University of East Anglia UEA: Pharmacy

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of Pharmacy
Telephone 01603 591709
Study type Research


We are top-ranked for research outputs in Pharmacy in the UK, as confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education REF2014).

Our research is highly innovative in its breadth of topics. All aspects of pharmacy-related research are covered – from molecular pharmacology and drug design, pharmaceutic technology and formulation, through to professional practice, service and health policy research. Research is focused on four broad themes, although much of our research is cross-disciplinary in nature and collaborations between the sections are common, as well as links with other Schools in the Faculty of Science, the Norwich Medical School, local NHS trusts and the research institutes within the Norwich Research Park.

Our four research themes are:

Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Materials - Research focuses on the development of novel drug delivery systems based on a fundamental understanding of their structure and properties. The research grouping is internationally recognised for developing applications of state-of-the-art methods such as solid-state NMR, thermal analysis, atomic force microscopy, and modelling tools within the pharmaceutical sciences. Other key areas of research in the group include the development of new nanopharmaceuticals, materials for pulmonary delivery (including peptides), polymer-based pharmaceutical dispersions, tissue engineering and 3D printing.

Medicinal Chemistry - Research is focused at the chemistry-biology interface, ranging from the synthesis of natural products and classical medicinal chemistry through to new approaches including drug delivery vehicles and targeting antimicrobial resistance at the molecular level. Areas of expertise include natural product discovery and characterisation, enzyme inhibitors, protein-protein interactions, antibody-drug conjugates, antibiotics, epigenetics, nucleic acids, peptides and supramolecular assemblies for drug delivery.

Medicines Management - Research is designed to optimise the use of medicines in patients, with a focus on improving the selection and monitoring of medicines and on enhancing patient medicine taking behaviour. The research is currently developing interventions to improve medicines used within care homes, to help patients with swallowing difficulties to take their medicines and to help patients who are unable to take their medicines due to either intentional or unintentional reasons.

Molecular Pharmacology – Research is focused on age-related diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases, metabolic syndrome, cataracts and neurodegenerative disorders. There is a strong emphasis on understanding receptor function and cell signalling mechanisms in these diseases, identifying novel therapeutic targets and understanding the mechanisms of action of novel therapeutics and nutraceuticals.

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UEA is a world-leading research university and is 10th in the UK for quality of research outputs (Times Higher REF 2014 analysis).

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