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Feb. 7, 2007

Wurster To Receive APhA's Higuchi Research Prize

Dale E. Wurster, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will receive the American Pharmacists Association's 2007 Takeru Higuchi Research Prize at the APhA's annual meeting and exposition March 16-19 in Atlanta.

The prize recognizes scientists who have demonstrated effective and persistent efforts in pioneering a new concept applicable to the pharmaceutical sciences. The award, which is international in scope and stature, was established in 1981 in honor of Takeru Higuchi, the first president of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Wurster is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking pharmaceutical research. His work in dissolution kinetics was instrumental to the understanding of solid dosage form performance years before the establishment of the discipline of biopharmaceutics. Wurster's research on percutaneous (through the skin) drug absorption led to the use of scientific principles in the formulation of topical dosage forms. Moreover, Wurster is best known for inventing the Wurster Air-Suspension Coating Technique, a process of particle coating and microencapsulation used worldwide in the manufacture of medications and other products.

Regarding the impact of Wurster's research, one former student said, "Dr. Wurster's pioneering work on dissolution kinetics brought a fundamental physical-chemical approach to understanding the nature of dissolution as it pertained to pharmaceutical products. The observations and relationships elucidated in his work formed a base upon which subsequent work by other investigators on bioavailability of drugs from pharmaceutics was founded."

A native of Sparta, Wis., Wurster earned a bachelor of science degree in 1942, and a doctorate in physical pharmacy, with minors in chemistry, pharmacology and biochemistry, in 1947 from the University of Wisconsin. He served on the Wisconsin faculty for 24 years before becoming dean of the pharmacy school at North Dakota State University. He came to Iowa a year later and served as dean of the UI College of Pharmacy from 1972-1984.

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 57,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.

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