Professor Hak-Kim Chan awarded ARC research grant for respiratory disease

24 November 2010

Professor Hak-Kim Chan, Professor in Pharmaceutics at the Faculty of Pharmacy, together with Dr Runyu Y Yang from the University of New South Wales, have recently been successful in attracting a ARC Discovery Grant to further their research project on powder aerosol inhalers.

The project, entitled 'Developing novel aerosol inhalers for pulmonary drug delivery from the fundamental understanding of powder dispersion mechanisms', has attracted funding for the next three years of $255,000 over three years.

"Competitive research grants are a critical part of our research effort at the Faculty and I am delighted to have been successful in this latest round" says Professor Chan.

"The project will help us to understand how significantly improve powder aerosol inhalers. The outcome will provide therapeutic benefits to the Australian community for better treatment of respiratory diseases and will facilitate the developments of environmentally friendly technology since these inhalers do not require any harmful organic solvents to operate" he explains.

Professor Chan is leader of the Faculty of Pharmacy's Respiratory Disease research theme. The group is committed to bridging the gap between respiratory treatment and research by developing clinical services, specific clinical interventions, effective patient/health education as well as self-management techniques.

Research on advanced drug delivery within the respiratory research theme is focused on understanding physical properties of materials used in pharmaceutical sciences and relating those to in-vitro and subsequent in-vivo performance.

The respiratory research theme has a diverse range of skills and possesses a multidisciplinary outlook through having psychologists, clinical pharmacists, asthma educators, pharmacy academics and management and organisational behaviour experts.

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