Is health care ready for routing DNA screening? A massive new trial will find out" in Science Magazine. Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy faculty member and associate director, David Veenstra was interviewed for the story.

"In about 5 years I think we are... Read more...



UW/Kaiser study finds taking Proton Pump Inhibitors not linked to higher dementia risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medicines commonly prescribed to treat acid-related digestive problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Up to one in five older adults said they used a PPI as of 2011, and recent studies have linked PPIs to greater risk of fractures and kidney disease. Some studies also have linked PPIs to an increas... Read more...



Wallace family presents historic gift to UWSOP

Bette and Bryan Wallace

“We always knew our family was going to make a gift to the University of Washington School of Pharmacy,” said Cheri Ryan. “My Aunt Bette and Uncle Bryan always talked about this gift. It was so important to both of them to give back to his school.”

Bryan and Bette Wallace’s gift is one of the largest in the history of the UW School of ... Read more...



Xu Lab Awarded NSF Grant to Study Lipid Peroxidation

Lipid peroxidation is the process in which a reactive atom or group of atoms (free radicals) capture electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage. This process plays an important role in the pathophysiology of many human conditions – aging, atherosclerosis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases – so it is critically im... Read more...



Stergachis co-edited maternal immunization roadmap for Gates Foundation & GAPPS

UWSOP Associate Dean Andy Stergachis co-edited the "Maternal Immunization Safety Monitoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Roadmap for Program Development" for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, which was featured on the Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists.

The first ... Read more...



Bounthavong receives UWSOP Graduate Leadership Award

Mark Bounthavong, PharmD, MPH, and PORPP Graduate Student

The UWSOP Graduate Student Leadership Award honors graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service and have had a positive impact on the School of Pharmacy, UW, the Northwest community, scientific and/or professional community. This year, the award goes to three students: Mark Bounthavong, Ryan Seguin, and Elijah Web... Read more...



Steve Davis, CEO & President of PATH, to give UWSOP Nudelman Lecture on Nov. 9, 2017

Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH

The Phil and Sandra Nudelman Lecture will feature Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, who will share his approach to changing the global health system. The lecture and reception will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 6 PM in the Lyceum in the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the UW Seattle campus.

Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, co... Read more...



Cyrus Khojasteh receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Scott Herzog and Gary Harris of PAA present the Distinguished Alumni Award to Cyrus Khojasteh

CYRUS KHOJASTEH, ’98, chose to study Medicinal Chemistry at UWSOP after serendipitously attending a lecture by then Professor, now Dean Emeritus, Tom Baillie on acetaminophen mechanism of hepatotoxicity, drug induced liver injury, in the early 1990s. That lecture began a career in pharmaceutical science inspired by an interest in discovering inno... Read more...



Devine named to AcademyHealth Methods Council

Dr. Emily B. Devine compared the effectiveness of a medical program against a procedural intervention, focusing on outcomes of greatest importance to patients with Intermittent Claudication.

PORPP Associate Professor Beth Devine was selected to serve on the AcademyHealth Methods Council in 2017. The Council, comprising 21 members from multiple disciplinary perspectives in health services and policy research, advises the Board and AcademyHealth leadership on the priorities and trends in new methods and trainings for members and the fie... Read more...



Aliwarga invited to present at Gordon Research Conference

Theresa Aliwarga, a Medicinal Chemistry graduate student

Theresa Aliwarga, a Medicinal Chemistry graduate student and researcher in Rheem Totah’s lab, was invited to give a podium presentation of her research on CYP2J2-mediated epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) as potential markers for cardiovascular disease at this summer’s Gordon Research Conference in Drug Metabolism.

“I was able to show that... Read more...



John Amory MD, MS, and grad student Faith Stevison find breakthrough treatment for male infertility

Dr. John Amory

Infertility can be a physically, emotionally, and financially painful experience for couples wanting to have biologically-related children. If a couple has been unable to conceive naturally in a 12-month period, they are considered infertile. Next steps are typically expensive and painful tests for women to determine the cause of the problem, befor... Read more...



Remembering Bill Howald, UWSOP Mass Spec Director

Bill Howald (pictured center) in the Mass Spec lab with then graduate student Shimako Oishi and former Dean Sid Nelson.

William “Bill” Howald passed away August 14, 2017 in Salem, Oregon at the age of 76 after a brief illness. After retirement, Bill and his wife Carole moved to Oregon to be closer to family.

Bill joined the School of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry as a Research Technologist working in the Mass Spectrometry Facility. He became the... Read more...



Lou Garrison was named a Change Agent in the 2017 PharmaVOICE 100 Honorees

UWSOP Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison

UW School of Pharmacy Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison was named a Change Agent in the 2017 PharmaVOICE 100 honorees. A global thought leader and teacher in the field of health economics and outcomes research, Lou is committed to advancing how healthcare decisions are made both in the United States and globally.

Lou retired from full-time teachin... Read more...



Don Downing receives major American College of Apothecaries Award for his contributions to pharmacy practice

We are proud to announce that the American College of Apothecaries presented the 2016-17 Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award to UWSOP Institute for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Clinical Professor Don Downing at the College’s 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The award, established in memory of Albert E. Ros... Read more...



Sager, Bounthavong, Seguin, Weber, & Shen receive inaugural UWSOP Graduate Program Awards

To recognize extraordinary excellence among our graduate students and faculty, UW School of Pharmacy established three new award programs in 2017. This first class of award recipients include Jennifer Sager, Outstanding Dissertation Award; Mark Bounthavong, Ryan Seguin, and Elijah Weber, Graduate Student Leadership Awards; and Danny Shen, Outstandi... Read more...



Student support fund named after award-winning PORPP administrator Penny Evans

Award-winning PORPP administrator Penny Evans retired in 2017

In the spring 2017 PORPP alumni newsletter, director Anirban Basu announced the establishment of The Penny Evans UW International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Student Chapter Support Fund.

This fund, named in honor of our highly-esteemed, award-winning program administrator, Penny Evans, will support student activi... Read more...



UW/KRI Kidney-on-a-chip will travel to International Space Station

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer tweeted this photograph from the International Space Station on June 3, 2017

UW Pharmacy and UW Medicine team to study how weightlessness accelerates kidney damage
In as early as 2018, a rocket carrying a payload that includes 24 microfluidic chips about the size of credit cards will transport an extraordinary University of Washington kidney research project to the International Space Station.University of Washington Schoo... Read more...



Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate alumni profiles: Laura Hart

After all their hard work, we wanted to learn more about our Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate alumni and to learn: Where are you now?

Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate alumna Laura Hart, PharmD, BCPS, is the Geriatric Pharmacy Fellow with UWSOP and is finishing up M.S. degree through Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Progra... Read more...



Pharmaceutics lab team learns why HIV prevention drug is not as effective in some women

UW Pharmaceutics Klatt Lab's graduate student Ryan Cheu, Associate Professor Nichole Klatt, and post-doc Alex Zevin

Klatt lab team’s findings published in Science offer solutions to increase efficacyMore than 1 million women are infected with HIV annually, and the majority of these new infections occur in young women in sub-Saharan Africa, with South Africa having among the highest incidence rates. Tenofovir is an antiretroviral drug that is used to prevent HI... Read more...



Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

"Celebrating Today, Planning Tomorrow" brought together a host of disciplines to discuss healthy aging
Decades ago, geriatric pharmacy pioneers Joy and Elmer Plein foresaw the need to research the effects medications have on older adults. The Inaugural Research Symposium for the Plein Center held in February 2017 provided the opportunity to learn ... Read more...



A conversation at the College Inn leads to Faculty Innovation Award, possible breakthrough in combating MRSA

Medicinal Chemistry Assistant Professor Libin Xu (left), Pharmacy Assistant Professor Brian Werth (right), are pictured in conversation with Medicinal Chemistry’s Senior Fellow, Kelly Hines (center). Their research earned them the inaugural award from the UWSOP Faculty Innovation Fund, which provides financial support for one to two awards of up to $20,000 each for high-risk, innovative research projects.

There is a rich tradition of stories that begin with…“we were sitting in a bar talking, when we got this idea.”

From the Marine Corps, to the Ironman Triathlon, and even Quidditch, all have their roots in legendary stories about beginning in a conversation in a bar. We may one day come to tell stories of the breakthrough in antibiotic resi... Read more...



Team finds no adverse risk to use of common antimalarials in first trimester

Women and their children await medical care at a clinic.

UW and international researchers publish the most comprehensive international analysis on artemisinin combination antimalarials safety in pregnancy
Malaria is more common and severe in pregnant women, increasing their risk of miscarriage and other adverse outcomes. The adverse consequences of malaria in pregnancy require prompt, safe, and effectiv... Read more...



Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

Pharmaceutics Professor Shiu-Lok Hu and Kelly Lee, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutics Professor Shiu-Lok Hu and Kelly Lee, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, received funding for research to create a vaccine against HIV. This research builds upon decades of research by these investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health and more recently by the Gates Foundation.

HIV is a highly lethal virus that... Read more...



Roger Woolf receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Scott Herzog and Gary Harris of PAA present the Distinguished Alumni Award to Roger Woolf

 ROGER WOOLF, ’85, is passionate about the leadership role pharmacists can have in the U.S. health care system. Growing up, many of his family members were in healthcare professions, including pharmacy. “My uncle was a pharmacist in Yakima,” he reflected. “Talking with him about his work helped me to see the potential impact pharmacist... Read more...



Richard Lee’s team takes home grand prize for EpiForAll

Richard Lee, the PharmD member of Team EpiForAll

PharmD student Richard Lee’s team, EpiForAll, took home the $15,000 Hollomon Family grand prize at the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge  (HIC) hosted by UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. The HIC featured 20 student teams seeking to address problems in health, wellness, and healthcare through innovation. This was EpiForA... Read more...



UWSOP places second in AMCP P&T competition

UWSOP’s student team Iris To, Nina Kim, Derek Louie, and Andrew Nguyen (third year PharmD students)

UWSOP’s student team Iris To, Nina Kim, Derek Louie, and Andrew Nguyen (third year PharmD students) came in second at the national Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition. Competition is keen with 60 teams participating nationwide. Teams must review drugs for their hypothetical patients and create a dossier... Read more...



Med Chem’s Mike Guttman Receives Royalty Research Fund Award

Asst Prof Mike Guttman

The Royalty Research fund (RRF) is sponsored by UW's Office of Research to help faculty establish new research programs.  The program is funded from royalty and licensing fee income generated by the UW Technology transfer program.  These one-year awards have been offered semi-annually since 1992.

Med Chem Assistant Professor Mike Guttman was r... Read more...



Scott Grimm Scholar Dennis Goulet is named UWSOP’s Magnuson Scholar 2017-2018

Scott Grimm Scholar and Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Dennis Goulet (Bill Atkins lab) has been awarded the prestigious Magnuson Scholarship for 2017-2018, receiving the $30,000 award on the basis of his outstanding academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences. The scholarship is funded from a $2 million... Read more...



UW bestows Distinguished Retiree Excellence Award to UWSOP Alumna and Professor Emerita Joy Plein

UWSOP Faculty Emerita and 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award recipient, Joy Plein

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Professor Emerita Joy Plein, ’51, ’56, has been named the recipient of the 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award!

This award is designated to honor a retiree for excellence in service that exemplifies the University’s values with special distinction and is cho... Read more...



UW Team develops an HIV therapy dose that lasts two weeks in test model

Collaboration between UW School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine leads to promising breakthrough to ease daily regimen
An interdisciplinary team led by Professors Rodney JY Ho of the UW School of Pharmacy and Ann Collier of the UW School of Medicine has been working to develop a long-lasting (7-day) therapy for HIV and are already making advances into ... Read more...



Class of 2016 Alumni Rank No. 1 in Initial NAPLEX Pass Rate in the U.S.

The Class of 2016 were tops in initial NAPLEX pass rates in the U.S.

UW School of Pharmacy’s class of 2016 distinguished themselves by earning the No. 1 spot in the NAPLEX pass rate in the United States. 99% of our alumni passed the exam the first time they took it last year.The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just on... Read more...



Little-known disease has major economic impact

An 1918 illustration showing blood vessels in the head and face. The drawing is from Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body

Giant cell arteritis is estimated to cost U.S. health-care system $1 billion in first year of treatment
PORPP faculty members, Joseph Babigumira, Louis Garrison, Denise Boudreau, Jennie Best, and grad student, Meng Li, published a research paper about the cost impact of giant cell arteritis  in the open-access journal Rheumatology and Therapy.
... Read more...



UWSOP alumni legend Alice Ball, Class of 1914, solved leprosy therapy riddle

Alice Ball, UW School of Pharmacy class of 1914

Just over 100 years ago, as World War I raged in Europe, a chemistry professor named Alice Ball was demonstrating the use of a gas mask when something went tragically wrong. The brilliant, young chemist died a few months later at age 24, likely from accidentally inhaling chlorine gas.

