PharmAlliance meets at Monash University

PharmAlliance, the research, professional practice and education partnership between the Schools of Pharmacy at Monash University, University College London (UCL) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), has held its largest-ever annual meeting.

PharmAlliance, the research, professional practice and education partnership between the Schools of Pharmacy at Monash University, University College London (UCL) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), has held its largest-ever  annual meeting February 4-8 at Monash University.

The partnership was established in 2015, and brings together three of the world’s leading Schools of Pharmacy to work collaboratively in the fields of pharmacy education, research and professional practice.

PharmAlliance was established to address major challenges and opportunities that are best tackled collaboratively through an international partnership; to provide staff and students with access to world class collaborations and experiences; to advocate for our profession and the importance of global citizenship; and to share and leverage resources and experiences across the three Schools. This year’s meeting included over 30 delegates from UNC and UCL and they worked intensely with over 50 Monash colleagues to review progress and plan new opportunities.

Representatives of the three PharmAlliance partners: (L-R) Dr Andreia Bruno (Monash), Dr Oksana Pyzik (UCL) and Dr David Steeb (UNC).

Representatives of the three PharmAlliance partners: (L-R) Dr Andreia Bruno (Monash), Dr Oksana Pyzik (UCL) and Dr David Steeb (UNC).

Since its inception, over $1M has been invested in joint research, education and professional practice projects across the three institutions – and to date, this has resulted in over 50 joint publications, attraction of a further $1.2M in external grant funding, and the submission of many pending grant submissions to external funding agencies. Additionally, there are over 15 joint education, professional practice and student-led initiatives that are enriching the quality and breadth of programs at each institution.

“PharmAlliance highlights that we perform at our best when collaborating with other global leaders in our sector. By combining our talents and resources, we can more effectively address the bigger issues and expedite progress in our fields of endeavour,” said Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University.

“As a PharmAlliance member, we are dedicated to working collaboratively with our partners to find novel solutions to the challenges we face in healthcare and the pharmacy sector. All three partners are committed to sustaining PharmAlliance through their institutional commitments and broad-based engagement of staff and students.”

Planning has begun for the next PharmAlliance meeting which will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in early 2020.

Contact: Divya Krishnan

Phone: 0466910111

Email: divya.krishnan@monash.edu