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AIHP is pleased to announce that Professor Lucas Richert, the incoming George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, will serve as the Institute’s Historical Director, effective January 1, 2019. In that role, Professor Richert will assume the responsibility for overseeing the Institute’s historical programming, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy in History, and ensuring the historical integrity of all AIHP programs and publications.
A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Professor Richert is a vibrant young scholar currently at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland. His first book, Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the FDA during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandal, examined the politicization of pharmaceutical regulation in the 1980s and won the Arthur Miller Centre First Book Award from the British Association for American Studies.
The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is saddened to learn about the recent death of longtime AIHP member and past President William H. Helfand. An avid collector of and an internationally recognized authority about the history of medical ephemera, Helfand first joined the Institute in 1953 and was a frequent attendee and contributor to AIHP events and activities.
Helfand served as AIHP President in 1965-66 and again in 1989-91, and he held numerous other leadership positions for the Institute over the years. He authored or co-authored nearly 70 articles for Pharmacy in History, in addition to several books about the history of pharmacy and medicine.
The Program Committee for the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy is soliciting proposals for oral presentations and poster presentations for the Congress to be held 5‑8 September 2019 in Washington, DC.
Attendees are invited to submit abstracts on topics pertaining to “The Pharmacist and Quality Medicines,” including the training, practice and regulation of pharmacists or the social, scientific, technological, or economic aspects of pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry.
Abstracts, not exceeding 500 words, must be submitted online. The deadline for oral presentation submissions is 1 April 2019 and the deadline for poster presentation submissions is 1 May 2019. For more information about the Congress, please visit http://44ichp.org.
Dr. Gregory Higby, the longtime Executive Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, will be retiring as of December 31, 2018. Dr. Higby has served as AIHP’s Executive Director since 1986 and has been a valued employee of the Institute since 1981. His many professional and scholarly accomplishments are too numerous to detail here, but they include editing 110 issues of Pharmacy in History, authoring dozens of books and journal articles about pharmacy history, and lecturing and presenting papers at numerous pharmacy and historical meetings around the world.
AIHP thanks Dr. Higby for his more than 35 years of service and leadership. Enjoy your retirement, Greg!
Mark your calendars for the annual AIHP Business Meeting webinar scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 1:00 PM CST. The meeting webinar will feature a special live lecture by AIHP Board Member David Herzberg, a Professor of History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), entitled “The Opioid Crisis in Historical Perspective: What We Can Learn From a Century of Addiction to Pharmaceuticals.”
The 2018 AIHP Business Meeting will also honor retiring AIHP Executive Director Greg Higby for his more than 35 years of dedicated service to the Institute. Stay tuned for more details and for instructions for accessing the webinar from your computer.
The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is the newest member of the Institute’s National Pharmacy Association Sponsorship program. BPS has chosen to support the Institute at the Contributor level with a $2,500 annual contribution.
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties is the leading post-licensure certification agency providing specialty certification of pharmacists. BPS’ responsibilities include granting recognition of appropriate pharmacy practice specialties, establishing standards for certification of pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practice specialties, and granting certification and recertification to qualified pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practice specialties. Currently, there are more than 36,000 BPS Board Certified Pharmacists in nine recognized pharmacy practice specialties.
For $70/year ($90/foreign)
For $140/year ($160/foreign)
Pharmacy Education Fund (Schools or College of Pharmacy)
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