|Focus Group Chair
||Dr Majella Lane
Dr Majella Lane was educated in Trinity College, Dublin where she obtained her BSc (Pharmacy) and PhD degrees. She has previously held academic posts in Trinity College, Dublin and is a Visiting Scientist at the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan.
To date she has been involved in the supervision of 10 PhD students. Major collaborators include Professor Jonathan Hadgraft, Professor Sergei Kazarian (Imperial College, London), Professor Jeanetta du Plessis (North West University, South Africa) Dr Roy Dalmo (Department of Marine Biotechnology, University of Tromso), Professor Brian Adair (Department of Veterinary Science, Queen’s University of Belfast).
Dr Lane and Professor Hadgraft host a number of visiting scientists from their collaborator institutes and also host visiting industrial scientists who wish to develop expertise in their laboratories.
Dr Lane acts as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies and to date has acted as reviewer for the following pharmaceutical science journals: International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems, Journal of Drug Targeting, Molecular Pharmaceutics, and Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism and Toxicology.
Dr Lane is the Secretary of Skin Forum, an organisation which represents scientists from a diverse range of disciplines who share a common interest in the physicochemical and biological properties of human skin. The Forum originally evolved from an EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Network.
The Skin Forum represents scientists from a diverse range of disciplines who share a common interest in the physicochemical and biological properties of human skin. The Forum originally evolved from an EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Network, the primary aim of which was to promote a multidisciplinary approach for investigating skin structure, function and interactions with xenobiotics.
The Forum conducts formal one-day meetings and informal discussion groups to debate current and future research in areas such as:
- Skin permeability
- Biophysical techniques for examining the structure & function of skin
- Bioavailability and bioequivalence issues
- Dermal, transdermal drug design & QSAR
- In vitro drug release from dermal & transdermal products
- In vitro - in vivo correlations
- Alternative models
- Non-invasive drug monitoring
The annual Skin Forum meeting brings together internationally recognized experts to discuss such topics and provides an opportunity for research students to meet opinion leaders in a relaxed and informal manner.