The Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences (DFSSN) of the University of Calabria, established in the year 2012 with the merger of the pre-existing Pharmaceutical-Biological Department and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, pertinent to the former Faculty of Pharmacy and Nutrition and Health Sciences, is made up of 70 professors (15 Full Professors, 25 Associate Professors, 1 Professor Emeritus and 29 permanent researchers) and 24 permanent technical-administrative staff and 1 temporary technical-administrative staff.
The Department’s research activity covers various areas such as the chemical-pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical-biotechnological and biomedical-health fields. For its latter area, the Department has been rewarded by the Ministry of Education University and Research as Department of National Excellence, among the 180 Departments and therefore the recipient of resources .
The different competences, expressed within the Department, have allowed to develop, over the years, innovative research lines with multidisciplinary approaches related to the Life and Health Sciences. In particular, starting from the: i) knowledge of cellular and molecular mechanisms, ii) the synthesis of new molecules, iii) the characterization of natural bioactive compounds ; through different studies, it was possible to identify new molecular targets and develop potential therapeutic agents, not only for neoplastic disease, but also for other chronic-degenerative diseases that characterize the epidemiology of the third millennium.
The high scientific quality of the research groups is demonstrated by the numerous publications in International peer-reviewed journals with high impact factor, by the extensive participation in National and International Scientific congresses and by the prestigious roles performed by professors and researchers in Scientific Societies. The Department is part of a Scientific Network as evidenced by the fact that many Researches are involved in a large number of Research projects funded by National and International Institutions such as AIRC, MIUR, PRIN, POR, PON. Spin-offs and Start-up activities are also present in the Department (Nanosilical Devices, Galascreen, , Macrofarm Srl, RYGoldZip) who were recipients of both national and international awards. Research topics have allowed the Department to interact with the business world of the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and nutraceutical sectors. In recent years 11 patents have been filed by professors and researchers of the Department and some of these patents have been commercially valued.
The Didactic Programme Courses include two five year Master’s Degree Courses in “Pharmacy” and “Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology”, a two year Master’s Degree in “Science of Nutrition”, and three year Bachelor Degrees in “Nutritional Science” and “Scientific Information on Drugs and Health Products”. The Inter-University Degree Course in “Healthcare Assistance” is also active with the Magna Grecia University of Catanzaro.
Among the post-graduate training activities, it is worth to mention the Research Doctorate (PhD) Course in “Translational Medicine” and the Specialization School in “Clinical Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry”, combined with the Homologous School of the University of Bari. The Specialization School in Clinical Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry, established at the University of Calabria as part of the three-year development plan 1994-1996, provides exclusive access to non-medical graduates in: Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Biology, Chemistry and Nutritional Science.
The Research Doctorate (PhD) Course in “Translational Medicine” sees the biomedical area interact with the chemical-pharmaceutical area. An interaction through which various doctoral students are given the possibility to train and be appreciated by foreign Institutions of International prestige.
Since its activation, the PhD Programme has been included in the European Association of Research Doctorates in the field of Bio-medical and Health Sciences “ORPHEUS”, which aims to develop the quality and the output of the PhD programmes throughout the Western and Eastern Europe. It also promotes and encourages the mobility of doctoral students and teachers.