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1987 …2023

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Personal Statement

I obtained a pharmacy degree from the University of Strathclyde in 1979 followed by a PhD in Physiochemical Aspects of Anti-Cancer Drug Targeting Systems in 1984. I worked during pre-registration in industrial and hospital pharmacy settings, joined SIPBS as a lecturer in 1984 and was appointed Director of the Formulation Unit in 1992. The Unit's role is to characterise, analyse, formulate and manufacture putative anti-cancer drugs accepted by CRUK's New Agents Committee for use in human clinical trials, where I have now been pharmaceutically responsible for over 20 novel NCE's. Arising from this are research interests, which include medicinal and analytical chemistry, drug physiochemistry, formulation for both small volume and parenteral and oral products and the GMP production of specialist pharmaceutical products for phase l clinical trials. The latter incorporates research areas such as microbiology and lyophilisation. In addition related research is conducted in drug targeting and delivery systems for cancer chemotherapy for example the utilisation of synthetic Low Density Lipoprotein systems. I have over £10 million in personal career grant income and over 150 published papers, conference abstracts and presentations.

Undergraduate teaching is limited due to the nature of the Formulation Unit's activities to introductory and specialist courses associated with the areas above applicable to undergraduate pharmacists. Since 1987 I have been involved in post qualification education teaching for the pharmaceutical industry and initiated and teach on the joint SIPBS-David Begg Associates Qualified Persons training course which has been running since 1991.

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Research Output

An interlaboratory investigation of intrinsic dissolution rate determination using surface dissolution

Etherson, K., Dunn, C., Matthews, W., Pamelund, H., Barragat, C., Sanderson, N., Izumi, T., da Costa Mathews, C., Halbert, G., Wilson, C., McAllister, M., Mann, J., Østergaard, J., Butler, J. & Khadra, I., 14 Feb 2020, In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 150, p. 24-32 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Thesis

    Development and control of pharmaceutical solids using extrusion and granulation

    Author: Martinez Marcos, L., 2 Jun 2017

    Supervisor: Halbert, G. (Supervisor) & Lamprou, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    In vitro and in silico profiling to assist pharmaceutical development

    Author: Perrier, J. J., 25 Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Halbert, G. (Supervisor) & Elliott, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    • 3 Oral presentation
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
    • 1 Membership of committee

    ToF-SIMS imaging of amorphous solid dispersions: a stability study

    Eleonora Paladino (Speaker), Frederik Doerr (Contributor), Iyke I. Onyemelukwe (Contributor), Ian Gilmore (Contributor), Gavin Halbert (Contributor)
    23 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    3D imaging of controlled-release electrospun material

    Eleonora Paladino (Speaker), Ivan Hall Barrientos (Contributor), Frederik Doerr (Contributor), Dimitrios A. Lamprou (Contributor), Melissa Passarelli (Contributor), Gavin Halbert (Contributor)
    12 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Improved health and survival rates for patients with malignant brain and prostate cancer, and economic benefit from new chemotherapy treatments.

    Gavin Halbert (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services