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IMU Pharmacy Students Published Original Research Article in International Peer Indexed Journal

09 Apr 2018

A final year module for the IMU Pharmacy Programme (Research project) provides students with the experience in conducting  research in terms of data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, within a designated time-frame. The research is expected to be published in globally recognised and indexed scientific journals. Year 4 BPharm students Saranyah Shanmugah and Tarakini AP Gunasegaran had published their original research article titled “Hyaluronic acid modified betamethasone encapsulated polymeric nanoparticles: Fabrication, characterization, in vitro release kinetics and dermal targeting” in “Drug Delivery and Translational Research”, a peer reviewed indexed journal published by Springer link. The students shared their experiences of undertaking this research and the journey they have gone to achieved such a high impact publication.  Why did you choose to do research on Atopic dermatitis?

For years, dermatology research focused on psoriasis. However, atopic dermatitis (AD) is starting to get more attention and it is considered a common disease among people. As undergraduate students, we thought that new research in this field is required to pave the way for better and more effective treatments while incorporating nanotechnology as well. Tarakini Gunasegaran (Research Student)
I am truly fortunate to be a part of this project as Nanoparticles is one of the growing sectors in R&D and it is a collaboration project between IMU and UiTM. To be honest, this research topic truly captivates my interest and it is beneficial for me to absorb the learning about it throughout my research periods like how Nanoparticles manufacture and the use of various types of equipment. Saranyah Shanmugah (Research Student)

Could you please share your research project experiences? The experience gained throughout this research in UiTM and IMU allowed us to better understand published works, learn to balance a collaborative effort in the laboratory and what we are capable of accomplishing independently. Perhaps more importantly, a solid basis in hypothesis-driven research is what evidence-based practice is built upon. We also learned to adapt ourselves well while working in different university environments. Our supervisors in UiTM and IMU never failed to guide us throughout all the research findings that required critical analysis, and intermittently gauge interest in us to further our postgraduate studies/research. We are very thankful to our supervisors for helping us to complete this research successfully right up to gaining good publications despite all the challenges we faced while carrying out this research.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Manisha Pandey, Dr Hira Choudhury and Dr Zahid who do not hesitate to assist us with this research.

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