Riona begins her trip to Gothenburg

Shortly after starting her project with the group, Riona alongside other pharmacy students were able to the the opportunity to conduct an element of their project at the University of Gotenburg. Riona is focusing on understanding nitric oxide signalling mechanism in healthy and diseased bladder tissue.


Excellent Poster day and vivas

Members of the team presented their posters, had viva in what was a busy week. Well done to the students who did an exceptional job in presenting their research. The students have worked really hard and it is a real credit to them that their work will led to future studies and publications.


1st place for Katherine’s Poster

bWell done to Katherine for presenting her work at the neonatology conference. Her work highlighting the major issues with drug delivery of inotropes any their potential influence on blood pressure raised plenty of interest and debate.

Her poster was titled treating neonatal hypotension – is dopamine decaying?

Well done Katherine

Intercalating medical student Katherine Kirupakaran has obtained some very exciting and interesting data on the stability of inotrope preparations utilised for neonates. Her work has been submitted for presentation to the 6th Congress of the European Academy of Pediatric Societies, which is to be held in October 2016.

Her work has already led her to be involved in the assessment of a investigational medicinal product as part of a major EU consortium Neocirculation clinical trial on the use of intropes in neonates.

Well done Rahgu

Raghu successfully completed his viva for his thesis defense and passed with corrections. Hir project focused on the development and application of novel supramolecular structures pillararenes and their application in electrochemical sensors for detection of metal ions and biogenic amines.

Sensor fecal pellet: provided new insight into the role of mucosal serotonin

Work by various members of the team have let to the development and application of an electrochemical fecal pellet sensor that could track serotonin signalling in the bowel and colonic motility. This study funded by EPSRC provides vital insight into the function of the bowel the role serotonin plays.

Findings shows that mucosal serotonin released from enterochromaffin cells was responsible for initiating colonic motility and therefore plays a significant role in fecal pellet transit

See this pioneering study, titled Electrochemical fecal pellet sensor for simultaneous real-time ex vivo detection of colonic serotonin signalling and motility and punished in Scientific Reports