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.

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