Facilities

Research Laboratories

The Harold G. Hewitt Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Laboratories are located in the north wing of the building on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors. Medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology/toxicology research is conducted in laboratories customized for the specialized requirements of each researcher. The laboratory wing contains multiple autoclaves, numerous tissue culture facilities, state-of-the-art hooding and ventilation systems, and freeze-drying capabilities. The UConn High-Throughput Screening Facility is housed in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology for researchers to identify novel small molecule modulators of a range of biological systems. It includes a multi-mode microplate reader, integrated microplate stacker for batch processing, and an automated liquid handler. The facility maintains a library of 150K small molecules for screening. Nano-ITC (isothermal titration calorimetry) and nano-DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) instruments are also available. These are the most sensitive instruments available designed to address the needs of today's life science researchers, particularly those engaged in drug discovery and development. NMR and Protein X-Ray Crystallography Facilities are also available. The University of Connecticut Bioservices Center manages additional resources that are shared with faculty across campus.

Teaching Laboratories

The Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dosage Forms Laboratory, is a state-of-the-art facility where pharmacy students learn the latest techniques for compounding drug preparations that can be customized for individual patient needs. It features stations for each student to prepare oral, topical, and other drug preparations; an area with seven laminar flow hoods where students practice techniques for preparing injectibles and sterile ophthalmic products; and containment rooms for tableting, coating, and emulsification equipment that provides students with an understanding of the processes used by manufacturers to prepare dosage forms on a large scale.
The CVS Pharmacist Care Center is a multipurpose laboratory facility, with videotaping and presentation technology throughout. It features eighteen [18] networked computer workstations, small conference rooms, and a classroom area. Pharmacy students learn drug information and patient counseling techniques. Prominent display cabinets house historical and contemporary drug product inventory. The Pharmacist Care Center is also used to teach prescription processing and the proper techniques for administration of medication.