The Department of Pharmacy offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the area of pharmacy. The department’s areas of interests include pharmacy practice, pharmacoeconomics, computer-aided drug design and industrial pharmacy. The department participates in EU-funded research programmes and currently has a three-year local national research grant in collaboration with a local pharmaceutical industry. The department collaborates with the pharmaceutical industry, community pharmacies, government pharmacy institutions and other departments at the University of Malta for teaching and research activities. It also enjoys extensive international collaboration with other schools of pharmacy and with pharmacy entities. The department hosted the 2nd Spring European Society for Clinical Pharmacy Conference in 2001, the 2005 Annual Conference of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy and the 7th World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, 2010 besides a number of European courses.
In 2005, the Facutly of Pharmacy, University Complutense of Madrid awarded the Institutional Medal to recognise an institution for significant contribution to pharmacy education to the Department of Pharmacy.
Press Release: 26 March 2013
Latest Issue of the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy
The latest issue of the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy (JEMP) has been launched during the recently held Annual Pharmacy Symposium 2013. The journal is published by the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Pharmaceutical Association and is supported by an unconditional grant by Actavis. The journal publishes original research manuscripts, subject reviews and other contributions related to all aspects of research within the field of pharmacy. The aim of the journal is to contribute to the dissemination and interpretation of results of scientific investigation and evaluation of pharmacy processes and pharmaceutical services.
A brief overview of the titles of contributions by scholars and post-graduate students to the latest issue gives an indication of areas covered: Critical Analysis of the Dispensing Process at Mater Dei Hospital, Cost Analysis of Standard Operating Procedures in Community Pharmacies, POYC Scheme and the Management of Hypertension, Pharmacist-Led Diabetic Patient Monitoring, Guideline Comparison and Assessment of Prescribing Trends in Parkinson’s Disease, A Natural Source of Possible Anti-Amyloid Agents for Alzheimer’s Disease. An electronic copy of the journal is freely available from the Research section of the Department of Pharmacy.
Press Release: 26 March 2013
Actavis Best Pharmacy Presentation Award
Mark Cardona, a Master of Pharmacy student, was presented with the Actavis Award for the Best Presentation during the closing ceremony of the 2013 Annual Pharmacy Symposium organised by the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta. Mark Cardona presented his dissertation on ‘Cardiovascular Medicines: Comparative Costs and Benefits’ which he is undertaking under the supervision of Dr Maurice Zarb Adami. Mr Mauro Abdilla and Ms Claire Farrugia awarded Mark Cardona with a copy of the Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference on behalf of the pharmaceutical company Actavis which has a collaborative agreement with the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta aimed to support teaching and research.
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Prof. Lilian M.Azzopardi, Mark Cardona, Claire Farrugia and Mauro Abdilla
28 January 2013
Statement of Regret
The news that Marija Marić, passed away at the tender age of 28 years was received as a shock and with great sorrow. When Marija, from Serbia, was still a pharmacy student she had a vision of leadership and internationalization of pharmacy. She was active in activities organized by the European Pharmaceutical Students Association (EPSA) and was the EPSA treasurer for the period 2008-2009. Through these activities she collaborated with the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta and with Maltese pharmacists including Marisabelle Bonnici who at the time was EPSA President and Maresca Attard Pizzuto who was a Pharmacy Awareness Working Committee Director. Marija believed in the impact and value of getting pharmacy students together and that students should take an active role in shaping the developments in their profession. She surely was a role model for European students and then later took up her professional career with great enthusiasm. The pharmacy profession has lost a great pharmacist at a young age.
Marija will be sorely missed, not only for her knowledge, abilities and professionalism, but also for the kind of person she was and the way in which she encouraged her friends and colleagues. The Department would like to offer condolences to her family and to EPSA. Marija’s legacy will continue through the work of EPSA which strives to instill in pharmacy students international collaboration for the developments in the pharmacy profession.
Maltese Pharmacist addresses International Pharmacy Meeting
On the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), pharmacist Lynn Marie Mifsud was invited to address the FIP world congress held earlier this month in Amsterdam.
Ms Mifsud presented work from her project which she finalized last year as part of her studies leading to a degree in pharmacy. In her project Ms Lynn M. Mifsud compiled the history of FIP. During the address Ms Mifsud presented highlights and documents relating to the contribution of FIP towards the scientific and professional developments in pharmacy over the past 100 years.
Ms Mifsud carried out her project under the supervision of Professor Anthony Serracino-Inglott from the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta and carried out her fieldwork at the FIP headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Press Release: 05 October 2012
WELCOME TO FRESHERS From the Head of Department
I would like to give a warm welcome to all of you who chose to join our ‘family’ and embark on a course leading to a degree in Pharmacy Technology or a degree in Pharmacy. I congratulate you on your decision to develop your careers in this area, because in a few years’ time you will be joining colleagues contributing to the development and use of medicines.
Established in 1676, within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta is an old institution that has kept up with the challenges and developments in pharmacy education. Looking at the historical aspects of pharmacy is interesting and a valuable heritage. For this reason, we are developing a collection of artefacts and publications of historical relevance to pharmacy. I invite you to visit the traditional dispensing bench in the Department’s foyer.
The Department enjoys an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We also have extensive collaborations with local and international stakeholders. I am sure that during your studies you will participate and benefit from these experiences.
Please have a look at the Department’s website where you can get a snapshot of activities undertaken within the Department and learn more about the research endeavours of staff and students.
I look forward to meeting you personally and do not hesitate to contact me. I am available to support you in this journey.
Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi Head of Department Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Press Release: 01 October 2012
Pharmacy students participate at UK Pharmacy conference
Adrian Agius, Marie Claire Aquilina and Anne Marie Mercieca have recently participated and presented research papers in the area of clinical pharmacy at the Annual Conference of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society held in Birmingham. They are reading for their Master of Pharmacy degree at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta and are expected to complete their studies this October.
During the conference, they presented a poster based on their dissertation. The research study results were published in a supplement of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Adrian Agius worked on a study looking at the implementation of faecal occult blood point-of-care testing in community pharmacies for the detection of colorectal cancer. Marie Claire Aquilina was working on a dissertation looking at the pharmacist intervention in a heart failure clinic and Anne Marie Mercieca looked at the quality of life in hypertensive dialysis patients. The dissertations were carried out under the supervision of Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi from the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta. This work was done in collaboration with community pharmacists and academics from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
Marie Claire Aquilina, Anne Marie Mercieca, Adrian Agius
Press Release: 18 September 2012
New book on Validation of Community Pharmacy published by University of Malta research group
The book is based on work by the research group carried out in this area for the past 16 years. Results from this research have achieved international recognition and were used as a benchmark for quality care standards methods developed in different countries. This new book is a follow-up to the work by Lilian M. Azzopardi published by Pharmaceutical Products Press, USA in 2000.
The research study initially worked on an initial framework of a validation concept for community pharmacy by developing a mathematical process drawing from quality systems that are adopted in the pharmaceutical industry. Research awards were received in recognition for this research by the International Pharmaceutical Federation Foundation for Education and Research and by the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy and German Foundation for Education and Research. The research group continued developing the Validation of Community Pharmacy Method. The project was internationalised by working with colleagues from different countries in the development of similar systems for different scenarios. On an international level, research work was carried out in collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Federation-Quality Care Systems Working Group.
The work that is being presented in this publication draws on a study that was carried out by Claire Scicluna, who at the time of undertaking this work was an undergraduate pharmacy student, working under the supervision of Lilian M. Azzopardi. This work looked at developments in community pharmacy practice and drew on the earlier research work to propose an updated Validation of Community Pharmacy Method. Claire guided the development of the new proposed framework.
Press Release: 18 July 2012
Course in pharmaceutical technology
A Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology course is being offered by the University's Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. The three-year full-time day programme is open to candidates with a chemistry background. It covers aspects related to the development and use of medicines. The programme consists of study units in pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical process technology, pharmaceutical drug analysis, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical quality and applied pharmaceutical sciences. Each year, students will follow internships that will allow them to integrate the scientific knowledge with practical experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in pharmacy-related institutions. Students may opt to take up an Erasmus mobility during the third year of the course. Graduates from this programme can pursue a variety of career and job opportunities. They are trained and educated to work as scientists and researchers in the pharmaceutical industry and in pharmaceutical and health-care organisations.
For further information visit the online course description here, download an electronic copy of the promotional leaflet [PDF] or contact Ms Adriana Crocker bye-mail or telephone: 2340 2390.
