The Department of Clinical Pharmacology was established as a fully integrated department of the Flinders University School of Medicine and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) in 1978. The Department is located in Flinders Medical Centre, the Teaching Hospital associated with Flinders University. Within FMC, staff of the department contribute to the provision of clinical service to General Medicine and Endocrinology. The Department also has close links with SA Pathology including professional responsibility for the therapeutic drug monitoring service at FMC. Staff of the department contribute to the planning, coordination and provision of teaching activities in the Graduate Entry Medical Program, and to biomedical programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences. In particular, the Department of Clinical Pharmacology coordinates three topics within the Bachelor of Medical Science degree program; Human and Molecular Pharmacology, Advanced Topics in Pharmacology, and Human and Molecular Toxicology.
Staff of the Department undertake cutting-edge research in a number of areas, with particular strengths in drug and chemical metabolism, and cardiovascular clinical pharmacology. The xenobiotic metabolism group comprises John Miners, Kathie Knights, Peter Mackenzie, and Robyn Meech. In addition, members of the Group have established research collaborations with colleagues worldwide, including Germany, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, and USA. Attractive projects are always available for honours and postgraduate research students.
Staff of the department have high national and international profiles, many holding office in scientific societies relevant to pharmacology.
To provide national and international leadership in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology through excellence in research, teaching, clinical pharmacology service delivery, and professional activities. This is achieved through implementation of the individual strategic plans for research, teaching and service delivery.