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Holly Seyler receives Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship

Holly Seyler

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


CHOICE PhD Student Presents at American Society of Human Genetics Meeting

Joyce Jiang presenting at ASHG 2023 in Washington, DC.

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


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

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


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

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

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


Pharmacy In Focus: September 2023

UW SOP Pharmacy in Focus

Pharmacy In Focus: September 2023


UWSOP PharmD Student Selected for AACP Aspiring Academics Program

Holly Seyler

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


Aaron del Pozo Sanz Awarded AES Fellowship for Epilepsy Research

Aaron del Pozo

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


SOP Faculty Present Research at ISS Conference

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

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


UW Rho Chi Society 2023 Induction Ceremony 

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


Jayanth Panyam selected as Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Jayanth Panyam

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


UWSOP Faculty to Receive Distinguished Teaching Award

UWSOP Faculty to Receive Distinguished Teaching Award

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


PharmD Student Receives US Public Health Pharmacy Award

Ruger Stufflebeam

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


UWSOP P&T Team Awarded Second Place at 2023 Finals

UWSOP Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Team

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


2022 PAA Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

2022 PAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

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


Extraordinary Support

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

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


Volunteers Needed for Pharm 501

Volunteers Needed for Pharm 501

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


Area High School Students STEP Toward a Career In Pharmacy

Students Exploring Pharmacy (STEP) Program

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


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

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


CHOICE PhD Student Awarded Magnuson Scholarship for 2022–2023

Yilin Chen

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


UWSOP Professor Wins Award of Excellence in 2022

Yvonne Lin

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


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

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

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


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

Abhinav Nath, Yvonne Lin, Brian Werth, Qingxin Mu

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


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

Juan Garcia

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


Peggy Odegard Appointed UWSOP Interim Dean

Peggy Odegard

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


UWSOP Alum Tim Fuller passes away

Tim Fuller

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


Jen Danielson Named Chair-Elect for AACP

Jen Danielson

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


Four students awarded Baxter scholarships in Geriatric Pharmacy

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


Commitment To Community

Child Vaccine

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Construction On New HSEB Underway

Time lapse of Health Sciences Building construction

Watch Timelapse footage of the new Health Sciences Education Building.


SOP Receives Gift From Washington Research Foundation For BRAMS Program

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


Denouncing hate, racism and misogyny

University of Washington W

A statement from our SOP leaders.


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

Joy Plein

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


COVID-19 Vaccination A Family Affair For SOP Student

A graduate student administers the COVID-19 vaccine

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


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

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


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

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


Participate in 2021 PharmD Admissions Interviews

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


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

Jenny Bacci

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


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

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


Steve White receives achievement award from AES

H. Steve White

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


UWSOP grad students represent state in national ASHP competition

ashp 2020 National Clinical Skills Competition

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


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…


2020 WSPA Award Honorees Announced

Don Downing

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


Bev Schaefer Receives Memorial Trailblazer Award From NCPA

Bev Schaefer

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


UWSOP Dean Sean D. Sullivan Elected To NAM

Sean Sullivan

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


Pharm 501 Seeking Volunteers

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


Gear Sales Benefit Student Conference Fees

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


PAA Creates First Endowed Student Support Fund

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


2020 PAA Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Open

alumni holding a large W

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


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…


Sean D. Sullivan accepts second term as UWSOP Dean

Sean Sullivan

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


UW HSEB website unveiled

HSEB

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


UWSOP Professor Allan J. Ellsworth Retires

Allan J. Ellsworth

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


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

Sean Sullivan

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


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…


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…


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

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


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

coronavirus-image

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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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


Using Data and Economics to Transform Health | Celebrating 25 Years

CHOICE faculty and students at the 2019 retreat

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


A Tradition of Reinventing Pharmacy

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


Inventing Blistex

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


Enhancing the way epilepsy is managed by engaging community pharmacists

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


Training to practice at the top of their license

Our student pharmacists train in the Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center

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


The Future of Pharmacy

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


Nina Isoherranen named Chair of Pharmaceutics Department

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


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

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


Supporting cancer survivors

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

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


Congratulations to all awarded a Certificate of Merit in Precepting!

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


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

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


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

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


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

Congratulations to the UWSOP PharmD class of 2018!

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


Dean Sullivan named OSU Icon of Pharmacy

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


But is it safe for my baby?

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

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


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

AND WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!