The riddles she had solved may be different from what our sci... Read more...



McDermott researches value of insurer-provided care coordination

UWSOP alumna Cara McDermott, PharmD, Ph.D., M.Sc. and UW Medicine T32 Post Doc

Pharmacy alumna and UW Medicine post doc receives 2017 AcademyHealth New Investigator Award to study benefits of end-of-life care planning in palliative care
UWSOP alumna Cara McDermott, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.Sc. 
was named to the 2017 cohort of New Investigators by AcademyHealth. The AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Program is designed ... Read more...



Dennis Goulet receives first Scott Grimm Memorial Scholarship

Dennis Goulet

Scott W. Grimm was a long-time friend of Medicinal Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy.  A Corporate Advisory Board member who enthusiastically supported our students and programs, he was also a leader in drug discovery and development via his 27-year career with AstraZeneca.  When Scott died in 2014, his family and colleagues established a perm... Read more...



Pharmacy Professor John Horn raises concerns about drug safety

Chicago Tribune investigation shows problems in drug interaction communications to patientsUW School of Pharmacy Professor John Horn and UWSOP alumnus Dan Malone were part of an investigative report, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations,” published in the Chicago Tribune on December 15, 2016. The Tribune spent months i... Read more...



Drug delivery device invented in UW Ho laboratory receives $36M

Venture funding to support clinical development of the company’s lead compounds
Impel NeuroPharma, Inc., a Seattle-based clinical stage biotechnology company announced a $36 million Series C round to develop a pipeline of drug-device combination products built upon its Precision Olfactory Delivery™ (POD™) nasal delivery platform.

The POD... Read more...



Get to know the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center leaders

Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center leadership (L to R): Assistant Director for Research Zach Marcum, Assistant Director for Training Leigh Ann Mike, and Director Shelly Gray

Over the summer, Dean Sullivan announced the leadership for the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center and some of the early planning activities.

Plein Center Director and Shirley and Herb Bridge Endowed Professor for Women in Pharmacy Shelly Gray will assume responsibility for oversight, direction and vision of all aspects of the Center, including the... Read more...



Navajo genetic scientist Katrina Claw bridges cultures to advance research and underrepresented scientists

Dr. Katrina Claw’s research builds on a six-year UW Northwest-Alaska Pharmacogenomics Research Network (NWA-PGRN) and University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) collaboration.

As a Navajo scientist trained in genomics, UWSOP post doctoral researcher Katrina Claw is on a two-fold mission to make a difference: As a scientist, she seeks to understand the role genetics play in Vitamin D insufficiency in Alaskan Native populations.
“I am like a bridge. I connect Native knowledge and Western science, but I am also walked ov... Read more...



UWSOP, Era Living Partner for Patient-Centered Care

In 2016, we celebrated the the 30th class of UWSOP Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy graduates!

UW School of Pharmacy offers a novel approach to student training and patient care in Era Living residential communities. The program is a mutually beneficial one: in addition to their regular pharmacy services, residents receive supplemental medication expertise for which UW pharmacy faculty and students are well-known and student pharmacists have... Read more...



Amy Li awarded ARCS Fellowship

UWSOP Medicinal Chemistry department chair Kent Kunze with ARCS Fellow Amy Li

 

Congratulations to Medicinal Chemistry graduate student, Amy Li, who was recently awarded an ARCS Fellowship.

The Seattle Chapter of ARCS Foundation contributes to the advancement of science and technology by funding PhD fellowships for academically outstanding scholars in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math at th... Read more...



Common genetic disorder linked to increased death rate from cancer drug

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

Researchers recommend ‘caution’ when using the chemotherapy busulfan in patients with Gilbert’s syndrome
By Susan Keown, Staff Writer, Fred Hutch News Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research published Thursday shows that a common genetic disorder ― one that many people don’t even know they have ― is linked to a mor... Read more...



Med Chem & Pharmaceutics faculty, alumni well-represented at MDO Symposium

Guoying Tai, Allan Rettie, and Leslie Dickmann

The University of Washington was well-represented at the 21st International Symposium on Microsomes & Drug Oxidations (MDO) held at UC Davis from October 2-6, 2016. Our faculty and alumni researchers presented drug metabolism and related area research during the Parallel Symposia:

Allan Rettie* (UW Medicinal Chemistry) - CYP2C9 and 4F gene... Read more...



Sid Nelson’s legacy lives on in science and collaboration

Busulfan is one of our oldest anticancer drugs. Today, it is often used to prepare a patient’s body for a bone marrow transplant (hematopoietic cell transplant [HCT]) to fight various cancers. Busulfan kills some of the patient’s blood cells to ensure the donor cells will be accepted.

But busulfan is toxic.

The work to mitigate that toxic... Read more...



UW improves to #4 worldwide for pharmacology & toxicology

UWSOP ranks #4 in the world according to US News and World Report

The UW, including the School of Pharmacy’s scientists, improved to 4th overall, up from 7th last year, and 3rd among U.S. public universities for research accomplishments in U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities list. Institutions from the U.S. and nearly 50 other countries were ranked based on 10 indicators that measure their ac... Read more...



UWSOP Alumnus Watanabe named National Academy of Medicine Fellow

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus, Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, Ph.D., ’08, ’12, has been selected as one of three outstanding health professionals for the class of 2016 Fellows National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

The NAM fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional... Read more...



Pharmacies provide more than meds and flu shots

A local pharmacist counsels a client on the monitoring of blood sugar and the appropriate use of glucose tablets as part of diabetes self-care.

UW School of Pharmacy faculty highlight the important role of pharmacists as part of the healthcare team
Autumn brings back sweater weather, pumpkin spices—and health check ups for kids. UW School of Pharmacy Clinical Assistant Professor Rachel Firebaugh likes to remind people that, “Fall is also the perfect time for adults to get their health... Read more...



Class of 2017 Honors Professor Doug Black

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD Class of 2017

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD class of 2017 announced their class gift this week. They will work together over the coming year to make a P4 Class Giving Fund donation to the Doug Black Endowed PharmD Award, a scholarship that is given each year to a UW School of Pharmacy student who exemplifies an outstanding commitment to learning and the profe... Read more...



UW researchers find revascularization provides greater improvements for patients with peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease can cause pain in the legs and make walking uncomfortable.

Study published in JAMA Surgery compares effectiveness of two ways to treat intermittent claudication by evaluating outcomes that are important to patients
UW researchers found that patients with intermittent claudication, a form of peripheral arterial disease, who had procedures to restore circulation called revascularization had better quality ... Read more...



Costs outlined of health plans that exclude contraception

A positive pregnancy test. Women ages 18 to 24 and those over 40 years old were most affected by having to pay out of pocket for birth control, the researchers found.

Pharmacy study links lack of coverage to more unintended pregnancies, greater health expenses for employers
At companies whose health insurance plans exclude contraception coverage, female employees experienced 33 more unintended pregnancies per 1,000 women, and more unintended births and terminations. Such plans might also result in higher overal... Read more...



UW team finds key piece to HIV drug-effectiveness puzzle

Pharmaceutics researchers detect bacteria that counteracts protective drug
Increasingly, people at risk for HIV infection are turning to preventive drug measures to help stave off the virus. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy found that one such drug, Tenofovir, in the form of a topical vaginal gel, is metabolized, or... Read more...



NACDS Launches Initiative to Improve Immunization Rates through Collaboration between UWSOP, Bartell Drugs, and QFC Pharmacy

Three demonstration projects aim to fulfill goals of $800,000 CDC grant to NACDS
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced that the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP), Bartell Drugs, and QFC Pharmacy will partner with Washington State Health Care Authority in a unique demonstration project that aims to foster... Read more...



Lou Garrison to retire from UW School of Pharmacy

UWSOP Dean Sean D. Sullivan announced Dr. Lou Garrison's retirement from the UW School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (PORPP) effective July 1, 2016. "Lou has been a pivotal member of the PORPP faculty and will continue to be a world-class thought leader in health economics as President of the International Soci... Read more...



UWSOP faculty and alumni elected to ISPOR leadership

UWSOP faculty and alumni past, present and future leaders of ISPOR (From left to right): Past President (2003-2004) Sean D. Sullivan, President Lou Garrison, President-elect Shelby D. Reed, Immediate Past President Daniel Malone, Past President (2010-2011) Scott Ramsey

Five UWSOP faculty and alumni have led ISPOR over the past 20 years
UW School of Pharmacy faculty and alumni are again recognized as leaders in health care. The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) announced the election of the Society’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors that assumed office on July 1, 2016. Many o... Read more...



Lingtak-Neander Chan elected Fellow of the American College of Nutrition

Professor of Pharmacy Lingtak-Neander Chan

UW School of Pharmacy congratulates Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan on his election as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of nutrition science. Being selected as a Fellow is unusual for pharmacists. “I am  honored to represent UW and the profession of pharmacy in this f... Read more...



Marcum named K12 Scholar for research on dementia and cardiac medications

UWSOP Assistant Professor and K12 Scholar Zachary Marcum

UWSOP researcher will investigate the impact medication adherence has on patient health outcomesUW School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) Assistant Professor Zachary Marcum was named to the University of Washington Patient Centered Outcomes (PCOR) K12 Career Development Program. This program supports the career development of post-doctoral and junior research... Read more...



Celebrating Nanci Murphy’s 25+ year career at UWSOP

On behalf of the PharmD 2016 class, Cameron Garner, Linda Blake, and Rory Cavaille presented a special gift to Nanci Murphy

Faculty member Dr. Nanci Murphy will retire from her full time position at UW School of Pharmacy on July 1, 2016. Dean Sean D. Sullivan shared the announcement earlier this spring saying, “Nanci’s personal and supportive style have meant a great deal to students and her influence and effectiveness have been honored nationally with several awa... Read more...



Student’s enterprise yields 3 “essentially paid” for degrees

Blythe Adamson

Pharmacy Ph.D. candidate shares tips for self-funding success
You would think three degrees from the University of Washington would take an enormous financial toll, but School of Pharmacy grad student Blythe Adamson, one of the UW's Husky 100, has been energetic and enterprising about finding funding.
“I will graduate with all three of my degre... Read more...



UW and Teva partner to increase provider access to critical drug interaction data

Personalized medicine will make drug interactions more complex, said Isabelle Ragueneau-Majlessi, who oversees the UW School of Pharmacy drug-interactions database.

Clinical content from UW School of Pharmacy’s Drug Interaction Database to be integrated into Teva’s DDI+ platform to help improve health care delivery
The University of Washington (UW) announced today an exclusive partnership that will allow the university's unique, comprehensive and high-quality pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic Drug Inter... Read more...



New UW dual-campus PharmD-MBA concurrent degree program to launch Fall 2016

UWSOP Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA

Unique collaboration between UW and UW Bothell brings together the top of executive education value with the top pharmacist training program in the region
Student pharmacists at the University of Washington now have a tremendous opportunity to earn their PharmD and MBA degrees in just five years. The unique partnership between Schools at two diffe... Read more...



2016 Highlight: UW PharmD students organize health sciences Interprofessional Education Health Fair

2016 UWOSP IPE Health Fair

2016 Highlight Stories: These stories highlight showcase the great work, service and achievements of our preeminent faculty and students in 2016.

In November 2015, student leaders in Phi Lambda Sigma met with Director of Student Leadership Programs, Nanci Murphy, to brainstorm how best to use a $2000 leadership grant awarded to create opportunit... Read more...



Anirban Basu Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

UW School of Pharmacy and UW Department of Economics congratulate Anirban Basu on his election as a 2016 Fellow of the American Statistical Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the statistical profession. For more than 100 years, the ASA has recognized exemplary statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statisti... Read more...



Lee lab uses 3D electron microscopy to visualize influenza virus invasion

Influenza invades

For the first time, researchers have images showing how a virus pries its way past host membranesThree to five million people worldwide suffer from the flu each year—and it’s deadly. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 250,000 to 500,000 people a year die from the flu. The people most at risk are those with compromised immune sys... Read more...



UWSOP Announces Groundbreaking Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education & Outreach

Joy and Elmer Plein

Research shows that medication-related problems are one of the top reasons for hospitalizations and for older adults losing the ability to live independently, either due to competing side effects, falls, over prescribing, or improper adherence. Increasingly, people are living longer with chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholester... Read more...



Bennette, Sullivan find cancer drug prices rise rapidly after market launch

Caroline Bennette, PhD

UW School of Pharmacy researchers’ found large increases in oral anticancer drugs even in the face of increasing market competition
A new study published in the May issue of Health Affairs and authored by UW School of Pharmacy’s faculty members, Caroline Bennette and Sean Sullivan, illuminates the complexity of anticancer drug pricing and seve... Read more...



UW Symposium on Past Present and Future of ADME Sciences Dedicated to Deans Sid Nelson and Tom Baillie

(L to R): Juan Cantu, Dean Sid Nelson, Rene Levy, and Dean Tom Baillie

“Thanks to the strong academic programs in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington, I have been well prepared for an exciting career in the pharmaceutical sciences,” said alumnus Ian Templeton. “Because of these strong programs, I now have classmates spread across many institutions, both public ... Read more...



“When you really want something, you don’t give up.”

A look back at legendary pharmacist, civic and women’s advocate, Shirley G. BridgeAs we near our 125th Anniversary in 2019, we continue to remember our history and the alumni legends in science and pharmacy practice who laid the groundwork for our collective success. 

BORN IN 1922 at Swedish Hospital in downtown Seattle, Shirley (Selesnick) B... Read more...



UWSOP ranks #9 in U.S. News & World Report

US News and World Report ranks UWSOP #9

UW continues its consistent record by ranking in the top ten nationally
of Schools of Pharmacy. One of the smallest Schools at the UW, Pharmacy has been well-known for providing transformative training to pharmacy practitioners and researchers since its founding as one of the first three colleges at the UW.

“I am so pleased that our peers hav... Read more...



Pelletier wins AFPE Fellowship renewal

Robert Pelletier

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education's Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Science has been awarded again to Med Chem graduate student Robert Pelletier (Kent Kunze lab). Pelletier has received a renewal of this Fellowship through August 2017, with another stipend of $10,000, to support his thesis project, "Mechanism of CYP2E1 Inhib... Read more...



Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie announces retirement from UWSOP

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie

Dr. Thomas Baillie, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Dean Emeritus for the UW School of Pharmacy, has announced that he will be officially retiring from the University of Washington in March of 2016. Tom has had an enormous positive impact on the School of Pharmacy. He has been a tireless and highly effective advocate for our research, teaching... Read more...



UWSOP and ICER form collaboration to model the clinical and economic impact of new medications

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have formed a partnership to leverage UWSOP’s expertise in economic modeling of pharmaceutical interventions to support ICER’s growing body of work in new drug assessments. UWSOP’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Progr... Read more...



Totah and CHRU collaborate to find novel treatments for cardiovascular disease

Rheem Totah, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, UWSOP

UW School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine bring population and basic science together for novel approach to drug research
Heart disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States. While there have been advances in treatments, it is hard to know if someone is at risk for a heart attack until they show symptoms—which for many is too late. R... Read more...



Award season comes to UWSOP!

Don Downing is presented the Community Service award at the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr., Recognition Ceremony

It's award season--not just for film, also for the UW School of Pharmacy!
Many of our School's faculty, students, post docs and alumni have been recognized in the past few months for their accomplishments.
Don Downing, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor D... Read more...



UW PharmD students to host New Year health fair on Jan. 24th, 2016

Map of Magnuson Community Center: The Brig

FREE health services Sunday, January 24, 9:30AM - 1:30PM at Magnuson Community Center: The Brig
Student health professionals & mentors from UW Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, & Dentistry, Physical Therapy Program, and Speech & Hearing Sciences have teamed up to offer a range of health services to the Seattle community. The event is ope... Read more...



The Art of Science: “Human Kidney Tubule Cells” by Jenna Voellinger

Jenna L. Voellinger with her art work in T-473

In addition to being a newly-minted Ph.D., Jenna L. Voellinger is also an exhibiting artist.

Her image, “Human Kidney Tubule Cells,” created as a graduate student in the laboratory of Edward J. Kelly, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, graces one of the classrooms in the T-Wing of the UW Health Sciences Building.

Sel... Read more...



Steve White Named Chair of UWSOP’s Dept of Pharmacy

UW School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy's chair, Dr. Steve White

The UW School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the appointment of H. Steve White, RPh, Ph.D. as the new chair of the School’s Department of Pharmacy, effective January 18, 2016.

White earned his baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy and a M.S. in Pharmacology at Idaho State University and began his career as a practicing pharmacist in the small t... Read more...



Kelly Hines Named USP Global Fellow

Kelly Hines

Kelly M. Hines, Ph.D., senior fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry (Libin Xu lab), is one of three recipients of the 2015-2016 Global Fellowship by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). This award, in the amount of $30,000, will support Dr. Hines's project, using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry (IM-MS) to screen standards of a... Read more...



Pharmaceutics welcomes six new students with a passion for discovery

Pharmaceutics graduate students (L to R): Ryan Cheu, Olena Anoshchenko, Jessie Yu, Antonio Quinones-Lopez (not pictured here: Marc Vrana and John Amory).

 

UWSOP’s Department of Pharmaceutics welcomed six new students this fall, here to join a great tradition of life-changing research. These researchers share a passion for discovery and come to our school from all over the world, and from all sorts of backgrounds: from English majors to chemists and biologists.

Originally from the Ukrai... Read more...



Pharmaceutics’ Carol Collins part of drug risks in pregnancy mobile app team

A pregnant woman considers the medication she is about to take.

Carol Collins, Clinical Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics, will bring her expertise in drug safety information and the design of drug safety databases to this important project that seeks to create a mobile app that will help convey information about drug risks for pregnant women in collaboration with faculty from UW Medicine, UW HCDE and right... Read more...



Odegard and Diabetes Education team win UW award

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

Train the trainer program empowering clinic teams sees significant improvements in outcomes
The UW School of Pharmacy is proud to celebrate Associate Dean Peggy Odegard, PharmD, CDE’s, recognition with the Golden Eddy Award as part of a Diabetes Education team of outstanding patient educators awarded in Fall 2015. UW Medicine Patient and Family ... Read more...



Intercollegiate team will study natural product-drug interactions

Green tea is one of the products in the drug-interaction center's initial study set.

Herbal remedies are a multi-billion dollar industry. Sales of natural product supplements have nearly tripled in the past twenty years since passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. Fueled in part by the assumption that “natural” means “safe,” as well as rising costs for conventional health care, many people turn ... Read more...



Are you a #HUSKYPHARMACIST?

Student Pharmacist in UWSOP’s Bracken Pharmacy Learning Lab

Celebrate American Pharmacists Month and share your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride this October!
Whether you are an alum, student, faculty member, preceptor, graduate, friend, parent, patient or supporter, we want to see your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride!
Pharmacy Practice Changes in Washington
2015 was a big year for Pharmacists in Washington state. Under n... Read more...



Rettie Seeds the Future of Precision Medicine

The Rettie Lab team in the Mass Spectrometry Center. From L to R: MedChem grad students John Kowalski and Amanda Johnson, Professor Allan Rettie, and Senior Fellow Sutapa Ray. (Missing: Matt McDonald, Research Scientist)

“It’s a micro-farm,” said Allan Rettie recently, talking of the home where he and his wife, Shannon, nurture a menagerie of creatures great and small. “If I was not doing science, I might have been a farmer” he said tongue-in-cheek. But it’s impossible to imagine Rettie “not doing science.” For 30 years he has been at the forefront ... Read more...



The Chiba Morio Family: Undaunted in the Face of Adversity

Bain Chiba with his father Yasukichi, '17, at Bain's graduation from UW School of Pharmacy in 1937.

 Second year PharmD student Beau Chiba comes from a long line of UW School of Pharmacy pharmacists. When he graduates in 2018, it will be 101 years since his great-grandfather, Yasukuchi Chiba graduated. Beau is the sixth member of his family to attend UWSOP and his family’s story echoes the social, political, and economic ups and downs of t... Read more...



Med Chem Welcomes 2015 Students

new students

At a combined 2015 orientation event with the department of Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry chair Kent Kunze welcomed four new students into our graduate program: Modestas Filipavicius, Lorela Paco, Dylan Ross, and Eleanor Vane.  Pharmaceutics has four students entering their graduate program and one student entering their masters program.  We... Read more...



2015 Summer Diversity Program Wraps

It was a summer of hard work and discovery for four undergrads who participated in the Pharmacological Science Summer Diversity Program (PSSDP).  Hector Caldera (Fort Lewis College), Brianna Morgan (Southern Oregon University), Monica Pengshung (Southern Oregon University), and Hannah Rudolph (Agnes Scott College) recently presented posters at Mar... Read more...



Benhaim Appointed to Molecular Biophysics Training Program

Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Mark Benhaim (Lee lab) has been accepted into the NIH-supported Molecular Biophysics Training Program.  His proposed research thesis, "Deciphering the Antiviral Activity of Human Defensins: Inhibiting Influenza Virus Fusion," won him a two-year tenure on this predoctoral training grant. Benhaim's mentor, Me... Read more...



Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence for the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP)

PORPP Retreat 2015

“Great scientists and great surfers share a common trait. They don’t position themselves where the big wave is now; they position themselves where the next big wave is going to be. PORPP teaches students to read the patterns in scientific methods, to understand the history that built up behind the last big waves, and to prepare for the ride o... Read more...



Zhang named inaugural Ji-Ping Wang Endowed Fellow

Ji-Ping Fellow Faye Zhang with donor Si Luo

The inaugural Ji-Ping Wang Fellow is Faye Zhang in the Department of Pharmaceutics. Faye Zhang (pictured left) received her B.S. in Pharmaceutics from China Pharmaceutical University and M.S. in Biostatistics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She entered the UW Pharmaceutics Ph.D. program in 2010 and joined Dr. Jashvant D. Unadkat’s lab ... Read more...



Med Chem Student Interns with Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Dennis Goulet

Dennis Goulet (Atkins lab), graduate student in Medicinal Chemistry, is completing a summer internship with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company headquartered in New Jersey. Janssen wanted someone with a background in biophysical characterization and an interest in antibody scaffolds (proteins that bring other proteins tog... Read more...



Med Chem Student Receives Barnes Fellowship

Graduate student Mavis Li

Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Mavis Li (Atkins lab) has received an award from the Hope Barnes Fellowship Fund. Hope Barnes was a Med Chem graduate student who died in a climbing accident in 1991. Hope’s family established The Hope Barnes Graduate Fellowship to support and encourage talented graduate students in medicinal chemistry. The F... Read more...



Examining the Economic Consequences of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Therapy (ACTH) in Infantile Spasms and Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

PORPP Faculty Member Ryan Hansen and Research Team Present Findings at the 12th World Congress on Inflammation in Boston, Massachusetts
UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, along with Patricia Schepman, John Niewoehner, Michael Philbin, and Kavitha Damal of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, are presenting study findings in t... Read more...



Med Chem Group Attends P450 Conference in Japan

Med Chem P450 Conference Attendees

Cytochrome P450 enzymes are found in all living organisms and are essential in metabolizing a wide range of substances including steroids, fatty acids and the majority of pharmaceuticals. They control the elimination of most drugs and therefore strongly influence drug-drug interactions that can cause adverse side effects. P450s are also capable of ... Read more...



UW-led team to develop innovative HIV treatment lasting at least 7 days

Pharmaceutics Professor Rodney Ho

New regimen would make it easier for patients and potentially clear residual virus 

An interdisciplinary team led by Professors Rodney JY Ho of the UW School of Pharmacy and Ann Collier of the UW School of Medicine received $14M from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a long-lasting (7-day) therapy for HIV. The two co-Princ... Read more...



Ragueneau-Majlessi named UW CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow

UW School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutics Clinical Professor Isabelle Ragueneau-Majlessi has been named a UW CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow for 2015. The prestigious fellowship program debuted in 2011 to foster entrepreneurial thinking across UW.

Ragueneau-Majlessi is the co-author of the Drug-Drug Interaction (DIDB) and Pharmacogenetic (e-PK... Read more...



Maldonato wins TL1 research grant

Ben Maldonato is busier than usual this summer. The Medicinal Chemistry grad student is one of the 2015 cohort of predoctoral students chosen to receive a summer TL1 grant from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). During this 3-month research experience, Ben is conducting independent research with faculty mentor Rheem Totah, atten... Read more...



Innovative Pharmacy Training Does a World of Good in Malawi

Pharmacy Assistant student attending to patients during practicum training in rural pharmacies in Malawi

New Pharmacy Assistants Graduate, Improving Patient Care at Critically Understaffed Rural Health CentersWhen most of us think of our local pharmacy, we take certain things for granted. We expect that the medications prescribed to us will be in stock and that the well-educated pharmacist staff will give us clear instructions on how to take them, alo... Read more...



Scenes from Commencement 2015

Associate Dean Peggy Odegard presents Adrian Hughes with the Dean's Club Humanitarian Award

Friday was a day of recognition and celebration! Over 100 graduate and PharmD students received their degrees and began a new phase in their professional careers.Associate Dean Peggy Odegard welcomed the graduates telling them, "We are so proud of each of you. Completing a post-graduate degree at the University of Washington is not for the faint ... Read more...



Hansen study finds for new users, sleeping pills may double car crash risk

UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD

Three prescription sleeping aids are associated with an increase in motor vehicle crashes, according to a study by the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the Group Health Research Institute. The research was published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

The research, led by Ryan Hansen, UW assistant professor of phar... Read more...



SB 5557 Expands Patient Access to Care in Washington

UW School of Pharmacy Faculty and Students at the Governor’s Signing of SB 5557 on May 11, 2015

An Historic Day in Washington
Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. This law will increase patient access to medical care from pharmacists practicing within their scope of pra... Read more...



