Global Research in Paediatrics

GRiP Webinars

Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) is a Network of Excellence which aims to improve the health of children globally, by stimulating and facilitating the development and safe use of paediatric medicines. As part of Work Package 5 - Paediatric Formulations, led by Catherine Tuleu and Tony Nunn, GRiP is developing an international platform to share knowledge, expertise and experience around paediatric drug delivery and pharmaceutical issues in clinical trials and in practice worldwide. To contribute to these objectives, GRiP has launched a series of Meet the Experts Webinars.

 

These events represent an amazing opportunity to hear about the challenges and issues in paediatric drug development and the approaches used by the experts to create better & safe medicines for our children. The GRiP Webinars are hosted by the leading experts on paediatric drug development worldwide.

 

During the sessions questions are answered in a live discussion with the expert. There is also the opportunity to take part in the on-going Q&A session during the month after the webinar event.  Hosts are available to answer your questions on the topic for one month following the webinar. Your questions can be submitted via the GRiP Blog

 

If you would like to register for the next webinar you can also contact Barbara Richards at Barbara.richards@liverpool.ac.uk or grip@mcrn.org.uk

 

 

• Tuesday, 29th July 2014

8th "MEET THE EXPERT" Webinar on paediatric formulations

“Nanomedicines for children: Minimising the size to maximise the benefit”

The 8th “Meet the Expert in Paediatric Formulations” webinar took place on Tuesday 29th July 2014 15:00 hours BST and was presented by Alejandro Sosnik, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel.

The title of the webinar was “Nanomedicines for children: Minimising the size to maximise the benefit”. Webinars are pre-recorded and made available on line during the week before the live discussion with the expert. 

Please note that GRiP has changed the format of the webinar to improve the learning experience:

• The webinar will be pre-recorded in advance and the recording will be available for participants to view at least one week before the live Q&A session

• After viewing the webinar you are then invited to participate in the live discussion of the webinar content on 29th July 2014

• You can email your questions and comments in advance to Barbara.richards@liv.ac.uk.

As usual the webinar is also available after the discussion as is a Q&A blog for one month.

If you register to receive the pre-recorded webinar please also attend the live discussion. In this way you will get a good idea of the points that the presenter and audience consider to be most important when developing medicines for children.

 

To download the recording of the webinar, please click on the link below:

 

Nanomedicines for children - webinar recording - 29th July 2014

 

To download the Q&A session, please click on the following link:

 

Nanomedicines for children - Q&A session

 

 

• Wednesday, 30th April 2014 - POSTPONED

7th "MEET THE EXPERT" Webinar on paediatric formulations

Due to technical problems GRiP has postponed the provision of the webinar recording and the follow up live Q&A session for the “Meet the Expert on Paediatric Formulations” webinar titled “Challenges of Administering Medicines to Neonates” to be presented by Sara Arenas-Lopez. This was due to take place on Wednesday 30th April 2014 15:00 hours BST, 16:00 hours CEST.    

Participants will be contacted very soon with a new date for the live discussion. In the meantime, if you have any questions about challenges of administering medicines to neonates, these can be answered via the GRiP blog at http://blog.grip-network.org/ or you can forward them to Barbara Richards at Barbara.richards@liv.ac.uk

"Challenges of Administering Medicines to Neonates"

Presented by Sara Arenas-Lopez

Webinars are now be pre-recorded and made available on line during the week before the live discussion with the expert.

Sara Arenas-Lopez is a Consultant Pharmacist - Paediatric Critical Care at the Evelina Children's Hospital in London. For more information about Sara, please click here

 

 

• Wednesday, 5th February 2014

6th "MEET THE EXPERT" Webinar on paediatric formulations

"Quality and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP)"

Presented by Piotr Kozarewicz

Piotr holds a degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of Warsaw.  Upon finishing his studies he worked as an assessor in the Polish Medicines Agency, after that moving across to industry where he worked in Research and Development, and Regulatory Affairs. In 2006 he joined the Quality Sector within the European Medicines Agency.   Piotr currently works as Scientific Administrator and his role includes coordination of applications for centralised marketing authorisations (pre-authorisation and post-authorisation phase). In addition, and in relation to paediatrics, Piotr cooperates with the Paediatric Team in the Agency providing scientific support during evaluation of PIPs, preparation of scientific guidelines and guidance documents relating to paediatric medicines. He leads on paediatric-specific topics and acts as a topic leader for paediatric aspects within the Quality Team.  

Please dowload the webinar announcement by clicking here.

 

The recording of the webinar is available for donwload from the following link:

Quality and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) - webinar recording

 

You can also download and watch the Q&A session by clicking on the link below:

"Quality and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP)" - Q&A session

 

PLEASE NOTE: The host is available to answer your questions on the topic for one month following the webinar. Your questions can be submitted via the GRiP Blog.

 

 

• Thursday, 3rd October 2013

5th "MEET THE EXPERT" Webinar on paediatric formulations

“In-vitro biopharmaceutic methods in the development of oral dosage forms for children”

Presented by Hannah Batchelor

The 5th webinar of the "Meet the Experts in Paediatric Formulations" series, was titled “In-vitro biopharmaceutic methods in the development of oral dosage forms for children” and took place on Thursday 3rd October 2013 at 3:00 pm GMT. 

It was presented by Hannah Batchelor. Hannah graduated from University of Sheffield in 1996 and worked as a formulation scientist at Reckitt and Colman.  In 2000 she was awarded her PhD in Drug Delivery from the University of London taking up a lectureship in Pharmaceutics at Aston University focusing on targeted drug delivery systems & gastro-retentive therapies. In 2008 she joined AstraZeneca & led the paediatric biopharmaceutics research group.  In 2011 she joined the R&D team at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to facilitate NHS led research & develop collaborations with regional Universities. Hannah is currently a Formulations Research Fellow funded by the Medicines for Children Network & based at the University of Birmingham.  She works on the design & manipulation of medicines to create age appropriate drug formulations to maximise clinical efficacy in paediatric patients. Her research interests lie in the optimisation of drug formulations to maximise their biopharmaceutical performance.

Please dowload the webinar announcement by clicking here.

 

The recording of the webinar is available for donwload from the following link:

In-vitro biopharmaceutic methods in the development of oral dosage forms for children - webinar recording

 

PLEASE NOTE: The host is available to answer your questions on the topic for one month following the webinar. Your questions can be submitted via the GRiP Blog.


 

• Monday, 24th June 2013

4th "MEET THE EXPERT” Webinar on paediatric formulations

"Framework for Developing Palatable Paediatric Drug Products – the Tools and Approaches for Taste Masking"

The 4th "Meet the Expert on Paediatric Formulations" webinar took place on Monday, 24th June 2013 at 15:00 hours BST, 16:00 hours CET. The subject of the session was “Framework for Developing Palatable Paediatric Drug Products – the Tools and Approaches for Taste Masking”. The session was presented by Jeff Worthington from Senopsys LLC.

Please download the webinar announcement and the overview for more information:

4th Meet the Expert Webinar - "Framework for Developing Palatable Paediatric Drug Products – the Tools and Approaches for Taste Masking":

ANNOUNCEMENT

OVERVIEW

Please contact Barbara Richards if you have any questions. 

PLEASE NOTE: The host is available to answer your questions on the topic for one month following the webinar. Your questions can be submitted on the following page of the GRiP Blog, where you can also download a recording of the webinar.

 

 

• Thursday  16th April 2013
3rd "MEET THE EXPERT” Webinar on paediatric formulations 

"Compounding and manipulating medicines for children: problems and solutions" 

The 3rd GRiP webinar took place on Thursday 16th April 2013 at 3:00 pm GMT and was presented by David Woods and the title will be “Compounding and manipulating medicines for children - problems and solutions” David Woods is a consultant pharmacist with a background in academia, medicines information and paediatric clinical pharmacy. He has held a long-standing research interest in the practical problems of compounding & administering medicines to children, he is internationally recognised for his expertise in this area. He developed the eMixt database now used in hospitals & pharmacies worldwide as an information source for paediatric formulations. More recent work includes running training courses in Brazil, Kenya & Oman, contributing to a consultation document for the WHO on paediatric formulations and is also a consultant for Eaststone, a UK based specials manufacturer. David continues to teach postgraduate papers in medicines information & medicines management at the University of Otago, but currently his major role is the Managing Editor of the New Zealand Medicines Formulary for Children, which is being adapted from the British National Formulary for Children -BNFc. David has over 100 publications from book chapters to journal articles. He is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association

PLEASE NOTE: The host is available to answer your questions on the topic for one month following the webinar. Your questions can be submitted on the following page of the GRiP Blog, where you can also download a recording of the webinar.

 

 

• Thursday, 31 January 2013

2nd "MEET THE EXPERT” Webinar on paediatric formulations

"Pharmaceutical Excipients in Neonates - The Propylene Glycol Example"

The 2nd in the series of GRiP WP5 Meet the Expert webinars took place on 31th January 2013.

The topic "Pharmaceutical Excipients in Neonates - The Propylene Glycol Example" was presented by Professor Karel Allegaert, one of the leading experts in the demanding world of paediatric drug development - who discussed the challenges in paediatric formulations .

Professor Karel Allegaert

Karel Allegaert graduated from the University Leuven, Belgium in 2000 as paediatrician-neonatologist. After an additional training at Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam, he was appointed as clinical consultant neonatology at the University Hospitals Leuven. After his PhD thesis on neonatal analgesia (2002-2005), he further developed his clinical research in the field of neonatal pain treatment and developmental pharmacology in neonates and was appointed as associated professor at the same university (2005-ongoing). His current clinical research is supported by a grant of the national research council (Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders (Belgium) by a Fundamental Clinical Investigatorship (1800209 N, 2008-2012). This clinical research resulted in about 140 papers published in international peer reviewed journals, conferences proceedings and book chapters and was recently (2009) the Galenus price for research in clinical pharmacology and the Govaerts price for clinical toxicology of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium. 

For those who did not have a chance to participate, it is possible to review the webinar on the following link:

“Pharmaceutical Excipients in Neonates – The Propylene Glycol Example” – View the Blackboard Collaborate recording of the webinar

 

 

• Thursday, 29th November 2012

1st "MEET THE EXPERT” Webinar on paediatric formulations

Age Appropriate Formulations

The 1st webinar in the series of the GRIP Work Package 5 on paediatric formulations concerned “Age Appropriate Formulations” and was presented by Professor Joerg Breitkreutz, one of the leading experts in the demanding world of paediatric drug development. Prof. Breitkreutz discussed the challenges in formulating age appropriate medicines and strategies to overcome those challenges and will be available to answer your questions in a live discussion and opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from the expert during the following month.

Prof. Jörg Breitkreutz

Prof. Jörg Breitkreutz holds the professorship in Pharmaceutical Technology in University of Düsseldorf since 2004. His research is focused on paediatric formulations, pharmaceutical excipients, drug delivery devices, process analytical technologies and taste prediction. He is involved in numerous development projects for paediatric drugs and holds several patents for paediatric medicines.

Prof. Breitkreutz studied Pharmacy from 1987 to 1991 at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Münster, Germany. He finished his PhD in 1996 at the Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics in Münster under supervision of Prof. Rüdiger Gröning. From 1996 to 1997 he joined Thiemann Arzneimittel GmbH in Waltrop, Germany, as the Head of Product Coordination. In 1997 he went back to the university in Münster to work on his habilitation thesis (2004) on pediatric drug formulations. In 2004 he became professor for pharmaceutical technology at the Institute of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 2009 he is the head of the Pharmacy department in Düsseldorf. He currently is member of the European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI) and president of the International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology (APV).  

For those who did not have a chance to participate, it is possible to review the webinar on the following link:

“Age Appropriate Formulations” – View the Blackboard Collaborate recording of the webinar