On May 11, St. Louis College of Pharmacy capped off the end of the 2018-19 academic year by celebrating its 151st Commencement. During this year’s ceremony, 253 students were awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy, and 166 students were awarded a Bachelor of Science. These talented and dedicated individuals represent the future of the pharmacy profession, and we were thrilled to recognize their achievements.
With Commencement now behind us, we are reflecting on an exciting year that was highlighted by growth, leadership and innovation. As the College continues to work toward its vision to be a globally prominent leader in pharmacy and health care education, the 2018-19 academic year saw the establishment of four new health-care focused bachelor’s degrees, which will be implemented this fall as standalone programs.
Tailored to the demands of the market and the needs of students, the following new programs are specifically designed to provide future students with options and the ability to explore their passions within the context of health care:
In addition to the new programs being offered, the College is renaming its existing undergraduate degrees and offering them as a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a choice of emphasis in Health Sciences or Health Humanities. The new name is designed to better represent the coursework contained in the degree program. Meanwhile, the curriculum for our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program will remain unchanged, and students will continue to have the opportunity to integrate a bachelor’s degree with a Pharm.D. or apply to the Pharm.D. program after completing their prerequisites.
Through strategic partnerships, we are also creating opportunities for students at the College to pursue graduate education:
This expansion of our academic offerings comes as the College continues to see extensive growth in its research initiatives. Under the direction of Thomas Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, alumni endowed professor of pharmacology and vice president for research, the College’s Center for Clinical Pharmacology is humming with activity funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
In recent months, the center has flourished with the addition of seven new faculty and more than 25 postdoctoral research associates, graduate and undergraduate researchers and technical staff members now working in its labs. Burris and the center’s team of researchers are focused on using chemical biology approaches to examine the physiological roles of nuclear hormone receptors and developing drugs targeting them for the treatment of conditions including chronic pain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
The center unites pharmacists, physicians and researchers who hold academic appointments at both the College and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and the many innovative research efforts currently underway continue to pave the way for the center to become a national research leader in pain management and personalized approaches to medication therapy.
We are also thrilled to note that the 2018-19 academic year was highlighted by a wide range of recognition for members of the College community.
This is truly an exciting time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy! I invite you to visit campus soon for a first-hand look at the many wonderful things underway as the College continues its work to prepare students for expert practice and leadership in pharmacy and health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care and collaborative research.