Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Director of Research: Professor Dariusz C Górecki, MD, PhD
The following major research groups in the School form part of the five Divisions of Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science
- Biomaterials and Drug Delivery
- Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology
- Cellular Neurophysiology
- Molecular Medicine
- Pharmacology and Clinical Immunology
There is also research activity within other areas, including:
- Pharmacy Practice
- Natural Products
- Environmental Microbiology
We are also the home of the Centre for Molecular Design.
Pharmacy and Biomedical Science is one of the University's strongest areas of research; in the most recent research assessment round Portsmouth was in the top three for funding in England in the subject Allied Health Professions & Studies. Our researchers are contributing to the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (IBBS) where the majority of the research was rated internationally excellent or world-leading (3* and 4*).
There are a number of areas where our staff has made important contributions and discoveries. The major strengths of our current research portfolio lie in Molecular Medicine (including oncology, the neurosciences and inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy).
Medicines Research (drug development, targeting, safety, uses of natural products within medicine etc.) is the second major area of research carried out within the School's research laboratories. We clearly recognise that research, alongside teaching and the facilitation of learning, is a core academic activity. Such a diverse range of topics makes the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences a stimulating place for both learning and research.
The School offers excellent state-of-the-art research facilities including a new microscope suite with a wide range of instruments including: confocal microscopes, electron microscopes, atomic force microscopy, laser capture microdissection, live cell imaging, fluorescence microscopy, TIRF microscopy and calcium imaging. Up to date sophisticated software programs for the complete range of microscopes also permit extensive flexibility for Biomedical research programmes.
In addition there are high quality cell culture facilities, large chemical synthesis suites, a formulation and drug-delivery laboratory, a range of molecular biology laboratories and radioisotope facility, instrument and solvent preparation rooms, GC-MS, FTIR and photon correlation spectroscopy, HPLC system, a FT Infrared Spectrophotometer, a 400 MHz NMR machine and many other specialist items.
International collaborative research is underway with laboratories in the following countries: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Eire, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand, USA and Venezuela.