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


Henderson wins poster award at national AsPET Conference

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Advice from UW pharmacists on senior use of marijuana

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


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

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


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…


Claw honored for service at Martin Luther King Tribute

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


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

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


Leah Ruggerone and Richard Lee named to Husky 100

Leah Ruggone, '18, and Richard Lee, PY3

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


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

CHOICE READi tool

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


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

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

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


CHOICE PhD student Landaas studies PupilScreen app in Thailand

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

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


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

Kai Young, PhD, '15

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


Anirban Basu awarded Mid-Career Excellence Award by HPSS

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

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


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

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

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


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

UWSOP PharmD student presents to Era Living residents

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


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Neris Palunas

Neris Palunas, PharmD, BCPG

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


Meet our Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Alumni: Cara McDermott

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

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


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

Leigh Ann Mike, PharmD

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Werth receives prestigious Young Investigator Award from SIDP

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


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

Older adult hands holding medication

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


UW Husky Pharmacists receive awards for leadership in practice

UWSOP Alumna Bev Schaefer, '70

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


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

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


Lou Garrison named 2018 Value Assessment Challenge Award recipient

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


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

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

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


UW ranks 4th world wide for pharmacology and toxicology

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


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

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


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

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

UW Pharmacy and UW Medicine team to study how weightlessness accelerates kidney damage In 2019, a rocket carrying a payload that includes 24 microfluidic chips about the size of credit cards will transport an extraordinary…


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

Andy Stergachis, UWSOP Professor & Associate Dean

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


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

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

Kim and Atienza were recognized for their excellence in clinical training of our students at the 2018 UWSOP Commencement Ceremony Daniel Kim of the Safeway in Pinehurt/Lake City was named Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Preceptor…


APhA honors Project VACCINATE, led by Bacci and Odegard

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

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) presented the National APhA Immunization Champion Award (Partnership) to Project VACCINATE at their 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville. Likely the largest partnership effort to improve adult immunization care…


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

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

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


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

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

Pharmaceutics graduate student Sara Shum recently presented and won an award for the preliminary results from a study of the shellfish toxin domoic acid. The project is a collaboration with Professor Tom Burbacher and Senior…


Strand awarded 2018 Garrison Prize in Health Policy & Economics

Congratulations to 3rd year, PhD student Lauren Strand who received the Louis Garrison Sr. And Marilyn Garrison Endowed Prize in Health Policy and Economics prize! Lauren’s paper is titled “New Statin use and left ventricular structure:…


Remembering Dean Emeritus Jack Orr

It is with sadness we report that Dean Emeritus Jack Edward Orr passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 6, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Delphi, Indiana in 1918, Jack’s father and grandfather were…


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

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

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


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

Shelly Gray editorial in The BMJ underscores importance of avoiding long-term use of anticholinergic drugs in older adults UWSOP Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Director Shelly Gray authored an editorial in support of new research about potential…


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

Collaborative research between UW School of Pharmacy and VA Puget Sound looked at 175,000 patients In a recent study, researchers at the University of Washington and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System have found…


Basu trains Indian government and health leaders in health economics

2018 International Health Technology Assessment Fellowship Cohort

With India rolling out the one of the largest public health insurance initiatives in the world, it became more important than ever for government, university, and health care leaders to understand key aspects to health economics. Dr….


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

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

Congratulations to Weize Huang who was named UWSOP’s Magnuson Scholar for 2018-2019! Weize graduated with a Pharm.D. degree from UWSOP in 2017, and is currently a second year PhD student at the Department of Pharmaceutics….


Barker-Haliski advances research in antiseizure therapies in patients with Alzheimer’s

When a project is moments away from completion, or a new question arises during the experiment, a little bit of extra funding can go a long way. This is the inspiration behind the ITHS Catalyst…


Our CHOICE PhD students continue to advance research to improve health outcomes

From all of us at CHOICE, we hope your year is off to a good start. Our PhD students have been busy since last year and we wanted to take the time to highlight a…


Meet Our Newest Faculty Member, Doug Barthold

barthold

We welcome Dr. Doug Barthold, PhD., Research Assistant Professor, to the faculty of the Department of Pharmacy and to The CHOICE Institute! Doug comes to us from the University of Southern California where he was…


Nath lab team takes aim at Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5 million Americans, a number projected to roughly triple by 2050. The urgency of this grave population health challenge is with Abhi Nath and his team of researchers every day as they…


New fellowship will advance thoughtful health care innovation in Washington state

Partnership between Washington Research Foundation and The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP creates opportunities for students and researchers at non-profit research institutions in Washington state The CHOICE Institute at UWSOP is pleased to announce a partnership…


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

Scott Strassels

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy congratulates Scott Strassels, PhD, PharmD, on his new position as assistant professor in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn and scientific director of the Center for…


Libin Xu and Brian Werth Receive Royalty Research Fund Award

Libin Xu, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, and Brian Werth, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, have received a Royalty Research Fund award of $38,175 for their project, “Targeting Altered Lipid Metabolism in Antibiotic-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.” The…


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

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

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


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

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

Congratulations to University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus Glen Schumock, ’89, who will become Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy! His appointment is effective January 1, 2018, pending approval…


