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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 by 14 selected subjects, including Pharmacology and Toxicology. Overall the UW is No. 4 in ... 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 2019, 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 School of Pharmac... Read more...



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.

Spoiler alert: It’s mostly in the liver, kidneys and bladder.

The statin – rosuvastatin (Crestor), a cholesterol-low... Read more...



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

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

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

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



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.
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Catherine Yeung, University of Washington; Edward Kelly, University of Washington, and Jonathan Himmelfarb, University of Washington

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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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...



SPECIAL EVENT: A talk with NPR’S Richard Harris

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent

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

Panel Discussion:

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



Mao and Unadkat presented AAPS Journal High Impact Article Award

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



Alumna Kroetz named AAAS Fellow

Pharmaceutics alumna Deanna Kroetz, PhD, '90

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



Cyrus Khojasteh receives Distinguished Alumni Award

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

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



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

Dr. John Amory

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



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...



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

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

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



Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

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



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...



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

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



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.

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

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

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



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.

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UW team finds key piece to HIV drug-effectiveness puzzle

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



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

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

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



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...



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...



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.

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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.

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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...



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...



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...



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...



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

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 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

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 vitro models – organ-mimicking cell cultures – to test chemicals for thei... Read more...



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 Health. Dr. Klatt proposes development of HIV cure strategies by using non-psychoactive cannabinoids as poten... Read more...



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

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



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...



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...



UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

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

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Professor Thummel elected President of ASPET

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

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

The response received to the first call was tremendous but only a select number of applications were forwarded to the second stage. All of the full proposals received were of a very high standard and it was difficult for the judging panel (consisting of a 50:50 split of Simcyp executive team members and individuals from Consortium member companies)... Read more...



UW researchers win grant to study effects of drugs during pregnancy

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



Top 10 MOST Cited Articles by the AAPS Journal:

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

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



WELCOME New Students

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

 

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2013 Gibaldi Picnic

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Congratulations to the class of 2013!

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

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

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Congrats to pharmaceutics grad students

Congrats to pharmaceutics grad students Jessica Tay and Jenna Voellinger for winning second and third place respectively for their poster presentations in the Predoctoral Awards Competition at the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics conference in Dallas!

 
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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...



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

for his project “Identification of MicroRNA Regulators of Hepatocyte Development“. The monies provided by the award will be of great assistance in terms of generating preliminary data for a future grant submission and will help with support of graduate student research activities.
 

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

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

 

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

The fund was created in 2008 in honor of the late School of Pharmacy Dean Milo Gibaldi. He was dean from 1978 to 1998 and was renowned for his work in pharmacokinetics. He helped make the UW School of Pharmacy one of the nation’s premier pharmacy institutions. For full article click here.

 

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

The award will provide the scholar with financial support of up to $25,000 for her research needs. Ms Nora Lee is currently in her third year of studies toward her PhD and she works as a Graduate Research Assistant in Dr. Joanne Wang’s laboratory. Ms Lee demonstrates academic excellence and is highly promising in becoming a productive research ... Read more...



PGRN received grant to study underserved populations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Thummel, chair and professor of pharmaceutics, and Wylie Burke, chair and professor of bioethics and humanities, and colleagues, recently learned they have received a five-year, $10 million grant from the NIH’s Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) to create a Northwest-Alaska... Read more...



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

Li Liu, a PhD candidate in Dr. Jashvant D. Unadkat’s lab from Dept of Pharmaceutics, was awarded 1st place in the poster presentation competition at the ISSX-17th North American Regional Meeting, for her work on the clinical PET study “Can P-glycoprotein at the Human Blood-Brain Barrier be Induced by Rifampin? A PET Imaging Study”. Li was a... Read more...



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

Congratulations to Alice Ke, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutics and ORISE fellow in the FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology, who received the 2011 OCP Science Day Poster Presentation First Prize Award in October in Maryland. Her poster title was “Refinement and Validation of a PBPK Model to Predict Disposition of Drugs in Preg... Read more...



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

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



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

Pharmaceutics graduate student Nora Lee and postdoc Cara Nelson did an outstanding job at the recent American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Annual Meeting. Lee (Adviser Joanne Wang) won the graduate student category of the poster competition in the Drug Metabolism Division. Her poster was from a study in our Obstetric-F... Read more...



