2015 research off to a good start

Medway School of Pharmacy research off to a busy start in 2015

21st January 2015

Medway School of Pharmacy's research groups are off to a flying start in 2015 attending and hosting a number of conferences and engaging in outreach and other public activities.

Dr Alison Edwards (Chemistry & Drug Delivery group) is due to present results at the Bordeaux 2015 Symposium on Foldamers in France (26-28th Jan 2015). The results, from the team of Dr Bruce Alexander and Mrs Soumya Praise are in collaboration with Dr Taillefumier in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The presented work will focus on the conformational investigation of arylopeptoids (a novel peptidomimetic architecture) and includes results acquired by synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) at Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire.

Coming up in February: Dr Vladimir Gubala and Dr Edwards are organising a school outreach activity as part of the PeReNE network. Dr Gubala will host a session at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar school on the 6th Feb 2015 and enthuse them in the importance of peptides and proteins as drugs and the issues surrounding their delivery in the body.

Dr Andrew Hall and Dr Edwards have been awarded beamtime at Diamond Light Source to undertake synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) for their hydrogel research. The data obtained from thin films of the hydrogels will enhance knowledge regarding the self-assembly for the family of supramolecular gels they have developed in collaboration with Prof Ulijn, City University New York.

Meanwhile, Dr Nigel Temperton and Dr Simon Scott of the Viral Pseudotype Unit of (part of the Biological Sciences group) will be chairing two conferences:
Respiratory Viruses 2015: Serology and sero-surveillance. This will take place in Oxford on 7th September 2015.
Vaccines 2015 - Pseudotypes and VLPs: production, standardisation and vaccination. This will be in Greenwich on 15th October 2015.

More information on both events can be found by following the links.

Jerome Durodie (Clinical and Professional Practice group) has engagements talking to NHS staff widening understanding in two main areas: evidence-based medicine (EBM); and the proper use of antimicrobials and the matter of resistance. In January he gave a full day workshop to staff in the Darent Valley NHS area on the basics of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Jerome made use of actual papers and the way in which they had been reported. In mid-February Jerome will be talking to NHS staff in East Sussex and in April has been invited to hold a two-day conference for the MoD and intends to cover both of the above topics.

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