Tom Watson Oration

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Tom Watson Oration 2017

Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation of Pharmacogenetic Findings

The Tom Watson Oration was founded in 2014, to mark the academic achievements and contributions of the late Emeritus Professor Thomas (Tom) R Watson (1927-2012) to the field of pharmacy. Emeritus Professor Watson, former Head of the Department of Pharmacy, was one of the first recipients of the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Pharmacy at the University in 1956.

We are proud to welcome Dr Deanna Kroetz to deliver the 2017 Tom Watson Oration at the University of Sydney. Dr Kroetz is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and also the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics Graduate Program at the University of California, San Fransisco.

Dr Kroetz will discuss the “Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation of Pharmacogenetic Findings”. Pharmacogenomics focuses on the identification of genetic variants that influence drug effects. Discovering and validating a pharmacogenomic relationship is only the first step in translating the research into clinical practice.

About the speaker

Dr Deanna Kroetz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and PhD in Pharmaceutics and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute before joining the University of California.

Her research interests are broadly in the area of molecular and clinical pharmacology, with a focus on understanding the mechanisms underlying interindividual variation in drug response and toxicity. Current research efforts include clinical and functional genomics studies of chemotherapy-induced toxicity, pharmacogenomics of antiretroviral drug response, and structure-function studies of ABC transporters.

The recognition of her work includes New Investigator Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), the Josephine Sitterle Failer Alumni Award from the Ohio State University Alumni Association, and the Leon Goldberg Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT). She was also elected a fellow of the AAPS.

Event details

Date: Thursday 31 August 2017
Time: 6.00 - 7.00pm, refreshments to follow
Venue: Pharmacy Building (A15), Science Road, The University of Sydney
RSVP: Registration is essential by Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Register online here or phone  02 8627 1905

1980-1989 Alumni Reunion

You are invited to a unique celebration to bring together graduates of the Faculty of Pharmacy from 1980 to 1989. For some of us, it has been more than 30 years since we left the hallowed halls of the faculty and it's time to return and reminisce!

Catch up with your classmates during a special cocktail party in the Holme Building and step back into the dispensing lab, Pharmacy common room and Pharmacy lecture theatre to see how things have changed since the 1980s.

Event details

Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 6 - 10.00pm
Venue: The Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney

$100 per person.

Ticket includes canapes, premium wine, beer and soft drinks served throughout the evening.

Dress code: Smart casual

By Friday 8 September 2017 through this link.

Optional tours of the faculty will be offered before formalities commence. Please indicate your interest in joining a tour when you complete the registration form. Further details will be sent to you after registration.

Guests are welcome.


02 8627 1905 or 02 9351 0467