Professor Emeritus Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

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



A Closer Look: Q&A with Jashvant Unadkat

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

 

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



Grant to Study Drug Disposition in Pregnancy

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

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‘Columns’ Faculty Profile: Professor Shiu-Lok Hu

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



Professor’s Startup Highlighted in UW Showcase

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

 

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Rodney Ho Receives National Research Honor

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

 

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Faculty Member, School Profiled in Magazine

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

 

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Pharmaceutics professor wins Early Career Achievement Award

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

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Researching Male Birth Control Pill Options

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



Unadkat Awarded for Scientific Contributions

Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat has received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism. The award is for groundbreaking contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences. Read the 'UW Today' article. Read the AAPS press release.

 

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Studying Microchips that Imitate Human Organs

Faculty contribute to federal initiative researching how computer chips could test for drug safety UW researchers are part of an initiative to engineer three-dimensional chips containing living cells and tissues that imitate the structure and function of human organs. These tissue chips will be used for drug safety testing. Pharmaceutics professo... Read more...



NIH Grant Helps Turn Research Into Medical Products

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

 

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Highlighting the Promise of Personalized Medicine

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

 

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

A paper published in “Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics” by pharmaceutics alumnus Songmao “Ben” Zheng and four of our faculty members is featured on the journal’s “Top Ten Most Viewed Papers” list.
The paper is entitled “Measurement and Compartmental Modeling of the Effect of CYP3A5 Gene Variation on Systemic and Intrarenal ... Read more...



New Partnership Forms to Support Drug Development

Program seeks to provide better understanding of drug transporters, personalized medicine. Professor of Pharmaceutics Jashvant Unadkat has started the UW Research Affiliates Program on Transporters (UWRAPT). It is a cooperative effort between the School and AstraZeneca, Genentech and Merck in which scientists are collaborating on research to faci... Read more...



Shen, Unadkat Named Fellows of AAAS

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

 

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Hu Receives Major Boost in Search for HIV Vaccine

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

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Ed Kelly Receives Tietze Young Scientist Award

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

 

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UW Graduate School Honors Pharmaceutics Alumnus

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

 

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UW Lecture Series Features Pharmaceutics Professor

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

 

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Pharmaceutics Student Receives University of Washington Magnuson Scholarship

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

 

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Dr. Ho Featured in ‘Puget Sound Business Journal’

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

 

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Dr. Ho Named Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow

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

 

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Grant Will Develop a Device Created at the School

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

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Rene Levy

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pharmaceutics Rene Levy has received the 2011 Arthur A. Ward, Jr. Achievement in Epilepsy Award from the Northwest Epilepsy Foundation. The award honors him for his contributions to the scientific and medical understanding of epilepsy drug therapy. Read more.

 

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Major Grant Will Support Underserved Populations

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

 

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Life Sciences Discovery Fund Issues Awards

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

 

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School to Host Biosimilars Conference

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



Pharmaceutics Professor Featured in UW Report

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

 

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Levy Retires After Almost 40 Years

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



Groundbreaking Technology Goes Commercial

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

 

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Pharmaceutics Professor Receives Prestigious Biotechnology Award

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

 

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Dr. Ho Named Fellow of Preeminent Association

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

 

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Search tool that makes drugs safer is poised for growth

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

 

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Shen to head national pharmaceutical group

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

 

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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 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) 2008 Business Plan Competition.
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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 according to a recent academic ranking. The findings, announced in the January 12 issue of The Chronicle for Higher Education, are based on faculty scholarly activities calculated by The Faculty Scholarly Prod... Read more...



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 Peggy Odegard have been named as fellows of the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), respectively.

 
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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 of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal's history. Their article examined how breast cancer resistance protein relates to a range of drugs and antiviral agents.  Read more

 

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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 unique partnership between University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) and seven industry leaders, the most recent of which is Pfizer, Inc.
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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 research needs and trained graduates with a program focused on new research in drug metabolism, transporters and pharmacogenomics. Fifteen months later, the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP), along with... Read more...



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 and New Initiatives.  This newly created role was designed to leverage the School’s expertise in drug metabolism/ disposition, drug interactions and outcomes research with the increasing opportunities for UW-wide and re... Read more...



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 researchers to examine how drugs are handled by pregnant women. The University of Washington was one of just 11 universities nationwide to receive this prestigious Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) grant from the NIH.
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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, Drs. Rodney J.Y. Ho and Milo Gibaldi. These two pharmacy faculty members have collaborated on a book that details the process of transforming proteins and genes into biopharmaceuticals, and the medical a... Read more...