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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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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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Global Gators convene in Germany for biannual pharmacy meeting

More than 180 people from 11 countries attended the Global Gators biannual meeting in Germany.

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.

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