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Gene therapy for sickle cell disease could substantially increase life expectancy, but its cost-effectiveness compared to conventional treatment will depend on price

Two NIH-funded models provide detailed estimates of costs and benefits An analysis funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of National Institutes of Health, suggests that compared with the life-long costs…


Holly Seyler receives Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship

Holly Seyler

The American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation recently announced that PY1 PharmD student Holly Seyler has been awarded the Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company (www.phmic.com) donated…


Felipe Montano-Campos Awarded Latino Center for Health Fellowship

Felipe Montano-Campos

Congratulations to Felipe Montano-Campos, a third-year PhD student in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at the CHOICE Institute, has been awarded the Fellowship from the Latino Center for Health. An interdisciplinary health sciences research center…


Shijie Cao Receives PhRMA Grant

Shijie Cao

Congratulations to UW School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Shijie Cao, who recently received a Faculty Starter Grant in drug delivery from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation (PhRMA). This award is intended to provide…


CHOICE PhD Student Awarded ASCO Conquer Cancer Merit Award

Sara Khor

Sara Khor, 5th year PhD student in The CHOICE Institute, was awarded the the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Merit Award for her team’s study that examined the association between pre-diagnosis financial…


CHOICE PhD Student Presents at American Society of Human Genetics Meeting

Joyce Jiang presenting at ASHG 2023 in Washington, DC.

Shangqing (Joyce) Jiang, 5th-year PhD student at the CHOICE Institute, presented her work with Drs. David Veenstra and Greg Guzauskas as a podium presentation at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annual conference in…


CHOICE PhD Student Contributes to APhA-CDC Project Addressing Immunization Access Disparities

In November, 4th-year CHOICE Institute PhD student, Rachel Wittenauer, was invited to attend a meeting hosted by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) at their headquarters in Washington, DC for an APhA-CDC project, “Improving Standard Immunization…


CHOICE Institute Faculty Appointed to Washington State Prescription Drug Affordability Board

Doug Barthold

Research Assistant Professor and CHOICE Faculty Fellow, Douglas Barthold, PhD was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Washington State Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB). Authorized under Senate Bill 5532, this five-member board…


UWSOP faculty co-author study on how Medicare is overpaying for generic drugs

Sean Sullivan, PhD, and Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD

Disturbing financial practice by Medicare Part D sponsors revealed in University of Washington study of data from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Medicare is the single largest provider of health insurance in the…


UWSOP Faculty Receive $4.5M NIH Grant

Clockwise from top: Ed Kelly, Jash Unadkat, Sam Arnold, Joanne Wang

A team consisting of four UW School of Pharmacy faculty recently received a 5-year, $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development…


Professor Jash Unadkat awarded the ISSX North American Scientific Achievement Award

Professor Jash Unadkat awarded the ISSX North American Scientific Achievement Award

Department of Pharmaceutics Professor Jash Unadkat was recently awarded the ISSX North American Scientific Achievement Award in honor of Ronald W. Estabrook. This is an outstanding recognition of Jash’s remarkable research contributions in understanding transporter…


Pharmaceutics Student Awards & Fellowships

(Left to right): Tim Tsang, Anish Mahadeo, Christopher Arian, Keiann Simon, Aurora Authement, Vicky Sun, Yue (Winnie) Wen

Each year, UWSOP Department of Pharmaceutics announces student awards & fellowships. Here are the 2023 recipients: Tim Tsang – Danny Shen Endowed Graduate Award Anish Mahadeo – William E. Bradley Endowed Fellowship Christopher Arian –…


The CHOICE Institute 2022-2023 Annual Report Now Available

The CHOICE Institute 2022-2023 Annual Report Now Available

Access the report here: https://sop.washington.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023-CHOICE-Institute-Annual-Report.pdf


Pharmacy In Focus: September 2023

UW SOP Pharmacy in Focus

Pharmacy In Focus: September 2023


UWSOP PharmD Student Selected for AACP Aspiring Academics Program

Holly Seyler

PharmD PY1 student Holly Seyler is among 20 student pharmacists across the country recently selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for the inaugural cohort of the AACP Aspiring Academics Program. Aspiring Academics…


Inga Erickson Wins American Epilepsy Society 2023 Grass Foundation Young Investigator Award

Inga Erickson

Inga Erickson, a master’s student in the Department of Pharmaceutics, won the American Epilepsy Society 2023 Grass Foundation Young Investigator Award. Her abstract stood out among 1,300 entries. Inga’s remarkable achievement earns her a spot…


Aaron del Pozo Sanz Awarded AES Fellowship for Epilepsy Research

Aaron del Pozo

Congratulations to Aaron del Pozo Sanz, a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy’s Barker-Haliski Lab! Aaron has been awarded a 2023 Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the American Epilepsy Society…


SOP Faculty Present Research at ISS Conference

Ed Kelly (left) and Cathy Yeung (right) with Astronaut Megan McArthur (center) at this year’s ISSRDC meeting

Drs. Ed Kelly (Department of Pharmaceutics) and Cathy Yeung (Department of Pharmacy) recently attended and presented their research at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) held in Seattle August 1-3. Drs. Kelly…


CHOICE Team Publishes Guide for Medicare and Medicaid Drug Price Negotiations

Led by Dr. Anirban Basu, researchers at the CHOICE Institute, University of Washington, have published an economic-principles-based guide on factors the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may consider when drafting their strategy to…


Pceut Presenters Awarded for ASPET Posters

Pharmaceutics students Letícia Salvador Vieira (left) and Ellen Riddle (right)

Pharmaceutics students Letícia Salvador Vieira (left) and Ellen Riddle (right) both received awards for their poster presentations at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) 2023 Conference in St. Louis in May. Letícia…


UW Rho Chi Society 2023 Induction Ceremony 

The UW chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony last week welcoming new members from the 2025 graduating class. The national society recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement in the…


UW Professor Anirban Basu Addresses ‘Algorithmic Discrimination’ With New Study

Seattle, WA – University of Washington Professor Anirban Basu, the Stergachis Family Endowed Director of the CHOICE Institute, has published a paper in Science Advances on a controversial topic regarding whether variables such as race…


Professor Andy Stergachis co-leads workshop on substandard and falsified antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance

Professor Andy Stergachis co-leads workshop on substandard and falsified antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance

UW School of Pharmacy & CHOICE Institute Professor Andy Stergachis co-led an invitational workshop at the University of Oxford to discuss research on the relationship between substandard and falsified antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance. Held on…


Jayanth Panyam selected as Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Jayanth Panyam

University of Washington Provost Mark Richards this week announced the appointment of Jayanth Panyam as the new Dean of the School of Pharmacy beginning August 15, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Panyam fills…


UWSOP Faculty to Receive Distinguished Teaching Award

UWSOP Faculty to Receive Distinguished Teaching Award

A very special congratulations to Jennifer Chang, Seohyun “Claudia” Choi, Jennie Do, Karan Dawson and Leigh Ann Mike, who will receive UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Teams at the 53rd annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony…


Alex Wiley Named 2023-2024 Magnuson Scholar

Alex Wiley

UW’s Board of Health Sciences Deans announced this week that fourth-year UWSOP Medicinal Chemistry student Alex Wiley has been named a 2023-2024 Magnuson Scholar. She is one of 7 awardees honored this year for both…


CHOICE Team Co-Authors Study Supporting Routine Genomic Testing for Young Adults

Researchers from The Comparative Effectiveness, Policy & Economics (CHOICE) Institute in the Department of Pharmacy recently published a simulation modeling study in Annals of Internal Medicine that urges U.S. health policymakers to consider routine genomic…


PharmD Student Receives US Public Health Pharmacy Award

Ruger Stufflebeam

UWSOP PharmD student Ruger Stufflebeam has been selected for the 2023 United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award! This award recognizes pharmacy students who make significant contributions to public health, including…


UWSOP P&T Team Awarded Second Place at 2023 Finals

UWSOP Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Team

The School of Pharmacy is proud to announce the UW AMCP Chapter P&T team placed second at the National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition finals! The event, which took place March 22 during…


Garrison Speaks at HTA Conferences in Egypt and India

Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison speaking at the 2023 ISHTA

Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison spoke recently at health technology assessment (HTA) meetings held in Cairo and New Delhi with similar themes in both regions. HTA is well appreciated in both regions and steps are being taken to build institutions and capacity to carry out HTA.

Lou was a keynote speaker in the 1st Annual Arab Health Economics Meeting: Evolution of Health Economics in Arab Countries.


