Alchemy 34

Cover story

140 years of commercialisation, innovation and entrepreneurship

The Victorian College of Pharmacy was founded at a time of rapidly advancing scientific and medical knowledge. 140 years on, the college, now the Monash Faculty for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has continued to fulfil this role and to adapt with changing community needs and scientific and technological advancements.

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Pharmacy, pharmaceutical science and the pandemic

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the word “unprecedented” was suddenly on everybody’s lips.

If you received an email from an organisation whose mailing list you subscribed to, whether they sold shoes or dispensed health advice, chances are you saw it. And as tired as it became, there was truth behind the cliché.

Nobody alive had witnessed a worldwide health crisis of this nature. It quickly overwhelmed existing systems and challenged venerable institutions. It became clear that this was an all-hands-on-deck situation, with the deck being vaccine development, hospitals and health services, vaccine administration and so on.

In this section of Alchemy we speak to the people at Monash involved in the response to the pandemic, those who have gone to often-extraordinary lengths to combat a public health phenomenon the likes of which we haven’t seen before.

Antibiotics for the mind?

New centre has bold ambitions for addressing mental health in response to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.

Its mission: to make certain 50 years without a novel mental health medicine breakthrough does not become 60 or 70.

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News in brief

Catch up on our faculty's biggest news stories from the past year

Research with impact

Here are some of our top research stories from the past year

What's new at the faculty?

Updates from the faculty and Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Where are they now?

Find out where our alumni go