Professional orientation and Image-building activities

Effective development of the pharmaceutical industry and European integration processes in the field of education in general involves new approaches to the training of pharmaceutical personnel in higher education institutions.

In order to fulfill these tasks it is appropriate to examine issues concerning scientific and methodological work and organization of educational process of the specialists in the field of pharmacy, exchange of experience on scientific cooperation with the relevant foreign higher education institutions.

During the year the NUPh delegations visited a number of CIS countries, African and the Middle East countries in order to carry out active vocational guidance to attract foreign students. Presentations of the University were held in profession-oriented secondary schools, in universities-partner; there were organized meetings on the level of the Ministries of Health, Ministries of Higher Education and Embassies. Large-scale vocational guidance work was conducted to increase the number of international students first of all from the CIS countries next year and included master class lectures by the NUPh professors.

September 2-12, 2018 – participation in the MEEDS exhibition ‘Modeling and Experiments in Drug Delivery Systems’, as well as in the Congress of the Federation of International Pharmacists (Prof. Vyshnevska L.I., Prof. Polovko N.P., Prof. Ruban O.A., Prof. Hontova T.M., Prof. Yakovenko V.K., postgraduate student Yakovenko O.V, postgraduate student Mykhailik D.), Glasgow, Scotland.

September 5-16, 2018 – participation in the Open World Program of the American Council for International Education ACTR / ACCELS (American Councils) (Surikova I.O., Tsyvunin V.V.), Dayton, the United States of America.

September 6-11, 2018 – conduction of time management training at the invitation of UAB “SPECAGRA” (Associate Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Timaniuk I.V.), Panevezys, Republic of Lithuania.

September 10-16, 2018 – participation in the 47th Conference ‘Synthesis and Analysis of Drugs’ on the basis of the Pharmaceutical Faculty of the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Associate Professors of the Dpt. of Industrial Technology of Drugs Maslii Yu.S., Herbina N.A., postgraduate student Kolisnyk T.Ye.), Brno, the Czech Republic.

September 15-23, 2018 – participation in the 22nd International Conference on Organic Synthesis (22-ICOS) (Associate Professor of the QSCD Department of the IPhPQI Kolesnikov O.V.), Florence, Italy.

September 16-22, 2018 – participation in the international grant workshop of the American-Austrian Foundation “Lipid Metabolism” at the Open Medical Institute (Associate Professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy Herasymenko O.V.), Salzburg, Austria.

September 18-26, 2018 – participation in the ‘XXI IGWT Symposium: Sustainability, Quality and Innovation: A Global View of Commodity Science and Technology’ of the International Society of Commodity of Science and Technology (Head of the Department of Commodity Studies Prof. Baranova I.I., Assistant of the Department Bezpala Yu.O.), Rome, Italy.

On September 20 – 22, 2018, Head of the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry Prof. Kabachnyi V.I. had a business trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent) to discuss the issues of development of innovative technologies with representatives of the interested organizations in Uzbekistan and to establish cooperation with the NUPh in the field of educational programs and the latest technologies.

Result of the visit:

  • presentation of the NUPh was held, in which the opportunities and interests of the NUPh in the field of education (training of scientific specialists, internships for students and postgraduate students) and science (research, development, creation, production of pharmaceutical products and medical diagnostic technologies) were presented;
  • acquaintance with innovative projects of ecologically safe biotechnologies in the field of energy, medicine, pharmacy and agro-industrial production was conducted;
  • problems and interests of the interested parties in establishment of scientific cooperation between the NUPh and educational, scientific and production institutions of Uzbekistan were discussed;
  • according to the results of consultations and legal support of the International Соnsulting Institute, an agreement was signed on cooperation with the investment company «ТULPOR QURILISH INVEST» (Uzbekistan) on the organization and legal support of mutually beneficial contacts with scientists and manufacturers of Uzbekistan in the field of energy, medicine, pharmacy and agro-industrial production.

October 15-19, 2018 – scientific research for joint publications with the Department of Chemistry ‘Ugo Shiff’ of the University of Florence (Prof. Massimo Del Bubba) (Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy, Associate Professor Koshovyi O. M.), Florence, Italy.

October 15 – December 15, 2018 – scientific internship at the Department of Chemistry ‘Ugo Shiff’ of the University of Florence (supervisor: Prof. Massimo Del Bubba)(Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy Ochkur Oleksandr), Florence, Italy.

29.09.2018 – 30.10.2018 – participation in symposium “Patient-oriented approach to the choice of therapy: Originals and generics” at the invitation of the pharmaceutical company LLC Astellas Pharma (Head of the Pharmacology Department, Prof. Stryhol S.Yu.), Tbilisi, GEORGIA.

October 3-7, 2018 – participation in the XLIX International Scientific and Practical Conference “Application of lasers in medicine and biology” (Professor of the Department of Physics Timaniuk V.A. and Kokodiiy M.H.), Hajduszoboszlo, Hungary.