PORPP Researchers Receive $3 Million Grant to Develop VOI methods to Prioritize NHLBI trials

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Three faculty members from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) and two faculty from the Division of Cardiology received a $3 million grant to develop a comprehensive toolkit of pragmatic value of information (VOI) approaches and the corresponding software that can readily be used by clinical researchers and funders to es... Read more...



PORPP Alumnus Joseph Babigumira Featured on Whole U Faculty Friday

Image of PORPP Alumnus and UW faculty member Joseph Babigumira

We are so proud of University of Washington School of Pharmacy PORPP alumnus Joseph Babigumira, featured today in the The Whole U Faculty Friday profile!

Learn more about how he brings together his medical training, outcomes research, and passion for public health in resource deprived areas. He's able to make a difference teaching here at Univer... Read more...



Students Duong and Heeney Receive National Recognition for Script Your Future Campaign

image of PharmD students Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney

Earlier this year, PharmD students, Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney, collaborated with other health sciences students and created a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherences.

Their campaign, which included radio spots (listen), UW Health Science bus ads, individual outreach, video, and social media, was named ... Read more...



James Lin Wins NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year

Image of I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing with NCPA Student of the Year James Lin

Congratulations to James Lin, PharmD, '16, on being selected as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Outstanding Student Member of the Year for 2015!

I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing presented the award to James at the May meeting of the UW School of Pharmacy Practice Board. James represents a great tradition in UW Ph... Read more...



Anirban Basu Named Director of PORPP

Image of Anirban Basu PhD

In May 2015, Anirban Basu, PhD, was named the next Stergachis Family Endowed Director of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) in the Department of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Basu was a Professor of Health Services and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Economics, and will maintain the affiliations with... Read more...



Lou Garrison voted President-elect of ISPOR

We congratulate Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) Professor Lou Garrison who was voted President-elect for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). He will serve a three year term."The growth in numbers and the geographic and disciplinary diversity of ISPOR over the past 20 years h... Read more...



Joshua Roth Awarded 2015 ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year

Image of PORPP Annual Retreat, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, PORPP PhD and Current K12 Scholar, Joshua A Roth, will receive the ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year. The award for his paper titled "Economic return from the Women's Health Initiative estrogen plus progestin clinical trials modeling study" (Annals of Internal Medicine,  2014 May 6;160:594-602) will be presented at the Seco... Read more...



State of Washington first in pharmacy, again

Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. Pharmacists will be compensated for the patient care they provide within their scope of practice, just like nurse practitioners and physic... Read more...



Lee lab pursues clues to HIV, flu in the moment of infection

Proteins attached to the HIV virus membrane attempt to fuse with host cells.

In a basement lab deep within the Magnuson Health Sciences Building, a group of scientists works to decode the mysteries of two deadly viruses: influenza and HIV. Led by Kelly Lee, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy, they examine the viral fusion proteins found on the outside of “enveloped viruses” – viruses ... Read more...



Pelletier Wins AFPE Award to Study Acetaminophen Toxicity

Robert Pelletier

Robert Pelletier left a career in industry to pursue his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and follow his passion for teaching and research. The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) has recognized Pelletier’s potential for leadership, and awarded him their 2015 Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Science. The award period begins in S... Read more...



Solving Bietti’s Crystalline Dystrophy is mission of Pharmaceutics Prof Kelly

Department of Pharmaceutics Associate Professor Ed Kelly and graduate student Cate Lockhart (UW PharmD, '13) are undaunted by the challenge of researching the rare blinding eye disease, Bietti’s Crystalline Dystrophy (BCD). “Only one in 70,000 people has the disease and no one is doing basic research on BCD except our lab,” Kelly said. As he'... Read more...



Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Student Alenka Jaklic Named Magnuson Scholar

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We are so proud of Pharmaceutics third year Ph.D. student, Alenka Jaklic, this year's School of Pharmacy Magnuson Scholar!

Alenka has had the unique opportunity to join the start-up of an NIH-funded project aiming to develop a novel microphysiological system (MPS) that recapitulates key aspects of human kidney function, including drug transport ... Read more...



Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Selected for Prestigious ITHS TL1 Scholar Award

Congratulations go to Brian Chapron, Cate Lockhart and Savannah Kerr  and  who were selected as Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) TL1 scholars starting Summer 2016. They will be participating in curriculum and interdisciplinary clinical and translational training in the program.

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New center to use novel method to screen chemicals’ toxicity

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide $6 million in seed funding for a Predictive Toxicology Center at the University of Washington, enabling researchers, including Department of Pharmaceutics Associate Professor Edward Kelly, to develop more accurate in vitro models – organ-mimicking cell cultures – to test chemicals for thei... Read more...



UW PORPP and Fred Hutch Researchers Receive $7.75M PCORI Award to Study Cancer Treatment

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A research team, led by Scott Ramsey, director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), that includes UW Department of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) faculty members Sean Sullivan, Jeannine McCune, Aasthaa Bansal, and Gary Lyman, who also serves as a co-director at HICOR, ... Read more...



Klatt Receives NIDA/NIH Award to Research Cannabis Impact on HIV

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Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor, Nichole Klatt is one of five scientists selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Klatt proposes development of HIV cure strategies by using non-psychoactive cannabinoids as poten... Read more...



UW student team discovers stories behind ‘super-utilizer’ patients

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UW Pharm.D. student, Kelsey Rasmussen, serves as a member of an interprofessional team of students who received a grant to research why some people return multiple times for hospital services. UW's Health Science NewsBeat originally reported on their research and the student team's fascinating findings are shared in this follow up story.

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Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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Dr. Shelly Gray et. al. found a persistent link between dementia and some medications in a University of Washington/Group Health study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on January 26, 2015. The large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications with antich... Read more...



Joy & Elmer Plein Scholars Advance Geriatric Research

Plein Scholars

JOY AND ELMER PLEIN CREATED A LEGACY by establishing two funds for geriatric pharmacy research: the Elmer Plein Research Fund in Pharmacy and the Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, in addition to a fund to support faculty development.

The Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research is awarded to students engaged in geriatrics r... Read more...



Dr. Libin Xu Joins Med Chem Faculty

LIBIN XU, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. He graduated with a B.Sc. from Nakai University, Tianjin, China, completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. His current research focuses on investigating the role of 7-dehy... Read more...



Dr. Gary Lyman Joins PORPP Faculty

PORPP Professor Gary Lyman

GARY H. LYMAN, M.D., M.P.H., is Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington as well as Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine in the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also is Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research and Member of t... Read more...



UW PharmD Students Aid Hundreds in Nicaragua

UW Student Pharmacists Village Children

The day after final exams ended in June, 43 UW pharmacy students met before dawn at SeaTac. Seventeen hours later they landed, bleary-eyed but eager, at Managua's airport. They queued through customs, bearing certifications from Nicaragua's Ministry of Health, and met their in-country coordinator. Then they set out for Esteli, a small village t... Read more...



Why the Bad Taste? Dr. Joanne Wang’s Team Finds a Reason

TAKING A MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED IS CRITICAL to a drug’s effectiveness. But for some people, taking medications literally turns their stomach – and if a medication leaves a persistently bitter taste, many people, especially children and elderly patients, will take it inconsistently or not at all. In the online Journal of Biological Chemistry... Read more...



Fulbright Scholar Researches Experiential Pharmacy Education at UW

IT’S NOT OFTEN A PROMINENT RESEARCHER FROM SERBIA comes to UW Pharmacy as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. Dr. Jelena Parojcic is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Belgrade In Serbia. Her areas of research include Biopharmaceutical aspects of Drug Delivery; Drug Release Mechanisms In Vitro and... Read more...



UW School of Pharmacy Researchers Ranked #7 in the World

U.S. News & World Report debuted a new ranking called Best Global Universities last week. It measures the academic research performance and global/regional reputations of universities around the world. The UW School of Pharmacy’s scientists came in 7th overall, and 5th among U.S. public universities for research accomplishments – and 3rd am... Read more...



Klarissa Hardy Receives Major NIH Grant

Congratulations to former UW School of Pharmacy Department of Medicinal Chemistry post-doctoral fellow, Klarissa Hardy, who received a $660,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to fight breast cancer! Hardy worked with Dean Sidney Nelson to study the affects of the anti-cancer drug lapatinib on the liver. “I learned a lot from Dr. Nels... Read more...



Congratulations Prof McCune!

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

Jeannine McCune, PharmD, was announced as the newest Associate Editor of the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics the official scholarly publication of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT). Additionally, Dr. McCune was elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and will be recognized duri... Read more...



North American ISSX Meeting will award two of our faculty.

Not one, but two of our faculty were selected to receive the only awards given by The International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX). Dean Emeritus Tom Baillie was selected for the North American Scientific Achievement Award and faculty member Dr. Nina Isoherranen, was selected for the North American New Investigator Award. Both awar... Read more...



PORPP Faculty Member Garrison Named Interim Director

PORPP Interim Director Lou Garrison, Ph.D.

LOU GARRISON, PH.D., HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS INTERIM DIRECTOR for the Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (PORPP). With a background in economics, Garrison has said he plans to continue to build on the success PORPP has accrued over fifteen years, including the selection of a new director. “Lou’s ten years as Associate Director of... Read more...



How do you teach when the topic changes so fast? A Q&A with Dr. Doug Black

Dr. Doug Black talks with students in the Bracken Lab.

Doug Black, UW associate professor of pharmacy practice, confers with students in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center. From left are Zsolt Hepp, Mitul Patel and Tulip Younes.
With the Ebola virus grabbing headlines, we sat down to talk with UW Pharmacy professor Dr. Doug Black, an infectious-disease specialist, to learn more about how he teache... Read more...



On-demand intravenous fluids questioned

Have you heard about the critical shortage of IV products? We sat down with UW Pharmacy Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan to learn more about this dangerous shortage and the rising wave of so-called “hangover cure” businesses opening in Las Vegas, New York, LA, and South Florida offering vitamin and drug “cocktails” that are delivered intrav... Read more...



Announcing our new Dean of Pharmacy: Dr. Sean D. Sullivan

Provost Ani Mari Cauce announced the appointment of Dr. Sean D. Sullivan as our next Dean of the School of Pharmacy, effective September 15, 2014.

Sean came to the University of Washington in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2001 and associate dean for research in 2010. A pharmacist by training, Sean has held numerous leadership ro... Read more...



Dean Emeritus Baillie Is Top Cited Researcher

Dean Emeritus Baillie

Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie was recognized as one of the topmost cited researchers in the area of Pharmacology & Toxicology. The Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list identifies over three thousand researchers worldwide whose research was among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication. Baillie’s research... Read more...



Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Awarded IPPE Preceptors of the Year

Ron Bennett, one of the 2014 IPPE Preceptors of the Year

We asked our students about their favorite preceptors at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital – Ron Bennett (pictured), Elizabeth Fuchs, and Candy Naderi – and this is what we heard.

“They are wonderful preceptors. They involved me in everything an institutional pharmacist does from distribution to clinical pharmacy. They were very receptive to ques... Read more...



UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

As a School of Pharmacy consistently in the Top 10 nationally, we’ve come to expect our students, faculty, and alumni to excel. We are just through the busy season of springtime conferences and we find, yet again, our students continuing to lead the pack. As always, we ask that you hold your applause until the end.

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Professor Thummel elected President of ASPET

The Chair of Pharmaceutics, Ken Thummel will take office July 1, 2014. The 4,800- member society was founded in 1908 to further the growth of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics in the United States.
 

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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)... Read more...



UW researchers win grant to study effects of drugs during pregnancy

University of Washington faculty members from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine will study the effects of drugs on pregnant women with a $4.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.UW pharmaceutics professor Jashvant Unadkat will lead the five-year study, which will work on finding ways to predict how pregnant women and ... Read more...



Top 10 MOST Cited Articles by the AAPS Journal:

Ho-Leung Fung, Ph.D., is editor-in-chief of The AAPS Journal.

At The AAPS Journal Editorial Advisory Board meeting at the 2013 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, I shared a list of the top 10 articles cited over the short history of our publication. These articles, shown below, reflect the diverse fields covered by The AA... Read more...



WELCOME New Students

New Students (from left to right) Faith Stevison, Gabriela Patilea, Jake Kraft, David Wagner and Savannah Kerr

 

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Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Goes to Dr. John Watkins

Teresa O’Sullivan presents Kradjan Award to John Watkins

OUR PRECEPTORS CONTRIBUTE TIME AND EXPERTISE, opening their practice to teach and mentor our students. The Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is named for our former Associate Dean, an exemplary clinical teacher and role model and awarded annually to honor one of our preceptors.

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2013 Gibaldi Picnic

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Congratulations to the class of 2013!

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

Professor Ho to receive award at National Biotechnology Conference later this month. Professor 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. Full story...
 

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Congrats to pharmaceutics grad students

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!