Press Release: 05 June 2012
Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi was elected General Secretary of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacies (EAFP). Lilian Azzopardi succeeds Professor Jose Morais Guimares, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Lisbon. Professor Azzopardi addressed the Annual Conference of EAFP held in Utrecht last month on student perceptions of medicines that changed the world.
EAFP, which this year is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, represents pharmacy education in Europe. The mission of EAFP is to act as a leader in proposals for advancing pharmacy education, research and practice and to partner with other stakeholders and collaborators. EAFP is a recognised stakeholder with the European Commission.
Lilian M.Azzopardi graduated as a pharmacist in 1994. Her PhD thesis led to the publication of the book ‘Validation instruments for community pharmacy’ in the USA. Professor Azzopardi is the author of several papers in the area of pharmacy practice and has authored a number of textbooks for pharmacy students that are adopted in different countries. Professor Azzopardi is currently the Head of Department of Pharmacy and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
As her first official activity Lilian Azzopardi will next month be addressing the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting in Orlando, USA on Pharmacy Education in Europe.
Press Release: 10 April 2012
Actavis Award for best MPharm student presentation
During the closing ceremony of the 2012 Annual Pharmacy Symposium organised by the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, the Actavis Award for the best presentation by the Master of Pharmacy students was presented. On behalf of Actavis, Mr Daniel Vella Friggieri presented a copy of the Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference to Kimberly Zammit. Kimberly Zammit presented her dissertation on ‘Quality of blood glucose meters and blood pressure monitors’.
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Prof. Lilian M.Azzopardi, Kimberly Zammit and Daniel Vella Friggieri
Press Release: 20 March 2012
New Issue of the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy
A new issue of the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy (JEMP) which is published by the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Pharmaceutical Association, has been launched during the recently held Annual Pharmacy Symposium. The journal publishes original research manuscripts, subject reviews and other contributions related to all aspects of research within the field of pharmacy. JEMP is dedicated to improve dissemination and interpretation of results of scientific investigation and evaluation of pharmacy processes and pharmaceutical services.
The latest issue carries contributions by post-graduate students at the Department of Pharmacy in the areas of pharmacoeconomics, quality systems in the pharmaceutical industry and use of drugs and patient safety. The JEMP is supported by an unconditional grant by Actavis. An electronic copy in PDF format can be found here.
Press Release: 01 March 2012
Pharmacy Practice Unit Inaugurated
The Pharmacy Practice Resource Unit (PPRU) at the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, was inaugurated on 16 February 2012. The Rector of the University of Malta, Professor Juanito Camilleri, Pro-Rector for Research and Innovation, Professor Richard Muscat and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Professor Godfrey Laferla presided over the ceremony.
The PPRU is a community pharmacy simulation providing pharmacy students with a location that allows research-informed and practice-based learning. The concept was developed by Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi, Head of the Department of Pharmacy, Professor Anthony Serracino-Inglott, immediate past head of department and Dr. Maurice Zarb-Adami, project supervisor. The project was started in 2004 and pharmacy students at the time Elisa Nicholl, Arlette Seychell and Simone Bartolo participated in studies related to its development and evaluation. It is currently being updated and evaluated by Jaclyn Azzopardi, a Master of Pharmacy student. Setting up this unit was possible thanks to the contribution of a number of pharmaceutical companies who donated medicines, medical devices, product literature and books.
Historical pharmacy books donated to the Pharmacy Department
During the inauguration, Jaclyn Azzopardi presented an insight into the development of the PPRU and outlined the various sections present in the unit. The largest section is the medication display containing medicines which are currently available on the local market. Discontinued medicines, a wound care display, vitamins and health supplements and baby formulas are displayed in separate sections. Moreover, patients who present at a community pharmacy often request their medicine based on the appearance of the dosage form. This scenario may pose a difficulty for the pharmacist since many medicines are packaged in sealed blister packs. A tablet and capsule display exposing pharmacy students to the appearance of tablets and capsules is included in the PPRU.
One of the apparati available at the PPRU
Research is carried out in the PPRU through books and journals, product literature, patient information leaflets, protocol booklets and the recently acquired electronic version of the ‘Martindale’, a complete drug reference book, and the ‘British National Formulary On Formulary Complete’. Another section consists of various point-of-care testing medical devices which are used by pharmacy students during practical sessions and in their pharmacy practice project to gain skills in blood pressure measurement, blood glucose, HbA1c, cholesterol, haemoglobin and anticoagulation monitoring and other clinical analysis parameters.
