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Pharmacy Students get hands on experience outside the classroom

In class and out, a doctorate in pharmacy is a demanding education. Students spend their first two years on campus taking prerequisite courses in chemistry, biology, math, and economics. They apply to the School of Pharmacy in their second year. Each year the school admits a class of sixty-five students, who take professional classes together for three years and then spend their final year entirely in the field, learning alongside medical professionals in real heath care settings. Read More


BMED Faculty Members Patel & Rau Awarded Grant by NFL & GE to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

Athletes, members of the military and others suffering from traumatic brain injury may benefit from research conducted by two University of Montana faculty Patel and Raumembers through a new $300,000 grant awarded by General Electric Co. and the National Football League.  

GE and the NFL have announced 16 winners in the first stage of the $20 million Head Health Challenge. UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau were among the challenge winners selected to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. Read More

Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana Looks to Expand 

The patient room at Partnership Health Center is full on a weekday morning, the doctors racing about in close conversation with young family medicine residents fresh out of medical school.

Ned VasquezBut the hurried pace and care given patients is a good sign. One year after launching, the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana is off and running, and the 10 inaugural residents who made last year’s cut are now a full year into the program.

Dr. Ned Vasquez, the program’s medical director and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Montana, said efforts are now underway to grow the program to 30 residents by 2015, helping Montana gain ground in a service it’s sorely lacking. Read More


Hungarian Scholars visit Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Marta and RobertFor the past five months, two Hungarian scientists conducted research projects in the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Marta Wilhelm and Robert Gabriel arrived in early August from the University of Pécs in Hungary to study at UM as a part of a Fulbright fellowship. In Pécs, Marta works with the Institute of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, while Robert is a professor of zoology and neurobiology at the Biological Institute, Faculty of Science. In addition to her research involving fitness measurements of persons in diffrent age categories, Marta is interested in neuroimmune interactions, particularly researching the communication between mast cells and neurons. Robert’s research focuses primarily on retinal microanatomy and physiology and he recently became engaged in studying retinal degenerative disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.

Marta in Lab

During their stay they have studied the microanatomy and the neurochemistry of the cholinergic interneuron populations of the hippocampus, a brain structure that is known to participate, among others, in memory formation. This area is also involved in epileptogenesis and Alzheimer’s disease; therefore, their research may contribute to better understanding of the underlying processes of the above disorders overtime.

After returning home, they intend to maintain a fruitful collaboration with their hosts, Drs. Josh Lawrence and Michael Kavanaugh and plan to send students to their labs. They also welcome visits from faculty of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. 

(Photos courtesy of Austin Smith.)


Skaggs School of Pharmacy Rankings

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy ranks among the top 25% of pharmacy schools in total National Institutes of Health funds received. Click here for the 2012 Rankings


Situated on the beautiful University of Montana campus, the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences is home to cutting-edge research and top-notch educators.  Degree offerings include Bachelor of Arts and Master's in Social Work, Master's and Certificate of Public Health, Doctor of Pharmacy,   Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in NeuroscienceBiomedical & Pharmaceutical SciencesToxicology, and Medicinal Chemistry.  To learn more about the College please explore our web site.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences.  The College prepares persons to serve in the professions of pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work.  Students have opportunities to interact with students from other disciplines, both within the College and the University, with whom they practice when they enter their respective professions.  Students also have opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty who are committed to academic excellence.

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