President William D. Underwood and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean H.W. “Ted” Matthews have announced the establishment of the T.P. Haines Endowed Chair in Transdermal Delivery Systems; Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the inaugural holder of the endowed position.
The fund will support teaching and research in the College. “The T.P. Haines Endowed Chair in Transdermal Delivery Systems will be used to enhance the visibility of the research being conducted in the College and will help to attract more extramural funding for the Pharmacy program,” Dr. Matthews said.
The Chair was established in memory of Dr. Theophilus Parvin “T.P” Haines, who served as a professor in Mercer’s biology department for 38 years. He joined the College of Liberal Arts faculty in 1943 and was known for his close relationships with his students. He retired in 1980, and the biology laboratory in Willet Science Center on Mercer’s Macon campus was named for the popular professor in 1982. Dr. Haines died in 2004.
Dr. Banga has taught at the College for more than 10 years, where he focuses on pharmaceutical dosage forms and drug delivery systems. He has more than 150 publications and presentations to his credit, and has published 10 peer-reviewed research papers within the last year. He is the author of two books, which are widely used as reference texts in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Dr. Banga is a recipient of the Research Award and the Distinguished Educator Award in the College.
“I am honored to be the first holder of the T.P. Haines Endowed Chair in Transdermal Delivery systems,” Dr. Banga said. “My hope is that this fund will shed light on the important research being done in the College and that it will give the College more opportunities for further research.”
The new chair will support the study of transdermal delivery systems, which allow for the administration of drugs via the skin by using a patch, such as the smoking cessation nicotine patch.