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Internal News - 09 July 2007

Pharmacy centenary celebrations

Organisers have described the pharmacy and pharmaceutical science centenary celebrations as a “tremendous success”, following four days of events.

Proceedings started with a research seminar by Professor Raymond Schinazi (Emory University), a triple graduate of the University of Bath, covering aspects of bird flu, AIDS and hepatitis anti-viral drugs.

Celebrations continued throughout the week. On Thursday a science lecture programme brought together leading scientists from around the world, including many former students and members of staff, as well as presentations about the department's cutting-edge portfolio of research.

Speaking in the opening session University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, said: “I am delighted that so many special guests could help celebrate such a significant occasion.

“The University is indebted to the department’s staff, past and present, for making the department the success it is today.

“The department’s excellence across the board is what makes it so exceptional.”

Friday’s pharmacy practice day saw the Secretary and Registrar of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Miss Ann Lewis, bring fraternal greetings from the society and give warm, heartfelt praise to the work of the department and its excellent and skilled alumni.

The Chief Pharmacist of England, Dr Keith Ridge, gave a talk about the immediate future of pharmacy practice, following an entertaining introduction by Emeritus Professor Peter Redfern about the practice of pharmacy in 1907.

In part, this day was a "thank you" to the department’s many community and hospital pharmacy placement tutors, and four excellent short talks reflected the clear communication skills of some of the department’s recent graduates.

Saturday saw 230 alumni and former staff attending a reception hosted by the University's Chancellor, Lord Tugendhat.