This talk will focus on our research into peptide hydrogels and nanotubes as future drug delivery and biomaterial platforms. This includes:
- The development of a novel long-acting injectable peptide hydrogel implant for the delivery of HIV/AIDS and contraceptive drugs;
- The use of peptide hydrogels as anti-infective coatings for medical devices and in wound healing;
- Study of peptide nanotubes as drug delivery platform to cross biological barriers and as anti-biofilm agents against infection.
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- 18th May, 10am BST - Dr Miguel Fernández de Ullivarri, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at APC Microbiome Institute: ‘A Killer solution for vaginal candidiasis: New generation of antifungal peptides’
- 15th July, 10am BST - Dr Garry Laverty , Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University in Belfast: ‘Peptide Hydrogel and Nanotubes for Drug Delivery and Biomaterial Applications’
10:00 am BST / 9:00 am GMT
Dr Garry Laverty PhD is an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on using peptide nanomaterials, primarily self-assembled hydrogels and nanotubes, for drug delivery and biomaterial applications with support as Principal Investigator from several sources including the EPSRC (EP/S031561/1), MRC (MC_PC_18060), Wellcome Trust (07618/Z/17/Z), Innovate UK (32-08/520268133), Invest NI ( 2111/130282815) and Royal Society (RG150171, IE1609880). He has authored 45 publications relating to peptides and their use within the drug delivery and biomaterial fields. Dr Laverty was previously a Visiting Researcher at Bing Xu’s lab (Brandeis University, Department of Chemistry, Waltham, MA, USA), a world-leading group researching the use of peptide nanomaterials in biomedicine.
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