Community spirit between pharmacy students

100_5543Being in the final year of the course has made me realise that the thing I am going to miss most about university is the interaction I have with other students. And I don’t only mean my friends, I mean all the pharmacy students I’ve met. Pharmacy here at the University of Brighton feels like a community to me. Not only, have I formed relationships with fellow students on my year of the course, but I also met new people from other years of the course and started forming a network. Often we share advice and experience between students from years 1 to 4 in the degree course and support one another. It is that feeling of being part of a group that made my student experience at the University of Brighton so special. Watch out for us in the library and come and have a chat!

Kleopatra Kampoura, 4th Year Pharmacy student

 

Second Student Interprofessional Education and Practice Conference 2016

All final year Pharmacy students are expected to attend one of the two conferences offered this year (interprofessional education is considered of key importance by the General Pharmaceutical Council). This one will be of particular interest as has the theme of caring for an ‘Ageing’ population, but also features some general wellbeing workshops. The use of patients and social work ‘clients’ in ‘facilitated workshops’ is useful in seeing the ‘service users’ perspective of professional practice.

Workshops include:

  • Ageing and disability
  •  Compassion in health and social care
  • Dealing with stress
  • Wellbeing
  • Disability
  • dementia

To attend please register on-line at: https://delegate.brighton.ac.uk/ageing

Registration is open now.

Boosting the fight against cancer

The university has been awarded £148,600 to find new ways to deliver anti-cancer properties from the spice turmeric to prevent or treat the disease.

Scientists will be working with collaborators in Vietnam where the climate and soil on higher ground is suitable to cultivate Curcuma longa from which turmeric, used in cooking in India and south Asia as well as in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, is derived. The funding has come from the Newton Institutional Links, part of the UK’s official development assistance programme and which provides grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between the UK and partner countries.

Members of the University of Brighton’s drug delivery research group, Professor John Smart and Dr Ananth Pannala, will work with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology on formulating curcumin preparations to be manufactured in Vietnam and marketed globally.

Professor Smart said: “Curcumin has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and has been used for the prevention and treatment of cancer, diabetes, neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease.

“It is poorly absorbed when given as a tablet or capsule, its limited solubility being a major factor. This work will develop a curcumin-containing tablet or capsule using soluble carriers or dispersible oils that are acceptable, stable and optimise bioavailability.”

For more information on our research in this area visit

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research/our-research/life-health-and-physical-sciences/research-groups/biomaterials-and-medical-devices/index.aspx