Research activities in the UF College of Pharmacy span the entire life cycle of a drug and include broad interest areas such as medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, clinical and translational research, and pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. Led by award-winning faculty, whose discoveries are significantly impacting the lives of patients around the world, the college achieved a record $14.8 million in total research funding in 2016. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy ranks UF among the Top 10 pharmacy colleges nationally in federal grant funding. With the addition of preeminence faculty and the collective talents of world-class researchers that have provided the foundation for research excellence in the college for years, the UF College of Pharmacy has enjoyed 74 percent growth in research funding in the last five years.
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is internationally recognized as a leading academic institution in several areas of research. From exploring the world’s oceans for the next drug discovery to going to the DNA level to determine the effectiveness of one medication versus another, the breadth and depth of our research programs are helping solve health problems around the world. Among our research areas of excellence are the following three centers:
The college has five research departments, highly successful in attracting extramural research support, that are an integral part of University of Florida Health. In addition to teaching, faculty members conduct collaborative research projects with clinical and other basic scientists within the Health Science Center or other colleges on campus. Many serve on editorial boards for scientific journals and maintain collaborative ties with scientists worldwide.
Medicinal Chemistry is a unique blend of the physical and biological sciences. The scope of the field is sufficiently broad to give students with many different science backgrounds a rewarding and challenging program of study. Areas of active interest include drug discovery, organic synthesis of medicinal agents, natural products chemistry, prodrugs, topical drug delivery, peptide chemistry, molecular modeling, drug metabolism and molecular toxicology.
Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy is a unique blend of social and administrative pharmacy, health outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacoepidemiology. The department has excellent facilities for quantitative and qualitative research.
Research in the Pharmaceutics Department encompasses basic, applied, and clinical investigations in pharmacokinetics/ biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical biotechnology, herbal medicines, and drug delivery. Many graduates have built international careers in drug discovery and in the pharmaceutical industry.
Research in the pharmacodynamics department focuses on the interface of physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and pathology, and relies on a combination of molecular, biochemical, cellular and behavioral tools. The general goals are to understand normal physiology, pathophysiology, and drug action.
The department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research offers a broad variety of opportunities for learning and research collaboration with UF Health. The Department of Pharmacy Services provides inpatient and outpatient pharmaceutical services to the patient population of UF Health Shands Hospital and affiliated clinics. Faculty has a national reputation as leaders in the areas of pharmacy practice, education and clinical research.