UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences to host inaugural Alumni Research Symposium

On September 26, 2014, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences will host a new event dedicated to profiling the research accomplishments of some of its most distinguished alumni. Titled “Agents of Change Research Symposium: The Global Impact of UBC Pharm Sci Alumni,” the full-day symposium is designed to showcase the impact UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences alumni have made in the world of pharmaceuticals, medical science and patient care.

The formal speaking program, commencing at 8:45 a.m. with opening remarks by Dr. Helen Burt, UBC Associate VP - Research & International, includes presentations by seven world-class researchers:

Bringing Academic Pharmacy to Qatar: The Grand Experiment
Dr. Peter Jewesson, BSc(Pharm)’78, PhD’86, Consultant, Professor and Dean Emeritus

Optimizing Energy Metabolism as an Approach to Treat Ischemic Heart Disease and Heart Failure

Dr. Gary Lopaschuk, BSc(Pharm)’78, MSc’80, PhD’83, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

Breast Cancer Genes and Cardiovascular Regulation: Common Pathways
Presented by Pfizer Injectables
Dr. Subodh Verma, MSc’93, PhD’97, cardiac surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, University of Toronto, Director, Traineeship in Atherosclerosis, Canada Research Chair in Atherosclerosis

Improving Mental Health Outcomes Through Understanding Antipsychotics
Dr. Ric Procyshyn, PhD’94, PharmD’96, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Understanding Material Properties to Design Robust Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms
Dr. Raj Suryanarayanan, MSc’81, PhD’85, Professor and William and Mildred Peters Endowed Chair, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota


Optimizing Dosing of Medications for First Chance in Life (Pregnancy) and Second Chance in Life (Organ Transplantation)
Dr. Raman Venkataramanan, PhD’79, professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pathology, Director of Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh

Translational Research for Optimizing Therapy Using Approaches of Nanoformulation Development and Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Correlation
Dr. Diana Chow, PhD’81, Professor of Pharmaceutics, Director, Institute of Drug Education and Research (IDER), College of Pharmacy, University of Houston

“The Faculty is thrilled to have seven of our most distinguished alumni share their experiences and expertise,” says Dr. Michael Coughtrie, professor and dean, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “We believe it’s fundamentally important to recognize the many positive impacts our alumni have made to the field of health care and we’re excited to showcase and learn from their accomplishments at this exciting new event.”

The Faculty is grateful for the generous support of Pfizer Injectables (Named Speaker Sponsor), Boehringer Ingelheim (Public Programming Sponsor) and Rx&D (Public Programming Sponsor).

The event program has been submitted to the Division of Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development for review for accreditation.