Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, DCF, is congruent with the broader mission of this University and FCFRP, which is to provide adequate professional training to pharmacists capable to face the challenges in a globalized world at constant recycling and transformation in a degree never before seen by mankind. Thus, it is proposed to ensure that learning will be based not only on technical and scientific knowledge, but also on developing critical skills and competencies that enable them to succeed as health professionals with consistent ethical values. The graduates should be intimate with the multidisciplinary aspects of pharmaceutical sciences, involving the pharmaceutical care, pharmacy teaching, biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, from development and production of products, medicines and other medical products, and finally to their use and Pharmaceutical Care. In addition, the high demand for professionals to work in the health area in Brazil requires that these professionals have an extensive, generalist and humanist training. Also noteworthy is the mission of training of Masters and Doctors capable of expanding their teaching and research skills at universities in Brazil and abroad, coordinating innovation and R&D projects in pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries and acting on regulatory agencies. Not less important is the DCF mission delegated by the Brazilian society itself, which is the production and dissemination of high level scientific knowledge on topics that could be directly applied to popular health in a developing country.
The DCF has a total of thirty-two professors enrolled in its activities being five Full Professors, thirteen Associate Professors, fourteen Doctor Professors and thirty-seven collaborators as technical or administrative workers, being four secretaries and thirty-three research staff and among them twenty-four are graduates from diverse backgrounds.
The Department has an ample array of research lines within the pharmaceutical sciences area and we can say that there is a correlation between research fields and the undergrad and graduate courses. This relation enhances the integrated growth of the three pillars of academic life: education, research and extension to community. The activities could be classified according to areas in undergrad courses like; Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Technology, Biotechnology, Quality Control, Pharmaceutical Care and Innovation Management. Even though there are these great virtual areas of pharmaceutical sciences the DCF docents have the freedom to create new lines of research with the specification they might desire, therefore many lines of research are always been created. Therefore, the freedom to choose diversified research lines gives the docents the chance to enroll in any of the FCFRP´s graduate programs. Within the most important lines of research there are: production, purification and characterization biological macromolecules, molecular biology, proteomic analysis, drug release, development of bioprocesses based in cell culture for the production of recombinants proteins (biopharmaceuticals), stability, security and efficacy of photo-protectors, processes to obtain pharmaceuticals, transdermal delivery systems, research, development and evaluation of pharmaceuticals, development and evaluation of cosmetics products, nanostructured systems, nanoparticles, methods for non–invasive drug administration, innovation and entrepreneurship, drying and encapsulation of pharmaceutical products, quality control, physical-pharmacy, pharmaceutical care, clinical pharmacy, mechanisms of photo-protection using vegetal extracts, isolation of natural substances, drugs like a technological model in pharmaceutical care, chemistry and biology of asteraceae with emphasis in phytochemistry, metabolomics, synthesis, semi syntheses and evaluation of bioactive organic substances, chemical, analytical and biological essays in medicinal plants, symbiotic micro-organisms: 1) chemical studies, ecologic, biologicals, genomic of natural products, biotransformation of bioactive substances by filamentous fungus, gastrointestinal bacteria, antimicrobial metabolites, sea micro-organisms and organisms, molecular design, QSAr, hormone secretion in physiopathology.