Special Message from Director & Founding Dean Jan Hirsch
March 25, 2020
We are living through unprecedented times. For most of us, this paradigm of living, learning, teaching and serving may change the way we navigate the future. This COVID-19 pandemic gets to the core why many of us have chosen a profession in healthcare and research.
Every person receiving this email has the power to help improve the health and well-being of our community. You, me, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, we are all in this together. Many of us have even chosen to serve as pharmacists, scientists, and healthcare providers because of our desire to serve the greater good and make positive change in this world.
Today, I write to inform you of some of the ways the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy Practice along with UCI Health pharmacists are combating COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing & Research
UCI faculty and scientists are rising to the challenge of protecting communities across Orange County during this difficult time. As Orange County's only academic health system, UCI Health and UCI Medical Center are well-equipped to manage the care of patients with infectious diseases.
In the lab, we are working on creating tools for expedient testing and blocking the SARS CoV-2 virus. Many of our world-class faculty members are experts on the development of diagnostic methods and on RNA, which makes up the CoV-2’s genome.
In the clinic, our UCI pharmacists are working alongside other healthcare providers to develop COVID-19 treatment protocols to best serve our communities.
Campus & Community Updates
As you may know, UCI has suspended in-person courses, events, and non-essential research. The Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy Practice have taken advantage of our small but growing size to rapidly respond to the challenge of offering a virtual academic environment for our students. Additionally, UCI has created a comprehensive website for coronavirus updates for the UCI community: https://uci.edu/coronavirus
Lastly, I encourage you to use methods that will help us all continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our brilliant future will continue to happen together. Please practice social distancing, wash your hands, and don't forget to Zot, Zot, Zot!
Jan D. Hirsch