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School of Pharmacy PhD student earns two awards at Dissolution Research Presentations International

Graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program at the School of Pharmacy placed in the worldwide pharmaceutical sciences competition
Graduate student, Sushesh Palakurthi

Sushesh Srivatsa Palakurthi, a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program at the Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel School of Pharmacy, placed second in the national finals and third in the world finals at the Dissolution Research Presentations International (DRPI) 2023 competition, an international competition for young pharmaceutical researchers.

The Society for Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science (SPDS) in association with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) invited atracts for oral presentation for DRPI 2023.

Abstracts were accepted under two categories, masters or PhD/post doctoral in the areas of research related to:

  • Dissolution and solubility modulation
  • In-vitro release studies of conventional and novel dosage forms, including herbals, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals
  • Pharmacokinetics and IVIVC studies
  • Modified dissolution equipment and methodologies, including biorelevant media and automation
  • Computational tools, PBPK modelling

Palakurthi won for his presentation titled, “Development and Validation of Microdialysis Based Discriminatory and Biorelevant In-vitro Release Testing Instrument for Complex Ophthalmic Products.”

“My research focuses on formulation development and pharmacokinetics including complex generics and PBPK modeling for generic product development,” Palakurthi said.

The DRPI-US Finals were held on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023. The DRPI World Finals were held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 & 24, 2023.

“Winning the DRPI Global competition is an incredibly humbling and gratifying achievement, which has been made attainable through the invaluable guidance and mentorship of Dr. Srinath Palakurthi and Nitin Charbe. I am sincerely thankful for this opportunity and for the unwavering support extended by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,” Palakurthi said.

Palakurthi is presently a graduate student studying pharmaceutical sciences on the Kingsville campus.


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