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UCLan Dean to give key note address at Indian conference

An academic from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been invited to present at a prestigious conference in India.

Professor Antony D’Emanuele, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, will give a key note address at the Second International Symposium on Dendrimer in Nano and Drug Delivery

The event takes place in Lucknow, India on the 14th-15th June 2014 and was organised by the Indian Pharmacy Graduate Association and the Department of Pharmacy at Rameshwaram Institute of Technology and Management.

The conference will honour Professor Narendra Kumar Jain, founder of dendrimer research in India. The symposium will feature a range of plenary sessions, invited and contributed talks, as it seeks to highlight current research in dendrimers, biodegradable polymers and other hyper branched architectures.

Prof D’Emanuele’s research interests focus on the delivery of bioactive molecules using polymeric systems, particularly those based on dendrimer nanocarriers (nanomedicine). He also has an interest in the development of delivery systems where release is responsive to a patient’s varying requirements and the delivery of genes into cells by means on sonication.

Commenting on his key note address, he said: “I will be talking about our pioneering work on nanomedicines, for which we have received a number of awards.”

“We have designed surface-engineered dendrimer (drug) carriers that can deliver drugs which are normally unable to get across difficult barriers such as the gut or blood-brain barrier.

“Our work has explored the pathways by which the dendrimers cross cellular barriers and how we can surface-engineer the dendrimers to facilitate this process.”

Other key note speakers include: Dr Nitya Anand, former director of the Central Drug Research Institute; Dr KC Gupta, director of Indian Institute of Toxicology Research; Prof. RK Khar, former head of the Department of Pharmaceutics at Jamia Hamdard University, India and Prof. NK Jain himself.

The chairman of the editorial board for the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics, Prof. Jain has published over 300 papers and review articles as well as 12 books. He has received several awards for best papers from Indian Drugs Manufacturer’s Association, M.L Khorana Prize, Motan Devi Dandiya Prize for best research paper in pharmacy and the 2003 teacher of the year award from the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India.