UKICRS Committee Members

2002 - 2003



Professor Duncan Q.M.CraigProfessor Duncan Q. M. Craig - Chairman

The School of Pharmacy,

The Queen’s University of Belfast,

97 Lisburn Road,


Northern Ireland BT9 7BL

Tel/Fax: +44 (0)28 90272129



Duncan holds the Chair in Biophysical Pharmacy and leads the Pharmaceutical Materials Science Group at the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University of Belfast. His research interests include the development and use of characterisation techniques (dielectric spectroscopy, modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry, microthermal analysis and Tzero differential scanning calorimetry) to study the physical properties of materials of pharmaceutical interest and to relate these properties to product performance. Duncan has published widely in both the pharmaceutical and general science literature and has received substantial funding from the EPSRC, BBSRC and Wellcome Trust for these studies. He is a past recipient of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award and is the editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (with Professor David Jones) and pharmaceutical editor of Thermochimica Acta


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Dr. Rupi Pannu - Secretary

AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood
Product Development
Bakewell Road
Leics LE11 5RH
Tel: +44 (0)1509 645019
FAX: +44 (0)1509 645546


Rupi graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Pharmacy and then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Synthesis and Characterisation of Biodegradable Polymers Suitable For Sustained Drug Release. She joined Astra in 1997 (now AstraZeneca) and currently works on the development of metered dose inhalers.


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Dr. Ali R. Rajabi-Siahboomi - Treasurer

Technical Director, EMEA

Colorcon Limited

Flagship House

Victory Way





United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1322 627342

Fax: +44 (0) 1322 627200



Ali obtained his B.Pharm. and Ph.D from Nottingham University after which he joined Liverpool John Moores University as a lecturer. His research interests are in the area of solid dosage form pharmaceutics with main focus on hydrophilic HPMC matrix slow release formulations. Ali was promoted to a Reader in Pharmaceutics in 1999 at Liverpool John Moores University. He joined Colorcon as Technical Director (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in May 2000.


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Dr. Susie Berrill - Deputy Secretary / Membership Officer

Senior Scientific Officer

Vectura Ltd

University of Bath Campus,

Claverton Down,


BA2 7AY.

Tel: 01225 323818

Fax: 01225 826942



Since March 2001, Susie has been working as a Senior Scientific Officer at Vectura researching novel formulations for pMDIs. She graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Chemistry, M.Sc. in Polymer Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Formulations. The research for her doctorate was in the area of biodegradable polymeric devices based on poly(caprolactone) for sustained release drug delivery systems.


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Dr. David Brayden - UKICRS 2003 Conference Co-Organiser

Lecturer in Pharmacology

SACS Department

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD

Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)1-668 7988 Ext 2631

Fax: +353 (0)1-6675401



David obtained his B.Sc. in Pharmacology from University College Dublin, (1984). His Ph.D in Pharmacology was from the University of Cambridge (1988). Following a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University (1989), he joined the research unit of Elan Corporation in Dublin in 1991 and became a senior scientist specialising in non-injected peptide and vaccine delivery. In 2001 he joined University College Dublin as a lecturer in Pharmacology in the Veterinary School. He is the author or co-author of 70 original publications and was co-Chair of the CRS Ireland Conference in Dublin in 1995 and of the UKI-CRS Millennium conference in 2000. He is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Drug Discovery Today, the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.


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Martyn DaviesProfessor Martyn C. Davies - Co-Opt Committee Member

Head of School

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Tel: +44 (0)115-9515031
Fax: +44 (0)115-9515110



Martyn is the Head of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include surface analysis techniques including scanning probe microscopy for biomaterial and biomolecular characterisation; physiochemical determinants in biomolecular surface interactions; novel polymeric biomaterials, nanoengineering and self-assembly of surfaces. He is also the director of Molecular Profiles Limited and the current Scientific Secretary of the CRS. He was a co-founder of the UKCRS.


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Dr. M. Jayne Lawrence - Deputy Treasurer / External Liaisons Officer

Reader in Drug Delivery

Department of Pharmacy
King's College London
University of London
Franklin Wilkins Building
150 Stamford Street

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 4808/4814
 Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 4800


Jayne is a Reader in the Pharmacy Department, King's College London. After graduating in Pharmacy from Liverpool Polytechnic (as was), Jayne undertook a PhD at the University of Manchester. She then joined the staff at King's where she has been ever since! Her research interests include the design, synthesis and characterisation of novel surfactant drug delivery systems and the transport of drug molecules across biological membranes.


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Dr. Karen Lewis - Co-Opt Committee Member

Pharmaceutical Development

GlaxoSmithKline S.p.A

Medicines Research Centre

Via A. Fleming, 4

37135 Verona


Tel: +39 045 921 9512

Fax: +39 045 921 8064



 Karen joined SmithKline Beecham as a Pharmaceutical Development Scientist in 1996 and is working on the development of immediate and controlled release solid dosage forms at various stages in development. She is currently working in GSK Verona, on a 2 year secondment. Karen obtained a degree in Pharmacy from Portsmouth in 1991 and a PhD from Aston University in Birmingham in 1996, investigating biodegradable polymers for the sustained release of antisense nucleic acids.


