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Strathclyde double in pharmacy medals

A professor at the University of Strathclyde, and a former head of department at the University, have received prestigious medal awards from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Prof Yvonne Perrie, of Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded the Harrison Memorial Medal, presented biennially for outstanding contribution in advancing pharmaceutical science.

The Hanbury Memorial Medal has been received by Professor Sandy Florence CBE, who was a lecturer at Strathclyde from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s and who served as head of the University’s former Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This medal is awarded every five years to a recipient with a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Professor Yvonne Perrie

Professor Perrie graduated from Strathclyde in Pharmacy in 1994 and returned as a Professor in 2016. She develops drug delivery systems to facilitate the delivery of drugs and vaccines to patients; in her career, she has published around 120 research manuscripts and five books and has generated five patents.

Professor Perrie was appointed Fellow of the RPS in 2015 and named the RPS Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year in 2012. She received the British Science Festival Collaboration in Formulation Award in 2011 and the RPS Science Conference Medal in 2007.

Professor Perrie is currently President-elect of the International Controlled Release Society and serves as an advisor to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

She said: "I am delighted to receive the Harrison Memorial Medal. It is a great honour to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of the past winners. Many thanks to those who nominated me and supported my nomination."

Foremost

RPS described Professor Florence as “undoubtedly one of the foremost pioneers in the pharmaceutical sciences.” He has published more than 300 papers on subjects including nanoparticle uptake, drug targeting and nanotechnology. He joined Strathclyde in 1966 and was appointed Professor of Pharmaceutics in 1975, a post he held until 1988.

He was a member of the UK Committee on Safety of Medicines for many years until 1999, and chaired its committee of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Standards. He received the Journal of Drug Targeting's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and, in 2016, the International Journal of Pharmaceutics published a special edition in his honour.

Professor Florence holds honorary degrees from Strathclyde, Hoshi University in Tokyo and the Universities of Copenhagen, East Anglia and London. His son, Alastair, is currently a Professor with Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and Hub Director of the Strathclyde-led CMAC ((Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation) EPSRC Research Future Manufacturing Research Hub.

Professor Florence said: "On hearing of the award I was surprised, of course, and then pleased that whatever work I have done over the past 50 years has been recognised by the Society. While the individual is honoured it is really a tribute to all those who have worked with me, my research students and close colleagues who have given me the tools and freedom to be involved.”

The Harrison Medal is awarded in memory of distinguished pharmaceutical chemist Col EF Harrison (1869-1918). It was first presented in 1924.

The Hanbury Memorial Medal commemorates botanist and pharmacologist Daniel Hanbury (1825-1875) and was first awarded in 1881.