International drug expert to speak on ‘street drugs’

Published 25 May 2010

hindmarshAn eminent academic pharmacist and research toxicologist from Canada, who has been working at UNE as a Visiting Professor for the past three months, will present a seminar  today titled “Street Drugs – is there anything we can do?”

Today’s seminar will be at 1 pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in UNE’s McClymont Building.

Wayne Hindmarsh (pictured here) is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. On completion of his university training at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta, he spent some time in hospital and community pharmacy, and as a toxicologist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their crime detection laboratories, where he did investigations into substance use, sudden death cases, homicides and alcohol-related charges, and lectured in pharmacology.

His research interests include forensic toxicology, clinical toxicology, drug education, and substance abuse. He is the author of two books on topics related to drug use and abuse, and gives frequent lectures on these topics.

His many medals and awards include the Governor General Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada for his work on drug use/abuse, and the Douglas M. Lucas Award in recognition of Excellence in Forensic Science. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Professor Hindmarsh has served as President of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, the Association of Deans of  Pharmacy of Canada, the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.

He has extended his expertise to the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean countries, South America, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Korea – and now Australia, where he has played a key role in establishing UNE’s new Bachelor of Pharmacy degree program.