Catz Fellow Wins Major Prize

Catz Fellow Wins Major Prize

Catz Fellow Professor Eleanor Stride, a world expert in biomedical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professor Stride won the £300,000 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize in January 2015. She was chosen due to her outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering and her research into the treatment of major diseases. Professor Stride’s ‘targeted drug delivery’ research concerns the treatment of major diseases such as cancer and stroke, where there is a pressing need to target drugs to specific parts of the body in order to minimise exposure of healthy tissue. A promising approach to this challenge is to encapsulate drugs within a carrier particle that can be transported to a target site in the body and then activated to release the drug in a highly localised manner.

For this approach to be effective, it is essential to be able to manufacture particles with a very high degree of control. The £300,000 IET international prize will be used to further this research.

Commenting on the Prize, Professor Stride said 'I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the A F Harvey prize. We are tremendously excited by the recent discoveries our team has made in fabricating microparticles that can be activated by ultrasound for controlled drug release and the prize will enable us to develop this research into usable technology for the delivery of chemotherapy.' 

Professor Stride will give a talk about her research at the IET A F Harvey Prize Lecture on 21 May 2015 at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London. For more information, please visit www.theiet.org/harvey.