Welcoming our 2023-2025 Cohort of MS HEOR Fellows

The CHOICE Institute is pleased to announce the 2023-25 cohort of CHOICE MS HEOR Fellows who will start their programs on July 1, 2023. Our HEOR MS fellows work closely with faculty in the CHOICE…


Barker-Haliski and Jackson Named 2023 ASPET Award Recipients

Melissa and Klarissa

Congratulations to School of Pharmacy and Plein Center Research Associate Professor Melissa Barker-Haliski and Medicinal Chemistry post-doc Klarissa Jackson, ’13, who have both been named 2023 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Award…


Sullivan Named 2022 AAAS Fellow

Sean Sullivan

School of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute Professor Sean D. Sullivan is among four University of Washington researchers who have been named AAAS Fellows, according to a Jan. 31 announcement by the American Association for…


King Yabut Receives MLK Community Service Award

King Yabut

King Yabut, a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutics in his sixth year, has been named a recipient of the 2023 MLK Community Service Award. Yabut dedicates his personal and professional life to empowering…


Four students awarded Baxter scholarships in Geriatric Pharmacy

The Plein Center is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Baxter Student Scholarship: Amanda Bryan, Garbo Grossman, Brian Lee, and Nghi Nguyen. Each recipient will be awarded $500 to put towards their Plein…


Plein Scholar, Michelle Nguyen, discusses her research project:

Michelle Nguyen (PharmD Candidate 2023) and Shelly Gray presented a poster (co-authored by Abby Winter, Assistant Director for Outreach for the Plein Center) at the ASCP Annual Meeting entitled “Understanding Older Peoples’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Self-Motivated Health Behaviors Regarding Use of OTC Anticholinergic Medications: A Focus on Assisted Living Community Residents.”

Michelle Nguyen (PharmD Candidate 2023) and Shelly Gray presented a poster (co-authored by Abby Winter, Assistant Director for Outreach for the Plein Center) at the ASCP Annual Meeting entitled “Understanding Older Peoples’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and…


Spotlight on Geriatric APPE Rotation Site: Ottersen’s Pharmaceutical Services

Ottersen’s pharmacy is a small, independent, closed-door, long-term care pharmacy on-site at Foss Home and Village, an assisted living and skilled nursing facility in the Bitter Lake neighborhood of Seattle. Precepted primarily by Sonya Kousoum,…


Department of Pharmaceutics Welcomes Two New Faculty

Department of Pharmaceutics Welcomes Two New Faculty

The UW School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics is excited to introduce and welcome two new faculty members: Dr. Samuel Arnold and Dr. Shijie Cao. Dr. Arnold will begin his role as assistant professor January…


2022 PAA Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

2022 PAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

The UW School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA) invite you to recognize exceptional School of Pharmacy alumni by nominating one or more colleagues for the School’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Presented annually…


Extraordinary Support

Three exceptional UW School of Pharmacy graduate students – Keiann Simon, Alex Wiley and Adi Kumar – discuss their individual journeys at the #UWSOP and offer insight on what makes the School so special.

Three exceptional UW School of Pharmacy graduate students – Keiann Simon, Alex Wiley and Adi Kumar – discuss their individual journeys at the #UWSOP and offer insight on what makes the School so special.


Congratulations, Leticia Salvador Vieira, on receiving the 3rd prize for Best Podium Presentation at the GPEN Conference

Leticia Salvador Vieira

Congratulations, Leticia Salvador Vieira, on receiving the 3rd prize for Best Podium Presentation at the 13th biennial Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network (GPEN) Conference 2022 (Minneapolis, October 19th-22nd)! Leticia is a 5th year Ph.D. student…


Fulbright US Senior Scholar Prof. Beth Devine returns to School of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute after a 9-month sabbatical in Spain

Beth Devine

During the past academic year 2021-22, UWSOP Professor and Associate Director Beth Devine enjoyed a sabbatical as a Fulbright US Senior Scholar and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Methodology in Health Sciences, Department…


Volunteers Needed for Pharm 501

Volunteers Needed for Pharm 501

Each year, first-year UWSOP students complete an assignment in PHRMCY 501: Foundations of Being a Pharmacist I called the “Friends and Family Assignment.” This assignment requires students to either practice their clinical interview skills or…


Lou Garrison Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Lou Garrison

Congratulations to Lou Garrison, Professor Emeritus for The CHOICE Institute, who has been awarded the 2022 Avedis Donabedian Lifetime Achievement Award by ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research recognizing his outstanding, life-long contribution to…


Design of membrane-traversing peptides leads to new spinout

Gaurav Bhardwaj

Led by Department of Medicinal Chemistry Assistant Professor Gaurav Bhardwaj, a team of researchers at the Institute for Protein Design, University of Washington have discovered how to create peptides that slip through membranes and enter cells. This #DrugDesign breakthrough…


The CHOICE Institute Annual Symposium: Health Equity in HEOR

CHOICE

October 21st, 2:00 – 4:30 PM | Hosted virtually on ZOOM Webinar | Hosted in-person at the Health Sciences Education Building, Room 101 Please join us for the 2022 CHOICE Institute Annual Symposium. Health Equity is…


Area High School Students STEP Toward a Career In Pharmacy

Students Exploring Pharmacy (STEP) Program

The 2022 edition of the Students Exploring Pharmacy (STEP) program recently welcomed 30 local high school juniors and seniors to the University of Washington campus. Each year, the 4-day program invites students to engage in…


Study Examines Effects of Regulations That Eliminate Insurance Cost-Sharing for Colorectal Cancer Screening

JAMA Network Open has published a new study – “Comparison of Screening Colonoscopy Rates After Positive Noninvasive Testing for Colorectal Cancer in States With and Without Cost-Sharing”– examining the effects of policies in Oregon and…


Enrique Saldarriaga wins 2022 UW Three Minute Thesis Competition

Enrique Saldarriaga

Enrique Saldarriaga, PhD candidate in the School of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute, has won first place in the 2022 UW Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. His dissertation, The Value of Using Local Data to…


Sara Shum Receives Gillette Award for Publication

Sara Shum

Sara Shum ‘21, a PhD graduate from UWSOP’s Department of Pharmaceutics, has been chosen as a recipient of the 2021 Gillette Award for the last chapter of her dissertation, which has been published in the…


CHOICE PhD Student Awarded Magnuson Scholarship for 2022–2023

Yilin Chen

The UW School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that Yilin Chen, a PhD candidate in The CHOICE Institute, has been selected as one of the Magnuson Scholars for the 2022–2023 academic year. While pursuing her…


UWSOP Professor Wins Award of Excellence in 2022

Yvonne Lin

The School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that Yvonne Lin ’02, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics, will receive the Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award at the upcoming 52nd Annual UW Awards…


Pharmaceutics Student Wins Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Roshni-Sabhaya

UWSOP Department of Pharmaceutics student, Roshni Sabhaya, has been awarded a Mary Gates Research Scholarship to investigate the effects of certain toxins on Chronic Kidney Diseases of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) using the kidney chip system…


David Veenstra and Colleagues Awarded $4.5M Grant From the National Human Genome Research Institute

David Veenstra

UWSOP Professor and Associate Director David Veenstra, along with Vanderbilt University Professor Josh Peterson, and Geisinger Health Assistant Professor Jing Hao, have been awarded a 5-year, $4.5M grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute…


Pharmacy Student Team Takes 3rd Place in National P&T Final

Alin Kalayjian, Katie Necas, Kevin Li, and Sanchita Galgalikar

On March 30 in Chicago, Alin Kalayjian, Katie Necas, Kevin Li, and Sanchita Galgalikar—the student team representing UWSOP—placed third in the final round of the 22nd Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition,…


Four UWSOP Faculty Each Receive $20k Innovation Award for 2022

Abhinav Nath, Yvonne Lin, Brian Werth, Qingxin Mu

The UWSOP Faculty Innovation Award provides financial support of up to $20,000 each for high-risk, innovative research projects. The reviewers look for projects with high scientific merit and great potential to generate extramural funding. This year,…


“Kidney on a Chip” team Awarded Contract for New Study and Collaboration

Kidney-on-a-chip team

UWSOP Assistant Professor and Kidney Research Institute Investigator Cathy Yeung ‘05 and her team—composed of Ed Kelly, Benjamin “Beno” Freedman, along with Kenneth Thummel ‘87, and Jonathan Himmelfarb—have been awarded a contract for their study…


The CHOICE Institute and Department of Pharmacy Welcome Decision Scientist Kyu Eun Lee

Kyu Eun Lee

Dr. Kyu Eun Lee, PhD will be joining The CHOICE Institute and the Department of Pharmacy in January as The CHOICE Institute Endowed Assistant Professor of Health Decision Sciences. Dr. Lee obtained a PhD in…


Assessing Payers’ Preferences for Real-World Evidence in the United States

Enrique Saldarriaga

A research study published in Value in Health (and deemed as one of the Editor’s Choice articles) has determined that US insurance payers have higher preferences for clinical and health-related quality of life outcomes when…


Ed Kelly Joins NASA Panel

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world and shape sound policies, inform public opinion,…


Students Provide Hopeful ‘FEEDBACK’

Students Provide Hopeful ‘FEEDBACK’

New initiative champions equity among marginalized students. Though the University of Washington (UW) prides itself on diversity, there’s still much work to be done regarding the promotion of equitable representation of our state’s native and…


Juan Garcia Selected to Participate In Latino Center for Health Scholars Fellowship Program

Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia, a PharmD student at UW School of Pharmacy, has been selected to participate in the Latino Center for Health 3rd Annual Student Scholars Fellowship Program in 2022. This fellowship program plays an important…


