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UCL School of Pharmacy Hosts Advanced Training Course for Chinese Clinical Pharmacists

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UCL School of Pharmacy ran its first summer training course for oversea clinical pharmacists between 14th July and 4th August 2014. The course has attracted a number of hospital pharmacists from both China (mainly) and Russia, as well as participants from pharmaceutical universities. 

Probiotic viability study featured in national press

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Probiotic lactobacillis bacteria

A recent study by Dr Simon Gaisford’s group has shed new light on the viability of solid and liquid probiotic formulations and was reported in the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times and The Telegraph. It found that liquid products were in general capable of delivering more viable bacteria than solid products. It also suggested that taking products in the fasted state gave the best chance of successful delivery.

Professor Abdul Basit receives Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Award

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Professor Abdul Basit

Professor Abdul Basit of the UCL School of Pharmacy is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) Award.

Physiological Society Undergraduate Prize 2014

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Physiology

The School would like to congratulate Courage Sihlangu on the award of The Physiological Society Undergraduate Prize. Courage was nominated for his research project on the effects of KCNQ inhibitors on smooth muscle which was supervised by Professor Mala Shah.

Licensed to Cure: Undervaluing New Medicines Threatens Patient Wellbeing and Economic Growth

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Pills

Innovative medicines and other new therapies have extended life expectancy by some 10 years since the 1950s, and contributed significantly to the UK’s prosperity. But Licensed to Cure?, a new report published by the UCL School of Pharmacy, warns that if bodies such as NICE under‐estimate the value of their benefits this will undermine investment in research and treatment development.

UCL School of Pharmacy staff featured in policy document from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Brain cogs

Three members of staff from the Department of Pharmacy Practice have been highlighted as examples of pharmaceutical scientists who have made significant contributions to their field of work.

UCL SOP makes links with the Clinical Pharmacy community and leadership in China

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Give primary school pupils lessons on drugs

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Professor Simon Gibbons

Professor Simon Gibbons, a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, has recommended a broader drugs education in primary and middle schools. At present, there is little coverage of this issue in the curriculum and Prof Gibbons argues that awareness of these matters should be raised from an early age. To find out more, read his interview in the Daily Telegraph.

BioKier Inc signs exclusive global license with UCL Business

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Colonic delivery

BioKier Inc has entered into an exclusive license agreement with UCL Business PLC (UCLB) for the proprietary colon delivery technology (PhloralTM) developed by researchers at the UCL School of Pharmacy. PhloralTM will be used in the formulation of an anti-diabetes drug, BKR-013, under development by BioKier Inc. 

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research established

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Asthma Inhaler

Professor Rob Horne was a co-applicant on a successful £2 million bid to establish the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUK CAR). The BMTO research cluster was one of 13 leading academic research organisations from across the UK comprising a successful bid for £2 million to establish the AUK CAR.

Research Innovation Fund - Outcomes

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UCL School of Pharmacy has created a new Research Innovation Fund (RIF) that will provide funding for early-stage pilot projects of timeliness and promise. The objectives of the scheme are: i) to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials and ii) to stimulate cross-disciplinary research that will lead to future grant applications to the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC or EU.

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