Christine Bond (BPharm (Hons.), MEd, PhD, FRPharmS, FFRPS FFPH FRCPE) is Professor of Primary Care (Pharmacy) and Head of Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen. From 1996-2012 she was part time Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health (NHS Grampian). She has been awarded over 100 grants and has over 200 publications relating to a large portfolio of pharmacy practice research on the contribution of pharmacy to the evidence based cost effective use of medicines (prescribed and ‘OTC’), drug misuse, the community pharmacist-general practitioner interface and the wider health care agenda. She is Editor of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, she served as an elected member of the Scottish Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) for 10 years until summer 2009, she has served on several national Research Panels eg the Health Service Research Committee of the Scottish Office, the MRC College of Experts, the RPSGB Pharmacy Practice Research Trust Award panel, the Health Services and Pharmacy Practice Conference Panel. She is Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Expert Advisory Panel for Science. In 2010 she was awarded the Pharmas Lifetime Achievement Award.
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