Peter James Little
Head of Pharmacy
University of Queensland, Australia
Peter is currently Head, School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland. Peter completed a B. Pharm. at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (now Monash) followed by an M. Sc. and Ph. D. at The University of Sydney and Post-Doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (USA). Peter’s research has centred on the cardiovascular complications of diabetes, specifically the role of modified proteoglycans in lipid deposition diseases such as atherosclerosis. After a 20 year career at the BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Alfred Health, in 2010 Peter became the Foundation Head of Pharmacy at RMIT University, in Melbourne. In this context Peter added Pharmacy Practice to his research areas of interest. In June 2015, Peter became Head of the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland (UQ) and moved his research laboratory to the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellent (PACE) at UQ. Peter is Professor and Dean (Visiting) of Pharmacy at Xinhua College of Sun Yat-sen University and a High end Foreign Expert through Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Peter is a former National President of Diabetes Australia and was Founding Secretary and later President of The Australian Vascular Biology Society. In 2007, Peter received an Order of Australia (“AM”) for services to people with diabetes and diabetes research.
Peter's research interests are the cardiovascular complications of diabetes and signalling pathways controlling the synthesis and structure of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans as they relate to lipid retention diseases such as atherosclerosis and dry age-related macular degeneration.