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UCSF links with CalPERS, Blue Shield on pharmacy program

July 15, 2010 A diabetes-care program designed by clinical pharmacy faculty in the UCSF School of Pharmacy Center for Self-Care has just launched in Northern California as a service for members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) with Blue Shield health coverage.

Antibiotic Use Boosts Risk of Infection with Clostridium Bacteria

July 02, 2010 Antibiotic-resistant Staph infection is not the only emerging bacterial threat. Now a different bug -- Clostridium difficile -- is gaining strength.

McKerrow's Parasitic Disease Research Garners Mendel Medal

June 16, 2010 James McKerrow, leader of the Sandler Center for Drug Discovery at UCSF, was honored with the 2009 Mendel Medal for his work identifying the vulnerabilities of disease-causing parasites and for devising new strategies to fight them.

UC Initiative Aims to Increase Faculty Diversity in Health Sciences

June 03, 2010 UCSF’s Renee Navarro and Amy Levine, both champions of diversity, played pivotal roles in the recent UC Diversity Pipeline Initiative, which encourages female students to pursue careers as faculty in the health sciences.

Benet Receives Premier Pharmacology Prize, Seventh Honorary Doctorate

April 28, 2010 Leslie Benet, a professor in the schools of pharmacy and medicine, been honored with the premier prize from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and his seventh honorary doctorate.

Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Bacterium Reveals its Deadly Secrets

April 22, 2010 Insight into pneumonia deaths due to antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections emerges from UCSF study.

UCSF Celebrates Milestone Service

April 15, 2010 UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann recently congratulated members of the UCSF community who have served at the University for a decade or longer.

Pharmacy School's Medicare Part D Program Charts New Territory in Health Policy Education

March 19, 2010 The UCSF School of Pharmacy is charting new territory with an interdisciplinary education program for health care professionals on Medicare Part D.

US Launches Novel Clinical Trial to Rapidly Screen Promising Drugs for Breast Cancer Patients

March 18, 2010 Taking an innovative path toward personalized medicine, scientists for the first time will be able to eliminate – at an early point in a clinical trial — experimental drugs that show poor efficacy, dramatically shortening the time it takes to get the right medication to the right patient with breast cancer.

Dean Koda-Kimble to Receive Pharmacy Profession's Highest Honor

March 08, 2010 Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, “a major force in shaping, advocating and expanding clinical pharmacy practice in the U.S. and around the world,” will receive the highest honor from the American Pharmacists Association.

Breast Cancer Lab Discoveries Quickly Lead to New Clinical Trial

March 03, 2010 New UCSF clinical trial tests intermittent high-dosage treatment for HER2-positive breast cancers.

UCSF Experts Help Shape 10-Year Plan to Prepare for Demand in Dementia Care

March 01, 2010 A panel of experts appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom recently presented an action plan as the approaching “age wave may bring a potential crisis in Alzheimer’s and dementia care” to San Francisco.

New kidney transplant drug effective in humans, UCSF study finds

February 19, 2010 UCSF nephrologist Flavio Vincenti, MD, is the lead author of a paper in the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Transplantation that reports results from a Phase III clinical trial for a new drug that selectively blocks immune suppression for kidney transplants. The drug, belatacept, is given to kidney-transplant recipients to prevent the immune system from rejecting the new organ. Vincenti and his co-investigators found that belatacept may be as effective as the commonly used anti-rejection drug cyclosporine, but with fewer side effects and superior kidney function after 12 months.

New Translational Catalyst Award Supports Developing Diagnostics, Therapeutics

February 11, 2010 Researchers, who are interested in taking their research from the bench to the bedside, are encouraged to apply for a catalyst award by March 1.

UCSF Chancellor Cites Need for Faster Pipeline of Better, Cheaper Drugs for Cancer Patients

February 03, 2010 UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann outlines a vision for faster development of better, cheaper drugs to fight cancer.

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