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Pharmacy Research UK awards a record £200k in research fellowship funding

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Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) has recently announced their largest ever annual funding award of nearly £200k to support Pharmacy Research. These PRUK personal awards are designed to support those new to research as well as pharmacists leading their first projects, fulfilling one of PRUK’s charitable objectives of developing the pharmacy research leaders of the future.  One of the recipients is a current MPharm student, Helen Chang.

School of Pharmacy Graduates Nominated for House of Commons Awards

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Two UCL School of Pharmacy graduates, Stephanie Adeyemi and Sienna Ferguson attended the London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Achievement Awards reception recently. This star studded event, hosted by Diane Abbot MP, was held at the House of Commons and featured speeches, performances and awards presentations by a number of celebrities, including the football star Rio Ferdinand amongst others.

UCL School of Pharmacy participates in Bloomsbury Festival 2016

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Dr Sudax Murdan and Dr Mine Orlu Gul represented the UCL School of Pharmacy at the first Bloomsbury Festival UCL Hub Beyond Language, organised by UCL Culture on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with the theme ‘The Language of Medicines’.

UCL School of Pharmacy alumnus, Wu Tuck Seng, receives national award

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In August this year, UCL School of Pharmacy’s distinguished alumnus, Mr Wu Tuck Seng, received the Singapore Health Ministry's National Outstanding Clinical Quality Champion Award. Tuck Seng is the Deputy Director & Head of the Pharmacy Department, National University Hospital, Singapore.

Distinguished Pharmacy alumnus returns as graduation speaker

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UCL School of Pharmacy was delighted to welcome a distinguished alumnus as their speaker and guest of honour at their graduation ceremony on September 8th 2016. Dr Neil Kirby studied for his BPharm at the School of Pharmacy between 1979 and 1982 and then completed his PhD between 1983 and 1986.

What makes the medicine go down?

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Odd tablet

Dr Catherine Tuleu is pleased to announce the early release of her paper ‘Can a flavoured spray (Pill Glide) help children swallow their medicines? a pilot study’ in Pediatrics in eFirst pages on November 1st 2016. Its focus is on a swallowing spray that can help children experiencing swallowing difficulties to take their tablets and capsules.

Seminar from School's New Research Clusters for "Age-related medicines development and use" & "Medicines use and optimisation"

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Professor Nick Tyler (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), Co-Chair of UCL Environment Research Domain and Chair of UCL Grand Challenges of Human Wellbeing Working Group, talked about the considerations into medicine management during the design of a living space in his lecture on 26th October 2016 at the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Superresolution imaging reveals a new view of the ER in human cells

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ER

A team of scientists including Prof. Kirsten Harvey and Ph.D. student Jonny Nixon-Abell from the UCL School of Pharmacy describe a new view of the major internal membrane structure in human cells in Science

Frank Fish Memorial Lecture 2016

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Start: Oct 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 12, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Turmeric

Traditional medicine is part of the primary health care in many countries of the world – and a large market in Europe, in the form of complementary medicine.

Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu wins Innovative Science Award

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Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu

At the recent annual International APS PharmSci conference organised by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu was awarded the Innovative Science Award, sponsored by GSK for her work on translating science into practice.

Be The Change UCL Pharmacy Students NHS Quality Improvement University Championship 2016 Winners

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Established in September 2015, UCL Be The Change is a large student-led initiative consisting of medical and pharmacy students, running throughout the year and working on quality improvement projects.

Higher pregnancy rate in women without appendix and tonsil

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A research paper entitled “Association between prior appendectomy and/or tonsillectomy in women and subsequent pregnancy rate: a cohort study” has received wide publicity including BBC news.

School of Pharmacy sharing knowledge about zika and ebola in Global Citizenship Programme

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Disease knows no borders; it travels with the highest winds and lowest waters, on ships and aeroplanes, and in the end, disease is rarely denied entry. The Grand Challenges course, Outbreak, run by Oksana Pyzik and Sudax Murdan examined the spread of infectious disease such as ebola and zika virus, and the forms of international cooperation that are needed to combat it.

National and international news coverage for Nadia Bukhari

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Nadia Bukhari

Nadia Bukhari was recently confirmed as the youngest female and the youngest Asian to be awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Dr Catherine Tuleu in top 2 of most influential medicine makers

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Child taking medicine

Dr Catherine Tuleu is in the top 2 of The Medicine Maker magazine 2016 Power List of the most influential people in drug development for her work in the field of paediatric medicine.

