Inaugural Tom Watson Oration at Sydney Pharmacy School

The Tom Watson Oration was founded in 2014, to mark the academic achievements and contributions of the late Emeritus Professor Thomas (Tom) R Watson (1927–2012) to the field of pharmacy.

Emeritus Professor Watson, former Head of the Department of Pharmacy, was one of the first recipients of the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in pharmacy at the University in 1956.

University of Sydney Pharmacy School
Professor Trau presenting the inaugural oration (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

The inaugural Tom Watson Oration was delivered on Aug. 17, 2015 by University of Sydney alumnus Professor Matt Trau (BSc 1987), from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland.

Professor Trau’s topic “Making NanoMedicine Personal: Translating Genome-Wide Information & Point of Care Diagnostics into the Clinic,” provided university alumni and fellow listeners with a glimpse into a “new paradigm of precision and personalised patient care—where patients will be comprehensively screened and monitored for the detailed molecular abnormalities that characterise their specific disease.”

Professor Trau presented to pharmacy students in the afternoon and the oration followed in the evening, followed by afternoon tea with 40 guests including alumni and staff attending.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at Sydney Pharmacy School

The Bachelor of Pharmacy program provides students with the core skills and knowledge required for the effective delivery of pharmaceutical care and the ability to proceed to research. Students will study the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The Faculty of Pharmacy has an enviable national and international reputation that means students will study and interact with world-renowned academics and enjoy access to best practice teaching laboratories and cutting-edge technology.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 31, 2016; however, it is recommended that Canadian students apply as early as possible to provide time for the pre-departure process.


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