Our world-class pharmacy researchers are broadly divided between three groups:
- pharmaceutical sciences;
- drug usage and pharmacy practice;
- pharmacy education.
Researchers occupy state-of-the-art facilities with laboratory and office space, complemented by core facilities across the University.
Our research is multidisciplinary, engaging teams across faculties, with clinical research facilitated via the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).
Our research staff secure funding from UK research councils (MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC), the European Union, the Department of Health, professional organisations and charities, and we have excellent engagement with industry.
We supervise around 60 PhD students a year and we employ many outstanding postdoctoral researchers.
Our research in pharmaceutical sciences focuses on the current challenges in drug design and development.
We identify areas that could lead to major advances and where our collective expertise could provide the understanding necessary to develop innovative solutions for the benefit of patients, the NHS and industry.
Drug discovery and action
Challenges in this area relate to identifying new disease-specific targets or novel approaches to 'drug' known targets that do not have significant off-target effects and that possess activities that can be readily predicted and monitored to facilitate a personalised approach to medicine use.
Drug development and translational pharmacology
Challenges in this area relate to optimising drug delivery to target while accurately monitoring and predicting pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics extending to off-target effects that influence patient response and adverse events.
In both cases, the complexity of the disease, the pathogen and the patient necessitates the development of improved models to mimic clinical scenarios, facilitating all points within the drug development cascade from target identification through to safe application in patients.
Drug usage and pharmacy practice
Our research focuses on the challenges facing medicine use relating to:
- the growing cost and efficacy of medicines;
- the complexity and range of conditions they are used to treat in different population groups;
- the multiplicity of health professionals competing to provide advice and care in a diverse range of public and private healthcare settings.
As a result, our research aims to understand how patients use and respond to medicines, as well as the systems and organisations within which medicines are delivered.
We also look at the health professionals who work with medicines and deliver healthcare services. As such, our main research areas are:
- pharmacy workforce studies;
- pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety;
- prescribing and patient safety.
We have undertaken a significant number of studies that have helped influence government policy and practice since the research group was established 20 years ago. We have also had a major impact on research capacity-building within the profession, with over 40 doctoral students trained.
Many of these have moved into prestigious positions in academia, industry and government, both at home and abroad.
The group comprises researchers from a diverse range of disciplines (including pharmacists, sociologists, and psychologists), and we employ a range of methodologies including surveys, focus groups, interviews, Q-methods and analysis of large datasets.
Our pharmacy education research integrates practice and science, and applies pharmacy practice research methods to evaluate the impact of teaching and assessment innovations. We are well placed to do so as we combine strong research bases in both the natural and social sciences.
Our teaching innovations and related evaluations
One example of our research is the introduction and evaluation of the use of Team-Based Learning (TBL) to help students integrate science and practice as they prepare for integrated examination.
Manchester Pharmacy Education Conference
Since 2014, we have organised the Pharmacy Education Conference, which brings together teaching staff from schools of pharmacy from across the country. It features keynote speeches, oral presentations, workshops, posters and a technology showcase. See the 2017 programme.
Practice education group
Our practice education group contains all of our teaching-focused staff, and provides structure and support for increasing scholarly activity.
Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies (CPWS)
The Centre has a long tradition of undertaking research relating to the pharmacy workforce and policy, including a range of commissioned pieces of research on the education and training of pharmacy professionals.
This included research into longitudinal progression and experiences of the 2006 cohort of MPharm graduates, professionalism learning and professional socialisation/transition during undergraduate, pre-registration and foundation years of practice, and pharmacy technician education and training.