Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
Success in Achieving Goals
The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery’s faculty continued to progress and succeed in their teaching activities, including the successful implementation of pharmaceutics course content into the School of Pharmacy’s Skills Laboratory, which was initiated in the Fall of 2008.
The department engages a significant role in the Oxford-based Skills Lab since the subject content taught by the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery comprises a significant component of the national licensure examination for pharmacists. These areas include physical pharmacy, dosage forms and pharmaceutical compounding, basic pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics. Several department faculty contribute to a formal review session for the graduating Pharm.D students prior to their taking the national boards (NAPLEX).
It is noteworthy that the unit’s faculty demonstrated a significant teaching load for the School of Pharmacy. In addition, high quality graduate education is a significant contribution to the school, as well as to the university. Faculty participation in research activities increased significantly, even compared to that of the previous reporting period, with increased involvement in multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts, including NCNPR, other departments within the School of Pharmacy, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, other universities, St. Jude Research Hospital and industry (both multi-national and Mississippi-based pharma).
Quantitative measures of this activity include the number of papers published or presented, patents, licensing and option agreements, and extramural research dollars secured. Significantly, there was an increase in the number of research proposals submitted to funding agencies for the eighth consecutive year.