Congratulations to Jack Murray, a first year PhD student at School of Pharmacy UCC who was awarded the esteemed Jane Grimson Medal of Excellence at this year’s Irish Research Council Awards.
Jack is one of four top-ranked early-career postgraduate researchers selected by the Irish Research Council for ‘Medals of Excellence’. Jack was awarded his medal for his work in the STEM category where he was given high praise for his research which investigates ways of addressing challenges associated with formulating oral drugs, such as poor water solubility. His focus is on the creation of a ‘smart’ development pathway - using artificial intelligence to assist formulators in choosing the best ingredients for each poorly water-soluble drug.
Professor Helen Whelton, Head of the College of Medicine and Health UCC, said this was a great achievement and she congratulated Jack on his excellent work.
Twenty-three year old Jack said he is delighted to receive this prestigious award. “I am working in this area because of the potential of artificial intelligence to streamline the clinical translation of tomorrow’s medicines. It will improve the safety of therapies already on the market and reduce the need for expensive experiments”
Jack said he would like to thank Professor Brendan Griffin and Dr. Patrick O’Dwyer for their time and help with his project.