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

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

NAPLEX (Basic Science and Clinical Skills Examination)

Our class of 2020 graduates achieved a first-time pass rate of 97.94%, which is well above the national first-time pass rate (88.43%) and roughly on par with our pass rates for the previous two graduating classes (98.72% & 98.8%, respectively). The pass rate for our graduates ranks #8 ... Read more...


Construction On New HSEB Underway

Time lapse of Health Sciences Building construction

Watch Timelapse footage of the new Health Sciences Education Building.

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Denouncing hate, racism and misogyny

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Dear School of Pharmacy Community,

We are horrified at the murder of eight people in Atlanta this recently – a shocking crime that seems clearly motivated by hate, racism and misogyny. This news is particularly distressing given the rise in violence and racism targeting Asians, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. We recognize that many in t... Read more...


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

Joy Plein

Joy (Bickmore) Plein, ’51, ’57, a beloved UW School of Pharmacy colleague, mentor and true pioneer in the field of geriatrics, passed away peacefully at Virginia Mason Medical Center on February 19, 2021. She was 97.

“For 48 years, Joy was the heart of the UW School of Pharmacy,” said SOP Professor and Dean Sean Sullivan. “Everyone who... Read more...


COVID-19 Vaccination A Family Affair For SOP Student

A graduate student administers the COVID-19 vaccine

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

Albert, who works as a pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy, was one of many patients vaccinated by Uyen and her colleagues. So far this year, mo... Read more...


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

Congratulations to the SOP’s first-place team comprised of Caitlyn Tung (PY3), Emma Cousin (PY3), Amelia Brown (PY3) and Melanie Busch (PY2), winners of the recent UW AMCP P&T competition. This year, 11 local teams presented (one short of last year’s record). If chosen among submissions from other pharmacy schools across the nation, SOP’s... Read more...

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

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

Rachel, a CHOICE Program PhD student originally from Palo Alto, California, says the fund will help her to continue pursuing her ... Read more...


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

Jenny Bacci

The Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute has named UWSOP’s Jennifer Bacci the 2021 recipient of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. Dr. Bacci is recognized for her outstanding leadership example in the Academia-CPESN Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative Task Force by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AA... Read more...

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

Roberto Rodriguez, a 4th-year UWSOP PharmD student, has been nominated to be a part of the 2nd Annual Latino Center for Health (LCH) Student Scholars Fellowship program. This program recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting the health and well-being of Latinx communities in Washington State.

“T... Read more...


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

Recent data from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) for both the Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) and the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) indicate that the UWSOP Class of 2020 led both state and national averages in first-time pass rates. For graduates who took the exam for the first time in 202... Read more...

2020 WSPA Award Honorees Announced

Don Downing

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) recently announced its 2020 Award of Distinction Honorees, and several members of the UWSOP family have been named as recipients. A virtual ceremony will be held November 19 to pay tribute to the honorees and install the 2021 WSPA Board of Directors.

Don Downing, UWSOP Clinical Professor, has been... Read more...


UWSOP Dean Sean D. Sullivan Elected To NAM

University of Washington School of Pharmacy Dean and Professor Sean D. Sullivan has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, the election recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
“I’m tru... Read more...

UW Breaks Ground On New Health Sciences Education Building

HSEB Groundbreaking

On August 27, UW School of Pharmacy Dean Sean D. Sullivan, Washington State Senator David Frockt and other UW Health Sciences deans took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Sciences Education Building. The state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to be completed in May 2022, will serve as an interdisciplinary environment for... Read more...

Sean D. Sullivan accepts second term as UWSOP Dean

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards announced this week that Sean D. Sullivan has accepted a second term as Dean of the UW School of Pharmacy. “I am honored and humbled to be able to continue serving as Dean for the School of Pharmacy,” said Sullivan, who has served as Dean since 2014. “The last five y... Read more...