Peggy Odegard Appointed UWSOP Interim Dean

Peggy Odegard

UW Provost Mark Richards announced today that Dr. Peggy Odegard has agreed to serve as interim dean for the UW School of Pharmacy, effective September 1, 2022, until a new dean is selected. Richards and…


Douglas Barthold Awarded NIA Grant

Douglas Barthold

UWSOP Research Assistant Professor and CHOICE Faculty Fellow Douglas Barthold has been awarded a K01 grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) for his project titled, Long-term effects of today’s medical care access policies…


The CHOICE Institute and Department of Pharmacy Welcome Health Economist Jing Li

Jing Li

Dr. Jing Li, MA, PhD will be joining The CHOICE Institute and the Department of Pharmacy in August as an Assistant Professor of Health Economics. Dr. Li earned her PhD in Health Policy (Economics Track) from the…


Klarissa Jackson Receives 2022 ASPET Award

Klarissa Jackson

Klarissa Jackson, ’13, has been awarded an ASPET 2022 Division for Translational and Clinical Pharmacology Early Career Award which recognizes excellence in translational and clinical pharmacology research developed by early-career scientists. A 2013 UW School…


Healing Hands

Brandon

WE-REACH Helps Fund Game-Changing Hand Injury Treatment, ReHeal. It’s a wonder how much you depend on your hands and fingers to navigate daily life. Whether it’s dialing a number on your phone or grabbing your…


UWSOP Alum Tim Fuller passes away

Tim Fuller

We are deeply saddened to report that our friend and colleague Tim Fuller passed away unexpectedly this week. Tim graduated from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1969 and went on to complete a residency…


Ken Thummel Receives 2022 ASPET Bernard B. Brodie Award

Kenneth Thummel

UWSOP Pharmaceutics professor Ken Thummel was recently named recipient of the 2022 Bernard B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism and Disposition from the ASPET Division for Drug Metabolism and Disposition.  This award recognizes outstanding original research contributions…


Jen Danielson Named Chair-Elect for AACP

Jen Danielson

Congratulations to Lynn and Geraldine Brady Endowed Professor Jen Danielson, BSPharm, PharmD, MBA, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education and Student Professional Development, for her election as Chair-elect of the Council of Faculties of the American…


Four students awarded Baxter scholarships in Geriatric Pharmacy

Four second-year pharmacy students have been selected to receive a Baxter Scholarship toward their fee for the Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy. The Plein Center Leadership Team was inspired by the motivation and vision of the scholarship recipients. Each scholarship winner shared compelling personal stories of experiences that inspired them to pursue a career in geriatric pharmacy. A link between all of them is a desire to strengthen relationships with – and uphold dignity and agency to – older adults.


Commitment To Community

Child Vaccine

Katterman’s Pharmacy immunizes hundreds of children against COVID-19. Even a cold, rainy November morning in Seattle can’t dampen the enthusiasm of volunteers on hand at Katterman’s Pharmacy for its inaugural pediatric COVID immunization clinic. According…


Nina Isoherranen named the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics

Nina Isoherranen

UWSOP’s Department of Pharmaceutics Chair, Nina Isoherranen, has been named the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics. Isoherranen is the first woman to be honored with this appointment, which was bestowed in recognition of her…


Three CHOICE faculty receive international ISPOR awards

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR)— recently announced its annual round of award winners, and three faculty members from The CHOICE Institute – Anirban Basu, Beth Devine and Aasthaa Bansal – have been named recipients for 2021.


New Geriatric Pharmacy Fund Honors the Legacy of UWSOP Alum Dean Baxter

Dean and Sally Baxter

For Louise Baxter, M.D., the roots of health care and a commitment to geriatrics truly run deep.

In 2011, Louise established the McPhee Geriatric Nursing Support Fund at the UW to honor her mother Sally, who, along with several relatives, devoted her life to a career in nursing. A few years later, Louise decided that a parallel fund to support geriatric pharmacy would be a perfect complement, so in tribute to her late father, UWSOP alum Dean Baxter ’58, she established the Dean Baxter Endowed Support Fund in Geriatric Pharmacy in 2017. The fund supports professional pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists seeking a Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy.


The CHOICE Institute 2020-2021 Annual Report Now Available!

We are pleased to share the 2020-2021 CHOICE Institute Annual Report. This past academic year was extraordinarily challenging, yet we are so proud of the many achievements and perseverance of our students, faculty, staff, and…


Plein Center Director Shelly Gray Wins ASCP Award

Shelly Gray

Congratulations to Professor and Plein Endowed Director of the Plein Center Shelly Gray, who was recently named winner of the 2021 George F. Archambault award by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). This is the Society’s highest…


Welcoming our 2021-2023 Cohort of MS HEOR Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2021-23 cohort of CHOICE MS HEOR Fellows. The CHOICE Institute has partnerships with four pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies that sponsor two-year fellowship programs for recent PharmD graduates. The trainee spends…


Dr. Dawn Ipsen, ’01, Dr. Han Kiat Ho, ’05, Receive PAA Distinguished Alumni Awards

Dr. Dawn Ipsen, ’01, Dr. Han Kiat Ho, ’05, Receive PAA Distinguished Alumni Awards

The UW Pharmacy Alumni Association proudly recognizes Dr. Dawn Ipsen, PharmD ’01, and Dr. Han Kiat Ho, PhD ’05, as the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Started in 1973 and originally presented at Commencement, the…


SOP Class of 2020 Has Stellar Showing In Latest NAPLEX & MPJE Results

SOP Class of 2020 Has Stellar Showing In Latest NAPLEX & MPJE Results

NAPLEX (Basic Science and Clinical Skills Examination) Our class of 2020 graduates achieved a first-time pass rate of 97.94%, which is well above the national first-time pass rate (88.43%) and roughly on par with our pass rates…


Construction On New HSEB Underway

Time lapse of Health Sciences Building construction

Watch Timelapse footage of the new Health Sciences Education Building.


New Plein Center Video Overview

Plein video still

A new video chronicles the Plein Center’s work and history.


SOP Receives Gift From Washington Research Foundation For BRAMS Program

The SOP recently received a $75,000 gift from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) to establish the Regulatory Sciences Fellowship Program, a new component of the School’s Biomedical Regulatory Affairs Master of Science (BRAMS) program. The…


Leticia Salvador Vieira Named Magnuson Scholar Award Recipient

Leticia Salvador Vieira

Congratulations to the Department of Pharmaceutics’ Leticia Salvador Vieira for being named the UW School of Pharmacy’s 2021-22 Magnuson Scholar Award recipient. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to six outstanding students nominated by each…


Denouncing hate, racism and misogyny

University of Washington W

A statement from our SOP leaders.


The School of Pharmacy Mourns the Passing of Dr. Joy Plein

Joy Plein

Joy (Bickmore) Plein, ’51, ’57, a beloved UW School of Pharmacy colleague, mentor and true pioneer in the field of geriatrics, passed away peacefully at Virginia Mason Medical Center on February 19, 2021. She was…


COVID-19 Vaccination A Family Affair For SOP Student

A graduate student administers the COVID-19 vaccine

While recently volunteering at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by Kelley-Ross Pharmacy in Seattle, UWSOP’s Uyen Nguyen, a PY3 PharmD student, was assigned a very special patient: her husband, Albert Chan. Albert, who works as…


SOP Sends Local Team To 2021 National AMCP P&T Competition

Congratulations to the SOP’s first-place team comprised of Caitlyn Tung (PY3), Emma Cousin (PY3), Amelia Brown (PY3) and Melanie Busch (PY2), winners of the recent UW AMCP P&T competition. This year, 11 local teams presented…


2021 Winners of the Elmer M. Plein Endowed Research Fund Announced

Congratulations to Rachel Wittenauer and Qingcheng Mao, 2021 recipients of the Elmer M. Plein Endowed Research Fund, an award established to encourage, promote and support research and innovative practice in pharmacy. Rachel, a CHOICE Program…


Participate in 2021 PharmD Admissions Interviews

The PharmD office of Recruiting and Admissions is seeking volunteers to support virtual admissions interviews, particularly among recent alumni. PharmD interview days are the most important recruitment events that we host each year. While we…


Ed Kelly Receives the 2021 MLK Community Service Award

Ed Kelly

UWSOP Pharmaceutics Associate Professor Ed Kelly has been presented with the 2021 MLK Community Service Award, an annual honor celebrating individuals or groups who exemplify Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles. A champion of diversity, equity and inclusion in sciences for his entire career, Ed has served as a mentor for entering UW freshman in the GenOM-ALVA program for the past 15 years and frequently hosts diverse students from the Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) summer program.


