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Research and Engagement

The School sits within the University’s College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, the latter integrating the research activities of a number of Schools alongside Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, namely:   Biosciences, Dentistry, Health Care Studies and Nursing and Midwifery Studies (both now within a newly formed School of Health Care Sciences), Optometry & Vision Science, Psychology, and Medicine.

One of the school’s strengths is the applied and multidisciplinary nature of its inquiries, benefiting from worldwide scientific collaborations and strategic relationships with global businesses and public sector bodies. The school’s external research awards of some £3m per annum are secured through partnerships with a diverse range of funding bodies (see Research-User Engagement)

Research in the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences encompasses all facets of the study of pharmaceuticals.  The School's four disciplines (below) represent operational units providing platform knowledge and technical resource support.  Although staff are located within a specific discipline much of the  research is cross-disciplinary, also involving collaborations with many other groups across the University and elsewhere. Research in the laboratory-based sciences covers a spectrum of disease areas including cancer, infection, cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal, respiratory and neurological disorders. This work seeks to i dentify fundamental mechanisms of disease and new pharmacological targets, the design of novel drug candidates and of innovative drug delivery systems. Complementing the activities of the laboratory sciences are academic staff engaged in understanding the social and psychological aspects of the medicines-patient interface, measuring patients’ quality of life and associated issues around medicines resource allocation.

Some Research performance indicators in the  period (2008-2013) include:

  • Research income directly to the School of ca.£17.2M
  • Significant collaboration with external partners on projects of direct translational significance, for example 55% of the School’s research income is from awards made by commerce, central government and devolved government bodies such as NISCHR/NIHR, with the remaining from RCUK, medical charities and EC.
  • Licence income £1.45M and fifteen patents granted
  • Graduation of  95 PhD doctoral researchers
  • Publication of  670 peer reviewed original articles yielding 8200 citations 

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry

Designing and synthesising novel active compounds as drug candidates. 

Drug Delivery & Microbiology

Drug Delivery and Microbiology

Understanding the nature of biological barriers and developing advanced systems to improve the delivery of therapeutics. 

Understanding microbial survival strategies, microbial contamination of pharmaceutical products, control of microbial infection in healthcare environments. 

Pharmacology & Physiology

Pharmacology & Physiology

Understanding of physiological regulation and disease processes, identifying and validating novel drug targets, and mechanisms of drug action. 

Pharmacy Practice & Clinical Pharmacy

Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy

Informing and influencing the practice of pharmacy and the development of policy around medicines usage and approval. 

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Public Engagement

Enhancing public understanding of science and stimulating public debate through active collaborative involvement.

Research User Engagement

Delivering the wider benefits of our research to the UK economy and society through commercial, practitioner and policy-maker engagement.

Research Office

Developing and implementing the School's research strategy and policies. Supporting and facilitating pre- and post-award research activities for staff and postgraduate research students. Providing support to the Research Committee.

Research Ethics

Assisting researchers carrying out non-clinical research involving human participants, human material or human data.

Research Facilities

The School possesses a wide range of high quality research equipment and facilities to support its research programmes.

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Inter-disciplinary working, initiatives and support structures

Through structure and culture the School is inherently multi-/inter-disciplinary in its approach.  
Cross-school inter-disciplinary working is promoted by collective development of research 
strategy (College of Biomedical and Life Sciences) and the expansion of complementary 
and shared facilities.

There are several cross-disciplinary initiatives and structures that facilitate the research of 
the School with its various partners, including amongst others:

Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre (ARUK-BBC) of Excellence
Cardiff Cancer Research UK Centre
• Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)
ESRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence
The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute
Wales Gene Park
• Wales School for Primary Care Research (WSPCR)
GW4 Alliance  between  the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter
• National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) - Academic Health Science Collaboration
Sêr Cymru Life Sciences and Health Network in Drug Discovery
• Severnside Alliance for Translational Research (SARTRE) between the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff
• South East Wales Academic Health Science Partnership (SEWAHSP)
South East Wales Trials Unit