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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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Flu virus

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


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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Gold molecule

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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Odd tablet

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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Helicobacter pylori bacterium

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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Athena SWAN bronze award logo

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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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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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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BNF cake

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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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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Gold molecule

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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Odd tablet

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.

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