Below are the available and potential research projects that students can undertake within the School of Pharmacy.

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Pharmacometrics

Title: Establishing PK and PD models for antibiotics used in special pediatric populations
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Characterising progression of glycaemic control in young children with type 1 diabetes
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Optimal experimental design and its application for clinical studies
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Population pharmacokinetics in children, especially premature infants
Contact: Associate Professor Bruce Charles

Title: Population pharmacokinetics in chemotherapy
Contact: Associate Professor Bruce Charles

Title: Towards optimal dosing of new immunosuppressant drugs in solid organ transplants
Contact: Professor Sue Tett and Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Establishing PK and PD models for antibiotics used in special pediatric populations
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Precision medicine dosing
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Pharmacodynamic modelling of data in patients with tuberculosis
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Optimal experimental design and its application for clinical studies
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Population pharmacokinetics in children, especially premature infants
Contact: Associate Professor Bruce Charles and Dr Stefanie Hennig

Pharmacy Education

Title: Patient-centeredness in pharmacy education and practice
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Title: The use of technology-enhanced learning to improve feedback
Contact: Ms Jacqueline Bond

Title: Using data to drive curricular decision-making: the role of analytics
Contact: Ms Jacqueline Bond

Title: Translational research: the implementation of evidence-based pedagogies in pharmacy education
Contact: Ms Jacqueline Bond

Title: Implications of the Dunning-Kruger effect for pharmacy education
Contact: Ms Jacqueline Bond

Title: The value of interdisciplinarity: exploring diverse methodologies to support pharmacy practice research
Contact: Ms Jacqueline Bond

Title: Exploring student engagement in the health sciences
Contact: Ms Jacqueline Bond

Title: Give and take: Meaningful 'feedback' for assessment and student engagement in work integrated learning
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Implementing 'EXCELL Method' to facilitate students' professional capacity building and enhance employability
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Professional development of early career pharmacists
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Title: Learning and teaching of communication skills for interprofessional practice
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Title: Patient-centredness in pharmacy education and practice
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Quality Use of Medicines

Title:
To investigate essential trace element concentration in maternal and neonatal blood and human breast milk.
An investigation of the medicines information provided during pregnancy and breast feeding by health professionals.
High risk medications taken during breast feeding – an investigation into the benefit risk ration.

Title: Adherance and its relationship to patient beliefs towards their medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Neil Cottrell

Title: Availability, variety and use of electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in Australia
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: International comparisons of medicines use, investigating pharmaceutical policy and other influences on usage
Contact: Professor Sue Tett

Title: Patient and practitioner beliefs, decisions and use of complementary medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman and Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Use of lubricants and devices to improve oral medication swallowing and compliance
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Using linked population health data (from longitudinal cohort studies) to evaluate a number of questions of clinical interest eg. long term adverse consequences of specific medicines such as PPIs
Contact: Professor Sue Tett

Title: Extending pharmacist roles in oral healthcare delivery and promotion
Contact: Dr Meng-Wong Taing

Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance and Pharamoeconomics

Title: Trends in the use of selected medicines in Australia and other countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Profiles of adverse events from medicines in Australia and other countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Quality of evidence to support medicine use in Australia and other countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Real world outcomes with the use of high cost medicines in hospital treatments (e.g. cancer)
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Influences on medicine use: advertising of medicines in health professional publications
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Translation of evidence into practice within the pharmacy setting. What is the evidence of professional pharmacy services? Can we implement services in practice?
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Trends in the use of selected medicines in Australia and other countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Quality of evidence to support medicine use in Australia and other countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Real world outcomes with the use of high cost medicines in hospital treatments (e.g. cancer)
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Therapeutic Targeting

Title: Deciphering and intercepting tumorigenic messages to prevent pregnancy-associated breast cancer
 
Title: Development of a non-hormonal male contraceptive

Title: Advanced peptide and protein synthesis – for drug development, target identification, and drug delivery
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Bioanalysis, bioavailability and disposition of phytochemicals from tropical fruits 
Contact: Professor Nick ShawDr Amitha Hewavitharana and Professor Mike Gidley

Title: Biomolecular quantitation in LC-MS-MS: investigation of factors affecting accuracy
Contact: Professor Nick Shaw and Dr Amitha Hewavitharana

Title: Calcium homeostasis in cancer: identification and characterization of novel drug targets 
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Caveolae and angiogenesis
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Caveolar proteins and cancer
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Caveolae and tumour cell response to pressure
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Charged liposaccharide based drug delivery systems 
Contact: Professor Istvan Toth

Title: Compounding and compounded medicines: issues and quality
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Computer-aided design, synthesis and evaluation of new drugs for cancer, pain and neurodegenerative diseases
Contact: Dr Ben Ross

Title: Design and evaluation of caveola-targeted drug delivery vectors
Contact: Dr Harendra [Harry] Parekh and Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel molecules for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease
Contact: Dr Ben Ross

Title: Development and cell based studies of anti-Alzheimer’s disease therapies
Contact: Dr Ben Ross and Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Development of acoustically active microbubble & nanobubble formulations for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
Contact: Dr Harendra [Harry] Parekh

