Student earns award for localized drug delivery research

October 21, 2015

A McMaster Engineering student has been recognized for his contribution to research into localized drug delivery.

Spencer Imbrogno, a 22-year-old fifth year Chemical and Bioengineering student, won the Robert A. Auld Student Paper Competition at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Calgary in early October.

A student in chemical engineer Todd Hoare’s lab, Imbrogno netted the win for best technical presentation from a Canadian undergraduate chemical engineering student.

Imbrogno spent last summer in Hoare’s lab researching modifications to water swollen polymer gels(or hydrogels) to help increase the amount of drug that can be delivered in the body while also slowing down the release rate of those drugs to reduce the required frequency of repeat drug dosings, making treatment more convenient and less painful for patients.

“My inspiration for giving the technical presentation at the conference was to share some of the interesting things that I learned in my research experience and also share how hydrogels can be used in a lot of interesting ways when you learn how to design them,” said Imbrogno, a native of Stoney Creek.

Hoare said Imbrogno’s effort helped to further his research.

“Spencer’s work has helped us to understand how to deliver proteins, which constitute a significant fraction of newer drugs, for longer periods locally in the body where they are needed,” said Hoare, associate professor chemical engineering.

“His accomplishment in winning this national competition speaks highly of the quality of the work he has done.”

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Fifth-year Chemical and Bioengineering student, Spencer Imbrogno.


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