Jennifer Bacci Selected as 2021 Recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award

Jenny Bacci

The Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute has named UWSOP’s Jennifer Bacci the 2021 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. Dr. Bacci is recognized for her outstanding leadership example in the Academia-CPESN Transformation…


UWSOP student nominated to take part in LCH Student Scholars Fellowship program

Roberto Rodriguez, a 4th-year UWSOP PharmD student, has been nominated to be a part of the 2nd Annual Latino Center for Health (LCH) Student Scholars Fellowship program. This program recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated…


Zach Marcum authors a paper published in Neurology on dementia prevention

Plein Center Assistant Director, Zach Marcum, PharmD, PhD, served as co-first author on a paper published in Neurology, along with Plein Center Director, Shelly Gray, PharmD, MS, and Plein Center faculty member, Douglas Barthold, PhD,…


Laura Hart publishes report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on fall-related drug risks

Plein Center postdoctoral fellow alumna, Laura Hart, PharmD, MS, along with Plein Center Director, Shelly Gray, Pharm D, MS, and Plein Center Assistant Director, Zach Marcum, PharmD, PhD, published a systematic review in the Journal of…


Melissa Barker-Haliski publishes Alzheimer’s disease study in Neurobiology of Disease

Plein Center faculty member, Melissa Barker-Haliski, PhD, was senior author on a paper published in Neurobiology of Disease studying the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease genes and seizures in a mouse model. In this paper, investigators…


Abhi Nath co-authors paper in PNAS examining small heat shock proteins

Plein Center faculty member, Abhi Nath, PhD, was a corresponding author on a paper published in PNAS examining small heat shock proteins, which play a vital role in preventing protein aggregation that can otherwise lead to…


Lena Chaitesipaseut awarded scholarship from the UWRA

Lena Chaitesipaseut, a Plein Scholar and class of 2021 PharmD-MBA student, was recently awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the UWRA. In addition to this prestigious honor, Lena has been selected to complete an APPE rotation…


Tesfahun Eshetie begins Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Tesfahun Eshetie, PhD, MScClinPharm, began a 2-year fellowship with the Plein Center as of July 1, 2020. He received his PhD from the University of South Australia, School of Medical Sciences and his dissertation topic…


The Plein Center Welcomes New Assistant Director of Outreach, Abby Winter

For Abby Winter, the Plein Center’s new Assistant Director of Outreach, a passion for health care comes honestly. In addition to her mother being a retired registered nurse, the Chicago native has had a lifelong…


WE-REACH Executive Director Dr. Rodney JY Ho to be named NAI Fellow

Dr. Rodney JY Ho

The Washington Entrepreneurial Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) is honored to announce that WE-REACH Executive Director and UWSOP Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney JY Ho has been elected to the rank of NAI Fellow by…


Steve White receives achievement award from AES

H. Steve White

UWSOP Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy H. Steve White has been honored with the Extraordinary Contributions to the Field of Epilepsy Award by the American Epilepsy Society (AES). The award was announced…


UWSOP grad students represent state in national ASHP competition

ashp 2020 National Clinical Skills Competition

Congratulations to Camille Troyer and Jessica Bixby, who will be representing the state of Washington December 5 & 6 in the national American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition. The CSC, an interactive, team-based…


Out Of The Lab And On The Air

Podcast power-couple (L to R): Chalia Stallings-Ala'ilima and Kendan Jones-Isaac.

Department of Pharmaceutics student Kendan Jones-Issac has found his voice. Third-year Department of Pharmaceutics graduate student Kendan Jones-Issac has participated in several ambitious projects during his tenure at UW, including working on the development of…


Welcome (back) Dr. Elizabeth Brouwer to the CHOICE Institute!

We are excited to announce that Elizabeth (Lizzy) Brouwer, PhD, will be re-joining the CHOICE Institute as a research scientist. Lizzy will be working on our ICER project team as a lead modeler.  In this…


UWSOP Alumna Deanna Kroetz Named Jere E. Goyan Presidential Chair At UCSF

Deanna Kroetz

UWSOP alumni legend Deanna Kroetz was recently named the inaugural Jere E. Goyan Presidential Chair for the Advancement of Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy. A professor in the Department of…


UWSOP graduates eclipse state and national averages in 2020 MPJE and NAPLEX Exams

Recent data from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) for both the Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) and the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) indicate that the UWSOP Class of 2020 led both state and…


Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Fellowship Support

Graduate students are at the heart of our most innovative and impactful work in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry — including mechanistic studies of infection by HIV and COVID19, cutting edge mass spectrometry studies, characterization…


The CHOICE Institute Graduate Fellowship Support

Graduate students are at the heart of our leading innovations and most impactful work — from developing models for value assessment in pharmaceuticals, to evaluating government policies and programs like the Generic Drug User Fee…


Pharmaceutics Graduate Fellowship Support

Graduate students are at the heart of our leading innovations and most impactful work — from modeling pharmacokinetic changes during pregnancy, to groundbreaking discoveries in drug transport, metabolism and drug-drug interactions that inform government policy…


2020 WSPA Award Honorees Announced

Don Downing

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) recently announced its 2020 Award of Distinction Honorees, and several members of the UWSOP family have been named as recipients. A virtual ceremony will be held November 19 to…


Bev Schaefer Receives Memorial Trailblazer Award From NCPA

Bev Schaefer

UWSOP alumna Bev Schaefer, co-owner of Katterman’s Sand Point Pharmacy in Seattle, has received the Sharlea Leatherwood Memorial Trailblazer Award from the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation. The Trailblazer Award – named in honor of…


UWSOP Dean Sean D. Sullivan Elected To NAM

Sean Sullivan

University of Washington School of Pharmacy Dean and Professor Sean D. Sullivan has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine,…


Pharm 501 Seeking Volunteers

The first year students are currently completing a Friends and Family Assignment for PHRMCY 501: Foundations of Pharmacy I. Through this assignment, the students are working with a friend or family member who takes at…


Gear Sales Benefit Student Conference Fees

Students in the Unified Professional Pharmacy Organizations of Washington (UPPOW) have opened their annual gear sale. Purchases of UW School of Pharmacy t-shirts and sweatshirts support student conference reimbursement and the annual Red Square Health…


PAA Creates First Endowed Student Support Fund

Scholarships at the UW School of Pharmacy support 72% of current students. With over 4,900 alumni across the globe, the UW School of Pharmacy alumni community remains committed to supporting student scholarships. In celebration of the…


2020 PAA Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Open

alumni holding a large W

The UW School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA) invite you to recognize exceptional School of Pharmacy alumni by nominating one or more colleagues for the School’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Presented annually…


CHOICE Institute Releases 2020 Annual Report

CHOICE Annual Report 2020

The 2020 Annual Report for the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy & Economics (CHOICE) Institute is now available. Learn more about CHOICE’s extraordinary team and impactful work: https://lnkd.in/g6BFFYw


UW Breaks Ground On New Health Sciences Education Building

HSEB Groundbreaking

On August 27, UW School of Pharmacy Dean Sean D. Sullivan, Washington State Senator David Frockt and other UW Health Sciences deans took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Sciences Education…


New research finds association between COVID-19 hospital use and mortality

patient in hospital bed

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Washington found a statistical relationship between the number of hospital beds (ICU and non-ICU) occupied by COVID-19 patients in a state and reported mortality. Published today…


Sean D. Sullivan accepts second term as UWSOP Dean

Sean Sullivan

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards announced this week that Sean D. Sullivan has accepted a second term as Dean of the UW School of Pharmacy. “I am honored and humbled…


UW HSEB website unveiled

HSEB

This week the #UW debuted a website devoted to the construction of the new $100M+ Health Sciences Education Building, one of the few structures nationwide created to intentionally foster collaborative teaching and learning. Once completed,…


UWSOP Professor Allan J. Ellsworth Retires

Allan J. Ellsworth

After 39 years of distinguished service to the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Professor Allan “Al” Ellsworth retired June 30, 2020.  Over the course of his career, Professor Ellsworth made many notable contributions to…


UWSOP Dean Sean Sullivan meets with Washington State Senate Committee to discuss health care workforce challenges

Sean Sullivan

Representing UW Health Sciences, UWSOP Dean Sean Sullivan spoke this week with the Washington State Senate Committee to discuss the state’s health care workforce pipeline. Sullivan shared with the committee the UW’s plans to partner…


Sara Shum named winner of 2020 UWSOP Pharmaceutics’ Graduate Student Leadership Award

Sara Shum

Congratulations to Sara Shum, a #UWSOP Department of Pharmaceutics graduate student who was awarded the 2020 UWSOP Pharmaceutics’ Graduate Student Leadership Award in May. Sara, who expects to graduate this fall with her PhD in…


Biomedical innovations win WE-REACH go-to-market awards

WE-REACH

Seattle, WA (July 14, 2020)—The Washington Entrepreneurial Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) is pleased to announce its first awards to facilitate early-stage product development for two biomedical innovations. WE-REACH invests up to $200,000 per…


Temporary license for pharmacy graduates approved

man in lab coat holding a glass bottle

On June 19 the Governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee, issued a proclamation allowing graduates from approved Schools/Colleges of Pharmacy to register for a 180-day temporary license through PQAC. This proclamation will cover residents coming…


Educating Our Seniors During A Pandemic

Navigating the pharmacy during Covid-19

In an age of social distancing, ensuring our older adults have safe, convenient access to the medications they need is essential. In an effort to help educate seniors on best practices to consider when communicating…


A Message from UW Health Sciences Deans

Dear UW Health Sciences Community, Our country is once again experiencing the tragic realities of the racism present in our society. The slaying of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in Brunswick, GA; the shooting death of…


Estimating the Infection Fatality Rate among Symptomatic Covid-19 Cases in the U.S.

