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Ryan Donnelly graduated with a BSc (1st Class) in Pharmacy from Queen's University Belfast in 1999. Following a year of Pre-Registration training spent in Community Pharmacy, he returned to the School of Pharmacy to undertake a PhD in Pharmaceutics. He graduated in 2003 and, after a short period of post-doctoral research, was appointed to a Lectureship in Pharmaceutics in January 2004. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009, Reader in 2011 and, in 2013, to a Chair in Pharmaceutical Technology.
Professor Donnelly's research is centred on design and physicochemical characterisation of advanced polymeric drug delivery systems for transdermal and topical drug delivery, with a strong emphasis on improving therapeutic outcomes for patients. His bioadhesive patch design was used in successful photodynamic therapy of over 100 patients with neoplastic and dysplastic gynaecological conditions and the patent subsequently out-licensed.
Currently, Professor Donnelly's research is focussed on novel polymeric microneedle arrays for transdermal administration of "difficult-to-deliver" drugs and intradermal delivery of vaccines and photosensitisers. His work is funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, The Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society and the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
He has authored over 600 peer-reviewed publications, including several granted patents, 6 textbooks and approximately 260 full papers. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Professor Donnelly is the Europe/Africa Editor of Drug Delivery & Translational Research and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Journal of Controlled Release, Micromachines and Expert Review of Medical Devices and is a Visiting Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Cancer Research, where he is an Associate Member of the Radiation Biology Group. He is a Board Member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Communications Chair of the Controlled Release Society. His work has attracted numerous awards, including the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovative Science Award in 2020, the Controlled Release Society Young Investigator Award in 2016, BBSRC Innovator of the Year in 2013, the GSK Emerging Scientist Award in 2012 and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award in 2011.
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R1046PMY: In vitro and vivo safety investigations to support the commercialisation of novel mirroneedle arrays for transdermal drug delivery
Donnelly, R. & Woolfson, D.
01/08/2009 → …
3D-printed implantable devices with biodegradable rate-controlling membrane for sustained delivery of hydrophobic drugsPicco, C. J., Domínguez-Robles, J., Utomo, E., Paredes, A. J., Volpe-Zanutto, F., Malinova, D., Donnelly, R. F. & Larrañeta, E., 01 Apr 2022, In: Drug Delivery. 29, 1, p. 1038-1048 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile19 Downloads (Pure)
3D-printed reservoir-type implants containing poly(lactic acid)/poly(caprolactone) porous membranes for sustained drug deliveryKorelidou, A., Domínguez-Robles, J., Magill, E., Eleftheriadou, M., Cornelius, V. A., Donnelly, R. F., Margariti, A. & Larrañeta, E., 09 Jul 2022, (Early online date) In: Biomaterials Advances. 213024.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
A New and Sensitive HPLC-UV Method for Rapid and Simultaneous Quantification of Curcumin and D-Panthenol: Application to In Vitro Release Studies of Wound DressingsAnjani, Q. K., Utomo, E., Domínguez-Robles, J., Detamornrat, U., Donnelly, R. F. & Larrañeta, E., 08 Mar 2022, In: Molecules. 27, 6, 1759.
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A Novel In Vitro Approach to Investigate the Effect of Food Intake on Release Profile of Valsartan in Solid Dispersion-Floating Gel In-Situ Delivery SystemHimawan, A., Djide, N. J. N., Mardikasari, S. A., Utami, R. N., Arjuna, A., Donnelly, R. F. & Permana, A. D., Jan 2022, In: European journal of pharmaceutical sciences. 168, 106057.
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Beneath the Skin: A Review of Current Trends and Future Prospects of Transdermal Drug Delivery SystemsAlkilani, A. Z., Nasereddin, J., Hamed, R., Nimrawi, S., Hussein, G., Abo-Zour, H. & Donnelly, R. F., Jun 2022, In: Pharmaceutics. 14, 6, 1152.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Dataset for "Enzyme triggered L-α/D-peptide hydrogels as a long-acting injectable delivery platform for HIV/AIDS"
Coulter, S. (Data Collector), Pentlavalli, S. (Data Collector), Cross, E. (Data Collector), An, Y. (Data Collector), Vora, L. (Contributor), Peng, K. (Contributor), McAulay, K. (Contributor), Schweins, R. (Contributor), Donnelly, R. (Contributor), McCarthy, H. (Contributor) & Laverty, G. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 11 Jul 2022
Best Paper Award of Pharmaceutics Special Issue on 3D Printing of Pharmaceuticals and Drug Delivery Devices
Dominguez Robles, Juan (Recipient), Martin, N. K. (Recipient), Fong, M. L. (Recipient), Stewart, S. (Recipient), Irwin, N. (Recipient), Rial, I. (Recipient), Donnelly, Ryan (Recipient) & Larrañeta, Eneko (Recipient), 2020
Prize: Other distinction
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
11 Apr 2018 → 13 Apr 2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference