Professor Maree Smith


Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Professor

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
+61 7 336 52554


Maree Smith is Head of the Pain Research Group in the School of Pharmacy and directs its preclinical pharmacology research program. This group undertakes research in a broad range of projects focussed on improving our understanding of the mechanistic basis of a range of pain states and their pharmacological management, with a view to improving our ability to alleviate chronic pain in patients.

Professor Smith is Head of the Pain Research Group in the School of Pharmacy and in 2005 she is the inaugural Director of TetraQ, Australia’s first integrated preclinical drug development facility. The Pain Research Group is internationally competitive in the pain field with various research projects focussed around the broad theme of Pain Medicines Research. Prof Smith also has a broad range of expertise and know-how in preclinical drug development, including animal models of human disease, bioanalytical assays and pharmacokinetics. Apart from active involvement in the commercialization of her own IP, Prof Smith has considerable experience with the undertaking of milestone-driven contract preclinical research for a range of Australian biotechnology companies. To date, she has supervised to completion 12 PhD students, 1 M Phil student, 11 postgraduate Honours students and 8 On-course Honours students. She is currently supervising 4 PhD students, 3 M Phil students and 2 On-course Hons students. In 2001 and 2002, Prof Smith was awarded a “Meritorious Mention” in recognition of sustained excellence in PhD student outcomes and in 2003 she was awarded a “Trailblazer Award” by Uniquest.


  • Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Smith, Maree T. and Muralidharan, Arjun (2014). Pain pharmacology and the pharmacological management of pain. In Hubert van Griensven, Jenny Strong and Anita M. Unruh (Ed.), Pain: a textbook for health professionals 2nd ed. (pp. 159-180) London, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

  • Watson, C. Peter N., Gilron, Ian, Pollock, Bruce G., Lipman, Arthur G. and Smith, Maree T. (2013). Antidepressant analgesics. In Stephen B. McMahon, Martin Koltzenberg, Irene Tracey and Dennis C. Turk (Ed.), Wall and Melzack's textbook of pain 6th ed. (pp. 465-496) Philadelphia, United States: Elsevier Saunders.

  • Smith, Maree T. and Muralidharan, Arjun (2013). Pharmacogenetics of pain. In eLS: Citable Reviews in the Life Sciences (pp. 1-12) Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/047001590X

  • Smith, Maree T. and Goh, Wei H. (2011). Opioid analgesics. In Gabor B. Racz and Carl E. Noe (Ed.), Pain management: Current issues and opinions (pp. 287-306) Rijeka, Croatia: Intech Open Access.

  • Smith, Maree T. and South, Samantha M. (2008). Pain pharmacology and analgesia. In H. Majewski (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (pp. 1-80) Oxford, U.K.: EOLSS Publishers.

  • Smith, M. T. (2003). Neurobiology of Pain: Identification of novel targets for new pain management medications. In G. Keri and I. Toth (Ed.), Molecular Pathomechanisms and New Trends in Drug Research 1 ed. (pp. 302-318) London & New York: Taylor & Francis.

  • Mather, L. E. and Smith, M. T. (1999). Clinical pharmacology and adverse effects. In Christoph Stein (Ed.), Opioids in pain control: Basic and clinical aspects (pp. 188-211) New Jersey, USA: Cambridge University Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.