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Kay Marshall

Head of School of Health Sciences

‌Kay Marshall was appointed as Head of the School of Health Sciences in August 2016.

She was previously Head of Manchester Pharmacy School from August 2012 and is a Professor of Reproductive Endocrine Pharmacology.

She is a registered pharmacist and Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Higher Education Academy. She also has an MBA.

After completing her pre-registration training in industry and community pharmacy she returned to academia to study the effects of oestrogen on the uterus. She then became a teacher practitioner before taking up a full-time academic post.

Since this time Professor Marshall has been a placements tutor and initiated and led several courses, including the MPharm. She was Head of the Bradford School of Pharmacy before coming to Manchester. She is an enthusiastic teacher and a keen proponent of new teaching methods that support the student learning experience.

Professor Marshall has two main strands to her bench research both focus on the role of hormones, systemic and local, in health and disease.

Below the waistline, her work centres upon investigation of the role of local hormones in diseases and conditions associated with the female reproductive tract such as dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis and the detection and prevention of preterm labour.

In addition to looking for new and effective therapies to manage these conditions, she is also involved with research into developing novel local drug delivery devices that will enable the safer use of medicines.

Above the neck, Professor Marshall is interested in the effect that the sex steroids have on cognition, for example, during pregnancy or when an individual is suffering from a mental illness such as schizophrenia.

In the pharmacy practice context, she is also involved in projects looking at medicines reconciliation, adherence and medicines management in chronic diseases in the UK and overseas.

Professor Marshall is the Deputy Chair of the Pharmacy Schools Council and is a keen supporter of the modernising pharmacy careers programme being led by Health Education England.