Published August 11, 2023
BUFFALO, NY — The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) hosted scientists and researchers from around the world for our Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Symposium and our Buffalo Pharmaceutics Symposium, held July 26-29, 2023.
Programming events included multi-day scientific sessions, tributes honoring retired UB SPPS faculty members and receptions held on Thursday and Friday evening.
Our Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Symposium, launched in 2017, joined scientists to discuss contemporary approaches, including the challenges and opportunities, for advancing the science and practice of quantitative systems pharmacology.
QSP represents an approach to translational medicine that combines computational and experimental methods to elucidate, validate and apply new pharmacological concepts to the development and use of small molecule and biologic drugs.
The 2023 QSP Symposium was our sixth annual event fostering collaborations and synergies among participants to promote discoveries in the field of QSP. Programming featured presentations and question and answer sessions from invited researchers from across the country.
Our 15th Buffalo Pharmaceutics Symposium (BPS) brought together alumni and internationally recognized faculty and invited researchers to exchange valuable scientific knowledge and showcase their cutting-edge research in pharmaceutical sciences. Our 2023 event was themed, "Pharmaceutical Sciences: In Pursuit of Excellence," and hosted nearly 230 participants.
The event kicked off on Thursday evening with a welcome reception and dinner held at The Atrium @ Rich’s and featured a tribute honoring Ho-Leung Fung, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The reception was dedicated to Fung’s extraordinary life and contributions to drug discovery and drug development. Fung’s family attended the event and he was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences.
Event programming on Friday and Saturday featured student research poster presentations, networking sessions and presentations from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences alumni and invited internationally renowned pharmaceutics researchers. Friday’s session, Honoring Marilyn Morris: Complexities in Drug Disposition, was dedicated to Marilyn Morris, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Morris was honored for her astonishing 37-year career as a UB scientist, educator, mentor and leader in pharmaceutical sciences. An evening reception was held at the Buffalo Science Museum.
“The Buffalo Pharmaceutics Symposium has been a long tradition for our department in assembling faculty, students and alumni for scientific lectures and social events around Buffalo,” says William J. Jusko, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, chair of 2023 BPS. “Our 2023 BPS was incredible with outstanding presentations by many prominent alumni who lead various pharmaceutical companies, universities and the Food & Drug Administration. Our students and fellows encountered role models who are innovators offering enduring friendships. It was great that we could honor revered and retired faculty, Ho-Leung Fung and Marilyn E. Morris.”