Scientists from Queen's University Belfast, whose research involves taking the pain out of injections, have received international recognition from one of the world's leading pharmaceutical science journals.
The team from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's have received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Pharmaceutical Research Meritorious Manuscript Award.
The award recognises outstanding achievement in the pharmaceutical sciences. It is the latest award for Dr Ryan Donnelly and his team whose breakthrough research has developed tiny projections which can painlessly penetrate the outer layer of skin and can be used to deliver medication or to monitor the level of drugs in a patient without drawing blood.
Dr Donnelly, from the School of Pharmacy, said: "We are delighted that our work has again been recognised by our peers.
"We have received a lot of industrial interest in our microneedle technology and are currently working on industrial scale-up of the manufacturing methods described in this paper.
"This award is further recognition of how research at Queen's is advancing knowledge and changing lives."
The Queen's team won the award for their paper: "Design, Optimization and Characterisation of Polymeric Microneedle Arrays prepared by a Novel Laser-Based Micromoulding Technique."