Postgraduate programmes by research leading to MSc and PhD degrees are offered to both qualified Malaysian and overseas students. The research programmes encompass various areas of pharmaceutical sciences, including medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry, drug action, drug delivery, pharmacoenconomics, pharmacoepidemiology and evidence based pharmacotherapy related to clinical and pharmacy practice.

To support these activities, the department is equipped with state-of-the-art research tools for biological chemistry, analytical chemistry and formulation research such as a pharmaceutical pilot plant facility for scale up experimental production of tablets and capsules, and microplate scintillation and luminescence counter, cell harvester and robotic liquid handling system for medium and high throughput biomolecular assays.

These facilities are supplemented through collaborative work with researchers in other departments and faculties at the University of Malaya (UM), the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), the Forest Research Center (FRC), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and the pharmaceutical industry. The research projects conducted at the Department are largely funded by grants from University of Malaya, the Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) and pharmaceutical companies. To date the Department has successfully secured grants of more than RM 2 million from IRPA and other sources for its projects.

List of Research Projects in 2009

Research Title Researchers/ Co-Principal Co-Researcher(s) / Supervisor(s)
Prevalence and risk factors of asthma, chronic obstructive disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in Malaysia
Samsinah Hj Hussain
Optimisation and characterisation of insulin encapsulation by a new polymer, carboxymethylatedkappa-carrageenan
Chung Lip Yong Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin
Isolation and characterisation of lipoxygenase inhibitory compounds from Malaysian plants by using optimized lipoxygenase assay
Chan Kit Yee Chung Lip Yong, Khalit Mohamad
Characterisation of anti-inflammatory profiles of synthesised flavonoids and their precursors
Audrey Ooi Joo Ann Chung Lip Yong, Michael Buckle
Self targetting novel polymeric drug conjugate delivery system for cancer treatment
Ernidila Ramli Chung Lip Yong
Development of robust pharmaceutical base for microemulsion using palm oil
Hussam S Basheer Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin
Development of semi-solid pharmaceutical bases from palm oil and palm kernel oil blends
Laith N Zaki Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin
Chemical constituents and their antitumour activity of two Chisocheton species; Chisocheton ceramicus and Chisocheton erythrocarpus
Khalit Mohamad
Identification of barriers in the use of medications by the visually impaired community. Provide solution to the problems
Lee Hong Gee
Synthesis and investigation of the structure-activity relationships of some muscarinic active flavonoid compounds
Michael Buckle Chung Lip Yong, Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman
Structure-based design and synthesis of muscarinic receptor active compounds as potential therapeutic drugs
Michael Buckle Chung Lip Yong, Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman
Rational design and synthesis of aporphinoids with dopamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor activity
Michael Buckle Chung Lip Yong, Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman
Application of palm oil derivatives for preparation of liposomal doxorubicin as anticancer drug delivery system
Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin Hamid Akbari Javar
Medication adherence of patients with chronic disease
Chua Siew Siang
A pharmaceutical care model for the management of diabetic patients
Chua Siew Siang
Modified carrageenan with acid resistant capability
Chung Lip Yong
Smoking cessation program
Faizah Safina