Researcher biography

Sam joined the School of Pharmacy in July 2012 as a Senior Lecturer. Sam completed a BScience (Hons I) at the University of Queensland then a PhD in fetal physiology at Monash University in Melbourne. After a Sydney Segal Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, Sam worked for several years teaching physiology to medical students at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana (West Africa). She then decided to change career course and completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Queensland. Sam evaluated submissions from pharmaceutical companies to have their medicines listed for public subsidy on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for almost seven years (2002-2008). It involved a thorough evaluation of both the clinical and cost effectiveness claims. Sam was appointed to the School of Pharmacy in 2012. Since then, she has developed a comprehensive research program focussed on pharmacoepidemiology – the use of medicines in populations. Sam is also involved in research projects with economic evaluations and health technology assessment. She maintains an active interest in health systems and health services, particularly in developing countries. Sam coordinates, lectures, and tutors in courses in the BPharm (Hons) program at UQ.