UON ranked in the world's top 150 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology
The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia’s Pharmacy and Pharmacology discipline has debuted in the world’s top 150 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, thanks to experienced educators and internationally renowned researchers like Professor Jennifer Martin, Chair of Clinical Pharmacology.
Based at the Calvary Mater Hospital, Professor Martin leads a team of pharmacy and medicine experts together with pharmacoepidemiologists and pharmacoeconomists, who work across a number of areas. Since 1999, she has secured over $9.8 million in research grants, most recently to aid her research in cancer.
Professor Martin’s recent research is in the area of clinical development of both novel and old drugs for a variety of diseases. She has developed global collaborations with several researchers and an industry team in the Netherlands using clinical pharmacological methods to improve dosing (Utrecht, Leiden University, Centre for Human Drug Research).
Examinations of appropriate and individualised dose with cancer therapies using methods including therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) are underway with an international group led by pharmacologists/pharmacists at Columbia University (USA) and a group of international science and clinical pharmacologists.
Her current PhD students at UON are researching cannabinoid therapies, targeted cancer therapies, dosing in neonates and therapeutic drug monitoring in clinical care including with antimicrobial therapies.
Clinical Researcher, Professor Geoffery Isbister is also a key contributor to the growth of the discipline’s research profile. In December, 2016, he was one of 44 international researchers awarded a Fellowship to the British Pharmacological Society for making a substantial contribution to pharmacology and the society through his work and publications.
Professor Isbister heads the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at UON and much of his research challenges long-held views about the treatment of poisoned and envenomed patients – including whether antivenom works.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program will be completing it’s first cohort at the end of this year*. Pharmacy at UON teaches students theoretical knowledge in biomedical, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences. Students learn from leading research leaders in medical and health sciences, gain 420 hours of practical experience in hospital and community settings, and have access to world class facilities.
* Prior to 2014 the pharmacy program was offered at a Masters level.