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Based on the great success of the past two years, JPAG presents the third pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate/undergraduate students and early career stage scientists. This will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work and network with peers, academics and industrial scientists through oral and poster presentations. There will be a £1,000 first prize and £250 second prize for the best oral presentations as well as £200 first prize and two runner-up prizes of £100 for the best posters.

Further details are found HERE


Attention all researchers
Are you a PhD student, post-Doctoral Fellow or young scientist currently carrying out research on an innovative application of pharmaceutical analytical science?

If so, would you like the opportunity to win a prestigious award with a bursary of up to £1000 to attend a conference relevant to your area of interest?

Each year, the JPAG awards the Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award. The 2018 Award will be made to the presenter of the best short paper in pharmaceutical analysis at the JPAG Pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly, in central London on Tuesday 20th November.

To be eligible the presenter should have equivalent of less than ten years post-graduate experience.

The terms and conditions of the Award can be found here.

Submission of abstracts for 2019.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Saturday 31 August, 2019.
Further details are found HERE

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award 2018
It has been another successful year for the pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium held at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Tuesday 20th November 2018. Over 100 delegates attended the meeting with two highly inspirational keynote lectures, eight high-quality podium presentations by students and industrial researchers and over 150 one-to-one meetings between students and career advisors from the pharmaceutical industry.

The winner of the THE GEOFFREY PHILLIPS ANALYTICAL SCIENCE AWARD for the best podium presentation has been announced. The winner was Mr James Gooch, King's College London, who gave a presentation on "Biosensors for the detection of biological evidence". James received a certificate and a bursary of up to £1,000 to support his attendance at a conference of his choice.

The highly commended podium award of £250 was made to Mr Maximilian Karl, Technical University of Denmark, for his presentation on "Micromechanical thermal analysis for solid state characterisation of pharmaceutical formulations".

The winner of the best poster award of £200 GBP was Mr Zachary Enlo-Scott, Kings College London, for his presentation on "Understanding respiratory transepithelial bioavailability and comparative toxicology for human exposure assessments".

Commended poster awards, each of £100 were made to Mr Oliver Ingham, University of Central Lancashire, for a presentation on "Preparation, stability testing and in-vitro antiproliferative determination of ester and amide analogues of Temozolomide" and to Miss Alice Culkin, Queens University Belfast, for a presentation on "Mechanochemical synthesis of a molten complex containing metronidazole and maleic acid for improved drug release".

The awards were presented by Paul Graham, JPAG Chairman. Many congratulations to all of the 2018 award winners.

Testimonials from past Award winners

To find out how winning the 2016 Award helped one young pharmaceutical analyst in his career, read this testimonial from Mr Husain A Naqi a second year PhD student in the Dept of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath...
Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award Winner 2016
My research is to develop robust pharmaceutical and forensic science analytical methods based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) for the rapid impurity profiling of illicit drugs and their cutting agents. It was a privilege to win JPAG’s “Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award” at the 2016 UK APS PharmSci conference held in Glasgow. Winning this Analytical Science Award allowed me to give an invited oral presentation at the Emerging Analytical Professionals (EAP) 2017 meeting held in Kettering, which helped me to get in touch with many other analytical scientists. Additionally, the Prize allowed me to apply for an invited oral presentation titled “Pharmaceutical analysis of police seizures and amnesty bins in the Southwest of England” at the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, 20-24th August 2017 in Washington DC. Presenting in the Analytical Chemistry Division/Advances in Analytical Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology Section allowed me to gain insight into current research in the field of drug analysis using cutting edge analytical instruments and methods, and to network on an international level. The conference included plenaries by top scientists in the fields of chemical analysis and structural elucidation of unknown compounds, with more than 13,000 delegates and more than a thousand poster presentations! The ACS was an opportunity not only to gain insight to my research field, but also in to other interesting fields of chemistry. My goals as an analytical scientist are to gain a better understanding of the purity and the cutting agents associated with illicit drugs samples especially Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), studying the advantages and disadvantages of each analytical technique, especially applying them to complex mixtures of unknown samples. My research has clearly shown that drug (ab)users cannot be sure what they are taking, in this way it is making a contribution to a harm reduction strategy. Sept 2017

