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Lessons Learned from Five Decades of Teaching, Research and Service Experience in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ronald Borchardt

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Dr. Ronald Borchardt is the keynote speaker for the 26th Annual Pharmacy Research Presentations and Keo Glidden Smith Convocation. Dr. Borchardt is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas with more than 500 scientific publications on drug design and drug delivery.


Students from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions will get a chance to hear from a professor who spent nearly five decades teaching and researching pharmaceutical chemistry.

University of Kansas Distinguished Professor Emeritus Ronald T. Borchardt will keynote the 26th annual Fall Pharmacy Convocation at South Dakota State University at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom. The Wausau, Wisconsin, native taught at Kansas from 1971 to 2015 and chaired the department of pharmaceutical chemistry from 1983 to 1998.

Borchardt’s pioneering research in drug design and drug delivery led to the development of cell culture models for studying drug transport through biological membranes. In fact, the cell culture models developed by Borchardt’s group is now widely used for drug development in academia and pharmaceutical industry.

His message is “Lessons Learned from Five Decades of Teaching, Research and Service Experience in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.”

The convocation, organized by the Rho Chi Honor Society and college Graduate Studies and Research Committee, gathers faculty and students from all four years of pharmacy education for a message from a leader within the profession.

Borchardt’s message will take students from his own undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin (1967) to graduate studies at the University of Kansas (1970) and his postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health (1969-71), then back to Kansas, where his research interests focused on drug delivery and drug design.

He also will deliver a scientific lecture Oct. 25 on “Past, Present and Future Strategies for Drugability Profiling in Drug Discovery.”

The convocation begins with a research poster session from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 24, also in Volstorff Ballroom, during which local faculty will judge the pharmaceutical and biomedical research work of undergraduates and graduate students as well as research associates from the college, according to Xiangming Guan, assistant dean of research at the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and organizer of the convocation.

The public also is free to view the research posters and listen to the address. For more information, contact Guan at 605-688-5314 or

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm University Student Union , Volstorff Ballroom