Pharmacy academic appointed to government advisory committee

7 December 2011

Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh
Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh

Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD) at the Therapeutic Goods Administration(TGA).

The Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD) provides independent medical and scientific advice to the Minister and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on safety, quality and performance of medical devices supplied in Australia including issues relating to premarket conformity assessment and post market monitoring.

These medical devices can be as simple as a syringe through to implantable materials like a breast implant or more complex devices such as an artificial heart.

Dr Rohanizadeh says: "I am very pleased to be appointed as a member of the ACMD, especially as a representative from the Faculty of Pharmacy. In this role, I will be making an important and significant contribution to the wellbeing and health of Australians. I am also looking forward to meeting and collaborating with colleagues from across the country."

Dr Rohanizadeh is currently working in the Advanced Drug Delivery group and undertaking research in biomaterials, especially for bone and tooth tissue engineering, graft materials, implants, and drug delivery devices. He will be able to provide his expertise in this field to the committee particularly when it comes to implanted devices for dental and orthopedic applications.

"This is a great opportunity for me to gain valuable experience in and knowledge of the Australian regulatory system for medical devices. I am particularly interested in the logistics behind the fabrication of medical devices. The TGA position will give me the opportunity to engage with industry on new procedures and solving production problems."

Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy said: "The contribution of our academic staff to government committees is a significant recognition for the Faculty. It gives the staff the opportunity to contribute to and influence national health care whilst passing on valuable knowledge to our students."

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