Prescription of the future, pharmacy for the 21st Century | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Prescription of the future, pharmacy for the 21st Century

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 17:30


About the Event

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and pharmacogenomics into the pharmacy profession has revolutionized patient care and
medication management. The patient’s data analysis with AI algorithms, including demographics, genetics, and drug interactions
information are now crucial in recommending personalized treatment protocols and examining how the individual genetic makeup impacts
the response to treatment. Through combining these two fields, the pharmacists can tailor unique drug therapies based on genetic profile
with optimum efficacy while minimizing toxicities. This approach will enhance treatment outcomes, contribute to precision medicine, and
mark a significant model shift in the pharmacy profession towards farther individualized and effective healthcare.



Symposium Agenda



Key speakers


Pharmacognosy, Drug Discovery, Natural Products, Advanced Separation Techniques, and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. Born in Iraq, Mohammed earned his bachelor’s degree (BSc.) in Pharmacy from College of Pharmacy, University of Baghdad in 1991). He later completed his master's 2009 and Ph.D. in pharmacognosy at the University of Sulaimani (UoS) in 2020. With over 32 years’ experience in community pharmacy and 15 years of teaching and research in pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Mohammed has established a strong foundation in his field. During his career, Dr. Mohammed joined the Department of Health (DOH) in 1991 and served until 2001. He worked at the Teaching Surgical Hospital, General Hospital, Central DOH/Warehouse in various capacities, including clinical pharmacist, chair of the drug and therapeutics unit, and director of Drug and Medical Supplies department. Furthermore, he actively contributed as a member of the Security Council Resolution-986 coordination and follow-up committee at the Ministry of Health, Kurdistan Region-Iraq. In 2001, Mohammed joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as a national pharmacist, where he dedicated his expertise to improving healthcare services on a broader scale. He also co-founded and served as a member of the high council of the Kurdistan Medical Association and held the position of the chairperson of the Pharmacy branch-Sulaimaniyah from 1998 to 2003. Additionally, he served as the Secretary of the Kurdistan Medical Society, Sulaimaniyah branch from 1994 to 1998. In 2006, Sabir became a faculty member at the College of Pharmacy, UoS, and continued his academic journey until 2022. He assumed various roles within the college, such as the chairperson of the Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College Council member, and Vice Dean. His dedication to education and leadership led to him being appointed as the interim dean of the College of Pharmacy at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) in 2022. Dr. Mohammed has actively participated in numerous professional and academic organizations throughout his career. His contributions extend beyond his practical experience, as he has authored numerous publications and presented his research findings in national scientific conferences. Currently residing in Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, Mohammed continues to contribute to the advancement of pharmaceutical sciences and healthcare in the region.

Dr. Hemin Latif is an Educator and an Entrepreneur. He is Assistant Professor of IT, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre (AEIC), and AI Maestro at AUIS. He is also the Founder and Director of Design at Agora Vision. Dr. Latif has extensive experience in the field of computing with international organizations such as the UN-WHO, Huawei Technologies, and the Centre of Innovation & Technology Exploitation (CITE) in the UK. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, BSc in Computing and Statistics and a PhD in Interactive Systems & Robotics from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the UK. When he is not occupied with teaching or administration, he rides his motorbike to get closer to nature and admire the amazing scenery that is in the backyard of our cities in Kurdistan.

Born in Iraq and currently live in Sulaymaniyah Kurdistan Region. Vian graduated from College of Pharmacy, University of Sulaimani (UoS) in 2009 and completed her master's 2014 at Hawler Medical University and Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacy at the UoS in 2020. Vian has three years of experience in community Pharmacy and over ten years in pharmaceutical care practice and patient service, eleven years in pharmacy education and teaching, and finally eight years’ experience in research. She has published several research articles in Local and International scientific Journals. Despite her active role in the patient care process in hospitals, she is currently instruct undergraduates and postgraduates pharmacy students numerous subjects and modules, including Therapeutics, Hospital Ward Training, Advanced Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug monitoring with previous experiences in teaching Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Experience and Clinical Case Studies.