A quality system is developed for all the laboratories of the Department of Pharmacy and in the PPRU each medical device is accompanied by a standard operating procedure and a logbook. A section dedicated to the PPRU can be accessed from the website of the Pharmacy Department: www.um.edu.mt/ms/pharmacy/ppru. The PPRU is managed by pharmacist Francesca Wirth, a research officer at the Department who is carrying out research in the area of Point-of-Care Testing.
During the inauguration, pharmacist Laurence Zerafa donated historical pharmacy books dating back to 1800. This donation complements the collection of historical pharmacy items and books at the Department. During his presentation, Mr. Zerafa encouraged anyone who has other historical pharmacy books to donate them to the Department of Pharmacy.
From left to right: Dr Maurice Zarb-Adami, Mr Laurence Zerafa, Dr Bernard Coleiro
The occasion was attended by Department of Pharmacy staff, students, pharmacists, department collaborators and Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, Opposition Spokesperson for Higher Education, University, Research and Culture.
Press Release: 27 February 2012
Rector of the University of Malta visits Actavis
The Rector of the University of Malta, Professor Juanito Camilleri, and Pro-Rector for Research and Innovation, Professor Richard Muscat, together with members of the Department of Pharmacy, Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi, Head of Department, Professor Anthony Serracino-Inglott, Professor Victor Ferrito, Ms. Janis Vella and Ms. Francesca Wirth visited the new Marketing and Sales Division of Actavis in Tarxien. They were welcomed by Mr. Daniel Vella Friggieri, Regional Director - Africa Region, and Mr. Mauro Abdilla, Market Support Manager.
The Department of Pharmacy has a long-standing history of collaboration with Actavis supporting the teaching and research programmes of the Department and has achieved this high-level collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry through the leadership and drive of the Rector.
In October 2011, the Department of Pharmacy launched a new three-year course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Technology designed according to the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. Students completing this course will be able to take up job positions in aspects related to the development, manufacture and handling of medicines.
During each course year, students are required to undertake an eight-week internship exposing them to different fields related to pharmaceutical technology. Kurt Borg and Kirsten Mangion, two first year students in this course, were also present at this visit. They are currently carrying out their internship at Actavis. During this internship they are gaining experience in the pharmaceutical industry and improving their skills in regulatory aspects. Students are exposed to the processes involved in getting new and innovative medicines to patients.
From left to right: Prof. Anthony Serracino-Inglott, Prof. Richard Muscat, Prof. Lilian M. Azzopardi, Mr. Kurt Borg, Prof. Juanito Camilleri, Ms. Kirsten Mangion, Mr. Daniel Vella Friggieri, Mr. Mauro Abdilla
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Press Release: 29 September 2011
University of Malta signs collaborative agreement with Actavis
The Rector of the University of Malta, Professor Juanito Camilleri has signed a collaborative agreement between the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and Actavis Ltd. The three year Agreement covers support towards the teaching and research programmes of the Department of Pharmacy.
The Department of Pharmacy endeavours to expose undergraduate students to hands-on experiences within practical scenarios in community pharmacies, the hospital pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. In this way graduates have the competences to contribute to society and to the public and private sector as soon as they take up employment. This is achieved through fostering co-operation between the Department and other public and private entities in the area of pharmacy.
The Department of Pharmacy has a long-standing history of collaboration with Actavis Ltd. Areas in which Actavis Ltd. is supporting the teaching and research programmes of the Department were identified and formalized in this Agreement.
Through this agreement, Actavis Ltd. is co-ordinating the design and printing of the Department’s journal, the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy (JEMP) that carries research papers from post-graduate students. The Journal of Euromed Pharmacy is published jointly with the Malta Pharmaceutical Association.
Actavis Ltd will award the student with the best presentation during the Annual Pharmacy Symposium whilst also supporting specific projects. Such Projects include ‘Stability study of drugs in transport’ by Helga Farrugia which was presented during the World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology in 2010, the ‘Maltese Medicines Handbook’ by Doriella Cassar (2009) and the ‘Newsletter for Community Pharmacists’ by Rachel Galea (2009) and Caroline Mercieca (currently working on this project).
