Group receive major funding from EPSRC to develop peptide-like hydrogels for combined HIV-contraceptive therapy
We are excited to announce support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop of peptide-like hydrogels for use as a long-acting injectable delivery platform for combined HIV-contraceptive drug delivery.
Total support (£766,542) will allow further development of our peptide-mimetic platforms in a key healthcare area in collaboration with our co-investigators at the School of Pharmacy Queen’s University Belfast (Prof Karl Malcolm, Dr Katharina Edkins, Dr Louise Carson and Prof Helen McCarthy.
Further details on the project can be found at the link below:
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 […]
PhD positions available within our group: 7th January 2019 deadline
A number of PhD positions are available within the group. Funding will be allocated to successful applicants rather, than project. Successful applicant will receive tuition fees(UK/EU) paid and a stipend (for UK residents only). Closing date for all applications is 7th January 2019 with interviews being scheduled for February 2019. Dr Garry Laverty (First […]
2021 Soft Matter Emerging Investigators: Unravelling the antimicrobial activity of peptide hydrogel systems: current and future perspectives
Our latest review paper has been published in the 2021 Soft Matter Emerging Investigators issue. If you have an interest in peptide hydrogels or hydrogels within antimicrobial applications then please do check it out here! We should hopefully have some exciting data to publish in this area in the coming months.
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 […]