Blackmores Institute were busy in Thailand last week - holding a Symposium, launching the new CMEd Silver programme and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Chulalongkorn University Thailand.
Blackmores Institute Symposium
The fourth Blackmores Institute symposium “Complementary Medicine in Pharmacy Practice: Research Update and Application” brought together a group of distinguished speakers to bring the latest evidence supporting complementary medicines for cardiovascular health, stress management, skin and hair health, as well as busting common myths by outlining the facts.
The highlight of the symposium was Dr Lesley Braun, Blackmores Institute Group Director’s keynote lecture entitled “Myth Busters: Sorting Fact from Fiction”.
“The plethora of new information available can make it difficult to sort fact from fiction and stay informed about the latest clinical recommendations,” said Dr Braun.
Held in Bangkok on 5th November, the symposium was a great success with 220 delegates including 12 delegates from Vietnam and provided pharmacists with valuable insights on translating and applying the latest research into everyday practice.
Complementary Medicine Education (CMEd) Silver launched
During the Blackmores Institute Symposium in Bangkok, Blackmores Institute was proud to launch the CMEd Silver programme for Thailand healthcare professionals.
The intermediate, CMEd Silver programme is designed to allow pharmacists to learn even more about complementary medicines in a practical way and provides many examples of how to use complementary medicine in patients with certain health condition. This will enable pharmacists to confidently provide advice on complementary medicines to their customers.
“From our research into the effectiveness of Blackmores Institute’s CMEd Bronze programme, all the participants are very satisfied with the programme. They find the content about drug-complementary medicine interactions is the most beneficial and useful, and many are looking for more case studies especially on health condition topics such as cardiovascular disease,” said Dr Sukhontha Hasatsri, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University.
MoU signing between Chulalongkorn University and Blackmores Institute
While in Thailand Blackmores Institute also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Chulalongkorn University Thailand.
The purpose of the MoU is to develop academic and educational collaboration, aiming to build knowledge and capacity through the joint development of symposia and scientific conferences, research programs, and pharmacy student internships.
“Due to the burgeoning public demand for natural medicines, our faculty has improved the curriculum to meet the need so that the graduates are able to provide advice on complementary medicine with the right knowledge,” Assist. Prof. Dr. Rungpetch Sakulbumrungsri, Dean of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University.
“Blackmores Institute is a leading organization in the field complementary medicine, focusing on research and education. It is expected that the two institutes will be collaborating on research projects and academic training together,” Dr Sakulbumrungsri concluded.