Professor Paul Rolan

Professor Paul Rolan
  • Biography/ Background

    • MBBS Adelaide (1978)
    • MD Adelaide (1995)
    • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (General Medicine/Clinical Pharmacology) (1985)
    • Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, United Kingdom (1997)
    • Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (2014)
    • Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Adelaide (2005)
    • Senior Consultant, Pain Management Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital (2005)
    • Head of School of Medical Sciences (2014)
    • Director of Innovation (Oct 2016-)

    Paul is a clinical pharmacologist, pharmaceutical physician and pain physician. He trained in medicine and subseqeuently in clinical pharmacology at the University of Adelaide.  After obtaining specialist qualifications Paul spent nearly 20 years in the UK in the development of new medicines. This was initially as in Head of Clinical Pharmacokinetics general medicine and clinical pharmacology he spent two years as Director of Medicine at Cairns Base Hospital.  Subsequently Paul joined the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, initially working for Wellcome Research Laboratories where he was Head of Clinical Pharmacokinetics.  In 1994 he became Medical Director of Medeval, a clinical pharmacology contract research organisation spun out of the University of Manchester.  Under Paul's leadership, Medeval became the largest clinical pharmacology contract research organisation in the United Kingdom.  He was part of a management buyout team of the Company from the University and a subsequent trade sale three years later to ICON Clinical Research.  He has been Principal Investigator in over 650 clinical research studies and has been an active Consultant, both to the pharmaceutical industry as well as an invited speaker to the FDA.

    Paul returned to the University of Adelaide in 2005.  His major clinical and academic interest is in chronic pain and headache, focusing on the development of biomarkers, evaluation of novel therapies and mechanisms of disease.


    Paul returned to the University in October 2016 as Director of Innovation.


    Paul's Google Scholar profile

    Expertise for Media Contact

    Categories      Medicine and medical research

    Expertise        pain; headache; migraine; opioids; drug development; oral anticoagulants; drug interactions 

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Entry last updated: Monday, 15 May 2017