Actavis Ltd has provided student placements for the Department’s experiential programmes in the past years and this agreementwill further strengthen this collaboration by establishing student placements and extra-mural practical sessions for pharmacy students. These activities will provide the opportunity for pharmacy students to be exposed to the pharmaceutical industry and the different processes entailed in the manufacture of medicines.
The Department of Pharmacy has achieved this high-level collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry through the leadership and drive of the Rector of the University of Malta, Professor Juanito Camilleri.
The Department of Pharmacy is launching a new three-year course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Technology to address the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. The course was designed so that graduates would fill the large number of job vacancies available in the pharmaceutical industry. Students completing this new Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Technology course will be able to take up job positions in the pharmaceutical industry in aspects related to manufacturing of medicines and in medical representation.
From Left to right: Daniel Vella Friggieri, Joshua Zammit and Sergio Vella, Managing Director Actavis Ltd, Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector and Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi, Head of Department of Pharmacy
Press Release: 03 August 2011
Department of Pharmacy welcomes new addition: C'est Si Beau
Monday morning at the Department of Pharmacy, the University of Malta ... together with the shuffle of employees signing in for work, a sweet patter of paws. Has the Department signed on a four-legged employee? His name is Beau and he's the guide dog for our member of staff Joey Micallef, who lost his sight in a traffic accident in 1992 but the University of Malta has decided to keep him in service as Telephone Operator and Receptionist ever since.
Beau, a two year old male champagne Labrador Retriever was designated for guide dog training since birth on the sixth of June two years ago in France. At the age of four months he was brought to Malta to train in our climate for a year. Subsequently, while his future master and friend Joey was being trained locally in mobility and orientation, Beau spent another six months training in Messina at the Centro Regionale Hellen Keller dell'Unione Italiana Ciechi Scuola Cani Guida, at the end of which, Joey and Beau met for the first time and trained for a further two weeks together. The training of both dog and owner is co-ordinated by The Malta Guide Dog Foundation and sponsored by the Community Chest Fund.
Beau received a warm welcome, typical of the Department of Pharmacy where all staff and students work together as a team. Beau has not only helped Joey be more mobile and efficient but he has also already left a very positive mark with everyone in the Department. Receiving loads of affection and rewarding students and staff with loads of smiles, Beau is helping the Department of Pharmacy continue to expand the meaning of therapy, practising what it teaches in terms of holistic health concepts.
Students and staff of the Department of Pharmacy with Joey Micallef and Beau
Press Release: 22 July 2011
Pharmacists from Italy follow course in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Malta
The Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Malta has recently hosted a one week intensive clinical pharmacy course for 6 pharmacists who are following a postgraduate course in clinical pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Bari, Italy. The course was led by Professor Lilian Azzopardi, Head of Department of Pharmacy and an Associate Professor in pharmacy practice together with academics from the Department of Pharmacy and from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Professor Anthony Serracino-Inglott, Alison Anastasi, Marise Gauci, Louise Grech, Janis Vella and Francesca Wirth from the department of pharmacy were tutors on the course. During the course in Malta the participants had the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical pharmacy activities. The course was held at Mater Dei Hospital and Karin Grech Rehabilitation Hospital. To conclude the course, case presentations were held at the Medical School.
Tina Visconti and Simonetta Intini during the case presentation
The department of pharmacy of the University of Malta has a long-standing collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Bari. This collaboration includes student exchange and staff mobility where academic staff from the department of pharmacy in Malta are invited to teach on the postgraduate course in clinical pharmacy in Bari. The department of pharmacy has been active in the area of clinical pharmacy over the past 25 years. It was a pioneer to introduce clinical pharmacy aspects in the undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy programmes and has spearheaded the development of clinical pharmacy services in Europe. It has organised international clinical pharmacy courses that led to the successful training of clinical pharmacist practitioners and teachers from various countries.
The pharmacists from Bari with local tutors from the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta
The department of pharmacy has also a collaborative agreement with the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) in the area of clinical pharmacy. Professor Alan Lau from UIC was this year’s external examiner to the department of pharmacy in Malta. Professor Lau has ranked the candidates who have all successfully completed their pharmacy studies as being of a very high calibre when compared with students in other countries including the United States.
Press Release: 06 July 2011
Maltese academic confirmed member of European Association Executive Committee.
Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi was confirmed a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP) during the Annual General Assembly held in Lisbon on the 24 June 2011. As a member of the committee Professor Azzopardi will be active in sustaining EAFP’s network in joint research programmes and student-staff mobility between schools of pharmacy in Europe. Through her background in pharmacy education, she will be supporting the integration of science and professional practice in pharmacy education at a European level. Lilian M. Azzopardi is an Associate Professor, the Head of Department of Pharmacy and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She has held previously positions within other international associations and is the author of a number of publications on clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care. She is the editor of a series of textbooks published by Pharmaceutical Press in the United Kingdom and of a book on quality care systems published by Pharmaceutical Products Press in the United States.
Press Release: Award to Maltese Pharmacy Academics
Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi and Professor Anthony Serracino Inglott from the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, were presented with this year’s prestigious APV awards by the International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology (APV) in recognition for their contribution towards the success of the 7th World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology which was held in Malta in March 2010. The conference drew around 1100 participants from Europe, Asia and the United States and a very high level scientific program on pharmaceutical research including drug delivery systems, solid dosage forms and nanotechnology was presented. During the award ceremony held in Goettingen, Germany, Professor Azzopardi and Professor Serracino Inglott were commended on the strong network between the department of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry and on the significant scientific contributions at the conference made by the research groups at the department of pharmacy. During the 7th World Meeting work from research projects being carried out at the department of pharmacy was presented by pharmacy students Alison Attard, Ian Baldacchino, Nicolette Bartolo, Helga Farrugia, Stephanie Farrugia, Maria Fenech, Thomas Vella and Marie Clare Zammit. One of the studies which was very well received at the conference was that related to research work in innovative techniques in the development and production of slow release oral formulations. This research is being carried jointly with a local pharmaceutical industry and is supported by a grant from the National Research, Technological Development and Innovation Programme (RTDI) run by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST).
Professor Azzopardi and Professor Serracino Inglott accepted the awards on behalf of staff, colleagues, collaborators and students at the department of pharmacy of the University of Malta.
Research Initiative: Launch of Journal of Euromed Pharmacy issue
The latest issue of the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy (JEMP) [PDF] which is published by the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Pharmaceutical Association, has been launched. The issue carries a new design for the journal which was possible through collaboration and support received from Actavis. The journal publishes original research manuscripts, subject reviews and other contributions related to all aspects of research within the field of pharmacy. JEMP is dedicated to improve dissemination and interpretation of results of scientific investigation and evaluation of pharmacy processes and pharmaceutical services.
The latest issue carries contributions by post-graduate students at the Department of Pharmacy in the areas of pharmacist prescribing, patient compliance and care issues in chronic disease, pricing of medicines and clinical pharmacist interventions in a hospital setting.
Institutional Access to the Department granted for on-line pharmacy resource centre
Based on the department's international collaborations, CoACs of the United Kingdom have given free institutional access to all students within the Department of Pharmacy for three years to the site www.collegeofpharmacy.com which offers on-line resources for pharmacy students and pharmacists. The site carries a number of computer aided learning packages in different aspects of pharmacy which students will find useful to complement material presented in the course of pharmacy.
Students have to access the site, proceed to the Administration section to register for the first time as a Pharmacy Student of the University of Malta using your um.edu.mt email address.
The Department of Pharmacy, of the University of Malta is grateful to the support received from CoACs.
Prominent International Pharmacy Professors in Malta to Commemorate Steve Hudson, Professor in Pharmaceutical Care
Several prominent international pharmacy professors were in Malta last month to commemorate Professor Steve Hudson from the University of Strathchlyde, UK who passed away suddenly last November.
Professor Hudson was an international figure in clinical pharmacy who collaborated with Maltese academics to promote pharmacy education and research. This collaboration of over 20 years, included Professor Hudson’s participation in the education programmes of the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta and in the organisation of several international courses, symposia and conferences held in Malta. The commemoration evening was presided by Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector of the University of Malta while Professor Godfrey LaFerla, Dean of the Faculty concluded the ceremony. Professor Bart Rombaut, President of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Dr Julienne Johnson and Dr John McAnaw from the University of Strathclyde were amongst the international participants. Students and staff from the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta and pharmacists participated in the evening to reflect on Professor Hudson’s motivation, innovation and drive to promote developments in the pharmacy processes.