Friday, 27 October, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00

Green Pharmacy Conference 2017

The environmental cycle of medicines - an incentive for innovation in the human and veterinary medicine chain

Everywhere in the world we can find chemicals in our (drinking) water, the soil, our food crops and in the air. Their source: discarded and discharged medicines used for humans and animals, or to be more precise, livestock. Multi-resistant bacteria are also widely dispersed in the environment. To address the environmental cycle of pharmaceuticals and drug-resistant bacteria a change is necessary in the way we deal with these agents. Medicines, unlike pesticides, can not be easily banned or replaced. Therefore, the healthcare sector and universities are looking for solutions to this societal challenge. During this symposium concrete options for action will be presented to you. The University Medical Centre of Utrecht will demonstrate what they are doing in this area.



The presentations of this day are inspired by the TED-talks. Every presentation last 18 minutes exactly. For interaction 8 minutes of Q&A will be added to every presentation.

08:30   Welcome, with coffee and tea

09:00   Presentations

  • Boomerang effect - Intro: Exposure to environmental pharmaceuticalsDr. Rik Oldenkamp (Environmental Science, Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Bacterial resistance - Low sub-Minimal Inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics generate new types of resistanceAss. Prof. Dr. Linus Sandegren (Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Endocrine effects - Low concentrations of non-hormonal pharmaceuticals can have hormonal effectsDr. Majorie van Duursen (IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Genetic effects - The potential association of psychoactive pharmaceuticals at environmental concentrations with neurological disordersDr. Gaurav Kaushik (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Green Pharmacy - Intro: Possible measures for the greening of pharmaceuticalsDr. Maximilian Hempel (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Osnabrück)

12:00   Lunch buffet / stands / posters / networking

13:30   Presentations


For more information: 

  • Behavioral aspects - The role of Rational medicine use in Green PharmacyDr. Dick Bijl
  • Pharma wastage - Potentials for and benefits of avoiding pharmaceutical wastageProf. Toine Egberts(Clinical Pharmacy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Green molecules - Benign by design also achievable for pharmaceuticalsProf. Klaus Kümmerer(Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany)
  • Biopharmaceutics - An endogenous substance to be used as a pharmaceuticalProf. Willem Seinen(IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Targeted delivery - Innovations in targeted delivery and personal medicineProf. Raymond Schiffelers(Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Phytotherapy - Possibilities for green alternativesDr. Edwin van den Worm (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

17:00   Networking drinks

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