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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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Projects 2003 2023

Research Output 2002 2019

Characterisation and optimisation of diclofenac sodium orodispersible thin film formulation

Khadra, I., Obeid, M. A., Dunn, C., Watts, S., Halbert, G., Ford, S. & Mullen, A., 20 Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 561, p. 43-46 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug Delivery Systems
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Chemical analysis
Pharmaceutical Preparations


Development and control of pharmaceutical solids using extrusion and granulation

Author: Martinez Marcos, L., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Halbert, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Novel experimental techniques for biopharmaceutical analysis

Author: Zhou, Z., 1 Jul 2016

Supervisor: Halbert, G. (Supervisor) & Wilson, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2008 2011

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

Cencer Research UK (External organisation)

Gavin Halbert (Member)
2011 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Invited talk at BPC September 2009

Gavin Halbert (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


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