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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 has passed. Watch for news of the 2020 event.
Further details are found HERE

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award 2019
It has been another successful year for the pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium held at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Tuesday 26th November 2019. Over 100 delegates attended the meeting with a highly inspirational keynote lecture, 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 Ms Delaram Ahmadi, King's College London, who gave a presentation on "Revealing the hidden details of nanostructure in a pharmaceutical cream". Delaram received a certificate and a bursary of up to £1,000 to support attendance at a conference of her choice.

The highly commended podium award of £250 was made to Cecile Frampas, University of Warwick; Diamond Light Source, for her presentation on "Monitoring antipsychotic medication from a single fingerprint".

The winner of the best poster award of £200 was Ms Elizabeth Bolitho, Kings College London, for her presentation on "In-cell mapping of osmium anticancer catalysts".

Commended poster awards, each of £100 were made to Mr Nicolas Gilbert, Manchester Metropolitan University, for a presentation on "Discrimination and quantification of fluorinated fentanyl regioisomers" and to Mr Prince Bawuah, University of Cambridge, for a presentation on "Towards the development of a fully automated online terahertz porosity sensor for measuring disintegration and dissolution of tablets during manufacture".

The awards were presented by Dr Dave Elder, JPAG Chairman. Many congratulations to all of the 2019 award winners.

Testimonials from past Award winners

To find out how winning the 2018 Award helped one young pharmaceutical analyst in his career, read this testimonial from James Gooch, King's College, London
The JPAG Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award has made an immense impact on my life as an early career researcher. The funding given as part of the award will give me the chance to present at leading international forensic and analytical science conferences, increasing the impact of my work and allowing it to reach a global audience. This is something that I would otherwise have been unable to do under my current grant provision. The award itself has also been instrumental in my development as an academic. It has given me the confidence to discuss my research with colleagues within the university and undertake collaborations with industry partners. It was also great to have listed the award in my yearly review at my current institute, allowing my work to get more recognition from senior management staff within the department. The award has also been a focal point during academic job interviews and has helped to demonstrate the quality and impact of my work to assessment panels. I cannot thank the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis group enough for this opportunity. (October 2019)

The 2016 Award helped another young pharmaceutical analyst in his career, 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.

Download the Application Form


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

Delaram Amadi, Kings College, London, receiving the 2019 Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award from Dr Dave Elder, Chairman of JPAG. at the Pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium, held at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

2018 James Gooch, Kings College, London
"Biosensors for the detection of biological evidence"

2017 Alessandra D'Angelo, University of Greenwich
"Micro-photogrammetry as a tool for characterisation of dissolution behaviour of pharmaceutical dosage forms"
Alessandra 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, London School of Pharmacy
"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 near-infrared 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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