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SCHOOL ON THE GROW
UM's School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences is experiencing meteoric growth. The school was the top unit for University research in 2003, bringing in $11 million. That total ranked the school seventh in the nation among 90 pharmacy institutions for earning research dollars.
That’s a big change from 16 years ago when Dean Dave Forbes first took the reins at the school. Back then pharmacy had essentially zero research funding, housed 12 faculty members and was in danger of losing its accreditation. The school now has 32 tenure-line faculty and 13 research faculty and has become an international leader in biomedical research. In addition, student enrollment has jumped from 90 to 275.
The school also has a new home, the Skaggs Building, which it moved into in January 1999. The school already has outgrown Skaggs, and a 59,000-square-foot building addition is planned. Pharmacy also has added six new degrees programs since 1996 – with plans for more – as well as several new scientific centers and institutes. Surging research even prompted administrators to add “biomedical” to the name of the school’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The pharmacy school is an exciting place these days, with new discoveries hiding behind every lab door. Turn the page to sample some of the cutting-edge science being explored by the school and its partners.