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Professor Paul Gard is Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular sciences. He has previously acted as course leader for the university’s MPharm (pharmacy) course and has lead on several of the recent major course developments of this programme. Professor Gard was also part of the team that developed the curriculum of the new medical school in the run-up to its opening in 2003 and worked with the course team to gain the accreditation of Brighton and Sussex Medical School by the General Medical Council. Since 2005 Professor Gard has been a member of the Accreditation Panel of the General Pharmaceutical Council which is responsible for accrediting all pharmacy courses in the UK. He has also undertaken an international role, acting as an accreditor for the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Professor Gard’s research centres on drugs and hormones affecting mood, behaviour and learning and memory. Aspects of this research have focused on post-partum depression and pre-menstrual syndrome where he has explored the underlying biochemistry in order to identify possible methods of hormone or drug therapy to prevent these disorders. More recently he has concentrated on learning and memory, looking at the biochemistry underlying dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, but also concentrating on the adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on learning and memory in the young and adolescents. This research is looking to identify the underlying biochemical disorders of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder to facilitate diagnosis and enable targeted treatment.

 

I am a behavioural neuropharmacologist who correlated changes in brain biochemistry with real changes in behaviour. I have previously worked in the field of depression and anxiety but, more and more, I am now being drawn into the field of learning and memory as a consequence of the great societal concerns about the growing prevalence of dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Aston University

Bachelor, University of Nottingham

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 1999 2018

Prenatal alcohol exposure reduces 5-HT concentration in mouse intestinal muscle and mucosa

Dylag, K. A., Fidalgo, S., Gard, P. & Patel, B. 22 May 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intestinal Mucosa
Serotonin
Myenteric Plexus
Alcohols
Muscles

Public and pharmacist perceptions towards counterfeit medicine in Lebanon using focus groups

Sholy, L., Gard, P., Williams, S., Macadam, A. & Saliba, C. 1 Feb 2018 5, 2, p. 489-499 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Counterfeit Drugs
Lebanon
Focus Groups
Pharmacists
Public Health

The Anatomical Society core anatomy syllabus for pharmacists: outcomes to create a foundation for practice

Finn, G. M., Hitch, G., Apampa, B., Hennessy, C. M., Smith, C., Stewart, J. & Gard, P. 8 Feb 2018 232, 5, p. 729-738

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Pharmacists
Anatomy
Learning
Delphi Technique
Anatomists

Changes of renin-angiotensin system-related aminopeptidases in early stage Alzheimer's disease

Gard, P., Fidalgo, S., Lotter, I., Richardson, C., Farina, N., Rusted, J. M. & Tabet, N. 7 Jan 2017 89

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Aminopeptidases
Renin-Angiotensin System
Alzheimer Disease
Enzymes
Glutamyl Aminopeptidase

Low-dose chronic prenatal alcohol exposure abolishes the pro-cognitive effects of angiotensin IV

Fidalgo, S., Skipper, C., Takyi, A., McIver, A., Tsiligkaridis, T., Quadir, A. & Gard, P. 27 Apr 2017 329, p. 140-147 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Ethanol
Alcohols
Anxiety
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Renin-Angiotensin System