UW HSEB website unveiled

HSEB

This week the #UW debuted a website devoted to the construction of the new $100M+ Health Sciences Education Building, one of the few structures nationwide created to intentionally foster collaborative teaching and learning. Once completed, the building will be shared among the UW’s six health sciences schools and is expected to catapult those pro... Read more...

UWSOP Professor Allan J. Ellsworth Retires

Allan J. Ellsworth

After 39 years of distinguished service to the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Professor Allan “Al” Ellsworth retired June 30, 2020.  Over the course of his career, Professor Ellsworth made many notable contributions to the Department, School, University, profession and community. He has been an outstanding educator and colleague,... Read more...

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

Sean Sullivan

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

Sullivan shared with the committee the UW’s plans to partner with the State to build a new Interprofessional education (IPE) learning facility. The $100 million project, w... Read more...


Temporary license for pharmacy graduates approved

man in lab coat holding a glass bottle

On June 19 the Governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee, issued a proclamation allowing graduates from approved Schools/Colleges of Pharmacy to register for a 180-day temporary license through PQAC. This proclamation will cover residents coming into Washington state to participate in residency programs. The main purpose of the 180-day temporary lic... Read more...

A Message from UW Health Sciences Deans

Dear UW Health Sciences Community,

Our country is once again experiencing the tragic realities of the racism present in our society.

The slaying of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in Brunswick, GA; the shooting death of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville; the false and racist accusation of violence against Christian Cooper in New York City; a... Read more...


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

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

The report, which is released every fo... Read more...


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

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

How the UWSOP is assisting in drug research response
Links to the latest information on... Read more...


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

WE-REACH

With well over a billion dollars in research funding annually, the University of Washington is an engine of discovery and generates more than $15 billion in the state’s economy. Now, with a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UW has created a new integrated center to match biomedical discoveries with the resources needed to b... Read more...

Faculty Legend Wendel Nelson Retires

Wendel Nelson

After over 50 years of distinguished service at UWSOP and wide-ranging contributions to the profession of pharmacy, Professor Wendel Nelson retires this month.Wendel joined the School as an Assistant Professor in 1965 in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, prior to its split into the current Departments of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceut... Read more...

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

Kendan Jones-Isaac Community Service Award

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

Kendan Jones-Isaac was honored with a service award at this year’s ... Read more...


Marcum first pharmacist to receive prestigious Beeson Award

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

Notably, Zach is the first pharmacist to receive the grant, which is typically awarded to physician-investigators. This initiative is focused on clinic... Read more...


Using Data and Economics to Transform Health | Celebrating 25 Years

CHOICE faculty and students at the 2019 retreat

Celebrating 25 years, The CHOICE Institute continues to grow and transform, expanding its impact on population health.
“At CHOICE, we work to advance the study of health economics, pharmaceutical outcomes research, and policy to improve population health in the U.S. and around the world.”—Anirban Basu, Stergachis Endowed Director, Choice Ins... Read more...

A Tradition of Reinventing Pharmacy

Never doubt the profound impact that our faculty and alumni have had on health care nationwide through decades of advocacy for increased access to patient care.
“Pharmacists are the medication experts on the health care team and in the community. Thanks to our work, in addition to improved care at hospitals and clinics, busy people can just pop ... Read more...

Inventing Blistex

A chance meeting on a train between a Seattle pharmacist and Chicago businessman turned an ointment created in L.D. Bracken’s pharmacy into an international brand.
“Many people don’t realize how inventive pharmacists have been throughout history. L.D. Bracken’s story is a great example of the kinds of transformative products and entrep... Read more...


Enhancing the way epilepsy is managed by engaging community pharmacists

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

The roughly 3.4 m... Read more...


Training to practice at the top of their license

Our student pharmacists train in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center

UWSOP implements the Purple Curriculum with new Wednesdays in Practice, Provider Readiness Training and more
UW School of Pharmacy’s PharmD program trains pharmacists to think critically and be prepared for a future of health care that requires the advanced skills and knowledge of the Husky Pharmacist.
“The UW School of Pharmacy is one of the... Read more...