UWSOP Curricular Innovation Fall 2017 PDF

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Meet our Geriatric Pharmacy Preceptors: Karen Dawson

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


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

We are witnessing a period of renaissance, as current advances in medical technology and breakthroughs are unprecedented in human history. There is a cure for Hepatitis C that works in weeks. Polio used to afflict…


SPECIAL EVENT: A talk with NPR’S Richard Harris

Richard Harris, NPR Science Correspondent

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


Alumna Kroetz named AAAS Fellow

Pharmaceutics alumna Deanna Kroetz, PhD, '90

We are so proud of our Pharmaceutics alumna, Deanna Kroetz, PhD, ’90, who was among the 396 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, announced this week. Election as a fellow of AAAS…


Veenstra weighs in on genetic testing in Science Magazine

DNA sample for gene sequencing at Debbie Nickerson Lab, University of Washington.

The question about the benefits and pitfalls of genetic testing is discussed in, “Is health care ready for routing DNA screening? A massive new trial will find out” in Science Magazine. Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and…


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

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

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


Wallace family presents historic gift to UWSOP

Bette and Bryan Wallace

“We always knew our family was going to make a gift to the University of Washington School of Pharmacy,” said Cheri Ryan. “My Aunt Bette and Uncle Bryan always talked about this gift. It was…


Stergachis co-edited maternal immunization roadmap for Gates Foundation & GAPPS

UWSOP Associate Dean Andy Stergachis co-edited the “Maternal Immunization Safety Monitoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Roadmap for Program Development” for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and…


Bounthavong receives UWSOP Graduate Leadership Award

The UWSOP Graduate Student Leadership Award honors graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service and have had a positive impact on the School of Pharmacy, UW, the Northwest community, scientific and/or professional community. This year, the…


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

Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH

The Phil and Sandra Nudelman Lecture will feature Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, who will share his approach to changing the global health system. The lecture and reception will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017…


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

UWSOP Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison

UW School of Pharmacy Professor Emeritus Lou Garrison was named a Change Agent in the 2017 PharmaVOICE 100 honorees. A global thought leader and teacher in the field of health economics and outcomes research, Lou…


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

We are proud to announce that the American College of Apothecaries presented the 2016-17 Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award to UWSOP Institute for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Clinical Professor Don Downing at the…


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

To recognize extraordinary excellence among our graduate students and faculty, UW School of Pharmacy established three new award programs in 2017. This first class of award recipients include Jennifer Sager, Outstanding Dissertation Award; Mark Bounthavong,…


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

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

Klatt lab team’s findings published in Science offer solutions to increase efficacy More than 1 million women are infected with HIV annually, and the majority of these new infections occur in young women in sub-Saharan…


Inaugural Plein Symposium advances geriatric pharmacy

2017 Plein Symposium audience members begin the day

“Celebrating Today, Planning Tomorrow” brought together a host of disciplines to discuss healthy aging Decades ago, geriatric pharmacy pioneers Joy and Elmer Plein foresaw the need to research the effects medications have on older adults….


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

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

There is a rich tradition of stories that begin with…“we were sitting in a bar talking, when we got this idea.” From the Marine Corps, to the Ironman Triathlon, and even Quidditch, all have their…


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

Women and their children await medical care at a clinic.

UW and international researchers publish the most comprehensive international analysis on artemisinin combination antimalarials safety in pregnancy Malaria is more common and severe in pregnant women, increasing their risk of miscarriage and other adverse outcomes….


Hu and Lee combine forces to design novel HIV vaccine

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

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


Roger Woolf receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Scott Herzog and Gary Harris of PAA present the Distinguished Alumni Award to Roger Woolf

  ROGER WOOLF, ’85, is passionate about the leadership role pharmacists can have in the U.S. health care system. Growing up, many of his family members were in healthcare professions, including pharmacy. “My uncle was…


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…


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

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

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


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

Collaboration between UW School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine leads to promising breakthrough to ease daily regimen An interdisciplinary team led by Professors Rodney JY Ho of the UW School of Pharmacy and Ann Collier…


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

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

UW School of Pharmacy’s class of 2016 distinguished themselves by earning the No. 1 spot in the NAPLEX pass rate in the United States. 99% of our alumni passed the exam the first time they…


Little-known disease has major economic impact

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

Giant cell arteritis is estimated to cost U.S. health-care system $1 billion in first year of treatment PORPP faculty members, Joseph Babigumira, Louis Garrison, Denise Boudreau, Jennie Best, and grad student, Meng Li, published a…


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

Alice Ball, UW School of Pharmacy class of 1914

Just over 100 years ago, as World War I raged in Europe, a chemistry professor named Alice Ball was demonstrating the use of a gas mask when something went tragically wrong. The brilliant, young chemist…