Anirban Basu

According to a study released today, Anirban Basu, Stergachis Family Endowed Director of The CHOICE Institute at the UW School of Pharmacy, has developed one of the first models that can estimate the COVID-19 Infection…


UWSOP alum appointed Senior VP for Health Economics at ICER

Jon Campbell

In September, UW School of Pharmacy CHOICE alum Jonathan D. Campbell, PhD, will become Senior Vice President for Health Economics at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). Having collaborated with ICER closely over…


Medicinal Chemistry Student Named 2020-21 Magnuson Scholar

Amy Li

UWSOP would like to congratulate Amy Li, a 4th-year Medicinal Chemistry student in the UW XuLab, on being named a 2020-21 Magnuson Scholar! Amy studies the metabolism of cholesterol precursors, and how defects in that…


UWSOP rises to #7 in U.S. News and World Report rankings

The U.S. News and World Report today released the 2021 edition of its Best Graduate Schools rankings, and UWSOP has been named the No.7 pharmacy program in the nation. The report, which is released every…


Welcome to our new class of CHOICE MS Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2020-22 cohort of CHOICE MS Fellows. The CHOICE Institute has partnerships with four pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies that sponsor two-year fellowship programs for recent PharmD graduates. The trainee spends…


Chaitesipaseut awarded UWRA scholarship

Lena Chaitesipaseut

Lena Chaitesipaseut, a Plein Scholar and class of 2021 PharmD-MBA student, was recently awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the UWRA. In addition to this prestigious honor, Lena has been selected to complete an APPE rotation…


Novel Coronavirus – How the UWSOP is responding to the outbreak, helpful resources and latest news.

coronavirus-image

An emerging infectious respiratory disease or new coronavirus, now called COVID-19, was identified in Wuhan, China, in December. Public health officials across the globe are closely monitoring the outbreak and spread of the disease. Below,…


Pharmacists can help solve our overmedication problem — if we let them

The Hill

Imagine that your local grocery store announced they would start employing several nutritionists, each of whom had years of training to help people improve their diets and health. Excited, you go to the store to…


UW’s new WE-REACH center to accelerate development of the ‘most exciting’ biomedical discoveries

WE-REACH

With well over a billion dollars in research funding annually, the University of Washington is an engine of discovery and generates more than $15 billion in the state’s economy. Now, with a $4 million grant…


UWSOP welcomes Gaurav Bhardwaj to Med Chem faculty

Gaurav Bhardwaj

Join us in welcoming Gaurav Bhardwaj, PhD, to the Faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Gaurav earned his doctoral degree in Integrative Biosciences from the Pennsylvania State University. During his graduate…


Faculty Legend Wendel Nelson Retires

Wendel Nelson

After over 50 years of distinguished service at UWSOP and wide-ranging contributions to the profession of pharmacy, Professor Wendel Nelson retires this month. Wendel joined the School as an Assistant Professor in 1965 in the…


Xu and Kelly receive SOP Faculty Innovation Award

Libin Xu and Ed Kelly take a novel approach to investigate toxicity of common household cleaners Libin Xu and Ed Kelly were selected as this year’s recipients of the UW School of Pharmacy Faculty Innovation…


Pharmaceutics student, Kendan Jones-Isaac honored at the UW Health Sciences Martin Luther King Tribute

Kendan Jones-Isaac Community Service Award

The award honors individuals or groups who exemplify Martin Luther King’s principles: a commitment to the needs of communities, particularly communities of color and low income; to programs that improve the human condition; and efforts…


UWSOP CHOICE create Novel New Framework for Valuing Health Outcomes in Cost-Effectiveness Analyses

Choice faculty and students

Introducing “Health Years in Total:” A Novel Framework for Valuing Health Outcomes in Cost-Effectiveness Analyses. CHOICE Researchers Introduce a New metric that provides a robust and feasible approach that overcomes specific limitations of the QALY…


CHOICE Institute Researchers Find that Rural Hospital Closures Increase Patient Mortality

Kritee Gujral

About 15% of hospitals have closed since 1990, and rates of hospital closure—particularly in rural areas—have increased over the last decade. Dr. Kritee Gujral and Dr. Anirban Basu’s recent National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)…


The CHOICE Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Jens Grueger, PhD, to the School of Pharmacy as an Affiliate Professor

Jens Grueger, PhD is the 2019-2020 President Elect for the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and current Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group in Zurich, Switzerland where he is the senior…


Recap from SMDM 2019

The Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) brings together researchers, clinicians, educators, managers, and policy makers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. SMDM is the leading society for studying and advancing decision sciences in health, including…


CHOICE Alum Will Canestaro recognized for health innovation

CHOICE alum Will Canestaro was selected as a 2019 Seattle Health Innovator of the Year in Collaboration. This award recognizes individuals who are exhibiting extraordinary talent in the four attributes that contribute to successful innovation:…


Doug Barthold Explores Diagnostic Patterns of Dementia

Doug Barthold

CHOICE faculty member Doug Barthold has expanded his research program that studies risk factors and care for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). In a recent publication, he and his co-authors examined diagnosis patterns to…


CHOICE Team presents at the ICER CEPAC Meeting on Type 2 Diabetes

Ryan Hansen

UW Cost-Effectiveness Modeling Team, Ryan Hansen and Greg Guzauskas, were recently presenters at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review’s (ICER) New England CEPAC Meeting on Type 2 Diabetes at Brown University in Providence, Rhode…


Invara: A new kind of rural pharmacy

Alumnus Simeon Roth, ’17, opens a new rural pharmacy based on a business plan he worked on as a student in pharmacy school. Today, his pharmacy is providing much needed services to rural communities with…


Teams at UWSOP and Fred Hutch look at emerging sickle cell disease therapies

Teams at UWSOP and Fred Hutch look at emerging sickle cell disease therapies The National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded a unique collaborative, The Sickle Cell Clinical and Economic…


Find the CHOICE Institute at SMDM 2019

The 41st Annual North American Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) is just down the road in Portland this year (Oct 20-23) and we hope to connect with you there. To find…


Marcum first pharmacist to receive prestigious Beeson Award

Zachary Marcum, PhD, PharmD was recently awarded the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award (K76) from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and The John A. Hartford Foundation. Notably, Zach is the first…


Professor Larry Bauer retires from UW School of Pharmacy

After 39 years of distinguished service to the students, faculty and staff at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Professor Larry Bauer retired June 30, 2019.  Over the course of his academic career, Larry…


Professor Gail Anderson retires from UW School of Pharmacy

Gail Anderson

After 31 years of distinguished service to the students, faculty and staff at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Professor Gail Anderson retired Spring 2019.  Over the course of her academic career, Gail made…


Associate Professor Stan Weber retires from UW School of Pharmacy

After 22 years of distinguished service to the students, faculty and staff at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Associate Professor Stan Weber retired July 5, 2019.  Over the course of his academic career,…


Promoted UWSOP faculty tackling tough problems facing population health with novel approaches

Recently promoted faculty are finding news ways to solve significant population health problems from Alzheimer’s and related dementias to kidney disease to cancer to MRSA. These preeminent researchers were all recently awarded promotions. Learn more…


Using Data and Economics to Transform Health | Celebrating 25 Years

CHOICE faculty and students at the 2019 retreat

Celebrating 25 years, The CHOICE Institute continues to grow and transform, expanding its impact on population health. “At CHOICE, we work to advance the study of health economics, pharmaceutical outcomes research, and policy to improve…


A Tradition of Reinventing Pharmacy

Never doubt the profound impact that our faculty and alumni have had on health care nationwide through decades of advocacy for increased access to patient care. “Pharmacists are the medication experts on the health care…


Inventing Blistex

A chance meeting on a train between a Seattle pharmacist and Chicago businessman turned an ointment created in L.D. Bracken’s pharmacy into an international brand. “Many people don’t realize how inventive pharmacists have been throughout…


A Commitment to the End of HIV/AIDS

Shiu-Lok Hu’s work began decades ago in utter frustration with a powerful and unknown virus and continues today…with promising new leads and a novel approach to creating an HIV vaccine. “I began this work 30…


Improving Care for Alaska Native People

Ken Thummel, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics, with Katrina Claw who was honored for her service to the community at the 2019 Martin Luther King Tribute

One of the University of Washington’s significant population health projects began ten years ago with a collaboration led by Pharmaceutics Professor Ken Thummel and Wylie Burke, professor of Bioethics and Humanities in the UW School…


Using Genetics to Decode Warfarin

Genome Sequencers

The potential impact of personalized medicine launched here at UW School of Pharmacy about twenty years ago, when Dave Veenstra’s graduate student Mitch Higashi,‘01, assembled a 200-member cohort of warfarin patients to study genetic factors…


Small Molecules, Big Health Solutions

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

The story of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry is of a multi-generational approach to solving big problems in population health. “Our network of faculty, alumni, and students is working to solve problems that affect millions…


A Tradition of Innovation and Impact

UW School of Pharmacy has always been ahead of its time—right back to our founding in 1894 as the first school of health sciences at the University of Washington. “The University of Washington School of…


