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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Sydney Pharmacy lecturer studies link between Alzheimer’s and high-risk drug classes

Exposure to high-risk drug classes is associated with higher rates of hospitalization and mortality in older people with Alzheimer’s disease, research by the University of Sydney has found.

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The research paper, published in PLoS ONE journal, was authored by Dr Danijela Gnjidic, Lecturer and NHMRC Early Career Fellow from the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Sydney.

Dr Gnijdic said that older people with and without Alzheimer’s disease that are treated with high-risk drug classes, including a range of sedative and anticholinergic drugs, are more likely to be hospitalized and die than older people not treated with these drugs.

“The study revealed that increased cumulative exposure to anticholinergic and sedative drugs was associated with higher rates of hospitalization and mortality over one year in both people with and without Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr Gnjidic said.

“We found that fifty-one per cent of people with Alzheimer’s disease were exposed to drugs with anticholinergic and sedative effects, compared to thirty-three percent of people without Alzheimer’s disease.”

Anticholinergic drugs are commonly used to treat asthma, incontinence, gastrointestinal cramps, and muscular spasms, and sedative drugs are prescribed for depression and sleep disorders.

“The study adds to the growing international body of evidence that the drug side effects are a leading cause of preventable hospitalization among older people,” Dr Gnjidic said.

Population-based research suggests that older people continue to take drugs with an unfavorable risk to benefit ratio.

“The study highlights the need for health practitioners and consumers to work together to implement evidence-based strategies to prevent and detect drug-related problems, particularly in older people with Alzheimer’s disease,” she said.

Dr Gnjidic’s research was supported by a grant from Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at the University of Sydney

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. In past intakes, the application deadline for this program was the last working day of September.

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

University of Sydney Pharmacy big winner at pharmacy conference

University of Sydney was the big winner at the 2013 Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Conference, recently held at the University of Otago, Dunedin (NZ).

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Professor Andrew McLachlan, Faculty of Pharmacy, was awarded the prestigious 2013 Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA) Medal. The medal is APSA’s highest award and recognizes an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.

Arcelio Benetoli, Pharmacy PhD candidate, won the prize for Outstanding Poster Presentation in Pharmacy Practice for his paper Social Media and Pharmacy.

About Professor McLachlan

Professor Andrew McLachlan is a pharmacist, academic, teacher and researcher with experience in clinical and experimental pharmacology and research into the quality use of medicines. He is Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care) at the University of Sydney Pharmacy School based at Concord Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of variability in response to medicines and how this informs the quality use of medicines. Andrew is currently the Director of a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

University of Sydney Pharmacy School alumni listed in BRW most innovative companies

Webstercare has been named as Australia’s sixth most innovative company for 2013 in the annual Business Review Weekly (BRW) 50 Most Innovative Companies survey.

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University of Sydney Pharmacy School alumni Gerard Stevens, founder and managing director of Webstercare, has introduced innovations in medication management for more than 30 years. His innovations are used within the pharmacy, aged care, community and health sectors.

Webstercare’s innovative MedsPro System was highlighted by BRW. The system utilities the Virtual Pill Count—software that uses bar-code scanning to identify patients, check the picking and packing of medications, and automate ordering and restocking.

Mr Stevens said that he was delighted at the recognition.

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Webstercare. From the initial development of the Webster-pak systems through to more recent software innovations, Webstercare is driven by a culture of solving problems that people have when managing their medication.

Pharmacists are also a crucial part of the process, playing a strong role in providing feedback which in turn is used in the innovation process” he said.

Gerard was previously acknowledged in 2003 by the University of Sydney and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (NSW Branch), with an Award for Excellence in Pharmacy Practice.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. The first year is a foundation year in which you study biology and chemistry, and are introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies.

The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialized clinical pharmacy studies. Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasized, particularly in the third and fourth years

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

What is the Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp?

The University of Sydney has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its teaching and learning. The university’s aim is to attract the best and brightest students and staff from around the world and to build on Sydney’s position in the top rank of international research universities. The university aims to provide an environment for learning and working where students, staff and visitors feel comfortable and included.

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In addition, the University of Sydney wants to attract promising students from all social and cultural backgrounds. They believe this is their social responsibility as a leading Australian university and that it will enrich the educational experience of our students.

