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School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosts 1st Workshop on Drug Transporters in the Lungs

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin recently hosted the 1st Workshop on Drug Transporters in the Lungs at the Panoz Institute from September 22 - 23, 2016.

The Workshop was financially supported by the SFI ISCA Japan initiative and co-sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (JSSX).

An international group of 28 scientist from academia and pharmaceutical industry undertaking research in inhalation biopharmaceutics attended the event. Participants heard about a series of studies focussing on new targets for the treatment of lung diseases, a particularly important topic as a result of new pipeline drug development and novel clinical entities which may have a narrow therapeutic index or be too toxic for systemic delivery. Improving the efficiency of inhaled aerosol delivery by targeting drug to the appropriate lung regions/sites, may improve the therapeutic response and minimise potential adverse effects. Other topics covered in vitro and ex vivo models of the air-blood barrier and advances in analytical technology.

Speaking about the success of this event, Dr. Carsten Ehrhardt, Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics at The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences said “The feedback we have received from the participants and speakers was very positive. Thanks to the sponsorship by SFI this was a unique opportunity to engage not only with Japanese colleagues who are leading in transporter research, but also to include valuable input from pharmaceutical industry, where theoretical ideas are ultimately applied to benefit thousands if not millions of patients worldwide.”


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