Rich Vaillancourt

UA Researcher Awarded College of Pharmacy Basic Science Educator of the Year Award

News Date: 
May 25, 2016 :00am

(UAHS In the Pharmacy Spotlight) Richard Vaillancourt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, recently was awarded the College of Pharmacy Basic Science Educator of the Year Award. Graduating PharmD students at the college nominated faculty members and voted to determine the award recipient. Vaillancourt's research focuses on the function of stress-related signal transduction pathways. He also is a member of the BIO5 Institute. 

In the Pharmacy Spotlight

News Date: 
December 3, 2015 :00am

Richard Vaillancourt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has been selected for the 2015-2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Research Fellows Program. The year-long program is designed to expand the leadership capabilities of established faculty research scientists and administrators. There are four week-long meetings for the fellows to explore the strategies of being a successful leader. Fellows also design and implement projects to enhance the research programs of their home institutions.

Dibutyl Phthalate Studies (DBP)

Relevance to Swehsc : 

Human exposure to DBP occurs daily as evidenced by the detection of its metabolites in spot human urine samples from subjects in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  According to exposure estimates the largest source of DBP exposure to the general population is food and has been estimated to range between 7-10 µg/kg/day.  Notably, patients taking medications coated with DBP and workers exposed occupationally have exposure estimates that exceed those in the general population.  Specifically, it is estimated that patients taking medications coated with DBP are exposed to 1-233 µg/kg/day and individuals are exposed occupationally to 0.1-76 µg/kg/day.  Interestingly, human studies have also pointed out that among all age groups, women of reproductive age tend to have higher urinary levels of phthalate metabolites than older women or than men.  DBP is a chemical of concern in the study of breast cancer because it has been shown to bind and activate the estrogen receptor alpha, an important factor that stimulates growth of a large proportion of breast cancers.

Cluster of Efforts: 


  • Zelieann Craig, PhD
  • Richard Vaillancourt, PhD
  • Dr. Zelieann Craig completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Illinois and is a recipient of a K99/R00 award.  Her research focus is reproductive toxicology.  She is currently investigating the role of dibutly phthalate on mouse ovarian function.  In addition, she and Dr. Vaillancourt have a pending pilot project application to investigate the synergistic effects of dibutly phthalate and EGF in breast cancer cells and mouse mammary gland.

Teen with SWEHSC ties named Future Innovator of the Year

News Date: 
September 29, 2014 :00am

When Rachel Done, a senior at University High School in Tucson, contacted Richard Vaillancourt, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, about his research, she never dreamed that her simple email would eventually lead to her recognition as a Future Innovator of the Year by the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation initiative.


The SWEHSC plays an important role in stimulating collaborative interactions among researchers. This is evidenced by a significant number of new, funded research projects, as well as a notable number of planned initiatives involving collaborations. The SWEHSC promotes and enhances collaborative research within and between the members through Research Focus Groups.

The themes of the three Research Focus Groups are seen below.

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