UK-Sri Lanka Mini-Symposium on Nanomaterials - 22nd September 2016

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Start: Sep 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM
End: Sep 22, 2016 6:30:00 PM

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We are delighted to be hosting a visit from Professor Nalin de Silva from the University of Colombo and the Sri Lanka Institute for Nanotechnology to UCL in September.

Professor Ian Bates obtains award from FLS

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Professor Ian Bates has obtained an award from the “Sea and Currents” funds for international initiatives from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Success for PharmAlliance in UCL Therapeutic Innovation Fund projects

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The TRO Drug Discovery Group at School of Pharmacy along with Prof Frank Kozielski (protein crystallography) have recently received seed funding (UCL Therapeutic Innovation Fund) to develop a novel approach to the treatment of Zika virus infection, which can result in microcephaly, severe brain malformations and other birth defects.

SLMS Education Showcase

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Network

The SLMS Education Showcase was organized by the SLMS Education Network and hosted by UCL School of Pharmacy on Friday June 17th. 

Introducing the Dragons

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Start: Jul 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM
End: Jul 7, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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We are delighted to confirm the names of the Dragons for our Dragons’ Den Event on 7th July 1pm - 5pm.

Nadia Bukhari made Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Fellowship is an honour which recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career. As Fellowships are based on nominations from Members, they signify the esteem in which the individual is held by his or her peers.

Small Molecule Dragons' Den

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Start: Jul 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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The Translational Research Office, UCL Business and the Drug Discovery Cluster at UCL are holding a Small Molecule Dragons’ Den

UCL School of Pharmacy Annual Alumni Reunion 2016

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On Tuesday 9 February, alumni and friends of the UCL School of Pharmacy gathered to celebrate the School’s recent successes.

JustMilk's Drug Delivery Breast Feeding Aid wins Pitch@Palace!

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A UCL School of Pharmacy collaboration on a novel infant drug and nutrient breast feeding aid won 1st Place in Pitch@Palace 5.0

Dementia Workshop

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Start: Mar 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

3D Neurons

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society led initiative which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia.

Visit of HRH Princess Chulabhorn to the UCL School of Pharmacy

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During a visit of Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol from Thailand to the UCL School of Pharmacy, research achievement and graduate training needs in the area of natural product science and biodiversity research were discussed.

The Age of Anxiety - Public Engagement Event

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Start: Mar 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM
End: Mar 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Puzzlemind

What causes anxiety? How does it affect our minds, bodies and relationships? Can we prevent anxiety? How do anxiety treatments work?

Monash, UCL, UNC advance PharmAlliance partnership

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PharmAlliance, the research, education and practice partnership between three of the world’s most highly-regarded schools of pharmacy – Monash University, University College London and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - has announced its first round of grant funding. Established in March last year, the Alliance enables the partners to pursue new educational, practice and research collaborations to address major international issues in the fields of drug discovery and development, nanomedicine and nanotechnology development, and clinical pharmacology.

2016 UCL School of Pharmacy Annual Lecture

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Brain xray with neurons

Professor John Hardy, along with discussants Dr Simon Ridley and Professor Gill Morgan, gave this year's annual UCL School of Pharmacy lecture to a standing room only audience at the Royal Society.

UCL School of Pharmacy joins the Fight the Fakes campaign

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UCL has become the first educational institution to partner with Fight the Fakes. The UCL Fight the Fakes Committee is thrilled to announce that UCL School of Pharmacy has officially joined the Fight the Fakes campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit medicines. 

Neuroscience Fun Day at Swiss Cottage Library

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Start: Jan 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM
End: Jan 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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A six week exhibition exploring the fascinating world of neurons at Swiss Cottage Central Library organised by local artists.

New edition of pharmacy practice text book

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A revised edition of an undergraduate text book in the area of Pharmacy Practice has been published to reflect the many developments in pharmacy and health policy.

Nearly one in five oral penicillin doses given to children in NHS hospitals may be too high or too low

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Researchers say that many children may be getting an inappropriate dose of antibiotics as doctors use guidelines that just use age, not height and weight, when choosing the level of drugs.

Top Downloaded Pharmacology Open Access Article From UCL School of Pharmacy

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Work from the School of Pharmacy is the top downloaded pharmacology open access article on Science Direct published since January 2014.

