The Department of Pharmaceutics is located in the University of Florida, J. Hillis Miller Health Center, Room P3-20, 1600 SW Archer Rd., a complex that includes the Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine, Shands Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. The variety of disciplines in the health science complex guarantees a stimulating scientific environment..
Research in the Pharmaceutics Department encompasses basic, applied, and clinical investigations in (i) pharmacokinetics/ biopharmaceutics, (ii) pharmaceutical analysis, (iii) pharmaceutical biotechnology and drug delivery, (iv) herbal medicine. In addition to teaching, all faculty members are involved in collaborative research projects with clinical and other basic scientists within the Health Center or on campus. Many maintain collaborative ties with scientists in other universities and the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.
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Global Gators convene in Germany for biannual pharmacy meeting
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s global impact in the field of clinical pharmacy and pharmacology was on display at the 11th Global Gators meeting that took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, on June 16-17. More than 180 attendees from 11 countries gathered for the biannual meeting that showcases the international Gator spirit in clinical pharmacy and pharmacology. The meeting featured the 11th Symposium on “New Developments in Clinical Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacology,” with presentations covering research and clinical advancements, as well as an update on the UF College of Pharmacy by Dean Julie Johnson and many other current faculty members. Attendees also enjoyed social events and tours of landmark attractions in Düsseldorf. The meeting was organized by Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of pharmaceutics, together with University of Düsseldorf pharmacy professors and former UF Gators Jörg Breitkreutz, Ph.D., and Stephanie Läer, M.D., Ph.D.
The Global Gator Award, which is presented at the meetings to an individual who represents the Gator spirit internationally, was awarded to Larry Lesko, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics. Lesko was recognized for his contributions to international drug development during his tenure as director of the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the Food and Drug Administration and his efforts to establish UF’s Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology in Lake Nona. Under his leadership, the center has become a global leader in advancing drug development and regulatory science.
Certara endows professorship at the UF College of Pharmacy
Certara, the global leader in model-informed drug development and regulatory science, announced June 28, that it has endowed a professorship at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology. The professorship will strengthen the relationship between the college’s academic program and industry to drive innovation and enhance the application of leading-edge science to solve current challenges.
“Drug development has become increasingly complex, with a higher risk of failure, greater uncertainty and increased expense. Advancements in innovative therapeutics, while promising, have driven a need to better understand how a drug works mechanistically and how it is processed in the body across both broad and special populations,” said Certara Chief Executive Officer Edmundo Muniz, M.D., Ph.D. “Sophisticated pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology, or modeling and simulation, can play a critical role in enhancing our ability to address those issues, becoming an integral part of the drug development process.”
Modeling and simulation technologies have been adopted by biopharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies around the world, creating a growing demand for graduate and postgraduate scientists with that specific expertise. As a leader in this discipline, Certara views training the next generation of scientists to be a vital part of the company’s mission.
“We decided to combine our skills with that of another industry leader — the UF College of Pharmacy — to develop premier programming that will combine quantitative sciences with hands-on technical experience and empower students to answer clinically relevant questions,” Muniz said.
“There is a growing demand for expertise in pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology, particularly as the Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical industry are under pressure to find more cost-effective and efficient methods for drug development,” said Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor at the UF College of Pharmacy. “The partnership with Certara allows us to advance our mission in this high-impact area of research, furthering the scientific work of the center and advancing the opportunities for scientific training.”
Certara will build upon the successful partnership it has established with UF’s Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology during the past several years. The center’s researchers excel at using modeling and simulation to study drug activities, targets and clinical effectiveness in virtual patients, making many expensive and time-consuming clinical trials unnecessary.
Certara’s endowed professor will work with the center’s researchers to make drug development even more precise and drug dosing more personalized, helping to ensure that the right drug is delivered to the right patient at the right time. Endowed professorships are among the most significant awards conferred to a UF faculty member, and Certara’s gift will enable the UF College of Pharmacy to recruit or retain a preeminent researcher.