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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

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

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

UW Pharmacy and UW Medicine team to study how weightlessness accelerates kidney damage In as early as 2018, a rocket

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

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

Klatt lab team’s findings published in Science offer solutions to increase efficacy More than 1 million women are infected with

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

“Celebrating Today, Planning Tomorrow” brought together a host of disciplines to discuss healthy aging Decades ago, geriatric pharmacy pioneers Joy

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

Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

Pharmaceutics Professor Shiu-Lok Hu and Kelly Lee, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, received funding for research to create a vaccine

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

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

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.

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

As a Navajo scientist trained in genomics, UWSOP post doctoral researcher Katrina Claw is on a two-fold mission to make

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

Common genetic disorder linked to increased death rate from cancer drug

Researchers recommend ‘caution’ when using the chemotherapy busulfan in patients with Gilbert’s syndrome By Susan Keown, Staff Writer, Fred Hutch News

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

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

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

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

Clinical content from UW School of Pharmacy’s Drug Interaction Database to be integrated into Teva’s DDI+ platform to help improve

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

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

“Thanks to the strong academic programs in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington, I

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

Award season comes to UWSOP!

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

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

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

In addition to being a newly-minted Ph.D., Jenna L. Voellinger is also an exhibiting artist. Her image, “Human Kidney Tubule

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

Pharmaceutics welcomes six new students with a passion for discovery

  UWSOP’s Department of Pharmaceutics welcomed six new students this fall, here to join a great tradition of life-changing research.

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

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

Carol Collins, Clinical Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics, will bring her expertise in drug safety information and the design of drug safety

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

Intercollegiate team will study natural product-drug interactions

Herbal remedies are a multi-billion dollar industry. Sales of natural product supplements have nearly tripled in the past twenty years

Ji-Ping Fellow Faye Zhang with donor Si Luo

Zhang named inaugural Ji-Ping Wang Endowed Fellow

The inaugural Ji-Ping Wang Fellow is Faye Zhang in the Department of Pharmaceutics. Faye Zhang (pictured left) received her B.S.

Pharmaceutics Professor Rodney Ho

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

New regimen would make it easier for patients and potentially clear residual virus   An interdisciplinary team led by Professors

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.

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

Scenes from Commencement 2015

Friday was a day of recognition and celebration! Over 100 graduate and PharmD students received their degrees and began a

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

Image of Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Graduate Student Alenka Jaklic

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Student Alenka Jaklic Named Magnuson Scholar

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

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

Image of pharmaceutics scientist preparing cell cultures for toxicity testing

New center to use novel method to screen chemicals’ toxicity

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide $6 million in seed funding for a Predictive Toxicology Center at the University

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

Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor, Nichole Klatt is one of five scientists selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS

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

TAKING A MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED IS CRITICAL to a drug’s effectiveness. But for some people, taking medications literally turns their

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

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

UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

As a School of Pharmacy consistently in the Top 10 nationally, we’ve come to expect our students, faculty, and alumni

Professor Thummel elected President of ASPET

The Chair of Pharmaceutics, Ken Thummel will take office July 1, 2014. The 4,800- member society was founded in 1908

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

The response received to the first call was tremendous but only a select number of applications were forwarded to the

UW researchers win grant to study effects of drugs during pregnancy

University of Washington faculty members from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine will study the effects of drugs

Top 10 MOST Cited Articles by the AAPS Journal:

Ho-Leung Fung, Ph.D., is editor-in-chief of The AAPS Journal. At The AAPS Journal Editorial Advisory Board meeting at the 2013

WELCOME New Students

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

2013 Gibaldi Picnic

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Congratulations to the class of 2013!

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

Professor Ho to receive award at National Biotechnology Conference later this month. Professor Rodney Ho will receive the Research Achievement

Congrats to pharmaceutics grad students

Congrats to pharmaceutics grad students Jessica Tay and Jenna Voellinger for winning second and third place respectively for their poster

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

Dr. Ed Kelly, a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics received a Jaconetter L. Tietze Yong Scientist Award

for his project “Identification of MicroRNA Regulators of Hepatocyte Development“. The monies provided by the award will be of great

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

2010 graduate, Dr. John Hoekman received the UW Graduate School’s 6th Chapter Awardfor his dissertation “The Impact of Enhanced Olfactory

Dr. Shiu-Lok_Hu is awarded with Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professorship in Pharmaceutics.

The fund was created in 2008 in honor of the late School of Pharmacy Dean Milo Gibaldi. He was dean

Nora Lee, a graduate student at the Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy is one of the recipients of this year’s Warren G. Magnuson scholarships.

The award will provide the scholar with financial support of up to $25,000 for her research needs. Ms Nora Lee

PGRN received grant to study underserved populations

            Ken Thummel, chair and professor of pharmaceutics, and Wylie Burke, chair and professor of

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

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

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

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

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

Pharmaceutics graduate students Diana Shuster and Jenna Voellinger received Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) TL1 Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research

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

Pharmaceutics graduate student Nora Lee and postdoc Cara Nelson did an outstanding job at the recent American Society for Pharmacology

Professor Emeritus Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced that Rene Levy, professor and chair emeritus of our Department of Pharmaceutics, will

A Closer Look: Q&A with Jashvant Unadkat

In this Q&A, Professor of Pharmaceutics Unadkat discusses his new National Institute on Drug Abuse grant and its goals of

IPSF Welcomes Another Exchange Student

Finnish pharmacy student Arto Heinonen poses in the front of this photo, which was taken during a social event with

Grant to Study Drug Disposition in Pregnancy

A new, $4.7 million NIH grant will study how certain drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted in the body

‘Columns’ Faculty Profile: Professor Shiu-Lok Hu

The September issue of ‘Columns,’ the UW alumni magazine, profiles faculty member Shiu-Lok Hu. He is part of an international

Professor’s Startup Highlighted in UW Showcase

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho’s new startup, Nova TheraNostics, has developed a brighter, longer lasting and safer MRI contrast agent.

