Nick explaining our surroundings
Sinti & Roma Memorial
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
In the afternoon, we visited the University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin), where we heard a presentation about clinical pharmacy in Germany. The University of Berlin is particularly involved in microdialysis development and pharmacometrics (PharMetrX).
We heard a bit about the pharmaceutical care network Europe (PCNE), and a presentation about pharmaceutical care in Germany. A clinical pharmacy PhD student is currently researching implementation of a medication plan into pharmacies and health record systems. The medication plan uses a scannable barcode to allow for continuous updates, and better patient care between the patient's providers & health care settings. At the University of Berlin, a medication management center will be put together very soon for continuous research and development of pharmacuetical care services, and awareness of this area of pharmacy.
With some Berlin pharmacy PhD students & professors
After hearing more about pharmacy at University of Berlin, we took a tour & learned more about some of their research.
6th semester pharmacy students working on cholesterol & lipid level testing
Diagram explaining microdialysis
The University of Berlin is doing research using microdialysis, which is a sampling technique used for continually measuring a concentration (of a drug, for example) in the extracellular fluid of tissue.
Corey w/ the HPLC machine (high-performance liquid chromatography)
Electrode machine that measures bacterial CFUs (colony-forming units) in ~10 seconds, versus the standard which takes ~20 hours
Research done by one of the PhD students- linezolid & meropenem antagonism is seen when treating MSSA
Later that night we went to dinner, for some Spanish tapas & sangria :)