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Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
381 Royal Parade, Parkville

Contact Details

Tel: +61 3 9903 9533

Fax: +61 3 9903 9629

Email: simon.bell2@monash.edu

Web: http://www.monash.edu/pharm/research/centres-institutes/medicine-safety/

Dr Simon Bell is Professor and NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellow, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia.

Prior to taking up his present appointment, Dr Bell was Associate Professor, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia and Research Director, Kuopio Research Centre of Geriatric Care, University of Eastern Finland.

Dr Bell's research interests primarily relate to medicines use among older people, particularly psychotropic and analgesic medicines. He has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and been an investigator on over $30 million of research grants. He is a chief investigator of the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing.

Dr Bell is Associate Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, and an Editorial or Advisory Board Member for Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Practice. He has been supervisor/associate supervisor of 10 completed PhD theses in Australia, Finland and Estonia; and given presentations about pharmacy-related topics in more than 30 countries worldwide.

He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Elsevier Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Impact Award (2015), ASCEPT Denis Wade Johnson & Johnson New Investigator Award (2014) and Alzheimer’s Australia Resthaven Dementia Research Award (2013)

Dr Bell was President of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF), an organisation of over 300,000 pharmacy student and young pharmacist members from more than 70 countries, in 2003-2004. Dr Bell was Australian Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2004. Dr Bell is a former Chair of the New South Wales Young Pharmacists Group, and a former National Councillor (Alternate) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.








  • Quality use of medicines
  • psychotropic medicines
  • geriatric pharmacotherapy
  • pharmacoepidemiology

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 2003 2019

A review of coronial investigations into medication-related deaths in Australian residential aged care

Jokanovic, N., Ferrah, N., Lovell, J. J., Weller, C., Bugeja, L., Bell, J. S. & Ibrahim, J. E., Apr 2019, In : Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 15, 4, p. 410-416 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Prevalence and incidence of prescription opioid analgesic use in Australia

Lalic, S., Ilomäki, J., Bell, J. S., Korhonen, M. J. & Gisev, N., Jan 2019, In : British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 85, 1, p. 202-215 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and risk of stroke and death in people with dementia

Tan, E. C. K., Johnell, K., Garcia-Ptacek, S., Haaksma, M. L., Fastbom, J., Bell, J. S. & Eriksdotter, M., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Alzheimer's and Dementia. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Antihypertensive Medication Regimen Intensity and Incident Dementia in an Older Population

Tan, E. C. K., Qiu, C., Liang, Y., Wang, R., Bell, J. S., Fastbom, J., Fratiglioni, L. & Johnell, K., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review