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Unisanté was set up to support the steering of health policy in the Canton of Vaud. It is active in research, academic training, prevention and ambulatory care. Innovative and unique in Switzerland, it promotes interdisciplinarity and the pooling of skills committed to health issues.

The institution has more than 850 employees active in research, academic training, prevention and ambulatory care, spread over 15 sites in the Lausanne area and the Canton of Vaud.


UNISANTE: The Center for Primary Care and Public Health, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


ISPSO: Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva

The main missions of the School of pharmaceutical sciences are to promote pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences through excellence in education and research and to assist in specific activities in humanity pharmacy. The School takes on a strong responsibility to maintain a high quality training of all professionals involved in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.


Research-driven translational teaching gives students insight into the latest developments in pharmaceutical sciences and drug therapy management and forms the basis of curricula offered:

  • Two undergraduate degree programmes (B.Sc. in pharmaceutical sciences and M.Sc. in pharmacy).

  • A comprehensive Ph.D. programme in pharmaceutical sciences.

  • A Master of Advanced Studies in hospital pharmacy.

  • A Master of Advanced Studies in toxicology.

  • A Certificate of Advanced Studies in clinical pharmacy,

  • Lifelong learning programmes and lectures for pharmacy professionals.


By nature multidisciplinary the research in the School of pharmaceutical sicences is organized in small research units working on challenging problems in drug discovery and development and take basic research from the bench to the person-centered pharmaceutical care.

The School has state-of-the-art facilities and attracts researchers from all over the world. The School benefits from excellent relationships with stakeholders, extensive collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry and health care providers. In few years, the Section became a key-player for pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in the Lake of Geneva and the Arc Alpin regions.

Humanity Pharmacy

A responsible School of Pharmaceutical Sciences must engage itself in the training of pharmacists from developing countries and must facilitate access of low-income populations to low-priced safe medication and technical facilities. The School is already active in several projects for pharmacy in Southern countries focused on training, safe medication and scientific cooperation.

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The FIP Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS), develop initiatives to help FIP and its member organisations achieve the goal of advancing the pharmaceutical sciences on a global level. As part of the BPS, the are nine Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Including the SIG on Pharmacy Practice Research.

At an international level, the SIG on Pharmacy Practice Research provides a unique opportunity to develop an international strategy for pharmacy practice research to underpin international positions and policy. The Special Interest Group on Pharmacy Practice Research will allow exchange of pharmacy practice research between senior researchers, early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows, pharmacist practitioners and PhD or MSc students in order to produce high quality evidence at an international level. The SIG will allow a wider dissemination and exposure of high quality pharmacy practice research to all stakeholders, as well as encourage and foster greater communication, discussion, networking and collaboration at an international level for the advancement of best practice research.

For more information about the SIG on Pharmacy Practice Research please visit the FIP website 

SIG on Pharmacy Practice

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