Pharmacy Research UK Award Winner Announced

Associate Professor Parisa Aslani has been announced as the winner of the Pharmacy Research UK award. The award will be presented on Monday the 9th of September at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Conference in Birmingham where she will deliver a plenary lecture entitled Written medicine information: A pathway to quality use of medicines

Associate Professor Aslani, who lecturers in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Sydney, will receive this award in recognition of her research in the areas of the design of written medicines information and adherence. Her lecture will present the ‘story’ of Consumer Medicine information (CMI), with specific emphasis on recent research within Australia and collaborations with researchers at the Universities of Leeds and York.

Associate Professor Aslani’s driving focus is to improve quality use of medicines by patients/consumers through increased and appropriate medicine information, informed shared decision making, and adherence to therapy. Associate Professor Aslani studied at King’s College London worked in community practice in the UK and Australia before completing a PhD in Consumer Medicine Information at the University of Sydney. When asked to comment on the value of the award Associate Professor Aslani said

“It is a great honour to receive this award and to be recognised for the quality and significance of the research that I have done and continue to do so in the area of medicine information  and adherence. I believe the award is not only a recognition of the work that I do, but also that of the research teams I am a part of, and most importantly the students who I have worked with in the last 14 years.”

Chair of the Pharmacy Research UK Board of Trustees, Professor Anthony Smith said:

“Associate Professor Aslani is a most deserving recipient of this award. Her research focus shows an ambition to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients which is at the heart of our aspirations for Pharmacy Research UK.  It is important to build relationships with international colleagues to promote the spread of knowledge and engage in dialogue about shared interests. I greatly look forward to hearing Associate Professor Aslani’s lecture.”

For further information please contact:                

Charlotte Coates  charlotte.coates@rpharms.com

Notes for Editors

1) The Pharmacy Research UK Award Lecture will be given at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Conference (8th-9th September) on Monday the 9th September. The winner of the award will also be asked to write an abstract of their lecture for publication in the RPS Conference Supplement of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and a summary of their lecture will also appear in the Pharmaceutical Journal. The award is intended to recognise individuals who have:

  • ·         Made a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research and
  • ·         Have the potential to become a leader in the field.

2) Notes on the application process are available at: http://www.rpharms.com/rps-conference-2013/call-for-nominations-or-applications-for-the-practice-research-award.asp?

3) Pharmacy Research UK was formed in 2012, born of a merger between the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT) and the Pharmaceutical Trust for Educational and Charitable Objects (PTECO). The charity offers a range of funding including project grants and personal research awards. www.pharmacyresearchuk.org

5) The RPS Conference 2013  is being held on Sunday the 8th and Monday the 9th of September at the Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC). For further information please visit: http://www.rpharms.com/rps-annual-conference/rps-conference-2013.asp


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