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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UF College of Pharmacy welcomes Dr. Jacques Turgeon as associate dean of the Orlando campus

Dr. Jacques TurgeonJacques Turgeon, B.Pharm., Ph.D., joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as a professor of pharmaceutics and associate dean of the Lake Nona campus on Jan. 1, 2018. As the academic and administrative leader in Lake Nona, he will support the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, facilitate research and graduate education, provide guidance for the Center for Quality Medication Management and enhance collaboration amongst UF College of Pharmacy faculty and others in Orlando.

Recognized internationally for his excellence in research and pharmacy education, Turgeon has received more than $70 million in research awards, authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and mentored nearly 70 students. His research interests focus on studying factors responsible for the intersubject variability in drug response, and he is renowned for his expertise in the role of pharmacogenetics in cardiovascular drug actions.

Prior to joining UF, Dr. Turgeon has held numerous leadership roles. These include serving as Dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Vice-Rector of Research (equivalent to Vice President of Research at UF) at the University of Montreal, along with Director of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center and then Chief Executive Officer of the University of Montreal Hospital.  More recently he served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Tabula Rasa Healthcare and Dean of Tabula Rasa Healthcare University.

Turgeon is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Académie Nationale de Médecine in France. He completed fellowship training in clinical pharmacology at Vanderbilt University and received three degrees, including his Ph.D., from École de Pharmacie, Université Laval in Québec, Canada.

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Dr. Schmidt joins AACP’s research leadership program

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Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D., F.C.P.

Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D., F.C.P., an associate professor in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, Catalyst: Accelerating Research Leadership. Schmidt joins a cohort of 12 individuals who represent rising leaders in research and beyond. Participants began the year-long program Sept. 25 at AACP’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Schmidt, an associate chair of the department of pharmaceutics at the Lake Nona campus and the associate director of the Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology, is the college’s inaugural recipient of the Certara Endowed Professorship. He says his appointment to the program is a great honor. “I am hoping that AACP’s leadership program will prepare me for the next steps in my career and widen my horizon on opportunities in the pharmacy profession,” he said.

A 2008 Ph.D. graduate of the UF College of Pharmacy, Schmidt completed a postdoctoral fellowship in The Netherlands before returning to Florida and joining the faculty in the college as an assistant professor in 2012. Schmidt’s research focuses on the application of pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology tools to address clinically relevant research questions in the area of antimicrobial chemotherapy, pediatrics, diabetes, cardiovascular safety and post-menopausal osteoporosis. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in highly respected journals in the clinical pharmacology arenas, as well as four book chapters on the application of quantitative analysis techniques in various therapeutic areas.

AACP Catalyst aims to cultivate individuals as agents of change to amplify the research impact of individuals and institutions. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the research environment at their home institutions and across the research enterprise.

“It is exciting to reintroduce an important faculty development program targeting our research community,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., AACP’s executive vice president and CEO. “Catalyst offers participants a unique blend of general leadership development and mentoring activities with broad and deep exposure to public and private sector research funding and policy executives. Equipping the next generation of research leaders is essential for academic pharmacy and the profession.”

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