Roosevelt University opens new pharmacy lab at Schaumburg campus

  • Pharmacy students compound medications during a class in a new research and learning laboratory that opened this month at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg.

    Pharmacy students compound medications during a class in a new research and learning laboratory that opened this month at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg. Courtesy of Roosevelt University

 
Laura Janota
Updated 12/18/2015 4:50 PM

A new $685,000 state-of-the-art laboratory for research and learning in Roosevelt University's College of Pharmacy (COP) has just opened at Roosevelt's Schaumburg Campus.

Located near existing COP classrooms and offices, the 1,700-square-foot space paves the way for increased faculty research. New audiovisual equipment in the laboratory also increases opportunities for interactive learning, which is one of COP's trademarks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This new dual-purpose laboratory emphasizes Roosevelt's commitment to the pharmacy field and our pharmacy students," said Bud Beatty, interim dean of COP.

The space includes projectors and screens at opposite ends of the lab, a feature that will enable students to move about easily during laboratory teaching sessions. A document camera that magnifies experimentation, including the mixing of prescription drugs, also is a feature of the teaching and research space.

"The new laboratory is dual-purpose in its function. It is for both teaching pharmaceutics compounding and for faculty wet-lab pharmacology research," said Moji Adeyeye, chair of biopharmaceutical sciences at Roosevelt University and part of the teaching team of instructors in the lab.

"The space will not only enhance faculty teaching and student learning, but will also continue to make COP attractive to prospective students," said Adeyeye.

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The first class in the new space took place on Dec. 2 and COP students were excited about the opportunities the new lab will provide.

"It's an organized, professional space that is helping our classes in the lab to run smoothly," said Sarah Bay, a first-year pharmacy student at Roosevelt.

"I like the new lab a lot. It's convenient and comfortable and a great place for me to learn how to compound medications," added Chirag Patel, also a first-year COP student.

A two-year project, the new laboratory also is a green facility with efficiencies in heating, air-conditioning and lighting, and variable air-volume hoods for removal of fumes.

"This green lab is made of environmentally friendly materials including rubberized floor surfaces, low-flow science hoods and very durable plastic countertops," said Paul Matthews, assistant vice president of campus planning. He recently spoke about green features of new laboratories at the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories Windy City Chapter in Chicago.