History and Perspectives
The Faculty of Pharmacy is one of the youngest at the University of Calabria. It was opened in the Academic Year 1992/93. On November 1st 2012 according to the Ministerial Decree n° 240/2010 the Faculty of Pharmacy became Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences. With the merger of the pre-existing Pharmaco-Biological Department, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, belonging to the former Faculty of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences and by the adhesion of professors and researchers of the former Department of Cellular Biology, it coordinates and promotes educational-scientific activities in the biomedical, bio-pharmacological and chemical-pharmaceutical-technological fields.
It is our conviction that a greater commitment to basic and applied research in the clinical-pharmacological and physiopathological fields is essential to achieve innovative scientific results. It should be remembered that during the past 20 years the major achievements in the pharmaco-therapeutical area have been due to the noteworthy physiopathological notions relative to key mediators which have supplied interesting and new views on some of the major current diseases. As a consequence of this and of the evolution of certain basic disciplines such as biophysics, many of the pharmaceutical industries have been led to focus their attention on the production of new drugs which exert functions analogous to their physiological counterparts.
Due to the utilization of modern genetic engineering technologies, it has been made possible not only to promote the application to such synthesized mediators but also modify profoundly pharmaceutical research which up to some years ago relied heavily upon costly organic molecules resembling endogenous mediators and requiring burdensome toxicological tests before their therapeutic application.
These updated bio-molecular techniques represent tools in the production of important drugs, although they are still few in the market, such as erythropoietin, interleukin and insulin, which are becoming more and more important as active ingredients of pharmaceutical agents. For such reason, it is important to concentrate pharmacological expertise in the drug disease interaction by focusing greater attention on the target level (e.g. receptors and enzymes involved in metabolic pathways).
It is for this reason that recent biopharmaceutical research represents a key step towards further understanding of any biological barrier that may condition the final pharmacological effect of each molecule. In our opinion, truly innovative pharmacological research is consistent with an appropriate educational project which only a modern Faculty is capable of promoting through the adoption of highly qualified graduate programmes.
These programmes must operate together with the basic sciences, pharmaceutical and medical branches, to guarantee a balanced education which will be able to cope, during professional life, with drug and patient management as well. The latter aspect is an essential requirement for the recognition of the pharmacist as an active member of the health care social system.
When it was officially opened in 1992, each faculty member pledged himself/herself to establish priorities for the allocation of resources in order to assure the success of upgraded and competitive research programmes through world wide joint development with other faculties, schools, pharmaceutical institutes and industries especially within the European Union. Today we are proud to announce that the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences , has obtained from The Ministry of Education, University and Research (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca – MIUR) recognition as Department of National Excellence in the Biomedical – Sanitary field.