Pan American Regional Symposium Update

Hello friends from all over the world,

My name is Lucas Ercolin and I am the Chairperson of the Pan American Office.

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) is divided on 5 Regions: African Regional Office (AFRO), Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO), Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), European Regional Office (EuRO) and Pan American Regional Office (PARO). The last Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS) happened at Cuernavaca, Mexico, in 2008.

Since then the Regional Working Group (RWG), that coordinates the Regional, have the will to have a PARS again. It needs a huge effort from the leading association and Reception Committee, also the participation of the Region members: ACEQF (Colombia), ACEF (Peru), AEFRA (Argentina), APhA-ASP (USA), CACIF (Brazil), CAPSI (Canada) and FECOEF (Costa Rica).

 In June of 2013, ACEQF and IPSF PARO made the Pharmaceutical Tour (Pharmatour) on the cities of Bogota, Cali and Medellín in Colombia. We had the amazing chance to know the Pharmaceutical Profession in the Country, allowing us to think about our own.

Since it, the will for organizing the PARS, became stronger.

FECOEF, led by Mr. Juan Diego Salazar Castro, made a bid to host the 8th PARS in Costa Rica, during the 59th IPSF World Congress, in Utrecht, Netherlands.

As said, organizing an event needs a huge international effort, especially from the host. November, 15th we received the sad news that the host couldn’t organize it any longer.

Not having a Regional Symposium would not result in dramatic things like destroy the Regional Working Group, make the work impossible, or even make our work less important. However, we have the will to make PARS, so we gave a shot with a call for a new host.

CACIF, one of the newest members of IPSF, that became a Member in Association during the 58th World Congress, in Hurghada, Egypt, answered the call for hosting it in Brazil, bringing IPSF to South America once more.

Now I want to introduce you to the Reception Committee of the 8th PARS, that will happen in Araraquara/Brazil, August 25th to 29th.

Ana Tereza de Souza Cruz 
Chairperson of the Pan American Regional Symposium
Gabriela Wollmann
Mohamed Ahmed Abou Nassif Neto
Maria Julia Martins
Gabriel Barbosa Messias
Barbara Miglioli


Arthur Svendsen


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2 thoughts on “Pan American Regional Symposium Update

  1. Colleen O'Connell Reply


    My name is Colleen O’Connell and I a pharmacy student in the USA (APhA-ASP). I am interested in attending PARS. I have been one of the Student Exchange Officers for SEP in the US, and have always been involved in IPSF.

    I am looking into it and read the ISSU article too. How can I get more information and possibly sign up to attend?

    Thank you!


    • admin Post authorReply

      Hello Colleen,

      Thank you for your message and I apologize for the delayed response. All of your questions can be sent to and Ana will provide you with detailed information. Ana is the Chairperson of PARS and is the one that is in charge of all the details of the event. If you need anything else please feel free to email me at and I will do my best to assist you any further. Thank you Colleen!

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