2015-2016 Academic Year Spring Term graduates of the Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy received their diplomas with a glorious ceremony held at NEU Atatürk Culture and Congress Center (AKKM). the graduation ceremony was realized with participation of NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, NEU vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Şenol Bektaş and Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, NEU General Secretary Asst. Prof. Dr. Yeter Tabur, Prof. Dr. IhsanÇalış, Dean of NEU Faculty of Pharmacy, Turkey’s notable pharmacist Mehmet Müderrisoğlu, faculty members, students and their parents. The graduation ceremony began with stand in silence and followed by national anthem. The mini concert performed by Uz Kudret Akkum, the teaching staff of Music Teaching Department of Atatürk Faculty of Education, received standing ovation. Prior to the presentation of diplomas Faculty’s Dean Prof. Dr. Ihsan Çalış, Pharmacist Mehmet Müderrisoğlu, and NEU Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, delivered opening remarks and wish good luck and continuing success for graduates. Top ranking graduates were awarded with gold medals…… Following the speeches, the graduates ranking the top of the academic year 2015-2016 were presented their diplomas and decorated with gold medals by NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel. Then, all graduates took the stage and received their diplomas. Students and their parents experienced a great happiness and pride upon the presentation of the diplomas. The graduation ceremony ended with throwing graduation caps with the joy and excitement of setting a foot towards their new career.
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Environmental Projects From Department of Public Relations and Promotion Various social responsibility studies have been carried out by Department of Public Relations and Promotion under Faculty of Communication since 2005 and most of these studies are on the environmental subjects. According to a press statement released by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, the recycling projects has first time started with the “Blue Cap” project in 2011 and continued since then. The caps collected throughout the application of this project used to provide wheel chairs for disabled persons. The project was organised and carried out by Ufuk Altunç, lecturer of the Department of Public Relations and Promotion of Faculty of Communication, and students of the department. The results of the project not only provided significant support to the disabled people but raised environmental awareness at a certain level.
Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy was represented successfully at the Pharmacovigilance Congress
Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy was represented successfully at the 2nd National Pharmacovigilance Congress that held in Ankara. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of NEU, Dr. İlker Gelişen, lecturer at Faculty of Pharmacy, member of Board of Directors of Pharmacovigilance Association and organizing committee, indicated that the 2nd National Pharmacovigilance Congress aimed to bring together all parties involved in the issue and provide platform to discuss the current issues and associated challenges impacting drug safety. Dr. Gelişen underlined that Pharmacovigilance Congress put an emphasize on the importance of the fact that the field of Pharmacovigilance had made huge advancements over the course of time and was continuing to influence various sectors involved in drug products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, as well as cosmetics, food supplements and veterinary products. Dr. Gelişen indicated that posters on “A risk-benefit assessment of metformin”, “TRNC Faculty of Pharmacy students’ knowledge on drug safety and pharmacovigilance and its assessment”, “Evaluation of TRNC pharmacists’ report on adverse reaction and assessment of their knowledge level regarding pharmacovigilance” and “A study on the attitudes and knowledge of TRNC health providers on reporting adverse reaction” were presented by NEU faculty members Prof. Dr. Şahan Saygı, Prof. Dr. İlker Etikan, Prof.Dr. Semra Şardaş, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dudu Özkum Yavuz, specialist pharmacist Mertdoğan Soyalan, and Research Assistants Fehmi Burak Alka, M. Deniz Aydın and Onur Gültekin. Dr. İlker Gelişen chaired the session “selected oral presentations” and also made a presentation on the importance of thalidomide in the history of pharmacovigilance. During his presentation, Dr. Gelişen underlined that many children in the 1960’s, were born with phocomelia as a side effect of the drug thalidomide, resulting in the shortening or absence of limbs. He highlighted that, after subsequent clinical trials, thalidomide had been approved for marketing for several indications including various certain diseases. Dr. Gelişen emphasized that the present day approach to drug safety and adverse event reporting started with the Thalidomide disaster. WHAT IS PHARMACOVIGILANCE? Dr. İlker Gelişen defined pharmacovigilance as the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem. Dr. Gelişen: “Pharmacovigilance can be defined as collecting clinical data regarding drug safety in daily clinical applications, monitoring problems encountered in drug administration, detection of responsible causes, recognition, research, recording, dissemination and taking the necessary measures” said he.