McDermott researches value of insurer-provided care coordination

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

Pharmacy alumna and UW Medicine post doc receives 2017 AcademyHealth New Investigator Award to study benefits of end-of-life care planning in palliative care UWSOP alumna Cara McDermott, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.Sc. 
was named to the 2017 cohort…


Pharmacy Professor John Horn raises concerns about drug safety

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


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

Venture funding to support clinical development of the company’s lead compounds Impel NeuroPharma, Inc., a Seattle-based clinical stage biotechnology company announced a $36 million Series C round to develop a pipeline of drug-device combination products…


Get to know the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center leaders

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

Over the summer, Dean Sullivan announced the leadership for the Plein Geriatric Pharmacy Center and some of the early planning activities. Plein Center Director and Shirley and Herb Bridge Endowed Professor for Women in Pharmacy…


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

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

As a Navajo scientist trained in genomics, UWSOP post doctoral researcher Katrina Claw is on a two-fold mission to make a difference: As a scientist, she seeks to understand the role genetics play in Vitamin…


UWSOP, Era Living Partner for Patient-Centered Care

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

UW School of Pharmacy offers a novel approach to student training and patient care in Era Living residential communities. The program is a mutually beneficial one: in addition to their regular pharmacy services, residents receive…


Common genetic disorder linked to increased death rate from cancer drug

Pharmacy Professor Jeannine McCune

Researchers recommend ‘caution’ when using the chemotherapy busulfan in patients with Gilbert’s syndrome By Susan Keown, Staff Writer, Fred Hutch News Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Research published Thursday shows that a common genetic disorder ― one…


Sid Nelson’s legacy lives on in science and collaboration

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


UWSOP Alumnus Watanabe named National Academy of Medicine Fellow

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

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


Pharmacies provide more than meds and flu shots

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

UW School of Pharmacy faculty highlight the important role of pharmacists as part of the healthcare team Autumn brings back sweater weather, pumpkin spices—and health check ups for kids. UW School of Pharmacy Clinical Assistant…


Class of 2017 Honors Professor Doug Black

UW School of Pharmacy's PharmD Class of 2017

UW School of Pharmacy’s PharmD class of 2017 announced their class gift this week. They will work together over the coming year to make a P4 Class Giving Fund donation to the Doug Black Endowed PharmD Award,…


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

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

Study published in JAMA Surgery compares effectiveness of two ways to treat intermittent claudication by evaluating outcomes that are important to patients UW researchers found that patients with intermittent claudication, a form of peripheral arterial…


Costs outlined of health plans that exclude contraception

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

Pharmacy study links lack of coverage to more unintended pregnancies, greater health expenses for employers At companies whose health insurance plans exclude contraception coverage, female employees experienced 33 more unintended pregnancies per 1,000 women, and…


UW team finds key piece to HIV drug-effectiveness puzzle

Pharmaceutics researchers detect bacteria that counteracts protective drug Increasingly, people at risk for HIV infection are turning to preventive drug measures to help stave off the virus. Researchers from the University of Washington School of…


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

Three demonstration projects aim to fulfill goals of $800,000 CDC grant to NACDS The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced that the University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP), Bartell Drugs, and QFC…


Lou Garrison to retire from UW School of Pharmacy

UWSOP Dean Sean D. Sullivan announced Dr. Lou Garrison’s retirement from the UW School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (PORPP) effective July 1, 2016. “Lou has been a pivotal member of the…


UWSOP faculty and alumni elected to ISPOR leadership

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

Five UWSOP faculty and alumni have led ISPOR over the past 20 years UW School of Pharmacy faculty and alumni are again recognized as leaders in health care. The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes…


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

Professor of Pharmacy Lingtak-Neander Chan

UW School of Pharmacy congratulates Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan on his election as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of nutrition science. Being selected…


Marcum named K12 Scholar for research on dementia and cardiac medications

UWSOP Assistant Professor and K12 Scholar Zachary Marcum

UWSOP researcher will investigate the impact medication adherence has on patient health outcomes UW School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) Assistant Professor Zachary Marcum was named to the University of Washington Patient Centered Outcomes (PCOR) K12 Career Development…


Celebrating Nanci Murphy’s 25+ year career at UWSOP

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

Faculty member Dr. Nanci Murphy will retire from her full time position at UW School of Pharmacy on July 1, 2016. Dean Sean D. Sullivan shared the announcement earlier this spring saying, “Nanci’s personal and supportive style…


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

Blythe Adamson

Pharmacy Ph.D. candidate shares tips for self-funding success You would think three degrees from the University of Washington would take an enormous financial toll, but School of Pharmacy grad student Blythe Adamson, one of the…


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

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

Clinical content from UW School of Pharmacy’s Drug Interaction Database to be integrated into Teva’s DDI+ platform to help improve health care delivery The University of Washington (UW) announced today an exclusive partnership that will…


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

UWSOP Professor Jen Danielson, PharmD, MBA

Unique collaboration between UW and UW Bothell brings together the top of executive education value with the top pharmacist training program in the region Student pharmacists at the University of Washington now have a tremendous…


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

2016 UWOSP IPE Health Fair

2016 Highlight Stories: These stories highlight showcase the great work, service and achievements of our preeminent faculty and students in 2016. In November 2015, student leaders in Phi Lambda Sigma met with Director of Student…


Anirban Basu Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

UW School of Pharmacy and UW Department of Economics congratulate Anirban Basu on his election as a 2016 Fellow of the American Statistical Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the statistical profession. For…


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

Influenza invades

For the first time, researchers have images showing how a virus pries its way past host membranes Three to five million people worldwide suffer from the flu each year—and it’s deadly. The World Health Organization…


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

Joy and Elmer Plein

Research shows that medication-related problems are one of the top reasons for hospitalizations and for older adults losing the ability to live independently, either due to competing side effects, falls, over prescribing, or improper adherence….


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

Caroline Bennette, PhD

UW School of Pharmacy researchers’ found large increases in oral anticancer drugs even in the face of increasing market competition A new study published in the May issue of Health Affairs and authored by UW…


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

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

“Thanks to the strong academic programs in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington, I have been well prepared for an exciting career in the pharmaceutical sciences,” said alumnus Ian…


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

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


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

US News and World Report ranks UWSOP #9

UW continues its consistent record by ranking in the top ten nationally of Schools of Pharmacy. One of the smallest Schools at the UW, Pharmacy has been well-known for providing transformative training to pharmacy practitioners…


UWSOP and ICER form collaboration to model the clinical and economic impact of new medications

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have formed a partnership to leverage UWSOP’s expertise in economic modeling of pharmaceutical interventions to support ICER’s growing…


Totah and CHRU collaborate to find novel treatments for cardiovascular disease

Rheem Totah, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, UWSOP

UW School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine bring population and basic science together for novel approach to drug research Heart disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States. While there have been…


Award season comes to UWSOP!

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

It’s award season–not just for film, also for the UW School of Pharmacy! Many of our School’s faculty, students, post docs and alumni have been recognized in the past few months for their accomplishments. Don Downing, Martin…


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

Map of Magnuson Community Center: The Brig

FREE health services Sunday, January 24, 9:30AM – 1:30PM at Magnuson Community Center: The Brig Student health professionals & mentors from UW Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, & Dentistry, Physical Therapy Program, and Speech & Hearing…


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…


Pharmaceutics welcomes six new students with a passion for discovery

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

  UWSOP’s Department of Pharmaceutics welcomed six new students this fall, here to join a great tradition of life-changing research. These researchers share a passion for discovery and come to our school from all over…


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

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

Carol Collins, Clinical Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics, will bring her expertise in drug safety information and the design of drug safety databases to this important project that seeks to create a mobile app that will help…


Odegard and Diabetes Education team win UW award

Principle Investigator and Associate Dean Peggy Odegard

Train the trainer program empowering clinic teams sees significant improvements in outcomes The UW School of Pharmacy is proud to celebrate Associate Dean Peggy Odegard, PharmD, CDE’s, recognition with the Golden Eddy Award as part…


Intercollegiate team will study natural product-drug interactions

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

Herbal remedies are a multi-billion dollar industry. Sales of natural product supplements have nearly tripled in the past twenty years since passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. Fueled in part…


Geri and Lynn Brady Preserved Medicinal Garden Legacy

Geri and Lynn Brady

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


Are you a #HUSKYPHARMACIST?

Student Pharmacist in UWSOP’s Bracken Pharmacy Learning Lab

Celebrate American Pharmacists Month and share your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride this October! Whether you are an alum, student, faculty member, preceptor, graduate, friend, parent, patient or supporter, we want to see your #HUSKYPHARMACIST pride! Pharmacy Practice Changes…


Rettie Seeds the Future of Precision Medicine

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

“It’s a micro-farm,” said Allan Rettie recently, talking of the home where he and his wife, Shannon, nurture a menagerie of creatures great and small. “If I was not doing science, I might have been…


The Chiba Morio Family: Undaunted in the Face of Adversity

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

  Second year PharmD student Beau Chiba comes from a long line of UW School of Pharmacy pharmacists. When he graduates in 2018, it will be 101 years since his great-grandfather, Yasukuchi Chiba graduated. Beau…


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

PORPP Retreat 2015

“Great scientists and great surfers share a common trait. They don’t position themselves where the big wave is now; they position themselves where the next big wave is going to be. PORPP teaches students to…


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

PORPP Faculty Member Ryan Hansen and Research Team Present Findings at the 12th World Congress on Inflammation in Boston, Massachusetts UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, along with Patricia Schepman, John Niewoehner,…


