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Peter Byron congratulates Cordula Weiss on having received the VCU RDD Peter R. Byron Graduate Student Award.

Cordula Weiss, a graduate student at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, is the second recipient of the VCU RDD Peter R. Byron Graduate Student Award.

Weiss received the award during RDD (Respiratory Drug Delivery) Europe 2017 in Antibes, France. The award was established in honor of Byron’s career and influence on respiratory drug delivery — upon his retirement from VCU School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics — by former graduate students, colleagues and personal friends.

Weiss was selected for the Byron award based on excellence in research and understanding and defense of her work. During RDD’s Scientific Poster Session, she presented “Synthesis and Materials Characterization of Beclomethasone Dipropionate (BDP) Solvates as Precursors for Anhydrous BDP Particles for Dry Powder Formulations.”

Van Woensel

Matthias Van Woensel, then a graduate student at the University of Leuven in Brussels, Belgium, received the inaugural Byron award during RDD 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz. His research focused on “Development of siRNA-Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles Targeting Galectin-1 for the Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme Via Intranasal Administration.”

This year’s conference, with nearly 500 delegates from 32 countries, marks the largest Europe meeting since RDD began in 1988.  Organizers are Byron, now a VCU emeritus professor; Joanne Peart, affiliate associate professor; and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy professor Richard Dalby.

Learn more about the VCU RDD Peter R. Byron Graduate Student Award, its recipients and how Byron has demonstrated his commitment to students throughout his career.

Respiratory Drug Delivery 2018 will take place April 22-26 in Tucson, Ariz. RDD Europe 2019 will be held May 7-10 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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