May 04, 2010

Horst von Recum and Colleagues Earn Glennan Fellowship

Horst von Recum

The academic fields and disciplines of the 2009-2010 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects in which they are engaged.

Awarded each spring, Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars. Each Glennan Fellow has been awarded $6,500 to be used toward their projects.

The Daily concludes the series on award recipients. Today, learn about the project initiated by Horst von Recum and his colleagues.

Horst von Recum, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Project: An Undergraduate Course Sequence in Drug Delivery

The project Horst von Recum and his colleagues submitted for the Glennan Fellowship Program was designed with future researchers in mind.

"We propose to develop an undergraduate course sequence in drug delivery in an effort to address an unmet need within the biomedical engineering (BME) department, namely training students whose career goals include pharmaceutical industry as well as advanced degree or professional work in this area," von Recum wrote in the grant proposal.

"The reason for the drug delivery sequence is to give students some depth in this field to make them more competitive for industry jobs and even other research-based career paths such as academia," von Recum explained. He added that pharmacology, the science of understanding the interplay between drugs and the body, is the ideal department for BME to collaborate on with a pharmaceutics course. It will match the engineering design approach BME students learn with biomedical applications the pharmacolgy department studies, von Recum said.

Prior to applying for the Glennan Fellowship, von Recum and his colleagues had already started working with researchers in the pharmacology department to develop a fall 2010 course, PHRM 309/409. The course, now enrolling students, is being taught by pharmacology professors. von Recum will facilitate feedback from students to ensure that the course synergizes with the proposed drug delivery sequence, as well as other existing courses.

The ultimate goal is for the course repeat every fall. Another aspect of the Glennan Fellowship project is to create a series of portable, reusable demonstrations of how biomaterials can be used in drug delivery.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, May 4, 2010 06:18 AM | News Topics: Awards, Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, School of Medicine, news

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