Winning the 2014 Award helped another young pharmaceutical analyst in her career, as this testimonial shows...
My name is Amira Guirguis. I am a final year Ph.D. researcher at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield, UK), investigating the identification of new psychoactive substances using spectroscopic and computational approaches. It was a great honour to be awarded the esteemed JPAG's "Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award" at the 2014 APS PharmSci conference.
The JPAG's Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award has provided me with the privilege of presenting my research at both the Analytical Symposium (Manchester, UK) and the Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference (Bristol, UK). This has offered me with the opportunity of networking with experts in my research field. The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award has provided me with a monetary award that I used to attend The SCIX 2015 conference (Rhode Island, USA) and present my research internationally. The conference programme covered various interesting disciplines such as analytical and medicinal chemistry, biologics, forensics and the use of chemometrics. The sessions demonstrated the different aspects of analytical science. The conference has also included a large exhibition including suppliers of the latest spectroscopic instruments and devices. At the conference, I was able to interact, collaborate and network with peer scientists and researchers from both academia and industry, which has enhanced my personal and professional network and knowledge in my area of research as well as other areas of interest. At these three events, as well as in other events such as the Life and Medical Science conference (Hertfordshire, UK) and the NPS conference (Italy), I shared my experience in winning the Award and encouraged younger researchers in the audience to submit their research to the APS Conference.
As a pharmacist and an analytical scientist, I thrive to use my knowledge and research to improve our understanding of the analysis, profiling and dissemination of knowledge on new untested chemicals such as Novel Psychoactive Substances and thereby develop better understanding and identification techniques that will prevent health harms and update professionals.


Are you a postgraduate researcher in pharmaceutical or chemical analysis? If so, did you know that you can now apply for a bursary which provides complimentary registration and assistance with travel costs to attend a JPAG meeting?

Under this scheme, JPAG offers FIVE bursaries for each of the JPAG symposia held during the year.
During the meeting you will have the opportunity to chat with other like-minded scientists, including speakers, other delegates, and JPAG committee members.

To apply, please send a brief statement on why you wish to attend to Dr Laura Waters (l.waters@hud.ac.uk), indicating which meeting you feel is most appropriate to your area of work and details of what you would like to present. Preference will be given to those who wish to present a poster. A full list of future meetings can be found at www.jpag.org/

ELIGIBILITY. Postgraduate student bursaries are open to full-time postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students) registered at a school of pharmacy or chemistry in the United Kingdom.

Winners will receive a complimentary registration to attend a symposium and assistance with travel costs up to a maximum of £100 using the most cost-efficient means of transport. In exceptional circumstances this maximum may be exceeded. However, the applicant must make the request in advance to Dr Laura Waters (l.waters@hud.ac.uk) and receive specific agreement in writing before making any registrations.

Bursaries are not available to support attendance at joint events that are not organised by JPAG.


Presenting a poster
If you are planning on presenting a poster at a JPAG meeting, click here for further details.

Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award

James Gooch, Kings College, London, receiving the 2018 Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award from Paul Graham, Chairman of JPAG.


2017 Alessandra D'Angelo, University of Greenwich
Micro-photogrammetry as a tool for characterisation of dissolution behaviour of pharmaceutical dosage forms
Alessandro used her bursary to attend the 11th World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology Symposia on Basic Research, Research & Development, Industrial Practice and Analytics Granada, Spain, 19 to 22 March 2018

2016 Mr Husain Naqi, University of Bath
Pharmaceutical analysis of seized ethylone-ecstasy mixtures

2015: Claudio Vallotto, University of Warwick
Sterilization by γ-irradiation: evaluating the effects on pharmaceutical excipients
Mr Vallotto used his bursary to attend the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance, July 17-21, 2016, Colorado

2014: Amira Guirguis, University of Hertfordshire
Investigation of legal high substances, common cutting agents and adulterants using portable Raman spectroscopy

2013: Dahlia Salman, Kingston University
Optimising home chemotherapy through analytical research; the physicochemical stability of Mesna using LC-MS/MS and NMR

2012: Dr Jonathan Moffat, University of East Anglia
Photothermal infrared microscopy; a novel method for the analysis of single particles of pharmaceutical materials

2011: Dr Laura Waters, University of Huddersfield
Drug-micelle interactions using calorimetric analysis

2010: L Almeida e Sousa
The use of photocalorimetry to assess the photostability of nifedipine solutions

2009: Isobel Cook
A study of vial headspace moisture in an entire freeze-dried batch and the factors affecting moisture content variability

2008: Louise Ho
THz-pulsed imaging analytical technique for tablet film coating: monitoring the unit operation and process scale-up

2007: Dr Claire Martin
The electrical impedance analysis of nutraceutical formulation stability in the frozen state

2006: Dr Bronwyn Grout Pfizer R and D
The use of nearinfrared conformance methods for tablet in-process monitoring & quality assurance

2005: J Axel Zeitler University of Cambridge
Temperature dependent terahertz pulsed spectroscopy of carbamazepine tablets

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