Nina Isoherranen named Chair of Pharmaceutics Department

On July 1, 2019, UW School of Pharmacy Professor and Dean Sean D. Sullivan appointed Professor Nina Isoherranen to the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair of Pharmaceutics. Her appointment makes her the first woman to chair the department.
“From her first days here as a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Isoherranen demonstrated the standard of excellence and inn... Read more...

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

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

Dr. Thummel was appointed Chair of the Pharmaceutics Department in 2006. He assumed that role from the Depart... Read more...


Congratulations to all awarded a Certificate of Merit in Precepting!

Certificates of Merit in Precepting

Our Experiential Education team recently completed our annual preceptor review process as part of our quality assurance program. This review process allowed us to identify preceptors who have demonstrated excellence in the following major areas:

Active participation, as measured by the number of students pre... Read more...


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

Candice Wong, Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year
The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding IPPE preceptor. For 2019, Candice Wong, PharmD, '02, Inpatient Pharmacist Educator at Harborview Medical Center and UWSOP alumna, was named... Read more...


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

Tony Casanova: 2019 Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award Recipient
The Wayne A. Kradjan Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is presented annually to one outstanding UWSOP Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) preceptor. Congratulations to Tony Casanova, Emergency Department Pharmacist Specialist at CHI Franciscan St. J... Read more...

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

Congratulations to the UWSOP PharmD class of 2018!

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

The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just... Read more...


Dean Sullivan named OSU Icon of Pharmacy

On the evening of May 4th, 2019, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy alumni and friends gathered at Portland City Grill to honor the recipients of the 2019 Icons of Pharmacy Award including Sean D. Sullivan, a truly dedicated leader in the pharmacy profession.

Sean was recognized for his leadership at the UW School of Pharmacy whe... Read more...


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

AND WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!

What did it take to send delicate kidney cells into space to be studied by astronauts wearing big, clunky gloves who may, or may not, have a background in biochemistry? We popped into the lab to talk to Ed Kelly and Cathy Yeung to find out.
Dawg Scripts: Why did you put kidney cells on a chip?

Associate Professor Ed Kelly: As a Toxicologist, we... Read more...


Henderson wins poster award at national AsPET Conference

Congratulations to PharmD and Pharmaceutics PhD student Lindsay Henderson who received the 2nd place graduate student poster presentation award for the Drug Metabolism and Disposition Division of ASPET (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics).Her poster titled, “Functional Characterization of Novel CYP2C9 Variants Found i... Read more...

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

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

Updated May 3, 11:29 am Pacific: NASA has pushed back the launch to Friday, May 3 at 11:48 PM Pacific time...weather dependent.  May 3 update:

Welp. It seemed like it was going to go and then about 15 minutes before launch, the flight was scrubbed. It's rescheduled for tonight 11:48 PM Pacific Time. Here is an update on NASA's blog.

May 2 up... Read more...


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

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

Congratulations to our PharmD students, Michael Sporck, ‘20, Eunice Kim, ‘20, Hanna Kleiboeker, ‘20 and Erin Ichinotsubo, ‘21, who won first place at the highly competitive Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation 19th Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition. The team's advisors were UW... Read more...

Advice from UW pharmacists on senior use of marijuana

Marijuana use among older adults has soared in recent years despite little being known about the effectiveness and safety of the drug in people 65 and older. That’s resulted in more seniors asking health care providers about marijuana use: Is it safe? How much to use? Where to buy?

Now, a group of University of Washington professors has go... Read more...


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

Congratulations to Jennifer Bacci, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy; H. Steve White, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy; and Sabra Zarâa, CHOICE PhD student, Pharmacy on receiving one of the 2019 pilot research grants awarded by the UW Population Health Initiative. The interdisciplinary team's project is titled, "Community ph... Read more...

Alumnus Jeff Rochon named APhA-APPM Fellow

Jeff Rochon, PharmD | WSPA Liaison

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

The APhA Fellow Award was established to honor APhA members for exemplary professional achievements... Read more...


