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The University of Rhode Island Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


research1Research at the URI College of Pharmacy is among the highest quality in the nation. Our faculty—a group of world-renowned, respected experts in biomedical, clinical, and applied pharmaceutical sciences—exemplify highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cutting-edge research in these 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.

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.

  • 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.

The Office of Research provides faculty support for the development of independent and collaborative research in addition to promoting and advancing the achievements of the College’s research on a local, national, and global level.

The College of Pharmacy offers highly-specialized 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.

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Pharmacy Research News


URI scientists discover estrogen interaction preventing some pregnant women from expelling bile acids

A University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor has discovered an interaction involving the hormone estrogen that occurs in some pregnant women preventing them from expelling bile acid, leading to disease in their fetuses.


Champlin Foundations awards URI three grants for technology to support teaching and research

The Champlin Foundations have awarded the University of Rhode Island three grants totaling $421,795 to purchase high-tech equipment to advance education and student learning. The three grants will fund new teaching and research tools for in-vitro testing of pharmaceuticals, advanced characterization of powders, and imaging of nanoscale materials and processes.


A Mission to Bring Promising Alzheimer’s Drug to U.S. patients

If Professor Nasser H. Zawia succeeds in his quest for an effective new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease—and the evidence so far suggests he will—it will be more than a medical triumph with the potential to benefit millions. It will be proof that there is still room in this age of profit-driven drug development for a researcher primarily motivated by empathy and a passion for science.


$18.8 Million for URI-Based Initiative

The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), the URI-based initiative that has greatly expanded biomedical research statewide, has been awarded an additional $18.8 million for the program’s continued expansion over the next five years. Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology Zahir Shaikh has been the principal investigator and program director since the project’s inception in 2001.


C&EN cover story highlights Dr. Seeram’s work

Maple syrup, agave, and honey are well-known for their roles as sweeteners. As such, their primary constituents are simple sugars such as sucrose and fructose. But scientists exploring the composition of these sweeteners are finding them to be surprisingly complicated.


Excellence in Research

The URI Council for Research recently recognized Associate Professor Kerry LaPlante with the 2014 Research Excellence Award in the Life Sciences, Physical Science, and Engineering. This award is a reflection of her outstanding scholarship, which makes important contributions to the intellectual community and enhances the research mission of the University. Professor LaPlante is nationally recognized for […]


Newsletter – Winter 2014 – Special Edition – Celebrating Research

This issue affords a special focus on the scientific exploration and scholarly work that our faculty and students are engaged in. While the College is known for the quality of its teaching in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, the underpinning of that excellence is found in the research conducted by our scientists and clinicians.


URI Professor Lands $1.3 Million for Nanoparticle Cancer Treatment

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $1.3 million to University of Rhode Island researcher Wei Lu to study the application of inorganic nanoparticles in the treatment of cancer.  


The University of Rhode Island is establishing the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience

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 […]


URI Receives $15-million gift to Research Diseases of the Brain

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 […]

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