Research news on Junction 11 student radio

Just Another Science Show hosts Chanida Fung (left) and Matt Greenwell (right) with guest Flavia Ghouri (center).

Just Another Science Show is a new programme on Junction 11 Radio, the university’s very own student led radio station. It is hosted by PhD researchers Matt Greenwell and Chanida Fung from the School of Biological Sciences. The first guest on the show was Flavia Ghouri, Graduate Teaching Assistant in pharmacy practice, who talked about her career and her research on exploring patient attitudes and prescribing of antibiotics in pregnancy. Follow @justanothersci on Twitter to hear and find out more.

PhD success: study of sustainability and medicines waste

Hamza (centre) with his supervisors, Dr Parastou Donyai and Nilish Patel (left), and examiners, Prof Charles Morecroft and Prof Helen Osborn (right).

Many congratulations to Hamza Alhamad for successfully passing his viva with minor corrections. Hamza’s thesis investigates public attitudes towards the reuse of medicines returned to community pharmacies. The study was undertaken in two phases and employed both qualitative and quantitative
methods. The examiners report emphasized the good standard of the thesis which detailed an appropriate body of work for the award of a PhD.
The examiners were also pleased to see that a paper had already been published by the candidate and his PhD supervisors, Dr Parastou Donyai and Dr Nilesh Paterl, in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.


Alhamad H, Patel N, Donyai P. How do people conceptualise the reuse of medicines? An interview study. Int J Pharm Pract. 2017. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12391 

Poster Presentations

M(Pharm) students, Aida Alamdari (left) and Youjeong Kim (right) presented their poster at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) poster day in November. Their UROP supervisor, Catherine Langran, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice was shortlisted for “UROP supervisor of the year”.

Recent publications from the Pharmacy Practice team

Tompsett T, Masters K, Donyai P. The utility of novel outcome measures in a naturalistic evaluation of schizophrenia treatment. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2017 (In Press) ISSN 1178-2021

Hindi A, Parkhurst C, Rashidi Y, Ho SY, Patel N and Donyai, P. Development and Utilization of the Medicines Use Review Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire. Patient Preference and Adherence. 2017 (In Press).

Snell R, Langran T and Donyai P. Patient views about polypharmacy medication review clinics run by clinical pharmacists in GP practices. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. 2017 (In Press). doi: 10.1007/s11096-017-0538-z

Knowledge, attitude and advice-giving behaviour of community pharmacists regarding topical corticosteroids. Lau WM and Donyai P. Pharmacy. 2017;5(3):41. ISSN 2226-4787 doi: 10.3390/pharmacy5030041

Student activity: Raising Antibiotic Awareness

Our second year students, Promise, Rhys and Jamie (pictured left to right) recently put up a fantastic stand to raise awareness on the important issue of antimicrobial resistance. On the day, they handed out information leaflets and invited people to watch a video by Public Health England ( encouraging everyone to ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’. They also motivated people to chose a pledge and sign up to become ‘Antibiotic Guardians’ on