Dr. Robert Sims

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA110

+44 (0) 1772 89 4015


Subject Areas: Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Dr. Sims teaches Pharmacology at UCLAN Medical School. He has fifteen years of experience in neuroscience covering many aspects of neuronal and astrocytic signalling, and his main interest is in the physiology of sleep.

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PGCert Professional Practice in Higher Education, Aston University, 2015
PhD. Neuroscience, Aston University, 2004BSc. (Hons) Pharmacology, The University of Edinburgh, 1998

Robert started his research career examining the properties synaptic transmission and plasticity in the cerebellar cortex at Aston University, including the first electrophysiological characterisation of synapses between granule cell ascending axons and Purkinje cells. He later examined GABAergic signalling in the globus pallidus, astrocytic and neuronal signalling in barrel cortex. His primary interest is the role of adenosine in sleep homeostasis in the basal forebrain which he researched at the University of Warwick. He gained a PGCHE at Aston University in 2015, and joined UCLAN Medical School as a lecturer in 2016 teaching Pharmacology on the MBBS, BSc. Medical Sciences and Physician Associate courses.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Lecturer: MBBS, BSc. Medical Sciences, Physician Associates


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Neuroscience Association, Member of The Physiological Society.