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

Pharmaceutics Professor Rodney Ho

New regimen would make it easier for patients and potentially clear residual virus   An interdisciplinary team led by Professors Rodney JY Ho of the UW School of Pharmacy and Ann Collier of the UW…


Ragueneau-Majlessi named UW CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow

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


Innovative Pharmacy Training Does a World of Good in Malawi

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

New Pharmacy Assistants Graduate, Improving Patient Care at Critically Understaffed Rural Health Centers When most of us think of our local pharmacy, we take certain things for granted. We expect that the medications prescribed to…


Scenes from Commencement 2015

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

Friday was a day of recognition and celebration! Over 100 graduate and PharmD students received their degrees and began a new phase in their professional careers. Associate Dean Peggy Odegard welcomed the graduates telling them, “We are…


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

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

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


SB 5557 Expands Patient Access to Care in Washington

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

An Historic Day in Washington Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on…


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

PORPP Dir & Prof Anirban Basu

Three faculty members from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) and two faculty from the Division of Cardiology received a $3 million grant to develop a comprehensive toolkit of pragmatic value of information…


PORPP Alumnus Joseph Babigumira Featured on Whole U Faculty Friday

Image of PORPP Alumnus and UW faculty member Joseph Babigumira

We are so proud of University of Washington School of Pharmacy PORPP alumnus Joseph Babigumira, featured today in the The Whole U Faculty Friday profile! Learn more about how he brings together his medical training,…


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

image of PharmD students Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney

Earlier this year, PharmD students, Arianne Duong and Stephanie Heeney, collaborated with other health sciences students and created a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherences. Their campaign, which included radio spots (listen),…


James Lin Wins NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year

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

Congratulations to James Lin, PharmD, ’16, on being selected as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Outstanding Student Member of the Year for 2015! I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing presented the award to James…


Anirban Basu Named Director of PORPP

Image of Anirban Basu PhD

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


Lou Garrison voted President-elect of ISPOR

We congratulate Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) Professor Lou Garrison who was voted President-elect for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). He will serve a three year term. “The growth in numbers…


Joshua Roth Awarded 2015 ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year

Image of PORPP Annual Retreat, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, PORPP PhD and Current K12 Scholar, Joshua A Roth, will receive the ISPOR Applied Paper of the Year. The award for his paper titled “Economic return from the Women’s Health…


State of Washington first in pharmacy, again

Washington will be the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. Pharmacists…


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

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

In a basement lab deep within the Magnuson Health Sciences Building, a group of scientists works to decode the mysteries of two deadly viruses: influenza and HIV. Led by Kelly Lee, assistant professor of medicinal…


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…


New center to use novel method to screen chemicals’ toxicity

Image of pharmaceutics scientist preparing cell cultures for toxicity testing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide $6 million in seed funding for a Predictive Toxicology Center at the University of Washington, enabling researchers, including Department of Pharmaceutics Associate Professor Edward Kelly, to develop more accurate in…


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

Image of Electron Microscopy of Human Neutrophils

  A research team, led by Scott Ramsey, director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), that includes UW Department of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) faculty members Sean Sullivan,…


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

Image of Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor Nichole Klatt

Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor, Nichole Klatt is one of five scientists selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of…


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

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

UW Pharm.D. student, Kelsey Rasmussen, serves as a member of an interprofessional team of students who received a grant to research why some people return multiple times for hospital services. UW’s Health Science NewsBeat originally reported…


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

Image of UW School of Pharmacy Professor Shelly Gray

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


Joy & Elmer Plein Scholars Advance Geriatric Research

Plein Scholars

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


Dr. Gary Lyman Joins PORPP Faculty

PORPP Professor Gary Lyman

GARY H. LYMAN, M.D., M.P.H., is Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington as well as Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


PORPP Faculty Member Garrison Named Interim Director

PORPP Interim Director Lou Garrison, Ph.D.

LOU GARRISON, PH.D., HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS INTERIM DIRECTOR for the Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (PORPP). With a background in economics, Garrison has said he plans to continue to build on the success…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


Alumnus Mitch Higashi Speaks at Uppsala Health Summit

University of Washington School of Pharmacy alumnus Mitch Higashi addressed the topic of innovation in healthcare at the Uppsala Health Summit this week. A graduate of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP), Mitch…


UW Pharmacy Alumnus Ryan Oftebro Innovates Method for Opioid Overdose Rx

The pain of losing a cousin who mixed methadone with alcohol inspired pharmacist Ryan Oftebro to turn his attention to preventing others from suffering the same fate. Oftebro, ’03, ’12, one of three pharmacist-owners of…