Enhancing the way epilepsy is managed by engaging community pharmacists

The University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy today announced a collaboration with global biopharmaceutical company UCB to improve access to care for people living with epilepsy.This interdisciplinary project will explore ways in which community pharmacists…


Training to practice at the top of their license

Our student pharmacists train in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center

UWSOP implements the Purple Curriculum with new Wednesdays in Practice, Provider Readiness Training and more UW School of Pharmacy’s PharmD program trains pharmacists to think critically and be prepared for a future of health care…


The Future of Pharmacy

Celebrating 125 Years of Impact & Innovation Our mission is to develop exceptional pharmacy leaders and researchers, discover solutions to improve population health, and serve the health and well-being of the public, locally and globally…even…


Nina Isoherranen named Chair of Pharmaceutics Department

On July 1, 2019, UW School of Pharmacy Professor and Dean Sean D. Sullivan appointed Professor Nina Isoherranen to the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair of Pharmaceutics. Her appointment makes her the first woman to chair…


Ken Thummel returns to faculty after 13 years of success as Chair

After thirteen years leading the Department of Pharmaceutics to international success, Professor Kenneth Thummel will return to faculty full time and Professor Nina Isoherranen will become the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair of Pharmaceutics. Dr. Thummel…


Supporting cancer survivors

Assitant Professor Aasthaa Bansal’s team will look at care for colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and chronic myeloid leukemia. Their approach will extend to other diseases, including pediatric cancers.

Aasthaa Bansal leads an NIH MERIT award-winning team to develop decision-making frameworks to guide post-treatment care for cancer survivors Despite receiving effective primary treatment, many cancer survivors remain at risk of relapse and associated morbidity…


Gray receives AGS Editor’s Choice Award for dementia research

Congratulations to Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Director Shelly Gray who received the The American Geriatrics Society Editor’s Choice Award for her paper that showed Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPI) are not linked to higher dementia…


Congratulations to our recent Pharmaceutics PhD alumni!

We are so proud of our Pharmaceutics PhD alumni who completed their dissertation research in academic year 2018-2019.   Ryan Cheu Dissertation: Impact of the Vaginal Microbiome on HIV Transmission   Savannah McFeely Dissertation: Clinical Significance…


Meet the Plein Certificate Preceptors: Jason Rusk, PharmD, BCGP

Plein Center Preceptor Jason Rusk, PharmD, BCGP

Jason Rusk, PharmD, BCGP, has been a UWSOP Preceptor for many years. Earlier in his career (2010-2013), he precepted UW students while working in community pharmacy at Bartell Drugs. And for the past two and…


Meet the Plein Certificate Alumni: Grant Walker, PharmD

Grant Walker, PharmD, ’10, is a pharmacist at Mercury Pharmacy Services where he staffs the pharmacy and works as a consultant. He earned his Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy in 2010 Grant told us he…


Meet the Plein Certificate Faculty: Melissa Barker-Haliski, PhD

Melissa is a Research Assistant Professor specializing in translational epilepsy research. She develops and implements preclinical models to support the early evaluation of novel investigational pharmacotherapies for epilepsy in discrete patient populations, including elderly patients…


Meet the Plein Certificate Faculty: Nagham Ailabouni, PhD, Senior Fellow

Nagham Ailabouni, BPharm, PgCertPharm Res (Dist), RegPharm NZ, PhD

Nagham earned her BSPharm, Postgraduate Certificate in Research Pharmacy, and PhD at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her dissertation focused on deprescribing in older New Zealanders. Nagham began geriatric pharmacy as a specialty…


Hart’s research shows risk in older adults with dementia taking CNS-active medications

Laura Hart

While competing  the postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric pharmacy here at the UWSOP, alumna Laura Hart, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCGP,’14, ’17, was awarded a research grant by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Research Institute…


Congratulations to this year’s class of Plein Geriatric Certificate graduates!

We are so proud to celebrate this year’s class of Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate graduates! Everyone was recognized at a special ceremony on Friday, July 14, 2019. Congratulations to the graduates on all their hard…


Nath Faculty Innovation Award leads to student publications

Abhi Nath, '08, and Medicinal Chemistry graduate student Eleanor Vane discuss research

In 2018, Abhi Nath, ’08, was named recipient one of that year’s UWSOP Faculty Innovation Awards. The awards provide financial support of up to $20,000 each for high-risk, innovative research projects. Abhi proposed to look at…


Goulet and Maldonato presented UWSOP Med Chem graduate student awards

Congratulations to UWSOP Outstanding Dissertation Award winner Dennis Goulet, Medicinal Chemistry, and Graduate Student Leadership Award for Medicinal Chemistry, Benjamin Maldonato. The UW School of Pharmacy Graduate Program Awards offer special recognition of our preeminent graduate students…


Allan Rettie named 2019 UWSOP Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor

2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor: Allan Rettie, Medicinal Chemistry

Professor Allan Rettie, Medicinal Chemistry, was nominated for and selected at the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor by colleagues and current and former students. “Allan encouraged his students to critically analyze internally and externally generated…


Lopez receives 2019 UWSOP Pharmaceutics’ Graduate Student Leadership Award

Pharmaceutics PhD Graduate Student Antonio Lopez

The UW School of Pharmacy Graduate Program Awards offer special recognition of our preeminent graduate students and faculty. We are pleased to share that Antonio Lopez, a graduate PhD student in Pharmaceutics, was recognized for…


Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program brings undergrad students to UWSOP

Sierra Napoleon, a junior from Louisiana Tech University, will take part in the 2019 UWSOP Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program

In summer 2019, we welcome two undergraduate student scientists taking part in the Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program. Sierra Napoleon, a junior from Louisiana Tech University, who will receive her BS in Chemistry in 2020….


Celebrating our 2019 Plein Student Scholars!

Plein Center Assistant Director of Research Zach Marcum with Plein Scholar Sarah Tu, '19

The goal of the Plein Student Scholarship is to foster student interest in geriatrics-related research.  Research areas may include but are not limited to, translational research projects that move evidence-based, aging research along the continuum…


UWSOP at ISSX 2019 in Portland

Don’t miss out on these UWSOP alumni and faculty presenting at ISSX! This meeting will also mark the last meeting with Dean Emeritus Tom Baillie presiding as President of ISSX. Join us for the UWSOP…


Congratulations to all awarded a Certificate of Merit in Precepting!

Certificates of Merit in Precepting Our Experiential Education team recently completed our annual preceptor review process as part of our quality assurance program. This review process allowed us to identify preceptors who have demonstrated excellence in…


Wong named Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year

Candice Wong, Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding IPPE preceptor. For 2019, Candice Wong, PharmD,…


Casanova named 2019 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award Recipient

Tony Casanova: 2019 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award Recipient The Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is presented annually to one outstanding UWSOP Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) preceptor. Congratulations…


Where to find CHOICE Students, Alumni, & Faculty at ISPOR 2019

To find the posters and presentations of CHOICE students, alumni, and faculty, please refer to the PDF attached here. CHOICE at ISPOR 2019  


Class of 2018 scores 98.8% initial pass rate on NAPLEX exam

Congratulations to the UWSOP PharmD class of 2018!

Congratulations to the UW School of Pharmacy’s PharmD class of 2018 for distinguishing themselves with a 98.8% initial pass rate–putting our alumni in the Top 5 for initial pass rates in the United States. The…


Dean Sullivan named OSU Icon of Pharmacy

On the evening of May 4th, 2019, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy alumni and friends gathered at Portland City Grill to honor the recipients of the 2019 Icons of Pharmacy Award including Sean D….


Brouwer and Ko each win Garrison Prize in 2019

Lou Garrison presents the Garrison Prize to Lizzy Brouwer at the 2019 CHOICE retreat.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Louis Sr. and Marilyn Garrison Endowed Prize in Health Policy and Economics, Elizabeth Brouwer (4th year CHOICE PhD student) and Gilbert Ko (3rd year PharmD/MBA student)! CHOICE Professor…


CHOICE students travel abroad to research cervical cancer and test a TBI screening app

Two CHOICE graduate students were recently awarded global health travel fellowships. Erik Landaas received the Global Opportunities (GO) Health fellowship for his work in Thailand. Enrique Saldarriaga received the Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange for…


Welcome new Research Project Manager Anthony Morgan to CHOICE

CHOICE Research Project Manager, Anthony Morgan

Please join us in welcoming Anthony Morgan (who goes by Morgan) to The CHOICE Institute! Morgan is serving as CHOICE’s first Research Project Manager. Prior to joining us here at UWSOP, he was at Seattle…


Brouwer receives UW Population Health Initiative Travel Award

CHOICE PhD Student Elizabeth Brouwer

Congratulations to CHOICE PhD student Elizabeth Brouwer who received conference travel funds from the Population Health Initiative at the University of Washington! Elizabeth will use the funds to attend the American Society of Health Economists…


Lauren Strand named 2019-2020 UWSOP Magnuson Scholar

Magnuson Scholar Lauren Strand with CHOICE faculty (right to left) Ryan Hansen, Josh Carlson, and Beth Devine

Congratulations to third-year PhD student in the CHOICE Institute, Lauren Strand who was named the UWSOP Magnuson Scholar for 2019-2020. Magnuson Scholars are selected for their excellent academic performance and outstanding potential for research in the health sciences; they…


Rodney Ho recognized with AACP Volwiler Research Achievement Award

We are so proud to learn that Professor Rodney Ho has been named the recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Volwiler Research Achievement Award. The research prize in academic pharmacy was…


Brain cholesterol, SLOS, & autism

From left to right: Libin Xu with Acting Instructor Hideaki Tomita and MedChem PhD student Amy Li.

