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Professor David Brayden receives AAPS Fellowship

Professor David Brayden, Professor of Advanced Drug Delivery at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and the UCD Conway Institute was elected to Fellowship status of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) at its annual conference in San Diego on November 12th, 2017.

Founded in 1986, AAPS is a professional, scientific society of approximately 20,000 members employed in academia, industry, government, and other research institutes worldwide. AAPS Fellow is one of the highest honours given to members of the association. Professor David Brayden is the first Irish scientist to receive this honour. 

AAPS Fellowship - Prof David Brayden

Pictured (L-R): Professor David Brayden, University College Dublin receives his fellowship award from AAPS President, Binodh DeSilva, Ph.D. in San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Each year, AAPS elevates a few members to Fellow in recognition of their professional excellence in fields relevant to AAPS’s mission: to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health.

Each Fellow has demonstrated a sustained level of superior and distinguished professional achievement and contributions in fields related to this mission. Fellows are nominated by supporters, selected by a committee of their peers, and elevated by the AAPS Executive Council. 

Professor Brayden has spent over 25 years in drug delivery research. He spent 10 years as a Senior Scientist at Elan Corporation before moving to UCD in 2001. His research focuses on how to deliver poorly permeable macromolecules across the intestinal epithelium in order to guide formulation of oral dosage forms.

Large molecules, such as macromolecules, cannot easily pass through biological barriers such as epithelial tissues – tissues that line the surfaces and cavities of vessels and organs in the body. Professor Brayden’s work involves devising solutions to make the macromolecules in oral drug doses pass more easily across the gut barrier. 

As author or co-author, he has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles of which 10 have been cited over 100 times. Currently, he is a co-lead Principal Investigator of Science Foundation Ireland’s Centre for Medical Devices (CURAM).

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