Research

Curiosity and a commitment to improving lives.

These are the values that guide the world-class research centers, laboratories and institutes of the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy—where students and scholars are rising to the challenges of a rapidly changing world with cutting-edge multidisciplinary research. And where our discoveries, faculty and insights are changing the conversation in almost every area of pharmaceutical, social, clinical, technological and biomedical inquiry. As they have for the last 130 years.

From developing new drugs, and pioneering new delivery methods to innovating patient care and shaping public policy to create a healthier, more equitable world: this is where breakthrough bench science and the values that define the Wisconsin Idea come together.


Drug Discovery & Development

Fighting disease with the creation of new and more effective medications and delivery systems, Drug Discovery & Development researchers combine medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, toxicology and more to prevent and treat the world’s most complex illnesses. Collaborations with the School of Pharmacy’s Analytical Instrumentation Center, Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station, and the Medicinal Chemistry Center provide a truly first-rate interdisciplinary research environment.

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Clinical & Translational Research

Moving knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to applications in clinical and community settings, and ultimately patient care, is the framework for Clinical and Translational research. From “bench-to-bedside” and “bedside-to-community,” researchers harness critical insights that can be integrated with everyday practice resulting in tangible improvements to human health.

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Practice Advancement & Education

Practice Advancement & Education researchers are finding new ways to achieve healthy outcomes from drug therapies, increase drug safety and effectiveness, and maximize the benefits of medications for their patients. Experiential educational techniques and collaborative projects with the Office of Global Health and Institute for Clinical and Translational Research provide an engaging environment for students and professionals to gain applicable skills while raising the standard of patient care.

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Assessment: Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy

Where patients, medicines, caregivers and healthcare systems meet, you’ll find Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy researchers. Investigating the human element of pharmacy practice, science and policy in close collaboration with the Sonderegger Research Center and American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, students and scholars integrate issues of economics, history, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, law, communications, ethics and more to improve public policy and uncover new knowledge.

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Interdisciplinary Innovation

Flanked by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the renowned human development researchers of the Waisman Center, our cutting-edge pharmaceutical research facilities are an incubator for collaborative biomedical research and innovation.

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Become an Industry Partner

From collaborative and industry-sponsored research projects to student internship programs and corporate giving, there are a number of ways to support the groundbreaking work accomplished in School of Pharmacy laboratories and institutes.

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Research News


April 26, 2017

Boroumand receives fellowship to study Parkinson’s disease

Sam Boroumand, a junior in the Pharmacology-Toxicology undergraduate program, has been awarded a 2017 Parkinson’s Foundation (PF) – American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Summer Student Fellowship and will conduct his research in the laboratory of Robert Thorne… Read More

April 26, 2017

Student researcher is Fulbright scholar

Gretchen Greene, a former student researcher in the laboratory of Robert Thorne, assistant professor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, is one of approximately a dozen students chosen internationally to receive a Fulbright Scholarship award for Switzerland in 2017-18.… Read More

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