Student wins global Pharmaceutical award

Ali Al-khattawi

20 December 2013   

An Aston post-graduate student has received a prestigious award recognising his research excellence. 

Ali Al-Khattawi from Aston’s Drug Delivery Research Group received his award from the Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) for his excellence in graduate research carried out on excipients used in orally disintegrating tablets/age-appropriate formulations. Excipients are the inactive pharmaceutical ingredients that are used in drug formulations to create safe and effective medicines.

The IPEC award included a complimentary registration for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition and $1000 in prize money. Ali’s work was formally recognized during the conference opening ceremony on 10th November 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. 

Ali works under the supervision of Dr Afzal Mohammed within Aston Pharmacy School. The research group has extensively investigated the functionality of excipients within orally disintegrating tablets and other patient friendly dosage forms using advanced in vitro methodologies to enhance the delivery of medicines to children.  

The utilization of nano/microscopic techniques helped to understand the molecular and nano-scale mechanisms responsible for performance of excipients within new fast disintegrating dosage forms. The research is envisaged to have an impact on improving the robustness of tableting process to de-risk formulation development in compliance with the latest Quality-by-Design (QbD) regulatory requirements.


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