Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Symposium to Explore the Future of the Health Sciences

ALBANY, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 6, 2014) -  Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is proud to present a symposium on Tuesday, October 14 on the Future of the Health Sciences, to be held in conjunction with the inaugural events of President T. Gregory Dewey, Ph.D.

The Symposium will take place from 10 am to 4 pm in the Gozzo Student Center on the ACPHS Campus. It is free and open to the public; click the following link to register for the Symposium.

Titled "The Health Science Juggernaut: Innovation, Regulation, and Education," the Symposium will be split into two sessions: a scientific session in the morning followed by a broader session in the afternoon that will examine issues of development and practice in the life sciences and health care industries.

"This is a wide ranging symposium that will look into the future and anticipate the advances and challenges in the Health Sciences field," said ACPHS President Gregory Dewey, who will be inaugurated as the College's ninth president in a ceremony taking place on Wednesday, October 15. "The overarching question guiding the forum is 'How can the health sciences be advanced to best serve health care?'"

Eight exceptional academic researchers, corporate leaders, and industry thought leaders will be speaking at the event. Below is a schedule of speakers and presentation titles (for those unable to attend in person, the Symposium will be broadcast live on the College's website).


10:00 am to 10:30 am - Welcome and Introductions

10:30 am to 11:00 am - Douglas Turner, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester. "From Genome Sequence to Drug Design."

11:00 am to 11:30 am - Shaker Mousa, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. "The Future of Medicine: Opportunities for Synergy between Academia and Industry."

11:30 am - Noon - Jamie Doudna Cate, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology, University of California-Berkeley. "CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing: Therapeutics and The Future of Synthetic Biology."

Noon - 12:30 pm - Stefan Balaz, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. "How Molecular Properties Determine Drug Distribution."

12:30 pm -2:00 pm - LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Afternoon Keynote: Richard Resnick, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer, GenomeQuest. "The Genomics Typhoon."

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Daphne Preuss, Ph.D., President and CEO, Chromatin. "Impacting Agriculture: Developing Sorghum as a Global Crop."

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Pamela M. Williamson, Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs & Patient Safety, Alexion Pharmaceuticals. "Global Regulatory Affairs & Clinical Development in the World of Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs."

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Michael A. Luther, Ph.D., M.B.A., Senior Vice President of Discovery, Albany Molecular Research Inc.

Support for the Symposium has been provided by: Hugh Johnson Advisors, the Walter Borisenok Family Foundation, Bioconnex, and the Pharmaceutical Research Institute.

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers six bachelor's programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. For more information, please visit

Contact Information:

Gil Chorbajian
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences