11 September 2012
Professor Yvonne Perrie, Chair in Drug Delivery at Aston University, has won the prestigious Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award for her contribution to developing a new tuberculosis vaccine.
Yvonne, who has worked at Aston University for 12 years, was presented with the award (supported by APS) at the ICC Birmingham on Sunday 9 September.
Yvonne’s in-depth research highlighted the necessary mechanisms, delivery systems, and components needed to develop a TB vaccine that is both safe and effective. Her investigations, endeavour and commitment to patient safety have led to the development of a new TB vaccine which has now entered clinical trials.
Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said: “The need for new and improved vaccines remains a key global healthcare challenge. We urgently need a new tuberculosis vaccine which is effective, safe, affordable and accessible to all. Yvonne’s work could end up saving the lives of thousands of people every year. It is great to see pharmaceutical scientists being recognised for their fantastic achievements towards improving the lives of patients”.
Yvonne said: “I am delighted to have won the RPS Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award, it is a real honour and I am proud to have achieved a real step forward in the fight against TB, which is a growing health concern across the UK”.
Professor Perrie is a member of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing and some of her wide ranging research interests include tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, enhancing learning methods in Pharmacy Education and drug delivery.
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Notes to editors:
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is the professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain. We represent all sectors of pharmacy in Great Britain and lead and support the development of the pharmacy profession including the advancement of science, practice, education and knowledge in pharmacy. In addition, we promote the profession’s policies and views to a range of external stakeholders in a number of different forums.
The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) is the professional body for the pharmaceutical sciences in Great Britain. The objectives of the Academy are to promote the pharmaceutical sciences in all areas of professional practice by pharmaceutical scientists, including academia, industry, regulation and commerce, and to encourage high standards of working practices within the discipline.