The UW Medicinal Chemist studied neural chemistry and biology to understand the underlying mechanism that cause birth defects, behavioral problems, and autism You probably know about good and bad cholesterol as it relates to your…


But is it safe for my baby?

Mary Hebert and research nurse Maggie Leahy, RN, meet with an expectant mother as part of their study.

Mary Hebert and the Obstetric-fetal Pharmacology Research Unit (OPRU) team are exploring how to optimize care for pregnant and lactating women How do medications for high blood pressure, depression, and even cancer affect pregnant women…


Licit and illicit drugs and maternal health

Visiting student Xin Chen (left),and Pharmaceutics PhD Lyrialle Han (center) look at cell samples with Qingcheng Mao.

Qingcheng Mao collaborates with colleagues across UWSOP to gain insight into how pregnancy affects drug disposition in expectant mothers and their fetuses About 80% of pregnant women take at least one medication to treat everything…


Kidney on a Chip has gone to outer space..and returned to Earth!

AND WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!

What did it take to send delicate kidney cells into space to be studied by astronauts wearing big, clunky gloves who may, or may not, have a background in biochemistry? We popped into the lab…


Henderson wins poster award at national AsPET Conference

Congratulations to PharmD and Pharmaceutics PhD student Lindsay Henderson who received the 2nd place graduate student poster presentation award for the Drug Metabolism and Disposition Division of ASPET (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)….


5/3 UPDATE: 5/3 11:48 PM PDT launch for Kidney on a Chip project to the International Space Station!

PHOTO DATE: July 06, 2018 LOCATION: Bldg. 2 Lobby SUBJECT: NIH Tissue Chip. PHOTOGRAPHER: Josh Valcarcel

Updated May 3, 11:29 am Pacific: NASA has pushed back the launch to Friday, May 3 at 11:48 PM Pacific time…weather dependent.   May 3 update: Welp. It seemed like it was going to go…


Fuller named PAA Distinguished Alumni Award for Pharmacy Practice recipient

Tim Fuller, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner for Pharmacy Practice

Fuller has been instrumental in establishing collaborative practice agreements that enable pharmacists to practice to the top of their license in Washington state Congratulations to University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus, Tim Fuller, ’69, who…


Watanabe named PAA Distinguished Alumni Award for Pharmaceutical Science & Research recipient

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

Recently named the first pharmacist to the National Academy of Medicine (former Institute of Medicine) Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars Program, Jonathan continues his national-level leadership in pharmaceutical research Congratulations to University of…


UWSOP team wins the AMCP 2019 National Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition

Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21 won first place at the National AMCP P&T competition

Congratulations to our PharmD students, Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21, who won first place at the highly competitive Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation 19th Annual…


Advice from UW pharmacists on senior use of marijuana

Marijuana use among older adults has soared in recent years despite little being known about the effectiveness and safety of the drug in people 65 and older. That’s resulted in more seniors asking health care…


Bacci, White, and Zaraa awarded UW Population Health grant to study integrated care models for people living with epilepsy

Congratulations to Jennifer Bacci, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy; H. Steve White, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy; and Sabra Zarâa, CHOICE PhD student, Pharmacy on receiving one of the 2019 pilot research grants awarded by the…


HECOR certificate expands program into Saudi Arabia

This year, the CHOICE Institute’s Certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research program has been reaching a wide audience. In addition to offering the traditional distance learning program to US and international students, engaging 40 students from…


Doug Barthold was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Award

CHOICE faculty member Doug Barthold was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Award, for a proposal titled “Alzheimer’s disease related neuropathology among patients with medication treated type 2 diabetes in a community-based autopsy cohort.”…


Chuck Phelps delivers keynote at 2nd Annual CHOICE Symposium

The CHOICE Institute welcomed Professor Emeritus Charles E. Phelps, PhD, for the 2019 CHOICE Institute Annual Symposium. Dr. Phelps provided an overview of multiple-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methods. “The CHOICE Institute was delighted to host…


Stergachis helps veterans by serving on a National Academies of Sciences committee

Andy Stergachis, UWSOP Professor & Associate Dean

Associate Dean Andy Stergachis was appointed to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study sponsored by the Veterans Administration, to assess the long-term health effects of antimalarial…


Landaas presents PupilScreen app at Dawg Days in the Desert

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. CHOICE PhD student Erik Landaas has partnered with PhD students at UW School of Nursing, Kwankaew Wongchareon and Ana Carolina Sauer…


CHOICE Alumnae Bennette and Adamson to lead ISPOR short course

Blythe Adamson

CHOICE Alumnae Carrie Savage Bennette and Blythe Adamson, recent CHOICE alum, will be presenting/co-leading one of the short courses, Tools for Reproducible Real-World Data Analysis. This course will focus on the concepts and tools of…


12 UWSOP students to present posters at ISPOR

Congratulations to the twelve UWSOP students, comprised of eleven CHOICE Students and fellows and one PharmD student (co-authored with a CHOICE student), who were selected to present posters the annual ISPOR conference in May. Several…


Alumnus Jeff Rochon named APhA-APPM Fellow

Jeff Rochon, PharmD | WSPA Liaison

The American Pharmacists Association announced this week that it has selected Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) CEO Jeff Rochon, PharmD, ’99, as one of the 2019 APhA-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management’s (APhA-APPM) fellows. The APhA Fellow…


Marina Gano joins Department of Pharmacy and The CHOICE Institute

Marina Gano

Please welcome Marina Gano, the new Department of Pharmacy/CHOICE Institute Graduate Program and Operations Manager. Marina grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, after first living in Germany and Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign…


Undaunted by setbacks, Jash Unadkat and his lab team search for new therapies to fight Alzheimer’s

Tot Nguyen and Jash Unadkat collaborate to find new therapies against Alzheimer’s—now with quantitative proteomics (not shown here).

It’s called an experiment for a reason. The secret in science—what world-class researchers know—is that you don’t let the failures stop you. You think of the failures as more data, part of your larger body…


Jash Unadkat named Outstanding Faculty Mentor

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Jash Unadkat

Congratulations to Jash Unadkat, the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics, named Outstanding Faculty Mentor at this year’s Commencement. The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes and encourages outstanding mentorship of graduate students by our School’s faculty….


Nath lab makes progress against neurodegenerative conditions

Hope Barnes Fellow and graduate student Hannah Baughman continues to discover more about molecular chaperones and their potential in treating Alzheimers

We revisited Abhi Nath and his lab team to see how their work to improve the diagnosis and treatments of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was progressing. The team hopes…


Claw honored for service at Martin Luther King Tribute

We are thrilled that Pharmaceutics’ post doc Katrina Claw, PhD, will be honored with a service award at this year’s UW Health Sciences Martin Luther King Tribute on Thursday, January 17, 12:30 pm-2pm in Hogness…


Werth and Xu awarded $1.86M NIH grant to continue MRSA investigation

Pharmacy’s Brian Werth and grant coinvestigator UWSOP Medicinal Chemistry’s Libin Xu will continue their novel research into antibiotic resistance mechanisms in the superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The team were recently awarded a 4-year, $1.86 million…


Leah Ruggerone and Richard Lee named to Husky 100

Leah Ruggone, '18, and Richard Lee, PY3

Leah Ruggerone, ’18, and PY3 student Richard Lee were both selected for the UW Husky 100 from the School of Pharmacy in 2018. Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergrad and grad students…


Devine and Chen debut Real-world Evidence Assessments and Needs Guidance (READi) Tool

CHOICE READi tool

CHOICE faculty member Beth Devine and CHOICE PhD student Shuxian Chen led an invited workshop last month at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Nexus Meeting in Orlando Florida. There, they presented their newly developed framework and tool…


CHOICE director Anirban Basu and collaborators receive NIH grant to study costs of dementia care

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Team seeks to improve the projections of the future burden of the disease. Anirban Basu, director of the CHOICE Institute at UWSOP, and professor in the schools of Pharmacy and Public Health at the University…


CHOICE PhD student Landaas studies PupilScreen app in Thailand

Erik Landaas, current CHOICE PhD student pictured with CHOICE alumnus, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, PhD, in Thailand

CHOICE PhD student Erik Landaas received funding to conduct a mobile health validation study in Thailand. The study is funded by Washington Research Foundation (WRF) and his primary co-investigators include two UW School of Nursing PhD…


Kai Yeung receives grant for project looking at value in prescription drug benefit design

Kai Young, PhD, '15

Congratulations to CHOICE Institute alumnus and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Kai Yeung, PharmD PhD, `15, who received a research grant from the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation’s Greater Value Portfolio program. Kai’s project…


Anirban Basu awarded Mid-Career Excellence Award by HPSS

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

At the 2018 International Conference on Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS) held in Charleston, South Carolina, Anirban Basu was awarded the Mid-Career Excellence Award from the American Statistical Association Section on Health Policy Statistics (HPSS). Anirban…


Barthold uses economics methods to improve dementia diagnosis and treatment plans across race, ethnicity, and sex

“Economists have a knack for identification strategies—using data in innovative ways to isolate the role of one specific drug and separate it from other confounders that may affect the outcome of interest,” said Doug (pictured right, with CHOICE  PhD graduate student Erik Landaas). 

