School of Pharmacy

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Todd

Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health


Adam Todd is a Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health, and Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University. He is a qualified pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.  He was previously a Senior Lecturer at Durham University where he held the roles of MPharm Programme Director, Director of Education, and Deputy Director of the Centre of Health and Inequalities Research (CHIR). 

Adam is actively involved in delivering the MPharm Programme at Newcastle; he approaches pharmacy education in an integrated way, and combines both science and practice elements in his teaching. Using this integrated approach, Adam has published two international books focusing on antibacterial and anticancer therapeutics.   

He is an academic member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation and Recognition Panel and also contributes to the national pharmacist registration exam in his role as a question writer.  Adam is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research is highly interdisciplinary, and uses methods from the social sciences, public health, clinical medicine, and epidemiology.  He leads a programme of research that explores how pharmaceutical interventions, including medication, immunisation and screening approaches, can be used safely, appropriately and equitably at a population level; specifically, his research focuses on optimising medication and reducing inappropriate polypharmacy in vulnerable populations, such as in older adults, or those with life limiting illness. 

Adam has a number of international research collaborations across Europe, the United States and Australia. He is a member of CHAIN, the Centre of Global Health Inequalities Research – a leading international research centre that seeks to monitor, explain, and reduce inequalities in health. He is also a steering group member of the English Deprescribing Network (EDeN), as well as the network of Northern European Researchers in Deprescribing (NERDs).

He has experience of serving on national research committees, and is currently a member of the NIHR RfPB Regional Advisory Panel for the North East and Cumbria, and a member of the NIHR HTA Prioritisation Committee for community health and social care. Adam also serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel for Pharmacy Research UK.

Adam has total career research funding of over £6 million, including funding from the NIHR, Macmillan Cancer Research, and the Barbour Foundation.  Adam reviews for more than 30 international peer reviewed journals, is an academic editor for PLOS ONE, and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research articles, as well as an international patent. 

He still contributes to the care of patients on a regular basis; he is an honorary consultant pharmacist and works alongside the palliative care Multidisciplinary Team providing guidance on (de)prescribing; he also works as a community pharmacist delivering public health interventions to the local community. 


Adam is involved in a range regional, national, and international multidisciplinary projects focusing on pharmaceutical public health and medicine utilisation in vulnerable populations. 

Current research students:

Nick Walton (funded through the ESRC), co-supervised with Prof. Clare Bambra and Prof. Luke Vale

Laurie Davies (funded through the NIHR SPCR), co-supervised with Prof. Barbara Hanratty, Prof. Joy Adamson, and Dr. Andrew Kingston

Ruth Norris (funded through the Barbour Foundation), co-supervised with Prof. Linda Sharp and Dr. Alastair Greystoke

Mithila Mahesh (self-funded), co-supervised with Dr. John-Paul Taylor, Dr. Robert Dudley, Dr. Daniel Collerton




Adam is a passionate educator and teacher, and has contributed to the development of a number of innovative pharmacy programmes in the UK. He strongly believes that an integrated approach to pharmacy education – combining both science and practice elements – is the cornerstone to a successful MPharm degree.

He has extensive experience of developing new programmes, and was part of the team at Durham University that developed a highly innovative MPharm degree programme, which gained full accreditation with the General Pharmaceutical Council (the independent regulator for pharmacy education in the UK) without any conditions or recommendations. Adam has been external examiner at a number of different Schools of Pharmacy, and also serves as an academic member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation and Recognition Panel.

He has occupied a range of leadership positions in higher education, including Module Leader, Year Leader, Programme Director and Chair of Education Committee. He also has experience of developing work-based learning within an MPharm degree, and was one of the first that attempted to embed students in different communities of practice where they undertake genuine peripheral participation within clinical environments. 

Adam has an important role in teaching the MPharm degree at Newcastle, and currently teaches around 200 contact hours per year. His teaching is regularly recognised by students as some of the best in the University. In recent years, he has developed a series of small case-based integration sessions that allow students to contextualise their learning and apply key concepts of science to solve simple clinical problems often encountered by patients.