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Prof Simon Gaisford
Room 325
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
Appointment
  • Professor of Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutics
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Role
UCL HoD Appraiser for PAR,UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

Professor Gaisford has a Chair in Pharmaceutics. He joined the School in 2003, having previously been a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Huddersfield. He undertook his PhD at the University of Kent at Canterbury, under Professor AE Beezer and then held Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts at the School with Profs DQM Craig and G Buckton. He has published 160 papers, 8 book chapters and 4 books and made the Highly Cited Researcher list in 2019.

Research Themes
Research Summary
My research group explores and develops applications of 3D printing technology to the development and manufacture of better-performing medicines and characterises pharmaceutical products with thermal methods and isothermal microcalorimetry.

We have pioneered the use of a number of 3D printing technologies for fabrication of medicines, including fused-deposition modelling (FDM) to make PrintletsTM, stereolithography (SLA) to make hydrogels and selective laser sintering (SLS) to make oro-fast dispersing tablets. In 2020 our 3DP company, FabRx, will launch a bespoke pharmaceutical printer (the MedimakerTM).

We use novel methods to characterise pharmaceutical products, focusing on isothermal microcalorimetry (IMC). In particular, we have explored the role of probiotic formulations in maintaining and improving human health and well being and have shown that probiotics can be beneficial in combating gut pathogens and in improving various disease states, including liver cirrhosis, Crohn's disease and Parkinson's disease.  Our work has featured in the Daily Mail, Express, Times, Telegraph and The Sun newspapers and we have featured on various TV shows (Trust me, I'm a Doctor and Food Unwrapped). In 2020 our research will feature on 'Secrets of your supermarket food' and a Diet Special on Channel 4.

Teaching Summary

Professor Gaisford teaches in years 1-3 of the MPharm degree, delivering lectures on basic pharmaceutics. He also runs an MSc option (Preformulation), in which basic and advanced methods of physicochemical characterisation are introduced.

Professor Gaisford was Programme Director of the MSc in Drug Delivery from 2004-2013, a successful postgraduate course that provides transferable skills and knowledge to allow students to progress their careers in either the pharmaceutical industry or in academia. He is now Deputy Programme Director of the MSc in Pharmaceutics and MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship. From 2013-2019 the was Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics.

Professor Gaisford also teaches on MSc courses at King's College London, the University of Manchester and the University of Bradford and acts as External Examiner for Aston University (MPharm).

He recently published his first undergraduate textbook,  Essentials of Pharmaceutical Preformulation (www.wiley.com/buy/978-0-470-97636-4), has a chapter in the successful undergraduate text, Aulton's Pharmaceutics and is Pharmaceutics Editor for the 2020 Edition of Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Appointments
14-MAR-2012 Reader in Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutics UCL School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2007 Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutics School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
23-APR-2003 Lecturer in Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutics School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
01-NOV-1999 Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science School of Life Sciences University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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