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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Happy World Pharmacist Day from the Waterloo School of Pharmacy!

The theme of this year’s annual celebration of the pharmacy profession is Pharmacists: Caring for You.

Designated September 25 by the International Pharmaceutical Federation, World Pharmacists Day is an opportunity to celebrate the pharmacists in your community.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Waterloo Pharmacy hosts fifth annual golf invitational

On August 29, friends of the Waterloo Pharmacy community came together to support student success at the Grey Silo Golf Club. This year’s tournament was the fifth annual Golf Invitational, an event which has raised over $150,000 towards this cause.

The year’s golf winners included:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Prof. John Papastergiou's pharmacogenomics research recognized at international conference

Adjunct Assistant Professor John Papastergiou’s research into pharmacogenomics at community pharmacies won first prize at the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s seventy-sixth annual congress.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pharmacy meets global aid: Heidi Fernandes volunteers at health clinic in Peru

Ever since she travelled to Brazil on vacation, Heidi Fernandes has had a passion for global health.

I was struck by the slums of Rio de Janeiro and knew then I wanted to help people in life. It actually became one of the reasons I chose pharmacy as a career.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Canadian Institute of Health Research funds Prof. William Wong’s investigation into patient perspectives and Hepatitis C

Globally, Hepatitis C affects 130-150 million people. With antiviral medications, approximately 90% of those millions can be cured.

However, antiviral medications are costly, and even in developed countries many governments struggle with which medications should be subsidized and when. In Canadian patients suffering from Hepatitis C, a virus that causes liver disease and often worsens into a chronic condition, treatment can be expensive. Currently, Canadians with chronic HCV have limited access to Direct Anti-viral Agents (DAAs), the most effective existing treatment for the infection.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Supporting the Refugee Population: A Pharmacy Student’s Perspective

By fourth year pharmacy student Danyah Musbah

As of November 2015, Canada has welcomed a total of 28,755 Syrian newcomers to communities across the nation. Many others await finalization of their application process.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pharmacy students deliver workshops to improve health literacy in seniors

Approximately 88% of Canadian older adults struggle to comprehend medical information. Low health literacy is linked to poor health outcomes, a fact that is especially worrying given that elderly patients tend to suffer from chronic health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

By providing tools to improve health literacy, pharmacists can help patients better manage conditions and interpret vital information.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New report tracks the rise in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia across Ontario

According to a new report presented at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference this week in Toronto, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias increased more than 18 per cent across Ontario over the past 8 years.

Monday, July 11, 2016

So what if you’re stressed? PhD Candidate Nyasha Gondora shows how stress affects the brain

Early-life stress has an impact on brain development and adult behavior. However, little is known about what stress does to brain cells. Doctoral student Nyasha Gondora is studying the cellular-level impacts of stress.

Over a prolonged period of time, stress can affect the brain’s communication network by changing brain cells, or neurons. But not all stress is bad.