The Division of Clinical Pharmacology offers both academic research and clinical training for the University of Cape Town. Clinical activities include specialised therapeutic drug monitoring service, clinical consultations, and input on drug policy to the UCT academic hospital complex, provincially, and nationally. Our Medicines Information Centre offers telephonic advice to healthcare workers and is a World Health organization collaborating centre for drug information.
The Division trains undergraduate medical students (MBChB) and offers a specialist training programme leading to the MMed qualification in clinical pharmacology. In addition, the Division has several areas of clinical and academic research coupled to higher degree programmes (MSc and PhD) in medical science.
The Division's analytical laboratory has been awarded funding from the NIH’s AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) and the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT) as an International Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory.
The major research thrusts of the Division are focused on drugs for malaria, tuberculosis and HIV. The research in these fields is broad and encompasses drug discovery, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacometrics, pharmacogenomics, clinical trials, pharmaco-epidemiology, and pharmaco-economic evaluation.