Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development

The Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development (CIPDD) in the Faculty of Medicine has state-of-the-art physical infrastructure located in NATA-accredited facilities on the St Lucia and Herston Campuses of The University of Queensland (UQ).

NATA Accredited Facility

CIPDD’s GLP recognition by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) means that data from our in vivo toxicology studies undertaken in support of the TetraQ RIC will be accepted for review when included in submissions to international regulatory agencies.

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Our research  at the CIPDD is aimed at bringing innovation into the methods used for translational research, particularly in discovery-translation in the pain field including use of these models to screen new molecules for analgesic activity and to probe the pathobiology of individual human pain conditions.  

Our research is funded by grants from competitive funding agencies such as the NHMRC, ARC Linkage, Therapeutic Innovation Australia, the Queensland Government and various not-for-profit organisations, usually in collaboration with Industry and academic partners. We also undertake contract-funded research in collaboration with biotechnology and Pharma companies globally.

Over the past decade at the CIPDD, we have developed a portfolio of 15 rodent pain models that mimic individual human pain conditions. Research using these models is undertaken in a NATA (National association of Testing Authorities)-accredited facility that is unique in Australia and rare internationally.  Our research using these models is two-fold, namely:

  • Investigation of between-model differences in pathophysiology to gain insight on differences in the pathobiology of individual human pain conditions
  • Efficacy profiling of new molecules from drug discovery programs that have the potential to be progressed into development as novel analgesics for human use

Members of our highly skilled CIPDD team advise/co-advise PhD, M Biotech, Honours and summer vacation research students working on projects within the afore-mentioned research themes.


We provide hands-on training to our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to facilitate development of practical skills as well as a range of transferable skills including working in a quality accredited laboratory environment, written and oral communication skills and participating in a range of professional development activities.

CIPDD personnel also developed the BIOT7031 course entitled “Quality Systems in Biotechnology” for the Masters in Biotech program at UQ. 


Professor Maree Smith

T: +61 7 3365 2554
F: +61 7 3346 7391

Mailing/Delivery Address
Level 3 Steele Building, St. Lucia campus, Staffhouse Rd,

The University of Queensland
Brisbane Qld 4072 

Meet our team