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A 15‐year overview of increasing tramadol utilisation and associated mortality and the impact of tramadol classification in the United Kingdom

The role of pharmacists in general practice: A realist review

May 2018

Cost Effectiveness of Support for People Starting a New Medication for a Long-Term Condition Through Community Pharmacies: An Economic Evaluation of the New Medicine Service (NMS) Compared with Normal Practice

Upper critical solution temperature thermo-responsive polymer brushes and a mechanism for controlled cell attachment

The impact of surface chemistry modification on macrophage polarisation 

June 2017

New found hope for antibiotic discover: lipid II inhibitors

5-Hydroxyethyl-3-tetradecanoyltetramic acid represents a novel treatment for intravascular catheter infections due to Staphylococcus aureus

MiR137 is an androgen regulated repressor of an extended network of Transcriptional coregulators

Starting antidepressant use:a qualitative synthesis of UK and Australian data

Effectiveness of the New Medicine Service in community pharmacies in England. BMJ Quality and Safety 2015

Receptor Crosslinking: A General Method to Trigger Internalization and Lysosomal Targeting of Therapeutic Receptor:Ligand Complexes

Structural basis of Lewisb antigen binding by the Helicobacter pylori adhesin BabA

Synthesis of 19F nucleic acid–polymer conjugates as real-time MRI probes of biorecognition


February 2016

New biomaterials from renewable resources – amphiphilic block copolymers from δ-decalactone

Systemic in vivo delivery of siRNA to tumours using combination of polyethyleneimine and transferrin–polyethyleneimine conjugates

Investigating the Impact of ‘Better Care Better Value’ prescribing policy on the Utilisation of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers for Treating Hypertension in the UK Primary Care Setting.: longitudinal quasi-experimental design.

Discovery of a Novel Polymer for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Expansion and Multilineage Differentiation

The enzyme activities of Caf1 and Ccr4 are both required for deadenylation
by the human Ccr4–Not nuclease module

Triblock Copolymer Nanovesicles for pH-Responsive Targeted Delivery and Controlled Release of siRNA to Cancer Cells

In vitro properties of designed antimicrobial peptides that exhibit potent antipneumococcal activity and produces synergism in combination with penicillin

Heparin molecularly imprinted surfaces for the attenuation of complement activation in blood

September 2015

Cost-Effectiveness of a Specialist Geriatric Medical Intervention for Frail Older People Discharged from Acute Medical Units: Economic Evaluation in a Two-Centre Randomised Controlled Trial (AMIGOS)

A Survey of Pharmacy Education in Thailand

Synthesis of New DPP-4 Inhibitors Based on a Novel Tricyclic Scaffold

Characterisation of human saliva as a platform for oral dissolution medium development

Kinetic Analysis of Antagonist-Occupied Adenosine-A3 Receptors Within Membrane Microdomains of Individual Cells Provides Evidence of Receptor Dimerization and Allosterism

Revealing cytokine-induced changes in the extracellular matrix with secondary ion mass spectrometry


January 2015

A facile approach to tryptophan derivatives for the total synthesis of argyrin analogues

The development and validation of the Satisfacton Questionnaire for Osteoporosis Prevention in Malaysia

Materials for stem cell factories of the future  (PDF)

Materials for the stem cell factories of the future are discussed in this review article by Celiz et al. published in Nature Materials (June 2014). 

Well-defined materials are required to allow cell banking and to provide the raw material for reproducible differentiation into lineages for large-scale drug-screening programs and clinical use. Yet more than 1 billion cells are needed for each patient to replace losses during heart attack, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Producing this number of cells is challenging, and a rethink of the current predominant cell-derived substrates is needed to provide technology that can be scaled to meet the needs of millions of patients a year. The role of materials discovery is explored and a methodology proposed to develop the necessary materials.

Dissolution methodology for taste masked oral dosage forms

“It’s easier in pharmacy”: why some patients prefer to pay for flu jabs rather than use the National Health Service

Structure and Catalytic Regulatory Function of Ubiquitin Specific Protease 11 N-Terminal and Ubiquitin-like Domains

May 2014

Targeting Staphylococcus aureus Quorum Sensing with Non-Peptidic Small Molecule Inhibitors


Programmable polymer-DNA hydrogels with dual input and multiscale responses


Giovanna Sicilia,   Christine Grainger-Boultby,   Nora Francini,   Johannes P. Magnusson,   Aram O. Saeed,   Francisco Fernández-Trillo,   Sebastian G. Spain  and   Cameron Alexander     
Biomater. Sci., 2013, Advance Article

DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60126A 04 Oct 2013

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Sep 1;9:CD010323.

