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Publish Date: 10/09/00
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UC Director of Industrial Pharmacy First US Professor to Receive International Honor

Cincinnati--Adel Sakr, PhD, professor and director of the Industrial Pharmacy Graduate Program at the UC College of Pharmacy, is the first United States pharmacy professor to receive an honorary degree from the Grigore T. Popa (Gr. T. Popa) University of Medicine and Pharmacy located in Iasi, Romania. Sakr was presented the title Doctoris Honoris Causa (Doctor of Honorable Cause) in recognition for his contributions to science through industrial pharmacy.

"This honor is similar to a lifetime achievement award; I did not think I deserved all this," Sakr said in reflection of his award, but his achievements speak for themselves. He has published 110 publications and has given more than 300 presentations. Last year, Sakr attained a patent for "Oral Formulations for Treatment of Bacteria-Induced Diseases of the Colon." Sakr commented, "The patent isn't really important to me in the grand scheme of things. It's more significant that I graduate students." Since 1991, Sakr's industrial pharmacy program has graduated 30 masters (including cosmetic science) and 20 doctoral students and continues to grow.

Sakr's research investigates industrial pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceutical manufacturing techniques with an emphasis on formula optimization, in vitro/in vivo performance of dosage forms, controlled extended release technology and targeted drug delivery systems. Currently, Sakr has a four-year educational grant from Procter and Gamble (P&G) for a "Distance Learning Program." The partnership between P&G and the UC College of Pharmacy is the first and only graduate pharmaceutical program in the nation to offer distance learning through videoconferencing capabilities.

Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy was established in 1864 as an educational institution for undergraduate and graduate programs. Gr. T. Popa University President Carol Stanciu, MD, along with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Council of Administration select a candidate to receive the honored distinction each year. Award recipients are chosen based on their scholarly activities, research, publications and impact on graduate programs.

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