 
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Alumnus Mitch Higashi Speaks at Uppsala Health Summit

University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus Mitch Higashi addressed the topic of innovation in healthcare at the Uppsala Health Summit this week. A graduate of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP), Mitch is GE Healthcare's Chief Economist. Full story...

 

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UW Pharmacy Alumnus Ryan Oftebro Innovates Method for Opioid Overdose Rx

The pain of losing a cousin who mixed methadone with alcohol inspired pharmacist Ryan Oftebro to turn his attention to preventing others from suffering the same fate. Oftebro, ’03, ’12, one of three pharmacist-owners of Seattle’s Kelley-Ross Pharmacy, is participating in a partnership between Public Health-Seattle & King County, the U... Read more...



Nasal Drug-Delivery System Noted as a Seattle Innovation

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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 dev... Read more...



Dr. Beth Devine Leads Study Showing Electronic Records Cost Savings

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Dr. Beth Devine Leads Study Showing Electronic Records Cost Savings
The age-old joke about physicians’ bad handwriting is no laughing matter. An illegible prescription can have dire consequences. Beth Devine’s research with Everett Clinic showed the dramatic impact electronic prescribing could have in both small (1-20 providers) and midsiz... Read more...



Dr. 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.
 

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2010 graduate, Dr. John Hoekman received the UW Graduate School’s 6th Chapter Award

2010 graduate, Dr. John Hoekman received the UW Graduate School’s 6th Chapter Awardfor his dissertation “The Impact of Enhanced Olfactory Deposition and Retention on Direct Nose-to-Brain Drug Delivery.”

 

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Dr. Shiu-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.

 

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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 ... Read more...



PGRN received grant to study underserved populations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken 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... Read more...



Li Liu, a PhD candidate in Dr. Jashvant D. Unadkat’s labrom Dept of Pharmaceutics, was awarded 1st place

Li 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 a... Read more...



Dr. Allan Rettie Steps Down as Chair

Dr. Allan Rettie has decided to step down as Chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, effective June 13, 2014, after serving the School for almost 15 years in that capacity. During this period, Dr. Rettie has effectively guided the department through many curricular and organizational changes, as well as economic challenges. "It is to hi... Read more...



AACP Honors Med Chem PhD Brendan Stamper

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recently honored Dr. Brendan Stamper and his colleagues at the 2014 AACP annual meeting. Dr. Stamper is a former Med Chem graduate student who received his Ph.D. in 2010 and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Eric Evangelista Appointed to Clinical Research (TL1) Training Grant

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Grant is a year-long training experience funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Research Resources. The program allows grant recipients to work as part of an interdisciplinary team doing research that focuse... Read more...



Nath Lab Welcomes New Student

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is pleased to announce that Hannah Baughman, a graduate student in the Biological Physics, Structure and Design program, has joined the Nath lab and the Klevit lab (UW Biochemistry) as a joint advisee. Hannah earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, in 2012. Her research focuses on... Read more...



Brianne Raccor to Teach at Campbell University

Dr. Brianne Raccor, Senior Fellow in the Rheem Totah laboratory and a Elmer M. and Joy B. Plein Fellow, has taken a position as Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. “I am delighted to be a new member of the faculty at Campbell,” said Brianne. “My excellent training in the Totah ... Read more...



Congratulations, Med Chem Class of 2014

Nick Au, Jean Dinh, and Eri Nakatani-Webster wait for their moment on the stage during graduation exercises at Meany Hall. (Photograph courtesy of Meg Running.)

Congratulations to the following students, who received the Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry during commencement exercises held at Meany Hall on June 13, 2014:

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Med Chem Alumnus Appointed Dean at Campbell University

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is proud to congratulate alumnus Michael Adams, Ph.D. for his recent appointment as Dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Michael did his graduate work in Medicinal Chemistry with the late Sid Nelson and graduated in 2003. His research inter... Read more...



Ryan Seguin is Magnuson Scholar 2014-2015

Ryan Seguin, PhD, Medicinal Chemistry and UWSOP Graduate Award Recipient

Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Ryan Seguin (Kent Kunze lab) has been awarded the prestigious Magnuson Scholarship for 2014-2015. The University names six Magnuson Scholars annually, one from each of the health sciences schools. Awardees are selected based on their academic performance and potential contributions to health sciences research.
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Klarissa Hardy Receives AACP Award

Former Medicinal Chemistry postdoctoral fellow Klarissa Hardy has received a 2014 New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Klarissa, now an Assistant Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN, was one of 17 award recipients for 2014. The New Investigator program provides start-... Read more...



Med Chem Welcomes New Faculty Member

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry welcomes Abhinav “Abhi” Nath, PhD, as its newest faculty member. Dr. Nath joins the department as an Assistant Professor, coming from Yale University where he did postdoctoral work in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

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Bill Atkins and the Legacy of Sid Nelson

Dr. William Atkins has been named the first Sid Nelson Endowed Professor in Medicinal Chemistry. Bill joined the Med Chem faculty in 1991. His research focuses on the biochemical nature of detoxification enzymes and on drug metabolism, with emphasis on biophysical mechanisms. He has been awarded several NIH grants for his research on enzyme systems... Read more...



Nick Au on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

Med Chem student Nick Au (Allan Rettie lab) was recently part of a team of UW graduate students who won a “Best Innovation Idea” prize in the 16th annual UW Business Plan Competition. The team is developing a “smart” polymer contact lens as an alternative delivery platform for people with diabetes.

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Medicinal Chemistry Hosts International P450 Conference

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry is excited to host the “18th International Conference on Cytochrome P450s: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structure,” to be held at the UW from June 18-22, 2013. This biennial conference has been bringing Cytochrome P450 scientists together in interesting locations for over three decades.

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Congratulations to Alice Ke, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutics and ORISE fellow in the FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology

Congratulations 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 Preg... Read more...



Med Chem Professor Wins MLK Volunteer Award

Carlos is camera-shy, but Nanci Murphy makes great cookies!

Dr. Carlos Catalano, Professor in Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded a Volunteer Recognition Award during the Health Sciences Center’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 17 in the HSB lobby. The award winners are named by the UW Health Sciences deans.

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Dr. Sean Sullivan Honored with Steven G. Avey Award for Distinguished Service

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Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and the AMCP Foundation recently recognized more than a dozen distinguished members of the Academy for their significant contributions to AMCP, managed care pharmacy and the health care system. The honored members were announced Wednesday evening, April 2, at th... Read more...



Pharmaceutics graduate students Diana Shuster and Jenna Voellinger received (ITHS) training awards

Pharmaceutics graduate students Diana Shuster and Jenna Voellinger received Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training awards for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year. The ITHS TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program sponsors a year-long intensive cli... Read more...



Nora Lee and postdoc Cara Nelson won the graduate student category of the poster competition

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-F... Read more...



New Research Institute Co-Director is Affiliate Faculty

The Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research has hired Gary Lyman to serve as the institute's co-director. Lyman is also an affiliate faculty member in our Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (as is the institute's co-director Scott Ramsey). The Daily article The Business Journal article

 

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Diabetes-Education Project Honored for Community Impact

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At the UW Medical Center Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute event on January 16th, a UW School of Pharmacy project will receive a Community Volunteer Recognition Award. The award-winning project is a diabetes-education program for homeless and low-income populations at UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center. It h... Read more...



Sullivan Shares Expertise with Maryland Students

The University of Maryland's International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research student chapter recently hosted a lecture by Sean Sullivan. In it, he gave a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved in making an economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals. Read more.

  

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Professor Emeritus Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced that Rene Levy, professor and chair emeritus of our Department of Pharmaceutics, will receive the William G. Lennox—Cesare T. Lombroso Award during this week's AES 67th annual meeting and scientific conference in Washington, D.C. Levy is a pharmaceutical chemist and the developer and director ... Read more...



Report Profiles Student Scholarship Recipient

The UW Report to Contributors features a story about fourth-year pharmacy student Blaze Paracuelles. In the piece, Paracuelles talks about why he chose pharmacy, what he hopes to do in his career and what scholarship support means to him.

 

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Bracken Family Expands Legacy with Scholarship

L.D. Bracken, a UW School of Pharmacy alumnus, was the original creator of the Blistex ointment. The School of Pharmacy has long benefitted from the generosity of L.D. and his family over the years, as noted in this UW Report to Contributors story.

 

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A Closer Look: Q&A with Jashvant Unadkat

In this Q&A, Professor of Pharmaceutics Unadkat discusses his new National Institute on Drug Abuse grant and its goals of making treatment and medications safer for pregnant women. Read more.

 

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UW Faculty, Alums Receive Awards for Innovation

This past weekend at its annual meeting, the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) announced its 2013 award winners — all of whom are individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the quality of patient care. Among this year's honorees were UW School of Pharmacy faculty members Andy Stergachis and Ryan Hansen and clinical faculty member... Read more...



Faculty Members Receive $1.9 Million Grant to Study Personalized Medicine Print

Many healthcare and research experts predict that the era of personalized medicine is fast approaching. Soon, individual patients could have their entire genome sequenced as part of routine doctor's visits. Patients could face the possibility of receiving tens or even hundreds of genomic results with important clinical ramifications — from su... Read more...



Understanding Methadone Treatment in Pregnancy

Clinical Professor Michaelene "Micki" Kedzierski was interviewed for this radio story about how women who struggle with addiction can best ensure they have a stabilized pregnancy. Read more.

  

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Working Together Across Healthcare Settings

In the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice curriculum, health sciences students are working together to solve real health challenges. Faculty member Jennifer Danielson is quoted in this article. Read more.

  

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IPSF Welcomes Another Exchange Student

Finnish pharmacy student Arto Heinonen poses in the front of this photo,
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This past spring and summer, our School's chapter of the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation welcomed another exchange student. Arto Heinonen came to the UW School of Pharmacy from the U... Read more...



Initiative Increases Focus on Collaborative Healthcare

The six UW health sciences schools have formed a new interprofessional education initiative to improve the teaching and delivery of healthcare across disciplines—using a team-based approach to make health care more efficient and effective. Read more.

 

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Grant to Study Drug Disposition in Pregnancy

A new, $4.7 million NIH grant will study how certain drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted in the body among pregnant women and their babies. Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat is the principle investigator. Read more in the 'Puget Sound Business Journal' or 'UW Today.'
 

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‘Columns’ Faculty Profile: Professor Shiu-Lok Hu

The September issue of 'Columns,' the UW alumni magazine, profiles faculty member Shiu-Lok Hu. He is part of an international network of scientists dedicated to bringing promising new HIV vaccine candidates to clinical trials.... Read more...



Garrison Contributes to ‘Value in Health’ Report

Lou Garrison, assistant director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP), co-chaired a task force whose new report makes recommendations for implementing and evaluating schemes that pay for health outcomes achieved. Read more.
 

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Grad Student’s Research in Uganda Gets Boost

PORPP Affiliate Professor Andy Stergachis and his wife, JoAnn, have create the Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange in the School of Public Health. The first recipient? PORPP graduate student Solomon Lubinga. Read more.
  

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Professor’s Startup Highlighted in UW Showcase

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho's new startup, Nova TheraNostics, has developed a brighter, longer lasting and safer MRI contrast agent. It is among 17 companies that the UW launched this fiscal year. Read more in 'UW Today' and the 'Seattle Times.'

 

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Garrison Contributes to Report on State of Personalized Medicine

PORPP Interim Director Lou Garrison, Ph.D.

LONDON, UK, July 12, 2013 — The development of personalized medicine in the United Kingdom and internationally is being thwarted by regulation and pricing systems that are not set up to enable its widespread adoption, according to a new report — "Realizing the Potential of Stratified Medicine" — from the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS),... Read more...



Stergachis Named Editor-in-Chief of APhA Journal

Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis will oversee the editorial content of the 'Journal of the American Pharmacists Association,' the peer-reviewed journal of the 62,000-member association. Read more.

 

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Students Get Certified in Tuberculosis Screening

Screening for TB is one of the best tools to prevent the disease and its spread. Pharmacists throughout the region and state have been increasing their TB screening efforts. Our School and its students are part of those efforts.  Read more.

 

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PORPP Grad Students Named Global Health Fellows

Graduate students Solomon Lubinga and Marita Mann have received Thomas Francis, Jr., Global Health Fellowships from the UW Department of Global Health. Francis Fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students who would like to gain practical global health field experience in international settings. Read more.

 

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School of Pharmacy Student Among UW Gonfalonieres

Class of 2013 gonfaloniere Melody Maa represented the School of Pharmacy at the UW graduation at CenturyLink Field. Gonfalonieres carry their school’s gonfalon, a banner that bears that school’s name and symbol. Gonfalonieres have compiled a record of outstanding achievement at the UW. Read more.

 

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A Prescription for Healthy Aging

'Columns' magazine, in its UW Foundation section, profiles PharmD student Laura Hart. The piece highlights the role that Professor Emeritus Joy Plein and the Plein Endowment have played in supporting Laura's impressive work in geriatric pharmacy.

