Conference Welcoming Address

About Prof. Michael Roberts

Professor Roberts has a particular interest in therapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences with current studies in numerous therapeutic modalities including critical care medicine, nanotoxicology, topical delivery pharmacokinetics, drug development and cosmetology.   His PhD was on structure penetration and toxicity relationships for phenolic compounds in human skin. This work is now included as core data in pharmaceutical and toxicological data bases (eg US Environmental Protection Agency).

He is best internationally renowned for his work on the absorption of chemicals, cosmetics and drugs through the skin. He has been a full professor for 25 years being initially Professor and Head of Pharmacy at the University of Otago, New Zealand and now as a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. He is jointly appointed as the Chair in Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Science in the University of South Australia and as the Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Queensland. He is also visiting Professor at the University of Lyon, France and is Director of the Therapeutics Research Centre (30 staff and students), based jointly at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide and at and Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. He has served and currently serves on reference committees for the World Health Organisation, Europe, Health Canada and Australia and presented to regulatory forums in the US. Professor Roberts RCTs in the community led, in part, to the Australian government national implementation of medication management for nursing homes and hostels (also now an accreditation requirement), and home medicine reviews by accredited pharmacists. Most recently, he has facilitated the use of imaging and microdialysis techniques to study pharmacokinetics in man in vitro and in vivo, including in critical care and cancer medicine.