Prof Janet Mifsud obtained her PhD in UK in 1995 on the pharmacology of chiral antiepileptic drugs. Her research activities in epilepsy are undertaken with colleagues in Mater Dei Hospital, University College London and numerous other international epilepsy centres. She has published extensively and has been appointed on the organising and scientific committees of several international epilepsy conferences. Prof Mifsud was Secretary General for the European Epilepsy Academy and also Vice-President for the International Bureau for Epilepsy; and she is presently member, Joint Task Force, European Epilepsy Research and Advocacy. She is an advisor, Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association. She was officially awarded the title of Epilepsy Ambassador by the International League Against epilepsy and International Bureau of Epilepsy in 2019.
Prof Mifsud co-ordinates pharmacology study units offered at the University of Malta for Faculties of Medicine and Surgery; Health Sciences; Science; Education; and Dental Surgery. She also co-ordinates a Pharmacotoxicology Course and the preparation of final year MD students for the UK Prescribing Skills Assessment. She was elected Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society in 2017 and in 2019 was invited as a Review Science Editor for the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
She is involved in several EU and internationally funded projects in FP7. H2020, Ersamus+ and IMI. She has also been invited to act as external expert evaluator for scientific projects for several international and European wide panels. Prof Mifsud is national expert on the Pharmacokinetics Working Group (PKWP) in European Medicines Agency.
On a national level, she was the first Commissioner, National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) and was for several years a member of the Public Service Commission. She is also Board Member, New Hope Services for Drug Rehabilitation, Caritas Malta; Centre for Freedom from Addiction, President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society; and Fund for Voluntary Organisations, Malta Community Chest Fund.
Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacometrics and Pharmacogenetics
Pharmacology of drugs used in chronic neurological disorders specifically anti-epileptic drugs
Abuse and misuse of over the counter drugs and Drug Doping in sports
RAD3330 - Pharmacology and Radiopharmacy for Radiographers
Research work in progress
- Pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics of drugs used in chronic neurological disorders - OTC drug use and misuse and drug doping in sports - Neurotoxicology and poisoning - Stigma and educational inclusion in epilepsy
Involvement in projects and ongoing collaborations
- Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, IMI project NeuroDeRixk Neurotoxicity DeRisking in Preclinical Drug Discovery http://neuroderisk.eu IMI-JU 821528 2019-2023 - Consortium Parter, H2020 GENDER ACTION GENDer equality in the ERA Community To Innovate policy implementatiON. Coordination and Support Action SwafS-19-216 2017-2021 - Chair, Dissemination board and Ethics Board FP7 DESIRE Development and Epilepsy Strategies for innovative research to improve Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment in children with Difficult to Treat Epilepsy (Health-F2-602531-2013)(2013-2018) - Workpackage leader Parter, Erasmus+, IT-based international diploma and professional certificates in clinical toxicology (ITCT)(KA2 561915-EPP-1-2015-1-EG-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP)(2015- 2018) - Workpackage leader Partner, LLP Erasmus Network, Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN) (2013-2015) - Partner, Leonardo Da Vinci LLP EU project on disability education (2009-2012) - Chair, Dissemination board EU funded FP6 project EPICURE: Functional Genomics and Neurobiology of Epilepsy: A Basis for New Therapeutic Strategies (LSH-037315). (2004-2009) - UNESCO grant on learning impairment in epilepsy; - Co-coordinator Grundtvig project. Curricular Education for Professionals Allied to Medicine (PAMs) in Epilepsy 2006-2011. - Co-ordinator of a UNESCO funded project on Gender Gap in science and technology in Malta, 2007. - Co-ordinator of an EU Youth Grant - Epilepsy Youth in Europe, 2003
Awards - Epilepsy Ambassador, International League Against Epilepsy and International Bureau of Epilepsy, 2019 - Elected Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society, 2017 - Pektur award, Commission for Persons with Disability, 2017 - Italo Maltese award to La Sapienza University Rome Italy, 2009 - Visiting fellow US Fulbright scholarship to the University of Minnesota, 2007 - Pektur award, Commission for Persons with Disability, 2001 - DAAD grant, Bethel Epilepsy Clinic, Germany, 1999