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Tuesday 26th November 2019
The pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium 2019
Royal Society of Chemistry, London
JPAG presents the third 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 has now passed

In addition, there will be "meet the editor" sessions for advice on getting your research published, Networking and Careers Fair with the opportunity to meet 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. Perhaps your future employer will be here.

Keynote speaker: Professor Abdul Basit, UCL School of Pharmacy.
Professor Abdul Basit holds the position of Professor of Pharmaceutics at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London. Abdul read Pharmacy at the University of Bath and graduated in 1993 with a first class honours degree. Following a pre-registration position with Pfizer, he undertook post-graduate studies in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of London and was awarded his PhD in 1999. He was the recipient of the Young Investigator Award in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is the only non-North American scientist to receive this award. He is also the recipient of the AstraZeneca Science prize and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) Innovative Science award. Abdul is an international authority in the field of oral drug delivery and absorption. He leads a large and multi-disciplinary research group of 12 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. He has published over 350 papers, book chapters and abstracts, and delivered more than 250 invited research presentations. To date, Abdul has been awarded over 80 research grants totalling over £20 million as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. Abdul is also a serial entrepreneur and has invented and commercialised two pharmaceutical products and founded three pharmaceutical companies (Kuecept, Intract Pharma, FabRx). He is the European Editor of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, and serves as a consultant to many pharmaceutical companies and is on the advisory boards of scientific journals, healthcare organisations and charitable bodies.

We need to look beyond our gut instincts to use information on "simple" intestinal physiological parameters as they have been presented to us in the past. Here we present a discussion on such parameters, old and new, and ask how much we really understand them. Behaviour of drugs and delivery systems in the intestine depends on many physiological factors including fluid volume, fluid composition, transit, motility, bacteria and pH, which are further influenced by food, gender and age. These are often considered well understood, but their true variability and idiosyncrasies are not fully appreciated or utilised in intestinal dosage form design. There are still many unknowns in these areas. The distal gut especially has been neglected, and the influence of disease is often ignored. This discussion on intestinal physiology is utilised to address those areas which require further research and understanding, and new technologies are highlighted. Better understanding of the fundamental information available can open new avenues for research and pave the way for the design and development of new oral drug products.

Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry
There will be a presentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry's Careers Specialists Dr Robert Bowles and Sarah Salter on 'Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry'. They will also conduct a 'CV Surgery' for RSC members; these are one-to-one discussions for members to find out how to present a good CV. So be sure to bring your CV along! There will also be opportunity for RSC members to talk to Dr Jonelle Harvey, a professional standards specialist from the RSC, about the advantages of gaining Chartered Chemist status and how to do it.

Dr Robert Bowles, Royal Society of Chemistry
After an early career in marine biotechnology, Robert moved out of the lab, gaining five years’ experience in sales and marketing of educational software to schools. He joined the Royal Society of Chemistry twelve years ago, and managed a programme of their successful education and careers projects.
As a qualified careers adviser he currently works in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Career Management team; offering careers advice to their membership and the wider chemistry community.

Sarah Salter, Royal Society of Chemistry
Sarah is the Careers Executive with the Royal Society of Chemistry. She supports the Career Specialists across a range of projects and services, reviewing CVs and writing careers information for members. Before joining the Career Management team in 2017, Sarah worked at Cambridge Judge Business School coordinating and supporting one-year MBA students in their career development across a wide range of industries. Before changing careers, Sarah worked in the publishing industry for 10 years at Cambridge University Press and the Royal Society of Chemistry in a number of editorial, project management and sales roles. She has a BAHons English from Anglia Ruskin University, enjoys travelling and helping individuals in their career development.

Dr Alice Barker, Royal Society of Chemistry
Alice gained a PhD in chemistry in 2017 studying Metal-Organic Frameworks at high pressure using X-Ray crystallography. Her career at the Royal Society of Chemistry includes managing the professional awards Registered Science Technician and Registered Scientist as the Vocational Registration Specialist. She has experience of supporting early career chemists and technical staff with their professional development and pathway towards chartership. Over the last 18 months, Alice has been working as the Accreditation Development Specialist responsible for the programme of international accreditation of chemistry degree courses for meeting the knowledge requirements for Chartered Chemist.

Professor Michael Heinrich, UCL School of Pharmacy
Professor Michael Heinrich Professor of Ethnopharmacology and Pharmacognosy and leads the area of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London. The group's research is based on a transdisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from the natural and social sciences with an overall aim of tackling the fast changing global health needs focusing on the use of plant derived products as ‘medicinal plants’, ‘health foods’ or nutraceuticals, botanicals and the like. It integrates methodological approaches from ethnopharmacology, medicinal plant research, pharmacy practice, and anthropology. His teaching covers undergraduate and postgraduate aspects of medicinal plant and natural product research with a strong focus on applied aspects especially as they relate to everyday practice in community pharmacy and to patients' use of herbal medical products. This is centered around the molecular pharmacology of natural products and plant extracts and also incorporates global health perspectives, most notably the use of herbal medicines in migrant groups and the impact of functional foods and local medicines on population health. He has vast experience in the editorial workings of journals and is Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology as well as editorial roles in two other journals

“Meet the Editor – a Q & A Session
This is your opportunity to find out how best to get your work published. Prof Michael Heinrich, who is an editor himself and on several editorial boards, will answer your questions on how best to present your work and convince an editor that it is worthy of publication. There will be two sessions, but there is a limit of 19 delegates for each session. So book early.”

The day’s event will finish with a free wine reception and further networking opportunities.

This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Perhaps your future employer will be here.

Registration will open at 8:30am for a 9am start, and the day will end with a Careers and Networking wine reception starting at 6pm.

Prof Abdul Basit - University College London
Prof Michael Heinrich - University College London
Dr Alice Barker - Royal Society of Chemistry
Dr Robert Bowles - Royal Society of Chemistry
Sarah Salter - Royal Society of Chemistry



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