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Dr Amira Guirguis

Dr Amira Guirguis

Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Amira originally trained as an accountant before gaining an interest to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Amira gained her PhD in the in-field detection of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Amira pioneered the initiative of develop a ‘new’ concept for providing insight among pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and service providers of the completely new area of NPS which cumulated undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education modules and was the subject of recent Swansea University Podcast series. Amira was the 2014 winner of the JPAG’s Geoffrey Phillips award and the Principal Investigator of the first-Home Office-licensed Pharmacist-led drug checking service in the UK. Amira is now the MPharm Programme Director at Swansea University Medical School and is a known international expert in the field of substance misuse.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education and training
  • Public Health
  • Substance of Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances
  • Harm reduction interventions
  • Drug education
  • Drug detection and drug checking
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Raman spectroscopy

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Clinical Pharmacy

Substances of misuse and related topics including drug testing, mental health, addiction/dependence/withdrawal

Diversion of prescription medicines

Pharmaceutical calculations

Pharmaceutical chemistry/ Analytical chemistry

Medical devices and point-of-care testing

Integrated curricula (science in practice)

Pre-Registration pharmacist teaching and training

Award Highlights
  • II Piano Neuropsichiatria Infantile – poster presentation prize (2019)
  • CMHP Award on Drug Education Poster (highly commended) (2019)
  • Head of Medical School Award for the Pharmacy Team (2019)
  • National NIHR Grant Development and Writing Retreat (2018)
  • The PCRS poster prize on the COPD project (2017)
  • The APS UK PharmaSci poster prize on Novel Psychoactive Substances Research (2017)
  • Highly commended for The Life and Medical Sciences Dean’s Award for the outstanding engagement in extra curricula activities (2016).
  • The Life and Medical Science conference presentation prize (2015).
  • The JPAG’s Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award (2014)
  • Joint RPS national award for the Research, Evaluation and Audits award for three projects carried out over the period 2013 – 2014 by the LNWLPF: Lung cancer and dementia audits and the EU MADNESS study (2014)
  • JEOL Prize in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Medal awarded - 2012)
  • Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit – University of Hertfordshire (2013 – Present)
  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)  (2015 – Present)
  • The NPS.Finder© and the CASSANDRA project (2019 – Present)
  • EPS/NPS project (Enhancing Police Skills on Novel Psychoactive Substances) – University of Hertfordshire (2016 – 2017)
  • EU-MADNESS (European-Wide, Monitoring, Analysis and Knowledge Dissemination on Novel/ Emerging Psychoactives) project – University of Hertfordshire (2013 – 2016)