One of the missions of Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) is to become a World Class University (WCU). Central to the achievement of the mission is to create and maintain an international academic atmosphere. The School of Pharmacy contributes to the effort by organizing annual summer school programs which are open to local and foreign students, involving lecturers from overseas institutions.
The summer school program is expected to contribute to the advancement of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practices through sharing of knowledge and experiences, and to promote cultural exchange among the participants. Due to the present situation, the summer school will be offered as an online lecture series, namely International Virtual Course.
This year, the School of Pharmacy offers three different virtual courses with the following topics:
a. Vaccine Development
The International Virtual Course will be held for 10 days, comprising interactive lectures and problem-based learning (PBL). Vaccine will be comprehensively discussed, starting with the basics: immune system and vaccine mechanism of action. Further, the production, formulation, and the manufacturing process of vaccines in the industry will also be studied, along with the updates in the vaccine development. One important aspect that caught the attention of the public, its halal issue, will also be a part of the explanation. The lectures will be given not only by lecturers experienced in the pharmaceutical biotechnology and vaccine development, but also practitioners from the related industry and association
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b. Marine Natural Product
From biosynthesis to industrial applications, this International Virtual Course covers all important aspects of the topics about Marine Natural Products (MNP). We will explore Marine Natural Product from every point of view, introduction on MNP, prospect for drug developments and other health purposes, industrial application of MNP, isolation, biosynthesis, pharmacological activities of MNP from marine organisms such as microalgae, seaweeds and invertebrates. This course is open for undergraduate and postgraduate students, also for the public and industry who are highly interested in MNP. Through taught sessions from eminent keynote speakers from ITB, UGM, LIPI, Osaka University and Hokkaido University, participants develop the knowledge to succeed academically and practically in the field of Marine Natural Product
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c. Digital Pharmacy in Health Services
Digital health technology has been growing rapidly in the past few years. It has provided new ways for pharmacists to perform pharmaceutical care services, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic where direct interactions between patients and healthcare providers are limited.
Recent International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) report showed that the uptake of digital health technology by pharmacists needs improvement, and this can be achieved through education, training, and skills development in digital technology. Therefore, this course aims at providing future pharmacists and pharmacists with knowledge on recent applications of digital technology in health, particularly in the field of pharmaceutical care.
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