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Associate Professor Ross Norris

Affiliate Investigator - University of Newcastle

Associate 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 recognised as expert in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM), especially in the areas of drug analysis, using physico-chemical methods of analysis (High performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, etc.) since 1979.

Associate Professor Norris held the positions of scientist/senior scientist/chief scientist in the TDM Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane from 1979 to 1996. He was a full-time PhD Student 1997-2001, and Research Consultant, Australian Centre for Paediatric Pharmacokinetics, Mater Health Services (2002 – 2014), also holding the joint position of Senior Scientist, Therapeutic Advisory Service, Mater Health Services, Brisbane from 2008 to 2010. From 2014-2018 he was the Scientific Head, Clinical Pharmacology, SydPath, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is currently a Consultant, Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW Australia.

Ross also holds adjunct appointments as Associate Professor, St Vincent’s Clinical School, Medicine, The University of New South Wales Australia; Associate Professor, Griffith University, School of Pharmacy, Gold Coast, Qld. He chaired the Special Drugs Working Party for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program 2010-2017 and also the Standards of Practice Committee, International Association of TDM and Clinical Toxicology (IATDMCT) 2011-2015. He has also initiated and chaired three biannual TDM meetings in Australia since 2010, and successfully led a bid to hold the international TDM congress in Sydney in 2018.

Associate Professor Norris has published more than 70 papers, two book chapters and several letters to editors primarily in the area of TDM.