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Upcoming research seminars

The School of Pharmacy invites you to attend our long-running Research Seminar Series held on Monday's at 1 pm, Room 713, Level 7, Adams Building, 18 Fredrick Street.

Seminar Coordinator is Dr Sue Heydon. If you wish to give a seminar please get in touch with Sue at susan.heydon@otago.ac.nz 

23 July

Sasi Bhushan Yarragudi, PhD student; Formulation Strategies to Enhance Nose-to-Brain Delivery of Drugs

Sasi presents highlights of his thesis titled 'Formulation Strategies to Enhance Nose-to-Brain Delivery of Drugs,' written under the supervision of Dr Shakila Rizwan, Dr Greg Walker and Dr Andrew Clarkson (Department of Anatomy). His research was focused on developing formulation strategies for the nose to brain delivery of drugs, a potential treatment option for diseases of the central nervous system. Sasi completed his bachelor of pharmacy at the Jawaharlal Nehru technological University and his Masters in pharmaceutics at the Osmania University.

30 July

Katie Owen, Research Scientist; The Drug Interaction Database Program at the University of Washington, the web platform and current research interests.

Katie is currently a Research Scientist in the Drug Interaction Database Program in the Department of Pharmaceutics and a curator of preclinical and clinical drug interaction studies for the Metabolism and Transport Drug Interaction Database™ (DIDB™) and the Pharmacogenetics Database (e PKGene™) at the University of Washington.

These online applications are part of a knowledge base (DIDB Platform™) designed for scientists and clinicians working in the field of drug development, drug disposition and drug-drug interactions (DDIs). The DIDB is used by a large number of pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, contract research organizations and academic institutions worldwide. Katie's role is to analyse material from new peer reviewed journal articles and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new drug application (NDA) reviews for inclusion in the DIDB Platform.

6 August

Mohammad Momin, PhD student; Spray-dried powder particles for treating pulmonary tuberculosis

Studying under the supervision of Dr Shyamal Das and Professor Ian Tucker, Momin focused his research on developing a high dose dry powder inhaler of a hygroscopic drug by hydrophobic surface enrichment using spray-drying technique to treat pulmonary tuberculosis.

Momin completed his Bachelor in Pharmacy in 2007 and Masters in Pharmaceutical Science in 2008 at the Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh and worked in FDA approved pharmaceutical industries such as; Beximco Pharma Ltd and Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Bangladesh before coming to New Zealand to begin his PhD in September 2014.

13 August

Sameek Singh, PhD student; Development of fluorescent ligands for A1 adenosine receptor and cannabinoid receptors

Sameek presents highlights of his thesis titled 'Development of fluorescent ligands for A1 adenosine receptor and cannabinoid receptors', written under the direction of Dr Andrea Vernall, Associate Professor Joel Tyndall.

Sameek completed his Bachelors in Pharmacy at the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India and his Masters in Medicinal Chemistry at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, India. He worked as a Research Associate in Medicinal Chemistry at Curadev Pharma Private Limited before commencing his PhD studies in 2014.

20 August

No seminar

27 August

Catherine Sherwin, Division Chief of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Utah, USA; Using a Holistic Approach to Precision Medicine Through Clinical Pharmacology.