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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, the 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, six collaborative research grants totaling $900,000 were recently announced between our School and four Skaggs institutions (Idaho State, Montana, Utah and San Diego).

Grants are awarded for a two-year period effective July 1, 2015. This is the third round of grants that have been awarded through the program, which began in 2011. Past research has been presented during the L.S. Skaggs Biomedical Research Symposium. The next Symposium is scheduled for September, 2016 at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.

2015 Awardees

 

Donald Backos, PhD $150,000
Title:  Design and development of small molecules to regulate Sxc- and MDR transporter function
Collaborator:  Nicholas Hatale, PhD, University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy
 
Jon Campbell, PhD $150,000
Title: Estimating the value of anti-drug antibody screening for tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Collaborator:  Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD, University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
 
John Carpenter, PhD $150,000
Title:  Evaluating the pharmaceutical stability of antibody drug conjugates
Collaborator:  Shawn Owen, PhD, University of Utah College of Pharmacy
 
Dan LaBarbera, PhD $150,000
Title:  Translational therapeutics targeting protozoan bioterrorism parasites
Collaborator:  Anjan Debnath, PhD, University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
 
Komal Raina, PhD $150,000
Title:  Adipocytes and breast cancer stem cell interaction: an 'omnics' based study
Collaborator:  Andrea Bild, PhD, University of Utah College of Pharmacy
 
Joseph Vande Griend, PharmD $150,000
Title: Refinement and evaluation of the Clinical Pharmacy Priority (CP2) Score to improve health outcomes through the focused provision of clinical pharmacy services in family medicine
Collaborators:  Rex Force, PharmD, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; Dan Witt, PharmD, University of Utah College of Pharmacy