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Facts & figures

Our research

  • 14th globally for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022)
  • $19M in research income over past five years
  • 2,109 publications in past five years
  • 25,156 generated citations in past five years
  • 1.8 average category normalised citation impact (CNCI) in past five years
  • 114 Higher degree by research (HDR) students currently enrolled
  • 123 Higher degree by research (HDR) students graduated over past five years

Research at Sydney Pharmacy School

Expertise in pharmaceutical and clinical sciences
Pharmacy research has the potential to influence a huge range of health areas. Our research is at the forefront of drug discovery as well as clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services.

Research highlights

  • Supporting patients with safe use of medicines
    Sydney pharmacy researchers have received over $6.5m in federal government funding to support osteoporosis sufferers and people at risk of chronic kidney disease, and to develop a system to help pharmacists and GPs work better together.
  • Highlighting the need for conflict of interest transparency
    New study reveals many Australian medical researchers are not accurately disclosing payments from pharmaceutical companies, and the results likely to underestimate the issue on a national and global scale.
  • Reviewing common medications and immune responses
    The largest clinical review of immune responses to paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid analgesics, with a focus on infectious diseases, has provided insights into unintended impacts of these commonly used medicines.

About pharmacy research

Our renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.

These include the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of drugs, studies on advanced drug delivery, investigating the fate of drugs in humans including pharmacogenomics and other aspects of drug disposition, and research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services.

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Our research

Our research is closely aligned with the activities of the faculty, and we contribute to the following major research areas:

  • cancer
  • eHealth
  • immunology and infection
  • mental health
  • obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Other research areas

Our researchers in health services and patient safety have a strong commitment to research that facilitates the quality use of medicines, medicines safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health interventions. 

Our research takes a system-wide view to ensure that research and innovation is able to improve health outcomes for consumers and improve the safety and effectiveness of the health system.

  • Launched in conjunction with the Charles Perkins Centre, we have established the first cleaninghouse and incubator for data and research on evidence, influence and pharmaceutical policy. 
  • We're working with researchers from the University and abroad in this NHMRC-funded project that examines the effects of national medication safety warnings on healthcare delivery and patient safety. 
  • Our researchers are participating in a trial to evaluate models of pharmacy-based opportunistic risk assessment, screening and referral services for type 2 diabetes in previously undiagnosed populations.  
  • We're collaborating with highly dedicated and internationally recognised researchers to generate vital information about the role that medicines play over Australians' lifetimes.
  • Working with colleagues at the Fiji National University, our researchers are working to research issues that Fiji faces with respect to medicine supply and procurement, aiming to inform policy and subsequent system-wide change in the region.

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