Instrumental Access 2016

University of Technology, Jamaica: School of Pharmacy

  • Technologist with UTech Jamaica student

    Technologist guiding a UTech Jamaica student

  • UTech Jamaica Dispensing Lab

    Pharmacy students in the act of compounding in the UTech Jamaica Dispensing Lab

  • From Left to Right: Dr. Marcia Williams, Programme Director, BSc. Pharmaceutical Technology; Ms. Carren Brown, Executive Assistant; Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, Dean, College of Health Sciences; Ms. Nickania Pryce, Lecturer in Pharmaceutics; Mrs. Stancy Mighty, Technical Officer; Ms. Tieca Harris, Lecturer in Pharmaceutics.

    UTech Jamacia’s Dr. Marcia Williams, Programme Director, BSc. Pharmaceutical Technology; Ms. Carren Brown, Executive Assistant; Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, Dean, College of Health Sciences; Ms. Nickania Pryce, Lecturer in Pharmaceutics; Mrs. Stancy Mighty, Technical Officer; Ms. Tieca Harris, Lecturer in Pharmaceutics.

  • UTech Jamaica campus

    UTech Jamaica campus

  • UTech Jamaica College of Health Sciences

    UTech Jamaica College of Health Sciences

  • UTech Jamaica Medical Technology students

    UTech Jamaica Medical Technology students with their lecturer

  • UTech Jamaica Lab

    UTech Jamaica’s new laboratory facilities for renovation

  • UTech Jamaica BSc pharmaceutical technology students with lecturers

    UTech Jamaica BSc Pharmaceutical Technology students with lecturers

  • UTech Jamaica

    UTech Jamaica’s Ms. Judy Thomas, Lecturer in Pharmaceutics; Dr. Denise Daley-Beckford, Pharmacognosist/Natural Product Scientist; Dr. Janet Campbell-Shelly, Vice Dean, Pharmacologist; Dr. Donna-Marie Wynter-Adams, Pharmacologist

Meet the School

The School of Pharmacy is based in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Technology, Jamaica. The School runs the only training program for pharmacists on the island and is the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean. They recently developed a new undergraduate program in pharmaceutical technology with the goal of creating an educated workforce to meet specific needs expressed by Jamaica’s pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. To further their commitment to producing work-ready graduates, the School is equipped with a functional pharmacy that is licensed by the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica. Students gain hands-on practical experience in a pharmacy, dispense prescriptions, and counsel patients.

 

Filling a Critical Gap: Dr. Marcia Williams

Dr Marcia Williams, UTech JamaicaDr. Marcia Williams is Director of UTech Jamaica’s new BSc program in pharmaceutical technology. She specializes in industrial pharmacy and has current research projects focused on drugs used to treat diabetes, hypertension, and infertility.

After working for a few years as a pharmacist, she realized that she wanted to do more than dispense medicines. “Realizing that Jamaica had a shortage of pharmaceutical scientists, I decided that this is a niche area where I could fill a gap and make a contribution to my university, my country, and the Caribbean at large,” she says.

Dr. Williams likes challenges and the excitement that comes with testing theories and making discoveries. “I find it quite fascinating to see theory being played out in the laboratory,” she says. “Naturally, the area of science that appeals to me is the development of medicines. It is my dream to make a major contribution in this field some day.”

The School of Pharmacy has a cadre of qualified faculty and staff, but “we have been hampered by the lack of space and equipment,” says Dr. Williams. The School has recently increased their laboratory space capacity and will be refurbishing existing labs. “The next step in our thrust toward increasing research capacity is equipping the lab space, as this is the only cog missing in the wheel of research at the moment. Having the right equipment in place will certainly unleash our potential to do great things.”