September 2016 Contents


AAPS Student Chapters Put On a Show

Student-initiated programming offers hands-on learning.

Exchanging scientific information, forming new collaborations, and providing a forum for students to engage in hands-on learning are primary goals of the Student-Initiated Programming (SIP) offered by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) through the Student/Postdoctoral Outreach and Development (SPOD) Committee. Twice a year, the SPOD Committee awards a limited amount of funds to students who submit an application describing how they want to use funding to create a multiday, multischool conference. Applications are reviewed carefully to ensure they meet program requirements. A list of the 17 events funded in January 2016 is located on the AAPS website. Here is a brief summary of three SIP events that were hosted this year:

Forging New Partnerships  

Sep16 NUSThe student-initiated 11th PharmSci@Asia Symposium 2016 was held June 14–16, 2016, at Taipei Medical University (TMU), Taipei, Taiwan. This is the first time the AAPS National University of Singapore (NUS) student chapter co-organized the PharmSci@Asia Symposium with a partner university in Taiwan. This year’s theme was Integrating Pharmaceutical Research with Clinical Care. Attended by more than 50 delegates from six universities in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Singapore, the program included talks by four faculty members and 10 students, and 18 student poster presentations. The topics discussed ranged from the latest advancement in medicinal chemistry and biomedical sciences, to pharmaceutical technology and pharmacy practice. Overall, this was a very successful first collaboration between the student chapter and TMU, which was well received by all delegates. Everyone benefited tremendously from the exchange of scientific knowledge. The student chapter looks forward to future collaborations between NUS and TMU.

Exploring Career Pathways  

McGill University hosted Career Day on May 13, 2016, to support professional development for students and to increase awareness of career pathways. The first half of the conference consisted of two talks. The first was given by Eric Guénin, Ph.D., from Reckitt Benckiser about over-the-counter products. The second talk was about careers in vaccine research and development and featured guest speaker Bruce Carpick, Ph.D., from Sanofi Pasteur.

The second part of the day was called Mentor Me over Coffee and consisted of roundtables attended by undergraduate and graduate students who posed questions to professionals from the pharmaceutical industry from Canada and the U.S.

Learning about Translational Medicine  

Since 1968, the Pharmaceutics Graduate Student Research Meeting (PGSRM) has provided an opportunity for graduate students from leading universities in the Midwest to share their research in the diverse areas of pharmaceutical sciences with their peers, as well as members from industry, academia, and government.

 Sep16 PGSRM2 

PGSRM was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Pharmacy, June 16–18, 2016. This year’s meeting evolved around the theme: From Benchtop to Bedside: Translational Medicine Today.

Sponsorships from AAPS, Eli Lilly, Merck, Brystol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, UMKC and others have made this conference a vibrant success. Overall, PGSRM 2016 was attended by almost 200 people from 19 universities, companies, and institutions. There were about 80 poster and podium presentations; four plenary sessions by Leaf Huang, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Tonglei Li, Ph.D., (Purdue University); Sandeep Nema, Ph.D. (Pfizer); and Binodh DeSilva, Ph.D. (AAPS); and a company panel presentation. Janelle Sabo, Ph.D. (Eli Lilly) and Judith Hemberger, Ph.D. (SuviCa, Inc.) delivered two empowering keynote speeches.