In the Spotlight: Feb. 10, 2012

White guy with silver hair and nice smileLaurence Hurley, professor and holder of the Howard J. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Foundation for Cancer Research to study targeted cancer therapies. The grant will enable TGen and UA to continue its Center for Targeted Cancer Therapies, which Hurley codirects. The center is dedicated to discovering new therapies to treat pancreatic cancer, the nation’s fourth leading cause of cancer death. Read the news release about the new grant here.

John Murphy, PharmD, associate dean, received a five-star rating from the Doody’s Review Service for the fifth edition of his book Clinical Pharmacokinetics. One expert reviewer said, “This book outlines concepts in a way that is easy to read, understand, and apply in clinical practice.”

Walt Klimecki, DVM, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, recently was awarded a research grant from the Arizona Biomedical Commission. The grant will provide $50,000 per year for two years to study the unfolded protein response of leukemia cells. Klimecki hopes that the study will translate into more effective leukemia treatments for patients.

Donna Zhang, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, gave a presentation entitled “The Nrf2-Keap1-ARE Pathway and the Dual Role of Nrf2 in Cancer” Feb. 2 at the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix. Zhang’s talk was part of the weekly Basic Medial Sciences Seminar Series covering diverse topics in the biomedical sciences.

Dick Wiedhopf, BS Pharmacy 1965, assistant dean, recently was featured in a story on Arizona Public Media. The story focused on his work as president of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, which recently signed an agreement with Pima County to begin landscaping and transplanting a diverse array of plants to the newly established Pima Prickly Park.

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