The UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona supports a thriving research and medical community in Central Florida and bridges programs at UF’s other campuses. Home to programs and key research efforts of the UF colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, the campus supports professional training for 325 students pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
In state-of-the-art research labs and centers at Lake Nona, UF scientists carry out basic, clinical and translational research in drug discovery and development. The Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology provides quantitative modeling and simulation approaches as well as systems pharmacology strategies to improve drug safety and efficacy. At the Institute for Therapeutic Innovation within the College of Medicine’s department of medicine, researchers focus on developing anti-infective therapies for pathogens of public health importance, including diseases such as Zika, MRSA and HIV. Clinical pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy technicians staff the Center for Quality Medication Management, the nation’s largest academically based medication therapy management center, which provides outreach to more than 25,000 patients and providers each month to discuss ways to optimize medication therapy.
With locations in Orlando and Gainesville, the center provides telephone outreach to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to help patients overcome barriers in taking their medications.