 

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A Conversation with the Border-to-Border Founder

'Columns,' the UW alumni magazine, interviewed Patrick Gallaher, '95, founder of the School of Pharmacy's Border-to-Border relay race that since 1995 has raised money for cancer research in honor of his late father.
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Student on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

PharmD/PhD student in medicinal chemistry Nick Au was recently part of a team of UW grad students to take the Best Innovation Idea prize in the UW Business Plan Competition. Their plan? To start a company to develop a "smart" polymer contact lens to provide an alternative delivery platform for people with diabetes. Read more.

 

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Jeff Rochon is the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

This week, at the UW School of Pharmacy Dean's Recognition Reception, Jeff Rochon, PharmD, '99, will be named the School's 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Pharmacy Practice, Rochon, the Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), is a leader in the Washington State pharmacy community who has had a significant i... Read more...



Rodney Ho Receives National Research Honor

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho received the Research Achievement in Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. UW Today announcement Center for Commercialization article

 

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Bill Atkins Named Inaugural Sid Nelson Endowed Professor

In a fitting tribute to our late colleague, mentor and friend, the School of Pharmacy is humbled to share that we have formally established the Sid Nelson Endowed Professorship in Drug Metabolism. The seeds for the professorship were sown in December 2011, after our much-loved professor of medicinal chemistry and dean emeritus passed away sudde... Read more...



Faculty Member, School Profiled in Magazine

Starting on Page 67 of this issue of 'International Innovation,' there are four pages discussing the work of Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics Nina Isoherranen and our School. Read magazine.

 

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Lingtak-Neander Chan Honored for Clinical Nutrition Efforts

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A.S.P.E.N. Announces Lingtak-Neander Chan as Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award Winner
Dr. Chan honored for his dedication to clinical nutrition

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PORPP Graduate Student Named Magnuson Scholar

William Canestaro from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program has received a 2013-2014 Magnuson Scholarship. He is receiving this award based on his academic performance and potential contributions to research. Read more.

 

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Namibia Partnership Continues to Grow

A memorandum of understanding between the UW and the University of Namibia supports joint education and research activities, and opportunities for exchange in support of the newly established School of Pharmacy at the University of Namibia. Read more.
 

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Reception and Lecture Combine for One Special School of Pharmacy Event

This year, the School of Pharmacy is combining two of our signature events — the Dean's Recognition Reception and the Don B. Katterman Memorial Lecture — into one special event. This new program is intended to encourage our alumni and other members of our community to engage with the School and with fellow practitioners in an even more impactfu... Read more...



Grant Will Help Create New Certificate Program

The PhRMA Foundation recently announced that the UW will receive a $250,000 grant to establish a graduate certificate program in comparative effectiveness research. The UW Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health will create this program under the direction of Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison. Read more.

 

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School of Pharmacy Debuts 301 Class

In an effort to give more UW undergraduate students an in-depth look at what the pharmacy profession is all about, the UW School of Pharmacy is launching a new course for undergrads. Pharmacy 301, "Medications and Health: It’s not all about drugs," will be offered during spring quarter 2013.

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Barriers to Plan B Access Persist for Native Women

I2P2 Endowed Professor Don Downing was interviewed for this 'American Independent' article about the challenges that Native American women are having accessing emergency contraception. Downing has spent much of his career working with Tribal Health Authorities and advocating for access to healthcare among Native Americans. Read more.

 

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Pharmaceutics professor wins Early Career Achievement Award

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics Isoherranen will receive the Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The prestigious honor goes to investigators who have received their doctorate within the last 15 years. 'The Daily'  'UW Today'
 

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Students Win Clinical Skills Competition

Fourth-year pharmacy students Stephanie Friedman and Linda Lei took part in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 16th Annual Clinical Skills Competition at the ASHP midyear meeting in New Orleans in December. The duo took top prize for their ability to assess a complicated patient case and create a pharmacist’s care plan. Read more.
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Global Health Program Has Widespread Impact

The UW Global Medicines program, co-founded by Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis and Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison, is actively working with partner organizations and other stakeholders on activities to improve the safety, quality and affordability of medicines. Their work ranges from places like Bangladesh to Malawi. Read more.

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Naloxone Cost-Effective in Preventing Overdose

'The Annals of Internal Medicine' has released a study showing that giving heroin users naloxone is a cost-effective way to save lives. Stergachis Endowed PORPP Professor and Director Sean Sullivan co-authored the study with the Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  The Daily  UW Today

 

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Leadership Award Given Posthumously to Sid Nelson

The Washington State Pharmacy Association has given its Distinguished Leadership Award to our late Dean Emeritus and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Sid Nelson. Several alumni were also honored by the WSPA for contributions to the profession, patients and the community. Read more.

 

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Students Practice Clinical Problem-Solving Skills

On October 30, nearly 450 pharmacy students, medical students, nursing students and physician assistant students convened as teams to apply their diverse skills in a medical scenario. This is one of a series of large-scale interprofessional skills training event for health sciences students at the UW.   'UW Today' article.

 

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New Report Focuses on Diabetes in Older Adults

A new report by a consensus panel of diabetes experts has been published in 'Diabetes Care' and the 'Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.' Peggy Odegard, Chair of Pharmacy and Bridge Endowed Professor, was the only pharmacist on this panel that looked at the risks and management of diabetes in older adults. Read more.

 

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‘Native Women Face Patchwork of Plan B Policies’

I2P2 Endowed Professor Don Downing, who has long collaborated with the Tribal Health Authority, was interviewed for an 'AP/Huffington Post' story about the Indian Health Service's policies on providing emergency contraception to Native American women.

 

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Researching Male Birth Control Pill Options

In a recent 'Science' magazine article about researchers' efforts to create a male birth control pill, the work of John Amory, a UW doctor and reproductive biologist, was featured. Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics Nina Isoherranen is collaborating with Amory on a recently renewed NIH project targeting the ALDH1a2 protein for male contraception.... Read more...



Andy Stergachis Elected to Institute of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He is one of three UW faculty members to receive this distinction, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Read more.

 

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Unadkat Awarded for Scientific Contributions

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. Read the 'UW Today' article. Read the AAPS press release.

 

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Pharmacists Play Expanding Role in Health Care

Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice Endowed Professor Don Downing is interviewed in this 'Everett Herald' story about the pharmacists' role in providing vaccines. In it, he notes how Washington state has long been a trailblazer for innovating and enhancing the pharmacy profession. Read more.

 

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WSPA Announces 2012 Award Winners

Several School of Pharmacy alumni and affiliate faculty members are among this year’s award winners. The awards include Pharmacist of the Year (Beverly Schaefer, '70) and Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year (Ryan Oftebro, '95). Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson also received a posthumous Distinguished Leadership Service Award. Read more.

 
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Faculty Contribute to Malawi Health Care Project

VillageReach and the Barr Foundation recently announced the launch of a new program in Malawi to increase health care access through improvements in the public health supply chain. Faculty members Andy Stergachis and Shabir Somani will be part of this program team. Read more.

 

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Spotlight: Medicine Safety in the Middle East

At the Seattle Center's recent Global Health Experience Exhibit, a UW booth showed several videos of UW students involved in global health. One of the videos featured Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program student Norio Kasahara and his adviser, Andy Stergachis, talking about their medication safety project in Afghanistan.

 

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PORPP to Join Forces with Oregon Research Center

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a five-year contract to Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). Through this contract, the EPC becomes a partnership between Oregon Health and Science University, Spectrum Research, and the UW CHASE Alliance -- an alliance that counts our School's Pharmaceutical Outcomes Res... Read more...



School Named No. 3 in Global University Ranking

The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jia Tong University has ranked the UW School of Pharmacy No. 3 in the world in its 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). More than 1,200 universities are ranked by ARWU every year.

 

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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 professo... Read more...



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.

 

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Highlighting the Promise of Personalized Medicine

Erica Woodahl, PhD, '04, is working to improve participation in pharmacogenetic research and to build respectful relationships between researchers and Northwest tribal communities. She is part of the Northwest-Alaska Pharmacogenomics Research Network and she is a faculty member at the University of Montana. Watch video

 

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Dean Receives Award for Contributions to Chemistry

This August, School of Pharmacy Dean and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Thomas Baillie will receive the 2012 Founders’ Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Toxicology. Read more in the Original ACS Announcement or inUW Today.

 

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Student Training Focuses on Teamwork, Communication

In the simulated acute care environments of the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, more than 300 students from the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine and the Physician Assistant program recently took part in an immersive education experience focusing on team communication at the bedside.

 

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Four of our faculty members are featured on the journal’s “Top Ten Most Viewed Papers” list.

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.
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Article Honors Remarkable Women in Pharmacy

Sara McElroy, '12, immediate past president the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), is profiled in APhA's current magazine. In the article, which also highlights APhA’s Women in Pharmacy Campaign, McElroy acknowledges her female role models at the UW. (Article is on Page 16 of the digital magazine.) Read mo... Read more...



School Scientists Play a Role in Science EXPO Day

The first-ever Seattle Science EXPO Day took place Saturday, June 2nd. Lots of UW programs and people were featured among about 150 interactive experiments, games, exhibits and performances. Faculty and grad students from our School were there to share their love of science and conduct a cool experiment. Read more.

 

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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 Research 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 faci... Read more...



Working to Protect Women’s Health in Uganda

As a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) and now as an assistant professor of global health at the UW, Joseph Babigumira has focused his research on the economics of unsafe abortions in Uganda. He and a number of PORPP faculty members have a new study out showing the negative impact these procedures... Read more...



‘UW360’ Showcases Kedzierski’s Outreach Work

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Micki Kedzierski is profiled on the May episode of 'UW 360.' In it, she and some of her students are shown working with patients from Evergreen Treatment Services and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Watch the story.

 

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UW Global Medicines Program Expands Impact

From Bangladesh to South Africa, the UW Global Medicines Program continues its efforts to improve the use, safety and affordability of medicines in developing nations. Pharmacy faculty members Lou Garrison and Andy Stergachis and alumnus Joseph Babigumira are a major part of these endeavors. Read more.
 

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Kelly Lee Receives NIH Grant to Study Influenza Virus

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Med Chem Student Named UW Magnuson Scholar

Eri Nakatani Awarded Magnuson Scholarship

Med Chem graduate student Eri Nakatani (Carlos Catalano lab) has been awarded the prestigious Magnuson Scholarship for 2012. The University names six Magnuson Scholars annually, one from each of the health sciences schools.  Awardees are selected on the basis of academic performance and potential co... Read more...



Second Annual All Health Professions Day a Hit

More than 450 students from the UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy crowded into Hogness Auditorium at the UW Health Sciences Center March 6 to hear a nationally recognized physician and ethics expert and to talk about how to disclose errors to patients as an interprofessional team. Read more.

 

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Ryan Hansen is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

The School of Pharmacy's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Pharmacy Practice will go to a young pharmacist who has already made significant contributions to pharmacy technology, clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical outcomes research. Ryan Hansen is the vice president and director of technology at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy, the president of a clini... Read more...



UW School of Pharmacy Ranks Tenth in the Nation

The "Best Grad Schools: 2013" issue of 'U.S. News' hit the stands on March 14th. Our School ranked in the top 10 once again. Numerous other University of Washington professional and graduate programs were also among the top 10 in their respective categories — including the programs in medicine, nursing and social work. Read more.

 

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Faculty Member’s Spin-Off Looks to Improve Mass Spectrometry

Last year, the director of the UW School of Pharmacy Mass Spectrometry Center, Dave Goodlett, developed a method to make mass spectrometry research easier. The method, known as Surface Acoustic Wave Nebulization (SAWN), simplifies how researchers introduce nonvolatile compounds — such as proteins, lipids and small molecules like caffeine — ... Read more...



Shifting Hong Kong’s Pharmacy Care Model

Department of Pharmacy faculty members Lingtak-Neander Chan, Al Ellsworth and Annie Lam recently spent two weeks in Hong Kong training pharmacists in geriatric pharmacotherapy. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority commissioned this program as part of its larger effort to restructure the region’s pharmacy practice model. Read more.

 

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Chairs Corner: Pharmacists without Borders

The February Chairs' Corner focuses on the School of Pharmacy's impact locally, nationally and globally. Chairs' Corner is a bimonthly message about various facets of the University from the chairs of the UW Foundation Board of Directors. These messages are distributed to Foundation Board members, UW deans and chancellors, and Advancement staff. R... Read more...



Pharmaceutical Outcomes Program Receives Endowed Directorship

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowment that will support the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP). The Stergachis Family Endowed Directorship is named after Andy Stergachis, PhD, professor of epidemiology and global health and adjunct professor of pharmacy,... Read more...



