David Edwards

David Edwards

School of Pharmacy, Professor


David Edwards is a Professor in the School of Pharmacy and was formerly the Hallman Director, School of Pharmacy, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo from 2011 through 2020. He received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto, completed a pharmacy residency at Sunnybrook Medical Centre and graduated from the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he did postdoctoral research in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism. He also completed a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree at Wayne State University in Detroit where he was a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

He is the author of over 100 scientific papers, review articles and book chapters related to pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, therapeutic drug monitoring, bioequivalence, and drug interactions, and is a co-author of the textbook “Evaluating Drug Literature: A Statistical Approach”. Research in his laboratory identified the mechanism by which drugs interact with grapefruit juice as well as the compounds in grapefruit juice responsible for this interaction. Dr. Edwards is a former board member and past president of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy (CFP), Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), and the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) where he also chaired the Standards Committee from 2021-2023. He received the Honorary Life Award from the Canadian Pharmacists Association in 2018 and the AFPC Woods-Hughes Special Service Award in 2022. In 2022, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Research Interests

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Drug metabolism
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Drug interactions
  • Bioavailability/Bioequivalence
  • Clinical Pharmacology

Application Areas

  • Disease Modelling
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Targeted Drug Delivery

Technology Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Drug Development

Discipline Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedicine
  • Pharmacology