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George Sykes Memorial Award Success

7 October 2013

Researchers in the School, together with Colleagues from the Cardiff and Vale Health Board, have been awarded this year's George Sykes Memorial Award.

Professor Stephen Denyer and Catherine Talbot are amongst the authors of the scientific paper "Investigating rapid microbial detection methods as an alternative to total aerobic microbial counts for non-sterile bioburden assessments", published in The European Journal of Parenteral and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013), Volume 17 Number 4. 

This award is given each year to the best paper published in the four issues of the journal over the period of one year. The votes are cast by the International Review and Editorial Board.

The Award is to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society on the 10th October 2013 in Crewe.

Professor Denyer said "The work presented in this paper was the output from a three-year research collaboration which has led to the introduction of new technology into hospital pharmacy manufacturing practice. We are very pleased that this successful collaboration between the School and the Cardiff & Vale LHB has been recognised through this award."

Sarah Hiom and Catherine Talbot added "Cardiff and Vale UHB will be the first European hospital pharmacy department to utilise these rapid microbiological technologies to improve patient safety through enhanced quality assurance processes. Current ISO standards for evaluating this novel technology will also be reviewed in light of these findings."