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Wednesday, 19th February 2014

Starts: 19 February 2014

Dr Ryan Donnelly, Queens University Belfast

Dr Ryan Donnelly

Queens University Belfast

Hydrogel-forming microneedles for drug delivery and patient monitoring

Ryan F. Donnelly received a BSc in Pharmacy (1st Class) from Queen’s University Belfast in 1999. Following a year of Pre-Registration training spent in Community Pharmacy Practice under Dr Martin Kerr, he registered as a Pharmacist (2000) and returned to the School of Pharmacy to complete a PhD in Pharmaceutics (2003, supervisors: Dr Paul McCarron and Professor David Woolfson). Following a short period of post-doctoral research, Dr Donnelly joined the staff of the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast as Lecturer in Pharmaceutics in January 2004 with the aim of developing novel strategies in transdermal and topical drug delivery. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009 and Reader in 2011.

Dr Donnelly’s research is centred on design and physicochemical characterisation of advanced polymeric drug delivery systems for transdermal and topical drug delivery, with a strong emphasis on improving therapeutic outcomes for patients. His bioadhesive patch design was used in successful photodynamic therapy of over 100 patients with neoplastic and dysplastic gynaecological conditions. This technology has now been licensed to Swedish Pharma AB, for whom Dr Donnelly acts as a Technical Director. He is currently pursuing commercialisation of his novel microneedle technologies with a number of major pharma, diagnostics and cosmetics companies.

Dr Donnelly is the BBSRC Innovator of the Year for 2013. He won the GSK Emerging Scientist Award in 2012 and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s prestigious Science Award in 2011 and is a previous winner of the Queen’s Improvement to Society Award, an Innovation Leader Award from the NHS Research & Development Office, a Research Scholarship from the Research Council of Norway and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Gold Medal. His microneedle work has featured on the front Cover of BBSRC Business and he has represented BBSRC at Parliamentary Receptions at both Westminster and Stormont.

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Redwood 2.60c (NLT)

1.30pm. Refreshments from 1:20pm



Dr Sion Coulman

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