SSPC News & Events

University of Limerick Case Study with Bernal Chair and SSPC Co-Director Prof. Gavin Walker

Personalised medicine is the next great global challenge for the pharmaceutical industry. The vision of the pharmacy of the future is one in which pharmacies employ disruptive technologies to enable on-demand manufacture of drugs designed to individual needs. For example, multiple medications may be prescribed that treat a patient’s exact age-profile and medical history. These medications could then be 3D printed into one tablet, on-demand at the patient’s local drug supplier.

Dr Mehakpreet Singh receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow

Congraulations to Dr Mehakpreet Singh, who not only received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow but scored an impressive 100% for his project. He will work on a project on mathematical modelling of particulate processes for pharmaceutical drug manufacturing with SSPC Co-Director Prof. Gavin Walker and Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Engineering at the University of Limerick in the Bernal Institute.

SSPC shortlisted for The Irish Laboratory Awards 2019


The Irish Laboratory Awards 2019 will take place Thursday, March 7, at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin and among those shorlisted are Dr. Luis Padrela, lecturer in Bioprocess Engineering, Department of Chemical Sciences and SSPC Funded Investigator at the University of Limerick, under the categories Laboratory Scientist of the Year and Laboratory Staff Member of the Year. In addition, the ProSpect Facility at ABCRF, University of Cork has been shortlisted under Research Laboratory of the Year.

SSPC researcher recipient of investment in research commercialisation


Dr Gerard McGlacken, Lecturer, Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University College Cork and SSPC Funded Investigator, received funding for the development of novel small molecule therapeutics targeting the ghrelin receptor to modulate appetite. Dr McGlacken will be working in collaboration with Dr Harriet Schellekens, APC Microbiome Ireland.

SSPC Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Anne Marie Healy secures funding for UK-Ireland Research and Training Partnership Programme


SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Pharmaceutical Research Centre, has won new funding under the EPSRC-SFI Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) Partnership programme. The funding, secured from SFI, will enable the SSPC to engage with two of the world leading Schools of Pharmacy in the UK, at the University of Nottingham and University College London, in a new CDT in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will fund the UK component of the CDT, with partners in industry adding to the overall investment.

Check out the latest review paper on progress in continuous crystallization finally come to life in OPRD


Check out the latest review paper on progress in continuous crystallization finally come to life in OPRD. Well done Barbara Wood for all the efforts on this, and thanks to partners Kevin Girard and Chris Polster. SSPC the SFI Pharmaceutical Research Centre #weareSSPC #collaboration

Hurley visual represents discovery of enantiodivergent decarboxylative asymmetric protonation

SSPC graduate Dr Cian Kingston and Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry at University College Dublin and SSPC Co-Principal Investigator, Patrick Guiry's research features in The Journal of Organic Chemistry on enantiodivergent decarboxylative asymmetric protonation features with a very unusual explanation represented by hurleys.

RAw Communication and Engagement (RACE) publication

RAw Communication and Engagement (RACE)

SSPC Education & Public Engagement team were invited to speak at the 24th Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education called Building Bridges Across Disciplines for Transformative Education and a Sustainable Future held at the University of Bremen June 2018. The book features all invited papers from the symposuim and a publication on Raw Communication and Engagement (RACE): A Collaborative European Project Fostering Wider Societal Engagement through Scientific Communication by Martin McHugh, Aimee Stapleton, Felix Ho, Daniel Brundeal, Paul McCrory and Sarah Hayes.

Congratulations to SSPC members on securing €5M for Cala Medical led project at the University of Limerick

Congratulations to SSPC members Dr Jakki Cooney and Dr Sarah Hudson, who secured significant funding in the €5 million Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund award led by Cala Medical. The project entitled Therapeutic enzymes as a treatment for sepsis and other immune disorder diseases is partnered with the University of Limerick.