Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
The Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology is a multidisciplinary group of experts in medicines spanning the scientific, clinical and social science aspects of medicines development, clinical trials regulation, pricing, clinical use of medicines and pharmaceutical policy. It also has extensive skills in the toxic effects of medicines, chemicals and toxins including venoms, and in clinical trials of interventions in clinical toxicology including antivenoms and antidotes. Members of the group have expertise in teaching and curriculum development in the areas of pharmacology, biological modelling, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics. Projects are led by an expert in that area, thus a team leader for a specific project is a fluid concept depending on the project and skillsets required. However, specific Discipline leads are named for the administrative aspects within the School of Medicine and Public Health, the medicines teaching programme, the Pharmacoeconomic Evaluation Group, the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre and the Clinical Toxicology Research Group. It is supported by administrative and research governance support.
The Discipline is physically located at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, Waratah, Newcastle, to enable close collaboration with clinical researchers in hospital policy and therapeutics. Members of the Discipline are also practicing clinicians in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Clinical Toxicology and Pharmacology. The Disciplines projects and policies span across all research programmes in the HMRI and the mass spectroscopy facility at Callaghan where our pharmacology scientists undertake work around therapeutic drug monitoring and biomarker development.
Newcastle has a long history of being a leading international site for clinical pharmacology and toxicology/toxinology policy, teaching, research and clinical service. The mission of this Discipline is to ensure this tradition continues, in addition to supporting pharmacology research and medicines questions in clinical practice and contribute to policy issues across the globe as they arise.