Pharmacy hosts visit from Emeritus Professor Thomas R Watson

3 March 2010

The Faculty of Pharmacy had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Emeritus Professor Thomas R Watson on Friday 19 February 2010. Professor Watson was invited to the Faculty to visit the recently upgraded facilities at the Thomas R Watson Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, re-named in honour of his contribution to the Faculty in May 2006.

Professor Watson was responsible for getting the first Mass Spectrometer (A Finnigan 3200 GCMS) for the Faculty and was the main instigator in having these technologies available to researchers at the Faculty in the early 1970s.

"I am delighted to welcome Professor Watson to the facility and look forward to discussing the new developments in our research with him" said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy.

Professor Watson was given a demonstration of the latest technology and software upgrades available to researchers by Mr Bruce Tattam who manages the facility.

Professor Watson maintains a strong relationship with fellow researchers and former colleagues at the Faculty. A number former colleagues and students attended a lunch for Professor Watson hosted by Professor Ramzan at the Darlington Centre.

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility and the Mass Spectrometry Analytical Facility are located in the Faculty of Pharmacy. The facility carries out in-house and collaborative research and provides an analytical support service to the pharmaceutical community.

Commercial work can also be undertaken. The unit recently provided assistance to help identify a powerful new illegal 'designer' drug.

For more information on the facility please contact Bruce Tattam:

Contact: Claire Riordan

Phone: 02 9351 2311

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