Alchemy - Issue 28 - Page 3

Dean’s message Summer’s here. As we head into the holiday season, we look back with pride at the past few months of achievements and activity. In August, two of our faculty projects were recognised as top 30 health innovations with the potential to change global health over the next 15 years. One is the Inhaled Oxytocin Project, the catalyst for establishing the world-class HMSTrust Laboratory. The other is our work with malaria – development of a single dose oral treatment. Meanwhile, as antibiotic resistance remains a major public health issue, Professor Jian Li and his team are challenging the emergence of superbugs by re-engineering polymixins. Professor Li’s work has been described by the White House as ‘one of six examples of successful innovation and science cooperation between the US and Australia’. If you’re in pharmacy, you’ll be interested in some changing trends. Pharmacists are moving out of the dispensary and being placed at the centre of primary health care. Whether it’s tending wounds, helping pregnant mothers or volunteering their services to help refugees, our graduates are making a direct impact on the real world. For some insider news, don’t miss our profiles of talented students and staff. See what drives them, what they want to be and how they see the future of pharmacy. Finally, thank you to our generous donors, funding agencies and partners. Your support is crucial for our ongoing activities. To our staff, students and alumni, I wish you a well-deserved break. Here’s to another year of innovation and excitement in 2016! Professor Bill Charman