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Developing ‘smart’ dosage systems for better pharmacotherapy

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  • Full or part time
    Dr F Brako
    Dr M Casely-Hayford
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Candidates are welcome to apply for a PhD studentship starting in September 2020 at the Medway School of Pharmacy. This position is fully funded by the University of Kent Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship scheme. The successful candidate will be using a cross-disciplinary approach combining pharmaceutical and material sciences to solve some of the most pressing challenges associated with pharmacotherapy.
The world’s elderly population is growing at an unprecedented rate and so is the demand for multiple medications (polypharmacy). Nearly half of people aged 65 and above rely on regular intake of multiple medications to manage health conditions common in old age. This segment of the global population, currently around 600 million is estimated to reach 1.6 billion by 2050. Again, in the developing world, inadequate access to multiple essential medications continues to threaten optimal healthcare. The need for a smarter presentation of multiple medications has never been greater.
Could there be a more cost-effective pharmaceutical formulation approach to simplifying multiple medication regimens?
Working in collaboration with The Biomaterials Processing Group based in UCL Mechanical Engineering Group and Dr Joshua Boateng, a leader at the Centre for Innovation in Process Engineering and Research (CIPER) at University of Greenwich, we will be exploring the array of possibilities arising from innovative processing of specially modified pharmaceutical materials for the formulation of less bulky dosage systems, allowing the presentation of multiple medications as a single unit dosage system.
When successfully developed, this formulation approach could be applied to solving diverse problems associated with regular use of multiple medications. For instance, it could potentially be used to reduce the pill burden associated with multiple medication regimens among the elderly considerably, thereby improving medication compliance.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should hold a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to pharmaceutical or material sciences. Candidates with a Masters in Pharmaceutical Science or a closely related subject are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

To apply please go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/784/pharmacy

Funding Notes

This project will be funded by a University of Kent Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. Funding will include tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,327 per annum) and a stipend at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £15,009).
The Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals and will involve undertaking teaching/demonstrating duties during the period of study.
Note: Overseas students are welcome to apply but will have to fund the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees.



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