Research at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is among the highest quality in the nation. Our faculty includes a group of world-renowned, respected experts in biomedical, clinical, and applied pharmaceutical sciences, exemplifying highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cutting-edge research in the following three areas:
Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, on diverse topics such as drug discovery and development through assay, synthesis, modeling, natural product isolation and related mechanisms. Specializations include molecular toxicology, novel drug delivery, epigenetics, and clinical pharmacology. Target areas include cancer, chemoprevention, HIV, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, infectious and orphan diseases.
Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, on medication adherence and quality improvement measurement, pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance studies, emerging epidemiologic methods, health system innovation and pharmacy practice-related evaluations, decision and cost-effectiveness analyses, comparative effectiveness and drug utilization research.
Pharmacy Practice, on diverse areas including the scholarship of teaching, innovative interdisciplinary practice models, collaborative care and medication therapy management, innovations in pharmacist-directed chronic disease management, and bench-to-bedside antimicrobial research.
The College of Pharmacy offers highly-specialized, cutting-edge graduate M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. We are passionate about research and mentoring and committed to training the next generation of scientists, practitioners, and academics in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.
The Office of Research and Graduate Education provides faculty support for the development of independent and collaborative as well as promoting and advancing the achievements of the college’s research on a local, national and global level.
With the largest private donation in its history, The University of Rhode Island will establish a neuroscience research institute named for the parents of Thomas M. Ryan, a 1975 pharmacy graduate of the University and former chairman, president and CEO of CVS Caremark. Tom and his wife Cathy have donated $15 million to establish the George [...]
The University of Rhode Island has received a $15-million gift to establish a research institute focused on understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The gift, from former CVS Caremark CEO Thomas M. Ryan and his wife, Cathy, aims to catalyze a statewide collaboration, linking with Brown University and local hospitals to [...]
The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience is engaging scientists and students in solving some of the most pressing health care challenges we face today, thanks to the generosity of the largest private donation in URI history. Thomas M. Ryan, a 1975 College of Pharmacy graduate and former chairman, president and CEO of CVS [...]
The Society of Toxicology awards Laura Armstrong the prestigious Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods Laura Armstrong has been selected to receive the prestigious Society of Toxicology Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods. The purpose of the Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods is to enhance graduate student research [...]
Discover New Cures. The world’s got a lot of illness and disease that needs curing, and at URI, leading scientists are breaking new ground toward the discoveries we’ve all been waiting for. Inside our Natural Products Lab, Pharmacognosy Professor David Rowley – one of the only a handful of marine microbial chemists in the world [...]
In science, amazing discoveries can begin in familiar places—in the ocean, in the plants around us, just about anywhere in the natural world. And at URI, that’s exactly where a group of scientists and their students are looking for newer and more effective medicines to treat infection and a variety of human diseases.Pharmacognosy Professor David [...]
Newport resident brings together health care students for team-based learning KINGSTON, R.I. – April 2, 2013 – Ask Celia MacDonnell what her reaction was when she found out she had been honored for the best pharmaceutical publication in 2012, and her answer may surprise you. “I had no idea what the award even was,” she [...]
Pharmacy researcher finds most popular weight-loss drug strongly alters other drug therapies KINGSTON, R.I.— December 10, 2012 – A University of Rhode Island researcher has discovered that the weight-loss drug orlistat, known by the brand names Xenical and Alli, inhibits a key enzyme that may lead to “severe toxicity of internal organs such as the [...]
Studies have shown that up to 50% of antibiotic use in hospitals is unnecessary or inappropriate. This improper use of antibiotics poses a critical threat to our ability to effectively treat infections. Unfortunately, antibiotic misuse—i.e. when antibiotics are given when they are not needed, are continued when they are no longer necessary, or are given [...]
Dr Bongsup Cho offers an insight into his current research into environmentally-induced cancer, which will expose how aromatic amines mutate DNA and interfere with its repair mechanisms. Could you brieﬂy describe your current research project? Formation of aromatic amine-DNA adducts is believed to initiate cancer. We are concerned with elucidating the mechanisms by which amine-DNA [...]