College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Alumni and Giving

Dear Alumni and Friends,

First and foremost, I hope that you and those close to you are well. Most of us have not experienced anything remotely like this before; we truly are in the position of needing to navigate through uncharted territory. On behalf of everyone in the college, I wish you and your families the best of health in the weeks to come.

Although we are working in ways that are new to many of us, the college is continuing to address its mission. Once the University of Toledo made the necessary decision to keep students at home, our faculty moved extraordinarily quickly to adapt the classes they lead to distance education. I cannot express how impressive that effort has been, or how grateful I am to our faculty and staff for the commitment they have shown to the success of our students.

Of course, our college has elements of its mission beyond delivering its degree programs. Our clinician-faculty are continuing to contribute to the health and well-being of our community. The current crisis requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach, and our practitioners are doing their part to address the challenges facing Toledo and northwest Ohio. Although largely excluded from their laboratories, our science-based faculty are continuing their efforts to advance our collective knowledge of how to avoid and treat disease. Many of our faculty are in the process of determining how their lines of investigation might address the current pandemic and avoid or minimize the impact of emerging infectious diseases.

The post-COVID-19 world will need more, rather than fewer, healthcare practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is the absolute need to make sure that all of us have adequate access to healthcare, and that maintaining a healthy population is not only an ethical imperative but must be a national security priority. Pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences must play an increasingly important role in improving the health and well-being of all of us. The UToledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences stands ready to do its part.

Stay well, and stay in touch.

Gary Pollack

Gary M. Pollack, PhD
Professor and Dean

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Last Updated: 8/4/20