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Posted: February 14, 2008
British Pharmaceutical Conference 2009 science and practive chairs announced
(Nanowerk News) Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Chair in Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, and Peter Noyce, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of The Workforce Academy, The University of Manchester, will be the respective Science and Practice Chairs for the 2009 British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC).
Through her research Professor Uchegbu, has provided insights into nanoparticle design for drug delivery, producing nanomedicines that promote oral drug absorption and drug transport to the brain. She has also co-designed an anti-cancer gene medicine that is currently in preclinical development. Professor Uchegbu has received various awards for her work, the latest of which is the Department for Innovation, University and Skills' Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award.
Professor Uchegbu said of her appointment: "The conference will provide an exciting platform to highlight recent advances in the pharmaceutical sciences from laboratories around the world. The pharmaceutical sciences have made a huge positive contribution to the health of populations over the years and while some of the old infectious diseases have been tamed, the world faces new challenges on the disease front. The pharmacy profession is also changing and tomorrow's pharmacist will have to adapt to an ageing population requiring longer periods of pharmaceutical intervention. Luckily the science for tomorrow's medicines, diagnostic devices and health promotion interventions is here today"
Professor Peter Noyce, BPC 2009 Practice Chair, is Professional Advisor to the Department of Health (DH) Professional Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group (PRLOG). He has held various senior appointments at the DH and several London Teaching Hospitals.
Professor Noyce has a general interest in health services research to medicines and pharmacy. He has contributed particularly to the understanding of patients' access to medicines, and undertaken a variety of studies on community pharmacy. Recent work has focused on gaining insights into the factors that determine the contribution of community pharmacy to primary and self-care, the commissioning of NHS pharmaceutical services, and improving understanding of the culture within community pharmacies. In 2002 he was awarded the Charter Gold Medal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain - the highest award made by the Society to an individual pharmacist for their outstanding contribution to pharmacy nationally and internationally.
Speaking of his appointment as Practice chair, Professor Noyce said: "It is an honour to have been elected as the Practice Chair for 2009. My hope for BPC 2009 is that it strengthens its international, and particularly its European, perspective. BPC should aim to establish itself as the European pharmaceutical conference to attend".
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain