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Professor Thomas Rades

Contact Details

Section of Pharmaceutical Design and Drug Delivery,
Department of Pharmacy

University of Copenhagen
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Universitetsparken 2
2100 Copenhagen

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Main Research Interests

Research interests are in formulation and drug delivery and physical characterization of the solid and liquid crystalline state of matter. The research in both areas aims to improve drug therapy through appropriate formulation of medicines and to increase our understanding of the physico-chemical properties of drugs and medicines. It combines physical, chemical, and biological sciences and technology to optimally formulate drugs for human and veterinary uses.

Short CV

Since March 2012 Professor Thomas Rades is the Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Design and Drug Delivery in the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

Before that he has been the Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the National School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, New Zealand from 2003 – 2012.  In 1994 he received a PhD from the University of Braunschweig, Germany for his work on thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystalline drugs. After working as a Research Scientist in the Preclinical Development and Formulation at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland, he became a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Otago in 1999 and since 2003 held the Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Otago. 

Professor Rades has developed an international reputation for his research in drug delivery and physical characterisation of drugs. Prof Rades has published more than 240 papers in international peer review journals as well as several book chapters and patents. He is a co-author of the book: Fasttrack: Pharmaceutics - Drug Delivery and Targeting (1st Edition: 2009, 2nd Edition: 2012).  Prof Rades is an Editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. He holds a visiting professorship at the Department of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, Australia. 

Professor Rades has successfully supervised more than 50 PhD students and post docs. For his undergraduate and postgraduate teaching he was awarded the New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence (2005).