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Resources in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Pathway

The following references help you find resources that support research, advanced education, industry experience and other professional advancement. These lists are by no means comprehensive, nor are they meant to be. Please use it as a starting point for your career research. The information on these sites changes regularly, so check them regularly and investigate them thoroughly.

Money sources

Sources of research funding, grants, awards, scholarships.

Programs, organizations, foundations

  1. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) - The national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education and educators.
  2. American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) - Advancing and supporting pharmaceutical sciences education at United States schools and colleges of pharmacy.
  3. InnoCentive - Enables solvers to receive professional recognition and financial awards for solving R&D challenges.
  4. John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) for Advanced Study in Health Sciences - Addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs and supports and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships.
  5. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) - As a means of increasing the number of United States citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new 3-year graduate fellowships in April 2011, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
  6. National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Investigates ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
    1. Office of Extramural Research (OER) - Grants and funding.
    2. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) - List of grant funding organizations outside of NIH.
    3. Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Awards (NSRA) - See F31, F32, T32 on Institutional Training Grants.
       
  7. National Science Foundation (NSF) - An independent federal agency created by the United States Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..."
  8. Pacific Rim Research Program (PRRP) - A multicampus program established to encourage Pacific Rim research on the 10 University of California campuses. It funds 4 types of activities:
    1. Research grants (up to $18,000/year)
    2. Workshop and planning grants (up to $15,000)
    3. Faculty development grants (up to $10,000)
    4. Mini-grants (up to $3,000).
  9. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Foundation (PhRMA) - Promotes public health through scientific and medical research and provides funding for research and for the education and training of scientists and physicians who have selected pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, informatics or health outcomes as a career choice.

Databases and directories

  1. [CampusRXBio][link defunct as of April 23, 2012] - Job portal for students, recent graduates or alumni interested in exploring a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.
  2. Postdoc Jobs - search and browse postdoc opportunities.
  3. Where to Search for Funding - Find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.

Professional opportunities

Pre-doc study opportunities

  1. American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) - Advancing and supporting pharmaceutical sciences education at United States schools and colleges of pharmacy.
  2. FDA Pharmacy Student Experiential Program - Learn about the FDA's multidisciplinary processes for addressing public health issues involving drugs, biologics, and medical devices.
  3. Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Increases mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through studying, teaching, and conducting research, to exchange ideas and to contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More info: Fulbright Program.
  4. Pathways to Careers in Clinical & Translational Research Program (PACCTR) - Supports clinical research training for medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy pre-doctoral students for short-term (2- or 3-month) and intensive (1- or 2-year) fellowships at UCSF.

Post-doc study opportunities at UCSF

  1. Center for Health and Community (CHC) - Assesses the challenges of the changing health care delivery environment and identifies policies and interventions that will maximize the beneficial impact of the changing health care delivery system.
  2. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT) Postdoctoral Training Program - The goal of this program is to develop clinical scientists who will be experts in clinical pharmacology research. The program trains PharmD, MD, and PhD scholars in laboratory and clinical investigations focused on therapeutics. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, this training program is a cornerstone for the development of future clinical and translational scientists.

Post-doc study opportunities outside of UCSF

  1. American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) - Directory of residencies, fellowships, and graduate programs. Provides the only regularly published listing of clinical pharmacy fellowships offered by members of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. This activity is supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen, Inc. ACCP is pleased to make this directory available as a complimentary service to students and residents seeking advanced training in clinical pharmacy practice or research.
  2. Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Increases mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through studying, teaching, and conducting research, to exchange ideas and to contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More info: Fulbright Program and Fulbright Scholar Program.
  3. Genentech Postdoctoral Program - Discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize biotherapeutics for significant unmet medical needs.
  4. Postdoc Jobs - Recruiting channel and marketplace bringing together recent PhDs, professors, research institutions, and other employers.
  5. Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program

Industry opportunities

Major industry organizations offering viable opportunities for new graduates:

  1. Genentech Postdoctoral Program - Discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize biotherapeutics for significant unmet medical needs.
  2. Merck Student Opportunities (including internships and co-ops)
    1. Paid positions
    2. Typically 10 to 12 weeks during summer
    3. Most located at West Point, PA; Rahway, NJ; and Whitehouse Station, NJ, though others are offered in Puerto Rico; Kirkland, WA; Charlotte, NC and more.
  3. Pfizer
  4. The MedImmune Postdoctoral Program: Explore PhD Fellowships in Research and Development - Consider this opportunity to conduct purposeful research that is aligned with the corporation's core R&D activities. As a postdoctoral fellow you will engage in critical work on new projects that have been peer-reviewed and selected by top staff and management.

Publications

The following is a sample of papers published by UCSF School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences Pathway graduates.

