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And the Honors Keep Coming ...

Faculty and Staff News

An article by William Atkins, professor of medicinal chemistry, and Abihnav Nath, Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry, ’08, “Applications of Phospholipid Bilayer Nanodiscs in the Study of Membranes and Membrane Proteins” (co-authored by Stephen Sligar from the University of Illinois, Urbana) ranked No. 2 on the list of most-accessed articles in 2007 in the journal Biochemistry.

Lou Garrison, professor in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, served as World Health Organization (WHO) temporary adviser at the meeting of the WHO Quantitative Immunization and Vaccines Related Research Advisory Committee, held in Switzerland in October 2008. He was responsible for reviewing models for making decisions about the use of vaccines in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Dana Hammer
Dana Hammer

Dana Hammer, lecturer in pharmacy, was elected secretary of the Council of Faculties for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She will start the three-year term at the annual meeting in Boston in July.

Rodney Ho, associate dean for research and new initiatives at the School of Pharmacy and the Milo Gibaldi endowed professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more ...

Jeanine Kanov, administrator of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was honored with a 2009 Community Service Award at the Health Sciences/UW Medical Center-sponsored Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute, for her wide-ranging volunteer efforts.

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ivanka Karadzic has joined Dr. Dave Goodlett's lab in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry as a visiting scholar from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Read more ...

Allan Rettie, professor and chair of medicinal chemistry, chaired the meeting organizing committee for the North American Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics. The committee also included Ken Thummel, professor and chair of pharmaceutics.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan, professor of pharmacy and director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, was named a member of the editorial board of The European Journal of Health Economics.

David Veenstra, associate professor in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, was named a member of the working group for the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention group.

Stanley Weber, associate dean for professional education and associate professor of pharmacy, was the recipient of the 2009 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Lecture Award from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists for his work advancing the field of psychiatric pharmacy. Read more ...

Dale Whittington has become the new manager and technical director of the School of Pharmacy Mass Spectrometry Center. Read more ...


The School of Pharmacy ranks No. 2 in National Institutes of Health-supported research funding awarded to individual researchers at a school of pharmacy, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

A group of School of Pharmacy faculty members have been awarded $5 million in direct costs from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health to continue their study of fundamental mechanisms of drug-drug interactions. Participating faculty are William Atkins, professor of medicinal chemistry; Nina Isoherranen, assistant professor of pharmaceutics; Kent Kunze, associate professor of medicinal chemistry; Sid Nelson, dean emeritus and professor of medicinal chemistry; Wendel Nelson, professor of medicinal chemistry; Allan Rettie, professor and chair of medicinal chemistry; Ken Thummel, professor and chair of pharmaceutics; and Ann Wittkowsky, clinical professor of pharmacy.

Associate Dean of Academic and Student Support Programs Nanci Murphy and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Peggy Odegard are part of a grant awarded to the UW schools of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy to use high-tech simulation labs to improve interprofessional communication. The new three-year, $990,000 grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and $250,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation will help train health care professionals to communicate more effectively with each other and with patients during challenging clinical situations. Read more ...

The Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) is part of a research team that has received a $1.6 million grant from Ventura Healthcare Systems and the U.S. Department of Defense to study bariatric-surgery outcomes and economic savings. Sean Sullivan, professor of pharmacy and director of PORPP, is the co-principal investigator.

Dr. Seth Wolpin & Annie Lam
Dr. Seth Wolpin and Annie Lam with a "talking pill bottle."

Annie Lam, senior lecturer in pharmacy and Bridge endowed professor, is among a team of UW health sciences faculty members who recently received a $429,000 National Institutes of Health grant for a two-year project called “Improving Medication Adherence for Patients with Low Functional Health Literacy: An Intervention with Talking Pill Bottles.” Read more ...



Photos courtesy UW School of Pharmacy
Annie Lam photo by Lia Unrau, UW School of Nursing

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