2016 News archive

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December 2016
Tribute to Dr David J Cutler   View Summary
15 December 2016
Dr David J CutlerDr David Cutler, pharmacy academic over many decades in the Department (later Faculty) of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, passed away on 5 November 2016. David is probably best remembered by the many pharmacists to whom he taught the fundamental concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. He is also remembered by many as a thought leader, mentor and friend.
NHMRC Grant Success   View Summary
8 December 2016
NHMRC grantThe Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates its researchers for their success in the recent NHMRC grant round.
November 2016
Faculty researchers present at AAPS meeting   View Summary
25 November 2016
ResearchPharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney use creativity and innovation to develop and deliver solutions to Australian and global health challenges.
Discover a pharmacy career with alumna Anne Nguyen   View Summary
17 November 2016
Anne Nguyen Anne Nguyen graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2008 from the University of Sydney. Since then her career in pharmacy has taken her to various roles and locations - from hospital pharmacy in Sydney to international management roles in the pharmaceutical industry.
Full extent of bias into food industry research remains unknown   View Summary
4 November 2016
Food researchA new review into bias in industry-sponsored food research has confirmed researchers know little about the full influence of corporate sponsorship or conflict of interest on the results of nutrition studies.
Farewell BBQ for our Class of 2016 graduates    View Summary
3 November 2016
Graduates BBQOn Friday 28 October, Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA) hosted a farewell BBQ for graduating Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy students.
October 2016
Associate Professor Thomas Balle's research in mental health   View Summary
10 October 2016
thomas balleOctober marks Mental Health Month. With one in five adults having an episode of a mental health illness in any one-year period, reducing the stigma linked to mental health and finding effective treatment options is a national healthy priority in Australia. To learn more, we look at the research Associate Professor Thomas Balle is doing.
A recap of the 2016 Postgraduate Conference    View Summary
5 October 2016
HDRFrom 28 - 30 September, the Faculty of Pharmacy welcomed students and staff to attend its annual 2016 Postgraduate Conference. The Postgraduate Conference is a forum for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students to showcase their research in front of an informed and enthusiastic audience.
Congratulations to pharmacy graduate, Madeline Hills, for competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics    View Summary
4 October 2016
MadelineIn August, Madeline Hills (nee Heiner), a Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate at the University of Sydney travelled to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the 2016 Rio Olympics to represent Australia in the 3000m and 5000m women's steeplechase.
September 2016
New gift to help pharmacists build integrity in their practice   View Summary
30 September 2016
PillsOn what basis is pharmacy policy made, and is it always in the best interest of health consumers? A generous $140,000 gift from a group of prominent Australian pharmacy owners will help University of Sydney researchers pursue this important question.
Master of Pharmacy graduates will qualify to administer flu vaccinations   View Summary
30 September 2016
Flu vaccinationUniversity of Sydney Master of Pharmacy graduates will be the first intern pharmacists in Australia qualified to administer influenza vaccinations, as a result of an agreement between the University and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Are nanoparticles too small to be a big problem?   View Summary
30 September 2016
WojtekWe caught up with Faculty of Pharmacy senior lecturer and researcher, Dr Wojtek Chrzanowksi, to find out what the impact of nanoparticles are on overall health, and to learn about the research he and his team are doing in this space.
5 minutes with Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna, Abbie Lawrie   View Summary
29 September 2016
AbbieAfter graduating in 2009 with first class Honours in Pharmacy, Abbie decided to work in the "business-side" of healthcare because she hoped to work internationally.
5 minutes with breast cancer researcher, Dr Pegah Varamini    View Summary
26 September 2016
PegahOur internationally-renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences. To find out more, we chatted with researcher Dr Pegah Varamini, who focuses her research on breast cancer.
Faculty success at the 2016 FIP Congress   View Summary
23 September 2016
FIP CongressCongratulations to Associate Professor Parisa Aslani and Associate Professor Timothy Chen, who have each been awarded an International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Fellowship for their services to the international pharmacy community at the 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bachelor of Pharmacy students recognised in the Business Plan Competition   View Summary
22 September 2016
Business Plan CompetitionStudents from the Faculty of Pharmacy have placed third in the 2016 National Student Business Plan Competition run by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Dr Michelle Cunich to chair a session at the 38th Australian Health Economics Society Conference   View Summary
16 September 2016
PharmacyDr Michelle Cunich will chair a session on how microsimulation models can be used to estimate a wider range of costs in health economic studies at the 38th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference in Perth on the 26th September 2016.
Weekly Dose: cannabis has been used medicinally for millennia, why is legalising it taking so long?   View Summary
15 September 2016
CannabisCannabis is used recreationally for its euphoriant effects. But it also has the potential for effective therapeutic use. With mounting evidence for its medicinal benefits, there have been increasing calls for its decriminalisation and legalisation.
