PAA News

Baughman investigates a natural defense against Alzheimer’s

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

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

Meet our Plein Center Faculty: Doug Barthold

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

Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Judy Mar-Burbidge

Judy Mar-Burbidge

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

Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate Alumni: Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee, PharmD, BCPS, CDE

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

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

APhA honors Project VACCINATE, led by Bacci and Odegard

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Dean Emeritus Jack Orr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are our Plein Center faculty researching?: Joanne Wang

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

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

Meet our Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Certificate Alumni: Annie Lam

Annie Lam photo

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENT: A talk with NPR’S Richard Harris

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent

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

Panel Discussion:

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

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

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

Wallace family presents historic gift to UWSOP

Bette and Bryan Wallace

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

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

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

Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH

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

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

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

UWSOP Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

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

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

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

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

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

Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

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

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

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

Richard Lee’s team takes home grand prize for EpiForAll

Richard Lee, the PharmD member of Team EpiForAll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little-known disease has major economic impact

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

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

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

Alice Ball, UW School of Pharmacy class of 1914

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

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

McDermott researches value of insurer-provided care coordination

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

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

Pharmacy Professor John Horn raises concerns about drug safety

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

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

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

The POD... Read more

Get to know the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center leaders

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

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

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

UWSOP, Era Living Partner for Patient-Centered Care

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

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

Common genetic disorder linked to increased death rate from cancer drug

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

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

Sid Nelson’s legacy lives on in science and collaboration

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

But busulfan is toxic.

The work to mitigate that toxic... Read more

UW improves to #4 worldwide for pharmacology & toxicology

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

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

Class of 2017 Honors Professor Doug Black

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD Class of 2017

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

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

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

Lou Garrison to retire from UW School of Pharmacy

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

UWSOP faculty and alumni elected to ISPOR leadership

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

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

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

Professor of Pharmacy Lingtak-Neander Chan

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

Marcum named K12 Scholar for research on dementia and cardiac medications

UWSOP Assistant Professor and K12 Scholar Zachary Marcum

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

Celebrating Nanci Murphy’s 25+ year career at UWSOP

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

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

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

UWSOP Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA

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

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

2016 UWOSP IPE Health Fair

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

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

Anirban Basu Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

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

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

Influenza invades

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

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

Joy and Elmer Plein

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

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

Caroline Bennette, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US News and World Report ranks UWSOP #9

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

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

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie announces retirement from UWSOP

Professor and Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie

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

Award season comes to UWSOP!

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

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

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

Map of Magnuson Community Center: The Brig

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

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

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

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

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

Sel... Read more

Steve White Named Chair of UWSOP’s Dept of Pharmacy

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

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

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

Pharmaceutics welcomes six new students with a passion for discovery

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


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

Originally from the Ukrai... Read more

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

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

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

Odegard and Diabetes Education team win UW award

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

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

Intercollegiate team will study natural product-drug interactions

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

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


Student Pharmacist in UWSOP’s Bracken Pharmacy Learning Lab

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

The Chiba Morio Family: Undaunted in the Face of Adversity

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

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

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

PORPP Retreat 2015

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

Zhang named inaugural Ji-Ping Wang Endowed Fellow

Ji-Ping Fellow Faye Zhang with donor Si Luo

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

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

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

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

Pharmaceutics Professor Rodney Ho

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

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

Ragueneau-Majlessi named UW CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow

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

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

Scenes from Commencement 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

SB 5557 Expands Patient Access to Care in Washington

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

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

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

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

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

PORPP Alumnus Joseph Babigumira Featured on Whole U Faculty Friday

Image of PORPP Alumnus and UW faculty member Joseph Babigumira

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

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

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

image of PharmD students Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney

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

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

James Lin Wins NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year

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

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

Anirban Basu Named Director of PORPP

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

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

Lou Garrison voted President-elect of ISPOR

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

Joshua Roth Awarded 2015 ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year

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

State of Washington first in pharmacy, again

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Student Alenka Jaklic Named Magnuson Scholar

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

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

Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Selected for Prestigious ITHS TL1 Scholar Award

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

Cate will be conducting a pilot study of int... Read more

New center to use novel method to screen chemicals’ toxicity

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

Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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