The university also runs targeted training and bridging courses to prepare students from language backgrounds other than English, international students, students from regional and remote areas, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp (SydPIC)

For four days in January, the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney welcomes a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high-school students to give them a taste of the university, pharmacy and Sydney experience.

The camp provides young, Indigenous year 10 -12 students the unique chance to embrace life at the University of Sydney, while having fun, making friends and learning hands-on pharmacy skills. For four days, students are immersed in the campus lifestyle and the profession of pharmacy by participating in workshops, laboratory sessions, field trips and fun activities.

The Sydney Pharmacy School is one of the most reputable pharmacy education institutions in Australia—with an international reputation for excellence. This camp provides a great chance for Indigenous students from remote areas to get a taste of that experience and perhaps consider a career in pharmacy. The faculty believes this camp is a positive step toward addressing the urgent need for more registered Indigenous pharmacists in the community.

Are you interested in pharmacy at the Sydney Pharmacy School? How can you tell if pharmacy is for you? If you

  • are good at maths and science;
  • enjoy working with people;
  • like being part of a team;
  • like to tackle challenging problems;
  • have an interest in health care and improving the lives of others; and
  • look good in a lab coat (ha!)

…then pharmacy may just be what you’re looking for!

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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Sydney Pharmacy academics ignite interest from medical technology

A medical technology start-up company led by academics from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy has opened for business after being selected for a lucrative business development program.

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Their company, De Motu Cordis (Latin for “the heart circulates”), was one of only four chosen nationally to benefit from the Ignition Labs accelerator program, an initiative of Australian Technology Park (ATP) Innovations.

With funding from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney and the Australian National University, ATP Innovations provides promising tech start-ups tailored programs and a wealth of resources to help them succeed. Profits made are contributed toward assisting more start-up companies.

De Motu Cordis was founded by Professor Hak-Kim Chan, Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of Sydney and Professor John Fraser, Director of Intensive Care Unit at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Brisbane. Dr Patricia Tang, a researcher from the Faculty of Pharmacy, is also a key member of the young company.

The company was conceived after research conducted within the faculty led to the development of an advanced drug delivery system for critical care patients.

Professor Kim Chan said the primary objective for De Motu Cordis was to further develop and commercialize the technology, which has the potential to save lives and significantly reduce the long-term health costs of Australian patients following cardiac arrest.

“Being selected for the Ignition Labs program is a real blessing for our company, it will give us the best opportunity to introduce our technology to the industry and secure its success in the market,” the Sydney Pharmacy researcher said, adding that they are confident from their research and development that they have an innovative solution that can provide significant health benefits for patients and financial benefits for the Australian health-care system.

As recipient of the Ignition Labs program, De Motu Cordis will receive start-up capital, experienced mentors, office and lab spaces inside the Australia Technology Park (ATP) Innovations incubators, an intensive business development program, and access to a network of venture and corporate investors.

With these resources at its disposal, the company will be able to achieve in six months what would normally take a business 18 months.

Ben Wright, co-founder of Ignition Labs and director of Commercial Development at ATP Innovations commented that the businesses selected for this year’s Ignition Labs program represent the creativity, depth and experience of Australia’s medical entrepreneurs. The accelerators mentors, who are all investors in the program, selected each business on the basis of the founding team’s experience and the health impact of their technologies. “We were very impressed with the quality of this year’s applicants and look forward to working closely with the portfolio,” he said.

The success of De Motu Cordis could pave the way for more commercial opportunities for Sydney Pharmacy researchers via partnerships in Linkage Grant applications.

“We are very excited to get moving on this project, and would like to thank ATP Innovations for providing this opportunity for us,” said Professor Kim Chan.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

Sydney Pharmacy students take third at national business competition

A team of students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy took out third place in this year’s National Student Business Plan Competition, run by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

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The competition, which commenced in 2006, was designed to encourage innovation among pharmacy students by asking them to create competitive business plans using their ideas, talents and creative business concepts.

Elizabeth Kim (Captain), Adam Shanahan, Connie Arronis and Anthony Ayoub represented the Sydney Pharmacy School, led by mentor and former competition team captain Daniel Rifkin.

The team travelled to Canberra after sweeping through the quarter- and semi-finals to present a live investors’ pitch to a panel of judges and delegates at the Pharmacy Business Network conference.