Ijeoma Uchegbu Appointed UCL’s Pro-Vice Provost for Africa and The Middle East

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Prof Ijeoma Uchegbu

UCL School of Pharmacy Professor has been appointed UCL Pro-Vice Provost for Africa and The Middle East. Professor Uchegbu will work with the Vice Provost International on the delivery of the recently launched Global Engagement Strategy.

UCL-FIP Collaborating Centre produces three new global reports

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Brain cogs

At the 75th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany (29 September - 3 October 2015), the UCL-FIP Collaborating Centre, on behalf of FIP Education Initiatives, released three new global reports describing global pharmacy education and workforce trends.

Ethnopharmacology - a collaborative new book

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A new book released in October 2015 provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art and critical appraisal of research in locally and traditionally used medicinal plants.

Two new books on Medication Safety

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Two new books on Medication Safety have been published – one aimed at researchers and healthcare professionals, and the other at the general public.

Alumna Wins Public Health Pharmacist of the Year

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Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope was awarded the Public Health Pharmacist of the year at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britian's 2015 Awards ceremony on 13th September 2015.  Diane graduated with a PhD from the UCL School of Pharmacy in 2009 and is currently the Pharmacist Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance at Public Health England.

Frank Fish Memorial Lecture

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Start: Oct 9, 2015 3:20:00 PM

Prof Tommy Cheng

On Thursday, 15 October 2015 the fourth Frank Fish Memorial Lecture entitled 'Potential and challenge of traditional Chinese medicine to meet unmet clinical needs' will be given by Professor Tommy (Yung-Chi) Cheng from Yale University. We are delighted that one of the world's leading experts in pharmacology focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) will give this year's lecture.

Review: Summer Awards Ceremonies

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Student Choice Teaching Awards - Outstanding Researcher Development category

Professor Frank Kozielski was awarded the Student Choice Teaching Award for the Outstanding Researcher Development category.

Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham forges links with STEM school in Lewisham

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Student with Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham

Following on from Dr Raimi-Abraham’s work with the Nuffield Foundation, she was recently invited to Sydenham School for the grand opening of their new state of the art building where she participated in a series of talks to inspire young women to opt for STEM subjects.

BBC Two ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’ highlights quality problems of unregulated food supplements

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On 15 July 2015 work at the UCL School of Pharmacy was featured in the BBC Two television series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. The research group tested more than 70 commonly used food supplements. While herbal medical products registered under the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme all contained the constituents as claimed, but many of the food supplements were found not to contain any relevant bioactive natural products. In other words, they do not contain what they claim to contain.

Professor Ian Wong joins the UCL School of Pharmacy as Chair in Pharmacy Practice

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Brain Cogs

We are delighted to announce that Professor Ian Wong has taken up the position of Chair in Pharmacy Practice today, 1st July 2015. Until very recently, he was the Head of Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy at University of Hong Kong. Professor Wong was previously appointed between the School of Pharmacy, University of London, and UCL Institute of Child Health to establish the first paediatric pharmacy research centre in the world. The Centre has been recognised as a leading research centre in medicines for children.

SLMS Education Award for Pharmacy team

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3D tablets in dinosaur form

Drs Steve Hilton and John Malkinson have been jointly awarded the SLMS Education Award for the Faculty of Life Sciences in the category of Team Award.

Chemist and Druggist Training & Development Award 2015

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The UCL School of Pharmacy, in partnership with Green Light Pharmacy, has won the C+D Training and Development Award 2015.  This award was given for the innovative programme of study the teams have jointly created for MPharm students at UCL School of Pharmacy,  resulting in the development of the first “teaching community pharmacy practice” in the UK. 

‘New models of primary care: Commission Findings’ - seminar by Professor Nick Barber

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Start: Jun 11, 2015 2:30:00 PM

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Nick Barber is Director of Research at the Health Foundation, a charity dedicated to improving healthcare. His interests include bridging the theory – practice gap, progressing the art and science of improvement, and developing the evaluation paradigms for improvement initiatives.

First Prize in Evonik Industries Competition for Novel Taste Masking Technologies

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A team comprising colleagues from the UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering have won first prize in the Evonik Industries ECRP 2014 competition, based on the theme of “Novel Technology for Taste Masking”.  This is an open competition whereby academic groups are invited to submit proposals on a specified topic, with the winners receiving a prize and the possibility of a substantial research contract to take the proposal forward. 

