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Research and Engagement

The School sits within the University’s College of Biomedical and Life Sciences,

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. 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 identify 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.

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry

Designing and synthesising novel active compounds as drug candidates. 



Drug Delivery & Microbiology

Drug Delivery and Microbiology
Biological barriers and developing advanced drug delivery systems. Microbial survival strategies and control of microbial infection and contamination 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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Information and Utilities:

Impact Cases

Impact cases highlighting the significance of our Research.

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.

Facilities Booking System:  

Use our online booking facility.

PHRMY equipment and facilities MUST be booked in advance... click the link above and use your username and password (issued by Lynne Farrow) if you do not have a password please email Lynne (  














Inter-disciplinary working, initiatives and support structures

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