The team’s business plan addressed childhood obesity with a pharmacist-monitored program that covered diet, exercise and education. As a highly differentiated program, it was designed to provide daily lunches, regular exercise sessions and the creation of a mobile app to promote a healthier future.

After what organizers said was the “closest contested competition in NSBPC history,” the judges finally awarded the victory to a team from the Queensland Institute of Technology, while students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology came second.

Team Captain Elizabeth Kim said the competition was engaging and rewarding. “It was a fantastic opportunity to utilize our skills and knowledge to come up with an innovative idea and implement it in a pharmacy. As the future of pharmacy is directed at professional services, the competition allows us to better understand the importance of this. It was definitely a memorable experience.”

This year’s result continued the Faculty of Pharmacy‘s excellent competitive track record, with two wins (2008, 2009) a second (2011) and now three third-place finishes (2010, 2012, 2013) in the business plan competition’s relatively short history.

Eighteen teams entered this year’s competition, whittled down to six by July for the semi-finals, in which two teams from the University of Sydney featured—reinforcing the Sydney Pharmacy School‘s competitive strength.

The other Sydney Pharmacy School team included Michael Wu (Captain), Satwik Kamath and Daniela Eassey.

Team mentor Daniel Rifkin, who was captain of the team that won in 2008, was thrilled with the team’s performance, saying he was very proud of the students and that the competition has developed a culture of leadership among the students with a strong focus on incorporating innovative and dynamic mentoring.

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

University of Sydney Pharmacy School professor receives teaching award

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School‘s Dr Rebekah Moles was one of nine colleagues from five different faculties who received national recognition for their outstanding teaching.

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The federal government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) announces Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning each year to recognize quality teaching practice and contributions toward student learning.

Dr Moles was awarded for her creative approach to teaching that requires her students to search for answers and stimulates their curiosity.

She was also instrumental in January’s Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp initiative, a program to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue careers in pharmacy.

The University of Sydney received seven other citations for 2013, including a joint citation for two staff, the maximum number the OLT awards to any one institution.

“Great teachers inspire and motivate our students. I congratulate all the award recipients for the enthusiasm and dedication they have shown to their students,” said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

Dean of the University of Sydney Pharmacy School Professor Iqbal Ramzan added that Dr Moles’ commitment to supporting the continuous improvement of learning and teaching was very evident and widely recognized within the Faculty of Pharmacy.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

University of Sydney academics land research grant to study medicines

Researchers from the University of Sydney Pharmacy School and the Sydney Medical School have landed a major research grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to set up a new evidence-gathering research venture that will generate vital information about the role that medicines play over Australians’ lifetimes.

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The NHMRC awarded five years of funding for the new Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Health Services Research focusing on Medicines and Ageing, which is spearheaded by a cross-institutional collaborative team of academics, including Professor Andrew McLachlan and Associate Professor Sallie-Anne Pearson from the Sydney Pharmacy School, Professor David Le Couteur and Dr Timothy Dobbins from the Sydney Medical School.

Using large linked datasets of routinely collected medicines and other health information, the CRE in Medicines and Ageing will produce essential evidence about real world use of medicines over the course of a person’s lifetime.

The evidence from the CRE will also influence national pharmaceutical policy decisions and health professionals making important treatment decisions with their patients. Professor McLachlan, who jointly leads the CRE Medicines and Ageing said the funding would generate quantitative evidence on the real-world use, harms, costs and cost-effectiveness of specific medicines in relation to ageing.

“This information is critical to understanding the balance of benefits and harms of medicines used across the adult lifespan,” Professor McLachlan said.

The researchers will work closely with agencies in health and medicines policy formulation, evaluation and decision-making.

Sydney Pharmacy School Associate Professor Sallie Pearson said the benefits would be far ranging, on a national scale: “A key element of the CRE is the training and development of researchers in the use and evaluation of medicines data,” adding that it will help to build a national workforce and research methods in pharmacoepidemiology to inform and evaluate health policy.

The Centre of Excellence is a national and international collaboration between researchers at the University of Sydney, Australian National University, The Sax Institute, University of Western Australia, University of NSW, University of Technology Sydney, and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences in Canada.

Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Iqbal Ramzan believes the Centre will be a successful model of research collaboration in healthcare, and one that will directly benefit the Australian population.

“We place a high value on collaborative research endeavours, as they enrich the work carried out within our faculty and universities more generally, and have the potential to lead to wide-ranging benefits for fellow Australians—which is especially critical in healthcare research,” said Professor Ramzan.

The Sydney Pharmacy School dean added that the faculty identifies health services and patient safety as an area of research expertise and this Centre is a major boost for their work in this field.

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Sydney Pharmacy School academic takes nanomedicine research global

University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher, Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, has gained international attention for his ground-breaking work on biomaterial technologies, an area that seeks to enhance the integration between human cells and surgical implants.

Dr Chrzanowski’s research into a microscopic biochemical “braille” concept netted him first prize in the poster presentation category at the inaugural International Translational Nanomedicine Conference at Northeastern University in Boston in July this year.

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Meanwhile, Dr Chrzanowski was also recently named a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowships for Foreign Researchers 2013—an extremely competitive and prestigious appointment promoting international scientific cooperation.

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher will travel to Japan in November to collaborate with world-leading biomaterial scientists Professor Tadashi Kokubo (Chubu University) and Professor BJ Kim (Tokyo University).

The project will focus on understanding and improving the way cells interact with the biomaterials of implant surfaces, and enable the development of novel biomaterials, nanotherapeutics and technologies for studying these interactions.

The research will seek to develop a unique braille-inspired system to make implants surfaces more ‘readable’ for cells and therefore improve their integration and function in the body.

“I am honoured and very excited to receive this level of recognition, with both the award from the Translational Nanomedicine conference and the JSPS Fellowship,” Dr Chrzanowski said.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my research in collaboration with one of the most recognized biomaterials scientists and engage in new research at Tokyo University.”

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. The first year is a foundation year in which you study biology and chemistry, and are introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies.

The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies.  Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasized, particularly in the third and fourth years.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

  • Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry to Sydney’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics. To study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, you are expected to have knowledge of these subject areas. Grade 12 Physics is also recommended but not required.
  • If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the university’s undergraduate programs.

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Sydney Pharmacy School students team up to tackle national health care competition

A team of students from the Faculties of Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and the Sydney Medical School will take their combined skills to Queensland to participate in the national Health Care Team Challenge (HCTC) finals in August.

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After taking out the University of Sydney competition in May, Michelle Ren (Pharmacy), Sally Dickson (Physiotherapy), Monique Helmers (Speech Pathology), Myfanwy Pennells (Nursing and Midwifery) and Izak Van Der Walt (Medicine)—collectively known as “The Flaming Reds”—will now take on teams from around Australia at the Queensland University of Technology at the end of August.

The HCTC is a unique annual competition, allying students from different disciplines into teams to reflect the changing nature of professional health care by encouraging and rewarding collaboration.

Even though it was the first time Pharmacy took part in the event, there was great level of interest from its students, with eight students selected from 20 applicants.

Associate Professor Tim Chen of the Sydney Pharmacy School was a member of the judging panel in the University of Sydney competition and praised the impressive knowledge and teamwork displayed by the competitors.

“All of the teams performed really well. It was close competition,” said Associate Professor Chen.

“It was outstanding to see pharmacy students clearly demonstrating their willingness and ability to work in teams and also share their expert knowledge about medicines management,” he said.

A total of 42 students, divided into eight teams competed at the university’s competition, held at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Each team was required to present a case management plan relating to a hypothetical patient called “Anh,” a 55-year-old female Vietnamese inpatient at a major Sydney rehabilitation hospital.

The multidisciplinary teams were tasked with developing a comprehensive plan for “Anh” during her rehabilitative phase.

“The opportunity to work in multidisciplinary health teams to best manage patient care should prepare the students well for their future careers, where working in such teams is critical for effective patient-focused care,” said the Sydney Pharmacy School associate professor.

“The Challenge is a novel way to get them thinking outside of their specific areas of expertise and learn firsthand about other disciplines, which is really important to effective modern health care practice,” he said.

The Flaming Reds will now prepare for the national competition, with Sydney Pharmacy School‘s Associate Professor Chen, Dr Chris Gordon (Nursing and Midwifery) and Associate Professor Christine Jorm (Medicine) serving as mentors.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

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