Joy & Elmer Plein Scholars Advance Geriatric Research

Plein Scholars

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

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

UW School of Pharmacy Researchers Ranked #7 in the World

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

Klarissa Hardy Receives Major NIH Grant

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

North American ISSX Meeting will award two of our faculty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dean Emeritus Baillie Is Top Cited Researcher

Dean Emeritus Baillie

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

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Awarded IPPE Preceptors of the Year

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

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

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

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

Teresa O’Sullivan presents Kradjan Award to John Watkins

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

John Watkins, ’79, ’93, ’11, was selected... Read more

Alumnus Mitch Higashi Speaks at Uppsala Health Summit

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


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UW Pharmacy Alumnus Ryan Oftebro Innovates Method for Opioid Overdose Rx

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

Nasal Drug-Delivery System Noted as a Seattle Innovation

Magazine article highlights the work of a company that markets an invention made at our School.
Impel Neurophama, a company started by Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho, John Hoekman, PhD, ’10, and a UW business school alumnus is showcased in a ‘Pacific Northwest’ magazine article about Seattle’s booming invention market. Impel is dev... Read more

Med Chem Alumnus Appointed Dean at Campbell University

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

Klarissa Hardy Receives AACP Award

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

Bracken Family Expands Legacy with Scholarship

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


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UW Faculty, Alums Receive Awards for Innovation

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

Jeff Rochon is the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

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

Pharmacists Play Expanding Role in Health Care

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


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WSPA Announces 2012 Award Winners

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

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Ryan Hansen is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

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

UW School of Pharmacy Ranks Tenth in the Nation

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


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Chairs Corner: Pharmacists without Borders

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

Pharmaceutical Outcomes Program Receives Endowed Directorship

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

School Spinoff Company Receives Large Grant

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

School of Pharmacy Announces Endowed Professorships

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy congratulates the recipients of the following endowed professorships. These prestigious professorships were made possible by the support of alumni and friends.
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing
Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (“I2P2”) Endowed Professorship

Downing is a p... Read more

School Mourns Loss of Bev Katterman

Remembering Bev Katterman

Beverley Katterman, former co-owner of Montlake Drugs and Katterman’s Sand
Point Pharmacy and wife of the late Don B. Katterman, passed away on Thursday, May 28th. Katterman’s Pharmacy has been a mainstay in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood since 1965.
The Katterman family’s legacy to the UW School of Pharmac... Read more

Tsuchiya Named Distinguished Alumnus

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


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Faculty-staff-retiree gifts to the University show depths of connection

Gifts to School Have Far-Reaching Impact (October 2, 2008)


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Alumnus Al James Makes Large Gift to School

Read James' profile in Columns, the UW alumni magazine (March 2008)


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UW School of Pharmacy Mourns the Loss of Dean Emeritus Milo Gibaldi


Dr. Milo Gibaldi, who served as dean of the UW School of Pharmacy from 1978 to 1995, died Jan. 13 in Chicago at the age of 67. He is remembered at the UW as a humble, warm, gracious teacher, and a visionary leader.
"Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Milo, will miss his friendship, wonderful insights and ability to inspire," n... Read more

KATTERMAN LECTURE Managing Change: Pharmacists Shaping the Future of Pharmacy

The University of Washington and the Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA) are pleased to present motivational speaker and ex-Husky football great, Tom Flick, as keynote speaker for this year’s Katterman Lecture. Joining Tom will be Rod Shafer, chief executive officer, Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), Dedi Hitchens, director, Washington ... Read more

Katterman Lecture to Showcase Latest Technologies

Technology is fueling rapid changes in the pharmaceutical industry. The direction of this profession will be greatly influenced by the advanced capabilities of advanced technologies.
As tens of millions of baby boomers continue to rely more on prescriptions in the coming years, pharmacists will be looking to more powerful technological resources t... Read more

Phonathon Gets Great Reception

One of the biggest volunteer turnouts to date at a School of Pharmacy Phonathon was held to raise funds for critical student programs and scholarships. The 2003 Phonathon, which was held on February 11th and 12th , brought together great teamwork on the part of our students, staff and alumni. Phonathon pledges given by phone continue to arrive into... Read more