Nurturing growth through
partnerships and discovery
A n n u A l R e p o R t 2 0 0 7 – 0 8
Partnerships, Recognition, and Growth
The 2007–08 academic year brought with it a renewing of partnerships and friendships and continued the recog-
nition of outstanding academic and scholarly productivity.
The school enthusiastically welcomed the continued support and partnership of John Kapoor, ’72. Kapoor’s very
generous $5 million gift for our new building will give us the ability to create a state-of-the-art facility to ensure
the continued success of our PharmD and pharmaceutical sciences students as we transition to our new home on
the South Campus. Industrial partners Novartis, Sandoz, and Genentech provided funding for research and train-
ing, allowing the school to enlarge its programs in protein therapeutics; this funding also supported the official
opening of the Center for Protein Therapeutics directed by Joseph Balthasar. The Pharmacotherapy Research
Center’s International Center for HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Research and Training continued its strong partner-
ship with the the University of Zimbabwe, hosting two trainees from Zimbabwe, who both completed laboratory
Faculty and students continued our strong tradition of academic and scholarly recognition. Donald Mager was
appointed to serve on the Clinical Pharmacology Subcommittee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and also received an AAPS 2007 Young Investigator Award.
William Prescott was appointed a reviewer of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Robert
Straubinger was appointed to the NIH Health and Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology Study Section,
Center for Scientific Review. Gene Morse brought further support to his internal HIV/AIDS work in securing a $7.6
million contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Student recognition was equally robust. Charles Venuto, ’10, received the 2007 American Foundation for