Scientific Achievements and Research Projects.
The School of Pharmacy has proudly achieved advance rankings in local and regional competitions pertaining to academic excellence and research orientation. The latter can be summarized as follows:
1. In the post graduate National Pharmacy Proficiency Exam, conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education (MHE) the School of Pharmacy came in first in the 2006/2007 (last edition) exam. At least 16 national universities participated in the exam and our school was ranked number one.
2. A vast number of professors at the school won a plethora of national and international prizes in the last 10 years as follows:
- The best Scientific Research Achievement Award of the Ministry of Higher Education in the last three years.
- The Best International Academic Achievement Award by Al-Najah University , Palestine in 2008
- Ten Faculty members were announced winners in the University of Jordan Distinguished Researcher Award in the years 2009-2010.
3. A publication to faculty member ration of 3:1 has been achieved by the School of Pharmacy. The latter ratio exceeds the national and international figures for distinguished universities.
4. Faculty members have several registered international and national patents and copyrights.
5. Funded research projects: Many of the research projects conducted at the faculty laboratories, and/or in collaboration with other institutions in and outside the university, are supported by funds from various sources and agencies, particularly, the Deanship of Academic (Scientific) Research at UJ (DAR-UJ) and the Scientific Research Support Fund (SRSF) at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR).
The Faculty of Pharmacy strongly believes in the role of community service in development. These sevices are summarized by:
1. The active participation in the national program Faculty for Factory (FFF). The program is designed to provide all local industries (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical) with expertise and training to raise their standards and quality of their products with cost-effectiveness analysis. The emphasis is on small to medium size manufacturers that cannot afford the expenses of hiring an academic expert to help them work out any troubleshooting in any stage of the manufacturing and marketing processes. The FFF program is sponsored by international agencies such as USAID and USDA. Eight of the faculty members at the School of Pharmacy have participated in the FFF program in the past 5 years.
2. Holding free medical days to serve remote area in the country that do not have readily access to pharmaceutical care. Three days were successfully completed in 2011.
3. Providing continuous education (CE) courses for community pharmacists in collaboration with the Jordanian Pharmacists Association (JPA). In addition, four scientific days and 5 workshops were provided by faculty members of the School of Pharmacy this year alone. The goal of these events is to provide the working pharmacist with recent clinical and professional updates in order to improve the level of pharmaceutical care in the Jordanian population.
4. Providing endless resources for the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) to use the expertise of the faculty members in the various drug evaluation and registration committees in order to ensure the best possible quality of medications marketed to the Jordanian population. About half of the academic members of these committees are of our staff.
5. Establishing a unit for pharmaceutical care at the Jordan University Hospital and providing MTM services to patients at JUH and three other major hospitals in Amman, Jordan. The latter include The Royal Medical Services (RMS), Hamzah Hospital and Jordan Hospital. In fact, the following units are established and operated by the School of Pharmacy:
Pharmaceutical Care Unit (PCU):
The Pharmaceutical Care Unit was established at the University of Jordan Hospital in 2008 in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy / University of Jordan. The unit provides pharmaceutical care service for inpatients in the internal medicine, pediatrics and general surgery wards. The department also provides patient education for outpatients. This unit is the first of its kind in Jordan and is currently providing clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care services to more than 2000 patients per month (both in- and out-patients).
The main aims of this unit are to:
- Provide clinical pharmacy services to ensure safe and effective use of medicines
- Provide patient education about medicines
- Conduct studies and research about the use of medicines.
Drug Design and Discovery Unit (3DU):
The Drug Design and Discovery Unit at Jordan University (3DUJU) was established in 2004 at the Faculty of Pharmacy with the basic goal of developing and implementing advanced computer-aided molecular modeling techniques towards the discovery of novel biologically active molecules that can be developed into drugs.
In 3DUJU we implement innovative combinations of molecular modeling methodologies by hybridizing pharmacophore modeling with QSAR analysis; molecular docking and 3D-QSAR (e.g., CoMFA and RSA); in silico screening and natural products. We also implement smart discovery techniques that take advantage of established drugs and agrochemicals as sources of leads for subsequent development.
Pharmaceutical Solutions Unit (PSU) at Hamdi Mango Center for Scientific Research (HMCSR):
This is a new unit that is recently established at Hamdi Mango Center for Scientific Research (HMCSR) with the purpose of providing practical pharmaceutical solutions to problems associated with drug manufacturing, formulation, quality control, and registration.