October 23 – 27, 2018 – business trip of the Head of the Pharmacognosy Department Koshovyi Oleh Mykoliovych and Associate Professor of the Pharmacognosy Department Borodina Nataliia Valeriivna to Krakow (Poland) within the framework of the international distance-onsite three-month internship (September 21, 2013 – December 21, 2013) for scientific and academic staff on the basis of the Economic University, which includes 5 modules:

  1. New and innovative methods of teaching.
  2. Higher education system inPoland.
  3. Higher education system inEurope.
  4. IT-technologies in the classroom work.
  5. Seminars and conferences.

Purpose of the internship: to increase the level of theoretical and practical training, master the newest unique methods, acquire experience in the implementation of research and teaching activities, provide information exchange and establish scientific contacts.

October 29 – November 16, 2018 – business trip of Associate Professor of the Department of Quality, Standardization and Certification of Drugs IPhPQI Savchenko L.P. to the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania, in order to continue a scientific research on the development of the methods of analysis of extemporal soft medicinal forms by gas and liquid chromatography and participation in the IX International Pharmaceutical Conference “Science and Practice – 2018” at the invitation of the President Lithuanian Pharmaceutical Association Prof. Eduardas Tataseivicius.

November 7 – 11, 2018 – the business rip of the Head of the Pharmacognosy Department Koshovyi Oleh Mykoliovych and Professor of the Pharmacognosy Department Ilina Tetiana Vasylivna to Kaunas (Lithuania) to take part in the IX International Pharmaceutical Conference “Science and Practice 2018” in order to provide information exchange and expand scientific contacts. Purpose of the internship: to increase the level of theoretical and practical training, master the newest unique methods, acquire experience in the implementation of research and teaching activities, provide information exchange and establish scientific contacts.

September 5-15, 2018 (September 5-7 – Washington, September 7-15 – Jacksonville, Florida, USA) – business trip of the Assistant of the Pharmacology Department, Tsyvunin V.V. in order to participate in the “Innovation in Healthcare” project within the framework of the Open World Program.

The Open World Program is the US Government program funded by the Leadership Center at the Library of Congress and administered by the American Councils in Ukraine. This year, the program launched the Health Care Practitioner Innovation project to establish professional communication links between healthcare professionals from Ukraine and the United States.

As a participant in the Open World Program, Tsyvunin V.V. familiarized himself with the organization of the US health system at the federal and local levels. As part of the internship, there were held meetings with the US Senate representatives responsible for education, health and legislative affairs, as well as representatives of private insurance companies operating in the medical industry. Tsyvunin V.V. visited a number of medical centers (Baptist Health, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Tift Regional Medical Center, Mayo Clinic) in order to become familiar with the functioning systems of medical electronic document management and the telemedicine technologies. Study visits were made to the medical colleges of the University of Florida Health Sciences Center-Jaksonville and the University of North Florida (Brooks College of Health), where it was possible not only to learn about the training methods and programs for future pharmacists, doctors and nurses in the US, but also to share the best practices in teaching medical and biological disciplines in the NUPh with the American professors through the example of pharmacology.

There was visited the Medtronic company and TeleHealth Resource Center, engaged in the development and implementation of the telemedicine technology.

A meeting was held with the Director of the largest research institute of Florida – Baptist Health Research Institute; preliminary agreements were reached on future cooperation with the NUPh in the field of clinical and preclinical drug research. In addition, there was received an idea of volunteering coordination at medical centers (St. Vincent’s Medical Center) and practical implementation of the telemedicine in the rural elementary school of Waresboro Elementary School (Waycross, Georgia), as well as the emergency care system in the Baptist Emergency (Jacksonville, Florida).

12-14.09.2018, the NUPh delegation consisting of the Associate Professor of the Department of Industrial Technology of Drugs Maslii Yu.S. and Herbina N.A., as well as the postgraduate student of the Department Kolisnyk T.Ye. participated in the 47th conference “Synthesis and analysis of drugs” on the basis of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, the Czech Republic.

Participants reported at the poster session: Assoc. Prof. Maslii Yu.S. with the report on topic “The choice of intense sweetener in the composition of medicated chewing gum under development” and postgraduate student of the Department of Industrial Technology of Drugs Kolisnyk T.Ye. with the report “Design and evaluation of antidiabetic sustained release matrix tablets containing herbal extract”, which are disclosed to their dissertation researches.

During the trip, the NUPh delegation visited the Department of Technology of Drugs of the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where they got acquainted with the organization of the educational process, educational and scientific laboratories, equipment and scientific directions of the Department.

Based on the trip results, the relevant certificates and the collection of conference materials with abstracts of the above-mentioned representatives of the NUPh were received. An agreement was reached on the possibility of further cooperation between scientists of the Department of Industrial Technology of Drugs of the NUPh and the Department of Drug Technology of the University of Brno.

