Mr. Darwin Obel, an alumnus of the University’s Master of Science in Pharmacy, won the Best Poster Award in the July 3-5, 2019 Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy Conference, held in South Korea.
The research paper, entitled “Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity of Gentamicin Loaded Chitin Nanogel,” aimed to create a novel form of drug delivery “that enhances the antibacterial activity of a drug through the use of ‘nanoantibiotics.’”
Obel’s experiment used Gentamicin, “a broad spectrum antibacterial drug, was encapsulated in a nanogel prepared from chitin and tested for its activity against resistant and non-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”
The results indicated that the Chitin Nanogel is a good candidate carrier for Gentamicin since it can increase the activity of the Gentamicin against P. aeruginosa and Methicilin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
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