Pharmacometrics research group projects (Department of Pharmacy)

NAISS 2023/5-516


NAISS Medium Compute

Principal Investigator:

Andrew Hooker


Uppsala universitet

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Primary Classification:

30101: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Secondary Classification:

30104: Social and Clinical Pharmacy

Tertiary Classification:

10106: Probability Theory and Statistics



We are a research group of ~40 people who do research in pharmacometrics. Pharmacometric research focuses on nonlinear mixed effects (”population”) models. Such models describe data, generally the response-time profiles observed in a clinical trial, by a model accounting for the general structure of the underlying system, and a set of hierarchical variability components, accounting for variability between subjects, within subjects over time and remaining between observation variability. Research at the pharmacometrics group is divided into four main areas: (1) We develop and evaluate methods for efficient and robust model building. This involves development of estimation algorithms, methods for model diagnosis and sequential procedures for model building. The result of the research, when applicable, is made available as free software. (2) We develop platform models for the use in specific therapeutic areas or particular therapeutic/ pharmacological principles. Such models may involve the time-course of a biomarker or a system of biomarkers during normal, diseased and/or provoked conditions. (3) We utilize the developed models for the purpose of designing studies, deciding upon dosing strategies and other developmental decisions. (4) We analyse dose-concentration-response data from trials to understand therapies with existing drugs with the aim of allowing improved therapy. This medium project is a place for all research projects in our group, unless other resources are needed for specific projects.