TRI co-sponsored a conference titled Innovations in Dermatological Sciences “Delivery of Actives to
Gave a talk on “Vibrational Spectroscopy and Imaging Methods Relevant to Monitor Transdermal Agent Delivery as well as Analyze their Impact on Skin Barrier Functions.”
Contributed analyses and studies to a talk by Amy Ethier of BASF titled “Understanding the Role of Functional Excipients in Dermal Drug Delivery.”
Served on the Program Organizing Committee for the conference headed by our Board of Trustees’ member, Dr. Bozena Michniak-Kohn who is also Director of the CDR.
Moderated the Friday Afternoon speaker session based around Skin Delivery Investigational Techniques.
Served on Poster Awards Selection group to choose among a number of excellent and varied posters for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. A very interesting poster from a University of Manchester Postdoctoral fellow, Victoria Newton, on “3D modelling of Dermal Epidermal Junctions” won top prize.
In general, the Conference was considered very successful (by attendees and presenters alike) with many interesting and thought-provoking presentations, posters, instrument demonstrations and time for all of us to network for a lively exchange of ideas. Some of the presentations for the first day comprised reviews of the current states of drug and active delivery including talks by such leaders in the field as Dr. Philip Wertz, Dr. Samir Mitragotri, and Dr. Thomas J. Franz (for whom the Franz cell perfusion technique is named). The second day focused more on where active delivery is headed into the future and how to better study and analyze for actives in the skin. Some of the lecturers included Dr. Bozena Michniak-Kohn who spoke about Tyrospheres for acne treatment, Dr. Michael Southall from J&J, who discussed Ceramides and challenges for skin lipid delivery, and our own Dr. Samuel Gourion-Arsiquaud, who gave a well-received talk on the use of vibrational spectroscopy for active delivery investigation. The conference was a success and we are already planning for next year.