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Research in this area includes drug discovery, drug metabolism, and drug action—to extend the range of drugs available, and to provide a scientific basis for the quality use of medicines and bioactive substances.

Specific areas of research include:

  • Computational methods encompassing rational, structure and analogue based drug design techniques, QSAR, drug target identification and lead optimisation
  • Preclinical assessment of new chemical entities including small molecular weight and polypeptide bioactives
  • Development of analytical methods for drugs in formulations and body fluids
  • Studies on drugs of abuse aimed at harm minimisation and for application in forensic toxicology
  • Pharmacokinetic and toxicity studies on synthetic bioactives and those extracted from natural sources
  • Formulation and characterisation of nanomedicines
  • Drug delivery to the lung

Research in metabolism has been designated an 'Area of Research Strength' by the University.

Pharmaceutical sciences researchers

Pharmaceutical sciences research groups

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