The Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bayero University Kano (BUK), Dr Basheer A.Z. Chedi, has said research is key to the advancement of science and technology.
Chedi who was speaking at a one-day scientific workshop organized by Young Pharmacists Scholars (YPS) in collaboration with BUK, described the scientific workshop as timely.
The Young Pharmacists Scholars (YPS) is a mentoring platform with the objective of nurturing research ideas among potential young researchers in Pharmaceutical Sciences and related fields. The platform was established in December 2017 with members studying in higher educational institution in Australia, Gambia, Malaysia, Nigeria and United States.
From inception, the platform has conducted five collaborative researches, presented a paper at a National conference and weekly online scientific presentation.
The workshop tagged “acquiring the right tools for research integrity: a focus on systematic review and meta-analysis”, was the first of its kind in Nigeria, was held in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, BUK.
The Dean who was also the chairman of the occasion, commended the efforts of YPS and expressed the Faculty’s willingness for further collaboration and proposed to make it an annual event.
In his own remarks, the special guest of honor at the occasion Professor Ahmed T. Mora (Wakilin maganin Zazzau), who is also the President of Ahmadu Bello University, Alumni Association, where all the three presenters graduated from, congratulated the organizers and commended the leadership of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, BUK
for providing all the necessary supports and hosting the event.
“Any scientific research in pharmacy requires collaboration with inputs from various experts to explore hitherto unexplored areas or expand the frontiers of existing outcomes with recent data, information and other parameters,” Mora said.
International guest speakers who delivered papers at the workshop include, Pharm. Ibrahim Jatau Abubakar, from Division of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania, Australia, who gave an overview on YPS activities; Pharm. Ismaeel Yunusa from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, USA, who led the session on hands-on training on systematic review and meta-analysis and Pharm.
Khalid Garba Mohammed from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Milan, Italy, who led session on research integrity: a key to first class research.
The workshop was targeted at pharmacists undergoing their MSc, PhD and WAPCP studies to guide them on aspects of research studies which encompasses scientific writing, research methodologies, manuscript development and publication in peer-review journals.
Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Prof. Ibrahim A. Yakasai, Head, Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, BUK, Prof. M.S. Gwarzo, Head, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology BUK, Pharm. (Alh) Aminu Usman of ASAD Pharmaceuticals, Pharm. Ahmed Gana Mohammed of Drug Manufacturing Unit of Aminu kano teaching hospital, Kano, among others.
Over 150 postgraduate students, academic staff and other researchers different parts of the country participated in the workshop. Other highlights of the events include poster presentation and testimony by YPS members.
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