Summer Update Part 1
Spring and Summer 2019 have been very busy and productive for the lab.
We said good bye, good luck and thanks to Dr. Sneha Dhapare who was recruited to join the US FDA.
In February and March, we welcomed two new Post Docs into the lab. Dr. Mohammad Momin joined from Dr. Shyamal Das’s lab in New Zealand. Dr. Mukul Kelkar was also welcomed into the group.
We have also been fortunate to have two PharmD students working in the lab during the summer, Timothy Meinhardt and Daniel Booth. Both have been gaining research experience and recently presented their summer work to the School of Pharmacy Summer Research Fellowship program and did a great job.
Serena Bonasera was the recipient of a number of awards recently including the Rector Rorrer travel award and the Schwartz award. She represented the group at the Drug Delivery to the Lungs Conference in Edinburgh, where she presented a poster entitled “Effect of spray dried formulation on the aerosol performance of a novel dry powder inhaler”. Congratulations Serena.
Amr Hassan presented a poster entitled “Realistic aerosol performance testing of novel budesonide excipient enhanced growth dry powder formulations”, at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting, Washington DC. This work is performed in collaboration with Quench Medical. Quench Medical are translating the innovations in aerosol drug delivery developed at VCU into therapies. We are continuing our work together and are excited to support Bryce and his team in their development efforts.
Check out our publications page which lists our latest papers, we have published two review papers, the first describes the use of CFD in modeling respiratory deposition:
Longest PW, Bass K, Dutta R, Rani V, Thomas ML, El-Achwah A, Hindle M: “Use of computational fluid dynamics deposition modeling in respiratory drug delivery”, Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 21 Nov 2018, PMID: 30463458 DOI: 10.1080/17425247.2019.1551875.
And the second looks at add on devices to improve the performance of nebulizers:
Longest W, Spence B, Hindle M. Devices for Improved Delivery of Nebulized Pharmaceutical Aerosols to the Lungs. J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv. 2019 Jul 9. doi: 10.1089/jamp.2018.1508. [Epub ahead of print].
Just to prove its not all work, we enjoyed celebrating with Varsha Nair her successful defense of her Masters Thesis. Varsha will join my lab to gain some formulation development and aerosol testing experience following graduation.