Jackson Thomas

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University of Canberra

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Dr Jackson Thomas (BPharm, MPharmSc, PhD) is a pharmacist, trialist, NHMRC-funded pharmaceutical scientist, and Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. Jackson also serves as a consultant for pharmaceutical manufacturers, biotech companies, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Prior to his appointment at UC in 2013, he held academic/research positions at University of Tasmania and Charles Darwin University (2004-2012).

Jackson has a specific clinical and research interest in indigenous child health, especially skin infections in Australian Indigenous children. Other research interests include (but are not limited to) global health (drug stability and counterfeit medications), dermatological conditions, discovery of bio-actives from natural resources, complementary and alternative medicine, and innovations in teaching. As a result of his research achievements, he was given the 2015 ACT Tall Poppy of the Year Award. Following on from this, he was selected into the Early- and Mid-Career Research Forum Executive Committee affiliated to Australian Academy of Science and a specialist advisor for Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Jackson's research group currently conducts pharmaceutical studies (including product formulation and stability trials), clinical and preclinical toxicological studies and animal and human clinical trials.

Jackson's recent contributions in the field of tropical infectious diseases have been recognised by several awards:

  • 2018: UC Finalist for the VC’s Early Career Researcher of the Year Award
  • 2018: UC Commendation for Distinction in Engagement
  • 2018: UC Research Excellence Award (ECR category)
  • 2017: Faculty of Health Research Impact Award
  • 2015: ARC nomination to represent Australia at Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore
  • 2014: ACT Young Tall Poppy Award (Australian Institute of Policy & Science)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Tasmania

… → 2010

External positions

Therapeutic Goods Administration, specialist Advisory Committee

2017 → …

Appointed Executive Member Australian Academic of Science Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum




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When fear and misinformation go viral: Pharmacists' role in deterring medication misinformation during the 'infodemic' surrounding COVID-19

Erku, D. A., Belachew, S. A., Abrha, S., Sinnollareddy, M., Steadman, K. J., Thomas, J. & Tesfaye, W., 1 May 2020, In : Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. p. 1-10 10 p.

University of Canberra

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

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  • Sand flea disease is neglected: what needs to be done

    Bezabh, S., THOMAS, J. & Heukelbach, J., 16 Jan 2019, The Conversation, p. 1-3 3 p.

    University of Canberra

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

    Open Access
  • Fake News: Medicines Misinformation by the Media

    Thomas, J., Peterson, G. M., Cowley, M., Kosari, S., Baby, K. E. & Naunton, M., 2018, In : Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. 104, 6, p. 1059-1061 3 p.

    University of Canberra

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

  • Power outages and refrigerated medicines: The need for better guidelines, awareness and planning

    Kosari, S., Peterson, G. M., Naunton, M., Garg, S. & Thomas, J., 13 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. p. 1-3 3 p.

    University of Canberra

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

  • Evaluation of response strategies against epidemics due to Neisseria meningitidis C in Niger

    Robertson, J., Thomas, J., Naunton, M., Mutambuze, I. & Kelly, T., 1 Feb 2017, In : Tropical Medicine and International Health. 22, 2, p. 196-204 9 p.

    University of Canberra

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access