About the School
The Hebrew University School of Pharmacy was established in 1953 to teach and train future pharmacists. It is amongst the world's leading schools in training pharmacists and carrying out basic and applied medical and drug research.
The School offers a four-year professional program, including a six month internship, leading towards a B.Sc. Pharm. degree along and a license to serve as pharmacist. The School offers graduate studies in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences (M.Sc. and Ph.D.), as well as a doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacy (Pharm.D) for pharmacists. These programs provide a foundation for careers in academia, industrial,or government institutions for its graduates. In addition to the academic education of our students we are also committed to contributing to the community in health services and research.
The School has a dual mission: Teaching and Research.
In teaching we are committed to educate, train, and maintain competency of pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists, and to convey to students' basic pharmaceutical knowledge, responsibility to the community. and motivation to excel.
In research, we are dedicated to the creativity, innovation, and translational and applied research in pharmaceutical, medicinal, and pharmacological sciences. The spectrum of research projects is broad and diverse. The research collaborations within the School and the Faculty and hospital physicians is extensive. This enables us to approach drug research and development in a rational manner, through computational and biological screening, synthesis, formulation, study the mode of action, toxicity, and drug development.
School of Pharmacy graduates are integrated into community pharmacies (private and institutional community pharmacies), clinical pharmacies (hospitals and health maintenance organizations), the pharmaceutical industry, the biological industry, chemical, biotechnology, health administration, and scientific and research institutions in Israel and abroad.
School researchers conduct extensive scientific research in pharmaceutical and life sciences, contributing to dozens of articles published every year in the world's leading science journals.
The School of Pharmacy is part of the Faculty of Medicine, located at the Ein Kerem campus of The Hebrew University and closely collaborate with physicians and researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center.
The School runs five educational programs:
• Undergraduate degree in pharmacy (B.Sc.Pharm)
• Conversion program for candidates who have an academic degree in sciences (B.Sc.Pharm)
• Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences program (B.Sc.Pharm and M.Sc)
• M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Science program
• Doctoral program in Clinical Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
The Institute for Drug Research
The School of Pharmacy research groups are organized in the Institute for Drug Research (IDR) which consists of all faculty members of the School, including emeriti. The research teams cover the disciplines relevant to drug development:
• Medicinal Chemistry – computational design of bioactive agents, synthesis and isolation of new biologically active compounds; modification of drugs and development of strategies for multistep synthesis of natural compounds, nucleic acids, and proteins; synthesis of biopolymers and biomacromolecules.
• Pharmaceutical Sciences - development of new formulations for the delivery and targeting of bioactive agents, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies, and research in the fields of nanotechnology, gene therapy, tissue engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, and imaging.
• Pharmacology – investigate mechanisms of bioactive compound actions; study structure activity relationship of potential drugs; study aging and pathology mechanisms of allergy, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Autism, brain trauma, diabetes; and, research addiction to drugs and alcohol to develop new treatments for these pathologies.
Clinical Pharmacy - investigate public use of medications; big data analysis of medical technologies
Within The School of Pharmacy there are four research centers that encourage, support, and promote research relevant to each center:
1) The David R. Bloom Center for Pharmaceutical Sciences, inaugurated in October 1991 in recognition of Mr. Bloom's activities in the field of Pharmacy.
2) The Alex Grass Center for Drug Design and Novel Therapeutics, inaugurated in 1993, in appreciation of the long-term and continuing philanthropic activities of Mr. Alex Grass on behalf of the Hebrew University.
3) The Adolph and Klara Berettler Medical Research Center for pharmacological research, inaugurated in 1984 in appreciation of the Berettler family.
4) The Hebrew University Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid Research, founded in 2017, is dedicated to promote knowledge and research in the field of cannabinoids, from plant to medication.
The School of Pharmacy has its own Equipment Unit that provides analytical services for IDR's research groups as well as to companies and organizations. The unit instrumentation and analytical services include all required for pharmaceutical development, including: NMR, FTIR, LCMS, GCMS, DSC, particle size analyzers, and more.