Student Completes International Rotation

Fourth-year pharmacy student and Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellow Elise Fields recently completed a rotation in Windhoek, Namibia, where the UW has a collaborative relationship with the University of Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services. During her time there, she "contributed a lot in such a very short time." Read more.
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Pharmacy Faculty Collaborate Across Borders

Faculty members Dana Hammer and Nanci Murphy recently joined the UW team who presented at the international Collaborating Across Borders III Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Along with colleagues from across the health sciences, they highlighted the UW's accomplishments in advancing interprofessional educational initiatives. Read more.

 

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Shen, Unadkat Named Fellows of AAAS

Nine UW researchers are among 539 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Danny Shen, professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutics, and Jashvant Unadkat, professor of pharmaceutics, were among this year's Fellows.Read more.

 

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Remembering Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson

Special Announcement: Sid Nelson Endowed Professorship Inaugural Recipient Announced
May 6, 2013: Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Bill Atkins is the inaugural Sid Nelson Endowed Professor in Drug Metabolism. The seeds for the professorship were sown in December 2011, after our much-loved dean emeritus passed away. Our community rallied together t... Read more...



Hu Receives Major Boost in Search for HIV Vaccine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Shiu-Lok Hu, Gibaldi endowed professor of pharmaceutics, a $6.7 million grant to join the Consortium for AIDS Vaccine Discovery. He will collaborate with researchers from the Universities of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania on his four-year HIV vaccine research project. Read more.
 

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NIH Genome Sequencing Grants Awarded to the UW

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute has announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington. Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy David Veenstra is part of one of the funded research projects. Read more.
 

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Group Works Toward Greater Diversity in the Sciences

The UW chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science has received the 2011 chapter of the year award. This graduate student group, led by medicinal chemistry faculty adviser Carlos Catalano, seeks to inspire underrepresented populations to pursue the study of science at the UW and beyond. Read more.

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Pharmacy Students Lead Honduras Medical Brigade

This past September, almost thirty UW pharmacy students led a global health project in Honduras — offering a temporary, free clinic in the village of Joya Grande, a town of about 660 people. Read more.

 

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WSPA Announces Its 2011 Award Recipients

Clinical Professor Micki Kedzierski received the Cardinal Health Generations Rx Award, Associate Dean Nanci Murphy took home the Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor award, and pharmacy student Karen Craddick was named Pharmacy Student of the Year. They received their awards at the Washington State Pharmacy Association annual meeting in late October. Re... Read more...



Pharmacy Students Amp Up Their Business Expertise

The School of Pharmacy’s Principles of Pharmacy Practice Management class has undergone some changes this year. The class, co-taught by faculty members Don Downing and Shabir Somani, has added an online video curriculum and is inviting special guest speakers, among other things. George D. Bartell made an appearance earlier this quarter. Read more... Read more...



Ed Kelly Receives Tietze Young Scientist Award

Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics Ed Kelly has received the Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award from the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. He will receive one year of support of $25,000 for his project, "Identification of MicroRNA Regulators of Hepatocyte Development."

 

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UW Graduate School Honors Pharmaceutics Alumnus

John Hoekman, Ph.D., Pharmaceutics, ’10, has received the UW Graduate School’s '6th Chapter Award' for his dissertation. This award is for exceptional doctoral research that encourages commercial enterprise and technology transfer models. Hoekman worked with Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho on his research. Read more.

 

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UW Lecture Series Features Pharmaceutics Professor

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho was among the six faculty members to speak in the UW Center for Commercialization lecture series, "Wake Up to the Possibilities." This program is designed to inspire UW students and faculty to pursue commercialization. Read more.

 

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Commentary Takes a Look at Pharmacogenomics

Professor of Pharmacy David Veenstra has co-authored a commentary in ‘The Journal of the American Medical Association’ about the many different perspectives on personalized medicine. It considers how to resolve the conflicting views of entities that range from academic researchers to the pharmaceutical industry to patients. Read more.

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UW Pharmacy Cares Offers Services to Older Adults

Last year, UW Pharmacy Cares, the School of Pharmacy’s consulting pharmacy program, partnered with Era Living Retirement Community’s University House to provide services to its residents. 'Columns,' the UW alumni magazine, showcases this collaboration in its current issue.

 

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Keeping Medicines Safe in a Global Economy

In a recent opinion piece in 'The Scientist,' Epidemiology and Global Health Professor and Adjunct Pharmacy Professor Andy Stergachis writes about the need for increased scrutiny as drugs and vaccines go global. Read full article. Also read a UW Q&A with Stergachis here.

 

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Caring for Prescriptions in Extreme Weather

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Skye McKennon recently shared her drug safety expertise with 'The New York Times.' The article discussed how extreme temperatures can effect prescription and over-the-counter drugs — and what patients should do to maintain the integrity of their medications. Read more.

 

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Baillie Named Fellow of American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Dean Thomas Baillie one of its 2011 fellows. This honor goes to distinguished scientists who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and make important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. Read more in UW Today or the ACS press release.

 

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KUOW Story Discusses Expiring Drug Patents

The patents are currently set to expire on seven of the 20 top-selling prescription drugs. Professor of Pharmacy John Horn spoke to NPR's 'The Conversation' about what these changes will mean to the millions of Americans taking these medications. Listen to the interview.

 

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Professor, Alum Address Pharmacy Robbery Issue

Pharmacy robberies are on the rise in Washington state. Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing and Washington State Pharmacy Association CEO (and School of Pharmacy Alumnus) Jeff Rochon have authored a 'Seattle Times' article asserting that increasing the penalties for these crimes will make pharmacies safer. Read more.

 

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Study Determines Cost-Effective Means to Prevent Diabetes

Professor of Pharmacy Sean Sullivan is the lead author on a study out this week that shows that the cost-effectiveness of type 2 diabetes prevention can be significantly improved when a diabetes risk score (DRS) is used to identify patients at highest risk for diabetes.

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School Spinoff Company Receives Large Grant

Impel NeuroPharma, a Seattle biotech co-founded by Professor Rodney Ho and John Hoekman, Ph.D., ’10, has received a $750,000 research grant from the Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program. The project will assess how therapeutic drugs might break the blood-brain barrier to treat people exposed to chemical warfare agents... Read more...



School of Pharmacy Announces Endowed Professorships

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy congratulates the recipients of the following endowed professorships. These prestigious professorships were made possible by the support of alumni and friends.
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing
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Odegard Named Chair of Department of Pharmacy

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

Bridge Endowed Professor of Pharmacy Peggy Odegard will start her new role as the chair of the School's largest department on July 1. She will succeed Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics Danny Shen, who will return to his full-time teaching and research responsibilities at the School. Read more.

 

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Student Team Places in National P & T Competition

Pharmacy students Sara Forrester, Ingrid Larson, Lisa Rogers and Tracy Yep took third place in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition at its annual meeting in Minneapolis. This marks the third time in as many years that a UW student team has placed in the top three of this mock drug-review competitio... Read more...



“Preparing For New Health Care Market Realities” took place at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle.

On April 27, a Comparative Effectiveness Symposium, "Preparing For New Health-Care Market Realities" took place at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. Professor of Pharmacy and Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program Sean Sullivan was a symposium co-organizer and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy David Fl... Read more...



Pharmacy Student Receives ASHP Leadership Award

Third-year student Karen Craddick was one of only ten pharmacy students nationwide to receive an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Student Leadership Award. Read the press release.

 

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School Helps Namibia Open Pharmacy Program

Faculty members from the UW Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health have been working with the University of Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Health for the past few years to create this new degree program. It is the first pharmacy degree program the country has had since it gained independence in 1990. Read more.

 

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Katterman Lecture Looks to ‘Electronic Revolution’

Presenter Sue Merk, pharmacist and VP at OneHealthPort, will headline the School of Pharmacy 2011 Don B. Katterman Memorial Lecture, “The Future of Pharmacy Communication: Preparing for an Electronic Revolution.” In the May 10 event, she will explain how new technologies will improve the pharmacy profession while improving patients' lives. Read... Read more...



Pharmaceutics Student Receives University of Washington Magnuson Scholarship

Nora Lee is one of six students from the health sciences schools to be named a 2011 Magnuson Scholar, one of the highest awards given annually by the UW. Magnuson Scholars are chosen for their academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences. Read more.

 

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Anderson Named School’s Distinguished Alumna

The 2010 Distinguished Alumna in Pharmaceutical Science and Research is UW Professor of Pharmacy Gail Anderson. An internationally recognized expert on anticonvulsant medications, Anderson has devoted her career to helping better understand the treatment of epilepsy and brain injuries. Read more.

 

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Dr. Ho Featured in ‘Puget Sound Business Journal’

Pharmaceutics Professor Rodney Ho was recently named an Entrepreneurial Fellow by the UW Center for Commercialization. ThePuget Sound Business Journal featured Ho in an article about this new UW entrepreneurial fellows program. Read more (PDF).

 

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Dr. Ho Named Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho was honored as one of the UW’s most entrepreneurial faculty researchers, under a new fellowship program initiated by Interim President Phyllis Wise. Read more

 

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Health Sciences Students Focus on Collaboration

A recent UW training event for students in pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, nursing and social work was part of a larger effort at the UW to improve the model of health care. The goal of these interdisciplinary training programs is to create a system of care in which all providers work together as equals to improve patient safety. Read more. 

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Nelson Receives AACP Research Achievement Award

Sid Nelson, professor of medicinal chemistry and dean emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, has received the Volwiler Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He is noted for scientific achievements and for providing leadership to advance vital academic research. Read UW Today.

 

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Grant Will Develop a Device Created at the School

Impel Neuropharma, a biotech started by John Hoekman, Ph.D., ’10, and Professor Rodney Ho, received a Life Sciences Discovery Fund grant in collaboration with Benaroya Research Institute. Through the grant, Benaroya will further test the device Hoekman and Ho created that delivers drugs to the brain. Read more (PDF)

 

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School of Pharmacy Student, Faculty Member Receive UW Volunteer Awards

Each January, the UW Medical Center (UWMC) holds a celebration event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. At this year’s event, fourth-year pharmacy student Paul Algeo and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis received Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Volunteer Recognition Awards. These awards go to individuals who exemplify a commitment ... Read more...



Two Students Named to National Leadership Roles

Students Sara McElroy and Andrew Heinz will become presidents of two prominent pharmacy organizations — the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists and the National Community Pharmacists Association Student Leadership Council. Read more.

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Rene Levy

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. The award honors him for his contributions to the scientific and medical understanding of epilepsy drug therapy. Read more.

 

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Drug Interaction May Cause Hypotension, Study Finds

Professor John Horn co-authored a study that found that older adults on common blood pressure medications could suffer dangerous drops in blood pressure if given certain antibiotics. The Canadian Medical Association Journal study has made international headlines. CMAJ study (PDF)   Reuters article

 

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UW Global Medicines Program Launched

School of Pharmacy Professor Lou Garrison and Affiliate Professor Andy Stergarchis have joined forces in this UW Department of Global Health led effort. The program's goal is to generate and disseminate new methods and knowledge to assess and improve the safe and rational use of medicines in resource-poor countries. Read more.

 

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School Receives Flu Vaccines for Outreach Programs

Bartell Drugs has donated 4,000 vaccine doses to the UW and WSU schools of pharmacy to support programs that provide vaccines to underserved populations. Read press release (PDF).

 

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Students Make an Impression on Public Officials

Pharmacy students’ efforts to engage with public officials were noteworthy in 2010. Most recently, they met with Senator Ed Murray to advocate for patients and the pharmacy profession. Read UW Today article

 

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School Honored for Community Service

 

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy announced in November that the UW School of Pharmacy has received the 2010-2011 Transformative Community Service Award. This honor recognizes exceptional community programs that go beyond the traditional service role of academic pharmacy. Read more:
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Downing and Plein Receive 2010 WSPA Awards

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing received the David Almquist Award for outstanding work in pharmacy enrichment and Professor of Pharmacy Joy Plein received the Rod Shafer Award for pioneering contributions to the field. Several alumni and preceptors also won awards from the Washington State Pharmacy Association. Read press release and UW ... Read more...



Student Earns National Public Health Scholarship

Karen Craddick received a competitive Paul Ambrose scholarship to participate in the annual Ambrose Symposium in Washington, D.C, and to implement a public health project in her community. Read more.

 

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Schweitzer Fellowship Offers Experience of a Lifetime

Elise Fields is the first pharmacy student ever to receive a Schweitzer Lambarene Fellowship. She went to Gabon this summer to work at the hospital founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Albert Schweitzer. Read more.

 

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Garrison Speaks at Health Affairs Comparative Effectiveness Conference

Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison presented his research at the Health Affairs-sponsored conference and was featured in the October issue of the magazine, which focused on the federal push for comparative-effectiveness research.

 

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Sullivan Receives $2.45 Million AHRQ Grant

Professor of Pharmacy and Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program Sean Sullivan received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a scientist career-development program. Read more.

 

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Plein Is Idaho State U’s 2010 Distinguished Alumna

Professor of Pharmacy Joy Plein, ’51, ’56, has been honored by her undergraduate alma mater for exemplary professional and personal contributions that have resulted in national or international recognition. Read more.

