Research and partnerships
5/5 for research
Our research in two key areas – pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, and nanotechnology – is rated 5/5 (well above world standard) by the Australian Research Council.
The Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science is the largest and most successful drug research and development centres in Australia. It helped develop the flu treatment Relenza, the first drug to significantly reduce the flu threat to individuals and whole populations. Another breakthrough, a single-dose treatment for malaria, one of the world’s biggest killers, is now being trialled.
Researchers from our Centre for Medical Use and Safety shared the 2011 Victorian Public Healthcare Award for slashing medication errors from 20 per cent to two per cent as patients move from hospital to residential care.
Our leadership in drug discovery biology has been acknowledged by leading European drug maker Servier, who recently agreed to fund 15 full-time positions to collaborate with us on G protein-coupled receptors.
GlaxoSmithKline uses our Pharmatopia educational program to train its global workforce, and our students and researchers have gained enormously from the advanced analytical facility that leading medical equipment maker Shimadzu built for us.
Our work to bring a major advance in treating malaria to clinical trial was helped by our partnerships with leading Geneva-based malaria researchers at the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and the Training in Tropical Diseases program.
Of course, we wouldn’t be a leading Australian research centre without our strong links to other top Australian researchers, including at the universities of Queensland and Sydney.
And we wouldn’t be known for the quality workplace training in our courses without our connections to key pharmacy bodies and leading hospitals, such as The Alfred.
We’re also a founding member of the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education, which actively supports and advances the pharmacy profession as a key contributor to healthcare teams.