September 6 – 11, 2018, Associate Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management I.V. Timaniuk conducted the training in management and marketing at the invitation of UAB “SPECAGRA (Panevezys, Siauliai, Lithuania).

During the visit, 4 training sessions for Specagra management personnel were held on the following topics: personal effectiveness; self-management, project management, sales management: practical methods of stabilization and increase in sales. The training content is based on the results of modern scientific research and personal observations. During the training, the participants received answers to real questions and possible solutions to the existing problems of the enterprise.

The most interesting for the training participants was acquisition of skills in terms of sales effectiveness, organization of working hours; practical tasks provided an opportunity to identify and estimate the amount of time that employees lose due to inefficient planning of their working day. In general, the participants appreciated the quality of the training.

During the trip, an exhibition of special equipment was visited, at which Specagra company represented its products in work. As a part of the Ukrainian delegation, I.V. Timaniuk participated in the parade of the cities of Siauliai and Panevezys on the occasion of the city’s day.

During the business trip, the information about the possibility of receiving the first and the second education at the NUPh was spread. The bilateral exchange of information with representatives of various manufacturing companies, as well as the heads of the network of pharmacies Camelia Vaistine, was established. It is suggested to consider the possibility of introduction of scientific advice for specialists in their practical activities by the NUPh specialists with the possibility of implementation of further internships and trainings.

September 3-11, 2018 – participation in the International Conference of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society “Modeling and Experiments in Drug Delivery Systems (MEDDS)” (Head of the Industrial Technology of Drugs Department Prof. Ruban O.A., Prof. Vyshnevska L.I., Head of the Pharmacy-based Technology of Drugs Department Prof. Polovko T.M., Head of the Botany Department Prof. Hontova T.M., Senior Lecturer of the Department of Industrial Pharmacy and Economics of the IPhPQI Yakovenko V.K., Teaching Assistant Khalavka M.V. and postgraduate student of the Industrial Technology of Drugs Department Yakovenko O.V., student of the Pharmaceutical Faculty Misha D.O.). Postgraduate student Yakovenko O.V. made an oral report on topic: “Some aspects of the design of an anti-stress medicated chewing gum” at the seminar.

There were presented poster presentations: “Features of treatment of enterobiasis in accordance with the guidelines by Médecins Sans Frontières” – Prof. Vyshnevska L.I., “Determination of the effect of onium hexafluorosilicates on the properties of gels” – Prof. Polovko N.P.

During this business trip, the delegation visited the University of Glasgow, the London School of Pharmacy, the Royal Pharmaceutical Museum, the Royal Botanic Garden, Glasgow, London (United Kingdom).

The trip resulted in the preliminary agreement on the possibility of cooperation between the NUPh and the University of Glasgow. As a result of the

During the visit to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the possibility for the NUPh employees to join the Society was agreed, which will give them access to the online archive and the unhindered opportunity to publish scientific papers in the journals of the Elsevier publishing house.

On August 25-29, 2018, Professor of the Department of Pharmacoeconomics Bezditko N.V. took part in the Annual Congress of the European Society of Cardiology (Munich, Germany) in the delegation of Ukrainian specialists in cardiology.

The Congress is considered to be a significant annual event not only in European, but also in world cardiology. More than 33 thousand participants (doctors, representatives of companies producing medicines and medical equipment) from 150 countries, including more than 100 doctors from Ukraine took part in the Congress.

Scientific program of the Congress included more than 500 symposia and sessions with participation of the recognized international experts from different countries. The Congress covered 400 topics on cardiology and concomitant conditions. Prof. Eugene Braunwald (USA) delivered a programmatic speech.

Plenary session at the opening of the Congress was devoted to the issues of the relationship between academic institutions and manufacturing companies. On the first day, an exhibition of pharmaceutical companies was visited, at which the most modern medicines for the pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular diseases were presented.

In the following days of the Congress, the results of several dozens of controlled studies were presented within the “hot lines”, allowing obtaining evidence on the appropriateness (clinical and economic) of the use of certain drugs for the treatment of certain cardiovascular diseases in certain categories of patients, especially patients with comorbid pathology. Particular attention should be paid to the use of ASC in patients without risk factors, the use of serotonin agonists in patients with diabetes mellitus, the advantages of new antiplatelet agents over direct-acting anticoagulants.

There were also attended the meetings where new recommendations on diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in pregnant women, primary prevention of coronary heart disease, myocardial revascularization were made public. A particularly important development was the emergence of new recommendations on the treatment of hypertension, which to some extent changed the definition of the target ranges of AO in different demographic and clinical categories of patients.

In total, 10 educational sessions were held on general issues of cardiology, emergency care, medical statistics, clinical studies, algorithms for establishing a clinical diagnosis, E-learning.

