Center for International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiatives
The Center for International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiatives (IPERI) provides a mechanism for collaborations between the University at Buffalo New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to be developed with universities and investigators around the world. The goals of this collaborative center are to:
- Promote technology transfer in support of evidence-based clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and medication management strategies that have been successfully implemented in developed countries to resource limited settings through education and research initiatives.
This is accomplished by:
- Promotion of sustainable access to essential drugs in developing countries
Conducting and applying pharmacotherapy research to advance topics such as medication adherence, health information technology, pharmacogenomics, therapeutic drug monitoring, bioanalysis, clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, adverse drug reactions/pharmacovigilance, drug interactions, nanotechnology and pharmacoeconomics
- Provide support and guidance to develop research capacity and infrastructure through collaborative programs such as our HIV Training and Research Program (HRTP) with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). This UB/UZ partnership supports the capacity building for clinical and translational researchers as well as the clinical and laboratory infrastructure to conduct research on practical and affordable pharmacotherapy interventions in the management of HIV/AIDS and chronic diseases in local populations.
- The HRTP also promotes clinical pharmacology training for traditional healers in Zimbabwe and fosters a bridge between ARV therapy and indigenous medicine use. The photo below illustrates the first fraduation of Zimbabwe traditional healers attending a certificate program graduation.