Sydney Pharmacy making a difference for people with diabetes

Staff from the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy welcomed more than 200 alumni and guests at the sold-out “Under the Scope: Dinner for Diabetes Research” in August 2014, highlighting the work of our leading researchers.

“The Faculty of Pharmacy has a long-standing interest and national and international reputation in diabetes research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical and translational research to offering diabetes health services in community pharmacies,” said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy.

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“It is here at the University of Sydney that we are leading the innovation in diabetes research.”

The evening served to celebrate the faculty’s latest research breakthroughs and developments, such as Associate Professor Thomas Grewal and his team’s world-first discovery of a link between cholesterol and wound healing, a major health issue for diabetic patients. Guests also learned about the work of Professor Ines Krass and her team’s community health services initiative, and Professor David Hibbs, whose team is focusing on the development of novel anti-diabetic drugs.

Along with lab-based research projects focusing on drug-target identification and drug development,  Sydney Pharmacy is also creating better management, treatment and prevention models for metabolic syndromes, and is actively examining new ways to improve health outcomes.

Professor Ramzan emphasised the prevalence of diabetes, Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease and the sixth highest cause of death, recognising that many in the audience or their family members may have had personal experience with the disease.

“Diabetes is so prevalent that we can be complacent about how it impacts a person’s lifestyle, not to mention its potentially devastating complications,” he said.

“Your presence here tonight is testament to your concern for this major health issue and belief that innovations in diabetes management can flow from research at this institution.”

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at the University of Sydney

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. If you’re interested in applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy at Sydney, please note the application deadline for the 2015 intake is coming up next week!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2014

Research at the University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy

Research at the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy is structured around five themes that closely reflect the Australian Government’s health priorities. These are cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes, health services and patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease.

Sydney Pharmacy’s internationally renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, including the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs, studies on advanced drug delivery, investigation of the fate of drugs in humans including pharmacogenomics and other aspects of drug disposition, and research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.

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