Access to interactive web-educational resources in the field of cardiology and pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular diseases was obtained.

As a result of the trip, a certificate of professional development with a total of 32 European credits was received.

From October 17, 2017August 17, 2018 Associate Professor of the Department of Organic Chemistry Redkin R.H. completed postdoctoral internship to perform the research project “Synthesis of solvatochromic dyes to study of protein-membrane interaction” in the framework of the grant of the International Visegrad Fund (International Visegrad Fund Scholar application # 51700474), Prague, the Czech Republic.

The project was successfully implemented within the framework of the Visegrad Fund grant (on the basis of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Chemical Biology).

The project consisted of three sub-projects:

  • (1A) Synthesis of fluorescent caged photoswitchable fatty acids;
  • (1B) Synthesis of fluorescent caged photoswitchable diacylglycerols;
  • (2) Synthesis of the clickable derivatives of fatty acids in order to study the metabolism of fatty acids in the membranes of breast cancer cells (biological part of the project is implemented in together with Dr. Christina Gava, Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milano).

The following steps were taken in the first part of the experimental work on the project:

– the detailed search and review of the literature relevant to the project;

– the planning of the synthesis of the target products;

– the six-step synthesis of the key fluorescent synthon of the 7-diethylamino-4-hydroxymethylcoumarin; as a result of the five-step synthesis scheme proposed for the project, six new compounds and pure substances were obtained whose structure and identity was confirmed by TLC, NMR and LC/MS techniques.

– the first studies of the photolysis of the resulting compounds under the control of NMR1H and the TLC were made;

– the method of the flash chromatography and preparative HPLC were mastered;

During the second half of the internship, the following activities were carried out:

– synthesis by the ‘micro-method’ of the fatty acid derivative and hydrophilic dye ATTO532 from the rhodamine group;

– synthesis of the clickable derivatives of fatty acids bearing 3H-diazirin, developed method of their synthesis, isolation and purification;

– the interaction of the previously synthesized by Redkin R.H. spiro-derivative with the fluorescent coumarinic nucleus R-203 with a range of liposomes – dipalmitoyl- phosphatidylcholine -cholesterol (1:1, DPPC/Chol) and          sphingomyelin-cholesterol (1:1, SM-Chol) by fluorescence measuring method in their solutions using the Fluoromax-4 spectrophotometer (HoribaScientific).

During the two semesters of the internship in the Czech Republic, 18 presentations were made at the internal laboratory seminars and 3 reports were made on the basis of the results of experimental studies;

– on May 25, 2018, the results of research at the interlaboratory seminar ‘Chemical Biology’ were presented at the IOCB (moderator: Dr. Anna Tsakhova)

During the internship, Redkin R.H. together with other postdoctoral students took part in the scientific discussion with Prof. John Sutherland, invited by the IOCB, the Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University, Great Britain; the 2-day training on ‘design of imagelike molecules’ was held at the IOCB with support of the company “Astra Zeneca” (lecturer: David Andrews, iStrategy Oncology, IMED Biotech Unit Cambridge) took part in 2 seminars “Prague membrane discussion”.

The research results were also presented at the All-Ukrainian field-oriented conferences: II All-Ukrainian Scientific Conference “Actual problems of chemistry: research and prospects”, (16.05.2018, Zhytomyr); All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference with international participation “Synthesis and analysis of biologically active substances and medicinal substances”, dedicated to the 80th  anniversary of Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Haidukevych A.N. (April 12-13, 2018, NUPh, Kharkov).

During the reporting period, 2 theses of papers and 2 articles were published. Internship certificates were received.

June 11-29, 2018 – scientific and pedagogical internship of the academic staff of the Department of Management and Economics of Pharmacy of the IPhPQI of the NUPh Adonkina Victoriia Yuriievna, Artiukh Tetiana Oleksandrivna, Zarichkova Mariia Volodymyrivna, Muzyka Tamara Fedorivna) under the program ‘Organization of the educational process, training programs, innovative technologies and scientific work on the basis of the Higher School of Business of the National-Louis University,’ Opole (Poland).

Participation in lectures and seminars with a total volume of 108 hours.

The internship program included participation in lectures and seminars with a total volume of 108 hours with the following modules:

Module 1. Organization of the educational process and training of students in Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu – National-Louis University, Opole, Poland (36 hours).

Module 2. Distance part of the internship (June 11-25) included study of the organizational structure of the University and training programs through access to the official website of the University; acquaintance with educational and methodological support of the educational process; study of the distance education and distance course experience for selective subjects; work with the University repository and the electronic library fund; acquaintance with virtual lecture courses of the University faculty members in various disciplines.

Module 3. Full-time part of the internship (June 26-29): presentation of the NUPh; obtaining of the internship Diploma; vocational guidance work and presentation of the higher pharmaceutical education of Ukraine on the example of the National University of Pharmacy in Poland.

June 18-28, 2018 – visit of the head of the Organic Chemistry Department Prof. Shemchuk Leonid Antonovych to the Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland.

As a result of the visit, an agreement was reached on the practical training for the NUPh students at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Poznan University of Medical Sciences (the NUPh students will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies) in the framework of the existing cooperation agreement. The planned number of students – 10, the agreed duration of the practical training – 2 weeks.

The following issues were agreed during the visit: results of joint research; editorial aspects of future publications; further directions of joint research; coordination of opportunities for academic exchanges of students and young scientists, including and within the framework of the Erasmus + grant program.

During the new competition (September-October), an application will be submitted that foresees 2 months of practice, 3 months of training. At the moment, the Polish side is ready to take 2-3 students per year to study, but the main requirement for students is knowledge of the Polish language.

The Poznan University of Medical Sciences provides accommodation, nutrition, and cultural program.

An agreement on the internship of scientists from the Department of Organic Chemistry of the NUPh was reached with Prof. Zaprutko:

  • Levashov D.V. (10.01.19 – 10.04.19);
  • Leha D.О. (01.04.19 – 30.06.19);
  • internship of Kovalska O.V. (Department of Inorganic Chemistry, NUPh).

History of cooperation

The Poznan University of Medical Sciences is a long-standing partner of the NUPh. For 10 years, the Department of Organic Chemistry of the NUPh cooperates with the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Poznan University of Medical Sciences (Head of the Department, Prof. L. Zaprutko) on the issue of a joint textbook writing (in progress). During the last 5 years, joint scientific researches were conducted, which became the basis for the agreement on the internship of two employees of the Department of Organic Chemistry of the NUPh (Assistant Levashov D.V., Assistant Leha D.O.):

  1. 1 article was published, 2 articles were prepared for publication of in the high-ranking European scientific editions.
  2. 3 theses were published.
  3. The Polish colleagues conducted 27 РС studies of compounds synthesized at the NUPh and conducted a full range of physical and chemical studies to establish the structure of 50 new compounds.

During the visit to our Polish colleagues (Prof. L. Zaprutko and Prof. A. Jela), Prof. Shemchuk L.A. took part in the conference ‘Chemistry beyond nature.’

June 4-8, 2018 – Head of Physical and Colloidal Chemistry Department prof. Kabachyi V.I. visited the Republic of Lithuania.

The visit was made to discuss possibilities of NUPh participation in carrying out experimental research in the field of ecologically clean biotechnologies offered by the Ukrainian side, according to the Cooperation Agreement N11-17 d.d. from 24.11.2017 between the National University of Pharmacy and the Agricultural Chamber of Lithuania, establishing scientific cooperation with field-related institutions of Lithuania in areas of innovative research (a variety of environmentally safe biotechnologies).

During the trip, presentation of preliminary results of application of innovative biotechnologies in agroindustrial production have been presented and discussed. As a result of participation in the event, mutually beneficial contacts with scientists “CENTER FOR RESEARCH OF NATURE” have been set up regarding the study of mechanisms for increasing the seed production of plants, intentions and interests of the parties have been discussed, cooperation agreement has been concluded.

In May 21-25, 2018 Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry of Natural Compounds Lenchyk Larysa V. and the Head of International Relations Department Skrypnyk Olena O. took part in the 2nd Erasmus+ International Staff Week “Internationalization From Local to Global” within the grant program Erasmus+ at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU).

The purpose of the event: to provide an interactive presentation for international students, lecturers and staff of the international departments of universities possibilities of international cooperation within the Erasmus+ program (direction: credit mobility – KA107).

The NUPh delegation has attended lectures: “International studies: Global Issues and Local Experience” (Prof. Alvydas Sarlauskas, Vice-Dean for International Affairs); Communications and Leadership (prof. Mindaugas Stankunas, Department of Health Management).

The LSMU Academic Mobility Department has presented forms of academic mobility within Erasmus+, methods for disseminating information among students and the University’s divisions regarding grant programs, as well as promotional, presentation and branded production with the Erasmus logo. The difficulty in preparing project applications, topic issues during implementation of mobility, ways of possible solution, and experience of organization and documentary support of projects on academic mobility have been discussed.

The International Staff Week was attended by representatives of international departments of Universities from 12 countries of the world: Turkey (Hacettepe University -Ankara), France (Nice Sophia Antipolis University), Bulgaria (Medical University – Sofia), Hungary (University of Sopron), Poland (WSB University in Wroclaw), Kazakhstan (NUPh partner – Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, Almaty), Spain (Valladolid University), Czech Republic (Charles University in Prague, agreement on cooperation is currently under consideration), Austria (University of Veterinary Medicine), Portugal (Escola Universitaria Vasco da Gama). The representatives of universities discussed the issue of concluding agreements on cooperation in the field of pharmacy, biotechnology and chemistry.

