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Research Focus

Alejandro Javier Paredes graduated as a Pharmacist and Ph.D. at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. He has always been involved in Pharmaceutical Sciences and in particular, with the design of new drug delivery systems.

During his doctoral studies, he developed a novel albendazole nanocrystalline formulation with improved pharmacokinetic performance and therapeutic efficacy. During this period, he worked in several multidisciplinary projects, interacting with veterinary doctors, engineers, biologists, and industrial designers from Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, and Cuba. This allowed him to learn the great potential behind collaborative work.

As a postdoctoral researcher, he visited the University of the Basque Country, Spain and the University of Pavia, Italy where he worked in groups of reference in the development of new drug delivery systems for gene therapy and wound healing, respectively. These two research visits were remarkably important for Dr. Paredes, providing a complete set of new skills. 

Dr. Paredes currently works as a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, where he focuses on the formulation and characterization of microarray patches for long-acting intradermal drug delivery. 

Teaching

Alejandro Paredes has been a teacher of Pharmaceutical Technology from 2012 to 2019 with a tenured position at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. Besides, he has been an invited speaker at several postgraduate courses. 

As a teacher, Dr. Paredes has been working under the premise that most of the employment opportunities for future graduates in the various fields of pharmaceutical sciences will require a good understanding of the composition, technology and working mechanism behind a certain dosage form.  Ultimately, this holistic training will create Pharmacists with strong technical knowledge but also with a focus on patients' health improvement.

Achievements

Alejandro Paredes was awarded a competitive Ph.D. scholarship from the Argentinean National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) in 2012. During his doctoral studies, he was successful in several applications for traveling funding in national and international calls:

ICTMM 2012 scholarship. To attend the XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria - XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society for Tropical Medicine in Río de Janeiro, Brazil.

- Ibero-American University Association of Postgraduates (AUIP) scholarship for a 2-month research visit to the University of Seville, Spain.

- Escala Docente scholarship from Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo (AUGM) for a 1-month scientific visit to the University of La República, Montevideo, Uruguay. 

- Cooperation South-South (Fo-Ar) bilateral project between Argentina-Cuba 2016-2017, which involved 8 scientific missions between both countries. The Fo-Ar initiative is a competitive call funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina. The group was also successful in the call 2017-2018.    

After his Ph.D. graduation, he received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from CONICET and funding to make a 6-month research visit to the University of the Basque Country, Spain (2018). 

In 2019 he was awarded a CICOPS Fellowship from the University of Pavia, Italy, where he was a visiting researcher for 4 months.

In September 2019 he started working as a Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast.

Regarding scientific publications, Dr. Paredes has published a total of 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals and participated as an inventor in 2 patent applications. Moreover, he has presented several peer-reviewed abstracts in national and international conferences.

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Research Output

Self-dispersible nanocrystals of albendazole produced by high pressure homogenization and spray-drying

Paredes, A. J., Llabot, J. M., Sánchez Bruni, S., Allemandi, D. & Palma, S. D., 16 Mar 2016, In : Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. 42, 10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 15 Citations (Scopus)

    Albendazole nanocrystals in experimental alveolar echinococcosis: enhanced chemoprophylactic and clinical efficacy in infected mice

    Pensel, P., Paredes, A., Albani, C. M., Allemandi, D., Bruni, S. S., Palma, S. D. & Elissondo, M. C., 15 Feb 2018, In : Veterinary Parasitology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Albendazole nanocrystals with improved pharmacokinetic performance in mice

    Paredes, A. J., Bruni, S. S., Allemandi, D., Lanusse, C. & Palma, S. D., Feb 2018, In : Therapeutic Delivery.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    A nanocrystal-based formulation improves the pharmacokinetic performance and therapeutic response of albendazole in dogs

    Paredes, A. J., Litterio, N., Dib, A., Allemandi, D. A., Lanusse, C., Bruni, S. S. & Palma, S. D., 16 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Controlled release and antioxidant activity of chitosan or its glucosamine water-soluble derivative microcapsules loaded with quercetin

    Braber, N. L. V., Paredes, A. J., Rossi, Y. E., Porporatto, C., Allemandi, D. A., Borsarelli, C. D., Correa, S. G. & Montenegro, M. A., 01 Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Prizes

    AUIP scholarship

    Alejandro Paredes (Recipient), 26 Oct 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • CICOPS Fellowship

    Alejandro Paredes (Recipient), 18 May 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • CONICET Doctoral Fellowship

    Alejandro Paredes (Recipient), 12 Dec 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • CONICET Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Alejandro Paredes (Recipient), 12 Dec 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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  • Health Research Commission 2013

    Alejandro Paredes (Recipient), 01 Jul 2013

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 3 Research and Teaching at External Organisation

    Università degli studi di Pavia

    Alejandro Paredes (Visiting researcher), Carla Caramella (Advisor), Giussepina Sandri (Advisor)
    01 Apr 201901 Aug 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    Universidad del Pais Vasco

    Alejandro Paredes (Visiting researcher), Jose Luis Pedraz (Advisor)
    01 Apr 201801 Sep 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    University of Seville

    Alejandro Paredes (Visiting researcher), Antonio Rabasco Alvarez (Advisor)
    01 Dec 201601 Feb 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation