Prof Darren Ashcroft BPharm, MSc, PhD, FRPharmS

Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology

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Darren holds the Foundation Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Manchester and is the founding Director of the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. He was Head of the Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Division at Manchester Pharmacy School (2014-2021). He is Director of the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (GMPSTRC).

Darren is an international expert on medication safety with longstanding experience in leading large research teams spanning multiple universities and NHS organisations. He has led the GMPSTRC’s Medication Safety research theme since 2012, driving forward an extensive programme of innovative research to improve the safety of prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines in healthcare settings. He has led seminal studies to identify the frequency, nature and causes of medication errors and adverse drug events and has subsequently used these insights to develop and evaluate interventions. Recently, he led the development of a primary care-based electronic audit and feedback intervention to create a ‘learning healthcare system’ and examined its impact on reducing hazardous prescribing.

As a pharmacist and pharmaco-epidemiologist, his major research interests and teaching focus on the safe use of medicines within society. Topics of particular interest include methods to improve the appropriateness and safety of drug prescribing and drug taking, adherence by patients with prescribed regimens, and quantification of the risks and benefits of drug therapies.

 

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