Researchers in the college are constantly exploring and expanding their knowledge in areas that include the development of new drugs and drug delivery systems, the elucidation of the mechanisms of drug action, the optimization of safe and effective drug therapy, and the redefinition of the role of pharmacy and drug therapy in the rapidly changing health care system.

The college maintains a strong position as a leader in pharmacy research at the university, state, national, and international levels.

Research in PSET

Research in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics (PSET) has major areas of focus on synthetic and computational medicinal chemistry, drug metabolism and toxicology, non-viral gene delivery, novel drug-delivery systems, physical pharmacy and pharmaceutical development at both the pre-formulation and formulation stages, new anticancer and antimicrobial agents, use of nanotechnology in the design and formulation of pharmaceuticals, and innovative uses of pharmacokinetic, pharmacogenetic, and pharmacodynamic analyses in the development and optimization of drug therapy.

Research in the PSET department has strong interconnections with University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (the largest and most experienced university-affiliated FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the United States) and the UI High Throughput Screening Facility. Both of these facilities are located within the College of Pharmacy Building. Faculty and students in the PSET department lead and participate in exciting multifaceted research projects that have local, national, and international scope.

Research in PPS

Members of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) lead vigorous research programs that include the development of innovative practice models founded on evidence-based research, collaborative models for pharmacy care, comparative effectiveness studies, integration of community pharmacists into medication therapy management programs, assessment of quality improvements to patient care resulting from medication therapy management services, and innovative teaching methods in pharmacy. Research in the PPS department is highly collaborative, with exceptionally strong interactions with other UI health sciences colleges, the U.I. Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa City VA Health System, Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, and pharmacy residency training programs across the state of Iowa. In a broader sense, the department is seen as a national and international leader in research directly related to pharmacy practice.