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Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmacy!
Pharmacy is a multidisciplinary field of science. It specialises in medicinal treatment and studies drugs, medicines and their development, use and effects mainly from the point of view of natural sciences, health sciences, as well as social sciences.
The task of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Helsinki is to promote pharmaceutical research and provide the highest education in the field in Finland.
The Faculty offers Bachelor's, Master's and postgraduate programmes. The Faculty also provides professional postgraduate education in industrial pharmacy for those with a Bachelor or Master's degree in pharmacy and plays an active part in the continuing education in the field.
The Faculty is also nationally responsible for the Swedish-language Master's programmes in Pharmacy.
This year's Faculty of Pharmacy Young Researcher's Award goes to Hélder A. Santos. The EUR 10,000 award was given now for the second time. Altogether six applications were sent to the nomination committee.
Doctor Hélder A. Santos has previously been awarded for example with the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for five years.
Many medicines and body's own molecules are soluble in fats. That's why they cannot easily be exctreted and may accumulate in the body. The human UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs ) are able to modify fat-soluble substances towards being more soluble in water.
– The development of new medicines may be speeded up by results gained from the UGT research, says Nenad Manevski.
Melibiose is a disaccharide that can be extracted out of sugar beet commonly grown in Finland. In the future it may keep rheumatism and cancer drugs longer in good working order.
Doctoral dissertation: Nanofibrillar cellulose quarantees an even drug delivery
Nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC) is becoming an effective tool when slow and even release of medicinal substances is needed. NFC can be used for example in transdermal patches or gynaecological devices, says Ruzica Kolakovic in her thesis.
This year, first time ever, two of the researchers in the Faculty of Pharmacy get an ERC starting grant. Hélder A. Santos is focusing on nanovectors prepared of porous silicone. Tiina Sikanen received her grant for producing micro total analysis systems for chemical analysis.
Vincenzo Cerullo started in the beginning of September as a tenure track associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy. He focuses on personalized drugs – drugs that work only for a specific tumor in a specific patient.
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