Summit Convenes UArizona Health Sciences and Industry Leaders to Spark New Medical Advances



The Arizona Center for Drug Discovery at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the UArizona Cancer Center will host the third annual “Discovering New Medicines in Arizona: Drug Discovery & Development Summit” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
“Drug discovery is a strength at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. This summit showcases what we are capable of accomplishing across interdisciplinary units, and which could potentially translate into future groundbreaking therapies through our connections with industry partners,” said Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD, endowed dean of the UArizona College of Pharmacy and the Howard J. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Throughout September UAHS Honored Women in Medicine at the University

“Find your pharmacy passion, follow hard after it and never give up – don’t forget to have self-compassion!”

Jeannie K. Lee, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, FASHP, is an associate professor and assistant dean of students at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She started as an art major but wanted to move toward a helping profession. A love of people and science led her to health sciences and pharmacy. She was very close to her grandparents, both of whom developed Alzheimer’s disease, and became interested in geriatrics.

“Don’t let fear of failure paralyze your efforts. Trying and getting it wrong is a much better learning experience than not trying at all.”

Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH, is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She wanted a career where she could help people and be of service to her community. While working with communities as part of her Masters for Public Health (MPH) program, she learned that building bridges between health care and policy can dramatically improve health for all people.

“Be bold, be passionate, ask questions, consider different views – but be prepared to make your own decisions.”

Celina Zerbinatti, PhD, is an associate research professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and co-director of the Arizona Center for Drug Discovery. Her career path to discovering medicines to treat neurodegenerative diseases began after a pharmaceutical company approached her to work in their Alzheimer's research department. While she initially had second thoughts, it's a decision she's never regretted.

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Study Uncovers New Link Between Long-term Arsenic Exposure and Type 2 Diabetes

University of Arizona Health Sciences study has identified the biological mechanism linking long-term arsenic exposure to diseases such as cancer and Type 2 diabetes. The findings could result in potential new targets for drug development. 

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and approximately 90-95% of them have Type 2 diabetes. One of the main risk factors is environmental toxicant exposure, particularly chronic exposure to arsenic, which has been shown to affect insulin production and sensitivity, blood sugar levels, and lipid profiles, all common features of diabetes onset and progression. 

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Forever Changed Health Sciences


As classes resume on the University of Arizona Health Sciences campuses in Tucson and Phoenix, there is a sense of welcome familiarity. Faculty members are preparing curricula, students are meeting for coffee in what shade they can find and everyone is looking for that perfect parking spot.

But underneath it all, the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed Health Sciences in ways large and small. Embracing online courses, elevating the importance of student mental health, confronting inequities in health care training opportunities – there have been sea changes that will have an impact for years to come.

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Congratulations to all of the Honorees!


Celebrating the newest College of Pharmacy Endowed Chairs and Professorships!

Back Row: Qin Chen, PhD, Holsclaw Family Endowed Professorship in Pharmacogenomics, Xinxin Ding, PhD. R. Ken and Donna Coit Professorship, Gregory Thatcher, PhD, R. Ken and Donna Coit Endowed Chair in Drug Discovery, Dean Schnellmann, Hongmin Li, PhD, R. Ken and Donna Coit Endowed Chair in Drug Discovery, Haining Zhu, PhD, R. Ken and Donna Coit Endowed Chair in Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Wei Wang, PhD, R. Ken and Donna Coit Professorship
Front Row: Donna Coit and R. Ken Coit


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Episode Nine of PharmCAST is Out Now!

PharmCAST is a podcast series hosted by Christopher Edwards, PharmD, BCPS and features interviews from practicing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and beyond. These experts will guide you through the latest in pharmacy news, practice updates, and research breakthroughs.

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Pharmacology and Toxicology Department Highlights: September 2021

Pharmacy Practice and Science Department Highlights: September 2021


Scholarship recipients were able to meet and show appreciation to the generous donors that sponsored their scholarships. Click here to view the 2021 Scholarship Luncheon photos.
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