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Wednesday 17th November 2021
The JPAG pharmaceutical analysis research awards 2021

JPAG presents the pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate students and early career stage scientists, including those in industry. 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. Registration is free for all students, early career stage scientists and their supervisors/managers, but we highly encourage students and early career stage scientists delegates to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation to this exciting annual JPAG event.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday 31st August 2021

Keynote speaker: Prof David Cowan OBE FKC FRPharmS FRSB, King's College London
Professor David Cowan holds a personal chair in Pharmaceutical Toxicology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society , the Royal Society of Biology and King’s College London. He is the former director of the Drug Control Centre and was its co-founder; this is the only laboratory in the UK to be accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and formerly the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to analyse samples from sports competitors. It was the first anti-doping laboratory in the world to be accredited to ISO 17025. He was Head of Department of Forensic Science and Drug Monitoring at King’s College London from 2002-2011. He directed the laboratory that analysed the samples collected at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
He served on the IOC Medical Commission and its Games Group from 2000 until 2018. He was the first president of the World Association of Anti-Doping Scientists. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to anti-doping science in 2016. Other awards include the IOC Trophy for Sport Ethics by the British Olympic Association in 1998, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award in 2013 and the Larry D. Bowers Award for Excellence in Anti-Doping Science Presented by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2019.
He currently sits on several national and international committees including the WADA Endocrine Analytics working group, the Partnership for Clean Competition Collagen Turnover working group and the UK Anti-Doping Innovation Commission.
He has an extensive background in bioanalysis with special emphasis on chromatography coupled mass spectrometry and his current research interests include protein quantification in biological matrices using LC-MS.

In addition, held on-line one day before this awards Symposium, there will be a Networking and Careers Fair with the opportunity to meet on-line with big industry pharma and other key contacts and take advantage of the great networking opportunities. This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Your future employer could be here.

Further details on both the awards symposium and the careers fair will appear here soon.

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The deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday 31st August 2021

This is an opportunity to win a prize for your research work and showcase it to others. It is a real chance to give your career a big lift to a new level, if your future employer is watching.
Following the success in past years of the pharmaceutical analysis symposia for postgraduate/undergraduate students and early career stage scientists, JPAG announces this year's event.

The careers fair will be held on Tuesday 16th November 2021 and the Awards symposium will take place on Wednesday 17th November 2021. Both will be held virtually.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work - either as an oral or poster presentation - to a network of peers, academics and industrial scientists. This is the time to showcase your work to a friendly, sympathetic audience. Presentations that have been given at another conference within the last 12 months are eligible.

Free registration is available for all.

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award *, with a bursary of up to £1,000, will be awarded for the best oral presentation, and there will be a cash prize of £ 250 for the runner-up. There will also be a cash prize of £200 for the best poster presentation and two cash prizes of £100 each for the runners-up.

* The winner of the Geoffrey Phillips Award is presented with a bursary of up to £ 1000. Please note that because of the Covid-19 pandemic the use to which the bursary can be put has been changed, as follows. The purpose of the Award is to provide a bursary to enable the recipient to benefit from a relevant programme of personal professional development. This may include, but not be limited to, registration for any number of on-line seminars or courses. Full terms and conditions may be found here.

Early career stage scientists with less than 10 years postgraduate experience are eligible for all the prizes.

Abstracts for oral or poster presentation should relate to the analysis of drugs in all forms. This is interpreted very widely and includes:
• method development
• the novel use of techniques
• pharmaceuticals
• material science
• forensics and enforcement
• process chemistry
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation and development
• any other related drug topic

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday 31st August 2021

» More details, including how to submit an abstract, are found by clicking 'Abstracts' on the blue tabs above.

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Past symposia
What did delegates say about their experience of past symposia?
• The symposium provided an opportunity to learn more about pharma and current developments.
• The careers fair was excellent and informative.
• The opportunities to speak to careers advisors were very useful.
• The company representative gave tailored advice and asked for a CV.

