Richard Vaillancourt

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

(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.

In the Pharmacy Spotlight

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.

Research

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:

Chronic Administration of 10ppb arsenic in the drinking water results in dysregulation of glucose metabolism

In a recent study, we demonstrated that chronic administration of 10 ppb arsenic in the drinking water results in dysregulation of glucose metabolism. This concentration of arsenic is environmentally relevant and humans are very likely to be exposed to arsenic in their drinking water at similar doses. In our mouse study, elevated levels of glucose were detected in both blood and urine and abnormally high levels of insulin were detected in serum.

Teen with SWEHSC ties named Future Innovator of the Year

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. For more read http://www.pharmacy.arizona.edu/features/students/teen-with-cop-ties-named-future-innovator-of-the-year

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