UHA NEWS - Volume 4, Number 9 * November 2003
Pharmaceutical Research Institute debuts on UHA campus
Albany College of Pharmacy has established its Pharmaceutical Research Institute in the former Bender Hygienic Laboratory building on the south edge of the University Heights Association campus, a major step in the college’s plan to establish a cutting-edge center of scientific research and education.
“This outstanding facility allows us to continue our efforts to enrich our academic and research environments as we prepare our students to be leaders in this new era of health care,” said James. J. Gozzo, Ph.D., the college’s president.
Under the direction of Shaker A. Mousa, Ph.D., formerly of DuPont Pharmaceuticals Co., PRI-Albany is one of only a few such institutes in the country directly affiliated with a pharmacy college. It will seek to collaborate with other academic institutions as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies locally, nationally and internationally, conducting pre-clinical testing and clinical trials to develop drugs for transitioning to industrial manufacture.
Among partners PRI-Albany has developed to date are the Ordway Research Institute, RPI, the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center (a UHA neighbor), Johns Hopkins University, DuPont, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
PRI-Albany’s primary research interests will center on Dr. Mousa’s expertise in angiogenesis, vascular disorders and thrombosis. Dr. Mousa has a particular interest in macular degeneration, a growing medical concern as the American population ages.
“Through the advancement of novel medicines for these disorders, we will use all of the science available to us in our mission to serve a vital role in the continued elevation of pharmaceutical sciences as a core component of medical care,” Dr. Mousa said.
The new facility was renovated through the generosity of philanthropist Morris “Marty” Silverman; Dr. Mousa and members of the college faculty and staff moved into the building in July.
UHA seminar featuring John Pelizza pleases the crowd
On Tues., Nov. 18 at Albany Law School, UHA sponsored a session by motivational speaker John Pelizza, Ph.D., from The Sage Colleges. The West Wing room at the Law School was filled with approximately 80 people who actively listened to the energetic speaker. Pelizza’s program was interactive with the crowd and people were enthusiastic about the material. “Habits of Happy and Healthy People” was the theme of the presentation, which served to illuminate some behaviors that can energize and enrich our lives.
Capital Holiday Lights to be offered in Washington Park
Albany College of Pharmacy and Sage Graduate School, in a combined UHA event, are hosting a special event in conjunction with Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Join alumni, family and friends of ACP and Sage Graduate School for a horse-drawn trolley ride though the annual holiday lights display in Albany’s Washington Park. The event will take place on Sun., Dec. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Seats are limited. RSVP by Mon., Dec. 8 by calling (518)445-7393. The cost is $8 per person and includes desserts, trolley ride and admission to the Park.
Thoughts from the Interim Director
“I’m not sure that the general public realizes the depth of medical research and education taking place in and around Albany. The University Heights area is rich with internationally renowned scientists who work at Albany Medical Center, the Center for Medical Science, the Wadsworth Center, and most recently the new Pharmaceutical Research Institute. This high concentration of cutting-edge science is one more step in establishing University Heights as a center of powerful intellectual capacity which can help reinvigorate our Capital Region.”