The NUPh delegation discussed possibilities of cooperation with the Deputy Dean of LSMU Pharmaceutical Faculty Prof. Valdas Jakštas (joint scientific research with NUPh department of Chemistry of Natural Compounds is scheduled for October 2018). At the meeting with Deputy Dean for International Affairs NUPh representatives discussed opportunities for participation in the other grants programs, such as: Horison 2020, Marie Skladowska-Curie, Jean Monnet, etc.

During the visit to Kaunas, the delegation visited Faculty of Pharmacy, department of Pharmacognosy of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Library, Medical Center for Emergency Medicine, and Botanical Garden of the University named after Vytautas the Great / Vytautas Magnus University.

Due to obtained grants with LSMU, in September 2018 NUPh will open doors for two students of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences for studies during one semester in the academic year 2018-2019 within Erasmus+ KA107 credit mobility.

Participation in the International Staff Week was possible due to Erasmus+ grant program and carried out in accordance with the Grant Agreements and Mobility Agreements signed by both parties (NUPh and LSMU). Upon completion of the training, the corresponding certificates have been obtained.

Participation in such events can be very promising. First, the Erasmus + International Staff Week is a unique interactive format that brings together academics mobility activists from different countries (incl. scientists, lecturers, students and administrative staff). Representatives from over 20 countries face-to-face talk about the most up-to-date opportunities and provide practical recommendations. Secondly, participation in such events is counted as an academic grant through the Erasmus + grant (“zero grant”), which is extremely important for increasing the University’s international performance.

From May 18 to May 26, 2018, delegation of the National University Pharmacy visited the Medical University of Warsaw

The NUPh delegation consisting of Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy Professor Koshovyi Oleh Mykolaiovych, Professor of the Department of Pharmacognosy Ilina Tetiana Vasylivna and Associate Professor of the Department of Pharmacotherapy Zhabotynska Nataliia Volodymyrivna with a group of students: Alieksieichuk Kateryna V., Hrytsai Nadiia F., Kapelka Ihor H., Kravchuk Yuliia V., Kryvolapova Anna A., Myha Mykhail M. and Vlasova Inna K. visited the Medical University of Warsaw (Poland, Warsaw) from May 18, 2018 to May 26, 2018.

During the visit, Professor Koshovyi O. M., Professor Ilina T.V. and Associate Professor Zhabotynska N.V. underwent a pedagogical internship on the basis of the Warsaw Medical University and headed the group of students during the practical training in Pharmacognosy and introductory medical practical training in the framework of the inter-university agreement between the National University of Pharmacy and the Medical University of Warsaw. Postgraduate student of the Department of Pharmacognosy Myha M. M. had an internship on the basis of the Department of Pharmacognosy, where he performed a part of his scientific dissertation.

During the visit, the NUPh delegation had a series of meetings, training and educative activities: meeting with staff of the International Department of the Medical University of Warsaw, visit to the Department of Pharmacognosy (where each student personally mastered several methods of pharmacognostical analysis), Department of Otolaryngology (presence during the tumor removal surgery) and the Stimulation Center.

The delegation visited the Warsaw Botanical Garden, the Royal Lazenki Park, the Warsaw Zoo, the Planetarium, the Copernicus Science Center and the Fryderyk Chopin Museum. The delegation had an excursion to the historic center of Warsaw, the residence of the king-warrior Jan III Sobieski and the Royal Park in Vilyanov.

Thus, the organization of the educational process at the Medical University of Warsaw was studied in order to introduce European experience in the NUPh; the faculty members got acquainted with problems of the educational process in medical and pharmaceutical higher education establishments in conditions of new educational and information technologies and integration into the scientific space.

On May 7-9, 2018, employees of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, Associate Professor Trishchuk N.M. and Junior Research Associate Botsula I.V., had a foreign business trip to the Czech Republic in order to participate in the International Conference “CREDENCE Summit Meeting” at the invitation of Janssen and IQVIA.

180 participants from different countries of Europe, Asia and Australia took part in the Conference. The Conference was devoted to the clinical research “Randomized, double-blind, event-driven, placebo-controlled, multicenter study of the cannaroglofosin effect on renal and cardiovascular systems outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and diabetic nephropathy,” the study code 28431754DNE3001.

The trip resulted in scientifically substantiated answers obtained to the following questions: current research data on the group of sugar-lowering drugs (SGLT2), namely, cannagliflozin; peculiarities of the study 28431754DNE3001, intermediate results of the study are presented, questions of the protocol updates (INT5-INT6), review of the updated system for electronic patient registration and difficulties in completing the SRF, deadlines for completing reports on suspicion of an undesirable reaction to the study drug.

The reports were delivered by: Steering Committee Chairman (Vlado Perckovic), Robert Edwards and Alan Jenkins (Janssen), Renata Yong (George Clinical), EMEA Scientific Lead (Hiddo L. Heerspink), Joedy Lister (IQVIA) Hiddo L. Heerspink), Joedy Lister (IQVIA).

The NUPh delegation also took part in master classes on the following topics:

– reporting on a study endpoints;

– search for the best practices;

– skills of analysis and management of patients after identification of the reasons for their refusal in further monitoring and participation.

Methods to identify the main problems, which researchers have in the 3rd year of the study, were developed; the participants shared their experience (different countries and hospitals).

On April 22 – 26, 2018, delegation of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy of the National University of Pharmacy, consisting of: Prof. Zupanets I.A. Assoc. Prof. Zupanets K.O., Assoc. Prof. Shebeko S.K. and the Assistant Zhulai T.S. participated in the 27th Congress of the European Rhinologic Society / ERS 2018 27th Congress of the European Rhinologic Society, which was devoted to the problems of diagnosis, endoscopic treatment of acute and chronic polypous rhinosinusitis, London (UK).

More than 1800 delegates from more than 60 countries of the world took part in the Congress, including 33 delegates from Ukraine. Issues of preclinical studies in otolaryngology, in particular in rhinology, were considered during the Congress.

Within the framework of the scientific part of the Congress, the NUPh delegation presented the oral report entitled “Experimental study of the effect of Sinupret on the course of leukotriene-dependent inflammation as a drug for pathogenetic therapy of rhinosinusitis” (authors: Prof. Zupanets I.A., Assoc. Prof. Zupanets K.O., Assoc. Prof. Shebeko S.K., spokesperson: Assoc. Prof. Zupanets K.O.) and poster report “Perspectives for use of the new nasal spray with anti-inflammatory action in treatment of acute rhinosinusitis” (authors: Zhulai T.S., Shebeko S.K., NUPh in co-authorship with Hoi A.M., JSC “Farmak”, spokespersons: Zhulai T.S., Shebeko S.K.) and took part in various scientific events: round tables, master classes, symposiums, debates, etc.

As a result, new knowledge in the field of rhinology was acquired; scientific cooperation on preclinical and clinical research in this area was broadened. The collection of abstracts, including reports of the NUPh representatives, was published.

Participants received Certificates, which are equal to 30 credits in accordance with CME / CPD Accreditation.

On March 26-30, 2018, Head of the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry of the National University of Pharmacy Prof. Kabachnyi V.I. had a business trip to the Republic of Lithuania under the contract of 24.11.2017 between the National University of Pharmacy and the Agricultural Chamber of the Republic of Lithuania.

Purpose of the trip is to participate in the experimental research of technology using the ecologically-friendly crop activators proposed by the NUPh, and to establish scientific cooperation between the NUPh and the interested institutions of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of innovative scientific research (various environmentally safe biotechnologies).

As a result of the trip, contacts were established with scientists and producers of agrobiological products, areas for possible cooperation were discussed and the cooperation agreement was signed.

On March 12-13, 2018, Head of the Department of Pharmacotherapy Prof. Kireiev Ihor Volodymyrovych participated in the international scientific and practical conference “PRO2TEST” at the invitation of Akebia Therapeutics Inc. (Prague, Czech Republic).

During the conference, the issues of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of dapepoetin and adadastat, effectiveness and safety of their therapeutic use were considered; schemes of pharmacotherapy during chronic kidney disease for the correction of anemia, in comorbid conditions; use of the HemoCue apparatus for rapid detection of hemoglobin levels in order to further adjust its amount, depending on the transmitted coronary and thromboembolic events.

During the visit to the Czech Republic an agreement was concluded with the NUPh on educational, methodological and scientific cooperation for the purpose of coordination with the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Faculty of the Charles University, Hradec Karlov. A visit to the Czech Republic of the NUPh delegation is planned in the nearest future with a view to discussing joint participation in projects of the Erasmus + grant program.

On February 16-25, 2018, delegation of the National University of Pharmacy made a business trip to the Kingdom of Belgium to participate in the International Conference ChemCYS 2018 at the invitation of the Flemish Young Scientists’ Organization “Jong-KVCV”.

The NUPh delegation consisted of: staff of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Head of the Department, Professor Georgiyants Viktoriia Akopivna, Associate Professor Bevz Nataliia Yuriivna, Associate Professor Harna Nataliia Vasylivna, postgraduate student Bezruk Ivan Volodymyrovych, postgraduate student Dobrova Anna Olehivna; staff of the Department of Quality, Standardization and Certification of Drugs of the Institute for Pharmacy Professionals’ Qualification I,provement of the NUPh: Head of the Department, Professor Harna Svitlana Vasylivna, Associate Professor Mishchenko Volodymyr Anatoliiovych, Assistant Anna Materiienko; Head of the State scientific-research laboratory of the NUPh for medicinal substances quality control Hubar Svitlana Mukolaiivna.

Visits to the faculties of pharmaceutical sciences at the Universities of Ghent and Antwerp were conducted during the trip.

During the visit, the NUPh delegation had a meeting with the Head of the Department of Medical Chemistry, Professor Koen Augustyns and discussed the ways of possible cooperation.

This was a great opportunity to get acquainted with the peculiarities of pharmaceutical education in Belgium: future pharmacists begin their training with a bachelor of pharmacy. During this training program, a student receives general and scientific competences, as well as basic knowledge of basic medicines (“pharmaceutical knowledge”) and diseases (“medical basic knowledge”). After the Bachelor’s  Degree, pharmacists can continue their education through two primary Master’s Programs. In the Master’s Programs in pharmaceutical care, emphasis is placed on the relationship between a patient-pharmacist, a patient physician and a patient-care provider. This program is primarily prepares for work in a pharmacy or in a hospital, possibly after qualification improvement program “Master-after-Master” in a hospital pharmacy. It can also lead to the career of a researcher, work with the government, and so on. The Master in Drug Development focuses on a medicine itself, rather than on a patient-oriented context. Students who are more focused on the industry tend to choose the direction of their Master’s Degree in drug development, often with a postgraduate program “Master-after-Master” in industrial pharmacy.

On February 21-23, the delegation took part in the conference ChemCYS 2018 in Blankenberge.

On the first day they attended a lecture by Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, Doctor of Sciences, Professor Bernard Feringa on the topic: “The Art of Building Small.”

Posters of the Assistant of the Department of Quality and Standardization of IPhPQI Anna Materiienko Sergiivna on the topic “Development of control methods for studying pollutions of pharmaceutical production in wastewater” and Associate Professor of the Department of Quality and Standardization of IPhPQI Mishchenko Volodymyr Anatoliiovych on the topic “Anticonvulsant activity of herbal substances”.

On the second day of the conference, there was a lecture by Doctor of Science, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham Sir Martin Polakoff “Towards Greener Photochemistry.”

On the same day, postgraduate students of the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department Bezruk Ivan Volodymyrovych and Dobrova Anna Olehivna presented oral presentations on the topics: “Using the HPLC Method for Quantitative Determination of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the Process of Industrial Synthesis” and “Study of Doxycycline Interaction with Some Mineral Waters and Drinks” respectively. In addition, their papers were presented by Professor Harna Svitlana Vasylivna and Professor Georgyants Viktoriia Akopivna, Associate Professor Harna Nataliia Vasylivna, Bevz Nataliia Yuriivna, Hubar Svitlana Mykoliivna.

On the final day of the conference, master classes and seminars were attended, as well as a lecture by Doctor of Sciences, Professor Joe van Hinderhochter “Becoming an Immune Against Cancer: Development of Anti-Cancer Vaccines.”

On February 11 – 28, 2018, at the invitation of the Lithuanian Pharmaceutical Association, the Dean of the qualification improvement department of the Institute of Pharmacy Professionals Qualification Improvement of the National University of Pharmacy, Candidate of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Professor Velykyi Dmytro Lvovych visited the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Kaunas, Lithuania).

The purpose of this business trip: acquaintance with the postgraduate education experience of the pharmaceutical industry specialists accumulated by the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, with the experience of professional associations of the Republic of Lithuania (Vilnius).

In the course of his business trip, Assoc. Prof. Velykyi D.L. familiarized himself with the legal framework that regulates the continuous professional development of pharmacy specialists of the Republic of Lithuania, and its practical implementation.

The Republic of Lithuania has a three-stage pharmaceutical education: pre- and postgraduate pharmaceutical education (advanced training) and continuous professional development.

Postgraduate pharmaceutical education lasts from 1 to 10 years. The requirements for it are outlined in the national standards of higher pharmaceutical education. Responsibility for training is assigned to higher education institutions, Ministry of Health, professional associations.

Continuous professional development lasts for 30-40 years, that is, during the whole work activity of a specialist. Responsibility is assigned personally to the pharmacist, the Lithuanian Pharmaceutical Association, the Ministry of Health, and others.

The role of various organizations in the continuous professional development of pharmacists:

  1. Healthcare authorities (seminars, on-the-job training, companies).
  2. Higher education institutions (new technologies, lectures, seminars).
  3. Lithuanian Association of Pharmacists, international programs (congresses, conferences, internships abroad).

The right to choose the form of continuing professional education remains directly with the pharmacist.

The confirmation of professional competence is expressed through the credit system. Appropriate scales are used to assess the scope and the quality of professional competence. In the absence of the necessary number of credits within 5 years, the professional competence is confirmed in the profile commissions (administration and LFA).

Failure of the specialist to meet the state’s requirements for his/her own continuous professional development can lead to the withdrawal of a certificate (license) for pharmaceutical activi

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