The newest researcher in The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP, Doug Barthold is taking a couple of approaches that use data and economic modeling to find potential treatments and trends in care of people with Alzheimer’s disease…


Collaboration with UWSOP results in health benefits against flu for Era Living residents

UWSOP PharmD student presents to Era Living residents

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst in nearly a decade. The people most susceptible to the flu are our most vulnerable people: infants and children, older adults, and people who are chronically…


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Neris Palunas

Neris Palunas, PharmD, BCPG

Neris M. Palunas, PharmD, BCGP, is a Consultant Pharmacist with Consonus Pharmacy, serving people in the Seattle area. Neris consults as a clinical pharmacist to senior living communities at all levels of care.  “I love teaching…


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Alumni: Cara McDermott

Alumna Cara McDermott, '11, '12, '16

Alumna Cara McDermott, PharmD, PhD, MSc, ’11, ’12, 16, is a K12 Scholar in the UW Implementation Sciences Training Program and Acting Instructor, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, UW School of Medicine. A three-time alumna…


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Faculty: Leigh Ann Mike

Leigh Ann Mike, PharmD

Learn the latest about the deprescribing education and outreach UWSOP faculty member Leigh Ann Mike provides to older adults and providers. Leigh Ann Mike, PharmD, is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Assistant Director…


Marcum takes a multi-prong approach toward developing a dementia prevention strategy

Zach Marcum, Plein Center Assistant Director of Research and Bailey Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

The prospect of developing dementia is terrifying for most people, particularly for those with family members who have had the disease. Many wonder what they can do to prevent the onset of dementia—which is where…


Plein Center students and faculty research highlighted at ASCP’s annual meeting

Plein Certificate students Julia Yunkyung and Jina Yun, pictured with Julia's ASCP poster

Our School’s faculty and students presented two posters at the ASCP Annual Meeting, and the abstracts are in the October issue of The Consultant Pharmacist. Julia Yunkyung, Laura Hart, and Shelly Gray presented a poster titled,…


Barker-Haliski’s novel research looks at the under-studied problem of epilepsy in patients with Alzheimer’s

Melissa is a neuropharmacologist with a passion for understanding how drugs work in the body. Her research is supported by the UW Royalty Research Fund and the UWSOP Plein Fund Endowment. She and her team will present findings in December 2018 at the American Epilepsy Society meeting. Melissa works in collaboration with Suman Jayadev, associate professor of neurology at UW Medicine and the clinical core director of UW’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

People with Alzheimer’s disease can have up to an 87-fold increased risk of seizures. Patients with early-onset Alzheimer’s have the highest risk for seizures, but even patients with  late onset Alzheimer’s disease  are at high…


Werth receives prestigious Young Investigator Award from SIDP

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Brian Werth who received this year’s Young Investigator Award from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (SIDP). The prestigious award  is given to a young investigator who shows research promise in…


UW Researchers Gray and Phelan to study the impact of deprescribing to reduce falls in older adults

Older adult hands holding medication

UW Pharmacy’s Shelly Gray and UW Medicine’s Elizabeth Phelan are teaming up to identify ways to prevent falls in older adults. Their study, “Reducing Central Nervous System (CNS)-active Medications to Prevent Falls and Injuries in…


UW Husky Pharmacists receive awards for leadership in practice

UWSOP Alumna Bev Schaefer, '70

Congratulations to our Plein Certificate, BSPharm, and PharmD alumni and affiliate faculty who were recognized by the Washington State Pharmacy Association! Holly Henry, Plein Certificate alumna, received the Distinguished Leadership Service Award that pays tribute…


Researchers at UW and USC find a type of medication used to treat high blood pressure may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers Doug Barthold of the University of Washington and Julie Zissimopoulos of the University of Southern California published the first study to compare multiple types of blood pressure medications and the beneficial effect they may…


Lou Garrison named 2018 Value Assessment Challenge Award recipient

The PhRMA Foundation and the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) announced that Lou Garrison is one of the first place recipients of the 2018 Value Assessment Challenge Awards. These awards are designed to encourage innovative approaches…


CHOICE faculty member, Aasthaa Bansal, awarded highly coveted NIH Merit Award

Aasthaa Bansal and Erik Landaas writing on whiteboard at the School of Pharmacy

Assistant Professor Aasthaa Bansal at the CHOICE Institute was recently awarded a $2.5M+, seven-year Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) (R37) award from the National Cancer Institute to develop a dynamic decision-making framework for…


UW ranks 4th world wide for pharmacology and toxicology

The UW ranks 4th worldwide in Pharmacology and Toxicology, a subject that includes pharmacy, pharmacology, substance abuse, and toxicology, according to National Taiwan University’s criteria. The list provides overall rankings; rankings by six fields; and…


King County offered naloxone kits and training at health fair organized by UW Pharmacy students

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 22, 2018,health fair on UW’s…


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 2019, a rocket carrying a payload that includes 24 microfluidic chips about the size of credit cards will transport an extraordinary…


Researchers at UW bolster study of how austerity devastated Greece’s health

Andy Stergachis, UWSOP Professor & Associate Dean

A new study by dozens of researchers from the University of Washington and around the world has found that Greece’s population health declined markedly and death rates rose sharply after harsh austerity measures were imposed…


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 Ceremony Daniel Kim of the Safeway in Pinehurt/Lake City was named Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor…


Unadkat, Shoner, and team make drug glow to watch it move in the body

The blue-green (liver) and pink (kidney, above, and bladder) denote different levels of radio-labeled rosuvastatin in two subjects.

UW Medicine’s radiology team last month created a novel imaging agent and, in an expansive team effort, performed a first-in-human PET/CT imaging study to observe how a statin drug distributes and accumulates in the body….


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…


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…


Meet our Plein Center Faculty: Doug Barthold

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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)…


Strand awarded 2018 Garrison Prize in Health Policy & Economics

Congratulations to 3rd year, PhD student Lauren Strand who received 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:…


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 1918, Jack’s father and grandfather were…


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, 2018 The 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….


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…


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 patients In a recent study, researchers at the University of Washington and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System have found…


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….


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….


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…


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…


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…


Meet Our Newest Faculty Member, Doug Barthold

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…


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…


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…


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

Scott Strassels

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…


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 Antibiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.” The…


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…


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…


UWSOP Curricular Innovation Fall 2017 PDF

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Plein Center Director and Bridge Endowed Professor Shelly Gray opened the Plein Symposium

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…


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…


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…


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…


Bounthavong receives UWSOP Graduate Leadership Award

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…


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…


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…


Roger Woolf receives Distinguished Alumni Award for Pharmacy Practice

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…


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…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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,…


Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate alumni profiles: Laura Hart

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…


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 efficacy More than 1 million women are infected with HIV annually, and the majority of these new infections occur in young women in sub-Saharan…


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….


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Pharmacy Professor John Horn raises concerns about drug safety

Chicago Tribune investigation shows problems in drug interaction communications to patients UW School of Pharmacy Professor John Horn and UWSOP alumnus Dan Malone were part of an investigative report, “Pharmacies miss more than half of…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 outcomes UW School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) Assistant Professor Zachary Marcum was named to the University of Washington Patient Centered Outcomes (PCOR) K12 Career Development…


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…


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 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…


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…


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…


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…


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 membranes Three to five million people worldwide suffer from the flu each year—and it’s deadly. The World Health Organization…


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….


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…


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…


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

A look back at legendary pharmacist, civic and women’s advocate, Shirley G. Bridge As we near our 125th Anniversary in 2019, we continue to remember our history and the alumni legends in science and pharmacy…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Geri and Lynn Brady Preserved Medicinal Garden Legacy

Geri and Lynn Brady

As a community, we were deeply saddened to learn that Geraldine “Geri” (Walcott) Brady, the widow of Professor and former Associate Dean, Lynn Brady, ’60, passed away in March. The legacy she and Lynn left…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 Centers When most of us think of our local pharmacy, we take certain things for granted. We expect that the medications prescribed to…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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),…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Student Alenka Jaklic Named Magnuson Scholar

Image of Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Graduate Student Alenka Jaklic

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…


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…


New center to use novel method to screen chemicals’ toxicity

Image of pharmaceutics scientist preparing cell cultures for toxicity testing

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…


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

Image of Electron Microscopy of Human Neutrophils

  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,…


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

Image of Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor Nichole Klatt

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…


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

Photo of PharmD student Kelsey Rasmussen, left, and Liza Hutchinson

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…


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

Image of UW School of Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray

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…


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…