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Dr. Tom S. K. Li - Website Administrator / BPC 2002 Conference Co-Organiser

Principal Scientist - Drug Delivery R&D

Renovo Limited

Manchester Incubator Building                               

48 Grafton Street



M13 9XX

Tel: +44 (0)161 6067282

Fax: +44 (0)161 6067333



Tom joined Renovo as a Principal Scientist and Team Leader of the Drug Delivery Team in 2001. He also leads a drug development programme and is heavily involved in the running of clinical trials. He is currently working on dermal and wound delivery. Tom obtained a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham in 1995 and a PhD from the Manchester School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2000, investigating thermo-responsive hydrogels for novel applications in modulated drug delivery. Tom has also worked as a hospital pharmacist and was also previously Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Manchester.


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Dr R. Karl MalcolmDr. R. Karl Malcolm - UKICRS 2003 & BPC 2002 Conference Co-Organiser

Lecturer in Pharmaceutics

School of Pharmacy

Queen's University of Belfast

Belfast BT9 7BL

Tel: +44 (0)28 9027 2319

Fax: +44 (0)28 9024 7794



Karl is a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at The Queen's University of Belfast. His main research interest is the development of silicone intravaginal rings (IVRs) for controlled drug delivery. In particular, current research programmes focus on the use of IVRs for the topical delivery of microbicides to prevent the heterosexual transmission of HIV.


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Dr. Catriona O'Driscoll - UKICRS 2003 Conference Co-Organiser

Senior Lecturer

Department of Pharmaceutics
University of Dublin
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 (0)1 608 2441
Fax: + 353 (0)1 608 2783


 Catriona is a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutics, Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include targeted drug delivery systems with an emphasis on oral administration of macromolecules, peptides and proteins.


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Dr. Yvonne Perrie - External Liaisons / Membership Officer



Aston Pharmacy School
Aston University
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121 359 3611 ext 4305
Fax: 0121 359 0733



Yvonne has been a lecturer at the Aston Pharmacy School since 2000. She previously worked as a pharmaceutical scientist at Lipoxen Limited. Yvonne obtained her degree in Pharmacy from Strathclyde and her PhD from the London School of Pharmacy. Her research interests include the design, physicochemical characterisation and development of viral and non-viral systems for gene delivery and the delivery of drugs, conventional and DNA vaccines and gene therapy using liposomes, niosomes and other novel surfactant based systems.


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Dr. Lance Shaw - UKICRS Newsletter Co-Editor

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

St Georges Avenue



Tel: +44 (0) 1932 822428





Lance has recently moved to GSK Consumer Healthcare where he is a Senior Process Engineer within the Business Support and Process Technologies Group. Previously he was the Marketed Product Support Team Leader for Conventional Drug Delivery formulations at 3M Healthcare. He has over ten years experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in various areas including pharmaceutical analysis, process development and formulation development. He obtained a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences form Greenwich University in 1995 and a Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from Aston University in 2001. His research interests include the development of in vitro/in vivo correlations using in vitro methods and computer modelling, the development of modified release bead products and the development of optimised/robust processes for liquid, semi-solid and solid dosage forms.


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photo of Ijeoma UchegbuDr. Ijeoma F. Uchegbu - CRS Newsletter Co-Editor

Senior Lecturer in Drug Delivery

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Strathclyde

27 Taylor St

Glasgow G4 0NR

Tel: +44 141 548 3895

Fax: +44 141 552 6443



Ijeoma has been a senior lecturer in drug delivery at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow since the year 2000. Ijeoma graduated with a pharmacy degree from the University of Benin in Nigeria and after obtaining a Masters degree from the University of Lagos, also in Nigeria, studied for a PhD in drug delivery at School of Pharmacy, University of London, graduating in 1994. Ijeoma then became a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of London and was subsequently appointed to a lectureship at the University of Strathclyde in 1997. Since becoming an independent academic, Ijeoma's research has been focused on the design, synthesis and characterisation of amphiphilic polymers. Such polymers and small molecular weight amphiphiles have been used to prepare vesicles, nanoparticles, micellar systems and gels to facilitate drug/ gene delivery and targeting.


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Dr. Neena Washington - UKICRS Newsletter Co-Editor / UKICRS 2003 Conference Co-Organiser

Scientific Advisor,

Experimental Medicine,


Mereside, Alderley Park,

Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4TG

Tel: 01625 514741 / 01625 515662



Neena joined Astra Charnwood as a Clinical Scientist in 1998 leaving behind a 15 year career in academia. Neena's received a B.Sc. (Sp. Hons) in Physiology and Pharmacology from Sheffield University prior to doing a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at Nottingham University. Neena's main areas of interest are the in vivo behaviour of dosage forms and the use of imaging techniques, particularly gamma scintigraphy in the visualization of dosage form behaviour in man.


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Professor Clive G. Wilson - CRS 2003 Conference Liaisons Officer

J. P. Todd Professor of Pharmaceutics

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Strathclyde Institute for Biomedical Sciences
University of Strathclyde
27 Taylor Street
Glasgow G4 ONR
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 4991
Fax: +44 (0)141 552 6443


Clive is the current J. P. Todd Professor of Pharmaceutics at Strathclyde having taken up the post from Professor Sandy Florence in 1992. He admits origin from strange backgrounds (physiology, biochemistry, parasitology), which probably does not account for his interest in pharmaceutical sciences. During his years at Nottingham Medical School, he helped develop scintigraphic techniques used in formulation evaluation in man. In Scotland, he has continued his interest in ophthalmic and gastrointestinal drug delivery and in newer methods of non-invasive drug monitoring.