Our Research

Research at the School of Pharmacy falls under four major streams covering pharmacy practice, pharmacology, pharmaceutics and complementary medicine. Within the School, researchers are actively investigating a range of topics in these areas such as infection, antibiotic resistance, tumour resistance, medication stability, pharmacy legislation and identifying bioactive compounds from Australian medicinal plants.

The School also offers students the opportunity to undertake a number of research-based degrees in these fields. Students can select from undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs. These programs can vary in length from one to three years which gives students the flexibility needed to plan their research careers.

Griffith Research

Griffith is one of Australia's leading research universities

School Research Committee

The Research Committee was established to provide advice to the School Committee on matters relating to research in the School.

The function of the committee is to develop and implement strategies that will enable an increase in research productivity and profile. These strategies would include:

  • Staff mentorship and development
  • Increased Internal and external collaborations
  • Increased Internal and external grant funding
  • Increased engagement with Industry
  • Improved number and quality of HERDC (Al , Bl , C 1, El) publications
  • Increased citation of research outputs
  • Addressing research student issues

The Research Committee

Active Research Areas

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is a home to work with internationally recognised researchers in a supporting environment. The school offers excellent research infrastructure including interdisciplinary research training and resources. Researchers within the school have an extensive network of world-renowned collaborators both nationally and internationally. Our researchers regularly publish in top-ranked peer reviewed journals and attract significant grant funding. The School also leads the Quality Use of Medicines research network.  Click on the tabs to learn more.

Pharmacy and Toxicology

Pharmacology and toxicology research in the school involves in vitro cell culture models, animal models and clinical research involving patients.  There is a strong focus on trying to overcome tumour resistance to radio- and chemotherapy as well as minimising the impact of treatments on patients.

In addition, the team also has several projects looking at dementia, depression and neurodegeneration and other areas of interest.

Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacy practice research focuses on patient-centred care, medicines access, law and ethics, pharmacy and medication management, professional pharmacy services and the role of pharmacists in the medication cycle across multiple settings.

Current pharmacy practice research in the School is focused towards ensuring safe and quality use of medicines, research-driven and innovative pharmacy education and preparation for emerging professional roles.


Of particular interest to School researchers is improving the stability of medicines used in practice and assessing the safety and efficacy of medicines after they have had their packaging or dosage form changed.

Another key area of pharmaceutics research is in extemporaneous compounding (customised medicines), to meet specific patient requirements of where commercial medicines are not available, for example exotic animals.

Medicinal Chemistry

Our research in the area of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry focuses on four specific problems of global significance: cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, tuberculosis drug discovery and antibiotic resistance.

There is strong focus on development of cell-permeable probes and inhibitor probes for carbohydrate processing enzymes. Research projects features synthetic organic chemistry and how it can be applied to pressing problems in biomedical research.


Our research on complementary medicines (CM) covers a variety of topics including: pharmacological evaluation of CM products, safety and efficacy, integration of CM into clinical practice and CM education.  Current natural product research at the school focuses on identifying novel bioactive constituents from Australian mushrooms, nutraceuticals and medicinal plants.


Many of our researchers are actively involved in clinical research with diverse roles ranging from investigator for clinical trials to managing pharmacoepidemiological research in distinct patient population. This research is often conducted in collaboration with clinicians and other health care professionals through the School’s established relationships with various public and private hospitals on the Gold Coast and in the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Clinical Trial Unit

A core research facility of Griffith University


The School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology is home to the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) research network. This network aims to bring together researchers who have an interest in one or more aspects of drugs and medicines from not only SE Queensland and Northern NSW but also nationally and internationally. The QUM Network encompasses the full breadth of a medicine's lifecycle, from drug discovery and development through to the clinical and social implications of therapeutic drug use. This is an exciting opportunity to identify potential collaborators and to build the reputation of the region within this field of research.

What is QUM?

QUM is central to Australia’s National Medicines Policy and provides a framework where medicines are used most effectively. Figure 1 illustrates the interdependence of the four components of Australia’s National Medicines Policy. At the centre is the policy goal which is to optimise health outcomes. It is encapsulated by the QUM component of the policy, which is central to supporting health outcomes.

Key Linkages

  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of Queensland
  • James Cook University
  • Adelaide University
  • Australian National University
  • University of South Australia
  • Bond University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Queensland Health
  • Curtin University
  • Mater Hospital, Brisbane
  • Genesis Oncology
  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
  • Australian Poison Information centres (QLD, WA, NSW, VIC)
  • Blackmores Institute for Research and Education
  • QIMR
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Pindara Private Hospital
  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney
  • LaTrobe University
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • National Heart Centre, Singapore
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China
  • Manipal University, India
  • E.-M.-A. University of Greifswald, Germany
  • University of Basel, Switzerland
  • STIFAR, Indonesia
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
  • University of Illinois, USA
  • Queens University, Belfast,
  • Erlangen-Nuremburg University, Germany

HDR Scholarships

We offer a range of generous scholarship programs