Title: Development of novel reducible gene delivery systems 
Contact: Dr Harendra [Harry] Parekh

Title: Diabetic neuropathy: mechanistic studies 
Contact: Professor Maree Smith

Title: Discovery of new drugs by ligand- and structure-based virtual screening of chemical libraries
Contact: Dr Ben Ross

Title: Duboisia hopwoodii: chemical, biological and taxonomic variation across Australia
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Evaluation of novel analgesic agents for the relief of neuropathy pain 
Contact: Professor Maree Smith

Title: Using toxins to understand the mechanisms of pain
Contact: Dr Irina Vetter

Title: Gene delivery systems 
Contact: Professor Istvan Toth

Title: Gene delivery therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration
Contact: Dr Harendra [Harry] Parekh

Title: Identification and characterization of novel ion and drug transporters and the design of novel high throughput screening assays for new pharmaceuticals
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Identification and evaluation of chemotherapeutic molecules in traditional plant-derived remedies used by the Aboriginal peoples 
Contact: Professor Nick ShawAssociate Professor Marie-Odile Parat and Professor Melissa Fitzgerald

Title: Identifying the roles played by post-translational modifications
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Lubricants and thickeners for medication swallowing difficulties
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Morphine and metastasis
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Novel immunoadjuvants for vaccine delivery 
Contact: Professor Istvan Toth

Title: Painful diabetic neuropathy: towards improved drug treatments
Contact: Professor Maree Smith

Title: Peripheral mechanisms of analgesia and the involvement of the immune system
Contact: Dr Peter Cabot

Title: Physiological regulation and the role of calcium transporters 
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Pituri: native tobacco as a nicotine source in Australia
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Plant-derived bioactives: targeted delivery using modern techniques
Contact: Dr Harendra [Harry] Parekh

Title: Quantitation of markers of oxidative stress using LC-MS-MS 
Contact: Associate Professor Jeff Coombes, Professor Nick Shaw and Dr Amitha Hewavitharana

Title: Recombinant, semisynthetic, and synthetic vaccines and delivery systems
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Role of caveolar proteins in glioblastoma
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Screening of marine bacteria for antibiotics and novel drugs 
Contact: Dr Amitha HewavitharanaProfessor Nick Shaw and Associate Professor J. Fuerst

Title: Studies of xenobiotic metabolism and small molecule biomarkers using LC-MS-MS 
Contact: Professor Nick ShawDr Amitha Hewavitharana and Dr Peter Cabot

Title: Study of the metabolism of opioid peptides using LC/MS/MS and the role of opioid metaboites in inflammatory disease 
Contact: Professor Nick ShawDr Amitha Hewavitharana and Dr Peter Cabot

Title: Synthesis and application of dendrimers in RNAi 
Contact: Dr Harendra [Harry] Parekh

Title: Targeted delivery of peptide/protein therapeutics
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Targeted oligonucleotide delivery systems
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Use of supercritical fluid technologies to prepare nanoparticles and advanced drug delivery systems
Contact: Dr James Falconer

Pharmaceutical Biology

Title: Calcium homeostasis in cancer: identification and characterisation of novel drug targets 
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith and Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson

Title: Identification and characterization of novel ion and drug transporters and the design of novel high throughput screening assays for new pharmaceuticals
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Physiological regulation and the role of calcium transporters 
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Deciphering and intercepting tumorigenic messages to prevent pregnancy-associated breast cancer
Contact: Dr Felicity DavisProfessor Sarah Roberts-Thomson and Professor Greg Monteith 

Title: Development of a non-hormonal male contraceptive
Contact: Dr Felicity Davis and Professor Greg Monteith 

Title: Morphine and metastasis
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Role of caveolar proteins in glioblastoma
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Effect of perioperative pharmacotherapy of cancer patients on tumour Biology 
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile ParatDr Ben Ross and Professor Nick Shaw

Medication Use, Safety and Health Services Research

Title: Developing, evaluating, and embedding cultural competence in healthcare
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Can Pharmacy Practice research be transformational as well as translational – pharmacists' perspectives
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Optimal patient and health professional education for optimised treatment adherence
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Developing pharmacokinetic models for immunosuppressants in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Improving the use of immunosuppressant agents in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Establishing pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models for antibiotics used in special paediatric populations
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Patient and practitioner beliefs, decisions and use of complementary medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Lubricants and devices to improve oral medication swallowing and compliance
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Adherence and its relationship to patient beliefs towards their medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Neil Cottrell

Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacometrics

Title: Developing, evaluating, and embedding cultural competence in healthcare
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Can Pharmacy Practice research be transformational as well as translational – pharmacists' perspectives
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Optimal patient and health professional education for optimised treatment adherence
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Developing pharmacokinetic models for immunosuppressants in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Improving the use of immunosuppressant agents in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Establishing pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models for antibiotics used in special paediatric populations
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Patient and practitioner beliefs, decisions and use of complementary medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Lubricants and devices to improve oral medication swallowing and compliance
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Adherence and its relationship to patient beliefs towards their medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Neil Cottrell

Title: Exposure and absorption of bioactive alkaloids during farming of Duboisia for scopolamine production
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman