Dr. El-Aneed is currently an Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. He obtained his B.Sc. in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1997 from Tishreen University, Syria. He then completed a M.Sc. in 2003 in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in 2007 in Biochemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was awarded the Governor General Gold medal for his Ph.D. thesis. He worked as Pharmacy Research Specialist at the Newfoundland and Labrador Center for Health Information 2006-2007 and joined the University of Saskatchewan in January 2008. In 2012, he completed an MBA degree from the University of Saskatchewan. His main area of research is focused on the use of different mass spectrometry platforms for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of small organic compounds, with recent emphasis on metabolites, pharmaceuticals and lipid-based drug delivery systems. His funding sources are NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada), SHRF (Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation) and CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation). He is currently the co-chair of the Saskatchewan Mass Spectrometry User Group.
Node Funded Project
Title: Developing Addiction Education Resources for Pharmacists
Principal Investigator: Anas El-Aneed, University of Saskatchewan
Sarah Fatani, University of Sask
Our recent work, in Saskatoon, explored the barriers preventing persons who use drugs (PWUD) from seeking medical help. Two major barriers were discrimination and lack of knowledge among service providers. Subsequently, we evaluated the needs of community pharmacists in Saskatoon for addiction education and identified needs for structured post-graduation workshops as well as the development of a referral guide/ encounter protocol to guide the interactions between pharmacists and PWUD. Missing from our work, however, is information about the needs of PWUD from pharmacists. The proposed project aims to: a) evaluate the needs of PWUD form their community pharmacists; and b) design programs to fill training gaps among practicing community pharmacists.