School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


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Dr James Brown

  • Qualifications: BSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer
  • Address: University of Portsmouth, St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2154
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  • Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I was born in Cardiff and graduated in Pharmacology from Portsmouth in 1990. I then spent four years in the mid-lands and Kent as a PhD student at Aston University and Welcome Research Laboratories before joining Sandoz Pharmaceuticals as a Clinical Research Associate. I returned to Portsmouth in 1997 as a Senior Lecturer, having completed 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario, where I conducted research into inflammatory bowel disease.

I was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2005 and was the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Pharmacology programme between 2003 and 2013. I am currently the Science Faculty International Coordinator and the Head of Pharmacology.

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Teaching Responsibilities

I am responsible for co-ordinating the following units:

  • Year 2: Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology
  • Year 3: Drug Development and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Masters: Drug Development, Clinical Trials and Oncology

I also deliver the following topics:

Pharmacokinetics & pharmacodynamics, physiology, pathology and therapeutics of the gastrointestinal system, the drug development process and clinical trials.

External Examiner for Life Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire

Science Faculty International Coordinator

Co-chair of Pharmacy & Pharmacology Board of Studies

Chair of Pharmacology Cognate Area Coursework/Exam Approval Committee

Member of School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee


I am the Head of the Gastrointestinal Pharmacology Group and my overarching research interest has focussed on gastrointestinal dysfunction in both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Specifically I am interested in the relationship between enteric glia and intestinal pathologies ranging from inflammation to motility dysfunction. I have previously explored cell signalling within the gastric epithelium and the roles that nitric oxide, protein kinase and dystrophin play in this process.


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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