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Students Association Focus Group


Focus Group Chair
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Dr Carol O'Connor
Carol has over 20 years drug development, managerial and project management experience working in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and device industries. She is a registered Pharmacist with a PhD from the University of Manchester, in controlled drug release Her background is in pharmaceutical development and CMC regulatory affairs with scientific and technical knowledge in drug delivery combined with business and commercial skills. This she has gained from a career working for initially Fisons and then Astra Zeneca in Pharmaceutical development and project management. Moving into Programme Management with Quadrant Healthcare working with novel particle technologies and biologicals, with a range of partnering companies. She is currently a consultant, involved in a range of projects at all stages of drug development, for in house development and partnering from small start-up companies to multinational companies.
   


The objectives of SAPS are: 

·  To help students from a wide range of backgrounds to:

ü  Connect with like-minded individuals from both academia and industry

ü  Develop and gain confidence in key scientific skills

·  To provide opportunities for students to inspire others and (hopefully!) become themselves inspired.

·  To lay solid foundations for a successful scientific career and a lifelong association with the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) 

 Membership fees:  £24 for 1 year 

 If you are interested in joining the APS, please follow the link below:

 https://www.apsgb.co.uk/join_us/default.asp

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Committee Biographies:

Michelle Armstrong, University of Strathclyde

I am the Immediate Past Chair of the SAPS. I am a Research Fellow at the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Investigation at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008 and gained employment as a Clinical Pathologist for Aptuit. In 2009, I was awarded an EPSRC Industrial Case Studentship to study for PhD in “Assessing the impact of mucoadhesion on the nasal delivery on insoluble and soluble chemical entities” with GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Strathclyde, after which I moved into my current role. I am a major petrol head and love nothing better than travelling all over the UK to watch stock car racing.

Zhiyuan Ma, GlaxoSmithKline 

I recently graduated with an MPharm from the University of Nottingham, and am currently undertaking my pre-registration training at Global manufacturing and supplies at GlaxoSmithKline in Ware, looking at current blister filling processes used by GSK’s dry powder inhalers.  During my time in Nottingham I founded the Nottingham industrial pharmacy network, to expand interest in the pharmaceutical industry for both post and undergraduate students in the school of pharmacy, as well as hold events to increase awareness and different routes into industry. I am hoping to use my experiences within SAPS to support students who are interested in the pharmaceutical industry.

Laura Martinez-Marcos, University of Strathclyde.

I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Salamanca (Spain). After I obtained a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Industry by EPHOS during which I spent one year in the Production area of solid dosage forms at Medinsa (Grünenthal). Currently, I am second year DTC PhD student at the Centre in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC) based at the University of Strathclyde. My project comprises extrusion and granulation as novel processes to improve the bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs. Personal interests include travelling and learning other languages.

Laura Wilkins, University of Warwick.

I am a postgraduate student on the Molecular Analytical Science Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Warwick. I graduated with an MChem in Chemical Biology from the University of Warwick in 2014, having completed my master’s thesis in the synthesis of carbohydrate-modified polymers and the study of their interactions with the GLUT-1 Transporter. In my free time, I am very involved in music (playing the cornet/flute or singing), as well as swimming and climbing.

Eman Dahmash, Aston University.

I am a third year postgraduate student in Medicine research unit, for Doctoral Training at Aston University. I completed my MSc from Aston University in 2012 in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  I am a pharmacist with years of experience in hospital pharmacy. My experience was enriched by working with one of United Nations Agencies (UNRWA) as senior pharmacist. The research I am carrying out is based on particle engineering, aiming to develop sustained release particles.  I am from Jordan, a country that is steeped in history and culture. Over the years I developed a passion towards reading. I can’t stop myself from saying ‘‘just one more chapter’’.

Reham Mohsen, University of Greenwich.

I’m currently a final year PhD researcher at the University of Greenwich; I design new colloidal nanoparticles for different applications one of which is drug delivery. I’m an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Biotechnology–MSA University in Cairo where I’ve been also responsible of the quality assurance of the faculty for more than 7 years. I’ve had my Masters by Research at the University of Greenwich (in the same current field) and my BPharm at Cairo University. Other professional interests include curricula design and development, and project planning/management.

John Pollard, Aston University

 I am a third year PhD student at the Medicines Research Unit of Aston University. I grew up in rural Lincolnshire, quite the change from Birmingham, and I have had a passion for science from a young age. Leaving school, I studied BSc. Biochemistry at the University of York, followed by an MRes. Molecular Parasitology at the University of Glasgow. This training introduced me to the world of pharmaceutical research, which drew me to my current project examining how commonly used excipients can be employed in oral dosage formulations to counter the effects of efflux transporters. When away from the laboratory, I like sampling fine ales and making wine.

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SAPS Representatives

The SAPS Focus Group recruits representatives at each university. Both postgraduate and undergraduate students are eligible for this role. The responsibilities of a SAPS university representative include, but are not limited to the following: 

· Recruit APS members, these can be academics (for APS) or students (for SAPS).

· Act as an active contact point between the SAPS committee and the members (students) at their universities. This includes disseminating the news, ideas and plans of the SAPS committee to the student members as well as delivering the ideas and suggestions of the students to the committee.

· Join the SAPS committee members (when needed) in organising events.

Disseminate SAPS advertisement materials to their network.

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