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    Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences

    The Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ core function is the training of pharmacists to competently practice in all spheres of Pharmacy, i.e., community/retail, hospital, industry, Pharmacy education and training/ academia and pharmaceutical research and development.

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    A truly South African Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences that is academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with society and demographically representative, redressing the disadvantages, inequalities and imbalances of the past. The discipline has as its core mission the the preparation of pharmacy and other health sciences graduates who are equipped to meet the present and future medicines-related health care needs of South Africa.

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Pharmacy is dynamic, information driven, product-and patient-orientated profession. In accordance with the requirements laid down by the South African Pharmacy Council, the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is designed to produce healthcare professionals who are committed to meeting the pharmaceutical needs of all health seeking communities.

Pharmacists are responsible for distributing prescription drugs to patients and teaching them how to use their medication properly. They keep a careful watch on patients to make sure they are using their prescriptions properly.

They also advise doctors on the side effects, dosages, selection, and interactions of certain medication. Pharmacists have a good understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of each drug as well as the clinical effects and proper uses.

Virtual Symposium from 16-18 September 2024

Invitation and call for abstracts

Hosted by:

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Evidence Based Practice (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation (Utrecht University) and The Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice

 September Symposium

The UKZN World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Evidence Based Practice will co-host its first September meeting for researchers in the field of pharmaceutical policy. You are cordially invited to attend this meeting! The format of this meeting will be as short sessions spread over three days. These will be online to allow participants the opportunity to reach more policy makers and researchers.


Target group

The primary target group for participation in this Spring meeting are Masters and PhD students directly related to or closely working with any WHO Collaborating Centre. However, other Masters and PhD students, post docs and (senior) researchers who have an interest in pharmaceutical policy are welcome to submit abstracts.


Contents of the meeting

Keynote lectures or panels will be convened around 3 streams. Abstracts will be presented and discussed in online parallel sessions. Abstracts are not limited to the streams;
all research in the field of pharmaceutical policy are eligible for submission. The proposed streams are:

·       Evidence Informed Policy

·       Methodological considerations
for Pharmaceutical Policy Research

·       Quality Use of Medicines


Abstracts for presentations

Abstracts should relate to planned or ongoing research and should at least state rationale, objective(s) and methods. Where possible early results can be presented.
Abstracts should be in English. Text should not exceed 350 words. Abstracts for presentations must be submitted before 22 July 2024 using the template. https://pharmacy.ukzn.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/UKZN_Spring_Meeting_Abstract_template.pdf 

You will be informed whether your abstract is accepted by 15 August 2024. Only one abstract should be submitted from a single person because of the limited number of abstracts that can be presented. The presentations should be for a maximum time of 15 minutes and should be based on a maximum of 10 PowerPoint slides. All sessions will be chaired by two senior researchers. Full papers should not be submitted in advance.

Meeting details

The conference will be held online through MS Teams. The keynote lectures and parallel sessions will be spread over the course of three days between 13.00h-17.00h to avoid full day online sessions. The final programme will be based on abstract submissions and will be sent to all attendees before 13 September 2024. Please register before 1 September 2024 through the following link: https://forms.gle/zM5e4bnaWLpBSkSw5

The meeting is free for all participants.

Contact information

Please send enquiries and abstracts to Sandra Naidoo naidooe1@ukzn.ac.za


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