Transforming Discovery into Opportunity

The Centre for Drug Research and Development appoints first Graduate Student Intern under new partnership with UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences



The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Leon Wan as the first Graduate Student Intern under a new pilot internship program in association with the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UBC Pharm Sci). Leon’s tenure in CDRD’s Formulations Division will commence on May 1, 2013.

The objective of this program is to provide UBC Pharm Sci graduate students with the opportunity to gain experience in an industrial pre-clinical drug development setting. The internships are four months in duration, and offer Pharmaceutical Sciences students in the latter stages of their doctoral studies an opportunity to work on specific aspects of CDRD projects in a multitude of therapeutic areas.

Leon comes to CDRD from Dr. Helen Burt’s lab where he is in the penultimate stages of his doctoral studies examining the cytotoxic effects of nanoparticulate paclitaxel in multidrug resistant cells and the effect of ultrasound and P-glycoprotein inhibition.

CDRD’s Training Manager, Dr. Brian Duff commented, “This pilot internship program is beneficial to all stakeholders – UBC Pharm Sci is now able to offer top graduate students an internship within CDRD’s drug development platform; the graduate student gains significant industry-focused experience and the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through this internship towards the completion of their studies and into their future careers; and CDRD has access to the bright minds in UBC Pharm Sci. We are looking forward to a long and highly valuable internship program with the Faculty, and to working with Leon as our first intern under this program. We know he will bring with him a vast amount of experience gained in Dr. Burt’s lab, while also having the opportunity to expand his skills-set during his internship at CDRD.”

“Internships such as these are extremely valuable to our graduate students,” says Dr. Kishor Wasan, professor and associate dean, Research & Graduate Studies, UBC Pharm Sci. “We’re proud of Leon’s accomplishments and look forward to ongoing collaborations with CDRD leading to positive outcomes for drug research initiatives.” A total of 56 students are enrolled in the graduate program at UBC Pharm Sci, the highest rate for the Faculty thus far.



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