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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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Dr. Derendorf invited to serve on a NASA Expert Review Panel


Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D.

Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of pharmaceutics and the V. Ravi Chandran Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been invited to serve on an Expert Review Panel at NASA. The panel will review the Pharmaceutical Research Plan developed by the NASA Human Research Program’s Exploration Medical Capabilities Element Pharmacy Team. The plan details a research pathway designed to identify and develop a safe and effective medication formulary for future long-duration exploration spaceflight missions.

Joining Derendorf on the panel are five prominent researchers in the field of pharmaceutical science and medicine who will review the research plan and offer suggestions for achieving successful research outcomes. The panel will meet for the first time in March at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Dr. Thomas Schmittgen elected AAPS Fellow

schmittgen-head-shot-2013_cropThe American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, or AAPS, has elected Thomas Schmittgen, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics, as one of its 2016 Fellows. Each year, AAPS elevates a few members to fellowship status in recognition of their professional excellence in fields relevant to AAPS’s mission: to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. Each fellow has demonstrated a sustained level of superior and distinguished professional achievement and contributions in fields related to this mission. Schmittgen is one of nine new fellows that were honored Nov. 13 at the Opening Session of the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.

Schmittgen joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 2015. He is supported by the University of Florida’s Preeminence program with a focus on cancer therapeutics and drug discovery and development. His research focuses on noncoding RNAs and cancer, with emphasis on the use of microRNAs as therapeutic or diagnostic agents. Recently, he has focused his attention on the development of microvesicles as targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of cancer.

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