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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pharmacy class of 2016 graduates

Class of 2016 smiling and wearing graduation gowns

On Friday October 21, 118 pharmacy students convocated from the University of Waterloo. After four years of rigorous courses, three co-op work terms, and six months of clinical rotation in their final year, the class of 2016 finally earned their PharmD.

Valedictorian Sumaira Hasan summarized the spirit of the 2016 graduates’ best in her closing remarks to her classmates:

Monday, October 24, 2016

Waterloo Pharmacy hosts first ever Pharmacy Wellness Week

Students completing a puzzle

Origami, therapy dogs, de-stressing workshops, and yoga outside: Wellness Week at the School of Pharmacy ran from Oct 17-20 and saw students and staff engaging in all sorts of fun and relaxing activities.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Waterloo Pharmacy launches first ever Alumni Reunion

Group of 2012 alumni smiling

On Saturday October 1, Waterloo Pharmacy held its first ever alumni Reunion. Run in conjunction with the University of Waterloo’s Reunion Weekend, Pharmacy Reunion invited alumni back to the Kitchener-based School for a full day of learning, laughter and old friends and professors.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ontario government supports Alzheimer’s research in Nekkar Lab

Sarbjeet, Jonathan, Dr Nekkar and Amy in the lab

Sarbjeet, Jonathan, Dr Nekkar and Amy, the newest member of the team, in their lab. Absent: Arash.

Nearly 44 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s disease. As Canadians are living longer, caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s are relying on treatment to be able to continue living independently.

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.