Professional Overview: Aram Saeed, Director of Innovation and Associate Professor of Healthcare Technology at the University of East Anglia's School of Pharmacy, stands at the forefront of medical science. His notable work spans the development of advanced biomaterials, the creation of innovative medical devices tailored for ocular health, and the engineering of human-like tissue models for disease study. A notable aspect of his research involves using cutting-edge materials to cultivate xeno-free, living human intestinal tissues and organoids. These pioneering efforts are poised to significantly enhance our understanding of tissue renewal processes in both health and disease, providing groundbreaking insights into gastrointestinal conditions. Moreover, his substantial contributions to cell and gene therapy, especially in the realm of stem cell expansion and delivery technologies, underscore his dedicated commitment to pushing the boundaries of healthcare technologies. Research Excellence and Academic Leadership: With over 40 peer-reviewed publications and more than £2 million in grant funding secured, Saeed has made significant contributions to tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and the development of medical devices. His pioneering integration of 3D printing technologies in the enhancement of intraocular lenses has markedly improved surgical outcomes and patient care. Mentorship and Research Group Leadership: Saeed has cultivated a dynamic ecosystem of Postdoctoral Researchers, Senior Postdoctoral Fellows, and PhD students, guiding them towards innovation and critical inquiry. This nurturing environment is preparing the future leaders in healthcare technology. Innovative Impact and Societal Engagement: As an essential member of the School of Pharmacy's executive team, Dr. Saeed has been instrumental in translating research achievements into tangible healthcare solutions. His consultancy work and industry collaborations, notably with the Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerator cohort, have been pivotal in developing spinout technologies for the medical sector. Patents and Awards Highlighting Innovation: Saeed's inventive contributions are encapsulated in patents for "Functionalised Biodegradable Polyester Polymers" and "Intraocular Devices," showcasing his impact on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and ocular health solutions. His innovative approach is further exemplified by his work on reversible scaffolds for cell and bacteria growth. Recognition through prestigious awards, such as the Innovation and Impact Award 2021 for his COVID-19 response and the 2020 Consultancy Project of the Year, alongside the accolade of PhD Supervisor of the Year 2018, affirms his leadership in healthcare innovation. Esteem and Professional Service: Saeed's esteemed position within the scientific community is reinforced by his roles as a UKRI panel member for Healthcare Technologies and a panel member for Cancer Research UK. His service as a regular reviewer for funding organisations such as the EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC, and other national and global bodies highlights his extensive involvement in shaping the future of healthcare research and funding decisions. Educational Leadership and Scholarship: As Course Director for the MPharm with Foundation Year, Dr. Saeed has exemplified educational leadership, overseeing curriculum design, teaching delivery, and quality assurance. His recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy emphasises his commitment to teaching excellence and innovation, ensuring a high standard of pharmacy education and student experience. Conclusion: Associate Professor Aram Saeed's comprehensive research achievements, dedication to mentorship, and educational leadership have profoundly influenced the fields of healthcare technologies and pharmaceutical sciences. His visionary work, combined with his esteemed roles and contributions to research funding and evaluation, not only propels the medical field forward but also inspires and equips future scientists and healthcare professionals to explore innovative solutions for patient care and medical treatment.

Robert B. Supernaw is a distinguished figure in pharmacy education and leadership. Born in Long Beach, California, he has held various significant positions, including Professor and Dean Emeritus at Wingate University. His career includes founding the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, serving as its Dean from 2002 to 2021, and later becoming the Interim Provost. Supernaw holds multiple certifications and has been involved in numerous professional organizations. Born in 1948, Supernaw earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific in 1972. Throughout his career, he has contributed extensively to pain management literature and held editorial roles in the American Journal of Pain Management. Notable accomplishments include being President of the American Academy of Pain Management and receiving honors like the AACP William L. Blockstein Award of Merit. Supernaw's influence extends beyond academia, as evidenced by his involvement in industry projects, such as the development of Aleve®. He has secured substantial grants for pharmacy education and played a pivotal role in shaping pharmacy programs, including the innovative Cyber-Rx Program. His commitment to education is evident in initiatives like the Cyber-Mentor Program, Acute Pain Management Rotation, and the Postgraduate Professional Education Program. Supernaw has also been a key figure in international collaborations, including faculty and student exchanges with Kobe-Gakuin University in Japan. Robert B. Supernaw has left an indelible mark on pharmacy education, combining leadership, scholarly contributions, and a dedication to advancing the field.

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