International turnout for Inaugural University of Sydney Pharmaceutical Symposium

12 September 2013

Students and academics gather for the 2013 University of Sydney Pharmaceutical Symposium
Students and academics gather for the 2013 University of Sydney Pharmaceutical Symposium

Scholars from the United States, Hong Kong and Japan joined Faculty of Pharmacy students and academics for the successful inaugural University of Sydney Pharmaceutical Symposium last month.

The Symposium, hosted by the American Association of Pharmacy Student's Sydney chapter with support from the Faculty of Pharmacy, was held on Friday 18 August, with around 60 participants gathering at the University's New Law Lounge to listen to keynote talks and presentations from postgraduate and honours students.

Associate Professor Veysel Kayser from the Faculty of Pharmacy was one of three keynote speakers, joining Sydney alumnus Dr Philip Kwok from the University of Hong Kong and Dr Karim Ibrahim from St Vincent's Hospital.

Meanwhile, 15 undergraduate honours and postgraduate students from the faculty delivered 10-minute oral presentations, including question and answer sessions, and another six postgraduate students presented posters.

Among the themes discussed were drug discovery, pharmacy practice, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry and herbal medicine.

Visiting academics from Princeton University in the US and Shizuoka University in Japan were on hand to help judge the oral and poster presentations and issue the awards.

'Best postgraduate presentation' was awarded to Wing‐Hin Lee, while Peta Wood and Emma Rath each received high commendations. The 'best honours presentation' ended up in a tie between Benny Fung and Dania Akbik. Last but not least, the 'best poster' award went to Sally Kim.

The event's organisers from the AAPS Sydney Chapter said the first-time event was "phenomenal and received numerous positive feedback from both students and academic staff".