Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The University of Mississippi
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  • Welcome to the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

    Pharmaceutics is the discipline of pharmacy that deals with the science of dosage form design and embraces all facets of the process of turning a new chemical entity (NCE) into a medication that can be safely and effectively used by patients in the community. There are many chemicals with known pharmacological properties but a raw chemical cannot be administered, as such, to the patient.

    The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery provides curricular content in the areas of physical pharmacy, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical compounding and dosage form design, in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree programs. The department’s graduate education program prepares master’s and Ph.D. graduates with scientific competence in preformulation, formulation development, pharmaceutical processing/manufacturing, and targeted drug delivery systems. The faculty’s postgraduate education program includes the Hands-On Course in Tablet Technology . The faculty maintain a robust research program supported by the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies, foundations and private industry.  Corporate engagement is managed through the department’s Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology . The faculty participate on multidisciplinary teams in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences that are charged with advancing new pharmaceutical products and technologies with promising commercial potential.

    Recent News

    PDD Student, Faculty Research Published in Journal of Controlled Release

    Bhavani VinjamruiApril 15, 2019

    Congrats to Ph.D. student Bhavani Prasad Vinjamuri and associate professor Mahavir B. Chougule from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, for having a research article published in the Journal of Controlled Release (IF 7.877). This is the interdisciplinary collaborative outcome from the University of Mississippi, St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and Future University in Cairo, Egypt.

    The article is a proof-of-concept study showing strategic inhalable sildenafil citrate microparticle product development and how it can be an effective therapeutic option for pulmonary arterial hypertension in comparison with current regimen.

    Read the article here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168365919301890


    Pharmaceutics Master’s Students Honored in Research Symposium

    Priyanka Srinivasan and Rishi Thakkar April 9, 2019

    Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery students Priyanka Srinivasan and Rishi Thakkar were both honored as two of the winners at the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Council Research Symposium. Srinivasan’s poster was titled “Development of Theophylline and Nicotinamide Cocrystals Utilizing Hot-Melt Extrusion Technology.” Thakkar presented his poster titled “Effect of Various Polymers on Solubility and Dissolution Profiles of Mefenamic Acid via Hot-Melt Extrusion Technology.”


    UM Adds Training in 3D Printing to Course in Pharmaceutical Tablet Technology

    Participants at the Tablet CourseApril 8, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a hands-on course that will include an overview of how to use 3D printing to create pharmaceutical tablets, also known as pills, that are commonly made using a labor-intensive tablet compression process.

    The Hands-On Course in Tablet Technology, offered through the School of Pharmacy’s Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, has an over 20-year history of instructing in traditional and advanced technologies used to make pharmaceutical solid oral dosage forms, such as wet granulation and hot melt extrusion. With advances in 3D printing technology, the course’s administrators see an opportunity to expand the course’s curriculum.

    Read more: “UM Adds Training in 3D Printing to Course in Pharmaceutical Tablet Technology”


    Pharmaceutics Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

    PDD_Phi Kappa Phi initiates_Amit Pillai, Corrine Sweeney, Rui Wang, Akash Patil, Rishi ThakkarApril 4, 2019

    Five students from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery were inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Students included Amit Pillai, Corrine Sweeney, Rui Wang, Akash Patil and Rishi Thakkar. 

    Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. 


    FDA Senior Staff Fellow Speaks in Guest Lecture Series

    Dr. Murthy and FDA SpeakerNovember 15, 2018

    Thanks to Ahmed S. Zidan, senior staff fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for speaking to our students and faculty about the 3D printing in pharmaceutical development.

     

     


    Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Advance in Three Minute Thesis Competition

    Rishi Thakkar, Amit Pillai and, Gauri ShadambikarOctober 26, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Rishi Thakkar, Amit Pillai and Gauri Shadambikar, three graduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, have advanced to the next round of the UM Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

    The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by the University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.

    Read more: “Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Advance in Three Minute Thesis Competition”


    Pharmacy Graduate Students Place in Mississippi IDeA Conference Graduate Poster Competition

    October 9, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Corinne Sweeney and Kai-Wei Wu, graduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, both placed in the top three of the graduate poster competition at the 2018 Mississippi IDeA conference held in July, in Jackson, MS.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Graduate Students Place in Mississippi IDeA Conference Graduate Poster Competition”


    Student Successes Allow UM Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Program to Flourish

    Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery GraduatesAugust 16, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is making a strong commitment to students’ futures. Whether a student goes into the pharmaceutical job market or wants to further their education, students of the master’s program are prepared when graduation arrives.

    The success of the program is evident in its numbers, as the department had its largest graduating class of 17 students hooded at the 2018 commencement ceremony.

    Read more: “Student Successes Allow UM Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Program to Flourish”

     


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