This course will help you to understand scientific principles of drug delivery and be able to design novel formulations to address current market needs and business strategy. After completion of the course, you will have the skills to start-up new businesses in pharmaceutical formulation or join the pharmaceutical industry's formulation development team.
Gastric balloon: a non-invasive weight loss intervention
Obesity is a major health concern and weight loss surgery is the gold standard treatment but is expensive and irreversible. Gastric balloons are an alternative to weight loss surgery, and are endoscopically administered in a capsule and inflated once in the stomach. This reduces the stomach volume and therefore improves the patient’s satiety threshold, and subsequently leads to significant weight loss. The approach is cost effective compared to other surgical interventions but still expensive as it cannot be offered outside hospital settings. The balloon needs endoscopic removal under anaesthesia after 4 months of its insertion; it is subject to spontaneous deflation if not removed. A repeated course of three balloons can be very expensive. This project aims to redesign the gastric balloon to improve its limitations. The project will include developing a series of formulations, their detailed characterisation, for example; swelling, gastric-stability, rheology, buoyancy, stability, degradation etc. The project may potentially lead to industrial/clinical collaborations to further the technology in preclinical and clinical trials.
Applicants must have a good honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in pharmacy or a related discipline. Desirable criteria are evidence of further study or equivalent level and practical laboratory experience. If English is not your first language, you will be asked to provide proof of proficiency.
The project is internally funded by the Research and Enterprise of the University of Huddersfield and open to applicants from Home/EU and Overseas. The successful applicant will receive a full waiver to their tuition fees and will also receive an annual bursary of £14,553 for one year.
Start Date: January 2018
Application Deadline: 31 October 2017
For further information about MSc Research program at the University of Huddersfield and how to make an online application, please refer to the link below:
You may also contact the research supervisor Dr Hamid Merchant for further details about the project and the selection process.
To apply, please send a covering letter outlining your motivation and experience (details of why you are interested in undertaking this project and what relevant knowledge, experience and qualifications you would bring to the research) including a CV and the names of two referees to Dr Hamid Merchant ([email protected]) and copy to PGR administration ([email protected]) by 31st October 2017. Please also complete an online application at http://halo.hud.ac.uk/pgr_onlineapps/
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which can also be arranged over Skype for candidates who may not be able to appear in person.
This course has been designed for practicing and newly qualified podiatrists who wish to further their career to work at a higher level of practice by expanding their knowledge and skills in the specialist areas within the profession. It provides the opportunity for you to focus on podiatric specialisms including musculoskeletal or management of long-term conditions. The course also helps you to advance your specialist skills through options modules including injection therapy, independent prescribing, diagnostic imaging, forensic podiatry, woundcare and tissue viability.
You will be taught by academics who are all practising clinicians within podiatric practice. The course has been designed in a way to provide minimal disruption to your clinic time, as your attendance on campus is concentrated into study blocks.