August 2016
5 minutes with Master of Pharmacy alumnus and hospital pharmacist, Bayan Hosseini   View Summary
11 August 2016
BayanAfter completing a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology) at the University of Sydney in 2013, Bayan Hosseini strived to become a hospital pharmacist and learn more about how medications affect the body.
Medicines to treat side effects of other medicines? Sometimes less is more   View Summary
10 August 2016
MedicineReducing the use of inappropriate and unnecessary medicines in older people is one of the most important challenges of modern medicine.
Health Collaboration Challenge - Take two   View Summary
4 August 2016
Health Collaboration Challenge The University of Sydney is leading large-scale interprofessional learning. One of our goals is to better prepare students for practice.
Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate, Madeline Hills to compete at Rio   View Summary
2 August 2016
Madeline HillsOn 13 August, Madeline Hills (Heiner), Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate, will represent Australia and compete in the women's 3000m steeplechase at Rio.
July 2016
5 questions with Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna and Pfizer Business Development Manager, Dina Kayali    View Summary
21 July 2016
Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna, Dina KayaliDina Kayali studied with the Faculty of Pharmacy and is as passionate about the industry as they come. After graduating with the Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Sydney in 2005, Dina has experienced first hand the various career opportunities that a degree in pharmacy can lead you.
BPharm alumna, Emma McBride, elected to parliament   View Summary
8 July 2016
Emma McBrideThe Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia has congratulated Emma McBride (BPharm 97), who has been elected as the new Member of Dobell (NSW) in last weekend's Federal Election.
June 2016
Matthew Huang to represent the University at the Pharmacy Student of the Year Awards   View Summary
24 June 2016
Matthew HuangThe Faculty of Pharmacy has selected Matthew Huang to represent the University at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's (PSA) Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSTOY) NSW finals, to be held 4 July.
5 minutes with Vice President of SUPA, Evelyn Boukouvalas   View Summary
16 June 2016
Evelyn BoukouvalaEach year, the Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA) hosts its annual Sydney University Pharmacy Annual Convention (SUPAC). To find out some of the highlights from this year's convention, we caught up with Vice President of SUPA, Evelyn Boukouvalas.
SAGE gender equality in STEMM   View Summary
16 June 2016
SAGEThe University of Sydney is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot program and is seeking students to join the SAGE Self Assessment Team (SAT) that will drive the project across campus.
Pharmacy researchers win national award for medical research    View Summary
8 June 2016
Sallie Pearson and Andrea SchafferTop honours from the Medical Journal of Australia. A University of Sydney study which examined the impact of ABC TV's Catalyst program on statin use in Australia has won a national prize for excellence in medical research.
May 2016
The heart medicine that may have given us Van Gogh's Starry Night   View Summary
26 May 2016
Van GoghProfessor Andrew McLachlan questions whether Van Gogh suffered from digitalis toxicity.
Students in the Field: Two students' clinical placement in the Torres Strait Islands   View Summary
18 May 2016
Thursday IslandIn March 2016, two final year Pharmacy students, Simarjit and Subha, visited Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands for a one-week clinical placement. Being a remote region, their placement came with a unique set of challenges and rewards.
April 2016
5 minutes with Pharmacy alumna, Madeline Hills   View Summary
29 April 2016
Madeline HillsIn August, Madeline Hills (nee Heiner), a Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate at the University of Sydney, will travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics to represent Australia in the 3000m women's steeplechase.
Wakil donation to transform approach to health care    View Summary
21 April 2016
Susan and Isaac WakilThe University of Sydney has received a $35 million gift from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation. In 2015 the Wakils gave an unprecedented $10.8 million to Sydney Nursing School to establish 12 annual nursing scholarships, bringing their total University giving to nearly $46 million.
Paulina Stehlik talks ibuprofen on the Weekly Dose   View Summary
14 April 2016
pillsIbuprofen, like many other medications, can be obtained easily from supermarkets without consulting a health-care professional. This may make ibuprofen seem benign, and for the most part it is. However, like all all pharmacologically active substances, ibuprofen can have dangerous effects if used inappropriately.
First year students welcomed to the profession    View Summary
6 April 2016
Welcome to the professionThe Faculty of Pharmacy hosted a 'Welcome to the Profession' event for first year Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy students on Monday 4 April 2016.
March 2016
Nial Wheate on the Weekly Dose   View Summary
17 March 2016
pillsNial Wheate talks about Lipitor, the highest selling drug of all time, as part of the Conversation's new 'Weekly Dose' series.
January 2016
New NIH Awards will support development of therapeutic alternatives to traditional antibiotics   View Summary
18 January 2016
Professor Kim ChanProfessor Kim Chan's research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA, has been profiled in the NIH News.