Claw honored for service at Martin Luther King Tribute

We are thrilled that Pharmaceutics’ post doc Katrina Claw, PhD, will be honored with a service award at this year's UW Health Sciences Martin Luther King Tribute on Thursday, January 17, 12:30 pm-2pm in Hogness Auditorium. The event will include a panel discussion.
To be recognized for my outreach and mentorship of Native American and other his... Read more...

Leah Ruggerone and Richard Lee named to Husky 100

Leah Ruggone, '18, and Richard Lee, PY3

Leah Ruggerone, ’18, and PY3 student Richard Lee were both selected for the UW Husky 100 from the School of Pharmacy in 2018. Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergrad and grad students who are making the most of their time at the UW.Leah grew up in Kenmore, WA, and attended UW as an undergrad, majoring in biology and spent
summers wo... Read more...

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

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Team seeks to improve the projections of the future burden of the disease.Anirban Basu, director of the CHOICE Institute at UWSOP, and professor in the schools of Pharmacy and Public Health at the University of Washington, received more than $230,000 from the National Institutes of Health to measure the current and future costs of care for people w... Read more...

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

UWSOP PharmD student presents to Era Living residents

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

As alarming reports about how virulent last year’s virus was, Era Living, a top-rated group of local s... Read more...


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

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

Our School’s faculty and students presented two posters at the ASCP Annual Meeting, and the abstracts are in the October issue of The Consultant Pharmacist.

Julia Yunkyung, Laura Hart, and Shelly Gray presented a poster titled, “Definition of fall risk-increasing drugs in the literature: Challenges and implications.” We know falls in olde... Read more...


Werth receives prestigious Young Investigator Award from SIDP

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

Brian has demonstrated tremendous research productivity over ... Read more...


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

Older adult hands holding medication

UW Pharmacy’s Shelly Gray and UW Medicine’s Elizabeth Phelan are teaming up to identify ways to prevent falls in older adults. Their study, “Reducing Central Nervous System (CNS)-active Medications to Prevent Falls and Injuries in Older Adults (STOP-FALLS),” will identify medication safety improvements to reduce fall-related injuries an... Read more...


UW Husky Pharmacists receive awards for leadership in practice

UWSOP Alumna Bev Schaefer, '70

Congratulations to our Plein Certificate, BSPharm, and PharmD alumni and affiliate faculty who were recognized by the Washington State Pharmacy Association!

Holly Henry, Plein Certificate alumna, received the Distinguished Leadership Service Award that pays tribute to a member who has, over his or her career been instrumental in the developm... Read more...


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

Researchers Doug Barthold of the University of Washington and Julie Zissimopoulos of the University of Southern California published the first study to compare multiple types of blood pressure medications and the beneficial effect they may have on different populations. Unlike other studies, they looked at how Alzheimer’s disease risk was reduced... Read more...

Lou Garrison named 2018 Value Assessment Challenge Award recipient

The PhRMA Foundation and the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) announced that Lou Garrison is one of the first place recipients of the 2018 Value Assessment Challenge Awards. These awards are designed to encourage innovative approaches in defining and measuring value in health care. Lou and the other award recipients were recognized for submitt... Read more...

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

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

Assistant Professor Aasthaa Bansal at the CHOICE Institute was recently awarded a $2.5M+, seven-year Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) (R37) award from the National Cancer Institute to develop a dynamic decision-making framework for identifying personalized risk-adaptive surveillance strategies for cancer survivors. This research seeks to s... Read more...

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...


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

Students at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy have partnered with King County Department of Community and Health Services to offer free naloxone kits and training at the May 22, 2018,health fair on UW's Seattle campus.

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

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

Andy Stergachis, UWSOP Professor & Associate Dean

A new study by dozens of researchers from the University of Washington and around the world has found that Greece’s population health declined markedly and death rates rose sharply after harsh austerity measures were imposed on Greece by the European Union and the International Money Fund in 2010.

“This study is important because it provides... Read more...


