Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


What does a scorpion have to do with Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Beneath the fallen leaves of forests throughout South East Asia, the Giant Forest Scorpion has been keeping a secret. A secret that could help millions of patients across the globe.

At the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we undertake research leading to better medicines and sometimes that takes some creativity – like linking the venom of a scorpion to a possible new treatment for the many patients suffering from Auto-immune diseases around the world.

We have discovered a peptide, extracted from the venom of the Heterometrus spinnifer (Giant Forest Scorpion), which could become a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Using computer modelling software, we now know how this peptide interacts with the target and this knowledge can be used to design future treatments for these diseases.

Science and discovery – and the design and use of better medicines – is what motivates us. By joining us at our Parkville campus, you will be joining a team that is creative and committed to saving and improving lives, as pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

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