MIPS Director awarded APSA Medal

Professor Chris Porter, Director of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (“MIPS”), has been named the 2017 Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (“APSA”) medallist.

The medal is APSA’s highest award. It recognises excellence and lasting contribution to the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.

Professor Porter was nominated for the impact his work has had across four major fields of research: (i) formulation of poorly water soluble drugs; (ii) role of lymphatic transport in drug disposition and activity; (iii) design and application of dendrimers as next generation drug delivery systems and (iv) lipid binding proteins as mediators of intracellular drug disposition.

In these areas he has published widely (>200 peer reviewed publications) and his work has been cited extensively (>10,000 cites, H index 55, Scopus).

“Chris has had a stellar career as a field-leading international pharmaceutical sciences scientist, as Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and currently as Director of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences” said Professor Bill Charman, Dean, Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Professor Porter has given over 90 invited lectures to international and national pharmaceutical science organisations, graduated 27 PhD candidates and has received continuous funding from national competitive grant programs for the last 15 years.

He is also the inventor or co-inventor of eight patent families, three of which have been licensed or assigned to pharma/biotech companies. He has previously been honoured as the APSA lecturer (2011), as an elected Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (2014) and as a member of the Monash University honour roll (2013). He received the AAPS Lipid Based Drug Delivery Outstanding Research Award in 2009.

The winner of the APSA Medal is selected from nominations by the APSA Committee based on academic achievements and contribution to the Association. The APSA medal is presented at the Annual Conference and the APSA medallist is invited to give the APSA medal oration.