Dana began her professional career as a hospital pharmacist where she specialized in chronic pain management and psychiatric illness. Motivated to create safer and more effective medicines, she left clinical pharmacy practice in 2012 and began PhD research at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Her graduate research has involved chronic pain, neurodegenerative disease and cancer as well as the study of nano-medicines, advanced drug formulation, pharmacokinetics, and small molecule drug design. Her understanding of medicine has been augmented through the study of medicinal practices among indigenous people of British Columbia as well as Central America. She has since spun off Andira Medicine, a botanical drug development firm. The company currently focuses on pre-clinical and clinical stage research of plant-derived therapies for fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, depression, and cancer.
Dana also mentors an undergraduate pharmacy student and teaches drug formulation science in the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum.
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