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

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

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

APhA honors Project VACCINATE, led by Bacci and Odegard

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Remembering Dean Emeritus Jack Orr

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

Born in Delphi, Indiana in 1918, Jack’s father and grandfather were both pharmacists. Like so many of our alumni, he began his pharmacy career dusting shelves and sweeping the floor of the family pharmacy. He... Read more...


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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...

Nath lab team takes aim at Alzheimer’s

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


New fellowship will advance thoughtful health care innovation in Washington state

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

UWSOP Curricular Innovation Fall 2017 PDF

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Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Karen Dawson

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

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


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...


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...

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

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

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medicines commonly prescribed to treat acid-related digestive problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Up to one in five older adults said they used a PPI as of 2011, and recent studies have 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...

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...

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

Women and their children await medical care at a clinic.

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

Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

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

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

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


UWSOP places second in AMCP P&T competition

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Little-known disease has major economic impact

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

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

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

Alice Ball, UW School of Pharmacy class of 1914

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

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


McDermott researches value of insurer-provided care coordination

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

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

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...


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

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

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

UWSOP, Era Living Partner for Patient-Centered Care

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

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

Sid Nelson’s legacy lives on in science and collaboration

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

But busulfan is toxic.

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


UW improves to #4 worldwide for pharmacology & toxicology

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

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

UWSOP Alumnus Watanabe named National Academy of Medicine Fellow

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

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

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


Pharmacies provide more than meds and flu shots

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

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

Class of 2017 Honors Professor Doug Black

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD Class of 2017

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

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

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

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

Costs outlined of health plans that exclude contraception

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

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

UW team finds key piece to HIV drug-effectiveness puzzle

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

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

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

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...

Celebrating Nanci Murphy’s 25+ year career at UWSOP

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

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

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

Blythe Adamson

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

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

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

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

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

UWSOP Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA

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

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

2016 UWOSP IPE Health Fair

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

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


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...


Totah and CHRU collaborate to find novel treatments for cardiovascular disease

Rheem Totah, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, UWSOP

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

Award season comes to UWSOP!

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

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

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

Map of Magnuson Community Center: The Brig

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

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...

Geri and Lynn Brady Preserved Medicinal Garden Legacy

Geri and Lynn Brady

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

The legacy she and Lynn left through planned giving will live on at the UW and School of Pharmacy for decades to come. The Lynn R. Brady Endowed Scholarship Fund ha... Read more...


Are you a #HUSKYPHARMACIST?

Student Pharmacist in UWSOP’s Bracken Pharmacy Learning Lab

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

Rettie Seeds the Future of Precision Medicine

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

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

The Chiba Morio Family: Undaunted in the Face of Adversity

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

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

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...


Innovative Pharmacy Training Does a World of Good in Malawi

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

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

Scenes from Commencement 2015

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

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

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

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

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

The research, led by Ryan Hansen, ’03, ’12, UW assistant pro... 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...

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

image of PharmD students Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney

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

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


James Lin Wins NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year

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

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

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


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...

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...

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

Image of Electron Microscopy of Human Neutrophils

 

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


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

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...

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

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

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

&nbs... Read more...


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

Image of UW School of Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray

Dr. Shelly Gray et. al. found a persistent link between dementia and some medications in a University of Washington/Group Health study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on January 26, 2015. The large study links a 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 PharmD Students Aid Hundreds in Nicaragua

UW Student Pharmacists Village Children

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

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

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


Fulbright Scholar Researches Experiential Pharmacy Education at UW

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

UW School of Pharmacy Researchers Ranked #7 in the World

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

Klarissa Hardy Receives Major NIH Grant

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


Congratulations Prof McCune!

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

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


North American ISSX Meeting will award two of our faculty.

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


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

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

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


On-demand intravenous fluids questioned

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


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

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

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


Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Awarded IPPE Preceptors of the Year

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

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

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


UW Pharmacy Huskies Lead the Pack

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

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

Teresa O’Sullivan presents Kradjan Award to John Watkins

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

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Diabetes-Education Project Honored for Community Impact

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

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...


