Get your tickets for the NI Science Festival: Gel Jabs: How Pioneering Hydrogels Fight Infection and Disease
We will be presenting a talk on how we are researching our peptide hydrogels as future medicines at the NI Science Saturday on 25th February 2023 (11 – 12pm) in Lecture Theatre 2, Medical Biology Centre (Queen’s University Belfast, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7BL).
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Gel Jabs: How Pioneering Hydrogels Fight Infection and Disease
Find out how scientists at Queen’s University Belfast are leading the way in the fight against infection and disease with innovative hydrogels which do everything from killing hospital infections to improving how medicine is delivered.
Made from peptides – short chains of amino acids known as ‘nature’s building blocks’ – these versatile gels mimic human tissues and are now being used to address the greatest medical challenges. Find out how treatment delivery can be improved by injecting ‘peptide-plus-drugs’ into the body, forming a drug-releasing gel implant under the skin.
This supergel works for several weeks, so patients don’t have to take multiple daily pills. Used to deliver antiviral drugs to treat or prevent HIV/AIDS, hydrogels are the next frontier in medicine…
Advanced Science News Coverage and Advanced Healthcare Materials paper
Our recent research into using peptide hydrogels as long-acting injectable implants for HIV/AIDS drug delivery has be covered by Advanced Science News. This provides an oversight of our most recent publication within Advanced Healthcare Materials. A link to both can be found below: Advanced Science News Advanced Healthcare Materials
Our EPSRC research selected as case study
Our research into long-acting peptide hydrogel drug delivery implants has been selected as a case study by the EPSRC for their Developing New Therapies Grand Challenge. Thanks to all of those involved in this multidisciplinary project and it’s great to see our work moving forward towards future use in patients. Please find a link to the […]
Group attend Royal Society Chemistry Biomaterials Chemistry Meeting 2020 Manchester January 8th -10th
The group attended the Royal Society Chemistry Biomaterials Chemistry Meeting 2020 recently in the University of Manchester presenting research into the use of our peptide materials as novel platforms for drug delivery and wound healing. It was a great opportunity to present our EPSRC and Wellcome Trust funded research and to catch up with some […]
Latest paper from group: Investigating the In Vivo Antimicrobial Activity of a Self-Assembling Peptide Hydrogel Using a Galleria mellonella Infection Model
Our latest research paper is now freely available via the journal ACS Omega, whereby we use an innovative waxworm (Galleria mellonella) model as an alternative to mammalian/vertebrate testing. The following assay can be very simply performed without any specific ethical approval or animal licenses. We successfully employed the methods outlined to study the antimicrobial efficacy […]
Available Research Fellow Position
Research Fellow positions We are looking for a Research Fellow to support the development of an enzyme-responsive peptide-mimetic hydrogel for the sustained parenteral delivery of antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDs. This is an MRC funded project with support available for a one year post (until 30 June 2021). Deadline: Monday 15th June 2020 Salary: £33,797 – […]