COMENIUS UNIVERSITY PHARMACY STUDENTS WILL LEARN ABOUT THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF THE FUTURE
Currently the pharmaceutical industry is developing more than seven thousand new medicines. In Slovakia alone, the industry invests more than 34 million euros annually. Thanks to scientific discoveries in the areas of innovative medical treatment, it has become possible to shift the boundaries of combating illness, and thanks to these developments patients have the hope that within the next and five to ten years their lives will be longer and better. From September of this year, students at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Comenius University have been able to learn about the medical treatment of the future. In partnership with medical specialists, the Slovak Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry (AIFP), will bring knowledge to students straight from the field as part of a new subject.
By: CU Public Relations Office
"Currently all of society feels the need to more intensively connect education and practice. Alongside the Slovak Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry (AIFP), this step is something we are fulfilling in a meaningful way and we are giving our students a great opportunity to gain priceless knowledge from decisive experts from real working environments," said Professor Ján Klimas from Comenius University’s Faculty of Pharmacy.
The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations is running a campaign with the aim of explaining the benefits and development of new medical treatments of the future to both the wider public as well as to students. Selected top-level European universities are a part of this project. In the Czech Republic, Charles University was chosen to take part, whereas in Slovakia this honour was given to Comenius University in Bratislava. "We are pleased that Comenius University has been chosen to be a part of this unique project. Of course, we see this as a great commitment. It is clearly another example of our focus on becoming a modern research institution. Thanks to the partnership between the Faculty of Pharmacy and the AIFP, innovations shall become a common part of teaching pharmacy students," said Comenius University Rector, Professor Karol Mičieta.
A new subject entitled Innovative Medicines in Pharmacotherapy has been approved by the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Pharmacy as a regular subject. Successfully completing this compulsory elective subject will give students knowledge of achieved progress in pharmacotherapy in recent decades and of milestones in the treatment of serious illnesses as well as significant investment in science and research. Alongside this, they will be able to become familiar with examples of innovative treatment methods in selected medical fields in Slovakia and abroad as well as with obstacles and solutions which arise when using these new methods in practice. Students at Comenius University have been able to enrol in the subject since September this year.
Innovative medicines protect, lengthen, and improve the lives of people. Thanks to scientific discoveries, the once feared HIV virus has become a manageable disease, and people with Alzheimer’s disease have three groups of medicines available to them which slow down its progression; furthermore, the last hope for blood cancer patients is no longer just a bone marrow transplant. "Innovations in the pharmaceutical industry have been undergoing a revolution recently, but this does not mean that we will not face new challenges. In order for healthcare systems to be prepared for these challenges, it is important that they react flexibly and ensure equal, just, and maintainable patient access to new medicines," said the AIFP director, Katarína Slezáková.