Overview

You probably have a number of reasons for selecting St. Louis College of Pharmacy to be your school and pharmacy your career. Maybe you look forward to a wide array of professional opportunities, or want to work with advanced technology. But we think we know your most important reason for studying at STLCOP to become a pharmacist: You want to make a difference.John Beale

So do we. Our research program is one vital way we fulfill that goal, by creating as well as disseminating knowledge. STLCOP has its roots in:

  • The scholarship of teaching and learning, through which we analyze teaching methods and student performance to improve pharmacy education. STLCOP has long had a national reputation for excellence in this type of research, and we’re building on this strength by re-establishing our Pedagogical Research Group and developing plans for a new Center of Health Professions Education.
  • Clinical research, in which our practicing pharmacists work directly with patients to promote and advance drug therapies for healthy living and disease prevention. Individual faculty members, as well as our Office for Research on Aging, guide our clinical research program.
  • Basic science research, in which we advance pharmaceutical knowledge by examining drugs and their effects in a laboratory setting. Rapid changes in technology and health care practices call for a corresponding evolution in our drug therapies, and we’re responding by bringing to bear our faculty and educational resources to strengthen this type of research. Specifically, we plan to establish a new Center for Drug Research, and build on the expertise of our faculty members to promote potential research efforts.
  • Translational research, in which we look at ways to bring the fruits of basic science research to our patients. We’re promoting new research in this area through plans for a Center for Patient Education and Health Literacy that would target the gap between health information and patient practices., and collaborating with other researchers in our region through the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences.

We’re in the right place to extend our research leadership. A vibrant biomedical community is at our doorstep—including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center, and Washington University School of Medicine, among other nationally recognized institutions—and we plan to work with them to advance the health care field as a whole. We’d like you to join us in asking and answering the questions that make a difference in everyday life.