Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

present ...

"Why Not Bring Medications and Their Use
Out of the Dark Ages?"


Jake Thiessen
Hallman Director,
Director, Health Sciences Campus
Director, School of Pharmacy
University of Waterloo

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors:
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions - Smart Systems for Health Agency
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Presentation Archive 2007

Numerous stories have been written describing the successful development of medications and their uses in treating society s ills. Yet, from discovery to patient use, pharmacotherapy has presented another face: a disquieting, even unhappy history. In the annals, one finds that drug discovery and development has largely been built upon the concept of Average Joes : an average molecule, an average biology, an average patient, an average disease, an average route of medication administration, an average healthcare professional, an average treatment plan (prescription), an average contentment with average outcomes. How long can society tolerate How well have we done withaverages and is there an alternative? New thinking, including illuminating new strategies, holds a promise of substantial improvements that can reduce many of the historical disappointments and failures.

About the Speaker
Jake Thiessen is a pharmacist whose professional degree was earned from the University of Manitoba. His doctoral studies took him to the University of California, San Francisco, where he specialized in the field of pharmacokinetics. Presently he is a Professor and Founding Director of the new School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, which is scheduled to admit its first students in January, 2008, and was recently appointed as Director of the new University of Waterloo Health Sciences Campus in Kitchener. These positions have followed a 33 year career at University of Toronto that included the role of Associate Dean at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Extra-university appointments have included:  Chair of the Ontario Ministry of Health s Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee, member of the 1990 Pharmaceutical Inquiry of Ontario, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Bioavailability and Bioequivalence, and President of Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programmes.

For more information
Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners were: LivePage (now part of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.