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Skaggs Scholars Program


The Skaggs Scholars Program, centered at the University of Colorado and funded by a generous grant from the ALSAM Foundation, is designed to stimulate collaborative research between Colorado pharmacy faculty members and faculty members at one or more of the six other Skaggs institutions. Participating institutions include The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy, The Scripps Research Institute | The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.

The program encourages proposal submissions from a wide range of disciplines and emphasizes high-risk/high-reward ideas that may lead to breakthrough discoveries as well as research that has the potential to accelerate the transfer of scientific research to patient care; or that bring together junior investigators with established senior researchers. This year, eight collaborative research grants totaling $900,000 were recently announced between our School and five Skaggs institutions (Arizona, Idaho State, Montana, Utah and San Diego).

Grants are awarded for a two-year period. This is the second round of grants that have been awarded through the program. Past research has been presented during the L.S. Skaggs Biomedical Research Symposium. The next Symposium is scheduled for September, 2014 at the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

2013 Awardees

Tom Anchordoquy, PhD $100,000
Title:  Novel therapeutic approaches to treat chronic inflammatory diseases
Collaborator:  Andrij Holian, PhD, University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy
 
David Bain, PhD $150,000
Title: Specificity of steroid receptor-mediated gene regulation
Collaborator:  Catharine Smith, PhD, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
 
Uday Kompella, PhD $100,000
Title:  Novel hydrogels for sustained protein drug delivery to the eye
Collaborator:  David Grainger, PhD, University of Utah College of Pharmacy
 
Philip Reigan, PhD $100,000
Title:  Anthracenyl isoxazole amides (AIMS) as novel G-quadruplex DNA-binding anti-tumor agents
Collaborators:  Howard Beall, PhD and Nicholas R. Natale, PhD, University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy
 
David Ross, PhD $150,000
Title:  Mechanisms underlying benzene-induced occupational and environmental leukemias
Collaborators:  Serrine S. Lau, PhD and Terrence Monks, PhD, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
 
Steven M. Smith, PharmD, MPH BCPS $150,000
Title: Patient-perceived treatment burden and medication non-adherence
Collaborators:  Jan Hirsch, PhD, RPh, University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; JoAnne LaFleur, PharmD, MSP, University of Utah College of Pharmacy
 
Katy Trinkley, PharmD, BCACP $ 75,000
Title:  Defining the incidence of lactic acidosis in patients receiving metformin and identifying reasons prescribing patterns do not follow the best available evidence
Collaborator:  Daniel Malone, RPh, PhD, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
 
Robert Valuck, PhD $ 75,000
Title:  Population-based pharmacosurveillance of anticholinergic and polypharmacologic toxicity employing computational molecular modeling techniques
Collaborator:  Vaughn Culbertson, PharmD, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy