Organisation profile


The Division of Pharmacy and Optometry is a division of the School of Health Sciences.

The merging of Pharmacy with Optometry allows for broader research and teaching into the drug industry and our eye health and enhancement.

Our research focuses on four main areas:

Medicines: design and delivery

Male scientist in a laboratory holding a pipetteWe aim to address the challenges faced in developing new clinically viable therapies, integrating structural, analytical, computational and synthetic chemistry with expertise in target biology.

We develop understanding in how and why therapies work in the body, using imaging techniques and computer modelling.

Our group comprises pharmacists, medicinal chemists, molecular pharmacologists, biochemists, modellers, biophysicists and biologists.

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Patients: diagnosis and therapy

Cancer cellsWe study clinical disease biology, identify targets suitable for therapeutic intervention and develop clinically relevant in vitro and in vivo models of disease.

We assess the efficacy of drug treatments, and find biological markers that can predict the likelihood of developing a disease.

Our group comprises pharmacists, cancer and cardiovascular biologists, neuropharmacologists, developmental biologists and microbiologists.

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Optometry and vision science

Woman having an eye testWe work on basic science and clinical projects to improve our understanding of structure and function of the human visual system.

We translate new knowledge into useful clinical tests, devices and commercial products.

Our group comprises optometrists with a wide range of research backgrounds, neuroscientists, ophthalmologists and biologists.

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Drug usage and pharmacy practice

Medicines on a shelf in a pharmacyOur research seeks to improve medicines use and safety in society, and inform pharmacy policy and workforce behaviour, including education.

We are developing, implementing and evaluating new models and systems of healthcare practice with the ultimate aim of ensuring the safe and effective use of medicines.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes epidemiologists, social scientists, statisticians, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. 

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Head of division

Professor Jayne Lawrence

Our researchers

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Paula Rosson, PA to Professor Lawrence

tel: 0161 275 2342

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