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$2.4 Million Renewal of a National Institutes of Health Grant

A $2.4 million R01 grant renewal awarded to Department of Pharmaceutics - VCU School of Engineering Research Team...[Full Story Here]


Pharmaceutics Hands-On PK/PD Modeling Workshop 2017 Announced

VCU Hands-On PK/PD Modeling Workshop 2017

Dr. Jurgen Venitz is pleased to announce the 2017 VCU Hands-On PK/PD Modeling Workshop which will take place from June 12 – June 17, 2017. This workshop is hosted by the VCU School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics PK/PD research group
This workshop is designed for drug development scientists in pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies and academia who want to understand and master PK/PD (pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic) modeling techniques to assist in the clinical pharmacological evaluation of drug products. This interactive hands-on workshop has been given successfully on numerous occasions to diverse professional/scientific audiences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and to more than 100 clinical pharmacology fellows, reviewers and team leaders at FDA (OCP), NIH and Walter Reed Army Research Institute (WRAIR); it is part of a graduate-level Advanced PK course at VCU for M.S. and Ph.D. students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.
For more information and registration details, please refer to the attached PDF: PKPDModelingWorkshop2017.

PCEU Recruiting Faculty

Tenure-track Faculty Positions


Virginia Commonwealth University

The Department of Pharmaceutics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications from qualified candidates for one or two 12-month, tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level.  The successful candidates will have a Doctoral degree (PhD/PharmD/MD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences or a related discipline, and will be expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program by securing extramural funding and demonstrating an exceptional record of scholarship.  The successful candidates will also have a genuine interest for excellence in teaching, and will be expected to participate in teaching activities in the PharmD curriculum and in the graduate program in Pharmaceutics.  The qualified candidates will also have demonstrated experience or show commitment to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment as a faculty member at VCU. While applications from all areas in Pharmaceutics will be considered, those candidates whose research interests expand and complement existing expertise in the department, including clinical pharmacokinetics, drug disposition and transport, nanomedicine and materials science with a focus on novel drug delivery systems and design are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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Compounding Lab Grand Opening

Compounding Lab

At the ribbon-cutting for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy’s Center for Compounding Practice and Research, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., spoke to the room of faculty, staff, students and state legislators about the university’s innovative approach to education. [read entire article here]


Dr Sweet Appointed E. Claiborne Robins Chairman

Douglas Sweet, chairman of the VCU School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutics,  has been appointed to the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship.

The late SOP alumnus E. Claiborne Robins (B.S. ’33) and his wife, Lora, endowed the professorship in 1987 [read entire article here].



Dr Byron Leaves Global Legacy after 28 Years of Service

End of an Era: Byron Leaves Global Legacy After 28 Years of Service

Peter R. Byron, VCU School of Pharmacy’s E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor, has retired as of January, 1, 2016.

He leaves a global legacy through his instruction as well as the inspiration he provided both students and colleagues, saysJoanne Peart. Now an affiliate associate professor at the School of Pharmacy, she was a second-year  Ph.D. student at [read entire article here].