Center for Toxicology and Pharmacology Education and Research formed

The two poison and drug information centers in Arizona have joined forces to form the Center for Toxicology and Pharmacology Education and Research (CTPER). The center, located at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, provides the poison centers at UA College of Pharmacy and the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix a unique opportunity to work together like never before.

The objective of the new center is to provide expertise, education and research in the areas of medical toxicology, pharmacology, medication safety and disaster preparedness. The center will also be a proactive education and research forum to teach medical students, other physicians in training, pharmacy students, allied health students and the community healthcare workforce in areas of toxicology and pharmacology.

Keith Boesen, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center; Mazda Shirazi, medical director of the UA center; and Phillip Schneider, COP associate dean in Phoenix, are among the eight staff members who will participate in the new unit.

Other members include Steven Curry, Frank Lovecchio and Daniel Brooks from the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Poison and Drug Information Center, and Alan Leibowitz from Banner Health and Stuart Flynn from UA College of Medicine-Phoenix. 

By working together, both poison centers can apply for grants and contracts on a state level rather than being restricted to their respective service area.  Three sources of funds have already become available that were formerly out of reach for the individual poison centers.

"The establishment of CTPER is extremely exciting for everyone involved. It will improve the ability of the poison and drug information centers in Arizona to educate healthcare professionals, provide research and increase funding," says Boesen.

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