About the Drug Research Academy
Drug Research Academy (DRA) is an interdisciplinary graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences located at the Department of Pharmacy and Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology under the Graduate School of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
135 PhD students are affiliated with DRA (November 2022).
Here you can read and download the DRA leaflet - short information about DRA and the Danish PhD programme.
The vision of DRA is to create an internationally highly recognized graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences and increase the quality of our PhD scholarships by:
- promoting top level interdisciplinary and translational research in pharmaceutical sciences
- providing expert administrative guidance to our PhD students and supervisors
- facilitating collaboration with our stakeholders
- creating a collaborative environment through networking activities
- coordinating PhD courses in pharmaceutical sciences
- promoting internationalization through collaboration with PhD schools abroad
- performing quality assurance of our scholarships and programme
The Head of programme is Professor Jukka Rantanen.
The Steering Committee consists of the deputy heads of department for research at the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and the head of programme.
The Steering Committee has the following members:
- Jukka Rantanen - Head of programme, Drug Research Academy
- Jette Sandholm Kastrup - Deputy Head of Department for research, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
- Martin Malmsten - Deputy Head of Department for research, Department of Pharmacy
- PhD student(s) are involved ad hoc
Consultants are the representatives in the SUND PhD Study Board from pharmaceutical sciences:
- Professor Dan Stærk, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
- PhD student Ida Hagen Storgaard, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
The Administration of DRA consists of:
- PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen
- Secretary Lotte Endsleff
From 2014 to 2019, DRA was part of PCAP, the PhD Career Programme, a training network comprising PhD students from three Graduate Programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
The purpose of PCAP was to enhance and develop central transferrable skills important for future career opportunities, help our students structure their research and increase their research productivity, and focus on career paths after graduation.
DRA has continued a programme collaboration, DIM, with the graduate programmes: Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MoMeD) and In Vivo Pharmacology and Experimental Animals (IVP).
DRA is also part of ULLA, a European University Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences, which is an international network with an aim to enhance collaboration within education and research within the pharmaceutical sciences between the European universities.
See more details about DRA's collaboration with ULLA or visit ULLA website
The graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy (DRA), was re-organized in 2013 as a result of the faculty mergers at University of Copenhagen. The 'new' DRA introduced biannual progress reports and mandatory course(s) in project management with the aim of increasing the quality and productivity of the PhD programme.
The Drug Research Academy has made two surveys evaluating the outcome of theses initiatives among PhD students and principal supervisors. The surveys were conducted in December 2016 and January 2017:
- Evaluation report from PhD students
- Evaluation report from principal supervisors