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Release: Jan. 22, 2002

Flanagan interim head of Pharmaceutics in College of Pharmacy

Douglas Flanagan, Ph.D., professor in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, has been named interim head of the College's Division of Pharmaceutics. He assumed this position Jan. 1.

Flanagan replaces former division head Dale Wurster, Ph.D., who accepted the position of associate dean of the UI Graduate College.

Pharmaceutics deals with the development of drug formulations and what happens to drugs when they are ingested, including how fast they are absorbed, metabolized and excreted. Pharmaceutical scientists examine the issues of taking a new drug substance and making a tablet, capsule, ointment, sterile injection or other formulation type with this new drug. These issues involve the drug's capability with other formulation components, the stability of the drug, how fast it is released from the formulation and how it can be manufactured on a large scale.

Flanagan brings a strong commitment to furthering the goals of the division and the college and more than 20 years of experience at the UI, said Jordan Cohen, dean of the College of Pharmacy.

"I am confident that under Dr. Flanagan's leadership, the Division will continue to enhance the quality of our programs while continuing to plan for the future," Cohen said.

Flanagan joined the UI faculty in 1978 and served as the Division of Pharmaceutics head from 1980 to 1986. He served as the acting director of the Division of Pharmaceutical Services from 1990 to 1991. He was an assistant and associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy from 1971 to 1978. He was inducted as a fellow to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists in 2000.

His research interest is in the area of drug delivery systems, from tablets, capsules, injections or ointments to more complex formulations that release a drug over a period of time. Specifically, Flanagan's research focus is in the areas of biodegradable polymers (large molecules made up of smaller molecules that break down in the body to safe or non-toxic compounds) and liposomes (microscopic lipid spheres used to entrap and deliver drugs). He has taught undergraduate and professional courses in pharmaceutics and courses involving instrumental methods of analysis, complex equilibria and transport phenomena at the graduate level. Flanagan received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy in 1967, his master's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1969 and his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1971, all from the University of Michigan.