Prof. Ross Norris

Prof. Ross Norris, Mater Pharmacy Services, Australia


Professor Ross Norris obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science (applied chemistry) in 1979 and Master of Applied Science in 1985 from the Queensland University of Technology and his PhD in medicine from the University of Queensland in 2002. He is an analytical chemist specialising in drug analysis and pharmacokinetics since 1979, mostly in the area of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM). A/Prof Norris was the Chief Scientist in the TDM Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane from 1985 to 1996 and currently holds the position of Research Consultant, Australian Centre for Paediatric Pharmacokinetics, Mater Pathology Services, formerly also holding the joint position of Senior Scientist, Therapeutic Advisory Service, Mater Health Services, Brisbane until 2010. He also holds adjunct appointments as Associate Professor, Griffith University, School of Pharmacy and Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland, School of Pharmacy. His current passion is the application of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, pharmacogenetic and pharmacoeconomic principles to dose individualisation (TDM), to improve patient outcomes. He chairs the Special Drugs Working Party, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Quality Assurance Program and the Standards of Practice Committee, International Association of TDM and Clinical Toxicology. He also chairs a local Clinical Pharmacology Research Group meeting at Mater Health Services in Brisbane, his home town. He has published more than 50 papers, book chapters and letters to editors primarily in the area of TDM.