UCL team establishes spin-out company to print medicines

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A team of researchers from UCL School of Pharmacy are leading the development of 3D printing for fabricating tablets and have established a spin-out company to commercialise their work. Their research was featured recently in the Pharmaceutical Journal.

New Integrated Pharmacy Case Studies text book

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The integration of the science and practice of pharmacy is at the heart of modern pharmacy degree programmes. Five members of staff from UCL School of Pharmacy: Sally-Anne Francis (Honorary Senior Lecturer), Felicity Smith, John Malkinson, Andy Constanti and Kevin Taylor have worked together to produce a major new pharmacy text book, which demonstrates how a knowledge of pharmaceutical science helps inform our understanding and decision-making in real-life patient settings.

UCL School of Pharmacy Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

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The UCL School of Pharmacy announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Catherine Tuleu and Dr Sara Hanning will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, entitled “Child friendly formulations of amoxicillin”.

UCL School of Pharmacy in The Medicine Maker Power List

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Dr Catherine Tuleu

Dr Catherine Tuleu has been chosen to be included in The Medicine Maker magazine Power List of the most influential people in drug development for her work for making better medicines for children.

Team from UCL School of Pharmacy wins European bio-entrepreneur OneStart finals

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A team founded on research work from UCL School of Pharmacy in collaboration with the RVC has won the European arm of the OneStart 2015, the world’s largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator programme.

High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats

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Birman cat that exhibits FARS

When the charity International Cat Care asked veterinary neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK, for help with several enquiries it had received regarding cats having seizures, seemingly in response to certain high-pitched sounds, the answer was that the problem was not documented and little, if anything, was known about it. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award for Pharmacy

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The Equality Challenge Unit has announced the latest round of Athena SWAN award winners, of which the UCL School of Pharmacy is a recipient. The bronze award will be valid until April 2018. Many thanks go to Professor Felicity Smith and her team for all their hard work on this application.

Three of world’s premier pharmacy schools form landmark alliance

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Network

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Monash University and UCL (University College London) are joining forces to advance and transform research, education and practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. 

Release of report "Will Smoking Meet its Match?

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Lungs

On Wednesday March 4th 2015 the UCL School of Pharmacy launched a new report entitled Will Smoking Meet its Match?

NEWS RELEASE - London Drug Discovery Institute to fast-track development of new treatments for dementia

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Alzheimer’s Research UK, the world’s largest dedicated dementia research charity, has announced a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at UCL (University College London), the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Charity Week 2014

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Charity Week is held annually at the UCL School of Pharmacy with the aim of raising as much money as possible for orphans and needy children for the host charity, Islamic Relief. 

13th ISN Advanced School 2015

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Start: Jan 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM
End: Aug 31, 2015 11:59:00 PM

Fitzroy Island

Professor Robert J Harvey and Professor Kirsten Harvey are joining an international faculty at the 13th ISN Advanced School 2015 from 19th-23rd August 2015. The Advanced School will precede the 25th ISN-APSN Joint Biennial Meeting in Cairns and will be held at Fitzroy Island, within the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

World-class research standing of UCL School of Pharmacy confirmed by REF 2014

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REF-2014

The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which assesses the international quality of research outputs, environment and impact, have clearly indicated the world-class standing of UCL SOP. The overall results are expressed in terms of a profile ranging from 4* (world leading) 3* (internationally excellent) 2* (internationally recognized) and 1* (nationally recognized). The School was awarded the following profile:

UCL School of Pharmacy – Greenlight Pharmacy partnership wins HE NCEL quality award

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The UCL School of Pharmacy - Greenlight Pharmacy partnership were overall winners of the ‘Collaboration and Partnership in Education’ HE NCEL quality award, announced at the awards ceremony on December 3rd 2014, held at Beveridge Hall in Senate House, University of London.

Innovative new MSc programme launched for 2015 entry

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The new MSc Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship builds on the strengths of UCL’s School of Pharmacy and department of Management Sciences and Innovation. It has been conceived in direct response to the changing nature of the contemporary pharmaceutical industry, and will provide recent graduates with the skills and knowledge to allow them to participate effectively in the creation and growth of high-impact pharmaceutical business ventures.

Research exchange with the Division of Biosciences

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Start: Oct 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM
End: Dec 31, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Working together

The UCL School of Pharmacy and the Division of Biosciences are planning to hold the first research exchange meeting between the two institutes.

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. 

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