Touro University Receives Grant

Vallejo News, July 24, 2014 (Issue 144)

Touro University California recently announced their College of Pharmacy was selected as the recipient of a $150,000 grant by the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation. The grant will allow Touro's College of Pharmacy to increase research and classroom space on its Mare Island campus. 

"This is about creating state-of-the-art technology for the study of health sciences and will help us apply high-tech courses that enhance the diverse needs of interests of our students," said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost for Touro. "This generous grant from the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation will also enable faculty to creates a new and exciting research track for our campus." 

The grant will fund the creation of approximately 2,400 square feet of research space by repurposing four classrooms and meeting rooms into two research labs and two high-technology classrooms with digital imaging hardware and software. 

The College of Pharmacy opened in 2005 with 60 students and a unique 2+2 curriculum, which provides two years of clinical training. By 2007, the program was attracting the highest numbers of applications in the nation. In 2014, the College of Pharmacy programs included the Doctor of Pharmacy, Masters of Medical Health Sciences with Pharmacy Emphasis, accredited pharmacy residency programs and one pharmacy fellowship. 

Previously, the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation assisted the College of Pharmacy by providing a $300,000 grant to create the Pharmacy practice Center on campus, which formally opened for use in 2013. Through the use of these funds and other resources, graduates from the College of Pharmacy have consistently performed above the 90th percentile on national and California licensing exams.