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First International Pharmacists Graduate PSU

Three students from Iraq, the first international graduates in Pharmacy, have received diplomas from Perm State University (PSU) – marking the start of 2022 with a bright spot in their academic career.

Today, PSU is proud to be the only ‘classical’ university in Russia to teach Pharmacy – besides a greater variety of faculties and courses, both science and arts. Although PSU has had a long tradition of teaching chemistry and medicine back a century ago, after a long break it revised the “Pharmacy” Program in Russian language since 2016, and in English since 2017. The first international graduates in Pharmacy, using the English language fully, will graduate PSU in 2022.

“We are eager to expand the geography of admission of international students for the Pharmacy  program. I believe, the competences gained through the course will be in demand, globally.  The graduates of our Faculty surely have an advantage, as their knowledge and skills are a joint result of a classical fundamental approach meeting modern applied techniques,”

comments Irina Mashevskaya, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

PSU students in Pharmacy learn to test the pharmacological activity of drugs, study their manufacture, develop strategies for their promotion on the market, and even build pharmaceutical enterprises.

According to our graduate Al-Zeyad Ali (Iraq), he chose the pharmaceutical course at Perm State University intentionally: “My Dad is a biologist and also an analytical chemist. My Mom is a veterinarian. Our family runs our own lab for analysis, so many people advised me to study pharmaceuticals. After my graduation here in Russia, I will spend another study year in Iraq in order to confirm my degree, in my native language. I will definitely work in a pharmacy or in a hospital. If I decide to continue my studies, it will be the veterinary medicine, since I tend to like this particular profession. Overall, I hope to lend a hand to my parents, and thank them for everything they have invested in me throughout my life.”

PSU Chemists Invent New Materials, Get International Patents

By the end of autumn 2021, PSU scholars will patent 6 inventions in pharmacy and industrial chemistry, internationally.

Researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry, Perm State University have developed substances with antimicrobial activity and ways of their production – patenting new bioactive substances, pharmaceutical compositions and dosage forms.

“The Faculty of Chemistry, empowered by qualified experts in organic chemistry and pharmacology, as well as modern research equipment, allow us to conduct in-depth pharmacological studies of potential medical drugs,”

comments Dr. Irina Mashevskaya, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry.

Another group of researchers has developed a way to use a new corrosion inhibitor – a chemical compound that significantly reduces the rate of corrosion. PSU chemists are planning to develop technologies for the production, storage and use of hydrogen and carbon dioxide utilization issues.

“To convert our research into products, offering it for public use and private enterprises, attracting  industrial partners, participating in Research and Technological Development competitions, it is necessary for our results to be protected by patents, nationally and internationally,”

says Dr. Irina Mashevskaya.

Part of the research is carried out within the framework of the “Rational Subsoil Use” Perm Scientific and Educational Center. In charge of the patent registration is the Metrology and Patenting Office, being a part of the Department of Scientific and Innovative activities, PSU. PSU organics, physicists, pharmacologists and pharmaceutical technologists have always been leaders in patent and licensing activity at Perm State University. In total, researchers of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU have filed 48 patent applications in 2021.

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