Saad Shakir is a pharmacoepidemiologist and drug safety physician. He has worked in the fields of pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology and risk management for 30 years, initially at the UK Regulatory Authority, then the international pharmaceutical industry and as the Director of the Drug Safety Research Unit in Southampton. The DSRU is an academic unit associated with the University of Portsmouth. At the DSRU Saad leads a research team with an active programme for monitoring and studying the safety of medicines in populations. He has led many important drug safety studies and has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals, major restrictions and important safety hazards. Saad serves as a Chairman or member of Safety Advisory Boards and Data Safety Management Committees. He is an author of many book chapters and publications in scientific journals on pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology and risk management and is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Drug Safety and Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. Saad Shakir has led and co-ordinated many post graduate educational and training programmes including the MSc programme in Pharmacovigilance at the DSRU. He supervises post graduate students for higher degrees and has been involved with a number of international initiatives to promote and develop pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology. Saad Shakir is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London; a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine; a Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK.
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