NEU Faculty of Pharmacy represented at International Multidisciplinary Drug, Research and Development Symposium
Dr. İlker Gelişen, lecturer of Faculty of Pharmacy of NEU, represented his faculty along with 250 other participants at the International Multidisciplinary Drug, Research and Development Symposium held by Faculty of Pharmacy of Anadolu University and Pharmacy and Medicine Researchers Association in memory of Prof. Dr. Ünsal Çalış in Eskişehir.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen Başgut, lecturer at Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy, was granted with Oncology Pharmacists Association Award
Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy lecturers Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen and Dr. Adbikarim Mohammed Daud represented Near East University as invitee speakers at the 5th Oncology Pharmacy Congress (OPC 2015) in Istanbul. OPC 2015 Award for her contributions to the education of Faculty of Pharmacy students According to the press release from the directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the 5th Oncology Pharmacy Congress was held at Wyndham Istanbul Old City on November 6-8, 2015. Assoc. Dr. Bilgen Başgut and Dr. Abdikarim Mohammed Daud attended the congress as invitee speakers. On Friday November 6, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen Başkut presented her study on “A dream that came true: Clinical Oncology Pharmacy in Pharmacy Education” and Dr. Adbikarim Mohammed Daud made a presentation on “Mentoring clinically competent graduates for delivering pharmaceutical care”. In recognition of both her contributions to the education of Pharmacy Faculty students by including Oncology Pharmacy course in the curricula of Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy, and her providing consultancy service for case-debate groups of Oncology Pharmacists Association, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen Başkut was granted with OPC 2015 Award at the Plaque Presentation and the 5th Oncology Pharmacy Congress Oscar Awards ceremony that held on November 7, 2015. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen Başgut: “We have actualized a first in TRNC and Turkey, I’m so happy” Voicing her happiness of achieving a first, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen Başgut delivered information regarding the issue. “As Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy, we have achieved a first. We have founded Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Consulting Center (KEIDAM) which is the first of its kind in TRNC and Turkey. Clinical pharmacy is gaining an increasing importance nowadays. In cooperation with the Hospital of Near East University, the Faculty of Pharmacy conducts studies regarding this field and obtains very satisfactory results. We are very happy to be a pioneer in this field. Neither in TRNC nor in Turkey, there is a pharmacy faculty-aided clinical pharmacy center corresponding to the one we have opened within the Faculty of Pharmacy. In this regard, we receive invitations from many congresses to provide information regarding our specific services and establishment process. Previously, there was one similar center which was not aided by Faculty of Pharmacy. And now, following the establishment of our center, a center has been established within the body of a state medicine faculty in Turkey. We have paved the way, we follow the developments with great happiness and we are ready to provide every kind of support to ensure sustainable development in this field. Receiving an award for my contributions to the education of pharmacy students made me happy as well. As Near East University, we always aim to provide better education beyond the international standards” said she.
An International Symposium based on Quality by Design (QbD) approach in Pharmaceutical Industry and ArGe in drugs and production was held at the NEU Faculty of Pharmacy… According to the press info release from the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the 2nd International Symposium & Workshop of NEU Compaction Centre: Solid Dosage Formulation and Process Development “QbD / PAT in Mind” was held at the Near East University, through an organisation made by the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Near East Tourism Enterprises (Dorona Tourism). Great deal of interest was shown to the International Pharmaceutical Industry Meeting… It was revealed that through the sponsoring of BASF and Natoli, the opening cocktail of the aforementioned symposium was held at Kyrenia Oscar Resort Hotel. Furthermore, it was also expressed that worldly renowned scientists had shown a great deal of interest to this International Pharmaceutical Industry meeting. Simulated applications were made… In addition to the above, it was emphasised that the symposium was organised through efforts of Dr. Metin Çelik and Dr. Yıldız Özalp, and that the opening speeches were made by Dean of NEU Faculty of Pharmacy; Prof. Dr. İhsan Çalış and Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ. Moreover, it was stated that many issued were discussed , including Compaction Simulator applications and the benefits of formulation and results of processes . Contribution to the cooperation between the university and the industry… It was pointed out that the Compaction Simulator at the NEU Faculty of Pharmacy was used and that it was believed that this had led to contribution future cooperation opportunities between NEU and the pharmaceutical industry. ArGe departments of Turkish Drug Industry also attended the symposium… Additionally, it was expressed that leading pharmaceutical companies from Turkey, such as Abdi İbrahim, Bilim, Nobel, Mustafa Nevzat, PharmaVision, Berko İlac ArGe showed great interest to the symposium; alongside international raw material and firms such as BASF and Ashland, and Natoli Tablet Compression.