Initiative Increases Focus on Collaborative Healthcare

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

 

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Student on Winning Team for Business Plan Contest

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

 

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Namibia Partnership Continues to Grow

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

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Reception and Lecture Combine for One Special School of Pharmacy Event

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

Leadership Award Given Posthumously to Sid Nelson

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

 

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School Named No. 3 in Global University Ranking

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

 

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Student Training Focuses on Teamwork, Communication

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

 

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School Scientists Play a Role in Science EXPO Day

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

 

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‘UW360’ Showcases Kedzierski’s Outreach Work

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

 

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Second Annual All Health Professions Day a Hit

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

 

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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...

Pharmacy Students Lead Honduras Medical Brigade

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

 

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Pharmacy Students Amp Up Their Business Expertise

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

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

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Health Sciences Students Focus on Collaboration

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

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Students Make an Impression on Public Officials

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

 

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School Honored for Community Service

 

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy announced in November that the UW School of Pharmacy has received the 2010-2011 Transformative Community Service Award. This honor recognizes exceptional community programs that go beyond the traditional service role of academic pharmacy. Read more:
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Student Earns National Public Health Scholarship

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

 

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Schweitzer Fellowship Offers Experience of a Lifetime

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

 

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A Welcome to the Class of 2014

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

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


Largest ever interprofessional training event for health sciences students a success

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

 

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

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

 

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Students Again Place in National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition

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

 

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Pharmacy Students Go to Capitol Hill

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

 

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The Changing Face of Pharmacy

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

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

 

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Small-Town Pharmacy Business Plan Wins National Competition

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

 

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Students celebrate American Pharmacists Month with ad campaign

Celebrating American Pharmacists Month (October 8, 2009)

 

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Tuscany Provides Backdrop for Pharmacy Education

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Stimulus Package Reaches School of Pharmacy

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

 

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UW Honored at AACP Meeting

UW Takes Multiple Top Honors at AACP Meeting

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


Baillie and McCune accept professional pharmacy honors

Baillie and McCune Accept Honors (July 9, 2009)

 

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For pharmacy students, breaking down complex drug has its rewards

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

 

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Pharmacy Students’ Public Service Announcement Urges Sun Protection

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

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

Biography of Herb Tsuchiya, 2008 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

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

Pharmacy student creates medication-safety program in Uganda

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

 

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2009 Dean’s Recognition Reception

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More than 130 alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the UW School of Pharmacy attended the Dean’s Recognition Reception on May 6. It was Dean Thomas A. Baillie’s first year to preside over the event since... 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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A conversation with Dean Thomas Baillie

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

 

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

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

 

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Ignition Awards Will Support Translational Research

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

 

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Pharmacy students’ outreach garners national acclaim

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

 

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New Program Strengthens Ties Between Health Professions

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

 

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School Welcomes New Dean

When the UW Board of Regents chose Dr. Thomas A. Baillie as the next dean of the School of Pharmacy, it welcomed back an old friend to the UW family. Baillie served as a professor of medicinal chemistry in the School from 1981 to 1994.
Baillie left the UW for Merck & Co. Inc. because of the opportunities it offered him to pursue his resear... Read more...


Pharmacy student receives coveted Roybal Scholarship

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

 

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UW pharmacy students help the Seahawks tackle hypertension

Students Help NFL Tackle Hypertension (September 25, 2008)

 

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Washington Pharmacy Interviews Dean Baillie

Washington Pharmacy Interviews Dean Baillie (Fall 2008)

 

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PORPP Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

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Consortium to Help Reshape Thai Pharmacy Practices

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Thomas Baillie selected as dean of UW School of Pharmacy

Thomas Baillie Selected as Dean (April 22, 2008)

 

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Dean Nelson quoted in the Seattle Times in regards to the accidental drug overdose of Heath Ledger

Dean Nelson quoted in the Seattle Times in regards to the accidental drug overdose of actor Heath Ledger (February 7, 2008)

 

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Murphy Named APhA Outstanding Chapter Advisor for 2008

Dr. Nanci Murphy, associate dean of Academic and Student Programs at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, has been named APhA-ASP Outstanding Chapter Advisor for 2008. This award, established to recognize advisers who have promoted with distinction the welfare of student pharmacists through various professional activities, is a great ho... Read more...