  1. Dr. Dana Phan (Class of 2002): Phan DD, Chin-Hong P, Lin ET, Anderle P, Sadee W, Guglielmo BJ. Intra- and interindividual variabilities of valacyclovir oral bioavailability and effect of coadministration of an hPEPT1 inhibitor. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2003, 47:2351-3.
  2. Dr. Lotus Yung (Class of 2003): Yung L, Huang Y, Lessard P, Legname G, Lin ET, Baldwin M, Prusiner SB, Ryou C, Guglielmo BJ. Pharmacokinetics of quinacrine in the treatment of prion disease. BMC Infect Dis. 2004, 4:53.
  3. Dr. Chaline Brown (Class of 2004):
    1. Fujita T, Brown C, Carlson EJ, Taylor T, de la Cruz M, Johns SJ, Stryke D, Kawamoto M, Fujita K, Castro R, Chen CW, Lin ET, Brett CM, Burchard EG, Ferrin TE, Huang CC, Leabman MK, Giacomini KM. Functional analysis of polymorphisms in the organic anion transporter, SLC22A6 (OAT1). Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2005, 15:201-9.
    2. Yan Shu, Steven A. Sheardown, Chaline Brown, Ryan P. Owen, Shuzhong Zhang, Richard A. Castro, Alexandra G. Ianculescu, Lin Yue, Joan C. Lo, Esteban G. Burchard, Claire M. Brett and Kathleen M. Giacomini. Effect of genetic variation in the organic cation transporter 1 (OCT1) on metformin action. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. January 2007.
  4. Dr. Shaw-wen Wu (Class of 2004): Zang Y, Wang WH, Wu SW, Ealick SE, Wang CC. Identification of a subversive substrate of Trichomonas vaginalis purine nucleoside phosphorylase and the crystal structure of the enzyme-substrate complex. J Biol Chem. 2005, 280:22318-25.
  5. Dr. Diane Gong (Class of 2005):
    1. Sonner JM, Vissel B, Royle G, Maurer A, Gong D, Baron NV, Harrison N, Fanselow M, Eger EI 2nd. The effect of three inhaled anesthetics in mice harboring mutations in the GluR6 (kainate) receptor gene. Anesth Analg. 2005, 101:143-8.
    2. Brosnan R, Gong D, Cotten J, Keshavaprasad B, Yost CS, Eger EI 2nd, Sonner JM. Chirality in anesthesia II: stereoselective modulation of ion channel function by secondary alcohol enantiomers. Anesth Analg. 2006, 103:86-91.
  6. Dr. Ryan Cello (Class of 2005): Galloway GP, Koch M, Cello R, Smith DE. Pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of a depot formulation of naltrexone in alcoholics: an open-label trial. BMC Psychiatry. 2005, 5:18.
  7. Dr. Polina German (Class of 2005) and Dr. Carrie Coates (Class of 2006): Polina German, Bryan Greenhouse, Carrie Coates, Grant Dorsey, Philip J. Rosenthal, Edwin Charlebois, Niklas Lindegardh, Diane Havlir, and Francesca T. Aweeka. Hepatotoxicity Due to a Drug Interaction between Amodiaquine plus Artesunate and Efavirenz. [Clinical Infectious Diseases][link defunct as of April 10, 2012]. University of Chicago Press, Journals Division. Volume 44 (2007), pp. 889-891.
  8. Dr. Nora Tu (Class of 2007): Thomas Kearney, PharmD DABAT, Nora Tu, PharmD; Christine Haller, MD. Adverse Drug Events Associated with Yohimbine-Containing Products: A Retrospective Review of the California Poison Control System Reported Cases; Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Published online, 4 May 2010, www.theannals.com, DOI 10.1345/aph.1P060.
  9. Dr. Douglas Edwards (Class of 2009): Michael J. Keiser, Vincent Setola, John J. Irwin, Christian Laggner, Atheir I. Abbas, Sandra J. Hufeisen, Niels H. Jensen, Michael B. Kuijer, Roberto C. Matos, Thuy B. Tran, Ryan Whaley, Richard A. Glennon, Jérôme Hert, Kelan L. H. Thomas (Class of 2007), Douglas D. Edwards, Brian K. Shoichet & Bryan L. Roth. Predicting new molecular targets for known drugs, Nature, 462, 175-181 (12 November 2009).

Pathway curriculum

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Faculty and departments

  1. Faculty
  2. Departments
    1. Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    2. Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
    3. Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Local events and meetings

  1. Bay Area Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamics (BAPKPD) Network - Enhance research and development processes and expedite drug approvals through the integration of pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) with other closely-associated disciplines (e.g., preclinical and clinical pharmacology, translational medicine, statistics, and pathophysiology).
  2. San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Of California Analytical Chemists Organization (C.A.C.O.-Bay Area) - To promote the exchange of scientific and technical ideas, and to provide educational and growth opportunities in the fields of analytical chemistry, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, and related disciplines.

More conferences

  1. Infectious Diseases Conferences Worldwide - Upcoming events on infectious diseases and related topics
  2. International AIDS Society-USA - Sponsors continuing medical education (CME) programs for physicians.

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