PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Overview

Overview

What is today the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry started as a Pharmaceutical Chemistry Section within the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Pharmacy in 1974 with one lecturer and one tutorial fellow.  By 1977, the section had 4 lecturers and in 1995, it was elevated to a full department in the newly established Faculty of Pharmacy with Prof. I. O. Kibwage as the first Chairman. He served in this capacity until 2004 when he was elected Dean, School of Pharmacy. He was succeeded by Prof. G.N. Thoithi who served upto 2007 and was succeded by Dr. K.O. Abuga. The current chairman Dr. S.N. Ndwigah  took over from Dr. Abuga in 2017.

Currently the department has nine members of academic staff consisting of two Professors, one Associate Professor, three Senior Lecturers and three Lecturers, all Kenyans.  The department has seven members of highly trained and experienced technical staff and three members of administrative and support staff.

The Department is actively involved in teaching medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical analysis as well as aspects of good laboratory and manufacturing practices.

The Department is charged with the core functions of training of undergraduate pharmacy students, postgraduate training in relevant specialities, research and provision of consultancy services to both the public and private sector. The Drug Analysis and Research Unit (http://pharmchem.uonbi.ac.ke/node/806) within the Department is actively involved in research into the quality of medicines in the Kenyan market.

The Department also houses The East and Central African Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a premier international , peer reviewed open access journal in the Great Lakes region. The journal is available at http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/projects/ecajournal/

 

Thematic Units

Thematic Units
  1.  Pharmaceutical Analysis

This thematic area deals with quality control of Pharmaceuticals and related products. The Department offers analytical services to Pharmaceutical industries, government agencies, Pharmaceutical importers and distributors as the Drug Analysis and Research Unit (DARU)

Training in this thematic area is offered at undergraduate (B. Pharm) and post graduate levels. Relevant post graduate programmes have been mounted to build capacity within the country and the region. The Postgraduate programmes offered under the Pharmaceutical Analysis thematic area include;

The Department has highly qualified members of staff to carry out teaching, research and service provision in Pharmaceutical Analysis.

Career opportunities

The students upon successful completion of the master’s programme will have the necessary skills and competencies to find employment in a wide range of institutions such as hospitals, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, private research institutions, local and national government authorities and agencies.

 Research and Projects

The thematic unit supports both postgraduate and undergraduate student’s research by providing facilities and supervision in carrying cutting edge research in pharmaceutical analysis. The Drug Analysis and Research Unit is testimony to top-notch research undertaken by the Department.

Alumni

All B.Pharm graduates are alumni of the Pharmaceutical Chemistry thematic unit. The alumni are listed at the School of Pharmacy website.

The Department prides itself for being the premier institution to  offer a postgraduate degree in Pharmacy in Kenya. 

      2  Medicinal Chemistry

This Thematic area deals with chemistry, design and synthesis of biologically active compounds. The department carries out in vitro and in vivo testing of bioactive compounds of natural origin as well as synthetic compounds. Training in this thematic area is offered at undergraduate (B. Pharm) level. Masters degree in medicinal Chemistry is under development.

Career opportunities

Medicinal chemistry is the application of chemical research techniques to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Earlier medicinal chemists were primarily concerned with the creation of new synthetic drug compounds. Medicinal chemistry is almost always geared toward drug discovery and development.

The students upon successful completion of the master’s programme will have the necessary skills and competencies to find employment in a wide range of institutions such as hospitals, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, private research institutions, local and national government authorities and agencies.

Research and Projects

The thematic unit supports both postgraduate and undergraduate student’s research by providing facilities and supervision in carrying out the isolation of compounds from plants and testing the same for pharmacological activity.

Alumni

All B.Pharm graduates are alumni of the Medicinal Chemistry thematic unit. The alumni are listed at the School of Pharmacy website.

C) Radiopharmacy

This thematic area of radiopharmacy provides students comprehensive training and the opportunity to acquire the scientific knowledge, technical skills and professional judgment required to promote patient care through assurance of the safe and efficacious use of radiopharmaceuticals and ancillary medications for diagnosis and therapy.

Additionally the programme is geared to the development of professionals who can solve problems, think logically and work independently or collaboratively to conduct research that will add to the knowledge base in nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceutical science. Training in this thematic area is offered at undergraduate (B. Pharm) level. Postgraduate programmes iares under development.

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