Dr. Beth Devine Leads Study Showing Electronic Records Cost Savings

Dr. Emily B. Devine

Dr. Beth Devine Leads Study Showing Electronic Records Cost Savings The age-old joke about physicians’ bad handwriting is no laughing matter. An illegible prescription can have dire consequences. Beth Devine’s research with Everett Clinic showed…


Dr. Sean Sullivan Honored with Steven G. Avey Award for Distinguished Service

[one_half] [/one_half][one_half_last] Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and the AMCP Foundation recently recognized more than a dozen distinguished members of the Academy for their significant contributions to AMCP, managed care pharmacy and the health…


New Research Institute Co-Director is Affiliate Faculty

The Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research has hired Gary Lyman to serve as the institute’s co-director. Lyman is also an affiliate faculty member in our Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (as is the…


Diabetes-Education Project Honored for Community Impact

[one_half] [/one_half][one_half_last] 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…


Sullivan Shares Expertise with Maryland Students

The University of Maryland’s International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research student chapter recently hosted a lecture by Sean Sullivan. In it, he gave a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved in making an economic…


Report Profiles Student Scholarship Recipient

The UW Report to Contributors features a story about fourth-year pharmacy student Blaze Paracuelles. In the piece, Paracuelles talks about why he chose pharmacy, what he hopes to do in his career and what scholarship…


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…


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…


Faculty Members Receive $1.9 Million Grant to Study Personalized Medicine Print

Many healthcare and research experts predict that the era of personalized medicine is fast approaching. Soon, individual patients could have their entire genome sequenced as part of routine doctor’s visits. Patients could face the possibility…


Understanding Methadone Treatment in Pregnancy

Clinical Professor Michaelene “Micki” Kedzierski was interviewed for this radio story about how women who struggle with addiction can best ensure they have a stabilized pregnancy. Read more.    Link to Department of Pharmacy archived…


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…


Garrison Contributes to ‘Value in Health’ Report

Lou Garrison, assistant director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP), co-chaired a task force whose new report makes recommendations for implementing and evaluating schemes that pay for health outcomes achieved. Read more….


Grad Student’s Research in Uganda Gets Boost

PORPP Affiliate Professor Andy Stergachis and his wife, JoAnn, have create the Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange in the School of Public Health. The first recipient? PORPP graduate student Solomon Lubinga. Read more.   …


Garrison Contributes to Report on State of Personalized Medicine

PORPP Interim Director Lou Garrison, Ph.D.

LONDON, UK, July 12, 2013 — The development of personalized medicine in the United Kingdom and internationally is being thwarted by regulation and pricing systems that are not set up to enable its widespread adoption,…


Students Get Certified in Tuberculosis Screening

Screening for TB is one of the best tools to prevent the disease and its spread. Pharmacists throughout the region and state have been increasing their TB screening efforts. Our School and its students are…


PORPP Grad Students Named Global Health Fellows

Graduate students Solomon Lubinga and Marita Mann have received Thomas Francis, Jr., Global Health Fellowships from the UW Department of Global Health. Francis Fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students who would like to gain…


A Prescription for Healthy Aging

‘Columns’ magazine, in its UW Foundation section, profiles PharmD student Laura Hart. The piece highlights the role that Professor Emeritus Joy Plein and the Plein Endowment have played in supporting Laura’s impressive work in geriatric…


A Conversation with the Border-to-Border Founder

‘Columns,’ the UW alumni magazine, interviewed Patrick Gallaher, ’95, founder of the School of Pharmacy’s Border-to-Border relay race that since 1995 has raised money for cancer research in honor of his late father. Link to…


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…


Jeff Rochon is the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice

This week, at the UW School of Pharmacy Dean’s Recognition Reception, Jeff Rochon, PharmD, ’99, will be named the School’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Pharmacy Practice, Rochon, the Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State…


Lingtak-Neander Chan Honored for Clinical Nutrition Efforts

PRESS RELEASE A.S.P.E.N. Announces Lingtak-Neander Chan as Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award Winner Dr. Chan honored for his dedication to clinical nutrition April 4, 2013, Silver Spring, MD – The American Society for Parenteral…


PORPP Graduate Student Named Magnuson Scholar

William Canestaro from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program has received a 2013-2014 Magnuson Scholarship. He is receiving this award based on his academic performance and potential contributions to research. Read more.   Link…


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…


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…


Grant Will Help Create New Certificate Program

The PhRMA Foundation recently announced that the UW will receive a $250,000 grant to establish a graduate certificate program in comparative effectiveness research. The UW Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health will create this program…


School of Pharmacy Debuts 301 Class

In an effort to give more UW undergraduate students an in-depth look at what the pharmacy profession is all about, the UW School of Pharmacy is launching a new course for undergrads. Pharmacy 301, “Medications…


Students Win Clinical Skills Competition

Fourth-year pharmacy students Stephanie Friedman and Linda Lei took part in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 16th Annual Clinical Skills Competition at the ASHP midyear meeting in New Orleans in December. The duo took…


