Leaders in Risk Management

The Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) is an independent academic unit internationally respected for its work in Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoepidemiology, Risk Management and Training Services for over 30 years.

In partnership with doctors in England, the DSRU, led by Director Professor Saad Shakir, aims to protect patients in primary and specialist care from unwanted adverse effects of newly marketed medicines using our unique methods of monitoring patients during the lifecycle of medicines.

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DSRU offers a comprehensive range of education and training courses. Find out more or view our complete course calendar.

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Blog: MEDS: The DSRU Centre for Methods, Evidence and Regulations in Drug Safety

Saad Shakir writes:

A new centre has been established at the DSRU to focus and expand the Unit’s methodological research.

The mission of the DSRU is to protect patients from the hazards of medicines. While significant advances have been made in our field in the last 60 years, far more remains to be done.

Our aims are to both evaluate and improve on our existing methods, to modify some of our existing approaches and propose new methods.


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Moving into a career in Pharmacovigilance

The Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) offers a range of Pharmacovigilance (PV) training courses suitable for those looking for a career in pharmacovigilance, seeking career progression or in a position that requires PV knowledge and understanding. Depending on specific interests and current knowledge, the team at the DSRU is able to recommend which of our training courses could help […]

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