Pharmacy explores possibilities of collaboration with two Australian universities

Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Prof. Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, Ph.D., together with academic officials, namely, Faculty Secretary Asst. Prof. Renz Kenneth G. Cadiang, International Relations Officer Assoc. Prof. Agnes L. Castillo, Ph.D., Medical Technology Department Chair Assoc. Prof. Edilberto Manahan, Ph.D., and Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Nelson Tubon, Ph.D., visited the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics of the Monash University in Australia on July 29, 2019. 

The UST Pharmacy officials were welcomed by the administrative and academic officials of Monash University, namely, Project Pharmacist Director Prof. John Jackson, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety Director Prof. Simon Bell, Prof. Tina Brock, Ph.D., Acting Dean Peter Scammells, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety Director Prof. Carl Kirkpatrick, and Centre for Medicine Prof. Kirsten Galbraith, Ph.D., Chair of Centre for Medicine Use and Safety.

Included in the discussion were matters such as the Pharmacy practice in Australia, research on medication use and safety, Pharmacy curriculum, faculty profile, experiential development and graduate education. There were also discussions on collaborative research and publications, co-supervision for research students, mobility programs, exchange students, and the use of Monash facilities for UST faculty members and students involved in research. After the round table discussion, the UST delegates were toured around the facilities and laboratories of the Monash Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics.

At UNISA: Discussions and laboratory visits  

The UST group led by Dean Dacanay was at the University of South Australia (UNISA) from July 24 to 27, 2019 for discussions of possibilities of collaborative research and publications, co-supervision for research students, mobility programs, exchange students, global internship for UNISA students in the Philippines for immersion to Pharmacy and Medical Technology practice, and the use of UNISA facilities for UST faculty members and students involved in research. After the round table discussion, the UST delegates were toured around the facilities and laboratories of the UNISA School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, such as Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, among others.  

The group also visited the Royal Adelaide Hospital Pharmacy Department, and Medical Laboratory Department. They went on a UNISA Medical Sciences Lab tour with Prof. Brian Dale, Ph.D. The tour of the UNISA School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Laboratory was facilitated by Department of Pharmacy Chair Prof. Matthew Sykes, Ph.D., while the tour of the State Herbarium of South Australia was made possible with the assistance of Mr. Martin O’Leary, botanist and curator.  The tour of the Adelaide Botanical Garden was facilitated by Dr. Susan Semple.  

As part of the activities during the visit to UNISA, faculty members from the UST Faculty of Pharmacy presented their papers at the UNISA-UST symposium held on July 27, 2019 at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, UNISA West Campus. This was attended by UNISA faculty members and students in the Graduate School. Dean Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, Ph.D., presented ‘Pharmacy Practice Experience,’ Assoc. Prof. Agnes L. Castillo, Ph.D., discussed ‘Nano-engineered Delivery Systems for Antimicrobials,’ while Asst. Prof. Renz Kenneth Cadiang, presented an ‘Analysis of Medication Utilization among Filipino Elderly.’ 

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