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International Educational Networks

As a part of the University of Helsinki Faculty of Pharmacy, the CDR is a truly multinational and multidisciplinary research and education organization. Over 50% of our scientists come from abroad; and, our staff represents a broad range of scientific disciplines including Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering, Biology, Bioinformatics, and others. We greatly value our participation in numerous international educational networks. These include:

ULLA -- European University Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences ULLA was founded in 1992 as a European Consortium for (Post Graduate) training in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. ULLA takes the name from the cities of the founding universities of the consortium, namely Uppsala, London, Leiden and Amsterdam. ULLA has since then been extended with five more member universities and now consists of the following members:

  • The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Uppsala (Sweden)
  • UCL School of Pharmacy (United Kingdom)
  • The Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research, University of Leiden and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Drug Research Academy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Paris Sud (France)
  • The Department of Pharmacy, University of Parma (Italy)
  • The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) - (Faculty - KULeuven)
  • The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, (Centre for Drug Research)

The primary objective of the ULLA network is to enhance collaboration within education and research in pharmaceutical sciences between the European universities. The ULLA institutions are complimentary in their research and teaching missions and by coming together, possess a synergy that allows the consortium to have a greater impact on the European scene. Another objective is to give staff and students of the member institutions increased access to the combined resources of the institutions involved.

ERASMUS -- Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, founded in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. They are present in 296 Higher Education Institutions from 33 countries, and the network is constantly developing and expanding.

GPEN -- Globalization of Pharmaceutical Education Network (GPEN) is an international post-graduate education network initiated by the University of Kansas, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. GPEN organizes a post-graduate student symposium and several mini-courses every two years. GPEN is funded by donations from the pharmaceutical industry, and the contributing industrial partners may send their observers to the GPEN meetings. The next meeting (GPEN2014) will be hosted by the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland and held at the Biomedicum Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, August 27 – August 30, 2014.

GALENOS -- GALENOS is a European Union FP6-funded Marie Curie EST network. GALENOS is coordinated from University of Saarland (Prof. Claus Michael Lehr); and, the network provides a Euro-PhD. program in Advanced Drug Delivery, organizes mini-courses, and offers 12-month stipends for foreign students willing to carry out part of their Ph.D. studies in the host laboratories.The CDR is one of the 10 host laboratories for foreign post-graduate students in the field of Advanced Drug Delivery.

CHEMSEM -- The Chemical Sensors and Microanalytical Systems graduate school (CHEMSEM) combines microfabrication and optical technologies of modern electronics with modern analytical chemistry and offers a high quality education for the needs of the current and future analysts.

CRS -- The Controlled Release Society (CRS) is an international organization that serves 3,000 members from more than 50 countries. Two-thirds of the CRS membership represents industry and one-third represents academia and government. The CDR participates in the Nordic Chapter of the CRS.

FinPharmaNet -- FinPharmaNet is a network of four national graduate schools for drug research training in Finland: Drug Discovery Graduate School (DDGS), Graduate School in Pharmaceutical Research (GSPR), Finnish Graduate School in Toxicology (ToxGS), and Clinical Drug Research Graduate School (CDRGS).

For more information or for inquiries about CDR participation in international educational networks, please contact the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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