Rodney Ho Receives National Research Honor

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho received the Research Achievement in Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. UW

Faculty Member, School Profiled in Magazine

Starting on Page 67 of this issue of ‘International Innovation,’ there are four pages discussing the work of Associate Professor

Pharmaceutics professor wins Early Career Achievement Award

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics Isoherranen will receive the Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society for

Researching Male Birth Control Pill Options

In a recent ‘Science’ magazine article about researchers’ efforts to create a male birth control pill, the work of John

Unadkat Awarded for Scientific Contributions

Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat has received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and

Studying Microchips that Imitate Human Organs

Faculty contribute to federal initiative researching how computer chips could test for drug safety UW researchers are part of an

NIH Grant Helps Turn Research Into Medical Products

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences recently received its second five-year, $65 million grant from the National Institutes of

Highlighting the Promise of Personalized Medicine

Erica Woodahl, PhD, ’04, is working to improve participation in pharmacogenetic research and to build respectful relationships between researchers and

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

A paper published in “Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics” by pharmaceutics alumnus Songmao “Ben” Zheng and four of our faculty members

New Partnership Forms to Support Drug Development

Program seeks to provide better understanding of drug transporters, personalized medicine. Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat has started the UW

Shen, Unadkat Named Fellows of AAAS

Nine UW researchers are among 539 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Danny Shen, professor

Hu Receives Major Boost in Search for HIV Vaccine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Shiu-Lok Hu, Gibaldi endowed professor of pharmaceutics, a $6.7 million grant to

Ed Kelly Receives Tietze Young Scientist Award

Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics Ed Kelly has received the Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award from the UW Institute

UW Graduate School Honors Pharmaceutics Alumnus

John Hoekman, Ph.D., Pharmaceutics, ’10, has received the UW Graduate School’s ‘6th Chapter Award’ for his dissertation. This award is

UW Lecture Series Features Pharmaceutics Professor

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho was among the six faculty members to speak in the UW Center for Commercialization lecture

Pharmaceutics Student Receives University of Washington Magnuson Scholarship

Nora Lee is one of six students from the health sciences schools to be named a 2011 Magnuson Scholar, one

Dr. Ho Featured in ‘Puget Sound Business Journal’

Pharmaceutics Professor Rodney Ho was recently named an Entrepreneurial Fellow by the UW Center for Commercialization. ThePuget Sound Business Journal

Dr. Ho Named Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow

Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho was honored as one of the UW’s most entrepreneurial faculty researchers, under a new fellowship

Grant Will Develop a Device Created at the School

Impel Neuropharma, a biotech started by John Hoekman, Ph.D., ’10, and Professor Rodney Ho, received a Life Sciences Discovery Fund

Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Rene Levy

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pharmaceutics Rene Levy has received the 2011 Arthur A. Ward, Jr. Achievement in Epilepsy Award

Major Grant Will Support Underserved Populations

Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutics Ken Thummel and colleagues recently learned they have received a $10 million NIH grant to

Life Sciences Discovery Fund Issues Awards

Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney Ho has received an LSDF grant to develop a safer and more effective

School to Host Biosimilars Conference

The Conference on Biosimilars will take place Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, on campus. Faculty members from the

Pharmaceutics Professor Featured in UW Report

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

Levy Retires After Almost 40 Years

Dr. Rene Levy, professor of pharmaceutics and director of the Metabolism and Transport Drug Interaction Database (DIDB), retired at the

Groundbreaking Technology Goes Commercial

Groundbreaking Technology Goes Commercial,  (June 25, 2009), Read article about Impel   Link to Pharmaceutics archived news

Pharmaceutics Professor Receives Prestigious Biotechnology Award

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

Dr. Ho Named Fellow of Preeminent Association

Dr. Ho Named Fellow of Preeminent Association (January 8, 2009)   Link to Pharmaceutics archived news

Search tool that makes drugs safer is poised for growth

Drug-Interaction Database Poised for Growth (October 9, 2008)   Link to Pharmaceutics archived news

Shen to head national pharmaceutical group

Shen to Head National Pharmaceutical Group (October 2, 2008)   Link to Pharmaceutics archived news

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Student Wins Grand Prize in Innovation Competition

Pharmaceutics student John Hoekman, along with MBA students Michael Hite and Peter Olagunju, recently took first place in the UW

UW School of Pharmacy Ph.D. Research Programs Rank #1

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences research programs are the best in the nation

Two Professors Named as Fellows, AAAS and ASCP

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy is proud to announce that two if its professors, Drs. Rene Levy and

Faculty Members’ Research Gets National Distinction

A 2005 study by Qingcheng Mao and Jashvant Unadkat is one of the 10 most-cited articles in the American Association

DMTPR Welcomes Seventh Industry Partner

The Drug Metabolism, Transport and Pharmacogenomic Research (DMTPR) program, launched in January of this year, is the result of a

DMTPR Launched January 1, 2004

In the fall of 2002, corporate advisors and board members recommended that the School address the emerging gap between industrial

New Associate Dean for Research and New Initiatives Named at the School of Pharmacy

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy has announced the appointment of Dr. Ken Thummel to Associate Dean for Research

NIH Grant Awarded to the Department of Pharmaceutics for study on how pregnant women handle drugs

The UW Department of Pharmaceutics won an unprecedented grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will enable UW

Drs. Ho and Gibaldi Team Up on Landmark Therapeutics Book

For the first time, a comprehensive study of biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals has been completed by two luminaries in pharmaceutical sciences,