 

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A Welcome to the Class of 2014

On Monday, September 27, the UW School of Pharmacy welcomed its newest class of Pharm.D. candidates at its annual Welcome to the Profession Ceremony, otherwise known as the "White Coat Ceremony."

The theme of the event was based on a quote by writer and artist Mary Anne Radmacher: “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practi... Read more...



Major Grant Will Support Underserved Populations

Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutics Ken Thummel and colleagues recently learned they have received a $10 million NIH grant to create a Northwest-Alaska center to study pharmacogenomics in rural and underserved populations. Read more.

 

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Life Sciences Discovery Fund Issues Awards

Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho has received an LSDF grant to develop a safer and more effective MRI contrast agent. LSDF supports research to promote life sciences competitiveness and improve health. Read press release (PDF).

 

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PORPP Helps Create Important UW Research Alliance

This past November, the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program co-founded the UW Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE) Alliance. In its first six months, the Alliance has already gained ground in research efforts and training programs. Read more.

 

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Largest ever interprofessional training event for health sciences students a success

Nursing, pharmacy, medical and MEDEX students collaborated in simulated clinical scenarios to practice teamwork, communication and patient safety skills. Read More.

 

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School of Pharmacy Program Continues Groundbreaking Research on Medication Use in Pregnancy

The summer issue of the UW alumni magazine, Columns, highlighted the work of Professor of Pharmacy Mary Hebert, director of the renowned Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Unit. The unit recently received a $5 million grant to continue its work on the clinical pharmacology of medications taken during pregnancy. Read more.

 

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UW Student Becomes First-Ever Pharmacy Student to Be Named a Schweitzer Fellow

Second-year pharmacy student Elise Fields has become the first pharmacy student ever to receive a Lambarene Public Health Fellowship from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. She will spend the summer working on a tuberculosis medication safety project at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, West Central Africa. Read more.

 

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Students Again Place in National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition

For the second year in a row, a UW student team made it to the finals in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition in April. They took second place and received $1,500 to go toward scholarships. Read more.

 

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Professor Shelly Gray’s Research Finds Risk Associated with Popular Medications

Shelly Gray, professor in the Department of Pharmacy, was the lead author in an Archives of Internal Medicine study of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which are commonly used gastric acid-suppressing medications. The study showed an association between PPIs and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women.  Read the full study. See Wall Street Jou... Read more...



Don Downing Weighs in on Washington State Medicaid Changes

Clinical professor Don Downing was recently interviewed for a story on KUOW about Washington's generics-first policy for anti-psychotics. Listen to the full story or read the transcript here.

 

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Medicinal Chemistry Student Named 2010 Magnuson Scholar

John Chapman, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Pharmacy’s Goodlett Lab, is a 2010 Magnuson Scholar. This award is given by the University of Washington to health sciences graduate students on the basis of academic performance and potential contributions to research. Read more.

 

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Pharmacy Students Go to Capitol Hill

Students recently attended the American Pharmacists Association and National Association of Chain Drug Stores conventions in Washington D.C. They came home with several awards and newfound government connections. Read more.

 

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Chan and Downing Headline Lecture

Katterman Lecture Highlights Faculty This year's lecture, headlined by Professors Lingtak-Neander Chan and Don Downing, is called "Keeping Up, Staying Ahead: Innovations in Community Practice, Inpatient Care and Pharmacy Management." Read more.

 

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School to Host Biosimilars Conference

The Conference on Biosimilars will take place Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, on campus. Faculty members from the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine and professionals from local and international biomedical companies will present at the conference. Industry professions and UW scientists and researchers involved in drug discovery are invited to ... Read more...



Professors Bring New Pharmaceutical Care Model to Ethiopia

A team of three faculty members from the Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health recently traveled to Ethiopia to help the African nation’s health care practitioners improve their pharmaceutical care model. So far, their efforts are proving to be successful. Read more

 

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Pharmacists Expand Focus on Women’s Health

Modern Medicine interviewed Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing for an article about pharmacists’ role in providing patient-consulting services to women. In the piece, Downing emphasized, among other things, that pharmacists are not just pill vendors, but also caregivers who take personal responsibility for patient outcomes. Read article.
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Pharmaceutics Professor Featured in UW Report

Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho was highlighted in the 2009 UW Foundation Report to Contributors. Read more.

 

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Levy Retires After Almost 40 Years

Dr. Rene Levy, professor of pharmaceutics and director of the Metabolism and Transport Drug Interaction Database (DIDB), retired at the end of 2009. Levy worked at the UW School of Pharmacy for almost 40 years.He received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy in 1965 from the University of Paris and completed his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry a... Read more...



PORPP Research Shows Impact of E-Prescribing

Research Associate Professor Beth Devine recently led a study on the impacts of e-prescribing, in collaboration with researchers from the School’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program and from The Everett Clinic. The published study measured the impact of computerized provider order entry on medication errors, and it was designated... Read more...



Downing Interviewed on KUOW’s “The Conversation”

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing was recently interviewed by National Public Radio station KUOW about the role of pharmacists in health care. Listen to the MP3 of his interview.

 

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William F. Trager, Ph.D: In Remembrance

By Dean Emeritus Sid Nelson

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry William “Bill” Trager lost his short battle to cancer last month. He was 72 years old.Bill received his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry — focusing on conformational analysis and nuclear magnetic resonance — from the University of Washington in 1965 under the sup... Read more...



Turning to Technology

Telepharmacies, robots are two ways technological innovations are making pharmacy services better.

Read the 2009 Columns article, "Turning to Technology".

 

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The Changing Face of Pharmacy

Using entrepreneurial ideas and new technology, the UW School of Pharmacy is taking an old-fashioned health-care system into the future
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Pharmacy Student of the Year, Innovative Practice awards go to UW

Congrats to WSPA’s Award Winners, Read U Week article (November 12, 2009), Read WSPA announcement

 

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Small-Town Pharmacy Business Plan Wins National Competition

UW students won first place nationally in the prestigious Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition. Read more in University Week .

 

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Students celebrate American Pharmacists Month with ad campaign

Celebrating American Pharmacists Month (October 8, 2009)

 

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Sullivan to co-PI Cancer Research Project

Sullivan to co-PI Cancer Research Project, Read Business Journal article (October 5, 2009), Read press release (October 5, 2009)

 

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School Research on KING 5

The Department of Pharmacy's Annie Lam was recently featured on the Seattle evening news to talk about research she is conducting in collaboration with the School of Nursing. The research is examining how "talking pill bottles" might improve the health, safety and health literacy of certain patients taking medications. Watch KING 5 news segment, Re... Read more...



Local researchers test ‘talking pill bottle’

School Research on KING 5, Watch KING 5 news segment (September 26, 2009), Read previous U Week article article (May 14, 2009)

 

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Annie Lam honored for Asian community-outreach program

Lam Honored for Outreach Program (September 25, 2008)

 

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Tuscany Provides Backdrop for Pharmacy Education

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Remembering Alain Huitric

By Bill Trager

Alain Huitric, professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry, passed away in late July at his home in Brittany, France, shortly before his 97th birthday.Al was born in 1912 in Sainte Rose du Lac, a small French-Canadian community in the province of Manitoba. In his teens, he and his family immigrated to the United States and took up r... Read more...



Stimulus Package Reaches School of Pharmacy

Stimulus Package Reaches School of Pharmacy (August 6, 2009)

 

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UW Honored at AACP Meeting

UW Takes Multiple Top Honors at AACP Meeting

Faculty, students and alumni from the University of Washington had an impressive showing at the recent American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting in Boston. AACP, the national organization that represents pharmacy education and educators, has a membership of almost 60,000 people.Congr... Read more...



Editorial: Pharmacists Important to Health Care Reform

Faculty members Don Downing and Peggy Odegard wrote an editorial for 'The Bellingham Herald' about the important role that pharmacists play in a reforming health care system. Read more (PDF).

 

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Baillie and McCune accept professional pharmacy honors

Baillie and McCune Accept Honors (July 9, 2009)

 

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Groundbreaking Technology Goes Commercial

Groundbreaking Technology Goes Commercial,  (June 25, 2009), Read article about Impel

 

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For pharmacy students, breaking down complex drug has its rewards

Students Win National AMCP Award, (June 4, 2009)

 

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School Mourns the Loss of Alumna and Longtime Supporter

Shirley Bridge, ’45, passed away this past weekend. In addition to being a prominent community-member and tireless advocate for multiple social causes, she was a longtime supporter of the UW School of Pharmacy. She will be greatly missed by the faculty, staff and students whose lives she impacted.
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School Mourns Loss of Bev Katterman

Remembering Bev Katterman

Beverley Katterman, former co-owner of Montlake Drugs and Katterman’s Sand
Point Pharmacy and wife of the late Don B. Katterman, passed away on Thursday, May 28th. Katterman’s Pharmacy has been a mainstay in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood since 1965.
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Pharmacy Students’ Public Service Announcement Urges Sun Protection

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Message from Herb Tsuchiya, 2008 School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

Tsuchiya gave the following speech upon accepting his award at the School of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Recognition Reception on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009:First, I thank God for keeping me alive for this long. He must have a purpose and work for me to do for a little while longer. Just like pharmaceutical drugs, we humans have an expiration date. We just... Read more...



Biography of Herb Tsuchiya, 2008 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

Herbert Minoru Tsuchiya graduated from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1955. After completing his degree, he worked as a Seattle area pharmacist for more than 50 years — almost 30 of which were spent as the owner, manager and preceptor at Genesee Street Pharmacy in southeast Seattle. Today, he still runs into former clients who recognize him from hi... Read more...



Pharmacy student creates medication-safety program in Uganda

Pharmacy Student Creates Drug-Safety Program in Uganda (May 7, 2009)

 

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2009 Dean’s Recognition Reception

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Tsuchiya Named Distinguished Alumnus

Tsuchiya Named Distinguished Alumnus, Read NW Asian Weekly article, Read Tsuchiya's biography, Read Tsuchiya's acceptance speech (May 2009)

 

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UW names 2009 Magnuson Scholars

PORPP Student Receives Premier UW Scholarship (April 30, 2009)

 

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ISPOR elects Ramsey president

Ramsey Elected as ISPOR President (April 27, 2009)

 

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Pharmaceutics Professor Receives Prestigious Biotechnology Award

Pharmaceutics Professor Receives Prestigious Biotechnology Award, AACP Press Release (March 26, 2009), U Week Article(April 9, 2009)

 

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A conversation with Dean Thomas Baillie

Q&A with Dean Baillie (April 2, 2009)

 

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MRSA Among Topics at 2009 Katterman Lecture, April 1

MRSA Among Topics at 2009 Katterman Lecture (March 12, 2009)

 

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School Mourns the Loss of Two Beloved Members of Our Community: Rick J. Carlson & Tom Kalhorn

School Mourns the Loss of Two Beloved Members of Our Community: Rick J. Carlson and Tom Kalhorn (February-March, 2009)

 

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Ignition Awards Will Support Translational Research

The UW School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the first three recipients of its Ignition Awards — an award created in partnership with the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). Read more.

 

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Faculty Contribute to International Drug Study

Faculty Contribute to International Drug Study (February 19, 2009) Read full study: Estimation of the Warfarin Dose with Clinical and Pharmacogenetic Data

 

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Pharmacy students’ outreach garners national acclaim

Students' Outreach Garners National Acclaim (February 12, 2009)

 

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Dr. Ho Named Fellow of Preeminent Association

Dr. Ho Named Fellow of Preeminent Association (January 8, 2009)

 

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Combating overmedication one patient at a time

Combating Overmedication One Patient at a Time (January 8, 2009)

 

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WSPA Honors 2008’s Best

WSPA Honors 2008's Best (January 2009)

 

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New Program Strengthens Ties Between Health Professions

New Program Strengthens Ties Between Health Professions (December 19, 2008)

 

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Weber recognized for contributions to psychiatric pharmacy

Weber Honored for Contributions to Field (December 4, 2008)

 

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Talking pill bottles aim to improve health, health literacy

Pill Bottles May Improve Health Literacy, Read U Week article (May 14, 2009), Read NIH Grant announcement (November 10, 2008)

 

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School Welcomes New Dean

When the UW Board of Regents chose Dr. Thomas A. Baillie as the next dean of the School of Pharmacy, it welcomed back an old friend to the UW family. Baillie served as a professor of medicinal chemistry in the School from 1981 to 1994.
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CFD volunteer protects kitties through all nine lives

UW Showcases Volunteer Efforts of Med Chem Employee (October 16, 2008)

 

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Pharmacy student receives coveted Roybal Scholarship

Pharm.D. Student Receives Coveted Scholarship (October 16, 2008)

 

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Search tool that makes drugs safer is poised for growth

Drug-Interaction Database Poised for Growth (October 9, 2008)

 

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Shen to head national pharmaceutical group

Shen to Head National Pharmaceutical Group (October 2, 2008)

 

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