Companies and organisations attending these events were:
Almac, AstraZeneca, Envigo, GlaxoSmithKline, MHRA, Mylan, Pfizer and Pharmaron

It has been another successful year for the Pharmaceutical Analysis Research Awards and Careers Symposium held virtually on Tuesday 17th November 2020. Over 50 delegates attended the meeting with a highly inspirational keynote lecture, six high-quality podium presentations and twelve poster presentations by early career, PhD and industrial researchers.

The winner of the THE GEOFFREY PHILLIPS ANALYTICAL SCIENCE AWARD for the best podium presentation has been announced. The winner was Mr Thomas Hibbard, University of Reading, who gave a presentation on "Solid state modification of ciprofloxacin for high dose dry powder inhalation". Thomas received a certificate and a bursary of up to £1,000 to support attendance at a conference of his choice.

The highly commended podium award of £250 was made to Ms Rhamiya Mahendran, University of Hertfordshire, for her presentation on "Screening the biological activity of trans-stilbene benzenesulfonamide analogues".

The winner of the best poster award of £200 was Mr Zachary Enlo-Scott, King's College London, for his presentation on "Computational prediction of xenobiotic respiratory bioavailability in an occupational exposure setting".

Commended poster awards, each of £100 were made to Mr Mohammed Alsalhi, King's College London, for his presentation on "Molecular interaction and complexation of indomethacin with various amino acids" and to Ms Hannah Caruthers, University of Strathclyde/ Pfizer UK, for her presentation on "Three-dimensional spectroscopic chemical imaging of pharmaceutical tablets".

The awards were presented by Dr Amira Guirguis. Many congratulations to all of the 2020 award winners.




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A recent analysis of the results has shown that more than 95% of attendees thought that JPAG meetings were well planned, relevant and met their main objectives, and would recommend JPAG meetings to colleagues


Well organized. This was an amazing session. Prior sharing of the presentation was a great add on! (Dec 2020)

Speakers were clear and the option to ask questions (including anonymously) was a great benefit. (Dec 2020)

Liked the format of watching presentations and then summary with questions - gave a more joined feel to meeting. Thought the meeting was going to be quite dry but turned out to be engaging. (Dec 2020)

While I really enjoy getting the opportunity to visit Burlington House for JPAG events, I thought this was excellent digital alternative. Thank you to all JPAG organizers for organizing and managing the meeting. Thanks also to the speakers for their excellent slides, pre-recorded presentations as well as their summaries and Q&A sessions during the event. (Oct 2020)

Thank you for providing the presentations in advance made this a very efficient way of bringing us up to date. (Oct 2020)

Given the current worldwide circumstances, the format of the meeting with the videos and materials available beforehand, followed by the 'live' summaries and Q&A worked well. (Oct 2020)

Well done to all the speakers and the organisers for being able to successfully hold highly informative conferences virtually! (July 2020)

The most useful aspect of the webinar was the variety in the presentations across industry and the regulators. Really good to review the presentations beforehand. (July 2020)

A great alternative to real conference. (May 2020)

It was nice to hear that others were experiencing the same issues that we have had and that the solutions were very similar. (May 2020)

Q&A - very informative discussion, and knowledgeable presenters. (May 2020)

All the presentations were overall useful. (Feb 2020)

Good value, well organised symposium. Always useful for focused topics. (Feb 2020)

A very good day. Enjoyed getting to speak to the presenters to discuss current challenges in industry. (December 2019)

A good, well planned and interesting meeting. (December 2019)

Good networking opportunities (December 2019)

Great panel discussions.(October 2019)

One of the best JPAG meetings I have attended in 20 years. Very topical with the nitrosamine discussions.(October 2019)

Great to get the industry presentations/perspective coming from a regulator. (September 2019)

Industry experts giving case studies, very useful to share experience and learn from one another. (September 2019)

Excellent range of speakers all very knowledgeable in their field, a great overview.(May 2019)

Very educational.(May 2019)

Number and length of talks was perfect. Not too much not too little. (March 2019)

Opportunity to network with people across industry on a common topic – very valuable to hear their views and challenge. (March 2019)

Speakers knowledge very good, event is well laid out. (March 2019)

Great to see findings of other companies / Groups to common issues in stability. (March 2019)

I really like JPAG meetings as they are presenters from industry/MHRA.(February 2019)

Good speakers, good slides, opportunity to speak with attendees (February 2019)

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