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Board of Governors selects UF to lead medical marijuana research consortium

The State University System of Florida Board of Governors has selected the University of Florida to lead a statewide consortium studying health outcomes related to medical marijuana. UF will lead the Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research, which will be composed of public and private universities engaged in research on clinical outcomes of medical…

UF College of Pharmacy celebrates graduates and major milestones at 2019 commencement

Two important milestones were reached with the 2019 graduating class of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy: the first class of students to matriculate through all four years of the new entry-level Pharm.D. curriculum graduated, as did the final class of Working Professional Pharm.D. students. The 225 entry-level Pharm.D. program graduates became known as…

At 76, Robert Blok embraces being UF’s oldest graduate in the class of 2019

Age is nothing more than a number to Robert Blok. At 76, he earned his Master of Pharmacy in Science degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy — earning the distinction of being UF’s oldest graduate among more than 8,000 students in the class of 2019. Blok and his wife, Kim, retired in…

UF College of Pharmacy lands in the Top 5 of national research rankings

University of Florida College of Pharmacy research funding reached a record $23.7 million in 2018, moving the college into the Top 5 of the national pharmacy college research rankings. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, released its annual research reportMay 8, and the UF College of Pharmacy made substantial moves up the…

NIDA awards UF College of Pharmacy additional $3.4 million kratom grant

Although kratom is seen as a possible remedy for drug addiction, it’s typically associated with harm in western countries but not in those in Southeast Asia where its leaves have been used for hundreds of years. Now the National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy a…

2019 UF Drug Discovery Symposium brings together experts from across Florida

The third UF Drug Discovery Symposium brought a record-breaking 180 participants, including many of Florida’s major players in the drug discovery field, to Hotel Indigo in Gainesville on April 25–26. The symposium — hosted by the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development, or CNPD3 — featured a keynote…

Dr. Steven Smith receives UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

The University of Florida has honored Steven Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H., with the Excellence Award for Assistant Professors — one of the university’s top awards for a junior faculty member. Smith serves as an assistant professor in the UF College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmacotherapy and translational research. He joined the college in 2014 and has…

40 Under 40 class features three UF College of Pharmacy alumni

The University of Florida Alumni Association recognized three outstanding young alumni from the UF College of Pharmacy in its 40 Under 40 class of 2019. Those honored at the April 13 ceremony included: John Betancourt, ’15, an entrepreneur and clinical pharmacist from South Florida Daniela Conrado, ’12, a pharmaceutical scientist with the Critical Path Institute…