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The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (PaLS) has over 50 academic staff and a thriving postgraduate research programme with more than 30 postgraduate students (PhD & MRes) undertaking research.

There are two main areas of research within the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences;
• Translational Research led by Professor Susan Duthie and
• Practice Research led by Professor Scott Cunningham.


Translational research within PaLS uses a multidirectional and multidisciplinary approach to apply findings from basic science research with the long-term aim of enhancing human health and wellbeing. Key themes are:

• Optimum health & wellbeing (diet & cancer; cardiovascular health & obesity; public health policy)
• Drug & novel matrices design (drug discovery, antimicrobial technologies & nanomaterials)
• Environmental monitoring (sensors; clean technology; algal biotechnology)
• Natural products (novel pharma/nutraceuticals; anticancer agents; bioactive waste products)

Practice research is a form of applied research which engages the health and social care community in the conduct of enquiry directed towards the management, organisation, services, processes, interventions and outcomes of health and social care practice. Key themes are:

• Innovations in models of integrated multidisciplinary health and social care education & practice
• Medicines use, effectiveness and safety (specific to, populations, medicine groups & individual medicines, processes & procedures)
• Models of public health pharmacy & nutrition that reduce disease burden and risk and to improve outcomes


Head of School: Prof Donald Cairns
Research Leads: Prof Susan Duthie & Prof Scott Cunningham