Interventions for the reduction of prescribed opioid use in chronic non-cancer pain.

Windmill J, Fisher E, Eccleston C, Derry S, Stannard C, Knaggs R, Moore RA.

The Identification of Seniors at Risk (ISAR) score to predict clinical outcomes and health service costs in older people discharged from UK acute medical units

Age Ageing doi: 10.1093/ageing/aft054

First published online: May 10, 2013

Oral Treatment Targeting the Unfolded Protein Response Prevents Neurodegeneration and Clinical Disease in Prion-Infected Mice

Julie A. Moreno, Mark Halliday, Colin Molloy, Helois Radford, Nicholas Verity, Jeffrey M. Axten, Catharine A. Ortori, Anne E. Willis, Peter M. Fischer, David A. Barrett and Giovanna R. Mallucci.

Sci Transl Med 5, 206ra138 (2013)

September 2013


Harnessing patients’ awareness of adverse reactions to  the drugs they take. Chapter in   Ziebland S, Coulter A, Calabrese JD.  Understanding and Using Health Experiences . Oxford University Press, Oxford 2013.   

Distribution and Visualisation of Chlorhexidine Within the Skin Using ToF-SIMS: A Potential Platform for the Design of More Efficacious Skin Antiseptic Formulations,

Pharmaceutical research, 30 (7) 1896-905 (2013)  Judd, A.M., Scurr, D.J., Heylings, J.R., Wan, K.-W., Moss, G.P. 

Mapping the Pharyngeal and Intestinal pH of Caenorhabditis elegans and Real-Time Luminal pH Oscillations Using Extended Dynamic Range pH-Sensitive Nanosensors

ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (6), pp 5577–5587

Veeren M. Chauhan, Gianni Orsi, Alan Brown ,David I. Pritchard , and Jonathan W. Aylott 

April 2013

PRAME Is a Golgi-Targeted Protein That Associates with the Elongin BC Complex and Is Upregulated by Interferon-Gamma and Bacterial PAMPs

Frances R. Wadelin, Joel Fulton, Hilary M. Collins, Nikolaos Tertipis, Andrew Bottley, Keith A. Spriggs, Franco H. Falcone, David M. Heery*

PLOS ONE Feb 2013 Vol 8 Issue 2 e58052

This paper has been rated as highly accessed due to the very high number of downloads in the first few weeks:

HM Collins, MK Abdelghany, M Messmer, B Yue, SE Deeve, KB Kindle, K Mantelingu, A Aslam, GS Winkler, TK Kundu, DM Heery.

Differential effects of garcinol and curcumin on histone and p53 modifications in tumour cells. BMC Cancer.2013, 13:37. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-13-37 URL:

Electrospun PLGA fibre sheets incorporating fluorescent nanosensors: self-reporting scaffolds for application in tissue engineering H. C. Harrington, F. R. A. J. Rose, Y. Reinwald, L. D. K. Buttery, A. M. Ghaemmaghamic and J. W. Aylott Analyt.Methods 2013 ,5 ,68

Short description: Self-reporting scaffolds, consisting of polymer fibres containing nanosensors, offer the potential of in situ, real-time assessment of the microenvironment in 3D constructs during the tissue growth process

January 2013

Combinatorial discovery of polymers resistant to bacterial attachment

Andrew L Hook, Chien-Yi Chang, Jing Yang, Jeni Luckett, Alan Cockayne,

Steve Atkinson, Ying Mei, Roger Bayston, Derek J Irvine, Robert Langer,

Daniel G Anderson, Paul Williams, Martyn C Davies & Morgan R Alexander

Nature Biotechnology Volume: 30, Pages: 868–875

Year published: (2012)

DOI: doi:10.1038/nbt.2316

Anti-Fas/CD95 and tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) differentially regulate apoptosis in normal and neoplastic human basophils.

Förster A, Falcone FH, Gibbs BF, Preussner LM, Fiebig BS, Altunok H, Seeger JM, Cerny-Reiterer S, Rabenhorst A, Papenfuss K, Valent P, Kashkar H, Hartmann K,

The following paper was highlighted Paper of the Week in Polymer Chemistry:

Well-defined Polymeric Vesicles with High Stability and Modulation of Cell Uptake by a Simple Coating Protocol.

