Who We Are

The DSRU is an independent academic unit and registered charity, as well as an Associate Department of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth.


A panel of Trustees, who are eminent scientists and clinicians with interests in drug safety, oversee the work of the DSRU.


The Director of the DSRU, Professor Saad Shakir, has been in post since 1999.

DSRU team

The DSRU comprises a team of epidemiologists, physicians, pharmacists, biomedical scientists, statisticians supported by expert IT and administrative staff.

DSRU Education and Training team

DSRU Education and Training was started at the DSRU in 2000 with a small dedicated team who successfully manage a growing portfolio of popular training courses in pharmacovigilance.

For more detail on the structure of the DSRU (registered charity number 327206), please see the organisation charts.