Global Health Program Has Widespread Impact

The UW Global Medicines program, co-founded by Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis and Professor of Pharmacy Lou Garrison, is actively working with partner organizations and other stakeholders on activities to improve the safety, quality…


Naloxone Cost-Effective in Preventing Overdose

‘The Annals of Internal Medicine’ has released a study showing that giving heroin users naloxone is a cost-effective way to save lives. Stergachis Endowed PORPP Professor and Director Sean Sullivan co-authored the study with the…


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…


Students Practice Clinical Problem-Solving Skills

On October 30, nearly 450 pharmacy students, medical students, nursing students and physician assistant students convened as teams to apply their diverse skills in a medical scenario. This is one of a series of large-scale…


‘Native Women Face Patchwork of Plan B Policies’

I2P2 Endowed Professor Don Downing, who has long collaborated with the Tribal Health Authority, was interviewed for an ‘AP/Huffington Post’ story about the Indian Health Service’s policies on providing emergency contraception to Native American women….


Andy Stergachis Elected to Institute of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Andy Stergachis has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He is one of three UW faculty…


Pharmacists Play Expanding Role in Health Care

Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice Endowed Professor Don Downing is interviewed in this ‘Everett Herald’ story about the pharmacists’ role in providing vaccines. In it, he notes how Washington state has long been a trailblazer…


WSPA Announces 2012 Award Winners

Several School of Pharmacy alumni and affiliate faculty members are among this year’s award winners. The awards include Pharmacist of the Year (Beverly Schaefer, ’70) and Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year (Ryan Oftebro, ’95)….


Faculty Contribute to Malawi Health Care Project

VillageReach and the Barr Foundation recently announced the launch of a new program in Malawi to increase health care access through improvements in the public health supply chain. Faculty members Andy Stergachis and Shabir Somani…


Spotlight: Medicine Safety in the Middle East

At the Seattle Center’s recent Global Health Experience Exhibit, a UW booth showed several videos of UW students involved in global health. One of the videos featured Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program student Norio…


PORPP to Join Forces with Oregon Research Center

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a five-year contract to Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). Through this contract, the EPC becomes a partnership between Oregon Health and Science University, Spectrum Research,…


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…


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…


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…


Working to Protect Women’s Health in Uganda

As a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program (PORPP) and now as an assistant professor of global health at the UW, Joseph Babigumira has focused his research on the economics of…


‘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…


UW Global Medicines Program Expands Impact

From Bangladesh to South Africa, the UW Global Medicines Program continues its efforts to improve the use, safety and affordability of medicines in developing nations. Pharmacy faculty members Lou Garrison and Andy Stergachis and alumnus…


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…


Ryan Hansen is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus

The School of Pharmacy’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Pharmacy Practice will go to a young pharmacist who has already made significant contributions to pharmacy technology, clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical outcomes research. Ryan Hansen is…


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…


Shifting Hong Kong’s Pharmacy Care Model

Department of Pharmacy faculty members Lingtak-Neander Chan, Al Ellsworth and Annie Lam recently spent two weeks in Hong Kong training pharmacists in geriatric pharmacotherapy. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority commissioned this program as part of…


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…


Pharmaceutical Outcomes Program Receives Endowed Directorship

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowment that will support the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP). The Stergachis Family Endowed Directorship is named after…


Student Completes International Rotation

Fourth-year pharmacy student and Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellow Elise Fields recently completed a rotation in Windhoek, Namibia, where the UW has a collaborative relationship with the University of Namibia and the Ministry of…


Pharmacy Faculty Collaborate Across Borders

Faculty members Dana Hammer and Nanci Murphy recently joined the UW team who presented at the international Collaborating Across Borders III Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Along with colleagues from across the health sciences, they highlighted…


NIH Genome Sequencing Grants Awarded to the UW

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute has announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington. Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy David…


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….


WSPA Announces Its 2011 Award Recipients

Clinical Professor Micki Kedzierski received the Cardinal Health Generations Rx Award, Associate Dean Nanci Murphy took home the Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor award, and pharmacy student Karen Craddick was named Pharmacy Student of the Year….


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…


UW Pharmacy Cares Offers Services to Older Adults

Last year, UW Pharmacy Cares, the School of Pharmacy’s consulting pharmacy program, partnered with Era Living Retirement Community’s University House to provide services to its residents. ‘Columns,’ the UW alumni magazine, showcases this collaboration in…


Keeping Medicines Safe in a Global Economy

In a recent opinion piece in ‘The Scientist,’ Epidemiology and Global Health Professor and Adjunct Pharmacy Professor Andy Stergachis writes about the need for increased scrutiny as drugs and vaccines go global. Read a UW Q&A…