Yaşayan, G.; Redhead, M.; Magnusson, J. P.; Spain, S. G.; Allen, S.; Davies, M. C.;  Alexander, C and Fernandez-Trillo, F. Polymer Chemistry 2012, 3, 2596-2604. (RSC ‘Hot’ article)


October 2012

Synthetic peptides derived from an N-terminal domain of the E2 protein of GB virus C in the study of GBV-C/HIV co-infection.

Fernández, L., Chan, W.C., Egido, M., Gómara, M.J. and Haro, I. (2012), J. Pept. Sci., 18, 326-335.

Methicillin resistance reduces the virulence of HA-MRSA by interfering with the agr quorum sensing system.

Ruskin, J.K., Edwards, A.M., Bowden, M.G., Brown, E.L., Piozzi, C., Waters, E., Chan, W.C., Williams, P., O’Gara, J. and Massey, R.C. (2012), J. Infect. Dis., 205, 798-806.

Professional skills development in a resource-poor setting: the case of pharmacy in Malawi

Zoe Lim , C. Anderson , S. McGrath

International Journal of Educational Development 32 (2012) 654–664

A pharmacist-led information technology intervention for medication errors (PINCER): a multicentre, cluster randomised, controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis   Prof Anthony J Avery MD, Sarah Rodgers PhD , Prof Judith A Cantrill MSc, Sarah Armstrong PhD, Kathrin Cresswell PhD, Martin Eden MRes, Prof Rachel A Elliott PhD, Rachel Howard PhD, Prof Denise Kendrick DM, Caroline J Morris PhD h, Prof Robin J Prescott PhD, Glen Swanwick, Matthew Franklin MSc, Koen Putman PhD, Matthew Boyd PhD, Prof Aziz Sheikh PhD  

The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9823, Pages 1310 - 1319, 7 April 2012

This paper has been highlighted by Molecular Pharmaceutics:  'Please enjoy this free sample issue of Molecular Pharmaceutics', your source for the latest, high-quality research at the interface of drug discovery and drug development.

Multicomponent Synthetic Polymers with Viral-Mimetic Chemistry for Nucleic Acid Delivery Mahmoud Soliman, Rujikan Nasanit, Samer R. Abulateefeh, Stephanie Allen, Martyn C. Davies, Simon S. Briggs, Leonard W. Seymour, Jon A. Preece, Anna M. Grabowska, Susan A. Watson and Cameron Alexander

Molecular Pharmaceutics 2012, 9, 1−13


Surface engineered substrates for improved human pluripotent stem cell culture under fully defined conditions.Saha, K.; Mei, Y.; Reisterer, C. M.; Pyzocha, N.; Yang, J.; Muffat, J.; Mitalipova, M.; Davies, M. C.; Alexander, M. R.; Langer, R.; Anderson, D. G.; Jaenisch, R.,  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2011, 108, (46), 18714-18719.

Saha, K.; Mei, Y.; Reisterer, C. M.; Pyzocha, N.; Yang, J.; Muffat, J.; Mitalipova, M.; Davies, M. C.; Alexander, M. R.; Langer, R.; Anderson, D. G.; Jaenisch, R.,  .

Protein Unfolding under Force: Crack Propagation in a Network

 de Graff, Adam M. R.; Shannon, Gareth; Farrell, Daniel W.; Williams, Philip M.; Thorpe, M. F. BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL Vol 101, Issue 3 Pages 736-744 DOI:10.1016/j.bpj.2011.05.072 Published: AUG 3 2011



March 2012

Dr Roger Knaggs (Chair of UKCPA Pain Management Group) and Professor David Taylor and Dr Jennifer Gill (UCL School of Pharmacy)  “Relieving Persistent Pain: Improving Health Outcomes”  

Multicomponent Synthetic Polymers with Viral-Mimetic Chemistry for Nucleic Acid Delivery

Mahmoud Soliman, Rujikan Nasanit, Samer R. Abulateefeh, Stephanie Allen, Martyn C. Davies, Simon S. Briggs, Leonard W. Seymour, Jon A. Preece, Anna M. Grabowska, Susan A. Watson and Cameron Alexander

Molecular Pharmaceutics, 2012, 9, 1−13

This paper describes the first time dual action materials have been prepared that can bind bacterial signals as well as bacterial cells. The citation in  Angewandte reads: 

“Double agents: Dual-action polymers are able to sequester rapidly the marine organism Vibrio harveyi from suspension, while at the same time quenching bacterial quorum sense (QS) signals (see picture). The potency of the polymers is assessed by cell aggregation experiments and competitive binding assays against a QS signal precursor, and their effect on bacterial behavior is shown by means of bioluminescence.”

Synthetic Polymers for Simultaneous Bacterial Sequestration and Quorum Sense Interference

Xuan Xue, Dr. George Pasparakis, Dr. Nigel Halliday, Dr. Klaus Winzer, Prof. Steven M. Howdle, Dr. Christopher J. Cramphorn, Prof. Neil R. Cameron, Dr. Paul M. Gardner, Prof. Benjamin G. Davis, Dr. Francisco Fernández-Trillo, Prof. Cameron Alexander

Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Volume 50, Issue 42, pages 9852–9856, October 10, 2011

Directed Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Interrogate the Cardiac Gene Regulatory Network

Dixon James E.; Dick Emily; Rajamohan Divya; et al.

MOLECULAR THERAPY  Volume: 19   Issue: 9   Pages: 1695-1703   DOI: 10.1038/mt.2011.125

Factors affecting the formation of insulin amyloid spherulites

Michael I. Smith, Vito Foderà, James S. Sharpa, Clive J. Roberts, Athene M. Donald

Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces

The importance of direct patient reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions: a patient perspective

Claire Anderson, Janet Krska, Elizabeth Murphy & Anthony Avery on behalf of the Yellow Card Study Collaboration

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 1365 -2125 April 2011

Polymer control of ligand display on gold nanoparticles for multimodal switchable cell targeting

Francesca Mastrotto, Paolo Caliceti, Vincenzo Amendola, Sara Bersani, Johannes Pall Magnusson, Moreno Meneghetti, Giuseppe Mantovani, Cameron Alexander and Stefano Salmaso

Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 9846–9848

October 2011

Protein Unfolding under Force: Crack Propagation in a Network

Adam M. R. de Graff, Gareth Shannon, Daniel W. Farrell, Philip M. Williams, and M. F. Thorpe

Biophysical Journal Volume 101 August 2011 736–744

A recent publication about Raman mapping:

Confocal Raman Microscope Mapping of a Kofler Melt; Alkhalil, A; Nanubolu, JB; Roberts, CJ; Aylott JW and Burley JC; CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN Volume: 11 Issue: 2 Pages: 422-430 Published: 2011

"We demonstrated for the first time the use of Raman mapping to investigate the formation of co-crystals of nicotinamide and flurbiprofen. This opens up the possibility of rapid and automated screening of new pharmaceutical dosage forms."

Reddy TRK, Li C, Guo X, Myrvang HK, Fischer PM, Dekker L V . Design, Synthesis, and SAR Exploration of 1-Substituted 4-Aroyl-3-hydroxy-5-phenyl-1H-pyrrol-2(5H)-one Analogs as Inhibitors of the Annexin A2–S100A10 Protein Interaction. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, (2011) 54, 2080-2094

Patient Education and Counselling 83 (2011) 423-431

Analysis of pharmacist-patient communication using the Calgary-Cambridge guide N Greenhill, C Anderson, A Avery, A Pilnick

miR-122 activates hepatitis C virus translation by a specialized mechanism requiring particular RNA components  Roberts, APE, Lewis, AP, Jopling, CL.Nucleic Acids Research ( 2011 ) doi: 10.1093/nar/gkr426

Sequence determinants for the tandem recognition of UGU and CUG rich RNA elements by the two N—terminal RRMs of CELF1

Nucleic Acids Research (2011)

John Edwards, Emilie Malaurie, Alexander Kondrashov, Jed Long, Cornelia H. de Moor, Mark S. Searle, and Jonas Emsley


March 2011

End-stapled homo and hetero collagen triple helices: A click chemistry approach.

Byrne, C., McEwan, P.A., Emsley, J., Fischer, P.M. and Chan, W.C. (2011) Chemical Communications, 47, 2589-2591.

A recent publication on the Anti AIDS drug Etravirine  

Physicochemical properties of the amorphous drug, cast films and  spray dried powders to predict formulation probability of success  for solid dispersions: Etravirine

Weuts I, Van Dycke F, Voorspoels J, De Cort S, Stokbroekx S, Leemans R, Brewster ME, Xu D, Segmuller B, Turner YT, Roberts CJ, Davies MC, Qi S, Craig DQ, Reading M.

