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Maria Vivero receives SPLC-CRS best PhD thesis award

Maria Vivero receiving her award

Maria Vivero (right) receiving her award.

Dr. Maria Vivero-Lopez, a Ramón Areces postdoctoral fellow working under the supervision of Prof. Morgan Alexander, has just received a Best PhD Thesis Award during the XV Spanish-Portuguese conference on controlled drug delivery that took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 14-16 February 2024.

The award was granted by the Spanish-Portuguese Local Chapter of the Controlled Release Society (SPLC-CRS) after a careful review process. The CRS is the world’s leading society for the quickly expanding and evolving field of delivery science and technology. This recognition rewards doctoral theses that demonstrate a high level of training of the researcher in the drug delivery field and that have given rise to scientific results published in high-impact indexed journals.

The award-winning PhD thesis “Prophylaxis and topical treatment of infections associated to hearing aids and contact lenses” was carried out under the supervision of Professors Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo and Angel Concheiro at the University of Santiago de Compostela. The project dealt with the development of new techniques to load active substances into medical devices. Specifically, Maria explored different approaches to provide hearing aids and contact lenses with the capacity to load and sustainably release substances capable of preventing biofilm formation or addressing already established infections. The work was developed from a multidisciplinary perspective in collaboration with the University College of London (UK), the Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain).

Posted on Monday 19th February 2024

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