Sarah visits the Boyd lab

Sarah Streck was awarded a Health Sciences Division International Engagement Grant and as part of this she has spent a month on the Boyd Lab at MIPS in Melbourne in Nov 2017.  It was a very valuable trip and has resulted in a paper in preparation + conference presentations.  Thanks very much to Ben and his team for hosting us!


An essential part of a trip to Melbourne is to sample the gelato on Lygon St. Yum!



Sebastian takes the prize


School of Pharmacy Dean Prof. Carlo Marra presenting Sebastian with the prize for best presentation.

The Honours students in pharmacy presented their seminars on 5 October and all did a fantastic job at sharing their research!

Congratulations to our Hons student, Sebastian Goldsmith, who took out the prize for best presentation.  Sebastian did an awesome job with his presentation and also the questions posed by academic staff in the audience.

Dean’s Cup Basketball 2017



Hannah, Sarah, Christoph and Sebastian were part of the postgrad team on the Dean’s Cup against the staff.  I heard it was a tough game and the staff (thanks to Natalie Medlicott) came out the victors.  I won’t quote the score here!

Pharmaceutics Special Issue on Veterinary Medicine

Submissions are open!

Drug delivery to animals for prevention and treatment of disease, fertility modulation, as well as pest control, is a fascinating field of research that benefits from an inter-disciplinary approach. The aim in compiling this Special Issue of Pharmaceutics on the topic of “Veterinary Medicine” is to draw together experts with knowledge of animal species from diverse fields including physiology, pharmacology and pharmaceutical science and zoology, who are engaged in contemporary research to solve the challenges of drug delivery to animals. 

Submissions (original papers and reviews) that contribute to understanding and applications of relevance for delivery of therapeutics to animals and animal health are welcomed for this Special Issue.  Please get in touch if you would like to contribute.

Dr Arlene McDowell
Guest Editor

University of Otago graduations

Graduation is pretty special at Otago – there is an academic procession down the main street of Dunedin to the Town Hall where the graduation (or capping) ceremony takes place.  It a great even where many people line the streets to congratulate the graduands.

The School of Pharmacy re-initiated the academic procession and so we lead the march down George Street to the Town Hall.


These cuties

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Our group has been using these cuties in our latest work on antioxidants.  It is the zebrafish – a very useful model species.  Isabella used them in her work and we have given a few conference talks on the topic – a paper to follow.

A piece of cake

31 March 2014

Ellen Ou has presented her final seminar in the School to share the findings of her research during her PhD. The tradition is to celebrate the occasion with a piece of cake.

We heard about the identification of the main antioxidant compounds Ellen identified in extracts from leaves of Sonchus oleraceus using a neat online HPLC assay that allows simultaneous separation of compounds with an assessment of the antioxidant activity of each peak. Ellen also shared the results of an investigation into the stability of the 3 main antioxidants under different storage conditions. The highlight of the talk was when Ellen presented her most recent data where the S. oleraceus leaf extracts were shown to reduced cell stress, being both protective and also helping cells to recover from induced stress.

Well done on a great seminar Ellen.A piece of cake

Jasper features in PhD video

August 2011

Jasper’s PhD project on the use of nanoparticles in possum biocontrol was highlighted in a video made by the University of Otago to advertise the postgraduate research conducted at in the School of Pharmacy.



“Thinking of a PhD? Think pharmacy”

This video features on the School of Pharmacy web page and you can watch it on YouTube



Veterinary Program Chair at CRS 2012

July 2012

shapeimage_2-2The 39th Controlled Release Society conference was held in Quebec City, Canada and was a great conference. Prof. Thierry Vandamme and myself were the Program Chairs for the vet sessions. Location was great, science was excellent and it was great to catch up with friends again.

Some pretty cute critters in Canada too!shapeimage_3