Université catholique de Louvain
Keywords of expertise: 1. Sustained release strategies, 2. PEGylation, 3. Fate of inhaled drugs, 4. Inhalation dry powders
Golden Paragraph: Rita Vanbever holds an Associate Professor position at the Louvain Drug Research Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain. The research activity of Rita Vanbever deals with the formulation of inhalation dry powders, the study of the pulmonary fate of diverse molecules following delivery to the lungs in vivo in mice and in rats, the assessment of the potential of vaccine delivery to the lungs for protection against respiratory infections as well as the development of formulation strategies to sustain drug release within the lungs. This latter topic has particularly been developed within Rita Vanbever’s group these last years, in particular with the demonstration that PEGylation of proteins largely prolongs their residence time in the lungs as well as their therapeutic efficacy locally.