Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

PhD student wins award for paper in pharmaceutical analysis

Wed Sep 21 16:07:00 BST 2016

PhD student, Husain Naqi has won the 2016 Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award.

The aim of the award is to encourage the advancement of pharmaceutical analysis and to recognise contributions of emerging scientists.

Husain-Naqi-Award-2016Husain received the award for presenting the best short paper in pharmaceutical analysis at the APS International PharmSci Conference earlier this month. Entries were judged on scientific quality, originality and potential impact of research.

His presentation was based on pharmaceutical analysis of ecstasy and its adulteration with other pharmacologically active drugs such as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

Husain said: 'It is an honour to receive the award. Our pharmaceutical analysis confirms that there are large variations in the purity and quantity of the active ingredient in drug samples from amnesty bins and police seizures.

'This coupled with the use of different adulterants and the finding that samples are often complex mixtures of psychoactive substances means that users have little certainty about what they are taking.'

Husain’s prize is a bursary of up to £1000 to attend a conference of his choice.