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CPPS co-sponsors International Pharmaceutical Conference

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its third biannual International Pharmaceutical Conference in Amman Jordan, an effort jointly sponsored by Al-Zaytoonah Private University of Jordan. The conference, held in November 2017, featured Dr. Johnnie Early II, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as the keynote speaker, with an address entitled, The Soul of Pharmacy, secundum artem. Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, delivered a talk on cellular and molecular functions of primary cilia, while Dr. Frederick Williams, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, delivered a talk entitled, “A novel pharmacological model of Alzheimer’s disease using okadaic acid in zebrafish and its use in drug discovery.” Dr. Youssef Sari, associate professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, delivered a talk on the neuropharmacology of tobacco cigarette smoke addiction.

Compounding, It’s Personal

compoundPharmacy students Alexandra Radovic and Marina Stepanski, pictured with UT alumnus Matt Buderer, recount their experiences at the PCCA International Conference.

The Professional Compounding Centers of America International Conference was an opportunity that allowed students to delve into the world of compounding. Alexandra Radovic and Marina Stepanski were the first students in the history of the conference to attend.

Throughout the conference they encountered many new and exciting learning opportunities like the workshops on the liquid protein diet and 12 principles for good customer service. The most exciting concept they learned was about the Compounding, It’s Personal campaign. This campaign is about educating all different groups of people, from legislators to students, about the benefits and need for compounding. The personal stories of the compounders were inspiring, and the students were intrigued by the amount of patient care that goes into each compound.

Radovic and Stepanski were able to make connections with compounders from across the nation and learn about the job of a compounding pharmacist. They also learned about independent compounding retailers and about the current legal issues facing compounding. The other amazing component of attending this conference was how warmly they were welcomed by everyone at the conference. They were able to absorb so much about compounding and all the future opportunities available in this field of pharmacy.


Personalized Medicine and Pharmacy

PM Conference Program and IDBy Donald Max Smith, PharmD Candidate, 2015

I attended the 9th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA because we are starting a new student organization at The University of Toledo called the Interdisciplinary Personalized Medicine Education Organization (IPMEO).  IPMEO is made up of pharmacy, medical, biomedical engineering, and bioinformatics students at UT.  We are working with Personalized Medicine Coalition Student Chapters at The University of Florida and Ohio Northern University.  The Personalized Medicine Coalition is the primary force behind this conference.

This conference provided a great opportunity to gain a glimpse of many different prisms in the healthcare ecosystem, with a focus on personalized medicine.  The conference consisted of keynote speakers and guest panels that included high-ranking officials of biotech companies, insurance companies, the FDA, and Medicaid along with world renowned researchers.  The expertise and variety of perspectives simply cannot be overstated; it was the perfect environment for personalized medicine education.  I hope to apply many of concepts I learned this week to IPMEO.  A research project I’m leading at UT, under the supervision of Dr. Messer and Dr. Blumer, is in need of a biotech company to provide genotyping.  This venue was great for making contact with companies capable of doing this testing.

Through my interactions with other audience members, panel participants, and keynote speakers, I found that each person was very impressed with the ambition of UT to start a group like IPMEO.


Building Bridges: UT and Al-Zaytoonah University

The College collaborates with the pharmacy faculty of Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan.

Among the many positive outcomes of the college’s various international partnerships are the cross-cultural interactions and collaborations among faculty and student at partner institutions.

The college’s relationship with Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan represents such an exchange of ideas and knowledge that enriches the experiences of students and faculty alike.

Recently, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences jointly sponsored a conference with the faculty of pharmacy from Al-Zaytoonah University. The conference, which was held in Amman, featured discussions about pharmaceutical care and treatment of various diseases.

Al-Zaytoonah, a private university with over 8000 students,  has a thriving pharmacy program that offers a well rounded curriculum in the pharmaceutical sciences.

In addition to Dr. Early giving the keynote address at the conference, Drs. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Sharrel Pinto and Youssef Sari presented, and two graduate students from the Department of Medicinal Chemistry attended. Dr. M. Kahlil Mohammad, an alumnus of UT’s Medicinal Chemistry PhD program, also presented at the conference.

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, presented her research on chemical toxicology and the treatment of cancer.

Dr. Sharrel Pinto, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, noted that “the level of the pharmacy profession in Jordan now is comparable to the level of the profession in the United States 10 years ago.” She believes that Jordan can develop the profession further by collaborating with American institutions and by increasing the involvement of pharmacists in clinical practice.

Dr. Youssef Sari, assistant professor of pharmacology, was impressed with the global reach of the research from internationally refereed journals. His conference presentation involved his research on the treatment of alcoholism and neurodegenerative diseases. During the conference, Drs. Early and Sari were featured on the PharmaJo website and on Jordanian television.

“I am so pleased that we are able to continually showcase, on an international stage, the scientific talent of our faculty—from pharmacy practice to chemistry to pharmacology,” stated Dean Early.

The conference generated significant interest in the college’s graduate programs. The college plans to host another conference with the Al-Zaytoonah pharmacy faculty in 2014.

Call for Abstracts: Al-Zaytoonah/UT Pharmacy Conference

On behalf of Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan and The University of Toledo (ZTIPC 2012) Committee, it is our pleasure to officially announce the Call for Papers for the 2012 conference.

We invite you to join us on October 17-19, 2012 at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan. We encourage you to participate by submitting an abstract of your work for presentation in Amman City as an oral presentation or poster. This is an opportunity to share your work and interact with colleagues from across the globe.

Abstracts to be submitted electronically with preference for oral or poster presentation to ztipc2012@zuj.edu.jo. The abstract submission deadline is August 1, 2012. We look forward to your participation in the ZTIPC 2012. The preliminary program for this meeting will be available October 10, 2012.

For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.zuj.edu.jo/ZTIPC2012.