UQ Pharmacy lecturer speaks on ABC radio about pain research
There’s a lot more to pharmacy than dispensing drugs.
Pharmacy experts also study the biology, biotechnology, and chemistry required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible, and effective treatments for illness, disease, and symptoms such as pain.
What is pain, exactly, and why are there so many ways you can experience pain?
UQ Pharmacy lecturer Dr Peter Cabot recently had the opportunity to speak with radio host Kelly Higgins-Devine at 612 ABC Brisbane about pain, and the importance of pharmaceutical research to help patients who suffer from pain.
Dr Peter Cabot is a senior lecturer in the UQ School of Pharmacy. He joined the school staff in this position in 1999 after completing postdoctoral positions at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore USA, The NIH, Baltimore USA and within the UQ School of Pharmacy. He has been working in pain research for two decades.
As a Senior Lecturer within the school, additional responsibilities include undergraduate teaching and coordination in second, third and fourth years of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program; cross-teaching into Drug Discovery, Drug Analysis and Dosage Form Design; as well as course coordinator for the school’s on-course honours program.
The primary focus of Dr Cabot’s research is on the elucidation of the peripheral mechanisms involved in analgesia associated with inflammation. The focus extends from molecular mechanistic based studies through to studies involving therapeutic outcomes in patients with whiplash, burns and back injury.
Key discoveries were made in this field that highlighted the importance of the immune system in inflammatory pain. The results of which were published in the notable journals: Nature Medicine, JBC and The Journal of Clinical Investigation. These studies have been presented both at international pain meetings and at the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology.
More recently, notable advances have been made in the understanding of the metabolic production of fragments of the opioid peptide family as well as insights into novel mechanisms in the opioidergic system.
Bachelor of Pharmacy at the UQ School of Pharmacy
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014
Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in three years.
Should you receive an offer to study in the UQ Pharmacy School program, you will be eligible to apply for credit and accelerate into Year 2 of your studies. Please note this is only after you have received an offer.