Every patient is different. The Department of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics researches how to produce matching medication. A cooperation agreement with Oslo will expand the scope of research and teaching.
How well the body can absorb a medicine not only depends on the shape of its packaging. Foto: Thinkstock
»Previously, drugs were developed on a 'one size fits all' basis,« said Tho. »But people react differently. For example, if several diseases occur at the same time, or because children need a completely different dose.« The needs of children are one of the focal points of her research in Oslo. There, among other things, she produces thin-film drugs which dissolve in the mouth without swallowing.
Tho also investigates new technologies and manufacturing processes, such as 3D printing. She explores the extent to which it is possible to produce medicines individually, and thus also more flexibly and cheaply. »For my research, there are many methods and equipment available in Kiel, which we do not have in Oslo.« In the long term, this could also make the production of small quantities of drugs for rare diseases viable. »Although the first tablets from 3D printers are already available in the USA, there are still many challenges to overcome,« said Scherließ.
At the invitation of Professor Regina Scherließ (left), Professor Inguun Tho from the University of Oslo is spending a semester in Kiel, in order to teach and conduct research through the Scandinavian Guest Professorship. Foto: Julia Siekmann
The benefits of the guest professorship are clearly for both sides, emphasised Scherließ. »This is a great opportunity to also exchange ideas on strategic issues. And our students and doctoral researchers really appreciate getting to know new perspectives.« Tho’s stay should lay the foundation for ongoing scientific cooperation between Kiel and Oslo, and revive the student exchange programme. And when she returns to Oslo after this semester, she will take back with her not only new memories, but also many ideas.
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