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World Universities Network Working Conference, Sydney, 17-21 May


20 May 2010

Delegates attending the WUN working conference in Sydney include academics from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Leeds.
Delegates attending the WUN working conference in Sydney include academics from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Leeds.

Staff at the University of Sydney welcomed colleagues from the University of North Carolina, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Leeds to a busy and challenging five-day working conference in Sydney on Monday 17th May.

This is the second working conference of the World Universities Network (WUN), and will build on the WUN conference held in Leeds in February 2009, where the teams designed 2 trans-national research projects. Five staff from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Ines Krass, A/Professor Parisa Aslani, Dr Tim Chen, Dr Rebekah Moles and Kim Hamrosi are all involved with WUN and are attending the working conference this week.

Speaking at the official reception, Professor Iqbal Ramzan, host and Dean of Pharmacy, welcomed delegates. "I am delighted to welcome our international colleagues here this evening and greatly look forward to hearing how the program develops over the next week" he said. Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Sydney and Chair of WUN, also addressed the gathering and spoke of the huge potential of the network, especially in developing opportunities to progress postgraduate involvement in research internationally.

The WUN working conference in Sydney aims to build on two trans-national research projects; the Qualitative study of patients views on Positive Information and Tailored information in consumer medicine information (QPIT Study) and Reconciliation, Event Mapping, Evaluation of Drugs at hospital Interface (REMEDI Study).

This week delegates will work together to develop a formal research program in the quality use of medicines that harnesses the synergies in their respective research strengths in consumer medicine information, medicine partnership and medication management. Delegates at the conference also aim to discuss new topics and initiate new collaborations with the different universities involved.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Professor Stephen Leeder, Director Public Health and Community Medicine at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom, Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Examining Committee of the Pharmacy Australia Council, and member of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee, and Professor Andrew McLachlan, Chair of the National Medicines Policy Committee and member of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee.

The Worldwide Universities Network comprises 15 research-intensive institutions spanning 5 continents. The WUN's mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop leaders who will be prepared to address the significant challenges, and opportunities, of our rapidly changing world. For more information visit: http://www.wun.ac.uk.


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