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 100, NO. 1, JANUARY 2011

Effect of pay for performance on the management and outcomes of hypertension in the United Kingdom: interrupted time series study

Brian Serumaga, Harvard Medical School fellow in pharmaceutical policy research, Dennis Ross-Degnan, associate professor and director of research, Anthony J Avery, professor, Rachel A Elliott, professor, Sumit R Majumdar, professor, Fang Zhang, statistician and instructor, Stephen B Soumerai, professor

BMJ 2011; 2011; 342:d108  (Published 25 January 2011)

October 2010

Parallel Scanning Near-Field Photolithography: The Snomipede

Ehtsham ul Haq, Zhuming Liu, Yuan Zhang, Shahrul A. Alang Ahmad, Lu-Shin Wong, Steven P. Armes, Jamie K. Hobbs, Graham J. Leggett, Jason Micklefield, Clive J. Roberts, and John M. R. Weaver

Nano Lett., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/nl1018782
Publication Date (Web): October 14, 2010

Understanding chemotherapy treatment pathways of advanced colorectal cancer patients to inform an economic evaluation in the United Kingdom
FH Shabaruddin, RA Elliott, JW Valle, WG Newman and K Payne
British Journal of Cancer (2010) 103, 315 – 323 (impact factor 4.85, 33/127 Oncology).  

Leucine-rich repeat protein PRAME: expression, potential functions and clinical implications for leukaemia.
Wadelin F, Fulton J, McEwan PA, Spriggs KA, Emsley J, Heery DM.
Molecular Cancer. 2010 Aug 27;9(1):226.

Engineering Embryonic Stem-Cell Aggregation Allows an Enhanced Osteogenic Differentiation In Vitro
Author(s): Gothard D, Roberts SJ, Shakesheff KM, et al.
Source: TISSUE ENGINEERING PART C-METHODS   Volume: 16   Issue: 4   Pages: 583-595   Published: AUG 2010.

Responsive polyelectrolyte complexes for triggered release of nucleic acid therapeutics
Soliman, M.; Allen, S.; Davies, M. C. and Alexander, C. 
Chemical Communications 2010,46, 5421-5433.

Subcellular localisation of the p40phox component of NADPH oxidase involves direct interactions between the Phox homology domain and F-actin
Dongmin Shaoa, Anthony W. Segala and Lodewijk V. Dekker
The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology Vol 42 Issue 10 Oct 2010 p1736-1743

Combinatorial Development of Biomaterials for Clonal Growth of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.
Mei, Y.; Saha, K.; Bogatyrev, S. R.; Yang, J.; Hook, A. L.; Kalcioglu, I.; Cho, S.-W.; Mitalipova, M.; Pyzocha, N.; Rojas, F.; Vliet, K. J. V.; Davies, M. C.; Alexander, M. R.; Langer, R.; Jaenisch, R.; Anderson, D. G.,
Nature Materials 2010, 9, 768-778.


August 2010

Community pharmacists’ views on adverse drug reactions reporting in Malaysia: a pilot study

Kang-Nee Ting, Dane Michael Stratton-Powell and Claire Anderson

Pharmacy World & Science: Volume 32, Issue 3 (2010), Page 339

The extended release properties of HPMC matrices in the presence of dietary sugars

Hywel D Williams, Robert Ward, Ian J Hardy, Colin D Melia
Journal of Controlled Release 138 (2009) 251-259

5-Carboxyfluorescein tagged N-phenylanthranilamide as a tracer reagent for fluorescence polarization: a robust method to screen MAPK pathway allosteric inhibitors.

Rezvani, Z.N., Mayer, R.J. and Chan, W.C.(2010) Chem. Commun., 46, 2043-2045

'MOZ-TIF2 Mediated Destruction of CBP/p300 is Blocked by Calpain Inhibitor 2'

is now published online in Leukemia

March 2010


p38 MAPK/MK2-mediated induction of miR-34c following DNA damage prevents Myc-dependent DNA replication.

Cannell IG, Kong YW, Johnston SJ, Chen ML, Collins HM, Dobbyn HC, Elia A, Kress TR, Dickens M, Clemens MJ, Heery DM, Gaestel M, Eilers M, Willis AE, Bushell M.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A . 2010 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20212154 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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December 2009

A Novel role for a transcription factor in regulating genomic integrity

Gene Promoters Direct MicroRNA Action

Learning to prescribe - pharmacists’ experiences of supplementary prescribing training in England

Switch the light on: Nanoparticles for protease sensing

Understanding the language of cell-to-cell communication in Staphylococcus aureus

Cells in Gels

October 2009

How protein molecules aggregate to form fibres

Proteins under pressure: a new way to design drugs!

Study of a cancer-causing protein provides new insights into the way proteins are made by the cell

Medicine use reviews: community pharmacists believe they’re good for pharmacy but struggle to fit them in to their other work

Developing a bandage for the eye

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