New Residency Program Meets Growing Demand for Management Trained Pharmacists

The UW School of Pharmacy has created a new joint Pharmacy Management/Masters in Health Administration (MHA) residency program to help address the acute need for management trained pharmacists in hospitals and other patient care institutions across our nation.
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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...

Dean Nelson Named Outstanding Dean of the Year

University of Washington (UW) School of Pharmacy Dean, Sid Nelson, has been named APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists Outstanding Dean of the Year for 2007. Dean Nelson was chosen from a pool of nearly 100 pharmacy deans across our nation to receive this honor.
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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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Dean Sid Nelson Quoted by U.S. News & World Report on Drug Interactions

Food and Drugs Can Create a Toxic Mix
By Deborah Kotz
U.S.News & World Report
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Posted September 26, 2007
Mix one part Red Bull with two parts vodka and what do you get? If a headache comes with the buzz, it may not be wise to add a Tylenol chaser—especially if you're a heavy coffee drinker. A study published o... Read more...

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...


A Conversation with Dean Sidney Nelson

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UW Receives HRSA Grant to Train Students in Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness

 
Andy Stergachis, professor of epidemiology and adjunct professor of pharmacy, has received a 3-year $559,000 award from the federal Health Services Resources Administration (HRSA) to train UW School of Pharmacy students in bioterrorism and public health emergency preparedness. UW received one of 13 curriculum development grants, which combi... Read more...

UW Faculty Are Leaders in Experiential Education

On June 17, representatives from all areas of pharmacy practice, regulation, professional organizations and education met in Chicago, Illinois, for a two-day summit with the goal of creating an action plan and implementation strategy for advancing experiential education within the pharmacy profession. This invitational summit was part of the Americ... Read more...

Hidden Dangers in Common Drugs

John Horn, PharmD, University of Washington
BottomLine PERSONAL
VOLUME 26 NUMBER 4, FEBRUARY 15, 2005
Every year, two million Americans suffer serious drug side effects. An estimated 15% of those cases are caused by harmful drug-drug interactions (DDIs)–side effects from taking two or more drugs at the same time.
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Pharmacist Prescribers Increase Access to Effective Contraceptives

It has been my pleasure to observe and participate in the expansion of clinical services provided by pharmacists in Washington State. Our pharmacists have been recognized nationwide as critical innovators in contraceptive care - the most important of these services being pharmacist-provided emergency contraception (EC). In providing this service ph... Read more...

UWSOP Brings Health Technology into the 21ST Century

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy, along with The Everett Clinic, have been awarded a $1.03 million dollar grant to evaluate how computerized prescribing in an out patient clinical setting improves medication safety and patient outcomes. The grant, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is part of a federally mandat... Read more...

UW Pharmacy Care Considered Most Progressive in the Nation

Henry R. Manassi, executive vice president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), was very impressed by his recent visit to University of Washington (UW) Harborview Medical Center, calling the programmatic pharmacy services he observed the “most progressive in the country.”
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Faculty, Alumni Win Research Award

Several School of Pharmacy faculty and alumni collaborated on a paper that received the 2003 Drug Therapy Research Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Dave Veenstra, assistant professor of pharmacy, Mitch Higashi, Ph.D. ’01, Ann Wittkowsky, Pharm.D. ’88, and Allan Rettie, professor and chair of medicinal chemist... Read more...

Pioneer in Drug Therapy Leaves School of Pharmacy: Dr. Milo Gibaldi Instrumental in Transforming SOP into Premier Pharmacy School

 For more than a quarter century, Dr. Milo Gibaldi has shaped future generations of pharmacists with his gentle humor and engaging lectures. He has taught more than 2,500 students and inspired many more. He served as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and led the organization through its transition into a one-location School. Also, he is renowned in... 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...