The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences staff members are improving the lives of people through insights and discoveries that relate to medications and health. The School has gained national and international recognition for its cutting edge research and has made outstanding research contributions in the following fields:
•Advanced Drug Delivery: including oral, respiratory drug delivery; new technologies such as nanoparticles and liposomes; interactions between drug delivery systems and cell culture models
•Allergy novel anti-allergy compounds
•Cancer Research: including exosomes extracellular vesicles, biomarkers and new therapeutic targets
•Drug Design and Discovery: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry and novel antibiotics; in silico design of new drugs; in silico high throughput screening for drug discovery
•Drug Targeting and Transport: including anti-cancer drug targeting, drug transport across epithelial barriers of the lung, gastrointestinal tract and the eye; high performance computer applications in drug delivery system design in vitro and in vivo
•Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
•Neuropharmacology : aging diseases and therapies; antidepressants and drugs of abuse
•Pharmacy Practice : pharmaceutical care and continuous improvement of practice standards; healthcare policy and service delivery; health promotion in primary care, hospital pharmacy and drug use in hospitals
These programmes are aligned with College's strategic plan in the major thematic areas of pharmaceutical nanoscience and technology, immunology and inflammation, cancer research and neuroscience.
As well as involvement in the above programmes, academic staff have active research projects at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level in the traditional pharmacy disciplines: Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Practice of Pharmacy (See www.pharmacy.tcd.ie).
Collaborative research is also ongoing with other academic and industry groups, both at national and international levels. In addition, Staff contribute to integrated postgraduate taught courses which are formulated in the context of European and international curriculum strategies (see M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Analysis, M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert. in Community Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Cardiology in Clinical Pharmacy Practice Module, and M.Sc. in Neuroscience).