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Scientific Advisory Panel: New Expert Members

PRUK welcomes two expert researchers to our Scientific Advisory Panel

Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to welcome Dr Doug Steinke and Dr Debi Bhattacharya as new members of our Scientific Advisory Panel. The Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) provides strategic advice to the Board of Trustees on the development of PRUK’s grant giving strategy, objectives and research priorities. The SAP also plays an important role in ensuring that the research we fund is fairly assessed and of the highest quality. With two expert members joining the panel, our already vastly experienced team has new perspectives, thoughts and ideas with which to consider research proposals. Moving forward this will hugely benefit both our researchers and the public.

Dr Debi Bhattacharya is an active clinical pharmacist working in community pharmacy and GP practices. As well as this she is a researcher at the University of East Anglia where she is a Senior Lecturer in pharmacy practice and teaches clinical pharmacy on the MPharm programme. Her experience in academia alongside her engagement with practitioners boosts the already strong strategic oversight of the panel. Debi’s experience in designing research for a primary care setting will be invaluable to the panel when assessing the quality of research proposals.

Dr Doug Steinke has an extensive pharmacoepidemiology and clinical background. He is currently a pharmacoepidemiologist and health services researcher at the University of Manchester’s Division of Pharmacy and Optometry where he teaches on the MPharm and postgraduate programme, supervising PhD students and undertaking research in chronic disease drug epidemiology. Doug has designed numerous studies and his history of reviewing research grants and journals perfectly places him to assess our research proposals.  His teaching experience and practice research is vast, adding to an already extensively qualified panel, ensuring our research proposals are scrutinised and assessed to see they are useful and purposeful for the general pharmacy workforce.

On the appointment of Debi and Doug, PRUK Scientific Advisory Panel Chair Professor Rachel Elliott said:

“We are very happy to welcome two new panel members with excellent expertise in the field. Debi received funding from PRUK in 2014 and won the RPS-PRUK Research Award in 2016 so is well equipped to assess what we are looking for from research proposals and Doug is a colleague of mine at the University of Manchester so I see first-hand his wealth of knowledge and experience. Their appointments offer new insights into research proposals which can only benefit researchers and the public”

Dr Debi Bhattacharya

Dr Doug Steinke

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