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Green Pharmacy Conference 2017

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

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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.

  October 27, 2017
   09:00 - 17:00
  UMC Utrecht
Heidelberglaan 100, 3548 CX Utrecht

Tentative program

08:30   Welcome, with coffee and tea

09:00   Presentations

  • Presentation 1: Boomerang effect - Intro: Exposure to environmental pharmaceuticals, Dr. Rik Oldenkamp (Environmental Science, Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Presentation 2: Bacterial resistance - Low sub-Minimal Inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics generate new types of resistance, Ass. Prof. Dr. Linus Sandegren (Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Presentation 3: Endocrine effects - Low concentrations of non-hormonal pharmaceuticals can have hormonal effects, Dr. Majorie van Duursen (IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Presentation 4: Genetic effects - The potential association of psychoactive pharmaceuticals at environmental concentrations with neurological disorders, Dr. Gaurav Kaushik (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Presentation 5: Green Pharmacy - Intro: Possible measures for the greening of pharmaceuticals, Dr. Maximilian Hempel (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Osnabrück)

12:00Lunch buffet / stands / posters / networking

13:30   Presentations

  • Presentation 6: Behavioral aspects - The role of Rational medicine use in Green Pharmacy, Dr. Dick Bijl
  • Presentation 7: Pharma wastage - Potentials for and benefits of avoiding pharmaceutical wastage, Prof. Toine Egberts (Clinical Pharmacy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Presentation 8: Green molecules - Benign by design also achievable for pharmaceuticals, Prof. Klaus Kümmerer (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany)
  • Presentation 9: Biopharmaceutics - An endogenous substance to be used as a pharmaceutical, Prof. Willem Seinen (IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Presentation 10: Targeted delivery - Innovations in targeted delivery and personal medicine, Prof. Raymond Schiffelers (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Presentation 11: Phytotherapy - possibilities for green alternatives, Dr. Edwin van den Worm (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

17:00Networking drinks



UMC Utrecht - contact: Esther Willems smelliW.A.F.E.[antispam].@umcutrecht.nl


Cooperating Partners

  • Corporate Social Responsibility - Health Care Network (MVO Netwerk Zorg);
  • Dutch Organisation of Environmental Health (Nederlandse Vereniging van Medische Milieukunde, NVMM);
  • Dutch Association of Community Health Services and Offices for Regional Medical Emergency Preparedness and Planning (Gemeentelijke of Gemeenschappelijke Gezondheidsdienst, GGD, en Geneeskundige Hulpverleningsorganisaties, GHOR);
  • Institute for Rational Use of Medicine (Instituut voor Verantwoord Medicijngebruik, IVM);
  • INTERREG-VA-MEDUWA Vecht(e) - Project Consortium;
  • Stichting Triocare;
  • Women Engage for a Common Future, WECF.

 Early bird (until Aug 31):
regular participant € 300,-
member of VVM € 200
employee of UMC Utrecht € 200,-
discount member of VVM (retired/welfare) € 150,-

student (not member of VVM) € 30
VVM member that studies or has recently graduated € 15,-

  Regular fee (per Sept 1):
regular participant € 350,-
member of VVM € 250
employee of UMC Utrecht € 250,-
discount member of VVM (retired/welfare) € 150,-

student (not member of VVM) € 30
VVM member that studies or has recently graduated € 15,-

Important note

Prices include VAT. If you cancel less than a week before the start, the full participation fee must be paid. Read more in our terms and conditions (.pdf, dutch).


VVM section Health and Environment

Content coordination

Huize Aarde, contact: Alfons Uijtewaal, 06 43 28 91 63, tsop.[antispam].@huizeaarde.nl, also member of the VVM section Health and Environment.


To be requested

Signing up & cancelation

Although it is possible to sign up less than a week before the start of the event, if you do so, we can not guarantee that you will receive all the relevant information. If you cancel less than a week before the start, the full participation fee must be paid. Read more in our terms and conditions (.pdf, dutch).

Practical organisation:

Dutch Association for Environmental Professionals (Netwerk van Milieuprofessionals, VVM), contact: Marie Thérèse van Heijningen, 030 232 29 89, negninjiehnav.m.[antispam].@vvm.info

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