International Universities Combine to form PharmAlliance

By Petrina Smith
Monday, 16 March, 2015



Three international universities, including Melbourne's Monash University are combining resources to create the PharmAlliance partnership.
Monash University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UCL (University College London) have signed a  five year Memorandum of Understanding to work together to transform education and curriculum development, pursue new and transformative research initiatives, and to enhance professional practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.
PharmAlliance will enable the three universities to more effectively address major international issues in the fields of drug discovery, nanomedicine development and nanotechnology. The partners will have the opportunity to access research funds that each nation allocates for international research partnerships.
Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University Professor Bill Charman,  said PharmAlliance will address the big issues in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.
“We have similar philosophies and ambitions for our field, and we see collaboration as the best means to rapidly and effectively address them in a global context,” Professor Charman said.
Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Robert Blouin, said the strategic partnership will give the three institutions access to resources, talents and opportunities that no one school in one country could possess alone, while  Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy Professor Duncan Craig said the geographic and quality aspects of this alliance present the opportunity for a truly global perspective on pressing healthcare issues.

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