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11 August 2008
The Welsh School of Pharmacy was honoured with several awards at the recent annual conference of the Drug Information Association in Boston.
The Drug Information Association brings together approximately 15,000 people working in different areas of the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory authorities to discuss issues related to medicines from their discovery to the market place.
At the conference, the Welsh School of Pharmacy’s Centre for Socioeconomic Research shared in the Association’s highest publication award, for Overall Excellence in Journal Publishing. This was for a comparison of the drug review process at five international regulatory authorities, a collaboration with the Centre for Medicines Research Institute for Regulatory Science, published last year in Drug Information Journal. The Centre’s Director, Professor Sam Salek, was among the paper authors who received the award in Boston.
Meanwhile, three students, all supervised jointly by Professor Salek and Professor Walker (CMR Institute for Regulatory Science), all received student poster awards to present their work at the conference. The value of the award was approximately £2000 per student.
Ms Reem Al Essa is the Head of Licensing Division of the Kuwait Drug and Food Control, who is currently undertaking a full-time PhD project at the School of Pharmacy made a presentation on the Kuwait Regulatory Review Process. Dr Gholom Hossein Farzandy, CEO of Exir Pharma, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Iran, and also undertaking a PhD, presented on the sustainability of the Iranian Pharmaceutical Industry. Miss E An Tan Lo, who has just completed her pharmacy degree, presented her research project on the time it takes for new medicines to come to market.
Professor Salek said: "The Drug Information Association is the single most prestigious professional body in the pharmaceutical field, so it is extremely pleasing to have the Welsh School of Pharmacy’s work recognised in this way. In particular the award for an undergraduate project is of paramount importance in demonstrating the standard and calibre of undergraduate research carried out in the School. We hope this award will encourage other undergraduate project students to present their work at prestigious international meetings."
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