Institute: Utrecht University
Function: Daily supervisor
To contribute – through supervising research by and education of master and PhD students – to the main aims of the collaborating centre: develop new methods for independent pharmaceutical policy research, evidence based policy making and conceptual innovation in the area of policy making and evaluation.
Education and experience:
Aukje was trained as a pharmacist at Utrecht University. She obtained her degree in 1998 and subsequently worked as a community pharmacist in Apotheek Tanthof, Delft. In February 1999, she started as a PhD student at the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacotherapy of the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Netherlands. She combined this position with a position as lecturer at the same division. After completion of her thesis entiteld “Quality and safety of lipid-lowering drug use” in 2004 she started to work as an assistant professor and later as associate professor (July 2016) at the same Division. In the period 2005-2010 she worked part-time at the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board as a liaison between UU and the MEB.
Aukje has been appointed Director of the School of Pharmacy since 1 July 2014. At present, she is also the Managing Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre of Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation. The Centre works closely together with WHO HQ and participated in the TI Pharma Escher project and EU ATOME (Access To Opoid Medication in Europe) project, among others. Her primary research interests include drug regulatory science, pharmacovigilance, pharmaceutical policy analysis and variation in medicines use across countries. She is involved in the bachelor and master Pharmacy programmes as well as in the master Drug Innovation programme.
In February 2018, Aukje was appointed Professor of Global Health and Pharmacy at the Utrecht University.
Aukje is involved in several PhD projects within the Collaborating Centre. She is copromotor of Danny Edwards, Denis Kibira, Doerine Postma, Kirti Narsai, Lourens Bloem, Marjolein Vranken, and Raymond Tetteh. She is one of the course directors of the UU-WHO summer course on Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis and one of the organisers of the annual winter meeting.